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Thread: Singer 301's

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    just for the heck of it I decided to check out Ebay and see what they were going for - I checked 3 "pages" of vintage machines and saw 3 - one for $86, one for $150 and one for $199. I would say at least a couple of us got great deals.

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    Were these completed sales? Or just listings?

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    Not necessarily great deals if they were missing the bobbin cases-which many of the lower priced ones are...

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    I got one on EBAY that is on its way and I pd $88.05 with ptg. hopefully he packs her good. She was all complete with little suitcase and all.

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    That's about what I paid...$65 plus $25 shipping, and I had to replace a few minor parts. It also didn't have a case or any attachments/feet. But otherwise it's fine.

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    I have seen go higher for ones with case, notions, attachments..I know..I am watching them closely..and have narrowed my search to Black long beds..the most expensive of course..hehehe

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    They are going to pass the Featherweights before it is over with price wise. I like them better because you can drop the feed dogs and its a full size machine. But you have to admit the $5 301 that was picked up by one of our members was probably the best deal so far! I love to hear when people get a killer score!!!!

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    I was just at a quilt show, they had a 301 with case for $400, gee was the case included in that price? I hope so!

    I bought mine for $30. I used to think I wanted a featherweight, but find I am thrilled with the 301. Only will buy a featherweight now if the price was extememly right. They look very fragil when it is side by side of a 301.
    But they are all good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum
    I was just at a quilt show, they had a 301 with case for $400, gee was the case included in that price? I hope so!

    I bought mine for $30. I used to think I wanted a featherweight, but find I am thrilled with the 301. Only will buy a featherweight now if the price was extememly right. They look very fragil when it is side by side of a 301.
    But they are all good!
    Oh there is nothing wrong with the FW's but the motors are the weak point of the machine. If I can score a 222K I will be all over it like white on rice and happy as ever. But he main advantage to the 301's are the availability, the prices are still relatively cheap, and you can drop the feed dogs for FMQ. but you have to be careful and be sure the hook assembly is with the machine, because they will swap out with the FW and people will rob them just for that reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum
    I was just at a quilt show, they had a 301 with case for $400, gee was the case included in that price? I hope so!

    I bought mine for $30. I used to think I wanted a featherweight, but find I am thrilled with the 301. Only will buy a featherweight now if the price was extememly right. They look very fragil when it is side by side of a 301.
    But they are all good!
    Oh there is nothing wrong with the FW's but the motors are the weak point of the machine. If I can score a 222K I will be all over it like white on rice and happy as ever. But he main advantage to the 301's are the availability, the prices are still relatively cheap, and you can drop the feed dogs for FMQ. but you have to be careful and be sure the hook assembly is with the machine, because they will swap out with the FW and people will rob them just for that reason.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by deedum
    I was just at a quilt show, they had a 301 with case for $400, gee was the case included in that price? I hope so!

    I bought mine for $30. I used to think I wanted a featherweight, but find I am thrilled with the 301. Only will buy a featherweight now if the price was extememly right. They look very fragil when it is side by side of a 301.
    But they are all good!
    Oh there is nothing wrong with the FW's but the motors are the weak point of the machine. If I can score a 222K I will be all over it like white on rice and happy as ever. But he main advantage to the 301's are the availability, the prices are still relatively cheap, and you can drop the feed dogs for FMQ. but you have to be careful and be sure the hook assembly is with the machine, because they will swap out with the FW and people will rob them just for that reason.

    Billy
    Billy, what is a hook assembly? I may learn something here, and if I get a chance at a fw, I will most likely jump at it but I think the 301's is just a solid machine. I don't know much about the fw except they are very small.

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    The hook assembly is the doo dad (love that term :D ) thst he bobbin case fits into that spins with a hook that grabs the top thread and make the stitch. The bobbin case and hook assembly is the things that cost the most for the FW (around $150 for original Singer parts) and if you can buy a 301 for $30 and get the same part off of it then you save some serious money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    The hook assembly is the doo dad (love that term :D ) thst he bobbin case fits into that spins with a hook that grabs the top thread and make the stitch. The bobbin case and hook assembly is the things that cost the most for the FW (around $150 for original Singer parts) and if you can buy a 301 for $30 and get the same part off of it then you save some serious money.

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    Wow, I did learn something new. Thank you! I was very lucky this summer to get 2 301's for $30 each, with case & book & accessories. My dh cleaned them up, put some new feet on them and a new plug on one and been sewing with them every since. I take it the fw parts are pricey then unlike the 301's..hmmm learned something new today!

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    If it has Featherweight attached t the part name it seems that they think they can charge you an arm and a leg. Not fair but that is how it works, not everyone knows what parts will interchange with what machine.

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    I just read your blogspot and subscribe to the feed. So interesting! Now you have me rethinking about finding a spot for a red eye treadle. May have to move or sell something to find a place for it, but it is so cool!

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    bought a 301 today for 10 bucks, what a deal she sews beautifully,,,, need manual tho.... has box with many attachments too. in a very lovely cabinet.... taken care of well, jacie

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    That's almost free - great deal! :)

    There is a manual for it on the ISMACS site: http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...e-manuals.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacie
    bought a 301 today for 10 bucks, what a deal she sews beautifully,,,, need manual tho.... has box with many attachments too. in a very lovely cabinet.... taken care of well, jacie
    That is a really great deal!!

    Billy

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    thanks Billy, I know I can trust your good judgement,,,,,,,,,,also, hope you are feeling better. Jacie

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    Just thought I would tell you about my 301. she came the other day when I wasn't going to be home. When I got home I opened her up, but could not get the pedal out of the slot. Had to have dh get it out. Plugged her in and away she went. I also recieved today the zigzag attachment for her that fits perfectly. I also got a slant walking foot that will work on her too. She sews really nice. DH want me to sew the leather of his truckers wallet together where it is coming apart.

    Almost forgot -- hope you are feeling better Billy.

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