Singer 201-2 Sewing Machine

by Eleanormeriwether on April 9, 2012 · 5 comments

in 1940s

Hi everyone! I hope you don’t mind if I share pictures of my favorite machine with you =]

This is my Singer 201-2. This machine is very smooth and strong with a gear driven motor so there are no slips when sewing through thick fabric. This 201-2 is a rare blackside which means it was produced during the war years when the needle plate, side plate etc. were not chromed, but dipped in black finish instead.  The serial number on this machine is AF892303 which dates the machine to 1941.

I purchased this machine in 2006 from an elderly lady who purchased the machine new and maintained it well. This machine has been used by me since then and has been well maintained.

I recovered the stool, but the original fabric is underneath.

I think the 201-2 machines are the best machines. I have had several of them in the past, and its always my go to machine.

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I started sewing in 2005 when my husband borrowed his mother's sewing machine for me and told me that I could make corsets for myself (instead of paying $500 a pop for them.) It was the first thing I ever made. and the first thing I ever sold! The rest is history I'm a Fashion Designer/Antique Dealer just south of Atlanta!

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D'ellis April 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Thank you for reminding me of the machine I learned to sew on – except mum’s was not purchased during the war. It folded up so neatly and that long extension was so nice for gathering skirts, or storing other projects. The little drawer was a life-saver when I’d run out a bobbin just before completing something. There were always assorted half-filled bobbins in there! Know you have fun with your collection!


Eleanormeriwether April 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Thank you! I’m glad to help you have happy memories! =]


PepperReed April 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Beautiful!! I have a 15-91 (also gear driven) that is just wonderful; thankfully the previous owner also took excellent care of it and it will be around for a long time.


Eleanormeriwether April 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Thank you!
15-91s are definitely the next great thing! I have my grandmothers 15-91 and have refurbished many of them as well. Unfortunately my grandmothers is in horrendous condition b/c my aunt inherited it before i did and she put it in a barn! My mother was finally able to buy it from her and give it to me for my birthday last year. I will do pics of that one one day when I get it referbed.


Baffled April 9, 2012 at 11:34 pm

OMG I grew up with this machine. I learned to sew on it. I can’t even count the number of dresses, skirts and tops I made with it. Wish I still had it.


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