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Thread: Meet Paddy, my new Singer 201k!!

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    Super Member Quiltgranny's Avatar
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    Hi Everyone,

    I found a beautiful Singer 201k treadle sewing machine this morning at a local consignment shop! :shock: :D Of course she needs a little TLC yet, and a new treadle belt (if that's what you call 'em), but I think she's in pretty good shape otherwise.

    I'm naming her Paddy, as it was the luck of the Irish (and the good Lord) that brought her to me. We ate breakfast at an Irish restaurant for our anniversary today, then wandered over the the consignment shop. I'm so excited I just had to share.

    I just found a free downloadable manual for her, but I would like some advice on where I can find parts for a reasonable price and any other info that would be helpful to me.

    Also, if anyone can tell me what part has been broken off when you look at the right side of her, it's the spot directly in front of the hole that the belt comes up into from the back and whether or not it is critical for running this beautiful machine. Thanks in so much in sharing with my news. I look forward to being able to use her soon.

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    right side - see hole (something broke off) just in front of belt back side. What is this for?
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    She's a beauty! Don't know what part is missing - can't really see it. Does the information you found show that something should be there?

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    Very nice. Looks like you got a zig zag attchment too? I love that style cabine, do you have a pic of it closed up. Beautiful!

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    she looks great for her age :thumbup:

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    What a gem, love the cabinet!

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    He is a lovely

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    Quote Originally Posted by tweety
    Very nice. Looks like you got a zig zag attchment too? I love that style cabine, do you have a pic of it closed up. Beautiful!
    Thanks. Yes, I did! With four different thingys for different stitches, some of them decorative. I'll take one pic of it closed. Check back in a few minutes.

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    I don't think anything is broken if you're speaking of the little metal guide. That's for winding the bobbin I believe. PM lostn51 (billy) he's expert on these machines. Sorry didn't see the correct spot. But Billy will know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolph33
    she looks great for her age :thumbup:
    Oh, speaking of age, she was born May 3, 1950 in Kilbowie, Scotland. :thumbup:

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    Congrats...she's beautiful...

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    Congrats on your new machine. Paddy is just beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltgranny
    Hi Everyone,

    I found a beautiful Singer 201k treadle sewing machine this morning at a local consignment shop! :shock: :D Of course she needs a little TLC yet, and a new treadle belt (if that's what you call 'em), but I think she's in pretty good shape otherwise.

    I'm naming her Paddy, as it was the luck of the Irish (and the good Lord) that brought her to me. We ate breakfast at an Irish restaurant for our anniversary today, then wandered over the the consignment shop. I'm so excited I just had to share.

    I just found a free downloadable manual for her, but I would like some advice on where I can find parts for a reasonable price and any other info that would be helpful to me.

    Also, if anyone can tell me what part has been broken off when you look at the right side of her, it's the spot directly in front of the hole that the belt comes up into from the back and whether or not it is critical for running this beautiful machine. Thanks in so much in sharing with my news. I look forward to being able to use her soon.
    I AM IN LOVE!!!!!

    Honestly I have no idea as to what that was...... :hunf: But it should not hurt the performance of the machine at all. And I love the Parlor Cabinet!!!

    Billy

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    Paddy was a very appropriate name, so close to St. Patrick's Day. Very pretty and the cabinet also. Billy is the expert on here, check all his postings on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I AM IN LOVE!!!!!

    Honestly I have no idea as to what that was...... :hunf: But it should not hurt the performance of the machine at all. And I love the Parlor Cabinet!!!

    Billy
    Oh me TOO!! And, the excitement continues, as I figured out how to access the lower drawer in this cabinet and found all kinds of surprises :shock: :D shown below!!

    Thanks for your comments. :thumbup:

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    Oh guess what everyone? I found some additional goodies in the lower drawer of the cabinet when I finally figured out how to open it - it was also a bit stuck.

    Inside was a brand new looking box of Singer Attachments that included many different feet, a machine Manual in very good condition and a hand written note from this machine's first owner with the birthdate, etc. of the machine. Finding that note REALLY took me back in time! Holding each different attachment and looking them up in the Manual trying to match each one to their description was like going through a time warp. Wow, what a rush! :thumbup:

    I learned today that the treadle belt wasn't broken at all, that it was often a belt was seen with a staple holding the two ends together. Hubby got it back on track and I took my first few pedals on the treadle. WOW WOW WOW! Now, I'm totally in love!!!! :-D

    Does anyone know what the little yellow thing is in the middle of all the attachments? It is just over 3/4" long, about 1/2" wide and has two little windows on it where a number shows through. The numbers can be changed by turning each end of this thing.

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    Any idea what this is??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltgranny
    Does anyone know what the little yellow thing is in the middle of all the attachments? It is just over 3/4" long, about 1/2" wide and has two little windows on it where a number shows through. The numbers can be changed by turning each end of this thing.
    Is it some kind of row counter, perhaps like knitters use?

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    I vote for a row counter for knitting. I have one very much like it in my kit bag for sock knitting. Love the cabinet, great find on the machine!

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    Maybe a stitch counter for knitting?

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    Nice!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltgranny
    Does anyone know what the little yellow thing is in the middle of all the attachments? It is just over 3/4" long, about 1/2" wide and has two little windows on it where a number shows through. The numbers can be changed by turning each end of this thing.
    Is it some kind of row counter, perhaps like knitters use?
    Yep, that's it exactly!! Thanks, mystery solved! :thumbup: I do not knit, so had no idea if it was something for my machine or not. :D

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    Congrats!

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    Great find.
    I found a Paddy myself on St. Paddy's day 6 years ago.
    He's my avatar. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veronica
    Great find.
    I found a Paddy myself on St. Paddy's day 6 years ago.
    He's my avatar. :lol:
    Aw, what a cutie!! Bet he keeps you company when you sew, huh? :thumbup: Hope he knows how lucky he is. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltgranny
    I took my first few pedals on the treadle. WOW WOW WOW! Now, I'm totally in love!!!! :-D
    Uh oh!!!! :mrgreen: It sounds like this is your first vintage machine and that you have definitely caught a very serious and contagious virus (there is no cure for this) that causes you to seek out and bring home vintage sewing machines. Soon, you will find yourself running out of room and then looking for inventive ways to display your "collection"......hahahahaha!

    Anyway, Paddy looks like a beauty!!!! :thumbup: I have two 201's but they are not treadles. I would love to have one of those!!! I highly recommend the book, "The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook" by Charlene Phillips:
    http://www.amazon.com/Sewing-Machine.../dp/0896899233 to help you learn to use the attachments.

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    The yellow thing looks like a row counter for knitting or some thing. I have one very similar to it. Nice machine and the cabinet is diffrent. Once all closed up, no one would know it's a sewing machine. Good luck in finding the parts you'll need such a new belt for it. Huggies, Fay

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