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Thread: Heads up! Found a Singer 201-3 for sale if anyone is looking for one

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    Heads up! Found a Singer 201-3 for sale if anyone is looking for one

    I bought a 201-3 last month and love it! The 201-3 is made in the UK and has the light mounted on the back of the machine instead of the front... less apt to burn yourself on the light bulb that way. It's on ebay and the price is faaaabulous. The motor has already been changed to a 110volt for the USA. Click on the photo "Image C" and you'll see the motor is a 110volt, made for the USA.

    I am NAYY, it's such a faaaabulous machine I had to pass this along.
    Bernina 640, Singer 201-3, Singer Centennial 15-91, Tin Lizzie 26" long arm

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    Love it! Notice how large the throat opening is - can you FMQ with something like this? So much bigger space than all the newer plastic things.
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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    Yes, there is a thumbscrew underneath to drop the feeddogs. Very easy!

    The 201 is known as the quilter's dream machine. I love mine! It's the quietest of all the Singer sewing machines and the stitches are beautiful. The motor on the 201-3 is not the typical potted motor found on 201s made in the USA. It has a belt driven motor, and the light is mounted on the back of the machine instead of the front.

    The bobbin is a drop in from the top, and the hook spins twice for every stitch. Because the hook is designed this way, it makes for a very quiet sewing machine.
    Bernina 640, Singer 201-3, Singer Centennial 15-91, Tin Lizzie 26" long arm

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    I bought mine on ebay last month. It didn't have a case with it, but I had a 66-16 in a table that I didn't need. So I took the 66-16 out of the table, gave it to a friend and put the 201 in the table. It's beautiful! I've been sewing Civil War Journals piecing on it this week.
    Bernina 640, Singer 201-3, Singer Centennial 15-91, Tin Lizzie 26" long arm

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    That one is nice. While looking at that one I found this. I really like the cabinet. Too bad I don't live near there.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Sing...53345726625659

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnVT View Post
    Love it! Notice how large the throat opening is - can you FMQ with something like this? So much bigger space than all the newer plastic things.
    Sure, just that because the bobbin is a drop in, it's not as desirable to some people. Many quilters(myself included) prefer vertical bobbin mechanisms as they tend to give better stitch quality.

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    I dont know the difference but looks like my 15-91. My only complaint is the stitches cant get smaller, ive tried!! I love my baby!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine- View Post
    Civil War Journals
    What is this? I keep picturing the war journals the soldiers kept, that I saw at the antique mall on the weekend, but I'm sure that's not right...

    Sorry to take your thread off topic...

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    It's the name of a BOM quilt. Here's a link to another thread about this quilt. There are some photos there as well.
    Bernina 640, Singer 201-3, Singer Centennial 15-91, Tin Lizzie 26" long arm

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    Ahh,. thank you! I knew I was missing something. Lovely quilt ideas you have. I still have yet to graduate out of the "pin cushion" sized project I started a couple of weeks ago on the Winselmann.

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    I have a badged 15 clone with tension in the back that looks just like that one. Beautiful machine, I have no room for it.
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    LynnVT,
    I have a 201 and haven't had much luck doing FMQ with it. Its my favorite machine for piecing quilts and straight line quilting. My 201K is a treadle, formerly hand crank powered. Its a very quiet machine; almost 8" of throat space.
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    Last edited by purplefiend; 08-25-2012 at 11:45 AM.

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    I love it, I want it -- but DH thinks 20 machines are enough.

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    I came across the 201-3 while looking for something else and thought it was a good deal!! But I'm working on my landscaping now so another machine will have to wait. Besides, not sure where I would put it (although who needs a kitchen anyway????)

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    I love my 201-2. You are right about it being quiet. It should last another 60 years.

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