January 13, 2010

A Christmas Present: Singer 201-2

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , — Lady M Quilts @ 11:15 am

This is what my darling hubby bought me for Christmas.  It is a 1938 Singer 201-2.  Isn’t she lovely??

She came with several attachments.  A ruffler, a zipper foot, a bias binder, a rolled hem and the long one on the left that I’m not sure what it does.  It looks very interesting and useful, though.

The paint and decals are pristine.  It’s almost as if she sat in a closet for most of her life.  And the scrollwork faceplate just makes me smile everytime I see it.

The stitching is lovely.  The 201-2 is a straight stitch only machine.  Even on the “straight” stitch, a zig zag machine stitches will be just slightly off center.  But a true SS machine like the 201 will make stitches that are precise and truly straight.

This is not the best picture of the stitches my 201 makes.  This is stitched on a lightweight denim and I think I need to change the needle.

This brings my total number of vintage machines to 5:  three singers (this 201, a 415 and my 501 Rocketeer), a Remington Singer clone from the 50’s and the Elna Supermatic.  It’s just so hard to resist a lovely old machine that needs a caring home.

One last pic of her shiny Singer badge.

Well, enough drooling, lol.  I have several dresses to make and some skirts from the thrift store to “remodel”.  Plus we start back to our homeschool co-op tomorrow.  Next time, I’ll share some of the knitting I’ve been doing.  🙂


  1. oh she’s pretty! Care to share some tips on shopping for a vintage machine. I would love to buy one, but don’t know the first thing! I saw one in a thrift store once, but didn’t know if it was any good, if parts were missing or anything! 🙂

    Comment by seemommysew — January 13, 2010 @ 11:58 am

  2. Oh she is a delightful sight! I just got a 503A rockateer and I am in LOVE.. I have been on the search for vintage machines and my husband thinks I am crazy, sadly. But, he likes vintage power tools…. So pfftt on him:) Have fun with er!

    Comment by Ginger — January 14, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

  3. You are so fortunate! I love vintage sewing machines! I am not sure – looks like my Grandmother’s! “We get too soon old and too late smart” – wish I had it today! Good for you!

    Comment by Adrienne — March 8, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

  4. I just recently got a 201-2 also. I only paid forty bucks. It’s a marvelous machine and the straight stitches are amazing. Singer made a ZigZag attachment that can be added on. I thought I got one off of ebay, but then I found out I got the kind for slant models (which is kind of weird, because my slant machines already have built-in zz’s or cams). I have lots of machines with zz’s and embellishment/embroidery stitches, so I should probably just let the 201 do what it does best – straight stitches !
    It’s a real beauty. Enjoy.

    Comment by Robert O'Neil — June 29, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

  5. I just purchased a “refurbished” 201-2 made in the early 1950’s. The seller stressed the importance of checking all the wiring in these machines and having them cleaned prior to sewing with them. Mine has been rewired and cleaned up and I am amazed at the quality and the engineering. Truly is one of the greatest machines ever made for sewing. Beautiful.

    Comment by Stephen — November 12, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

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