New Hampshire USA
Member since 1/23/05
Date: 2/21/10 10:59 PM
Just wondering if anyone has a singer 281-1 industrial sewing machine. How do you like them? Do they work for heavy weight fabric? Are parts easy to get? I have access to get a used one but don't want to be stuck with something heavy and hard to work with. How old are these machines?
Member since 10/23/11
Date: 10/23/11 11:12 PM
Hello, This is Charlie Cat. I am looking at purchasing a Singer 281-1
I am now hand sewing Guitar straps, Sax Neck Straps and gun holsters and other smaller items. I happened to find your ques. in my search. Any info would be appreciated, Thanks Charlie
-- Edited on 10/23/11 11:13 PM --
Member since 4/23/07
Date: 10/23/11 11:19 PM
Is this like the machine your looking at?
Found this on ebay.
LIGHT WEIGHT TO MEDIUM-HEAVY WEIGHT FABRICS
HIGH SPEED SINGLE NEEDLE MACHINE
DESIGNED FOR SEWING A WIDE VARIETY OF FABRICS
OUTSTANDING STRAIGHT LINE STITCHING IS PRODUCED BY THESE MACHINES IN MATERIALS SUCH AS WASH & WEAR, SYNTHETIC AND NATURAL FABRICS
NEEDLE BAR STROKE 1-13/64 INCHES
PRESSER BAR LIFT 5/16 INCH
MAXIMUM STITCH LENGTH: FEED ECCENTRIC STOP SCREW, REGULARLY FURNISHED, LIMITS THE MAXIMUM STITCH LENGTH TO 7 STITCHES PER INCH. A STOP SCREW FOR 5 1/2 STITCHES PER INCH WILL BE FURNISHED WHEN SPECIFIED ON ORDER.
SPACE AT RIGHT OF NEEDLE 11 INCHES
BALANCED, AIR COOLED, ROTATING HOOK. HORIZONTAL AXIS.
LINT WIPER KEEPS LINT & ABRASIVE MATTER FROM ACCUMULATING ON HOOK
DROP FEED PENDANT LINK FEED W/ FEED LEVELING HINGE PIN
PENDANT LINK FEED MECHANISM MAINTAINS LONGER FEEDING CYCLE
THREE PLAIN SUPERFINISHED BEARINGS SUPPORT THE ARM SHAFT
FULLY AUTOMATIC LUBRICATING SYSTEM W/ OIL FLOW WINDOW IN DIRECT VIEW OF OPERATOR
KNEE LIFTER MECHANISM INTEGRAL W/ MACHINE BASE AND OIL RESERVOIR
INDEPENDENT LIGHT FIXTURE MOUNT
FEDERAL STITCH TYPE 301
IMPROVED NEEDLE THREAD GUARD & OTHER THREAD HANDLING PARTS. DISC TENSION.
MACHINE PULLEY 147139 FOR 3/8" V-BELT
HAS MEASUREMENTS LOCATED ON THE BASE NEAR FOOT 1/4" 1/2" 3/4"1"
DIEHL CLUTCH MOTOR SWITCH
HP MAX 1/2
VOLTS: MAX 250
MOTOR: CAT #K6231661-98 SERIAL #K674655 1750 RPM 60 HZ 106/115V CLE 3.9/3.5A MADE IN BRITAN
MADE IN USA
PT. NO. 996125-03
USES OIL SINGER TYPE C OR TYPE A
3 PRONG PLUG
hope this helps.
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Member since 11/7/09
Date: 10/24/11 8:41 AM
I hope someone who owns one of these will post specific information for you. I can only say that the table in the photo is identical to the one with my Singer 591, which is a 26-year-old machine, and I definitely think the one in the photo is much older than that. Mine also has the oil "window."
To Charliecat, have you ever thought about a Singer 29-4? I've seen them on Ebay and Craigslist. I think they were used in many a shoe repair shop years ago.
Member since 2/10/12
Date: 2/14/12 10:24 AM
I used one of these for 18 years.(at my last job) I am currently looking for one. They are nice fast straight stitch machine (no reverse) When it come to heavy weight fabric or leather... it's hit or miss... but I would say mostly miss. This is a really fast straight line machine. It likes regular weight fabrics will do sheer but does takes a really lite touch and will not do fine hems pulls
Member since 7/7/11
Date: 12/31/12 12:36 PM
Pinkus111, did you ever find a 281-1?