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Thread: I just found a 1957 Singer at an estate sale...

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    Senior Member Ellen's Avatar
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    and I don't have anyone else to crow with. There were no machines out and I asked the lady if she had any sewing machines lurking in the background and she said she had 2. One was for Home Ec and the other was an old one her mother bought after her brother was born. Her brother went in the house and found it, brought it out and undid the latch on the case and there it was.....in all it's beauty. A LBOW (light brown/off white) 301A Singer. I almost fainted in the driveway. She didn't know what to charge for it and she and her brother asked what I'd be willing to pay (I really felt bad about doing this) and I said "How about $20?" and she said "$25?" and I mulled that for about 30 seconds and said "OK" and paid up. It's perfect...everything is in great shape, case doesn't stink, and has attachments.
    I was yard/estate saling alone and all my friends are doing other things today away from home....Oh my, how dare they? I needed to crow. Got home and told the DH I found a machine worth a lot of money...he looked at me and said "How much????" and I said $25 and he cracked up. Like I need another machine....NOT.

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    It sounds as though its the same as mine (my avatar). You'll love it. Lucky you!

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    that's ever so close but my light cover and the left end is the off white along with the top and wheel. I have a big sister for my FW...woo hoo. Now I have to think of a name.

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    Lucky u! Doesn't hurt to ask!

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    What a deal. Good for you. Enjoy your new acquisition.

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    Wonderful for you.:) I've been looking for a 2 tone colored one with a case for a while. I also want one with a long bed so I may be looking for awhile.

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    I'm waiting for a deal like that before I buy a 301 :lol: Nice buy!!

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    Nice buy!

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    Great find! Do you have a larger/better picture of the quilt in your avatar picture? It looks really beautiful.

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    http://blog.sew-classic.com/2009/03/...ne-review.aspx

    Scroll down, mine looks like the one on the left. Can click on picture to enlarge it.

    Now I need to find out what machine lubricant is....NOT oil, and where to find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellen
    http://blog.sew-classic.com/2009/03/...ne-review.aspx

    Scroll down, mine looks like the one on the left. Can click on picture to enlarge it.

    Now I need to find out what machine lubricant is....NOT oil, and where to find it.
    It's a motor lube, and you can get it anywhere that sells Singer sewing machines and supplies. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellen
    http://blog.sew-classic.com/2009/03/...ne-review.aspx

    Scroll down, mine looks like the one on the left. Can click on picture to enlarge it.

    Now I need to find out what machine lubricant is....NOT oil, and where to find it.
    Cool--the 301 is on my wish list! All I found today was a Touch and Sew.

    Singer lubricant comes in a small red and white squeeze tube. They used to have them at Hancock's where I live, but I had to find mine at the local sewing machine shop last time I bought it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellen
    that's ever so close but my light cover and the left end is the off white along with the top and wheel. I have a big sister for my FW...woo hoo. Now I have to think of a name.
    I'd say the name should be "Lucky"!

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    Oh my gosh, there's a red and white tube in the accessory box....never thought to look to see what it was. Yabbadabbadoooooo !!!!!

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    Cool--the 301 is on my wish list! All I found today was a Touch and Sew.

    Funny, I have spent two straight days running from estate sales, yard sales, church sales, junk stores, etc looking for a Touch and Sew and all I found were 30l's. I am determined that the next machine I purchase will the like the first one my husband gave me after we got married.
    doglover

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    Nikki, I'll try to get a bigger/better picture of my avatar posted tomorrow. It's called Arkansas Crossroads...they usually use white roads but this fabric called for black. I used a jelly roll for the squares. The inner border is a lt. gold just over 1/8" flat piping....Just screams white and wider doesn't it? A very happy accident.

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    wow....lucky you! I can't find one but do know of some not far from me & he charges quite a bit but then again his are all taken apart, re-oiled, cleaned before he sells them but still....~~~~sigh~~~

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    Gosh, nwm, I wouldn't even begin looking there...there are plenty of machines out there. I'm in a very small town west of Tampa and managed to find both a FW (yrs ago) and the 301 right in my own neighborhood. Keep looking and good luck.

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    That's a great find!! Now all you need is a Mocha and a black 301 to complete your set :mrgreen: of colors but then you will also have to find the shortbeds and longbeds of each color! I have 7 of them.....not sure how I got them all but I think the tooth fairy may be leaving them during the night!

    301's are pretty easy to work on. Dave McCallum's book, "The Featherweight 221 and I" helps me because the FW and the 301 are almost the same (when it comes to working on them). There is a Yahoo group, also, for Singer slant machine owners. There is lots of info in their files for all of the various models of slants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysQuilting View Post
    It sounds as though its the same as mine (my avatar). You'll love it. Lucky you!
    Is you machine in avatar a Singer 403?

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    I bought Singer sewing machine oil and lubricant at my nearby JoAnn's. They have a bunch of Singer stuff. I just bought a Singer 301a and I'm a happy camper! It needed some TLC so it's in for cleaning and maintenance.
    Sewzy

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