Behold the Revolutionary Singer Model 301A.
Said by some to be "The Best Sewing Machine Ever Made."
I first saw this machine 2 weeks ago, at an estate sale. They were asking $200 for it. Way out of my price range. Still, it was a pretty machine and made an impression on me. Which is why I recognized it when it showed up on Craigslist last week, still priced at $200. I sent the seller an email asking them to keep me in mind if they didn't sell it for their asking price. I was willing to pay $75. I need another "straight stitch only" machine like I need a hole in the head, but the 301's have always appealed to me. Especially in this 2 toned mocha color. As you can see, they accepted my offer and I was able to go pick it up today. It was only about 10 blocks from my home. Sweet! This machine is in very good condition. Probably a grade 8 judging by the rating system on the link I gave you, above. It was built in 1956 in Anderson, South Carolina. Singer stopped producing the 301A in 1958. Not only is mine in lovely condition....
..but it comes with its original trapezoid shaped grass cloth case with Bakelite handle, the accessories in original box, the manual, and a nifty Singer sewing book from the same era.
I am happy to add the 301A to my collection.