Sunday, February 18, 2018

Singer 301A Vintage sewing Machine FOR SALE

I am selling my Vintage Singer 301A sewing machine. She is a beauty and I hate to see her go, but I have 4 other machines and I don't sew much with her anymore. I mainly used her to take to quilt classes, but I mostly sew at home and I have 2 machines that I can take that aren't too heavy if I do take a class. So rather than take up space sitting there, I would love to see her go to a good home and be well loved and used.

The Singer 301A is a slant foot machine and this one has the longer bed too. It's the dark tan color. For the same reason that the vintage Featherweight machines are so loved, this machine is so similar to the Featherweight and produces the same great straight stitch. It is lightweight and portable like the Featherweight, just slightly heavier at 16 pounds. But in my opinion the Singer 301A is better than the Featherweight for several reasons that I will list here:

1. 301A has a retractable handle, which is so great to be able to lift the machine to carry. The Featherweight does not have a handle and after you have used the machine and need to lift it, you can literally burn your hand due to the heat from the light heating up the machine. I know I had a Featherweight at one time too.

2. The light is superior on the 301 also. There is a light switch which is nice and the light is better housed in the machine (see photo of light below).

3. Not all 301 machines for sale come with the zigzag attachment. That attachment alone can cost $35-$50 on Ebay. Plus included are several other cams to create different stitches besides just the zigzag stitch, so an even better deal these are all included with this machine.

4. The 301 uses the same bobbins as the Featherweight and I have included a lot of bobbins, 21 total bobbins!

5. I purchased the 1/4" foot for piecing quilt blocks, but even so there is also a  1/4" line on the plate. The Featherweight doesn't have that marking.

6. To wind the bobbin there is a separate thread pin to place the thread on to wind the bobbin, so you do not have to unthread your machine to wind your bobbin! The bobbin winder is superior to the Featherweight machine too.

7. With the longer 301 bed (not all 301's have the longer bed) it is nice to have the extra space.

8. The 301 is an all metal sewing machine and a workhorse that can sew through thick layers and even thick leather!

9. You can lube and oil your machine yourself and the instruction booklet shows you how and where to oil and lube. This will save you a lot of $ not having to take it to be serviced to be lubed.

10. It's a simple sewing machine that does one thing extremely well and that is to produce a beautiful straight stitch.

11. It comes with a hard suitcase like case that is very durable, but alas very heavy too. If you take this machine to class, you will want to carry it by the handle of the machine or put it in a rolling sewing machine cart to transport. That is one thing the Featherweight has is a nice small case.

12. This 301 comes with several feet too. including the standard narrow sewing foot, 3 roll hemmer feet, the 1/4" foot I purchased separately, a gathering foot,  adjustable hemmer, 2 multi-slotted binders, and the edge stitcher foot.

I could sell the feet, zigzag attachment with the cams, and case separately and make more money than selling it all together, but I would rather the buyer get all the extras to make his or her sewing experience a much nicer one. This is a great little machine and it's so true they don't make new machines as heavy duty or with as much attention to detail as this little machine. The instruction booklet is very informative and has so many detailed illustrations, making it so nice and easy to understand how to use a foot or sew a hem.

$200 is what I am selling this 301A Singer sewing Machine for. The shipping is $75 because it is very heavy. If you are local (Albuquerque, New Mexico area) then no shipping cost. Still, even with the shipping cost you are getting everything a vintage Singer Featherweight has and more features that I already listed above for a lot less money. Featherweights sell in the $500 range if they include the case and feet.

Here she is:

Vintage Singer 301A long bed sewing machine.

Retractable carrying handle. Pull it up to carry.

Handle is pushed down in this photo.

Side of the machine where it plugs in.

Back of the machine.

A few little dings at the back. Not too bad considering how old this girl is!

The bobbin case is located where the bed of the machine lifts up.

The bottom of the machine. You unscrew this to access inside the machine where you lube the machine. I will give you the remainder of my tube of lubricant too.

The Singer emblem.

This is the light unit, located under the Singer sign located on the front of the machine. The black knob on the right, is the light switch knob.

All of this is included with the machine.

Cams for 4 stitches to be used with the zigzag attachment.

Presser feet and lots of bobbins, 21 bobbins in total.

The instruction booklet. I taped it with acid-free tape to protect it. 

The zigzag attachment with 4 cams of stitches (plus the other 4 cams) for a total of 8 cams, although one cam is a repeat of the same stitch. 

2 slotted binding feet and an adjustable hemmer foot.

3 rolled hem feet, a gathering foot, edge stitcher foot and a 1/4" piecing foot.

The standard narrow foot.

Top of case.

Case that the machine and accessories fit inside of.

The foot pedal slips into the metal unit that holds it securely inside the case and the cord wraps around the metal unit above. Okay my wrapping the cord isn't as neat as it could be, lol!

Zigzag attachment and 4 cams.
Please email me if you have questions or would like to purchase this Singer 301A machine. $200 + $75 shipping (USA shipping only). I will email you an invoice to pay through PayPal. Local (Albuquerque, New Mexico area) can pay cash and no shipping. Thanks for looking.

The Singer 301A has SOLD! 
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Bernina Overlocker/Serger 1150 MDA FOR SALE

I bought this Bernina serger a couple of years ago and have not used it much at all. I don't sew clothes anymore and I rarely use the serger for anything other than keeping the raw edge of fabric from fraying before I wash fabric or make quilt backings that I piece together. I thought I would use it more for other things, but I haven't, so rather than letting it take up much needed space in my sewing room, I would love to see it go to a good home.

I looked up on Ebay to see what these machines have sold for. You cannot look at what they are asking, but you must go to the sidebar on the left side and click on sold listings, (not completed listings because some may not have sold, just that the time was over for the listing). There were 3 of these Bernina 1150 MDA machines that have sold and the average cost was $532 + shipping. They sold for $510, $513 and $575, so the average is $532.

I am selling this Bernina 1150 MDA for $500 + shipping (USA only). It comes with everything in the photos below, including the cute little zippered pouch I made and appliqued "serger" on one side.

This serger has seen very little use and is in excellent condition! If you are interested in purchasing this serger or have questions about it, please email me. I will email you an invoice through PayPal for payment. Shipping will be figured when I know where you are located and can better quote you a shipping price.  If you are local (in the Albuquerque New Mexico area) then cash payment and no shipping costs.

I am listing the information here on my blog and directing others here from Facebook groups and my local quilt group, so that all the information and photos will be in one place.

This is the whole package: the serger, user manual, foot pedal and zipper pouch holding all the tools you see in the photos below

I am including this zippered pouch I made to hold the extra items in, like the large screw driver, spool caps, etc. All the stuff I have in these photos that are not inside the serger.

All these tools and such you see will be inside the serer zippered pouch.

The back of the machine.

Inside with the 2 doors opened.

The extra tools that will be inside the zippered pouch.

Any questions? Please email me and I will get back to you ASAP.
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Monday, February 12, 2018

The Subway Bag

This is the Subway Bag (size small) designed by Imazz Patterns. It features a front zippered pocket and a front slip pocket with a flap; a zippered top closure, a back slip pocket and inside pockets too. There are a total of 3 exterior pockets and 3 interior pockets (if you include the pen pocket I always add); so that is 6 pockets in all for organizing what you carry. Plus it has an adjustable strap for wearing across your body. The pdf pattern includes both the large size as well as the small size in the instructions.

The instructions are clear and well written as are all Imazz Patterns. Just read through everything first to see what you will be doing before starting.

I must be dreaming of Hawaii, since I again chose a Hawaiian print fabric (I made the Good to Go Messenger Bag in a different Hawaiian print fabric recently). This fabric is more colorful though.

I added touches of pink and periwinkle to go with the Hawaiian print colors.

The bag closes with a zipper.

Side view to show the depth of the bag.

The front zipper pocket with my handmade zipper pull. The zippered pocket is on top of the slip pocket under the front flap.

The back of the bag has a large slip pocket, which is perfect for holding your phone, or keys for quick access.

Looking down on the back slip pocket.

Inside the bag I added a zippered pocket and a slip pocket too.
This was a fun bag to make. Aloha!
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

My Baskets Featured on Threading My Way!

Pam of Threading My Way has featured my Decorative Stitches Basket and my blog is featured this week too! Thanks Pam! Please pop over to Pam's blog to see who else has been featured.

I'm Featured

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Good to Go Messenger Bag (small)

Made another small Good to Go Messenger Bag (free pattern from Andrie Designs that comes in small and large). I used the same Hawaiian print fabric as the other small messenger bag I had made, but on this one I chose to add a red fabric for the flap. I like the contrast of the flap on this one.

Inside there is a zippered pocket and a slip pocket.

Side view to show the depth of the bag.

I added a divided pocket on the back of the bag. Perfect for placing your phone in one pocket and your keys in the other pocket.

Back pockets looking down on them.
$40 + shipping. Email me if interested or you have any other questions.
Small measures:
  • Width – 9″ 
  • Height – 7 1/2″ 
  • Depth – 3″ 
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