And I WAS doing SO WELL at staying on the wagon!
But maybe that is only because I’ve been out of town without a car to get me into too much trouble!
And in nothing flat, just like that, I ended up with a case in each hand, heading for the van, putting them in my car and driving away ---
With a big fat smile on my face!
“Rescuing sewing machines is much like rescuing cats!” I often tell people.
How many sewing machines I *NEED* isn’t in question.
How many sewing machines I can restore, keep running, and preserve is the goal!
One of these is in really rough shape, and I nearly left it behind…but the message written in red crayon on the case tugged at my heart:
Love is in a sowing (Sewing) pach (patch) of frinds (friends) and family.
(Probably gave Grandmol a Grand Mal when she saw her case like this!)
The machine inside really needs some help.
Years of tar and nicotine in the sewing room of a smoker.
It’s nasty and yellow and I can scrape it off with my finger nail.
Presser foot and bobbin case case missing.
Bobbin tire needs replacing, and look at all that gunk!
See what I mean? Some elbow grease and a few replacement parts and a good going through should get Brooklyn’s machine back up and running. And I guess this one already has a name, it belongs to Brooklyn!
301 A badge
Her serial number is NA432350 with a manufacture date of 1951. The A simply means she MAY HAVE made in Anderson, South Carolina. If it doesn’t have the A, It could have come from the Elizabeth, NJ facility, but there is NO DIFFERENCE in the machine.
I gleaned the following info HERE.
What is the difference between a 301 and 301A?
The short answer is, “The A”! This is probably THE most Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about 301s. All sorts of false rumors have circulated, citing everything from color to bed length to motor lube and plug design as the difference between the two. The “A” here signifies the manufacturing plant in Anderson, SC.
But it gets puzzling.....The 301s all have earlier serial numbers than 301As, and lack the “A” on the model badge. Yet, ALL of the 301 and 301A badged machines have serial numbers beginning with NA or NB, prefixes assigned to the Anderson plant.
Why the “A” began to appear mid-production is still under investigation, but for now my theory is that Singer simply decided to start badging the Anderson plant machines the same way they did for their foreign plants, to distinguish them from the main plant in Elizabeth, NJ.
The results of two surveys of 301 machines have not yielded any distinguishable, consistent difference after the “A” was added, so I will simply refer to them as 301s (inclusive).
2nd machine’s badge – No A!
Fact or Fallacy?
All of that said, I have recently learned from a retired Singer plant manager that ALL sewing machine manufacture was moved from the Anderson plant back to Elizabeth in 1958, including the last of 301 production (they were making only the two-tone 301 by that time).
It is easy to understand why the model and serial numbers for the last of the 301 run would have just continued as they were in Anderson, but it is a bit puzzling why 400 and 500 series machines, now made in Elizabeth, continued with the “A” following the model number. More questions!
The second machine is also a mocha long bed, and not near as disgustingly dirty.
This one does have some of the “freckling” going on with the paint job on the bed, the same as my Spotty Dotty which won’t affect how she runs – it’s under the clear coat! She should clean up nicely.
Her bobbin case is present as is the presser foot.
Serial number is also NA111865 which makes her just a bit older than her dirty sister above!
Why this one does NOT have an A, and the other one does remains a mystery!
Both machines run freely. Both need a bit of a spa treatment both in how they look, and with some lubing and oiling and adjusting. The wiring on both are good, no problems there.
Oh, and the quilt back you see them posed on, well that was SUPPOSED to be my job today. Applying binding!
I got this far:
Binding ready to apply!
I still may be able to get to this tonight…I need a label and a hanging sleeve as well!
But what I’m really longing to do is get out the cleaning supplies and see if I can give Brooklyn a bath and see how she shines up!
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