Something happened to my 201. I don't know what happened, but something happened. It has gradually been stitching more and more poorly. I have tried changing the tension assembly, no better. I tried switching the bobbin case for a different one. I even purchased a new, unbent position bracket.
Nothing is helping. I finally pulled the hook and cleaned all around it. It seemed better, but then when I put a newly wound bobbin in, it went all to pieces again. After dinner I read the adjuster's manual and read that one must position the position bracket with enough room for thread to pass. So I adjusted that, messed with the tension and got a decent stitch, with white thread, on two layers of muslin with the dial set at 9. I just moved the numbers to 5 so that it would not drive me so nuts. There does seem to be an abundance of "play" in the bobbin case and I can see that the escapement between the bobbin case finger and the position bracket could tighten up if the machine runs fast. Which is when I have the issue. If I were not an obsessive, I would have ditched this machine long ago. But I am attached to it. So I will persevere. Maybe.
The motor seems sluggish as well. So I pulled the motor and checked it all out. Everything seems to be in order. I lubed the grease tubes, but didn't check the commutator. Should have. But the motor zooms when in bobbin winding mode. So then I oiled the whole machine again and gave up.
I have another 201. The light needs rewiring. The switch is bad and it needs a new motor. Fortunately I have a parts 15-91 that will donate a motor. I took a look at the light tonight. Oh boy. there will be a job. Rewiring it. And the switch. Gee Whiz.
Then, all of a sudden, I remembered !! I bought some 201-2 parts a while back. Sho nuff! There is a switch and a light . CELEBRATE ! So maybe I will be able to get a decent 201-2 together. I sure hope so. I love the way it sounds. And looks. Such a pretty machine.
Some folks prefer the 15-91. I can understand that. A vertical bobbin and a class 15 bobbin. But somehow I think it looks stubby and aesthetically I find the 201 to be a more handsome and classy looking machine.