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Thread: Singer 401 A woes .......

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    My laugh for the day !!!! Charming.
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    I think it should be yours since you did all the dirty work. Now is time for you to play with it. If she loves her 319 she shouldn't go after your 401. My thoughts. If I ever did all that work for something and my hubby thought he was going to get it--I'd tell him to find his own.

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    Come on Joe. Just find her another machine that she will love more than that 401a. Or even better, get another one. You do know don't you that there is alway room for another sewing machine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MistyK View Post
    You seem to find either the nastiest machines or just do a lot of cleaning. I know I have seen some that were dirty and rusty on here, but yours seem more gross then normal. After all that work, just tell your wife that it was like a skunk that needed special attention and it only likes you now. My mama always said that if you put all that work into something then it is yours. Did anyone ever tell you that you sound like someone else?
    MistyK,

    Cleaning is therapy of a sort. I'm not employed now and doubt if I will ever be again. To many physical problems that reduce my stamina to about a 2 hour burst. After that I need to rest and or eat a hand full of pain meds.

    When we bid on these sewing machines I look the adds over for details that would cause others to avoid them. That way we can usually get them cheaper.
    For instance the machine in this thread was really grungy and yucky. Was missing it's cords and foot controller.
    And so we got it for a price much less than 401As usually go for.

    It gives me something to do besides sit at the computer or pace or be frustrated.

    Plus I've found I have a talent for what I'm doing. I just might be able to turn it into some income down the road.

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    My wife doesn't worry about me running off with the machine. We share. Well, except for the treadle machines which she doesn't want anything to do with. Those are "mine" cos she can't seem to get the rhythm going to use them .........



    Joe

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    We're running out of room for more machines. There's sewing machines in the front room -6, the middle room - 3. The bed room -1 or 2 and the basement - ? . There's two treadle bases in the garage waiting for the weather to warm up. Their machines are wrapped in plastic in the basement.

    So, we just need a bigger house for these machines.

    Doesn't mean we won't bring another one in though.



    Joe

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    401's- we love them and they sure are nice. . . never had any cams for mine, and I didn't know the feet from a featherweight will fit, so, the reverse would be true too???
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    Joe - possession is 9/10's of the law, you have it in your possession, right????? Enjoy!

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    Well, right now it's in the middle of the front room on top of my #2 treadle machine. I'm playing with it.

    Check for Goodwill auctions, they have cams there a lot. 401,403, 600,603, cams will work on it. They are all the same design.

    Joe

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    I understand the addiction to the 401. I have had one for many years, and have never wanted another machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    MistyK,

    Cleaning is therapy of a sort. I'm not employed now and doubt if I will ever be again. To many physical problems that reduce my stamina to about a 2 hour burst. After that I need to rest and or eat a hand full of pain meds.

    When we bid on these sewing machines I look the adds over for details that would cause others to avoid them. That way we can usually get them cheaper.
    For instance the machine in this thread was really grungy and yucky. Was missing it's cords and foot controller.
    And so we got it for a price much less than 401As usually go for.

    It gives me something to do besides sit at the computer or pace or be frustrated.

    Plus I've found I have a talent for what I'm doing. I just might be able to turn it into some income down the road.

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    My wife doesn't worry about me running off with the machine. We share. Well, except for the treadle machines which she doesn't want anything to do with. Those are "mine" cos she can't seem to get the rhythm going to use them .........



    Joe
    I didn't know. It is always good to keep busy when something is wrong. Care to share? I know how hard it is to be in pain and only be able to do so much. Well I don't personally know, but I watch my brother who lost his leg just below his hip and has heart problems. He is amazing tho. If you didn't see the one leg you would think he had all of his limbs. He repairs engines and does woodworking. In the winter months when it is too bad to go out he builds miniature log cabins and buildings. He has a whole village and people buy them. I know his stamina is very low at times and he fights thru the pain. Stubborn man, but has to take pain meds as well. Like you he has found a talent and wasn't expecting to make money from it, but that was a second benefit. So I admire anyone who finds projects that keep them occupied, active, and gives them a purpose. Your particular problem sounds extremely challenging.

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    Joe I know what you mean about bonding. I have a 401G I found in horrid condition - it was GROSS. I bonded with that. Pretty cool machine.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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