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Thread: 301A for $175, is that a good price???

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    Question 301A for $175, is that a good price???

    I stopped by my local sewing machine shop b/c I saw the 301 sitting in the window as we by the other day. Not sure how I spotted it but I did She is asking $175, comes with case and 2 boxes one of the a darning foot. It has been serviced and ready to go.

    ​Thanks for all your help.

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    I'd take it!

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    She said she would drop the price a bit b/c I am a good customer!!

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    It's been serviced so it already saved you $85 - go for it
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    It's been serviced so it already saved you $85 - go for it
    I would imagine it also comes with some sort of warranty, probably 30 days...but ask for that. Most dealers will give you some sort of warranty with used machines. You won't be sorry getting a 301.

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    Thanks ladies for all your help I appreciate it. I was thinking it was a little high b/c compared to eBay they seem to run about $100. But I have been hearing that a lot of people are getting machines that were in worse off condition then described. So getting a machine thats been service and I know works is worth the money!
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    Yes, lots of "cheaper" ebay machines arrive damaged or missing the bobbin case (which can cost upwards of $50). So these bargains are not such good bargains. I would ALWAYS pay a bit more for a local machine that I'm certain is working and from a trusted source than an unknown seller via ebay. Plus you can have it right away and not have to wait for shipping :>

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    That's about what I paid for the one I bought on ebay without shipping. I had to have her serviced as well. So you will be saving shipping charges and the service fee. If you get her, I don't think you will be sorry to have her.

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    Does it have attachments and bobbins with it too?
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    'need to know that is in the boxes' because i am curious


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    this is a great oppertunity on a fantastic machine.....go for it.......and post lots of pictures

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    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats View Post
    That's about what I paid for the one I bought on ebay without shipping. I had to have her serviced as well. So you will be saving shipping charges and the service fee. If you get her, I don't think you will be sorry to have her.
    Oh, I forgot to tell you I received a buttonhole attachment and a zig zag attachment with my machine.

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    I know one of them is a darning foot and the other I am not sure. It is a bigger box and I forgot to look inside.


    Quote Originally Posted by SunlitenSmiles View Post
    'need to know that is in the boxes' because i am curious



    Yes it does see above.
    Does it have attachments and bobbins with it too?
    Im going to go back and look for thoroughly and take it for a test drive.
    Last edited by pinkberrykay; 01-28-2012 at 03:27 PM.

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    What color is it? Short bed or long bed?

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    I can tell you that you'll love the 301. she runs quietly in comparison to almost any machine. She weighs 18 #, so you can take her with you when you go to a workshop, or someone else's home. She is easy to maintain on your own.
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    I'd say go for it! It is already serviced and ready to sew!
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    Short bed and she is a light mocha color (tan)


    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch's mom View Post
    What color is it? Short bed or long bed?

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    Yes, I would buy it, serviced and ready to go absolutely. It would be a better purchase than the Godzilla 99 for $125.00 you inquired about.
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    Hey, don't knock those little 99s - they are a fine little machine
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    waiting for the pictures ........... keep checking back to see pictures ...... hint, hint, hint

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    Good deal...take it and run...I have 301 and 301A and I use them more then my newer machines...I also do better at FM on them. Make sure has bobbin case...I'm assuming it does if it's sewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkberrykay View Post
    Short bed and she is a light mocha color (tan)
    Hmmm Pinkberrykay. Didn't you just discover the wonders of stash. I warned you that vintage machines would be next. Good thing we have the Vintage Machine Board for our meetings. Ah, the addiction.
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    I have to wait til tomorrow to go back and look at it and test it out!! Ill get pictures!!!


    I was thinking about getting a Featherweight 221 but I can always get that for my birthday and get this now!!!

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    Waiting to see if you like it! I see that the sewing machine guy that currently has my 15-91 for rewiring has a 301 and a 401 for sale. He takes in older Singers, Kenmore's - just certain machines, repairs/rewires/refurbs them as needed, then resells.

    301a tan is listed for $229 (has been rewired)
    401a is listed for $249, has original carrying case

    Compared to other prices I see in my area and knowing that these machines have been serviced and are ready to go - and have a 90 day warranty, I think I will keep my eye on his machines. He said if I find a machine I am interested in, feel free to call him, he can look at them, give an opinion. He let me know that the thing to watch for in the 301s is that they have the bobbin case (those run about $50 otherwise), and also that the rotary hook isn't broken. I had read about the bobbin case elsewhere.

    Can't wait to see your *new* machine!

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    I am headed out to look at this again and the 128 that I posted about. The 301a is at a dealer so it has been serviced and ready to go. Im also looking at getting a 221 so I may get that instead of of the 301. I can't make up my mind

    Quote Originally Posted by DawnFurlong View Post
    Waiting to see if you like it! I see that the sewing machine guy that currently has my 15-91 for rewiring has a 301 and a 401 for sale. He takes in older Singers, Kenmore's - just certain machines, repairs/rewires/refurbs them as needed, then resells.

    301a tan is listed for $229 (has been rewired)
    401a is listed for $249, has original carrying case

    Compared to other prices I see in my area and knowing that these machines have been serviced and are ready to go - and have a 90 day warranty, I think I will keep my eye on his machines. He said if I find a machine I am interested in, feel free to call him, he can look at them, give an opinion. He let me know that the thing to watch for in the 301s is that they have the bobbin case (those run about $50 otherwise), and also that the rotary hook isn't broken. I had read about the bobbin case elsewhere.

    Can't wait to see your *new* machine!

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