Finally bought a Singer 301A

Old 03-18-2018, 05:42 AM
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I paid 2$ for mine at an auction about 30 years ago. I use it as my main machine.
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Old 03-18-2018, 06:24 AM
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You want to get slant shank feet for your 301A. Try looking at www.sew-classic.com. She is great to deal with, and very knowledgeable. And congrats on your new to you machine! You'll love it!
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Old 03-18-2018, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by kn0601
Yep, mine came with the cradle and the cabinet... double win for me! Does anyone here use their 301 for FMQ?
I don't have a 301 (yet!) But I have heard that they are great for FMQ because the slant shank makes it easier to see where you are going to stitch. I even heard that the Westlee Ruler Company is making a slant shank ruler foot for these older Singers too. Congratulations on your new machine!
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My 301 has a needle plate marked for seam allowances, I find it to be very accurate. I do have the slant walking foot, the dogs don't align perfectly, but it does work and I use it. Have not invested in other feet.
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[QUOTE=Watson58;8023722]I bought a Singer slant shank walking foot for my 301 and it works perfect. I keep that foot on it and just use the machine for that. using it now to make a t-shirt quilt.

I also have a Singer slant shank walking foot and have no problem with it. I do most of my quilting on a 301.

I thoroughly enjoy the 301. It runs fast, plus the slant needle gives much better visibility than a Featherweight for me.
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Old 03-18-2018, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Treadle&Gears
Which 42 did you get? Some have real drawers and some have a cabinet door that looks like drawers. Then some drawer models have an inkwell.
You won't have any problem selling the cabinet. I have seen empty ones on Craigslist sell quickly for good money.
Both of the #42 cabinets have drawers, the one with the door has drawers behind it.

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Old 03-18-2018, 08:27 PM
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I have the one that has the door that covers the drawers. The cabinet is not that bad but you can tell that it is a sewing machine cabinet. I'd rather have something a little more discreet like the Queen Elizabeth No 40 style.
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Old 03-19-2018, 10:13 AM
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I would keep the cabinet and cradle. They make it nice to sew on and aren't that easy to get. We have a bunch of
301 machines. Both in cabinet and in cases. They are our favorite lightweight machine. The slant
needle is nice and since they are direct gear drive they are way more powerful than a 221 Featherweight.

You can still get every type of foot for the slant foot machines. We have 1/4quilting, stitch in the ditch, zipper,
walking, and roller feet. You can also still get zigzag and button hole attachments and they work fine.

There are lots of small suitcases that will work with a 301 for a case.

I would get a second machine for use outside of the cabinet. They are easy to find and not as expensive as
a featherweight.
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Old 03-19-2018, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by kn0601
I have the one that has the door that covers the drawers. The cabinet is not that bad but you can tell that it is a sewing machine cabinet. I'd rather have something a little more discreet like the Queen Elizabeth No 40 style.
Those 40's (except the Queen Anne style) are easy to find, my 201-2 and 301 both came in that cabinet. One of the previous owners of the 301 tried to make the walnut cabinet look like mahogany, so it has to be stripped. It's really nasty. If you were close, I'd trade cabinets with you. The one the 201-2 came in is in good shape.

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Old 03-20-2018, 02:28 PM
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I love my 301A's. Have one at home and one up north at the cabin. Great for my quilt piecing, I learned to fmq on it, did purchase a walking foot for it and have had no problems with it.
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