A friend, knowing I love Singer 301As and trapezoid cabinets, found one for me. The cabinet’s a lovely thing, mahogany veneer with just a tiny chip on the right end of the under-table. The 301 is a black short-bed that’s in really lovely shape, just needing a good cleaning and lube and new wiring. The cleaned machine is very quiet and smooth and I had the necessary wiring in my stash of parts.
This machine came with three bobbins. Two of the bobbins had four separate colors/lengths of thread each. The remaining bobbin had seven different pieces/colors of thread wound on. There was so much lint, packed in so tightly, I had to disassemble the bobbin carrier to get all the lint out.
If you’re wondering what makes a trapezoid table so special, it’s for two very nice reasons. The left end of the table is hinged and the swings out to support the table extension when it’s open. Secondly, because the shape of the table is shorter on the front than the back, the table extension wraps to the front just a bit making it easier to keep things on the table.
I’ve already sewing a bunch of quilt bindings and today I’ll use this lovely machine to put borders on a quilt top. Color me happy.