|that is not rust on the needle shaft...it is just discolored. I need to give it another wipe with the cloth|
I won her on Ebay. I always wonder why people sell these great old machines for next to nothing. The featherweights came be quite expensive, but the 301s are very reasonable. Oh, the parts are interchangeable between the 2 models.
OK, I am off to sew some more! I think you should try to find a fine little machine on Ebay for yourself. These old gals are too special to be tossed out.