Vintage 306W singer sewing machine

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I will buy a singer 306W but don't know much about this machine can
anybody tell me if it's a good machine to invest my money in it.Thanks
for the help.


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Depends...how much are they asking for it? What comes with it? What
condition is it in?

The 306 is a great machine (I have one) that takes cams for decorative
stitches.  However, it uses a special needle size not readily available.

It has a cleated 'drive belt' that is not available anymore, so take a
good look at the one in the machine and if it is frayed at all, don't
buy it.

-Irene


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It's a very powerful machine.  Some have been adjusted to take a
standard needle, some have not.  My biggest complaint is that you have
to lift the whole machine to get at the bobbin.  In looking for a good
picture of one, I came across an interesting page on eBay.
http://stores.ebay.com/Sandman-Collectibles/Singer-Identification-Template.html

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Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com
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If the machine has been re-timed to use regular needles, stay away from
it unless you only want to use it occasionally. To "retime" them, people
raise the needle bar, and then advance the hook to make up for it. This
does not change the feed accordingly, which then makes the feed lightly
out of time. They should always be left as they were designed, for the
206X13 needles.

If it has been re-timed, you will have problems balancing the tension
because the feed will be slightly out of time and generally the upper
tension will be real heavy to compensate for it.=20

-Irene




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starting in the sewing busines ,what kind do you recomend me I will be sewing
lots of denim,cordury,cotton ect. thank you so much for your help. Maria.


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dreamcreations wrote:
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starting in the sewing busines ,what kind do you recomend me I will be sewing
lots of denim,cordury,cotton ect. thank you so much for your help. Maria.
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In your position, depending on what is available to you, I think I would
look for a Singer 401, 500, a Pfaff 360, an Elna Supermatic, or other
all-metal, mechanical machine with a good selection of utility stitches.

If you will be using the machine steadily, like for 8 hours at a time,
then you will want to look at industrial/commercial machines, which
won't offer you as much versatility in stitches, but which will hold up
to extremely heavy use.  Most seamstresses can use a home machine,
because they don't run the machine for hour after hour, having fittings,
cutting out, pattern selection, hand finishing, and other activities
other than sewing.  But any kind of production sewing requires a machine
designed for constant use.

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Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com
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since I'm starting in the sewing busines ,what kind do you recomend me I
will be sewing lots of denim,cordury,cotton ect. thank you so much for
your help. Maria.
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would
stitches.
up
fittings,
machine

Elna Supermatics get my vote. Powerful, durable all metal construction
and a HUGE amount of stitches possible via cams.

C.




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Thank you very much, I need to buy a good machine since I'm starting in
the sewing busines ,what kind do you recomend me I will be sewing lots
of denim,cordury,cotton ect. thank you so much for your help. Maria.

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A Singer 401 is a great choice. Several people on this group have this
model, as do I.  It was the top of the line in the 1950s, with  boatload
of built in stitches, no belts (all gear driven) and all metal...it will
set through anything you can fit under the foot.  Needles and bobbins
are readily available.  It's a real joy to sew on, too.

-Irene


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Great machine provided it has not been re-timed  to take regular
needles.  Needles should be fairly easy to get from a sewing machine
store, or on line,  we buy from the industrial supply man in town  You
do have to lift up the machine to change the bobbins, but it does have
a pretty good support system.
I use this model along with a couple of straight stitch Singer
machines in a retail alterations business.  The 306 is used mostly for
the repair (ie darning tears) of oil industry coveralls.  Also for
sewing leather patches on welders garments.  It is in constant use
throughout the day and has been for about 3  years.  We  are looking
for a couple more to add to the business.  I do like the machine very
much.  Friend just picked one up for her drapery business.  
hope this helps

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It should not cost much since many of them were made. They are excellent
heavy duty machines. They are very rigid and sturdy and run pretty quiet.


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