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Thread: Is my 401A vintage?

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    Super Member ArizonaKAT's Avatar
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    Is my 401A vintage?

    My newest machine is a 401A, given to me a couple of years ago from a friend when my 500 model went kaput. It's been the only machine I sew with until I got the White treadle.

    I started a sampler quilt with the White and I must say, she sews so smooth I couldn't believe it. I should have wonderful leg muscles by the time I''m done.

    I just won a 99K crank machine yesterday. Can't wait till it comes in. I can start working on the arm muscles. Too bad they don't come left handed.

    And last but not least I bought a Featherweight last week but still waiting for it to come in.

    So am I actually starting vintage and moving backwards?

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    Yep! You're starting vintage and moving back!! NOT a bad thing, not bad at all!!

    And yes. Your 401A is vintage...and I want to see pics of that handcrank when you get it, and of your sampler when you get it pieced!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

    http://charleeturner.blogspot.com

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    Super Member J Miller's Avatar
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    Just for the fun of it, just where is the cut off for a machine to be considered "vintage" for this forum?

    Joe

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    Joe, it depends on who you ask! For me? Anything before 1990.... doesn't make it a GOOD machine, as many of those have the nylon "innards", but I still consider them vintage.

    Technically, the word "vintage" should be accompanied by a year...as in "Vintage 1950" or "Vintage 1986".... just as technically, it's not an antique until it's 100 years old...
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Joe, I think pre 1975 and with all metal interior parts.

    The 401 is vintage, for sure.

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    People sure abuse both the words "vintage" and "antique" don't they?

    Sigh, I'm not near a hundred yet, so why do I feel so much like an antique?

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    People sure abuse both the words "vintage" and "antique" don't they?

    Sigh, I'm not near a hundred yet, so why do I feel so much like an antique?

    Joe
    You and me both...
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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