Sunday, May 25, 2014

Singer 337 Sewing Machine and Thrift Store Education

It pays to be nice to  people.  I went to the thrift store a few days ago and a clerk told me to come in the back room.  Oh my!!!   There was a stack of sewing machines and I was getting first choice.  I was like a kid in a candy store.  I was immediately drawn to this Singer 337 because of the color.  I already have a 327 which is a similar model.  I reviewed my 327 here.

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

Sewing Sample


327 next to 337
If you want to see more,  you can watch me on youtube.

Thanks for stopping.


  1. Almost as good or maybe better than bringing them home watching the videos. Love the colors of these two.

  2. I do most of my sewing on a 301, but your 337 is a forerunner of the Singer Touch and Sew that I had for over 20 years (and my daughter has now.) I bought a 400a to replace it. I sure understand wanting to buy and keep them all.

  3. Why does my 337 not have a needle position selector?

    1. I would guess you have an early model. This machine was made two years, and only the later models had a needle position selector.

  4. I just inherited an aqua blue type color singer 337. It's missing a faceplate and the top of the machine is broken looks where a handle might have been you can see the guts of the machine. Has original cover case. What should I do with this thing ? It also has a foot pedal attached and it's brown

  5. The foot pedal should be black with a mint green cord. I have the early 337 without needle position lever. I love it!

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