There were some newer machines and some older, including a Singer 401 taken out of a table. Looking back I should have bought it also, but I already have a 401 I bought at the same thrift store a few months earlier. I keep thinking if I was entrepreneurial I would sell them on eBay and make a profit, but I know myself, and I would keep them all.
One interesting thing was the women would turn the machines over for "recycling"(not sure what that meant) if they did not run properly, or were missing a foot pedal. I asked if they could start a parts bin, or sell machines "as is", and the reply was that it would be too involved since they were volunteers. I was offered a volunteer job of checking sewing machines, but I turned it down knowing I would bring too many home. The clerk agreed, saying she has four Singer 301s she bought there. The funny thing was she asked if I had a 301 to sell her, because she loved them so much. And I thought I had it bad!
A little side note: I was walking my dog today and just a block from my house at a yard sale was a lonely Singer sitting on a table. I thought it was a 301 at a distance, then as I got closer, I thought it was a 404 but somehow different. I inspected it to find out it was a 404G. A Singer 404 made in Germany. I will be sure to blog about this one later. I told myself, I could flip it for some money. But, it is so quiet, so smooth, and so lovely, how could I? One more to the collection.
Back to the 337....
This is a machine made in 1965 and 1966. The instruction manual actually says "new, improved model". Which means it has a needle position selector. So, this is a zig-zag machine with a three position needle. It has an internal motor and is all steel inside, except for the plastic zig-zag cam.
The following year a 347 was made. It looks identical, but according to my research it has a lot of plastic inside.
|Class 66 Drop-in Bobbin|
|327 next to 337|
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