The 201 can often be mistaken for a 66 in bad Craigslist photos, because the silhouettes can seem similar. If the photo's high-quality, you can see the difference, as below:
The first thing we'll look for is the round stitch length indicator plate in the photo below. If we've determined it's not a model 15 but it has this round plate, then it is a 201 for sure.
In this next, terrible photo, all you can see is a the round plate and a little of the pillar. So how do we know if this is a 201, or a model 15?
Well, look at the angle of the pillar line. Is it almost vertical, like on a 201, or is it raked back at an angle like the 15?
|201, nearly vertical pillar line|
|15, raked/angled pillar line|
Sometimes the photos are taken from the wrong side of the machine, so you can't see the round plate. In that case we look for this little flat piece of metal that the spool pin sits on, AS WELL AS the round inspection plate:
If you can see that flat plate for the spool pin AND the round inspection plate, it's a 201. If it's shot from the other side: If you can see that flat plate for the spool pin AND the round stitch length indicator plate, it's a 201.
The third thing we'll look for is small, white, and will usually show up even in dark photos. It's this tiny light switch:
Please note the light switch in that location only appears in the 201-2, not the 201-3. But the good thing about it is, it's usually visible even in small, terrible photos. For example, look at this one:
That little white dot is the only way I can tell this machine is a 201-2.
Okay, Quiz Time: Which of the following machines is a 201?
Also, is it a 201-2 (potted motor), or a 201-3 (belted motor)? You already know how to look for these things from reading Part 2, so once you figure out if it's a 201, looking at the motors will help you figure out if it's a 201-2 or 201-3.
Now let's check to see if you got 'em right:
|1. Not a 201. There's no round plate visible. If there was, you'd see the little silver knob and lever.|
|2. It's a 201-2, see the tiny light switch?|
|3. Also a 201-2, that tiny white dot is the light switch.|
|4. Not a 201, there's no flat plate for the spool pin.|
|5. A 201-2, it's got the round plate and the white light switch.|
|6. It's a 201-2. Tough to see, but you can barely make out the round plate. You also cannot see a belted motor, so you know the potted motor is hiding back there.|
|7. Not a 201, there's no round plate.|
|8. Also not a 201, there's no round plate.|
|9. Here's a 201-3, it's got the flat spool plate and the round inspection plate. Belted motor makes it a 201-3.|
|10. Flat spool plate and round stitch length plate make it a 201. You can also see tiny bump of belted motor under the leftmost arrow, making it a 201-3.|
|11. It's got the round plate, but the "ski jump" angle makes this a model 15.|
|12. No flat spool plate. Not a 201.|
|13. It's got the round plate and the tiny white light switch. 201-2.|
Go on to:
Part 4: Is it a 66?
Part 5: Is it a 99?
Or go back to:
Part 1: Is it a model 15?
Part 2: If it’s a model 15, what kind of 15?