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Thread: Vintage 301 Singer Sewing Machine Question

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    This board has started me looking for the perfect vintage machine. I would love to purchase one of these machines preferably in black with a long bed. My question is about nicks and scratches on the paint. Can this be touched up and not be noticed? I would think the black machine would be harder to hide (the beige machine may be a better choice)? It seems that ebay has a lot of replacement parts and accessories for sale. This should not be a problem?

    Thank you for any help or info that you can give.
    Nancy
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    i am on the look out for a treadle the hunt is part of the fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter711
    This board has started me looking for the perfect vintage machine. I would love to purchase one of these machines preferably in black with a long bed. My question is about nicks and scratches on the paint. Can this be touched up and not be noticed? I would think the black machine would be harder to hide (the beige machine may be a better choice)? It seems that ebay has a lot of replacement parts and accessories for sale. This should not be a problem?

    Thank you for any help or info that you can give.
    Nancy
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    Billy (the sewing machine guru and excellent quilter) would be the one to ask about this.. He would know for sure.

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    My newly acquired 301A doesn't have a blemish on it. My 1974 Elna is quite battle worn, but I know what that machine has been asked to sew, so it's understandable. She still sews like a dream, as does the 301. As long as there's no rust, the chips don't bother me.

    If the 301 were scarred, I guess I would think it was just well used. Can it be repainted? Yes. Is it worth it? Could be. Lostn51 (Billy) does some fantastic repaints on vintage machines.

    Type 'vintage sit' in the search box and ask there.

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    I dont know about me being a Guru but if you want me to be one LOL!!

    If I were you get which ever one you can and if it has any nicks or scratches you can go to the automotive paint store and they can mix some paint to match what you have. Just be sure to bring the machine!

    Billy

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    Thx Billy for the info! I am sure that I will be in touch again as I start this process. The hunt is on!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter711
    This board has started me looking for the perfect vintage machine. I would love to purchase one of these machines preferably in black with a long bed. My question is about nicks and scratches on the paint. Can this be touched up and not be noticed? I would think the black machine would be harder to hide (the beige machine may be a better choice)? It seems that ebay has a lot of replacement parts and accessories for sale. This should not be a problem?

    Thank you for any help or info that you can give.
    Nancy
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    If the scratch is small enough, on the black 301, maybe a little bit of black Sharpie is all you would need and then some car polish over the whole thing. I love my 301's and if you do get a black you will not be able to stop at just having a black one :twisted: ...heh heh heh. You will then find yourself looking for a mocha colored 301, and a two tone 301 (LBOW). I started out with a mocha, the next one was a LBOW, then a black. I now have 2 mocha's, 4 LBOW's and one poor lonely black one.

    I see that you are in Massachusetts. How are you doing with heavy snow on your roof and are you ready for more snow tomorrow ? :-( My ceilings, all along the back of my house, are leaking :shock: :shock: :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter711
    Thx Billy for the info! I am sure that I will be in touch again as I start this process. The hunt is on!

    Nancy
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    Just to get you started....here is a nice vintage Singer in Franklin, MA. It's not a 301 but is from the same era. Maybe someone else will recognize the model. It's only $55.00 and it's in a cabinet!

    http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/hsh/2192241264.html

    ETA: It looks like it may be a Singer 328k

    http://aszat.wordpress.com/2010/03/1...-machine-328k/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAt1CRvLnKI

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by quilter711
    Thx Billy for the info! I am sure that I will be in touch again as I start this process. The hunt is on!

    Nancy
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    Just to get you started....here is a nice vintage Singer in Franklin, MA. It's not a 301 but is from the same era. Maybe someone else will recognize the model. It's only $55.00 and it's in a cabinet!

    http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/hsh/2192241264.html

    ETA: It looks like it may be a Singer 328k

    http://aszat.wordpress.com/2010/03/1...-machine-328k/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAt1CRvLnKI
    DING DING DING!!! Cathy a winner winner chicken dinner!!!!

    Except it is a 328 I have the 328K in the studio I am going to clean up and then I will put it in my blow out sale next week.

    Billy

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    Cathy how are you able to stay dry? is it the snow drifts that are making it leak or what. I know you have got to be at your wits end over the water coming in.

    God love you if I could come up there and help you dry everything up you know I would be there in a New York second!!

    Billy

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    Thx for all this info! This board is the greatest. I really want the 301 long bed. I first wanted a featherweight but after much research, I thought I would start with the workhorse! I am all over ebay and craigs list. Sorry to hear about your roof, Kathy. We are staying dry so far. We plan on raking the roof tomorrrow-would you believe that you would have to rake your roof. Thx Billy & Kathy,
    Peace & Blessings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Cathy how are you able to stay dry? is it the snow drifts that are making it leak or what.
    Billy
    Well, instead of a treadle sewing machine in my bathroom :mrgreen: I have an umbrella in my bathroom.... :lol: :roll: to use so we don't get sprinkled while we tinkle :oops: :-D

    Actually, it's the ice dams that form along the edges of the roof that causes the problems with leaking in the house. Once the dam is formed the snow that melts, further up the roof, has nowhere to go but back up and then under the shingles. There has been a lot of roof collapses in my area of Massachusetts this past week and we are expecting more snow tomorrow.

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    Ice dam at edge of roof. This is the front of my house (please excuse where my dog has scratched the paint off the house...lol. The dams in the back of the house are much larger and they are the ones that are causing a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter711
    Thx for all this info! This board is the greatest. I really want the 301 long bed.
    The first 301 that I bought was a long bed. I liked the way the long beds looked but then I found out that only the short beds will fit into a cabinet so now I also like my short beds, especially since I bought one in a cabinet (CL for $50!!), so now they can take turns in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Cathy how are you able to stay dry? is it the snow drifts that are making it leak or what.
    Billy
    Well, instead of a treadle sewing machine in my bathroom :mrgreen: I have an umbrella in my bathroom.... :lol: :roll: to use so we don't get sprinkled while we tinkle :oops: :-D

    Actually, it's the ice dams that form along the edges of the roof that causes the problems with leaking in the house. Once the dam is formed the snow that melts, further up the roof, has nowhere to go but back up and then under the shingles. There has been a lot of roof collapses in my area of Massachusetts this past week and we are expecting more snow tomorrow.
    Well now I am going to have to get another laptop Cathy!! I just spit coffee all over it! I love the forecast that you guys have and the weather man and I could get along really well!!

    But I think I would get me a stick or something and start beating ice of the side of the house. Heck that would be fun for me but then I would probably sit outside with hot buttered rum and shoot them off with the old Red Ryder!!

    Billy

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    Kathy, I am sending you a pm. Love the weather report. I guess this sums up NE winter weather this year.
    Nancy

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    that is a great idea! Body shop paint for 301, you are just so clever! Thanks!

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    you are so true one leads to the tan the black and so on love this machine I have a sapphire from viking and my 301 runs soooo much better

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