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Thread: My Inherited 1938 Singer Sewing Machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Scrappycat,
    You'll just love sewing with your 201-2! I have a 201-4, the 4
    designates it as a hand crank. Its treadled now, thought my arm would fall off by the time I wound that first bobbin. Its such a quiet machine and sews beautiful stitches.
    purplefiend...Your machine is gorgeous!!! It looks like you are getting more use out of it. If only our machines to talk and share their sewing experiences with us!!! LOL

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    That's a 201, right? I love mine too! They are such work horses! Good luck with it!

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    What a lovely machine!! How lucky you are to have your Grandma's machine & so are able to feel close to her as you sew every day! Hang on to that special machine for dear life!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by winter012
    What a lovely machine!! How lucky you are to have your Grandma's machine & so are able to feel close to her as you sew every day! Hang on to that special machine for dear life!!
    Funny you say that Winter...I think of her soooo often, and I do feel her whenever I use it!!! I miss her to this day!

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    What a treasure, thank you for sharing
    Have a Blessed night
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    Thanks Sue! These machines are real work horses! ♥♥♥
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    Does anyone know if the feed dogs can be dropped on a 1938 Singer? I inherited one from my mom and have it sewing - now I'd like to try free motion quilting with it but can't see where the feed dogs might drop...

    Also, is it okay to fmq on it? Is the motor strong enough for such hard work? It sews so well that I'd hate to damage it in any way.

    Thanks in advance for your help - I'm new to this forum. :-)

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    201 is one of my favorite machines.
    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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    Welcome aboard whitedogpurple. Is your machine like the one in this thread or is it a different model? If you're not sure of your model number you can either call Singerco or find it here:
    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...-database.html

    Once you know which machine you have you can get a manual here:
    http://www.singerco.com/accessories/instruction-manuals

    The machine in this thread is a 201. I don't know if the feed dogs drop on those or not but they have a very good reputation.
    Rodney

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitedogpurple View Post
    Does anyone know if the feed dogs can be dropped on a 1938 Singer?
    Since you have only one post to your name, I know you have not told us what model Singer you have. Singer probably had over 100 models in 1938. Some you can drop the feed dogs on, some you can't.

    What model?
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 201K2, 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959), 15K90, Bernina 530, Pfaff:360 (1959) http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitedogpurple View Post
    Does anyone know if the feed dogs can be dropped on a 1938 Singer? I inherited one from my mom and have it sewing - now I'd like to try free motion quilting with it but can't see where the feed dogs might drop...

    Also, is it okay to fmq on it? Is the motor strong enough for such hard work? It sews so well that I'd hate to damage it in any way.

    Thanks in advance for your help - I'm new to this forum. :-)
    Some of the machines have feed dogs that drop and some don't - we need a model number.
    OR maybe you can do a little detective work. Is there a knob on the machine's base to drop the feed dogs?
    If not on the base some times there is a thumb screw under the machine. If it is a 301 it will be on the end of the machine. The motor is likely strong enough but you will want to check the wires for cracks and breaks in the cord and look inside the motor as it is running.
    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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