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    Need info ref: Singer 201

    Yep, need info about a Singer 201.

    It's black
    weights a metric ton
    has the potted motor
    according to the serial number (AK 542427) was allotted 6-26-51
    it's got the centennial badge

    Now, what series is it? 201-2 or????

    Joe

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    Yep 201-2 (most likely....I don't know much about the other subs)

    I have a Centennial 201-2. Nice, quiet machine. Great stitches. Large harp, easy to get quilt bulk thru. I got a deal on mine, paid $15 at a thrift store because it didn't have a power cord. Paid $10 for that on ebay.
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    You got a smokin deal.

    Joe

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    Joe,

    Here's the info for the 201s
    201-1 - treadle
    201-2 - potted motor machine
    201-3 - solid hand wheel with external belt driven motor
    201-4 - hand crank


    More information on 201s can be found at Sew-Classic Blog.

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    My 201 is a 201-3 with the external motor. They seem to have been mainly a Canadian machine and few seem to show up in the USA. On the other hand, I rarely see the 201-2 machine with the potted motor in Canada although Singer made far more of them. My 201 is such a powerful smooth stitcher. It never hesitates with several layers of denim or veers off if encounters thicker fabric seam intersections.
    Shelbie from the High County in Southern Ontario

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    Then 201-2 it is. Thanks for the clarification.

    Joe

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    go check out rain's sight http://vssmb.blogspot.com/ He has a ton of info on the 201s he is also a QB member in good standing.
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    My 201 was an original hand crank machine, now its powered by treadle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post



    You got a smokin deal.

    Joe
    Yes, I really did! You're going to love yours!

    Monica, Thanks!! I *think* I remember reading this before, but wasn't recalling it!
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    I already do. It's so much nicer than just about any of the other machines we have I'm amazed. Need to find room to set it up sew we can use it.

    Joe

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    Joe, what machines do you have to compare the 201 to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by janeite View Post
    Joe, what machines do you have to compare the 201 to?
    Oh dear, well rather than list each by name I'll list types.
    No that won't work either.

    Well, we have Singer 66s, 99s, a 319K, a 338K, a 401A, a number of Japanese made square shape machines, a beautiful HOTHER and SEWMOR 404, both clones. And a Bernina 930. Then of course we have the obligatory real antiques and shuttle machines.

    All of them sew very nicely. Most of them make real nice stitches, but none of them have the finely made sound that that 201 does. The closest is the Bernina. No rattles, no clinks, it's hard to describe but being a gear driven machine with no belts it just has no slop, no play.

    Words are failing me. I'm trying to describe this machine but can't right now.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    My 201 was an original hand crank machine, now its powered by treadle.
    Sharon W.
    My 201 was originally electric, now powered by hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Oh dear, well rather than list each by name I'll list types.
    No that won't work either.

    Well, we have Singer 66s, 99s, a 319K, a 338K, a 401A, a number of Japanese made square shape machines, a beautiful HOTHER and SEWMOR 404, both clones. And a Bernina 930. Then of course we have the obligatory real antiques and shuttle machines.



    Words are failing me. I'm trying to describe this machine but can't right now.

    Joe
    I have heard 201s are very quiet and have a beautiful stitch. I ask because I want to imagine how a 201 would compare to the machines I own. My 301 is not the quietest machine, but she does a beautiful stitch. Out of my machines she is my favorite, and I have a 401A, a FW,, and used to have a 99, plus a clunker of a kenmore. Do you have a 301?

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    janeite,

    No, we don't have a 301. At least not yet. You never know what might find it's way here. We've got a 319, a 338, and 401 so we're kind of in the ball part.

    I haven't been able to sew with my 201 yet. It's sitting on top of the cabinet the 338 is in. I've got to put it back into it's own cabinet and find a spring for the cabinet. Then find a place for the machine. And then I can use it.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags View Post
    My 201 was originally electric, now powered by hand.

    CD in Oklahoma
    CD, Did that have a potted motor when you got it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    CD, Did that have a potted motor when you got it?
    Hi Miriam,

    No, it had an externally-mounted motor.

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    I have two with really messed up potted motors - I love HC
    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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    miriam,

    I have a link to a guy who says he rebuilds the potted motors. I was looking for it today and will post it if you're interested. That is, I will when I find it.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    miriam,

    I have a link to a guy who says he rebuilds the potted motors. I was looking for it today and will post it if you're interested. That is, I will when I find it.

    Joe
    Rain has a very good blog on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Rain has a very good blog on it.
    Gotta link?

    Joe

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    http://vssmb.blogspot.com/ Rain's blog - you can follow his blog and he sends emails when he posts!!! Really good info on there.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    http://vssmb.blogspot.com/ Rain's blog - you can follow his blog and he sends emails when he posts!!! Really good info on there.
    miriam,
    I'm on dial-up. Blogs usually won't completely open for me so I ask for a direct link to what ever article is referred to.
    This blog wouldn't open at all. I got part of the home page then it sat there for 5 minutes alternately "waiting" and "loading" until I gave up.

    That is why I rarely go to any blogs. I just don't have the time nor inclination to sit here and wait.

    Joe

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    try going to the library Joe.
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    Excuse me ?????????

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