Singer 237 Fashion Mate Sewing Machine Reveiw
The Singer 237 was a basic, zigzag, flat bed sewing machine that Singer sold in the later part of the 1960's. Despite it's humble beginnings, this machine is definitely worth considering as a decent, vintage machine. It makes a stunning satin stitch.
Let's start with the statistics and features:
The 237 can be mounted into a standard Singer table or treadle base, but quite often it was sold with a plastic case as shown below. Whenever shipping this machine, it should always be removed from the case, and the machine and case should be packed separately.
These are generally pretty sturdy machines, but there are a few things to be on the look out for when buying these. for one, the hook race cover is plastic and can crack with age. Sew-classic Parts and supplies has replacement bobbins, belts, needles, bobbin winder tires, race cover, etc...in the Sew-Classic on line Parts and Supplies Store. Other than a good cleaning and oiling, a new belt and perhaps a replacement race cover, these machines generally don't have too many typical problems. However, it's always a good idea to test out any machine by sewing and winding a bobbin first, unless the seller has already serviced, tested it and is offering a guarantee. It's not uncommon for a machine of this age to have suffered abuse or even have missing parts- a quick test sewing will let you know right away if there are any serious issues.
Above: Here is the plastic race cover found on the 237 (and the 239)
THERE IS NOTHING INDUSTRIAL ABOUT THIS MODEL. Yep, plenty of eBay, snake oil salesman will market it as "industrial strength". (for more information: Guide to Buying a Sewing Machine on Ebay)
The Singer 239 is the straight stitch version of the 237.
You can get a free threading diagram here.
Below, here is the Singer model 239- the straight stitch only "sibling" of the 237