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Thread: Tell me why I should/shouldn't buy a Singer 401A in a beaut cabinet

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    I found a Singer 401A that belonged to someone's grandmother (maybe) in an antique full size cabinet somewhat reasonable. MY DH has hairies because I already have a Viking D1, Singer Quantum XL(needs repair) a Viking 6570 in good condition and a Serger. But I would sell my 6570, XL and possibly my Serger to pay for this machine. I can taste that 401 as it was my very first sewing machine years ago.

    What do you think? I am a quilter and only use my D1 for quilting not embroidery as I should.

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    With the qualifications you provided, I can't see anyreason not to buy it. :D

    Years ago I collected old sewing machines in cabinets because I love those old machines. Eventually my dh pointed out that they were taking up a lot of room and had a collection of dust on them! I realized that I had enjoyed fixing up those old machines, but that I would never actually use them because I prefer my Bernina 1230 for daily use. I did sell that collection off to another collector. (I still have several old portables that I need to finish fixing up and sell them.)

    As long as you are pretty sure you are going to use the machine, I say go ahead and get it! Try it out and make sure you like it that much before getting rid of your other machines. If it doesn't work out for you, you can always sell it.

    Just try to purchase it for a reasonable price so you can resell it for a reasonable price. If it's worth the trouble to you to resell and you figure you're only out $20 or so to test out your heart's desire, I say go for it! The Singer 401A is definitely in demand as a collector's sewing machine, so it will retain value over time. My concern, though, is that sometimes these "antique" machines are overpriced for sale. Machines and cabinets have to be in top condition to get top price. Could you post the price and maybe a pic?

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    iF YOU FIX IT UP AND IT RUNS GOOD IT SELLS FOR ABOUT$200

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    With the qualifications you provided, I can't see anyreason not to buy it. :D

    Just try to purchase it for a reasonable price so you can resell it for a reasonable price. If it's worth the trouble to you to resell and you figure you're only out $20 or so to test out your heart's desire, I say go for it! The Singer 401A is definitely in demand as a collector's sewing machine, so it will retain value over time. My concern, though, is that sometimes these "antique" machines are overpriced for sale. Machines and cabinets have to be in top condition to get top price. Could you post the price and maybe a pic?
    He asked $160.00, countered my $100 to $125. Now he has to think some more as he just found the assesssories.

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    I tend to collect old machines. They are great for piecing. I have two Featherweights, a 301, 500A, another old Singer in a beautiful old cabinet, a old Kenmore, Singer treadle, hand crank and one that was made in 1877 with a beautiful cabinet. A Singer 9410. Plus my four every day machines. Oh and a bunch of toy sewing machines. And I'm sure I forgot a few. I have given a few away as they do take up a lot of room.

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    first, have an open, honest conversation with hubby about exactly why this idea gives him the hairies. is his only issue that it seems illogical? or are there genuine concerns about the money?

    we will all have an opinion about your dilemna. most of us will encourage you to buy it. but none of us know you, your husband, the nature and "ground rules" of your relationship, or your financial/spacial situation.

    if you want the machine, and have the money to meet his lowest price, and enough space for it, and he won't pack his bags and head for vegas, then buy it. (unless, of course, you think that would be an added bonus. :lol: :lol: :lol: )

    and, if you get it, FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE DO NOT sell the other machines out of guilt. the sacrifice would be waaaaaaaaaaaay out of proportion to the indulgence.

    that's my two-cents.

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    Do you have space? Will you use it? How tolerant to change is the husband unit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilla
    He asked $160.00, countered my $100 to $125. Now he has to think some more as he just found the assesssories.
    Even $160 is a good price for a 401A with accessories in a nice cabinet! If the machine is in good cosmetic condition and the cabinet is in good cosmetic condition -- especially if the cabinet is a fancier one instead of the standard plain Jane cabinet -- it's probably actually worth more. The problem with these old machines is in selling them; the seller has to know how to advertise to collectors in the area because no one wants to ship a cabinet with a machine.

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    This is the little dear.
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