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Finally biting the bullet! Singer 201-2
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Date: 9/9/13 3:23 PM

I'm paying more than I wanted to at $140 (machine, cabinet, accessories included), but I'm still pretty pleased with my deal overall. Machine has no rust, not frozen up, sews well... (Not sure if rewiring is essential, but I can do it with the kit found on line). I have to get another opinion on that.

Anyone else have a 201 and love it? I'm excited to get the potted motor version. It's not as powerful as I had imagined, though still sews through layers of denim!

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Date: 9/9/13 4:12 PM

It is the most satisfying machine to use. Period. No tangles, nests, noise, or other unpleasant issues. It just sews. Beautifully.

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Date: 9/9/13 4:12 PM

Yes! I have a 201 and love it. And the price was fair. Enjoy!!!

PS. Although I don't know any mechanical factors that can account for the difference, my 15-91 is noticeably more powerful than my 201 ... Although the 201 sews more quietly and smoothly.
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Date: 9/9/13 4:27 PM

How much did you all pay, including repairs? Did yours have new wiring or did you do it yourself (or was there no need on your particular machine)?

Any tips and tricks? Any favorite accessories? What do you sew on it? I'm loving that little white switch for the light!

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Date: 9/9/13 5:02 PM

Lamp cords at Orchard Supply are only $4.98. Just since I thought you might like to know the price

I don't re-wire my machines if nothing wrong with them at all, as really just no reason to. If it was still fine and someone just nicked a cord someplace I would put a piece of electrical tape over it, as I would not want my hand there, while plugging it in at all, or plugged in at all. If the wiring was all old and crumbling and any bare wires about to touch the cast iron of the machine, or me, then I would not want to get shocked and/or electrocuted over it at all, and since my hands would be touching that metal stitch length lever, and just probably the machine bed too, so in that case I would consider it a safety issue and re-wire for me, as I don't like getting shocked from anything.

I did get a pretty good shocking jolt once, at the Salvation Army resale store, went I went to go plug in a old Singer 66 there that was sitting on the floor, and I really was stupid enough not to even look at it good enough first. That happened with only the tip of my index finger on it's stitch length lever, I was wearing rubber soled boots though, and standing on concrete and not touching anything else. So no exit holesIt did knock me backwards a few steps though and was not pleasant at all. So better safe than sorry and do look at it, before you just start sewing on it.

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Date: 9/9/13 5:03 PM

Very happy for you that you have found "the one".

Does it have its manual? Keep in mind no stretch needles in this sm which can damage its bobbin area hook. OK to use ball point or universal needles.

Edited to add: Here is an extensive review for 201-2 on sew-classic's blog:
201-2 Loads of info and lots of pictures...really great! Even a section on checking for worn wiring.



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Date: 9/9/13 5:47 PM

Quote: beauturbo
It did knock me backwards a few steps though...

Lucky you were not severely injured! I had a friend who got a shock from an electric wall switch which caused permanent nerve damage in her entire arm from that shock which lasted mere seconds. So thankful you are OK.
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Date: 9/9/13 6:03 PM

Ah yes it has the manual.

Ok no stretch needles? Didn't realize that BP are not ok, though? I mostly use microtex/sharps these days. I do limited knits on the sm to be sure my sergers get love, too :)

Thanks for the tidbits!!
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Date: 9/9/13 6:11 PM

Oh I never actually clicked on the attachment photos she has in the review. I will have to check and see if it has all of them. It had quite a few. I'm looking for the buttonholer now as my viking makes just decent ones (but tons of options)-I've heard this machine makes beauties.
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Date: 9/9/13 6:18 PM

No stretch needles.

Ballpoints are fine and so are Microtex.

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