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Thread: Singer 201 find with cabinet and attachments

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    Singer 201 find with cabinet and attachments

    This is my find from an auction last night - Singer 201-2 made on Jan 3, 1938 in a wonderful art nouveau cabinet. This is a straight stitch only machine in perfect working condition - the paperwork had a maintenance bill from 1976 when it was cleaned and new brushes costing $.25 were installed.
    The attachements had you usual set of feet but also had a pinking attachment that is very rare, an embroidery attachment with manual dated 1930, hem stitcher and picot edger attachment with instructions, a buttonholer with instructions, an adjustable zig zag attachment with instructions, a manual for the 201-2 machine, and a singer craft guide instrument with instructions. all the attachments came in a separate box.

    I threaded it up and it sews a very nice stitch and will get to play with the various feet over time.

    I have other vintage machines too numerous to mention but my regulars are the pfaff 130 used when i need to sew through multiple layers, a singer 401 set up for double needle use, along with my newer machines a janome 6600P and a janome 3500 set up for zipper installs.

    I mostly make bags and purses, the latest design is shown with some embroidery I designed and digitized with Embird and sewed with my janome 300E

    the photos are of the accessory box, the cabinet and stool, the cabinet open showing the 4drawers and machine,the 201itself, the craft guide (which i had never seen before) and one of the suede purses with embroidery.
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    Wow what a fantastic find! That embroidery box is an excellent find too. How much did it all cost?

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    Great find!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    The machine is beautiful, but I really love that Art Deco cabinet! You certainly scored with this!

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    Wow-that accessory box was a find all on its own! Congrats on a great score!
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    I dream of finding a 201 in that cabinet style. Congrats on your new machine.

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    The Art Deco Cabinet is gorgeous and the embroidery box is amazing. You got a great score.

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    My DD has this cabinet and it is gorgeous!! I think she has a 15-91 in it...she got it for a mere $50 last year. We are both bargain hunters but alas, have run out of room for collecting machines.... I might still be persuaded to purchase a good buy on a nice treadle cabinet for my pretty Sphynx girl though, LOL !

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    I have the same cabinet, but it is fitted for a 301a. I just love it!!
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    Wow whwt a find

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    Lucky you. A 201 is on my list to add to my collection. Very nice score.
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    Everytime one of those accessory boxes comes up on Ebay, I bid on it but it usually goes way beyond my budget every time so still waiting to get one. The 201 is a machine I would like to find but haven't yet. You were very lucky on getting this beautiful machine and all the accessories with it! Enjoy!
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    I have the sister to your 201 and cabinet. She was originally bought by a well-to-do lady in 1941 who took wonderful care of her. She was gifted to me as long as I would give her a good home. What a lovely addition to the family.

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    I Just found the same machine at a thrift store in Illinois. I like the light wood in yours better. Mine is mahogony and walnut. I am refinishing it. It will be pretty when done. The drawers are hard to remove as they have spring steel retainers that have to be depressed. Check behind the drawers for more treasure. I found a years supply of pins and needles back there as well as some bobbins. The accessory chest is worth from $20 to $40 per Ebay without the actual accessories. I am upgrading the controller (foot pedal). DH is an electrician and took the vintage pedal apart and found it was ceramic and the resistor inside was a piece of nicrome wire. It didn't test well on his meter so he felt it would be safer to get another one which was ordered from Sew Classic. The machine is wonderful. Check out a site from Great Britan by an aclaimed sewing machine repairman, Alex Askaroff. I will have to find it again and send it to you. Your machine cost a month's wages in the 30s. That would really be expensive today. Singer finally found them too expensive to produce and discontinued them on that account. They were designed to last a lifetime and that became several lifetimes. The history of the 201 and 201-2 is really interesting. Sew Clasic.com has a free download for the 201-2 when you order a part from them. It was helpful. Found out Sew Classic charges $2.50 to wire the foot controller, extra, but DH can handle that. It would be good for wiring impaird, like me to have Sew Classic do it if he couldn't. Did you say you had a manual? If so, that will save you $5 to $10. My machine is a 1938 also. Maybe they are sisters. We may rebuild the foot pedal at a later date, but I want to really sew now. Sounds like you have some great attachments too. Congrats. I will find the web address for Alex and send it to you. He has some wonderful stories and is an author of books about Great Britan. He has a fabulour collection or rare machines, some we have never seen before. The stories are a good read.
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    I found Alex's site www.sewalot.com/biography.htm . Just Google Alex Askaroff and it pops right up.
    He has other sites for his books. He is from Sussex, in the south of England, near the White Cliffs of Dover.
    He says the 201 was one of the finest machines Singer ever made. The pictures of the old machines are interesting too. Try the Sew Classic site for info. and parts. They sell needles, bobbins and all kinds of accessories at quite reasonable rates. I had seen them recommended on QB several times and they were right. The free download was great. Happy sewing.
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    Love it. Great find.
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    Great find!! I sure would like to find one as nice as that one.

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    That is a very neat cabinet! Wonderful find!
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