Singer 201 sewing machine
The Singer 201 (or 201K) was introduced in 1935, and was the company’s most expensive machine. They cost around £13 in 1940, which was up to half a year’s wages for a large number of people, and were bought mainly by professional machinists.
The machine features high carbon meshing gears and a full rotary hook, and were built to last a lifetime. They were produced in four different models throughout their history:
- 201-1 - natural born treadle
- 201-2 - potted motor (gear driven) machine
- 201-3 - solid hand wheel with external belt driven motor
- 201-4 - natural born hand crank
The 201 model is one of the most sought after vintage machines by collectors, due to its high quality and durability. Many believe it is the best model ever produced by Singer, and collectors use them as working machines rather than decorative collectors’ items.
They can sell for anything from a few dollars up to hundreds of dollars depending on their condition, with the most valuable examples being those in excellent working order.
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