“ Brand: Singer „
A very nice machine in pratically every way, but it does have some issues too. Super smooth because it is a full rotary machine. As most quilters dislike full rotary machines for making quilts, this can be a disadvantage if this is your primary purpose. If you are looking to do quilting, a 15 class machine would probably be the better choice for this since it uses a vertical bobbin instead of a horizontal like the 201. If however, your goal is simply making clothes or lightweight work, this is perhaps the machine for you. As I said it is super smooth and quite, although not as loose as a machine that does not use gears.
The thing that makes the 201 and the 15-91 such disasters waiting to happen, are those people on auction sites mentioning that these machines are industrial quality. While they tend to be heavy-duty, they are not industrial machines in any sense of the word. Both the 201 and the 15-91 use a fiber gear from the potted motor to drive the machine. This gear can easily be stripped if using these machines under heavy duty applications. If this is the kind of machine you need, then you would be better off finding a 201 with a belt driven motor instead of the potted gear driven motor....easier said than done in the U.S. because they seem to have only been made outside of the U.S. in this version!
This machine is one fine machine for doing normal sewing from light to heavier weight materials, but don't overdo it or you will be sorry...once that fiber gear looses a tooth you are out of the sewing business...the same applies to the 15-91 too!
The bottom line here is that if you are looking to do normal household sewing, you can not go wrong with a 201. If you are looking for a workhorse that will plow through leather day after day, you had better look further because this is not the machine for you, nor is the 15-91!
Short name: Singer 201