Classic Singer 301 301A Vintage Sewing Machine Review

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The 301 (aka 301A) is often referred to as the “big brother/sister” to the Singer Featherweight 221. Well, they are both wonderful, classic Singers, but lets look at exactly what they have in common and what’s different about them.

First, what they have in common:

  • Vertical, side loading rotary hook
  • Class 221 bobbins
  • Aluminum body

What’s different:

  • Weight
  • Size
  • Presser foot and shank style
  • Motor/drive system
  • Handle
  • Feed dog drop 
  • marked needle/ throat plate (pre-1955-ish FW's have a plain needle plate)

So, lets talk specifically about the 301. This machine came in 3 factory colors. Mocha, LBOW (Light Beige/Oyster White two tone) and black. The Mocha and the black came in long and short bed varieties.  There is a higher demand for the black 301's, but I find the LBOW and mocha machines to be easier on my eyes.  The color is more neutral, and results in less eye strain for me.

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The 301 short bed can be installed into a Singer cabinet with the “cradle” adapter. This allowed the machine to transform from a light weight portable with a handle to a console model in just a matter of seconds. The long bed machine cannot be installed into a cabinet.

Specifications for the Singer 301 (with comparison notes about the Featherweight):

  • Aluminum body
  • Weight - approximately 16 pounds (Featherweight weighs about 11)
  • Uses standard home sewing machine needles (HAx1, 15x1, 130/70H, SY2020, etc..)
  • Uses Class 221 bobbins
  • Slant shank (Featherweight has a vertical low shank)
  • Slant needle (Featherweight is a verical needle)
  • Gear drive  (FW is belt driven)
  • Front mounted light
  • Vertical, fully rotary hook, side loading bobbin
  • Built in, hinged handle (no handle on the FW)
  • Straight stitch only
  • Feed dogs DROP! (No feed dog drop on the FW)
  • Marked Needle plate /calibrated throat  plate STANDARD (not standard on the FW) 

Unlike the Featherweight, the 301 is a FULL SIZED machine. This gives you more room for sewing bulkier items and more piercing power. The 301 weighs a good 5 pounds more than the featherweight, but it has a built in handle on the top which makes moving and or carrying it much easier. The handle folds down when not in use.

The 301 is great for all types of sewing, but it is NOT industrial, industrial strength, commercial or professional grade. It’s a very high quality, sturdy, domestic sewing machine suitable for piecing, quilting, garment construction, and a variety of sewing tasks.  The Singer 301 is highly coveted by quilters for it's power, precision and wonderful free-motion capabilities.

When using a walking foot or FM foot, you may find that the last thread guide just above the needle interferes with the arm of the foot that fits over the needle clamp. If this is the case, you can remove that last guide temporarily (don’t loose it or the screw) simply by unscrewing the fastener that holds it in place

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I’ve scanned the pages from an ORIGINAL Singer sales brochure. It’s just so interesting I HAD to share it. I can almost imagine walking into the local Singer store back then….admiring the wonderful Singer machines that every homemaker dreamed of owning!

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Attachments:
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To the left is a set of standard attachments that would have come with the 301 when new.  This is the button controller for a Mocha colored machine, but these could be black or dark brown as well. Besides and array of slant shank sewing feet, there are buttonholers and zigzag attachments for these machines. The slant shank, straight stitch buttonholer works GREAT! The zigzag attachments are fun to play with, but only produce good results on fabrics with more body or that are stabilized. Just be aware of their limitations before you invest in one.

The original 301 case was a grass cloth covered trapezoid shaped case as shown below.
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 Common issues with “attic fresh” Singer 301’s:

  • Missing parts - make sure the tension assembly is complete and functioning. Be aware that some parts are only available from a donor machine Bobbin cases cost upwards of $35 to replace so you are going to want to know if it is included or not.
  • Rotten bobbin winder tire
  • Stiff or seized internal components
  • Broken presser bar spring- I’ve found this on two 301’s This spring is what allow the presser foot to exert downward pressure on the fabric- essential for proper sewing function.
  • The black 301’s are slightly more prone to problems with the finish
  • It’s common for the original cases to be in poor condition. All of them smell.
  • Missing or malfunctioning controllers
  • Deteriorated electrical cords

FYI- a machine advertised as “working” may not sew a stitch. It’s common for people that are selling one to plug it in, see the needle go up and down and pronounce the sewing machine to be “working”. Unfortunately, it’s just not that simple.

Sew-Classic machines are fully serviced and refurbished to perform as designed by the manufacturer. Below, is a photo I took of some of the parts I removed from a Singer 301 during the refurbishing process. The parts are all clean and ready to be reinstalled. Even the motor was cleaned, inspected and serviced.




 

 
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  • Friday, March 20. 2009 Mary Beth wrote:
    What is the difference in the 301 and the 301a. I have been told the "a" represnts the Anderson factory. I am becoming the proud owner of a 301a, sight unseen, but from someone I have chatted with online, another quilter, who has said she has used the machine and it sews beautifully. I hope so.
    1. Friday, March 20. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
      There is no difference.  Every 301 that has crossed my path had the letter "A" in the model number on the stitch length trim plate.  It's just common for folks to drop the "A" when discussing the models.
  • Wednesday, March 25. 2009 Elizabeth wrote:
    I have enjoyed reading all of this about the 301. I am trying to remember what model of Singer sewing machine I received new as a present from my mother when I got married in 1966. It was sort of mocha, almost melon, and white, I think......it was brand new and was purchased in Canton, Ohio for $88.00 from a Singer Sewing Center. It had a straight vertical needle, side-loading bobbin, which loads much like the 15-91, and also was known for having the zig-zag function. I could switch back and forth easily. It sat in its case, which was high. I don´t remember a handle on the machine itself, don´t remember. I used this machine extensively and sewed many clothes. One of my daughters sewed on it also. But it disappeared when I moved and I truly don´t remember the model! Any ideas, anybody? It was a real workhorse!!! and I loved it. So I´ve been looking for a replacement and bought the 15-91. I have my mother´s Elna from 1988, but I truly prefer the Singer machines! and the American history and the old sewing books and manuals and the strengh of the metal gears and motor.
    Í don´t even have a picture of my old machine to help me remember the model!!!
    Elizabeth
    1. Wednesday, March 25. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
      From the date and the description, I would guess it was a Singer 237.  They are basic, SS and ZZ machines and reliable stitchres- nice satin stitch!
  • Thursday, March 26. 2009 Elizabeth wrote:
    Thank you so much Jenny for the information! I´ll start searching on the Internet for a picture of this machine, to see if it is the one.........I appreciate your knowing so much about machines and cabinets too!
    Elizabeth
  • Thursday, March 26. 2009 Elizabeth wrote:
    Hi again all,
    I just found a picture of the Singer 237 on the web, and I think, Jenny, that you´re brilliant! I believe this is it......and I know it was a "special sale for $88.00" when my mother bought my machine. Mine was a slightly different color, but this seems to be it! Thanks!
    Elizabeth
    1. Tuesday, September 07. 2010 Martha Ressler wrote:
      Hi -- I am the proud new owner of a Singer 237 -- great estate sale find. Solid metal body, and sews beautifully. I also have an old Singer cabinet. The hinges appear to line up and the hole is the right size -- so I am fantasizing about putting my new old Singer in my old Singer cabinet. Is this possible? And if so, how do I get the connecting parts??
      1. Wednesday, September 08. 2010 Sew-Classic wrote:
        If the opening is the correct size and the hingle spacing is correct, you can certainly give it a try.  The hinge pins are held in place by two little set screws.  I have the set screws in stock at shop.sew-classic.com
  • Sunday, April 05. 2009 Neil wrote:
    Thanks for the links. Love the site. Your picture of a 503 "rocketeer" was a beauty.
  • Thursday, April 16. 2009 Manalto wrote:
    There are Singer 301s without the "A" - I have a couple of them.

    Could Elizabeth's machine have been a 403?

    Great photos!
    1. Thursday, April 16. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
      The 403 has a top loading bobbin , not a side loading one as Elizabeth describes. 

      Yes, I know that some of the 301's have no "A" on them.  They just haven't crossed my path.  
      1. Friday, February 26. 2010 Meg wrote:
        I have 4 301's. The three brown ones are 301 and the black one is 301A. I don't know of any difference but I really like to sew on the 301A the most.
    2. Monday, May 24. 2010 Ashley wrote:
      I just happened upon this site and need help. My grandmother passed away and she had a Singer 301A machine that hides away in a desk. I have no idea the age or price of it, but would like to get rid of it (taking up lots of space). Could you possibly (if I uploaded photos) give me some sort of estimate or worth of this so I can try to sell it? Thanks a MILLION!
      1. Monday, May 24. 2010 Sew-Classic wrote:
        I don't offer appraisal services, but you can figure out the "worth" of the machine by reading this article:

        http://blog.sew-classic.com/2009/06/05/6-steps-of-how-much-is-a-sewing-machine-worth.aspx
  • Friday, April 24. 2009 Evan wrote:
    Just found your blog. Love it!! I'm a male newbie and I'm looking for a burly machine that has gear drive and metal components that I can take apart to maintain. So far from reading your blogs, the older Singer 3/4/5/60x machine fits the bill. My question is what is the major difference between the 3/4/5/60x models? Do they all have the same internals, motor, and drive? The 401 seems like it has too many fancy stitch function that I'll never use. Does the quality of the stitch differ between models? I guess what I'm looking for is simplicity, but not limited functions.
    1. Sunday, April 26. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:

      To get details about the Singer 301, you will find a full review of it here on the Sew-Classic Blog.

      The 400 series slant-o-matics are nearly identical to the 500 series apart form the type of bobbin winder and the exterior cosmetics/design. 

      I don't personally care for any of the Touch & Sew models (600 series), so I have no review of them.

      If you are interested in purchasing a Sew-Classic machine, I would encourage you to contact me directly.  I take great pride in being a skilled sewing machine "yenta", and matching people up with the machine that suits their needs and budget.


    2. Sunday, April 26. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:


      I'm sorry, I meant to give you the link to the Singer 400 series slant-o-matics in my reply!

      Singer 401, 403, 404 review
  • Friday, April 24. 2009 Linda Rogers wrote:
    Is the 301 still for sale & how much?
    1. Sunday, April 26. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
      The 301 long bed package is sold.  I have one other 301 in stock at this time.  Feel free to contact me directly to inquire about it.
    2. Monday, September 07. 2009 Gail Jones wrote:
      How much?
      1. Tuesday, September 08. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
        Hi Gail,

        There isn't anything posted for sale on this page.
  • Wednesday, June 03. 2009 Myrtle wrote:
    I have a 301A which I think i want to sell. I found your site while looking for potential value. Thanks for your info even tho I didn't find a monitary value.
  • Monday, June 29. 2009 larry wrote:
    can you tell me if the 301 was made for the European or Australian market or any market with a 220/240 volt a.c. power supply? have seen plent on ebay USA but none with 220-240 volt motors and obvioulsy only want a 301 with compatible 220-240 volt rated motor for european electricity supple - hope you can help??
    1. Monday, June 29. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:

      As far as I know, the 301 was only distributed in the US and Canada.


    2. Tuesday, July 07. 2009 Kay Hunter wrote:
      in 1967 I took my Singer 501 to Australia and had the motor changed when we returned to US in 1987 I had it converted back and still have the Australian 240v50cycle motor -- of any value to yo?
      1. Tuesday, July 07. 2009 wilby wrote:
        well it might be, I havent actually bought a 301 yet, I find that most of them are in the USA anyway and me being in UK means that it would cost a fortune to post it to me, keep my e-mail address lawcop@hotmail.com and save it for me, send me an -email and then I can save your e-mail. thanks
  • Thursday, July 02. 2009 Margaret wrote:
    I am hoping you can help me. I received a Singer 301 for my birthday this year. My sister picked it up at a flea market. I am just learning to quilt.

    I purchased a Singer walking foot for model 301 and cannot get it to work. The fabric will not budge. I have tried dropping the dogs but still no movement. I have also noticed the needle screw works loose while using the foot.
    1. Friday, July 03. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
      Nope, the walking foot won't feed the fabric.  You must have the feed dogs up to feed the fabric. The walking foot reduces drag, it doesn't feed.

      Also, the 301 is a SLANT shank machine and requires a SLANT SHANK walking foot. So, perhaps your foot isn't the right type and doesn't fit correctly...dunno, hard to tell from here.

      You may also need to remove the last thread guide to get the walking foot to operate correctly.  You may find that it is necessary to need to tighten the needle clamp with a screw driver instead of just by hand.  It has a small slot in it to allow you to use a screw driver.
  • Saturday, July 25. 2009 tina peterson wrote:
    Thank you for the valuable service of making the manuals available and downloadable. I had a buttonholer and a 301 w/o them but otherwise intact that I bought in a yard sale. Thenks to you I can now figure out how they work! And teach myself to sew! I am determined! Tina
    1. Saturday, July 25. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
      Great to hear! Enjoy!
  • Friday, August 21. 2009 Wes wrote:
    The 301 was made in New Jersey. The 301A was fabricated at the Anderson, SC plant. Most of the actual parts were made in NJ and sent to SC to be fabricated. The few of the brown and two tones made in NJ were a pilot run assemblies and some had 301 and s0me had 301A. I am in the process of collecting all versions.
    Wes
    1. Saturday, September 05. 2009 johnnie wrote:
      Does anyone know if the 301 ever was issued as a centennial model?
      1. Tuesday, September 08. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
        "Does anyone know if the 301 ever was issued as a centennial model?"

        Yes, they did. I haven't personally ran across one, but I've heard tales......
      2. Sunday, December 20. 2009 Sue wrote:
        I just bought one! I didn't know that they had them! What dumb luck was this buy?
      3. Monday, May 24. 2010 Sue wrote:
        Yes, I have one! I have heard that they are pretty hard to come by!
    2. Sunday, January 03. 2010 Glena Levinson wrote:
      Thanks Wes, that is good to know. I have a 301A mocha in color handed down to me by my grandmother. Everytime I think I want to buy a new machine...I think...WHY? It is an awesome machine.
  • Saturday, August 22. 2009 Elizabeth wrote:
    I´m replying to Will´s comment...I´m sorry I don´t have a Queen Anne cabinet, but I enjoyed the questions, because I´d like one eventually myself. Good luck in your search!
  • Saturday, September 05. 2009 Mari wrote:
    I recently acquired a 301A and have a small problem - the machine stinks of cigarettes and mildew! I didn't think it was possible for something metal to retain cigarette smell but it has. (It's not the case that smells, because it didn't come with a case) Any suggestions on how to get rid of the odor? I ordered a new oil pad and threw the old one away. I also got rid of the felt pads. I've had the machine sitting on the porch all day but I don't know that it's helped.
    Other than the smell the machine appears to be in good shape. There are scratches in the finish but it runs and sews fine.
    Thanks!
    Mari
  • Saturday, September 05. 2009 johnnie wrote:
    Have you cleaned the machine with Singer machine oil? I wiped mine down (a lot) and got all sorts of awful old grease, dirt etc off; i used cotton pads and qtips to get into all the little cracks, then polished it with a good car wax. Smoke can attach to dirt and grease as an odor, so maybe you ought to have a repair person clean the inside? Let us know if you try it and it works!
  • Wednesday, October 21. 2009 Monica wrote:
    I noticed that there are two hole positions for the needle clamp screw on the needle bar of my 301. I assume that this is to raise or lower the position of the needle - but why would one need to do this?

    Great site BTW - I have come back to it a few times!
  • Friday, October 23. 2009 bo wrote:
    my bobbin was stuck and a broke the little release flap i have a 301a (was in mint) any suggestions? can i get a new piece with out selling a kidney?
  • Wednesday, October 28. 2009 Craig wrote:
    Does the 301 have a fibre gear like the 201? Is this the reason the 301 in not "industrial strength"
    1. Wednesday, October 28. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:

      There is nothing "industrial" about the 301 or the 201.  These are fine quality, durable HOUSEHOLD sewing machines, and in no way intended for high volume industrial applications.  The phrase "industrial strength"  was coined by folks trying to give a false impression about a domestic sewing machine.  FWIW, not all industrial machines even sew thick or heavy materials- heck they use industrial machines to sew silk pajamas ya know.

      Industrial, Commercial Grade, Professional, Industrial Strength & More- Sewing Machine Buying Guide

      The hand wheel gear is the same composite material on the 301 and 201, but that is not the determining factor for classifying them as domestic sewing machines.
    2. Wednesday, October 28. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:

      There is nothing "industrial" about the 301 or the 201.  These are fine quality, durable HOUSEHOLD sewing machines, and in no way intended for high volume industrial applications.  The phrase "industrial strength"  was coined by folks trying to give a false impression about a domestic sewing machine.  FWIW, not all industrial machines even sew thick or heavy materials- heck they use industrial machines to sew silk pajamas ya know.

      Industrial, Commercial Grade, Professional, Industrial Strength & More- Sewing Machine Buying Guide

      The hand wheel gear is the same composite material on the 301 and 201, but that is not the determining factor for classifying them as domestic sewing machines.
  • Monday, November 09. 2009 Doranne wrote:
    I am really tickled to find this site. A lot of excellent information here. I have a large collection of vintage sewing machines, and a lovely 301A (beige) is a star member of my "newer" models. Love this machine - it sews like a dream. It sews as well as my 1890 New Home treadle (a fine old machine) and is a lot easier to carry around! Just wanted to thank you for your work and contribution to the Old Iron Lover's collective consciousness. And it's nice to know there are kindred souls somewhere out there. Thanks!
    Doranne
  • Sunday, November 29. 2009 Susan wrote:
    I have a black 301A that is housed in a work table that is falling apart. The machine is stored underneath and then folds up. The table is beyond repair. Are there any replacement tables/cabinets that you know of? I don't want to spend a lot of money. Thanks
    1. Sunday, November 29. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
      Darn, you missed it. I just sold one on eBay!  You'll need some of the hardware from your old cabinet, and you may have to alter the replacement Singer cabinet to get the cradle and clips to fit.
  • Wednesday, December 02. 2009 Gallina Simpson wrote:
    Thank you for all the info.
    Found your blog today and spent many hours here.

    Came home to NYC from Thanksgiving in PA with my 91 year old mother and family.

    Came back with her old 301A Singer.
    So nice to have the old singer under my hands again.

    Learned to sew on her featherweight and remember when she got the 301A (color:LBOW) when I was 10 in 1956.

    Making camping quilts and accessories for hammock camping with a burrowed machine.

    Am grateful for your site, review and information.

    The machine must have been
    cleaned and a new electric cord supplied when it was put away in it's carrier box about a decade ago when she got a new machine.
    (BTW after read your review, laughing, went to sniff the carrier and it does not smell)

    Expect to keep this until my last sewing decade.

    Thanks again for your information and good reading.
    Gallina
  • Thursday, December 03. 2009 Sue wrote:
    Help! I'm back to using my 301a again after my buttonhole attachement stopped working on my Euro Pro. The problem is that the buttonhole attachment for my 301 seems to sit too high when it's attached and when the pressor foot is lowered, it doesn't touch the fabric. Am I using the wrong attachment? Am I missing a part? I've had this machine for about 40 years but just acquired the buttonholer. The description said it was for a 301 and looks like what I remember my mom using (she had the same model). Thanks in advance.
    1. Thursday, December 03. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
      Sounds like you have a low shank attachment.  Does the part of the BH'er  that is screwed to the presser bar of the machine have "slant" written on it??

      If not, then it's probably not the right one.   You can also measure the BH'er to determine if it is a slant shank or low shank- see the illustration below:


      1. Thursday, December 03. 2009 sue wrote:
        Thanks-I think I do have the slant machine. When I got the buttonholer, it said for "series" 301. I didn't realize there was more than 1. Glad I found you guys. You're very helpful and nice to know there are "like minds" out there!
        1. Thursday, December 03. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:
          Yes, The 301 is a slant shank machine. So, you need a slant shank buttonholer in order for it to work correctly. 

          You cannot go by what the box or manual for the buttonholer says to determine if it is the type for a slant shank machine such as the 301.   Sometimes the boxes and manuals get seperated from the buttonholers and then down the road they get mated up with the wrong one. You must look at the actual buttonhole attachment itself to determine if it is for a low shank machine or a slant shank machine..

          Here are the two buttonholers that will fit on the 301.  The first one many come in a cardboard box rather than the pink plastic case.




          Here is a Low shank buttonholer:




          The best way to tell whether or not your BUTTONHOLER is the slant shank type is to look for the word "slant" stamped on the part of the BH'er that screws to the machines presser bar or measure the attachment hole using the chart that I posted in my earlier reply.


  • Thursday, December 17. 2009 Paula wrote:
    Hi, I recently purchased a "new" black 301 off of ebay. It works great but I was noticing that when I use the foot feed there are basically just two speeds...0 and 5,000 mph. It doesn't matter if I just press ever so slightly on the foot feed or press it all the way to the floor. If it is pressed the slightest little bit it is going faster that the speed of light. Is this normal and if so is there anything I can do for those times I need to go at a slower speed? Thanks in advance for any help.
    1. Thursday, December 17. 2009 Sew-Classic wrote:

      Foot feed?? Do you mean the controller?  I don't know what type of controller you have, but I can tell you that a properly functioning controller will allow you variable speed control, not just 0 and 100 mph. 

      The issue could be with the controller or the machine binding somewhere. Hard to tell from here.  I would think perhaps you could contact the seller and see if they can work with you and provide some psot sale support.??

      If the controller is one of the Singer button style controllers, there is a trick to using them.  I include this information whenever I sell a machine with that type of controller.  This may not solve your problem, but it may help: 

       
      Using the Button foot controller
      1. Place the controller on the floor within easy reach of your foot with the cord end of the controller away from you and the button end closest to you.
      2.  Rest the ball of your foot on both knobs/buttons on the controller with your heel on the floor.
      3. Use a tilting movement of your foot to press down on the button with the ball of your foot. Obviously only one of the buttons/knobs moves and that is the one to push down to control the speed of the machine.
       
       
      The whole key is the tilting motion of your foot as opposed to pushing straight down like you would on an accelerator style foot control.
       
      SAFETY WARNING:
      DO NOT LEAVE YOUR MACHINE PLUGGED IN WENT NOT IN USE.
      If your controller was to malfunction, it could be a fire risk if left unattended while connected to a power source.

      If the problem still exists, you will need to dtermine if the issue is an adjustment with the controller, a broken carbon pile inside the controller or a bind in the machine.  If the problem is the controller, then you will have to have it repaired or replaced.  I have both, new,  metal accelerator style controllers and plastic electronic controllers in stock that can replace the existing controller for your  301,  contact me through my parts site if you are interested in these.

       


      1. Tuesday, October 12. 2010 Paula wrote:
        Hello, ok I just received the new controller from you in the mail today. Thanks you so much! The new controller is great however I am finding that I am still only getting on speed...Very fast. What should I look for next? You mentioned a bind. When I turn the hand wheel it turns smoothly until the needle is all the way at the top position. There is a very slight difference in the amount of pressure that I have to use to turn the hand-wheel at this point. I wouldn't call it hard to turn, just a little more resistance. Would this classify as a bind and if so what do you rcommend my next steps should be?
        1. Tuesday, October 12. 2010 Sew-Classic wrote:
          Honestly, at this point I'd have to see the machine in person to evaluate exactly why it only "has one speed". 

          It's highly unlikely that you have both a  defective new controller and a defective old controller.  There is no variation in the speed at all?????  When you start sewing, make sure the take up lever is just a tiny hair past the top /highest point. 

          To contact me directly- you can use the email address on your invoice or the contact page on my site. https://www.shop.sew-classic.com/contactus.sc
  • Wednesday, January 20. 2010 Sue wrote:
    does anyone know how long the Centennial model was made? I recently bought a black 301 with the Centennial emblem on it. This is the first one I had ever seen. Thanks for any information!
  • Wednesday, January 20. 2010 johnnie howard wrote:
    Sue, you are SO lucky. I've looked and looked for a centennial 301. No luck so far. Congrats.
  • Sunday, January 24. 2010 Ms Mercer Ervin wrote:
    My sister passed away & I received her Singer 301A. On the bottom of machine NA289157. Don't know anything about quilting. Is there a booklet telling about the parts and how to order them? Plus a diagram that tells what each part does. Are there specs that I can obtained for this Singer, Thank you.Mercer Ervin
  • Wednesday, January 27. 2010 kate wrote:
    hi...

    i have recently acquired a 301A (Lbow color - very pretty)... and have been using it with no problems to learn to sew for about two weeks... my bobbin ran out this weekend... and i have been unable to re-thread it since... refilled the bobbin with thread and placed the bobbin case into the machine with no problems... when i turn hand wheel to lower the needle to catch the bobbin thread - it just ends of wrapping the top thread around the bobbin case... i have tried this with a few different bobbins... is there any suggestions you can offer?...

    thanks in advance
    kate
    1. Thursday, January 28. 2010 Sew-Classic wrote:
      Sounds like a possible problem with the upper threading??  Try re-threading with the presser foot up as you go through the tension discs.   

      Thread Nests, Wads, Bunches, Knots, Loops & Tangles Under the Fabric in the Bobbin Area- How to fix it


  • Friday, February 12. 2010 Karen Kopp wrote:
    I recently purchased a black 301. The finish is flaking off parts of the machine. Do you know what type of finish was used- such as a shellac- and how to remedy the problem? Thanks.
    1. Sunday, February 14. 2010 Sew-Classic wrote:
      You can't really fix it, just try not do damage it further.
  • Thursday, February 18. 2010 ellsworth ten clay wrote:
    I have a 301A singer machine. It has a foot control. Is there a knee control available that fits a 301A? and what is the cost? Thanks for your response.
    1. Thursday, February 18. 2010 Sew-Classic wrote:
      Any button style singer controller can be slipped into the bracket of a Singer cabinet with the knee lever set up.   There are aftermarket controllers that can be mounted inside of any cabinet for use a s knee controll as well.  It woould just be a matter of taking the wires from your existing controller and putting them into the new knee controller and mounting that into a cabinet.

      If you want to order something that isn't listed on my site, feel free to contact me directly via my online parts and supplies shop.

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