I have been interested in vintage, mechanical sewing machines for about four years now. My first love as a brand is, of course, Singer. Many people berate the model 306 as being too cumbersome to use, too noisy, or even that proper needles are no longer available for it. HOGWASH! With a little ingenuity, these perceived obstacles are easily over come. And once over come, you will be sewing on what is, in my opinion, the most enjoyable Singer ever made!
A little history. Singer was not the first to market a domestic zig-zag sewing machine. In fact, most, if not all, European manufacturers had domestic zig-zags before the second world war. Singer introduced it’s first domestic zig-zag (The model 206) in 1937. There are two versions of the model 206, the initial version used a bight control mechanism purchased directly from Pfaff. This was the basis for Singers own design for the bight mechanism, basically identical to Pfaffs, but with the moving parts covered.
Sales of Singer domestic zig zag machines languished before the end of the war, finally taking off just as the 50s were fast approaching.
Singer built its’ plant in Anderson South Carolina specifically to manufacture the 306W. The identical European model, the 306K, was manufactured at Singers Strathclyde factory in Scotland.