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Thread: I've fallen in love.... (301a)

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    I've fallen in love.... (301a)

    I know I absolutely DO NOT need this machine, but I keep going back and just looking. I saw one on the last quilting retreat and she was so light and functional and fast. I can afford it, but don't need it as I have a Featherweight, a 15-91, and three modern machines including a brand new Janome 8900. But she is blue, and just so pretty looking, but way too expensive. Did I mention I DO NOT need another machine? Please someone talk me out of buying this fast. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belfrybat View Post
    I have a Featherweight, a 15-91, and three modern machines including a brand new Janome 8900.
    You poor thing. I feel so bad for you. How have you survived with only five machines?

    ROFL

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    I second napajohn's comment - since I'm up to over 60 of them, and have a hard time thinking of parting with ANY of them LOL!!
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    I have over 30 machines, plan on keeping only half but at the asking price I would pass this one up in a heartbeat and never look back. Did that help?
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    If you love it and have the money, why not? Wrong crowd to tell you no.
    They must be getting low on featherweights to paint...
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    I know the work involved with repainting, so I'd never say this kind of machine is over priced. Though I'm too cheap to cough up the money:> If you want it, can afford it and will love it...rock on!

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    that sure is a pretty machine. I agree with Rodney- if you love it and have the money, why not?
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    Do they have a warranty on the paint not scratching off?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Dang Bel, that’s sure a nice looking Singer 301A. I really like the blue color. I’d like to try painting one of my own like that, but I probably wouldn’t get the color so vivid. I doubt that many people could. The color is outstanding, and is so brilliant. I doubt if I’ll ever see another one like it, at least not with that brilliant blue. It’s like a “one-of-a-kind” blue, don’t you think?

    It probably won’t hurt to pass on it. Even if you never, ever, ever, see another one that pretty, you can always think back to this one that you loved....and passed on.....


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    Most of the ones with the shabby paint work the best - maybe they painted it because it was worn.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    I think you’re right Miriam. It doesn’t make sense to repaint one that hasn’t been used. But one that’s been used lovingly day and night, and night and day, producing ever so pleasing stitches that the owner couldn’t help but notice were oh so consistently nice, might show some wear from all of the light touches, gentle pats, and heart-felt hugs that the user MUST have given to such a wonderful machine. Yep, it’s been there and done that, has a little wear, but only well broken-in, and probably had the scars to show for it. Still, never complaining, I’ll bet it just kept on sewing and sewing, and making someone’s heart fill with glee. You don’t see many of that kind of machine in a lifetime......and it’s now a brilliant blue.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags View Post
    I think you’re right Miriam. It doesn’t make sense to repaint one that hasn’t been used. But one that’s been used lovingly day and night, and night and day, producing ever so pleasing stitches that the owner couldn’t help but notice were oh so consistently nice, might show some wear from all of the light touches, gentle pats, and heart-felt hugs that the user MUST have given to such a wonderful machine. Yep, it’s been there and done that, has a little wear, but only well broken-in, and probably had the scars to show for it. Still, never complaining, I’ll bet it just kept on sewing and sewing, and making someone’s heart fill with glee. You don’t see many of that kind of machine in a lifetime......and it’s now a brilliant blue.


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    I have one that was used and used and used - it just wants to be used some more. Does painting it erase all the merit badges?
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    If you have the money and realllllllyyyyy like it, go for it. You'll be ill with regret if you don't. No one wants an ill seamstress/quilter. Me(?) the price would make me pass and ill with regret that I couldn't afford it. You go girl!

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    Which one do you think would be the fastest machine?
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    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Hmm. Well, the two, two-toned machines I own tend to have speedier or stronger motors than any of the other 301's I've owned. And I've owned quite a few . I don't know exactly why, other than they are newer machines than most of the blacks and mochas.
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    What about the blue ones? Aren't they the fastest and bestest ever?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Most of the ones with the shabby paint work the best - maybe they painted it because it was worn.
    That seller has a whole rainbow of painted 301s and Featherweights on eBay, so either they found a bunch of shabby ones, or they just decided to go Etsy on them, regardless of the condition of the original finish.
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    it's a bit hard to do the first time or two, but it gets easier the more you get LOL!!
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    Ah, lovely color! What are you going to do?

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    Oh, you know if you buy it we'll all be really jealous (and very happy for you)! It will be a one-of-a kind and I can attest the 301A's are SUPER machines. The one I have up north at the lake could have used a re-paint job, but I didn't do it. I also have Dad-in-law who would be top notch at doing that kind of work -- he's restored, refinished, and repainted quite a few classic cars & trucks. I still didn't ask him to do it. Didn't feel I should impose, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Hmm. Well, the two, two-toned machines I own tend to have speedier or stronger motors than any of the other 301's I've owned. And I've owned quite a few . I don't know exactly why, other than they are newer machines than most of the blacks and mochas.
    I have so not noticed that.
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    that is one pretty machine!!

    side note: by many of the replies... i knew that someday i would find people who would understand me. i have 8 machines and everyone i know irl makes fun of me or calls me crazy. i think i'm home!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I have so not noticed that.
    Maybe the motor isn't stronger, but they make a different sound to me.

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    I think that seller is a QB member.

    I would be tempted if the labels were silver. I know, I know... true to Singer... but I dislike gold. It's just me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amcatanzaro View Post
    I think that seller is a QB member.
    It isn't me - I already have points from something or other...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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