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Old 09-14-2011, 10:02 AM
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I have owned and still own many of the old direct drive Singers. Most any of the 300, 400 or 500 series have all steel gears and a direct drive (as in no belt). As mentioned the foot doesn't raise real far and they are not a walking foot but several I have gotten for $10 and never paid more than $60. The 401 is probably the most desirable but if you just want a straight stitch machine, any in those series have the same strength. The one I use the most right now is a 503 (know as a rocketeer due to it's 50s art deco shape) with the different cams for decorative stitching and I have sewn upholstery type leather and it will sew through anything you can get under the foot. You can also get lots of different feet such as one for doing piping.
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