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    301 discussion thread

    I see the 301's as a totally different machine due to the gear drive motor, larger scale design and drop feed dog feature. They are a slant foot style and I believe their motor is stronger due to the gear driven quality. Their motors are not as removable and easily replaced as that of the FW
    They share the flip up bed and decals and portability of the FW, as well as the placement of the bobbin.. (the more 'senior' members will be able to expand on this. If I am not correct, please re-direct in a gentle way)
    ..In all due respect know that I love the Featherweight and own them as well.
    Having said all this, Would Antique Machine Enthusiasts might like a thread to discuss the 301's?
    Does anyone else feel they should have their own discussion thread?

    Happy Stitching All!
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    I just recently acquired a Singer 301 to go with my 401A and I'd love a discussion thread on this machine.

    I haven't tried my 301 out yet, it's at the Dr. being serviced. I will pick it up tomorrow.

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    I just recieved my 301 beauty. I'd love to have a thread to talk about her and learn more about her. She sews like a charm, and so quietly. I'll post pics as soon as I get them.
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    Oh, can we talk about attachments, too? I got a boatload of attachments that I would love to have identified. I'll have to take pictures of everything I got with my 301 and see if anyone can tell me what they are. I'll have to do that tonight at home.

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    YAY!! I love my 301...have had it now for about a year. It was quite a mess when I got it...dirty, dry, no case, etc. She is battle scarred, but after I treated her with oil & motor lube and cleaned her from top to bottom, she sews great!! Her name is Miss Ida after my maternal grandmother. She's a black model from 1951.

    As for the potted motor being "stronger" than the exterior motor, I don't necessarily think that is true. All the pre-1960s Singer motors were very strong, with all steel components. All the older machines can sew through just about anything with the right sized needle and some patience.

    The 301s and FWs are unique in that they don't need any kind of case or base to sit in. They are completely portable on their own, both a cover plate on the bottom and little feet on the corners so they can sit right on a table. They are both lightweight (FW about 11 lbs, the 301 about 16 lbs), making them perfect for traveling companions.

    The 301 has a delightful soft "click click click" sound while sewing. If it gets too loud, it needs to be oiled...and should be oiled at least once a week with heavy sewing, or twice a month for moderate.

    I have noticed that the 301s sometimes have tension issues. There is ongoing discussion on this on the Vintage Sewing Machine Shop thread. Some people think the tension units need to be set up slightly differently than the other models. I am not sure. I know that my tension is set at 0, and it is just about right. I know it should not be like that, but after trying several different things, it doesn't get better. And this is a new tension unit. If anyone has suggestions, I would appreciate hearing them.

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    Found a thread with information about attachments. I think it covers all my questions. I'll have to go through it again when I'm at home and looking at all the attachments I got with my 301 and 401A.

    Here's the link to the attachment thread here in VMS land: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...d-t139458.html

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    I have 2 of the 301's. I think they're great. I am keeping my black one and selling the two-tone. Would like to find a 401 and try it out. So many machines and so little time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tenngal View Post
    I have 2 of the 301's. I think they're great. I am keeping my black one and selling the two-tone. Would like to find a 401 and try it out. So many machines and so little time!
    I'm just the opposite. I have 2 401's and would love to find a 301!

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    Would love to talk about attachements as well..have some books & I am sure forum members would be a great resource of knowledge. This is what the forum is about & I think this thread will be helpful in several areas.. chat away & let's enjoy what we can share regarding the 301's.

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    Ha - I can pull a 301 motor in about 2 minutes unless the screw is stuck.

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    I have a 1951 Black 301 (no cabinet) and 1954 Tri Color 301A(cabinet w/knee and foot pedal) both short beds...Love them both. But I rank my 301A better then the 301 even though they are the same machine. I haven't mastered FM yet but find it much easier on the 301's versus the modern machines.

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    If you look at my avitar you will see that I have both a fw and a 301 in their respective tables. I use them both. The 301 definitely has more power than my fw but they both have their advantages.
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    I purchased a 301 earlier this year (1951 tan short bed in an art deco cabinet) and had similar issues with the tension- Icould not set the tensioner low enough to make a balanced stitch, much less lighten up the tension if needed for specificsewing. What I eventually did was to tighten the bobbin tension with that tiny screw on the bobbin case until I had a
    balanced stitch when the upper disc was around the middle number. This took about an hour of fiddling around with it,
    tighten the screw- sew a trial seam, adjust, adjust etc. and now I have it so that if I am sewing 2 layers of cotton, the
    upper tension is set at about 4.5 or so. I also cleaned the heck out of it, oiled everything and then played with all the
    attachments that came with it. Spent just one summer afternoon sitting on my camper deck to get it purring along.
    I also have a FW (love it for piecing) and a Bernina 430, but I really like FMQ on my 301.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffygirl View Post
    I'm just the opposite. I have 2 401's and would love to find a 301!
    I have 2 401's and 2 301's and a 403 They are my favorites. I can work on them my self. I have a great machine guy that teaches me what I need to know to take care of my babies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokatuder View Post
    I have 2 401's and 2 301's and a 403 They are my favorites. I can work on them my self. I have a great machine guy that teaches me what I need to know to take care of my babies.
    I love those too for the same reason.

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    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ine-manual.pdf
    I found a manual that can be downloaded and has the explanation on the attachment feet. Ismac has all sorts of Singer manuals for free if anyone needs them. I have both the 301 and 301A but haven't used them much or even cleaned them up. My husband fines more then I can get done or else I am on the website too much. It must be he fines more then I can get done! Hope someone can use this site as I believe it is a very good one.

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    Here is a link that teaches how to fix the tension problems. It's a little long, because the author is a little chatty, but the information in the article is really good.

    http://www.treadleon.net/sewingmachi...djustment.html

    Dave McCallum has directions to fix the tension, also, in his book "The Featherweight 221 and I" I found it easy to do once I learned the workings of the tension dial.
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    I would love to join this thread. I have 2 301's and so far like them. I would like to learn more about them!

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    I have two Singer 301 machines, one is tan with a large flip up and the other one is a black one in a cabinet. I would love to have a thread about these machines>

    Peggy

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    Smile Singer 301

    I have two Singer 301 machines, one is tan with a large flip up and the other one is a black one in a cabinet. I would love to have a thread about these machines>

    Peggy

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    I have one 301A built in 1956 given to me for my HS Grad. in 1957 and sewn on almost daily ever since. Love this machine ! It shares the sewing room with a BERNINA 1630, a Bernette55 (for classes) and a Juki 635DEV overlock now but, my 301A is my go to sewing machine.

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    Oh, and I think a 301 section is a great idea ! My DD has a 301 also, that she just found thru an online source it is a couple of years older than mine but does not appear to have belonged to someone who sewed. The case is even pristine, must have been in the back of a very deep closet!!!!!!

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    I have a 301A that my DH found at a yard sales for $20. The lady bought it brand new and was the only one to ever used it. it is tan/white and the case looks brand new, she's a real beauty. Use my FW for all my classes and most of my every day sewing just because her stitch is so beautiful and the soft click...click...click sounds she makes as she sews. Also have a 401 and several other old Singers, they are wonderful and very durable.

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    How funny that you, too have a 301 AND a Bernina 1630. Did you realize that they are both rotary bobbin machines? I didn't know that for a long time. Another machine you would like is a Singer 201, another rotary bobobbin machine. My theory is that once you have sewn on a rotary bobbin, that is the only type that seems to sew "right." Oh, all right, I will admit that I have not only my 1630 and a 301 (actually, THE 301 that I learned to sew on), but four other 301's, about 10 featherweights, and probably 30 or 40 other machines. But my favorites are my rotary bobbin machines! (The featherweights, 301's, 201's, and my 1630.)

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    I would like to have a thread about the 301. I have a black 301 in the cabinet but haven't used it yet.
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