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.

Case

Front

Class 66 Drop-in Bobbin

Sewing Sample

Manual

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

Thanks for stopping.

9 comments:

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

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  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.

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

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    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.

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  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

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  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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