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Thread: Singer301a?

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    Singer301a?

    On local craigs list for $135.00. Worth it?

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    Depends...what's worth it to me might be different for you. Prices are always subjective and with no info. about it or photo, who's to know.

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    It seems pricey to me, but if it is in excellent condition, and you have always wanted one, it might be worth going to see and trying out.

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    Seems high to me as well. There have been a few in my area on CL for between $50-$100 just in the last couple of weeks. If I had more room......

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    I might pay that for one in excellent shape AND clean with all the toys to go with it, especially if it was serviced recently. Here, they typically go for around $100, more if there are toys. (buttonholer, zig zag attachment, all the accessories it should have come with, possibly a nice cabinet or a nice carry case, etc. Pin cushions and old thread don't count. )

    If it's attic fresh and you have to do a bunch of cleanup and servicing, not so much. A good cleaning and servicing for me (removing all screwed on bits, and cleaning, and reassembling and adjusting) takes a couple of hours. Your time is worth something.

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    They are increasing in price and there's no shipping involved like ebay, so I'd certainly look at it. If it sews as well as mine, you won't be unhappy.

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    I sell them for about that after I have cleaned, oiled and adjusted. Some times more if it is really nice. How much does your $50 machine cost plus servicing?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    From the sales I've watched, the 301 longbed in the straw case goes for quite a bit more than the machine only 301 shortbed. The black ones seem to go for a bit more, also. Worth is sort of a personal decision. After watching the Singer 15-91 sell for over $900 I don't think I'll put a value on anything unless I'm buying or selling it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I sell them for about that after I have cleaned, oiled and adjusted. Some times more if it is really nice. How much does your $50 machine cost plus servicing?
    About $135 And that's typically not clean, just serviced if done at a shop.

    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    From the sales I've watched, the 301 longbed in the straw case goes for quite a bit more than the machine only 301 shortbed. The black ones seem to go for a bit more, also. Worth is sort of a personal decision. After watching the Singer 15-91 sell for over $900 I don't think I'll put a value on anything unless I'm buying or selling it.

    Jon
    Was there a cabinet that ever fit the long bed? I find it funny that the long bed is so popular, I like the short bed because I find it more versatile. Fits in several cabinets and my customized desk, so I can sew with a flat surface, and it's still portable. I would prefer black, but I don't mind the LBOW color scheme. I can't seem to bond with the mocha though.

    I sometimes wonder about auctions like that 15-91. I wonder if the seller got their money in the end, or if they or someone they know were bidding to jack the price up.

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    The Mocha 301s seem to be a little better made though. Don't ask me how...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    I would go for it, I love my 301, got it for $125, its the Black long bed. Sews great.. I also think it depends in what area you are in, seems machines go for less in the North..have a hard time finding them down here in AL. Bought mine in AR while on trip home.

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    Where do you sell them...ebay?? I could never get that much on CL. I recently sold a 403, serviced and fully outfitted with more than it came with when new and had no interest until I lowered the price to $110. I know I can get more on ebay but I don't want to ship and frankly, have never sold on ebay. Here in central NY there is just not much market for old sewing machines.


    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I sell them for about that after I have cleaned, oiled and adjusted. Some times more if it is really nice. How much does your $50 machine cost plus servicing?

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    Oh you know I have to ask. How? The one I have here gave me a little grief, but it was neglected for a while (I assume it takes at least a few days of non-use for the motor pulley to seize solid.) and it had loose wiring in the female connector, and the pedal, and at the back of the male connector. I could blame it for my "sparkling" issue too, but that was 100% me.

    ETA: I guess I'm asking, do the parts seem better, or it runs smoother, or,...?
    I think for some reason that the German 400 series seem to run quieter and a little nicer than the American and Canadian ones.
    Last edited by ArchaicArcane; 04-11-2013 at 08:28 AM.

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    I have a black and a mocha - both sew the same, but for some strange reason I like the mocha better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tenngal View Post
    I have a black and a mocha - both sew the same, but for some strange reason I like the mocha better.
    I wonder if it has anything to do with "eye strain". Jenny mentions it on her blog post:
    http://blog.sew-classic.com/2009/03/...ne-review.aspx
    "There is a higher demand for the black 301's, but I find the LBOW and mocha machines to be easier on my eyes. The color is more neutral, and results in less eye strain for me."

    And she answered my question about cabinets and the long bed.

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