Some people will tell you the Singer Model 301 was just the follow up to the now famous 221 & 222 featherweight models. While it is lightweight and portable, that is about where the similarities end.
The 301 was introduced on the 100th anniversary of Isaac Singer’s first sewing machine patent and was the beginning of a whole new design for the Singer company. It was shortly after WWII and people the world over were looking for something exciting and new rather than just going back to the way things were before. The Singer Company responded by changing their entire lineup from the ground up and it all started with the 301.
The stitch method changed to a lock stitch, the Slant Needle design was developed to allow better visibility at the stitch point, the motor was moved inside and was now equipped with a gear drive rather than a belt. And really that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the innovations that started with the Singer 301.
In addition to being a great portable machine, the 301 can also be installed into a standard full size cabinet with an additional bracket.