The verbiage on the ad went like this:
It comes in a hard case and has a small box of accessories plus some thread. The machine powers up and the needle moves up and down slowly so I would assume once lubricated it will work normally.”
I have a 1970 vintage Singer model 756 sewing machine. The instruction book describes it as “touch and Go Deluxe Zig-Zag Model 756”.
Now if you read that description and saw the photo of this manual with the listing --- wouldn’t you assume it was for a singer 756?
Only the other photos were not right. And I totally BLAME my acquisition of this machine to the gals on the Vintage Machines page on Facebook…they are the ones who posted it to the page alerting me to the fact that this machine was only a mere 80+ miles from my house. By far I was the closest one to it, and therefore I was under obligation to go save it!
The ad page looked like this:
But the machine pictured looked like this:
That’s not a 756!
In fact, the plate under the badge says plainly 301A!
And off I went.
The big concern when picking up a machine is to find out if it does turn, and how it turns. The guy was right – it did turn…half way --- and then the needle would stop. You had to crank the OTHER way to get the needle back up.
When I got it home I wiped it down with a damp cloth to remove a lot of grit and grime.
She shined up really well – but something was funky with her paint….she’s spotty!
Even here on her extension! Polka dots!
Remarkably – she was VERY clean in here – but dry as a bone. Oil, please!
Here was the first problem….see that little finger that sticks up into the slot where the needle plate fits? It wasn’t in that slot when I first looked at it. It was down at the bottom loose – and the needle can’t go all the way down and back up unless that finger is in that slot. Fixed that ---oiled in here too..behind that bobbin hook. It was REALLY grindy!
When I finished oiling and lubing the gears ((301’s are gear driven, there is no belt –)) I looked at the needle – well heck! It was in ALL WRONG! Whoever THOUGHT this was a 756 put the needle in so the eye was facing forward – and this machine threads from right to left – no wonder it wouldn’t sew!
Serial number places her date at 1956!
She came with THESE assorted goodies ---all slant shank which I didn’t have.
That bobbin case alone is worth more than $29.00!
My mom was 15 in 1956. I love picturing her at that age ---so vibrant!
Here I set her up for a test run! She ZOOMS!
This is the fastest, most smooth sewing 301 I have ever come across! I was having so much fun testing her out last night! Beautiful stitch – I didn’t even have to mess with the tension. The only problems for the previous owners were a wrong manual, wrong needle position, and the rocking finger was not in its slot to allow it to sew.
Because of her characteristically spotty finish –I’ve decided to name her Freckles.
The little table with her is a “mini-mate” from Sewingmates.com I have this one to take with me with my featherweight ---the legs unscrew and it goes right in my suitcase. It provides “just enough” to the left and to the front when working in a hotel room that has little space, or on a retreat when you don’t want to take up half your neighbors space with a big extension table. The legs are fully adjustable – and here I have them off to fit the 301 – the shortest machine height I’ve found so far. She’s only 2” from table top to machine bed. I put an extra scrap of carpet underneath Freckles to bring her to even height with the mini-mate! It just gives me “that much more room” for featherweight sewing ((or 301 sewing!)) in a tight space!
This morning I have more of THIS going on ---
Love my book cases!
We mounted them to the wall so there is no danger of them tipping over. And the book organizing begins. I am making a stack of books to list on my etsy site – I’ve got to clear some of this stuff out so I’ll let you know when I have that up and running. It will be a few days yet ---
One thing I didn’t check before buying these book cases…quilt books are taller than regular books, so there are only a couple shelves that full size quilt books will stand upright on…but I don’t mind books on their sides either..makes the shelves look more interesting! The really big hard bound books have to go on their sides anyway…
I’m trying to categorize things..but you know what? How do you do that? By genre? By author?
I think I saw a site somewhere where someone categorized by the color of the SPINE of the book…..I’d never find anything if I put them that way…I don’t often remember what color a spine is!
Have a great Saturday everyone! You know where to find me if you need me ---
Oh, and next Quilt-Cam? Tomorrow ((Sunday, Dec 16)) at 2pm Eastern!