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    Red face a 301 question........

    I love this 301 that I got at a Salvation Army thrift store, in a nice cabinet, for 32.00 and I have sewn a LOT of quilts on it.............BUT...when I am sewing along, and need to stop, take my knee off of the control, it doesnt stop....it sews on, for about 6 more stitches.........is this a common thing for a 301, or do I have a problem, and if it is, how do I fix it?
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    This is how older machines work. They don't come to a complete stop automatically, you need to get used to that and work with it. You may want to double check the contacts and foot control, however, as it sounds like the foot control may be a bit stuck somewhere. It is normal for the machine to run a few stitches until it stops, but you can make sure it's doing what it should by double checking the status of the foot control.

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    I would hit that knee control with some tri-flow oil for starters then do what Candace just said
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    My 301 in use stops as soon as move my foot. I don't know about the one in the case. All my vintage machine e machines stop exactly where I want. I haven't tried my treadles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    My 301 in use stops as soon as move my foot. I don't know about the one in the case. All my vintage machine e machines stop exactly where I want. I haven't tried my treadles.
    That's funny, Rose. All of my vintage machines run a few stitches before coming to a complete stop.

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    None of my older machines (electrics dating from the mid 30's thru 70's) make so much as 1 stitch after I release the pedal. And I have a good variety of machines....Singers, Kenmores, Whites, Nationals. If yours is stitching AT ALL after you release pressure on your foot (or knee) control, I'd think the controller either needs a good cleaning or replaced.

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    I guess I need to add that I sew pedal to the metal at full throttle. I don't sew slow. So, yes, for my machines to come to a full stop there is an extra stitch or so. I use many different foot controls that have all been maintained and that is not the issue. Speed and the mechanics of the machine are what cause this. Especially if it's a belt driven machine.

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    Now you've made me curious. I will watch my machines. I have a 301 and a 15 clone set up. I don't have to check the Elna - I know it stops.

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    But, Rose, are you a speed demon like me? :>

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    LOL try an industrial machine.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Miriam, I think I would sew myself to the table if I used an industrial. People are always commenting about how fast I sew. But, honestly, when I'm FMQing (very often) I get the best stitch quality and flow when I'm moving FAST. Maybe an industrial would outdo me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Miriam, I think I would sew myself to the table if I used an industrial. People are always commenting about how fast I sew. But, honestly, when I'm FMQing (very often) I get the best stitch quality and flow when I'm moving FAST. Maybe an industrial would outdo me!
    Candace you would figure out how to make it go as slow as you need to or as fast as you want it to go in time.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    I know, I'm only joking;> Really, I have no more room for cabinets and an industrial would take up space I don't have. But, I've always wanted to play with one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I know, I'm only joking;> Really, I have no more room for cabinets and an industrial would take up space I don't have. But, I've always wanted to play with one.
    just grab your super member cape and head on over and we will do some serious playing...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Some day!!

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    my 301A stops immediately......the foot control is very sensitive and it can go really fast of course, but it can also go very slow (like slow motion or hand sewing speed) This was my graduation gift in 1957 and my source of relax/rejuvanate every day.

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    Okay, I played with mine while sewing WOF strips. If I stopped suddenly, I sewed a stitch or two. The reason I haven't had an issue is that I don't stop suddenly - I anticipate a stop coming up and slow down, so I have no extra stitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Okay, I played with mine while sewing WOF strips. If I stopped suddenly, I sewed a stitch or two. The reason I haven't had an issue is that I don't stop suddenly - I anticipate a stop coming up and slow down, so I have no extra stitches.
    Yup, this is what I'm talking about.

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    thanks for all the good answers.......I will check things close and see what is doing........I do love sewing with this one...I rescued it from a Salvation Army store for 32.00, in the nice cabinet, and it was worh every penny !!
    Judy, retired RN, alias 4 dogs and in the mountains of western North Carolina.

    Someday you will be a memory - try to make it a good one .

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