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Thread: Singer 201

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    Singer 201

    Hubby and I stopped at a resale shop today. I found a really nice Singer 201 in a cabinet, it also had a matching stool with storage underneath. It was in really good shape, was nice and clean. Price tag was $180 and I really wanted to bring her home with me, but hubby said no. I jotted down the serial number and looked it up when we got home. It is a 1946.

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    Beckalou, I feel for ya, I've had to leave them behind too, but in this case your hubby was right. At best the machine with the cabinet and stool would be worth about $125 in primo condition.
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Sew sad, maybe hubby will change his mind.
    learn each and every day,memories or play.

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    I bought my 1949 201-2 (also in a cabinet with matching storage stool) from it's original owner's grandson after she passed away. The drawers were loaded with the cutest little grandmotherly bits of thread and lace and buttons. I only paid $75 for mine and she runs like a little top.

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    I have a 201 and pd $200.00 for her. This machine is a jewel.
    These machines have an heavy duty motor,feeddogs drop for FM and does a beautiful straight stitch. Mine was not in a cabinet,wish it was so I don't haevy to carry it to the table. They are heavy.

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    I have a '47 201-2, my mom got me in 1956. I have the 3 drawers on the right cabinet plus stool with storage. Of my 3 vintage Singers it is still my very favorite. Fabulous for piecing, sewing through leather and suede, you name it. It is so quiet, I refer to it as 'driving like a Rolls Royce'. Keep watching for another one, then grab it if the head is in good condiiton after you have tried sewing with it. The neat thing about the 201 is that all the attachments are interchangable with a 221 or 222.

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    Charlee, you change your pic and each one gives a glimpse of you. All are beautiful but this one is really gorgeous. Sorry this is off the subject, just had to say it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BARES View Post
    Charlee, you change your pic and each one gives a glimpse of you. All are beautiful but this one is really gorgeous. Sorry this is off the subject, just had to say it.
    Thank you so much! I had just cut my hair shorter in this one...and am trying to get all of the color cut out of it...I think the next haircut will do that for me!
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    I paid $75 for my 201k-4 hand crank. Its now treadle powered, wonderful machine, so smooth and quiet to sew with.
    My machine was made in 1936.

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    I think my 201 is my favorite machine to sew on.

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    Keep looking...there are a ton of them out there...for under 100.00

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    I have a Singer 201. I learned how to sew on that machine. It is a straight stitch and it never was broken. I have had it cleaned several times. After so many years I wore out a part. I love that machine. Mine is in a solid Cherry wood cabinet still looks great. The original 201's were in great cabinets. As for the price if the cabinet is solid wood I would think it was worth it. That is my opinion.
    sewinglady

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    I have a 1932 201-3 in a treadle and 1954 201k in a cabinet (cast iron) and they both sew absolutely perfectly. DH doesn't understand why I need two of the same machine but then I just point to his tools and guitars and he shuts up :-D.

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    There isn't much those won't sew through.
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    Another good reason NOT to take hubby shopping with us.

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    It will be the best $180 you've ever spent on a sewing machine; although I believe it could be had for less. I paid $75 for my 1949 201-2, which included the cabinet. I saw the most unique cabinet in an antique store in Wiliamsburg, Va (including a 201-2 in perfect condition) for $375 last summer and wish I'd bought it, too. The cabinet was designed to fit in a corner. Very clever!

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