This machine is an eBay purchase from December 2013. My husband's new hobby seems to be trawling through eBay, Gumtree and any other site he can find, looking for machines to add to our (MY) collection. Within the same week we came across two machines that were going cheaply, and picked them both up on the same day.
I had to rearrange my studio to fit this one in, and the other pick up of the day lives at the end of our hallway at the front of our house.
We purchased this from a young guy on eBay, who was selling it on behalf of his mother. It had belonged to his grandmother (his mother's mother), and was obviously a much loved family machine. I am honoured to have given it a new home.
Singer's 201 is a rotary hook machine. This model was widely considered to be the best machine of it's kind made by Singer. I keep finding reviews all over the place that rave about how good they are, especially for heavy duty sewing. Think leather, multiple layers for corsets etc. I really need to allocate a project to sew exclusively on this machine!
Mine is a 201K, which just means that it was made in the Kilbowie factory in Scotland, the same place as my 66K and 99K. This is the only one of my Singers that you can sew in reverse. To go in reverse you move the lever to the upward position. And then quickly remember that you have to move it back again. All while keeping the treadle going! Women sure had to be mutli-talented to sew before electric machines were widespread, kind of like patting your head while rubbing your tummy, but more complicated.
This machine was one of 40,000 ordered into production on December 15, 1953. Since that was so late in the year, I'm guessing it probably wasn't finished until 1954.
The decals are the so called 'paperclip' pattern, in remarkably good condition.
|Threading a bobbin|
|There's even a place to hold your oil in the cabinet!|
|There were a few other assorted things with the machine, but they didn't|
belong with this machine
Work Done on this machine
We (OK, by 'we', here I mean my husband) fitted a new leather belt on the machine. We tried to get it going, but (again, mainly due to not reading the manual) couldn't get it to work properly. It turns out that to start with we had it in reverse, and of course, not threaded properly.
|Oiling the machine|
Dad also took the needle plate off to take back to his place to remove the tiny needle marks that were just at the edge of the needle hole (I get a lot of those on my Janome 1600P - I'm always getting into trouble from my dad!). It all looks great now.
Keep an eye out for a detailed look at my other Singer machines:
Overview of my Singer sewing machines
1900 Model 27 Treadle
1950 Model 99K Electric
1937 Model 66K Treadle
1943 Model 221K Featherweight
Singer Model 20 Child's Sewing Machine
Do you have a Model 201 Singer? I'd love to see more! Feel free to leave the link to your related blog post in the comments below.