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    Quote Originally Posted by DBLOCK View Post
    What is it about the 201 that you all love? I have recently acquired one and am thinking aside from being a little underpowered (just judging from the 0.6A motor) that I kind've like it.
    I love mine - I believe they were made for tailors - great straight stitching and I can sew thru 3 layers of straps. You may want to disassemble and clean the motor and contacts.

    Quote Originally Posted by DBLOCK View Post
    Handing off an extra machine is a great way to pay it forward (and really trumps my latest attempt)! I really appreciate the members here helping us newbies along...

    My assistance was in the form of materials. Much appreciated.
    It was a spare - wish I was in a position to help others more.

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    Wow...just wow. The generosity here on the forums always astonishes me and warms my heart. Thank you, Lost Biker!
    Just helping someone in need is thanks enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Detail Man View Post
    The 201 is elegantly simple in how it operates. It's smooth, reliable, easy to service, and quiet to operate. It's a joy to use.
    And it's tough as nails and can double as a boat anchor. Mine weighs over 30lbs - it doesn't move around the table at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBLOCK View Post
    What is it about the 201 that you all love? I have recently acquired one and am thinking aside from being a little underpowered (just judging from the 0.6A motor) that I kind've like it.
    The machine head was made at a time when quality and tolerances were prized. It was intended for heavy use, as in long hours, It is easily diagnosed and easily adjusted by the user. just about anything that needs to be cleaned is easily accessible. It's like the older cars where the oil filter is easy to get to from the hood as opposed to the new ones where you have to put it on a lift and remove stuff to get to it. It's one of Singers best achievements and gave the brand a huge reputation.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    Quote Originally Posted by DBLOCK View Post
    What is it about the 201 that you all love? I have recently acquired one and am thinking aside from being a little underpowered (just judging from the 0.6A motor) that I kind've like it.
    Just curious...do you have a 201-2 (Potted motor/built in) or a 201-3 (External motor/belt-driven)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    ...It's one of Singers best achievements and gave the brand a huge reputation.
    Plus there were millions of them made so they are available.

    The Singer 15-91 is another very good machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    Just curious...do you have a 201-2 (Potted motor/built in) or a 201-3 (External motor/belt-driven)?...
    I found a barnload of old Singers. I picked up a (3) machines for myself: a 201-2, a 99, and a model 128. I cleaned the carbon brush to commutator area on all of them but will pull the motor off the 201 and clean out the gear area this weekend (didn't realize I needed to until recently).

    I asked the lady to set aside the 301a's I pulled out for my hammocking buddies (I think there were 3 or 4 of them)...

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    The 401 series is another one that's more than worthwhile salvaging.

    I bought mine tuned up, ready to go and in a cabinet for $75.00 maybe 12 years ago and sewed professionally on it for 7 years (maybe 20 hours per week usage).

    It will get handed down to the great grandchildren some day!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBLOCK View Post
    ...and clean out the gear area this weekend (didn't realize I needed to until recently)....
    That's sort of where I was heading. Pull the whole motor/gear housing off and leave the motor itself intact if the wiring insulation is still good. Use Singer Sewing Machine Lubricant or vaseline to re-lube it.

    Pay attention to the position of the clutch washer when you remove the hand wheel to get it assembled correctly later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    That's sort of where I was heading. Pull the whole motor/gear housing off and leave the motor itself intact if the wiring insulation is still good. Use Singer Sewing Machine Lubricant or vaseline to re-lube it.

    Pay attention to the position of the clutch washer when you remove the hand wheel to get it assembled correctly later.
    I pulled the gear assembly off today and cleaned it up using denatured alcohol to cut down the caked on old grease. It cleaned up like a charm! I used a high pressure high speed graphite impregnated lithium grease to lightly coat the gear and she purrs like a kitten at low speed now! I was sewing either full on or full off before... Here's a quick video:



    Singer grease and vaseline are kind've clear - is that why you recommend them?

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    Cleaning the gear drive did the trick! Here's a quick video showing how she runs at low to high speed now - not the light switch she was just yesterday...


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