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    Senior Member Japonica's Avatar
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    You all on the board sparked me to spend over an hour up in our attic moving my MIL's old sewing cabinet around enough to get this baby out. can anyone help me identify. And, do you think it is worth having a repairman look at it to get it up and running? I am so excited. Her name is Annie after my MIL who passed years ago. I think she would love it if I used her machine! Old, old cabinet with it but I left in attic until I see what I can do with the machine.

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    it is worth having someone to look at it, if it works what joy,
    it may only need a good clean and oiling, looks very much like one I had many years ago.

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    She's lovely! I think she's worth the effort.

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    Definitely worth the effort to fix and use. I like the name :)

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    By all means have a qualified repairman have a looksee. The stiches she will produce are a thing of beauty. Good luck.

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    What is the serial number? That will tell her age and maybe her identity.

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    what a treasure, I hope it all works out for you.
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    I think you and Annie could have a lot of fun together :D:D:D

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    is it a 301? I would definately get it running, check the wiring and bring the cabinet down

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    If the cord isn't frayed, give her a good cleaning and oiling and fire her up to see if she runs. If the cord shows signs of wear then by all means, have someone that knows what they're doing replace it.

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    This is a Singer 201-2, one of the best machines that Singer every made. I have one that had an external European motor to it. I removed the motor and now the machine is in a treadle. It is the smoothest and quietest machine that I have ever used, and it produces the prettiest straight stitch I have ever seen (top and bottom thread). Looks like you are missing the spool pin that sits on top or do you still have that? Go to the Vintage Machine shop on this site and look for Billy's tutorial on cleaning this machine. He may have instructions on how to clean the motor pots which will need to be done(easy to do). If not he can instruct you on how to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    What is the serial number? That will tell her age and maybe her identity.
    Where do I find the Serial Number...on the bottom? All that is there is 45229

    The number on top is AH493440

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    Quote Originally Posted by Japonica
    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    What is the serial number? That will tell her age and maybe her identity.
    Where do I find the Serial Number...on the bottom? All that is there is 45229

    The number on top is AH493440
    The number with the AH is the serial number. Here is the site to go to for the date and model: http://www.singerco.com/support/serial_numbers.html

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    Beautiful machine. Definitely have it cleaned and repaired. You'll be so happy.

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    Definately worth having cleaned and oiled. Probably will work after that. There is a serial number on the plate on the machine. Check out the Singer web site to learn when it was made. They have a great serial number reference.
    The gold is in excellent condition so it appears the machine was never used a lot and seems to have been stored well.

    You are very lucky!

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    Its a beautiful machine!

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    SEND YOUR SERIAL NUMBER TO SINGERCO.COM AND ASK THEM THE YEAR AND MODEL OF THE MACHINE. IT LOOKS QUITE A LOT LIKE MY 221.MINE DOES NOT HAVE THE LIGHT.

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    She is a model #201 and she is post war...lucky you to own such a lovely machine...

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    Here you go: http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/11/...ne-review.aspx

    I have been reading about the model 201, lately, and everything I've read says that it is a favorite of those who own one. Get her fired up and she how she does :thumbup: !!!!

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    What a fabulous find!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    This is a Singer 201-2, one of the best machines that Singer every made. I have one that had an external European motor to it. I removed the motor
    Here is a larger photo of my machine. My avatar is also a photo of my 201. Yours is a 201. You hit the jackpot with this machine. Enjoy!
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    With that serial nuumber, she is a 1948 machine. At that young age, she should be ready to go after a cleaning. I hope my 1952 will be, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    With that serial nuumber, she is a 1948 machine. At that young age, she should be ready to go after a cleaning. I hope my 1952 will be, too.
    1952 has to be a good year. That is my birth year!!

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    I would at least get an estimate. My sewing machine mechanic is really good about estimates. I would call and ask. Also some sewing machine mechanics run cleaning and tune-up specials and have coupons in the yellow pages. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Japonica
    You all on the board sparked me to spend over an hour up in our attic moving my MIL's old sewing cabinet around enough to get this baby out. can anyone help me identify. And, do you think it is worth having a repairman look at it to get it up and running? I am so excited. Her name is Annie after my MIL who passed years ago. I think she would love it if I used her machine! Old, old cabinet with it but I left in attic until I see what I can do with the machine.

    Thanks all!
    I refurbish the vintage machines from the 1860's to the late 1950's and specialize in the treadles. I charge $65 for the complete Spa treatment + parts and shipping. If you want to know what kind of work I do just ask anyone on our board and they will tell you.

    And dont forget to come over to the Vintage Sewing Machine Shop Thread and join in on the conversation, we would love to have you there!!

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