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    Singer 301A

    I am so darn excited I just can't sit still. I have been looking for a Singer 301A since my quilting buddy got one and I took it for a test run! What a great machine! It runs like a charm and sews through layers of Denim. I have a small business where I use recycled Jeans to make fun things and my machine was really starting to complain about all the layers!

    So while I am in Oregon taking care of my Mom and getting her set up in an assisted living home, I found my machine! I had been looking on EBay and a variety of places and most of the machines are selling for a lot more than I can afford! I paid $59.95 for my machine, with the case even! and NO TAX! (I love Oregon) no shipping and I get to use it right now! I just wish I could figure out a way to post pictures from my mom's old computer! I would just have to show you how pretty she is! I name all my machines but have not given this one a name yet!

    She is really beautiful, all Black and shiny. It is a short bed but really for now I don't even mind! I will have to go on line now and find some accessories for her~ any suggestions on a name?

    The last machine I bought was a Viking and her name is Vicky, or Victoria when she is being difficult! You know a good machine in my opinion should have a name, after all they are Family to me~
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    congrats! if you click the "image" icon and click the "from computer" tab, then click the "choose file" option, brows to your file, select "open" the when you come back to the Image dialog click the "upload file" option.

    PLEASE make sure the picture is 640x480 or smaller if possible. If not, PM me and I will send you my email address, you can send it to me and I will shrink it to size. (...or post it for you if you would prefer)

    Steve

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    Thanks Steve, but the problem is this computer won't take the chip and I can't even find a usb port on it, front or back! I seriously thought I was going to find a floppy drive. I think I am going to take my pictures to Walgreen and down load onto a disc and then upload to the computer.

    I don't know how old the computer is but seriously I thought all computers had at least one USB port. my lap top has 3, but there is no WiFi here either. If I stay much longer I am going to change that, so I can at least use my lap top.
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    LOL... ahhh the "good ol days" before all of the miriad variations of the "universal" serial bus. I thought you did not know how, but if I had paid better attention and noticed your # of posts I could have saved myself the post....

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    No problem, I am actually a retired "Geek" But can you tell me where I might find the serial number on the Singer 301?
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    The serial number is on the bottom of the machine - you have to turn it over - about under the needle bar.


    What a wonderful find! I do get jealous for a second when I see a shiny black one, but my tan one sews perfectly so it doesn't last long. BTW, they really aren't a heavy duty machine even though mine came with four layers of leather under the needle. I have a back up, also tan, but a long bed. I haven't sewn with that one yet. The second one came with a full attachment box.

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    Congrats, enjoy!!!!!

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    Welcome to the club. LOL I have three and use the heck out of them.
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    Congratulations! I acquired 2 - 301A's last year , one mocha long bed and one LBOW . I love the LBOW, it has become my favorite machine. It is so smooth and quiet and sews so well. I hope you enjoy your 301 for many years to come!

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    My 3rd 301 is still in its box. It is really dirty, and the only things I checked when I bought it were that it had a bobbin case, and that the wheel turned. I need to find the time. The first 301 runs great, and it is the one I use to teach the neighbor girls and to take to sew-ins. Love it!

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    Congratulations on your find. How about calling her "Black Beauty?"
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    Oh a black machine, how wonderful! I have two 301 A's, twins named Ester and Opal! Wonderful machines. Your gonna love it!

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    I'm so happy for you, doing the Happy Dance. Funny, I just bought a 301A too. I bought mine off Craig's list in Arkansas..my sister picked it up for me, I haven't even seen it yet. Going home to Arkansas in March for my yearly Doctor appt. and will get to sew on it then..its a long bed Black one. I've been waiting a long time for this one. So I'm doing a Happy Dance for both of us. Its name is Miss Lee for my sister, since she picked it up for me..she was thrilled I named a machine after her. LOL

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    Congrats! Can't wait to see a pic. She will tell you her name once you are better acquainted. A 301 is on my wish list, but around here, they are selling for more than my budget will allow right now. Maybe someday...
    Linda
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    Congrats! My DD took over my 301 and will not give it back! Guess I'll just have to find me a black one.

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    Oh you lucky Duck! What a nice thing to have happen when you were helping your Mom with something so difficult. Bet that lifted your spirits!
    Hope you love your new 301A as much as I love mine!

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    Lucky you! I also thought of Black Beauty as a name.

    Remember that you need to oil her every eight hours of sewing time with sewing machine oil or Tri-Flow, and nothing else!

    I have two Singer 301s and they are my all-time favorite machines. Last night, I finished quilting a scrappy log cabin on "Joyboy", who is so named because he is such a joy to use. He is mocha and a long bed. My second machine was inherited from my dear friend Sandra, and she loved that machine, as do I. It is a mocha short bed in a cabinet. She is my main piecing machine. Her name is "Sandra's baby". Now what if they got together and had babies - would they be Singer 301s or Singer 221s (Featherweights)?

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    I have a black one, too - and just love it. It's a tough machine, alright!

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    I would love to have a 301a and a 501a, too. I keep my eyes open and was so disappointed when I missed out on a 501a on craigslist right before Christmas.

    I have two featherweights and even offered to trade one for a 301a on craigslist, but didn't get an answer back.

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    I paid $300 for mine, you are so lucky! Mine is mocha and sews like a dream. I love it. It works better than my Pfaff.

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    I've had six 301s. 3 black,1 tan long bed, 1 tan short bed and a two tone white and tan. I still have 2 black short beds.
    The ones I have now, 1 was free , the other was $200.

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    What a great find!! You will have sew much fun with her!!

    I'm also looking for one within my budget but no luck so far. Today I asked the local machine repair dealer if he happened to have one and he has 2, a black and a beige but wants $400 for each. I will just have to keep looking and wait for one that is more within range for me.

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    ebay has had several lately that went in the $60 range, especially if you don't hold out for a black one. Some have ridiculous set prices, but lots don't.

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    Thank you all so much, I do like the name "Black Beauty" and she is a dream to sew with, thanks for the tips. I would never have thought to oil her every 8 hours. But it makes sense. i found her Serial number and I just can't believe how well she sews. I want to now find some attachments. Time to go hunting.

    I sew when the stress of dealing with all the "stuff" that we have to take care of for my Mom. I can tell you one thing for sure, I will have my life in order for my kids.(famous last words I am sure!) Nothing harder than trying to decide what to keep, what to toss and what to give to the salvation Army. Too bad she never learned to sew!
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    I have 2 301s. A tan 1948 model in a parlor cabinet that was my grandmothers, then my moms when grandmother got a rocketeer. I learned my basic sewing on it when I was a teenager but mom made all my dresses and costumes on it growing up, which were many many many. Even made my prom dresses. She's way more talented than I am. Someday i'll pull out some photos of my childhood and you can see the hundreds of costumes she made for me. I never owned a store bought dress until I was in high school and my costumes took more time to make. I started buying my own clothes when I started earning paychecks I had no idea back then how much money she spent on me.

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