….and she purrs like a dream! Voila – my 1954 Singer 201.Â You know how it goes, one thing leads to another and I certainly wasn’t looking for another sewing machine. I told you how much in love I was with my SMD761 basic model, well, sorry SMD 761 I don’t mean to be mean or anything but you are just not in the same league!
I started out looking for buttonholers. Went onto YouTube [as you do] and saw Peter from ‘Male Pattern Boldness’ demonstrating his vintage Singer buttonholer on his Singer 201. I was quite fascinated with the buttonholer but I fell into instant, deep love with his machine. The sound could just rock you to sleep in the nicest possible way. I looked at other videos of the 201’s and saw practically rave reviews of this Rolls Royce of sewing machines. Some reckon it to be the best sewing machine ever produced. I felt an urgent need to own one of these beauties and went on E-bay, where the lovely Nicky was selling her second 201 model [she bought it for spares in case her first ever broke down – it never has!]. It may not be the most beautiful girl on the block – she is showing her age, but then so am I and I am older than she is. Nicky and I met at Hobbycraft, Basingstoke [BIG MISTAKE ON MY PURSE] and I took my three youngest kiddlies with me [grandchildren], but that is another story. I have now got vintage Singer fever, and I am having to be very strict with myself on Ebay.
One good thing came out of it [besides my new baby] I brought out my old 1936 Singer which my stepmother brought over from Newfoundland just after the war. She is a beauty and currently is set up as a hand machine, but it also has a motor. Unfortunately it has no bobbin plate or bobbin cover. I am trying to locate these and then I will clean and ‘service’ it. Unfortunately I don’t know which model it is, I am trying to find out from Alex Askoroff, but I am showing pictures in case anyone out there can identify it. As can be seen it has an unusual placing of the tension wheel, at the side to the back. UPDATE; I think I have identified it as a Singer 15-91, these were made in Canada and you can still get 1940’s beauties from the USA but the shipping doubles the price! I have bought a bobbin case and slide plate cover though, from blessed Ebay.com of dear [as in expensive] memory!
Singer 15-91 1936 model