So, here are my new old machines which are both Singer 301s.
Meet machine #1 - a long bed Singer 301
Maybe she was a school sewing machine because she has the "T419" with permanent marker written on her?
According to this article on dating your Singer, the machine's serial number is NA349993 which indicates it was made in 1953 in Anderson, South Carolina.
Look at this interesting sticker on the bottom of the machine. Canada was trying to take some credit here!
Meet machine #2 - a short bed Singer 301
Her serial number is NA294165, so she was also made in 1953 in Anderson, South Carolina.
These sewing machines must be long lost sewing sisters.
And since they were born in 1953, I think I'll call them Lucy and Ethel! I can't think of more appropriate names for the 1950's, can you?!?!
These machines also came with some attachments, but I don't know what all these things are yet. I do know that the two bobbins that were in the box are not for the 301. One is plastic (no plastic for these old gals!) and the other bobbin is too wide for the 301 bobbin case.
Can you see the difference?
The bobbin with the grey thread is the right one.
I have started to get to know them. First I read about them on line - Judy Laquidara loves her 301s and I read her review here.More interesting information about 301s can be found here and here.
Then I started cleaning and oiling the machines, and buttering them up by telling them how beautiful they are. And then it was time for the big test... can they sew?!?!
First time out of the gate, they both sewed beautifully. Yippee....they both work and made a perfectly tensioned stitch!
They also have a very unique sound when they sew that I really like. It's amazing how each machine has it's own voice.So now I am a "collector" apparently.
And sewing machine collectors call their machines "the herd". These old gals gravitate to my herd because they know I love them and they will be used and well cared for. (For a funny blog post on my kind of "problem", click here)
A big thanks to my blog reader Liz who allowed me to adopt these beautiful Singers into my care.