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Thread: 301 Singer question

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    301 Singer question

    I have two adorable 301's that I would like to find a new home for.? Are these machines in demand? I know they don't weigh much and great to travel with. So should I try to sell them and if so what price range? I must admit I am more partial to the 15's, yet I love them all and don't have any room for them. They need to come out to play some. I just have time to give them the love & play they deserved. Kinda sad to think of parting with them,yet.

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    301s have a lot of fans, bed length, color, condition, location demand in your area and tea leaves all figure in to pricing. watch ads in your area.. and if you can, check sold prices.
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    It seems that prices really depend a lot on your area. I found a 301 in a cabinet with all of the accessories, for twenty five dollars. The woman that sold it had just dropped the price from fifty dollars the morning that I saw her ad on Craigslist. Another ad has run for over a year, $125.00 with no case, cabinet or accessories.

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    I have my mom's 301 and it's a really nice little machine. I think there is a market for them, but sadly there doesn't seem to be much money in them here.
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    Bernina Artista 180, Singer 301a, Featherweight Centennial, Rocketeer, Juki 2200 QVP Mini, White 1964 Featherweight

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    I payed $75 for mine a few years ago, it came with a folding table.

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    I paid one month's wages for a 301 in 1956. As a teacher, that wasn't much by today's standards. I still have it and still love it.
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    thanks all, I do love the vintage singers, so it won't break my heart if I end up keeping them if I can't find a good home for them. I love how they clickity clack as they are sewing along!

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    The brown ones seem to be going for $100 - 200.00 plus shipping on Ebay unless they have all the attachments and extras with them. I bought mine 5 years ago for $350.00 but it is painted sapphire blue and was fully reconditioned. It's a nice machine but I should never have paid that much!

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    My first piecing machine was a Mocha 301A I paid $75 for it in 2004. Then I purchased a tan and cream 301. I just recently purchased a 301 long bed with a case, attachments, and manual for $150. My machine guy said I made a great deal -- the machine was in almost new condition. As Featherweight demand and prices continue to increase, the demand for the 301s is increasing. At this point, there are still great deals out there, but demand is growing as is pricing. I am now looking for a black one.
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    I love my 301"s as well as the FWs. It depends on area you're in & condition of it I have heard they sell between 15-100, depends if in table.. case or cabinet and if any attachments with it
    I would love to have an table or cabinet for mine though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Belfrybat View Post
    The brown ones seem to be going for $100 - 200.00 plus shipping on Ebay unless they have all the attachments and extras with them. I bought mine 5 years ago for $350.00 but it is painted sapphire blue and was fully reconditioned. It's a nice machine but I should never have paid that much!
    I might have paid that much for one painted a nice color, but then I'm crazy that way
    Patrice S

    Bernina Artista 180, Singer 301a, Featherweight Centennial, Rocketeer, Juki 2200 QVP Mini, White 1964 Featherweight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belfrybat View Post
    The brown ones seem to be going for $100 - 200.00 plus shipping on Ebay unless they have all the attachments and extras with them. I bought mine 5 years ago for $350.00 but it is painted sapphire blue and was fully reconditioned. It's a nice machine but I should never have paid that much!
    Oooooohhh!!! I wanna see a picture of your blue 301!! Pleeeeeeeease???

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    Quote Originally Posted by leonf View Post
    location demand in your area and tea leaves all figure in to pricing.
    Ha ha ha!! Tea leaves! That explains so much!

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    Love all my 301's...I have two black, one tan
    My first was found where I live in NY at a tag sale at a Church. It was 30.00 and at that point didn't know what to look for but price was right. I found it was missing bobbin case and needed svc, that was before I knew how to do my own oil/grease etc...Cost me 275.00 in the end to get it up and running. Lesson learned make sure bobbin case there and svc yourself.
    My second I found in RI listed in an ad Tan color in cabinet w/all attachments asking 150. I offered 100 they took it and it's my favorite since it's in the cabinet and has a knee control which I love. It had it's bobbin case...first thing I cked. Worked beautifully. Did all my own oil/grease.
    My Third I found in an antique shop in CT hidden under a table in it's case. I opened had everything including a tag showing recent svc by a sewing machine co. Price 50...I knew it's worth and grabbed it. I use them all.
    My Tan one came w/cams which work with the 301 to make all diff stitches.
    So like all have said it just depends where you find one and what they are asking. Personally I feel if it's complete in case I'd be willing to pay up to 100, no more but I'm cheap...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955 View Post
    Love all my 301's...I have two black, one tan


    My Tan one came w/cams which work with the 301 to make all diff stitches.
    So like all have said it just depends where you find one and what they are asking. Personally I feel if it's complete in case I'd be willing to pay up to 100, no more but I'm cheap...
    Where do the cams go on a 301? I paid $100 including shipping on my favorite - a short bed mocha. I paid $120 with shipping on my long bed in a case with a lot of attachments, but I was refunded the shipping because the packing job was terrible and the case was damaged. Both machines were freshly serviced and ready to sew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955 View Post

    My Tan one came w/cams which work with the 301 to make all diff stitches.
    So like all have said it just depends where you find one and what they are asking. Personally I feel if it's complete in case I'd be willing to pay up to 100, no more but I'm cheap...
    Where do the cams go on a 301? I paid $100 including shipping on my favorite - a short bed mocha. I paid $120 with shipping on my long bed in a case with a lot of attachments, but I was refunded the shipping because the packing job was terrible and the case was damaged. Both machines were freshly serviced and ready to sew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly View Post
    The 301 does not take cams, it is a straight stitch only machine. She must have it confused with another model.

    Cari
    This is what came with my 301...foot with 4 diff cams for diff stitches
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    Quote Originally Posted by OurWorkbench View Post
    Thank you for confirming you have a zigzagger. Have you tried using it and what were the results?

    Janey - Neat people never make the exciting discoveries I do.


    I have and was surprised how well it works and nice stitches come out.

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    I have a 301 zigzgger, too, but I've never used it. That's my Elna's job. Now I'll have to try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OurWorkbench View Post
    Thank you for confirming you have a zigzagger. Have you tried using it and what were the results?
    I have one of those. In 1956 I made a ruffled skirt to go around the bottom of my first baby's bassinet. Many rows of different colors of decorative stitches. But I will say that the zigzagger would work much better if the fabric were very firm. Mine was just cotton and the stitches did bunch up a bit. It looked cute anyway. I still have the zigzagger and it has eight cams. I still have the 301, too!
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