Monday, November 21, 2016
Before and After
This is the 301 before I cleaned her up. She didn't look too bad, just needed a good cleaning. There is a rusted area on the plate covering the feed dogs. I took it off and soaked it in PB Blaster. There was a LOT of disgusting old oil and grease inside the machine. It wasn't too bad in the old lint department. I am starting to wonder just how much this old beauty had really been used.
The foot pedal connects directly to the motor. The wiring on the foot pedal was pretty scary. I cut the wire close to the machine and close to the pedal and spliced in a new piece of wiring. I used a LOT of electrical tape and feel confident that all is good.
Getting her out of the cabinet was pretty easy. I doubt I will save the cabinet or use it for anything. So here she is after I cleaned her up:
Can't really tell much of a difference, but there really is.
I found a presser foot that fit, so that was one less thing I needed to buy. I had heard that purchased bobbins from local retail stores might be a little to large, making the fit too tight, but I had to at least give it a shot. We went to the store and bought a package for 97 cents. True to what I had heard, they did NOT fit, so I have some ordered from a gal who gets the good ones. Then I will know for sure that she sews as good as I am thinking she will. So excited!
The motor just purrs. It is so unbelieveable that a machine this old is in such good shape. Love it.