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Singer 201K or 201-3, which do I have?
And how is it different from a 66-16?
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Date: 5/27/14 5:23 PM

I already have a Singer 201-2 and a 66-16, and then while I was driving thru Goodwill's parking lot, another Singer jumped in the back of my car while I wasn't looking! The serial # is: EE923323. According to ISMACS.net, this is a 201K, but it doesn't look like the pictures shown at oldsingersewingmachineblog.com. Mine has a solid hand wheel, not spoked, and in every other way looks like my 201-2 except it's belt driven (with the attached motor). Could this be a 201-3? How do I tell for sure? And since I have a 66-16 already, is this basically the same machine?

I couldn't resist because this cabinet is in better condition than the cabinet my 66-16 is in, this one has the matching stool, the buttonholer, box of feet, screwdriver, bobbins and a few extras, plus a manual for the 201-2 (I didn't have the manual). And it was only $19.99 for all of it! Of course it doesn't have the power cord (it does have the foot controller), and needs a new belt, but those are easy to get.

Anyway, can someone help me identify which machine it is and let me know how it compares with the 66-16. I keep sitting her shaking my headů I really don't need another machine!!! If they are the same I'll keep the best one and sell the other. Thank you so much!

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Date: 5/27/14 5:49 PM

201 has a rotary hook, the 66 is rotary also, but I have read some were oscillating (cannot confirm this).

The K stands for Kilbowie (Scotland), and it only indicates where it was made. A 201K is simply a 201 made in Scotland. Some people use this to differentiate between the last 201s, which were only made in Scotland and which had a more modern, streamlined look. Mechanically they are identical.

The only difference between the 201-2 and the 201-3, aside from the belted motor, is the placement of the light. On the 201-3 the light in back of the arm. On the 201-2, the light is in front and the switch is on the plug at the base of the pillar.
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Date: 5/27/14 5:58 PM

I have a 201-1 which has a potted motor and a 201K with a belted motor. Both have rotary hooks. I also have a 66 with an oscillating hook. The only reason I kept both 201's is because they both have centennial badges.
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Date: 5/27/14 6:39 PM

???? The 66 is not a rotary hook machine.
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Date: 5/27/14 7:14 PM

You are right. My brain died, and I tried to look it up online and the site I got the information from was wrong. I was certain the 66 and the 99 were oscillating, but my (incorrect) sources told me otherwise. It's the Benadryl.
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Date: 5/27/14 9:26 PM

Thank you so much for your replies. If I understand correctly then, I have a 201-3 because it looks just like my 201-2 except it has a belted motor, and the light is on the back of the arm.

Also, the 66-16 and the 201-3 are the same machine, except the 66 has an oscillating hook and the 201 has a rotary hook, is this correct?
Thanks again for the help.
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Date: 5/28/14 12:03 PM

Yes, the 66 has an oscillating hook and the 201 has a rotary hook. The 201-3 is a pretty desirable machine among those who prefer treadle machines. It can just be popped into a treadle stand and away you go. The 201 was Singer's top of the line, and people love it for its smooth-as-silk operation.

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Date: 5/28/14 12:48 PM

Thank you. That's good to know that it's easy to put into a treadle stand. Can't wait to get it in working condition!

Thanks everyone for your quick responses and sharing your knowledge.
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