301A in Black

Old 01-08-2023, 01:18 PM
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I have a 301A in black. I thought I read somewhere that this was the last black machine Singer offered. Can anyone shed any light on the situation?

It seems like I've seen some later plastic machines in black. Maybe.
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You may be thinking of the 160th anniversary https://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/s...ng-machine.php
I don't know how much plastic, but they also did 170th anniversary 15 https://www.singer.com/170th-anniver...15-class-black

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Singer is still making black, cast iron machines in India. Their line includes Singer 15 models which date back to 1885 if I'm not mistaken. Here's a link to a new Singer 15 in a treadle. Converting rupees to US dollars, it can be had for US $108.97. Shipping however would be a problem.

https://shop.singerindia.com/product...ewing-machine/
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Singer is still making black, cast iron machines in India. Their line includes Singer 15 models which date back to 1885 if I'm not mistaken. Here's a link to a new Singer 15 in a treadle. Converting rupees to US dollars, it can be had for US $108.97. Shipping however would be a problem.

https://shop.singerindia.com/product...ewing-machine/
If that machine is any good, a hundred bucks is a steal! But you're right, it would probably not fit in my carry on.
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You may be thinking of the 160th anniversary https://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/s...ng-machine.php
I don't know how much plastic, but they also did 170th anniversary 15 https://www.singer.com/170th-anniver...15-class-black

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So, black isn't completely gone. The 160th machine was plastic. The 170th was specifically not intended for any amount of sewing AND it used 16x1 needles for some bizarre reason.

I appreciate the info. I'm thinking of selling the 301 locally and I want to have my facts straight.
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and at the same time the black model was the very last of the beautiful black machines with gold decals. This was a new era and Singer wanted to modernize the look; the black machines were old school.
About 80% of the way down this page:
https://singer301.com/about/default.html

Obviously, it's not completely accurate, but this is where I saw it.
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Old 01-14-2023, 08:06 AM
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Singer does make a plastic machine for everyday use. One of the women that occasionally comes to a quilting bee I go to has one. I have no idea what model it is though. I think Singer was trying to cash in on nostalgia, just like they were by coming out with a "new Featherweight" a few years ago. Here a 301 can go for anywhere between $50 and $300 depending on where you buy it.
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