Background: My friend recently retired suddenly after her daughter accepted a job 200 miles away. My firend's daughter asked my friend to go with her to be nanny to her daughter. My friend sews, a lot. She has several machines. Today she was in town to clean up some more of her stuff from her house and she called me to ask me if I wanted her Mother's vintage machine. I, of course, said yes, and told her I would be over as soon as I changed my clothes.
She gave me her Mother's Singer Model 401A. My friend was sure that her daughter would not let her walk into the house with another sewing machine and she wanted it to go to a good home. My friend has not used this machine in many, many years (a shame, I know). My friend's Mom bought this machine in the 60's with some inheritance from her father's estate. My friend used this machine from the time her Mom bought it until she went to college and made everything she wore on this machine. She made me promise not to sell it. I told her I wouldn't sell it. I'm looking forward to using it.
I got the machine home and proceeded to clean it up. Just some minor dust and stuck on dirt. When I went through the plastic bag with the accessories in it, there was a foot pedal and some presser feet, but no power cord and no cams. I really would like to get this beauty running again and my question is: Is there someone reliable to buy a power cord from or can I buy one off a seller from Ebay. I saw a couple for sale this evening. I've got to have the machine serviced and I'm going to call my local Singer retailer about doing it. I don't know if he works on vintage machines. One more question, can I get cams for this machine and a manual. Looking at it, I don't even know how to wind the darn bobbin.
Thanks for any help. 8-) 8-)