Picking up the Singer 201K


I took this photo just prior to loading the table onto the trailer for the long haul back home.

It’s not in too bad a condition considering it was manufactured around 1952 (Singer allocated serial numbers when the body was manufactured, not the complete unit).  It has been in my family for most of that time, with my Grandmother purchasing it secondhand in the mid 1950’s.   The table has a few scuff marks on the legs, and you can see the minor marking of the top where the leaves have been sitting.

It looks like the original electric motor is still in place, as is the sewing light, and the lamp in the light may even be the original too looking at the design of the element.  It gets even better too, as it all still works flawlessly!

The table is a bit of a different design.  Most of the ones I’ve seen have either had the foot pedal in the enclosed base, or as a detachable unit that is sat on the floor, but this one uses a knee paddle to actuate it.  On the underside of the table is a fold down spoon that operates the “foot” pedal via a mechanical linkage and the pedal is permanently mounted inside the table on the right hand side.  It’s a surprisingly easy to use method of control, and it doesn’t take very long to get used to.  Bonus points for less cables lying around the floor too.


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