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Thread: My new machine!

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    My new machine!

    I am so excited! I found a Singer 201, 1946! It is here in town, the cabinet is art deco, not in the best condition but I will enjoy eventually refinishing it. The machine sounds like it needs a bit of tweaking, but was serviced "professionally" a year or two ago, so shouldn't be too bad for me. They are even going to deliver it to me this weekend!

    I am thrilled!
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    Nice desk. Does it have the little ink pot?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Very nice!

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    That is the same setup my husband has - though we got the machine and cabinet separately. He does have both the ink pot and the removable tray for the bottom drawer.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    Mine has a 201 with black chrome.
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    Well, Miriam, the top little drawer has the PLACE for the inkwell, but not the inkwell itself. Do you have one? That would have been even more cool. I have the Ruffler, and the lady thought there were more attachments but couldn't find them at this time. She said she will have her sister look, who is the last owner of this machine. The cabinet seems solid, just badly in need of refinishing. I will need to re-cover the seat, too.
    ​Sheri

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    I think the veneer is coming off the side of mine and I don't remember if the inkwell is there any more or not.
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    Miriam, would you post a photo of yours? I don't know what the description of "black chrome," would be although I am imagining it. What year is it, that it would be black instead of shiny?
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    It doesn't show up well in photos - it is just chrome but it looks black. In a photo it looks like chrome.
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    Did it have anything to do with the year produced? Or just a style option?
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    I don't know what it has to do with. It is very cool. I have a Singer 15 with black chrome but it was rusty. The 201 is beautiful.
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    I love my 201. Enjoy!
    Anastasia - I like to sew square things.

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    Anastasia - I like to sew square things.

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    Sweet! You're getting the desk I want. I love art-deco and I already have the stool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amcatanzaro View Post
    WOW I didn't know it was worth anything. WOW I should get out some insurance. Mine is in the desk.
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    Very cool find! I know the weekend can't get here fast enough for you so you can spend some time with your new machine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by amcatanzaro View Post
    I have this cabinet and absolutely love it! It is so well made and the pieces of the cabinet are lettered to corresponding letter on the legs of the cabinet and stool.


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    Love Helen, my 201-3, it is named after my grandmother who bought it new. Wish it was in a cabinet but it is in a case and free standing.

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    My new machine is home! The cabinet is in sadder shape than I had realized, veneer has chipped off in places. Bummer. But, I especially wanted the machine, and I think it will clean up nicely. I got the stool, too, (veneer problems there, too,) and button-holer with metal cam things, and other attachments, too.

    The arm that is supposed to release and swing out to support the top when it is opened is missing. Do any of you know if that is a part that can be replaced, and where I would go for it, if it is? I can just jury-rig something, otherwise.

    Any tips for how to handle the broken veneer places best? I will need to do whatever it is myself, not take it elsewhere.
    ​Sheri

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    Should I just use wood filler to patch in the veneer gaps, or just sand it smoother?
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    She's a beauty, enjoy her.
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    What a shame on the cabinet. I liked that one. If you want to do a full restoration you can get veneer and fit it all in. I've never done this before and it depends on how badly you want it fully restored. The machine looks really nice!
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    Sanding it down? you would get to a point of no return real soon. I think it can be patched. There no doubt would be some Utube video out there.
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    My goodness, just cruising the QB on a lazy Saturday evening, I have exactly that machine in exactly that cabinet; only maybe not so worn out--even the little ink pot thing in the drawer on the left. That is my most favorite go-to machine for binding my quilts. I found some furniture finishing polish stuff down in Texas that I have used to clean up the looks of the cabinet. I've been using this machine for something like 15 years, and suppose I am the one who has done the most damage to the cabinet. I have the stool, which came to me still full of the last owner's sewing stuff. It even still has the old-farm-house smell to it--not so bad to make me clean it out, but it is there. If I would place when I first became a "machine addict" this might have been the one who started it.
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    How fun to read that you have the same machine and cabinet, JoAnn! I like reading that you like it for binding...why exactly do you favor it for that specific job? What is the substance from Texas that you use? How about a picture of your cabinet and machine? It will give me something to shoot for!

    I have started to seriously clean the cabinet with Murphy's Oil this evening. I can only do little bits at a time, physically, so this will take awhile. Someone in it's past life covered much of it with shelf contact paper!! Ack!! I know this for sure because I found a few little pieces still attached. Dried contact glue is all over the thing, so I have decided I can't hurt it any more and am going to scrub the tar out of it, haha!
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    ​Sheri

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