I listed a nice 201 on the Singers for sale page yesterday, and here’s a few more snaps of it. This one’s a 1957 201K23, and it’s in a plastic base and case which really doesn’t do it justice …
The reason for the plastic base and case is that this machine came to us in a cabinet which was fit only for scrapping, we simply don’t have a spare wooden base and case we can put it in, and even if we did, we’d have to put the price up more than we’d want to cover that. So it’s in a useable base, and the lid’s OK for keeping the dust off even though the catches on it aren’t up to much. It will however fit straight into the wooden base and case of a 15 or a 66 if you have one you can swap, or alternatively it’ll fit into a treadle base or cabinet. Come to think of it, we’d be delighted to sell it already installed in one!
As to the machine itself, this one’s a good ‘un, and and as far as I can see all that’s stopping me rating the cosmetic condition as exceptional is a couple of very small dinks in the finish of the bed and a little bit of staining at the very bottom of the column, behind the bobbin spool pin and winding tensioner. Mechanically it’s in very fine shape indeed, and it sews a lovely straight stitch both forwards and backwards.
The motor’s a really good one as is the foot pedal, it’s got a working Singerlight of the correct type, and the mains leads are new. We’d like them to be the proper shiny brown oval-section cable but that’s only available from a repro wiring place in the States at a truly outrageous price, so the mains leads on this are round and semi-matt black like we use on black machines. The motor plug’s brown though!
If you’re in the market for a 201, you won’t need me to tell you how good these things are, and you’ll also know that underneath that aluminium body, a Mk2 is exactly the same mechanically as its classic-shaped cast-iron predecessor.
Thank you for your comments. Don’t be put off by the fact that the Mk2 body’s aluminium – mechanically it’s the same as the cast-iron one except for the shape. Without the base and case, a Mk1 electric weighs 13.9kg but a Mk2 is still a fair old lump at 9.3!
Absolutely fantastic! I’m currently in the market for a 201K, and stumbled upon your site through my endless searching! I know very little about Singer machines – other than they are regarded as the best of the era, and in particular the 201K, so I was surprised to learn the Mk2 was an aluminum body.
I shall be keeping close tabs on this site from now onwards..