Guys, I didn't realise what a gem I had sitting in my spare room for a couple of years! Don't get me wrong, I knew it was special. I just didn't know quite HOW special...
After my trusty Elna 7000 caught on fire this week, I dragged THIS little beauty out of it's resting place.
And when I say dragged, I almost literally mean dragged: it weighs a ton! That would be because it's made of CAST IRON. Oh yes.
This gorgeous girl is my Singer 201P. She's a reclusive thing, not revealing her beauty to me until I gave her a good wiping down and performed a quick Google search as a background check. Guys, she's vintage! Actually, genuinely vintage!
The Singer 201 series of full size sewing machines were produced mainly in the USA and the UK. They were first introduced in 1935 and continued in production up until 1961. It was the Singer Manufacturing Company’s finest domestic sewing machine. Hundreds of thousands of them were produced and most of them are still sewing as finely and as strongly today as when they were first produced over 70 years ago. (www.singersewinginfo.co.uk)
My little beauty, the 201P, was assembled in Penrith, Australia, with parts from the UK factory.
Excuse the dust...
These Singers are widely regarded as still one of the best stitchers of the lot! Sure, it can only do a straight stitch, but I still think that's pretty impressive. The old saying, "They don't make 'em like they used to," certainly seems to ring true here.
I love that it's two-tone brown. I love it's wee light at the back. I love it's cool Singer Manufacturing Co badge on the front. Jeepers, it really is pretty cool!
Now, to see if I can figure out how to make it work... I think I'll go ask Mr Google.
Do any of you have an old Singer sewing machine? Any tips?
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