WE love all of our machines. We have to move some along, though. We just cannot sew on all of them These 301s are lightweight and really nice. True, it is a straight stitch only machine, but it makes the nicest stitch and sews very fast. It is gear driven and slant shank. It isn't as popular as the 221 (aka Featherweight) but it makes every bit as nice a stitch. Plus there is more room between the needle and the pillar. It really weighs only a bit more than the FW does. If I were taking a class, I would take this machine. It comes with a very nice case.
We are posting it on the Website soon. Just as soon as I learn how to navigate the Upgrades Weebly made to the web builder.