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$20 at yard sale, but... do I really need it?
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Date: 9/16/13 4:37 PM

This machine is not pristine, it has definitely been used, but it's only $20 in a cabinet. No book, no attachments. My dilemma is that I already have a Singer 301, 401, and a Necchi BU Nova. Would the 201 be a machine that I would regret not having, or is what I already have just as good? The Necchi has a vertical needle, but is belt-driven. And the 301 and 401 have a slant needle -which I'm not sure make that much difference.

If the majority of you think it would be a good addition, I was thinking of taking over a bobbin, some thread and fabric and trying it out. It's been in an attic for about 3 years so it needs cleaning and there was no bobbin, so the only thing I could check is that the light works, and the needle goes up and down. It seemed sluggish.

The lady who is selling it said her aunt sewed on it until her death 3 years ago - then when she found out the aunt's kids were throwing everything into dumpsters, she saved everything she could, and is selling what she can.

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Date: 9/16/13 4:56 PM

Once you sew on a well-maintained 201, your 301 will probably make an appearance at YOUR next garage sale.

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Date: 9/16/13 5:04 PM

Very clever thinking! I could tell my husband I'm not adding a machine, but replacing one

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Date: 9/16/13 6:54 PM

And for $20, even if you just want to explore its merits...you can't lose much. It's fun to clean them up. they almost always look 100% better. bobbins and feet are easy to find and cheap. you can decide after you get it if you want to invest a little in it or not...can easily sell it on for that same $20 if you choose to.
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Date: 9/16/13 6:57 PM

And for $20, even if you just want to explore its merits...you can't lose much. It's fun to clean them up. they almost always look 100% better. bobbins and feet are easy to find and cheap. you can decide after you get it if you want to invest a little in it or not...can easily sell it on for that same $20 if you choose to. you really can't lose...its a gamble worth taking unless it just appears to have been abused.

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Date: 9/16/13 8:09 PM

Absolutely it's worth having. The 201 is the cream of the excellent vintage Singer crop.

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Date: 9/16/13 8:11 PM

Where's that yard sale?? If you don't buy it, I will. I have been wanting one of these workhorses for a while. Just think--you will have them in sequence: 201, 301, and a 401. Then of course, comes the Rocketeer, 501, and a Touch and Sew 626, another Touch and Sew, 758....

Oh sorry, I got carried away...
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Date: 9/17/13 10:48 AM

Thank you all so much for enabling me... not that I needed that hard of a push anyway. Miss Fairchild, you made me laugh! Too funny.

So I went and picked up the 201 last night. In looking at it this morning, the wiring looks fine, but the needle tension assembly falls right out! I downloaded a pdf of the owner's manual, and for disassembling the tension assembly it says in part, It is not necessary to remove the stud from the machine arm in order to disassemble the thread tension." Well, it looks like all the parts are there, but what holds the "stud" in place in the machine? I can slide the entire tension assembly (including the stud- it's all one piece) into the hole (in the machine) for it, but there's nothing to keep it from sliding back out. Am I missing something, or am I supposed to push it in really hard or something? Does it "click" into place? Will it help if I disassemble the tension assembly?

If anyone can help I would really appreciate it. Oh, BTW, I did sew with it last night, and it made a pretty nice stitch although the tension was off a little - now I know why! But it seems like the parts are probably all there or it wouldn't have sewn at all - yes? or no? Any suggestions? I really want to fix this myself if possible.

Thank you so much!

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Date: 9/17/13 10:59 AM

Can you take a picture?
It's hard to know exactly what you mean otherwise :)

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Date: 9/17/13 11:16 AM

I was afraid someone would ask - I have such a hard time adding photos, but I'll try.


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