This vintage Singer 301A machine has been with me for a little while now. My friend Jil (aka “Miss Cake”) passed it along to me. It was her grandmother’s. It is in beautiful shape, and really only needed the bobbin winder rubber tire replaced. It had been oiled and maintained regularly, which is rare.
It can be a portable and cabinet machine, though this one is not used with a cabinet. It is a slant-needle machine, which means the needle enters the material at an angle, making it easier to see your work. The control is a foot pedal with button. According to www.singer301.com, the Singer 301A had 518,000 units manufactured from 1953 to 1958. This particular machine has all the accessories and add-ons with it, including a zig-zagger attachment and a buttonholer.
This trusty little machine is in use in my sewing room right now as the main machine, as my newer machine with fancy LCD display has been having seizures. (It really does. The display is going blank, it resets itself, and the needle jumps around spastically.) These are the times when I am so very grateful for antique, well-made, heavy-duty machines with simple metal parts! I really don’t think I’ll buy a sewing machine with any sort of computer again. Straight-stitch and zig-zag, baby. That’s it for me. And something like this one that can do buttonholes.