I'm stitching on my old 1957 Singer 301 today, sewing up a little test project. Although it sews like a dream, I sure miss the needle up/down feature on my other BERNINA 580. Most times when I finish sewing a seam I have to manually move the needle up and out of the way with the hand wheel so I can remove the fabric. I also miss the auto thread cutting feature, as I'm grabbing my little snips to cut off the thread after each seam as well.
Despite all that I sure do enjoy mixing it up and sewing on something different once in awhile.
And she sure is sweet to sew with! Hmmm, I think she might need a name. What do you think - what would you name this pretty little pinstriped 301?