NEW LISTING 11/2019
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SERVICED / REFURBISHED / TESTED
VINTAGE 1956 SINGER 301A
PORTABLE SEWING MACHINE WITH CASE
GO ... I MEAN, SEW
“The finest Straight Stitch Sewing Machine”
Probably the most famous sewing machine every, the Singer 301 / 301A
(yes, sold many more than the ‘Featherweight’). Very solidly built! Way
‘stronger’ for heavier duty work than the smaller, Featherweight (that
is belt drive btw). Just a little bigger than a Feather Weight and
slightly more weight and is improved in a few areas. Features drop feed
control, more desk area than a featherweight and the mechanism is
completely gear driven so it runs very smooth and there are no belts to
glaze, break, stretch, SLIP (when doing heavier work like Denim or
Upholstery / vinyl / leather) or wear out. The motor is stronger making
it faster at the higher speeds and capable of heavier work I have owned
a few of both, and use this and another 301A
myself (just did some upholstery work on my boat vinyl and ‘Sunbrella’
canvas top and some leather and denim work).
ü We have gone through it, cleaning
inside and out, removing all the old, hardened lube of yester-year from
everywhere inside the machine, lubricating internal mechanism and
replacing any worn AC cords sections.
ü Drive clutch disassembled, solvent
cleaned and re-assembled.
ü Motor removed and disassembled.
Brushes cleaned and inspected. Commutator gaps cleaned. Commutator
plates cleaned and burnished. Bushings and axles cleaned and re-lubed
prior to reassembly. Worm gear scraped of old, hardened grease, solvent
cleaned and re-lubed. Internal motor feed wires inspected and are fine.
ü New bobbin tire installed (with a
ü Original bobbin case,
Simanco #45750, with new release lever installed
(Just FYI: the ‘Chinese’ bobbin cases
have not worked in any of my Singer 301’s as their ‘leading edge’ is too
‘steep’ regardless of how they’re advertised).
ü Foot switch disassembled, cleaned and
inspected prior to re-assembly.
'Tall' rubber, bed cushions ordered and installed (sets the machine
slightly higher and grips a table / work surface better.
ü About 6 hours of service time.
Overall, it's had service just short of a ‘complete disassembly’.
ü Extensively tested after service (as
I’ve been using it and my other one interchangeably for tasks here
sewing multiple layers of vinyl, ‘Sunbrella canvas’ and denim. Works
great with heavier, UV rated outdoor upholstery threads as well.
ü Original gloss black finish with
delicate gold decal detailing
("Prisim" pattern) in good
shape with normal wear (spotching, worn spots etc).
The Slant Needle design allows a better view of your work and won't pop
any cross-threads (We read that the "Slant" needle was designed during
WWII to sew nylon parachutes). The “301” series can sew up to 1,600
stitches / min. It will go from ‘forward’ to ‘reverse’ stitching with
the flip of the control. You can do it as quickly as you want with no
issues (I do it all the time).
Singer 301 Features:
* Wide Range Speed Control * Starts at a Touch * Both Knee & Foot
Control * Seam-Width Guides
*Flexible Spool Pins * Simplified Threading * Automatic Bobbin Winder *
Sews Forward or Back
* Non-Glare Light * Hand Stitch Regulator * Accurate Tension Dial * Drop
•Smoother Stitching than ever before is possible with this new,
gear-driven, lock-stitch machine.
•Quiet, fast and efficient - it whispers at high speeds.
•Speed: up to 1,600 Stitches Per Minute (SPM)
•Stitch Mechanism: Vertical rotary hook on a horizontal axis and makes
the lock-stitch, Stitch Type 301.
•Full-View work area with a 9 degree inclined needle bar places work in
your direct line of vision.
•Perfect Control even at "hand-stitch"
•Balanced Motion of the new Singer 301
•Easy Starting - No coaxing necessary
- lightly press the foot control and your 301 starts to sew.
•Simple Threading - no complicated
diagrams are needed.
•Reversible Feed for sewing either in
a forward or backward direction - easy to back tack and to fasten ends
•Pre-focused Singer-light with ‘thick’,
glass lens illuminates working area - prevents eye strain.
•Calibrated Stitch Regulator permits
finger-tip control of stitch length.
•Stitching Guides, with graduated
markings to guide seam width and turn square corners.
•Versatile - use it as a portable or
•Easy To Carry - convenient handle is
concealed in top of head.
•Light Weight - full-sized cast
aluminum head weighs only 16 pounds.
•Self-Setting Needle makes it
impossible to insert needle incorrectly in clamp.
•Feed Throw-Out Device permits darning
and embroidering without attachments.
•Recessed Bobbin Winder - equipped
with automatic stop - it can't break or tangle your thread.
•Hinged Bed Extension permits quick
and easy removal of Rotary Hook cased bobbin.
•Hinged Face Plate - Simplifies
cleaning and oiling.
•Dual Tension takes the guess work out
of upper tension setting.
•Flexible Spool Pins - bend but do not
break (very important) - thread unreels smoothly and easily.
•Completely Enclosed motor and
principal working parts in-sure maximum safety.
Runs and looks great.
I've sewn quite a lot on this machine following it's
service (I have another 301A and have decided I don't really need two.
I've used the Singer Feather Weights as well, but they just don't have
the 'horse power' that this does, and it's just easier to use this
Original black finish is in decent shape overall. Has some dull
‘splotches’ that wouldn’t easily clean off or polish out. Not sure what
they are or what they’re caused from. Features ‘Prism’ pattern, original
gold decaling. Also features recessed and bright work light built-in!
Comes with original tweed case in fair condition and variable speed
remote control footswitch
with a new wall plug and great condition wire.
READY TO GO!!!
There’s a lot of info on this machine on the web.
Cond. 8 (excluding case in condition rating)
Here’s a great
Singer 301 info link (whether you purchase my machine or any 301, this
is GREAT reading dedicated to the amazing 301 sewing machine);