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    Power Poster miriam's Avatar
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    What isn't to like about a slant-o-matic? I can see what I am sewing - my neck doesn't hurt from straining to see the needle. I thought I would never get that 401G to work - it has so many issues when I found it. I could see it had good bones. So when I found a 403 I snapped it up. I bonded to that one too. My best friend got one from me - she has one of those computerized Vikings and a very nice Pfaff her mother left her and guess what she uses.... Yeah, the 403. They are so simple and yet so well made.
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    Laura,

    Did they come in any color but beige and white?


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    Joe - the 411G and the 401 are slightly different shades of beige. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Well, except for the treadle machines which she doesn't want anything to do with.
    Joe - there's your answer! Some time when your wife isn't around, convert the 401 into a treadle!!! Or mount it in a treadle table with a treadle belt on it to make it look like a treadle.

    Look at my avator to see what I had to do to hide my 500a - I convinced my wife that I had converted it into a jet backpack!

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    The repair man says he can do it - I'm not sure how much he charges - I've been thinking of converting one to treadle just to see how he would do it. The 401G and the 411G will treadle just like they are. They have a knock out for the belt, a channel for it to go through and slightly different body than the 401A.
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    Joe,

    I've only ever seen beige and white... including the hand-crank toy version I got on ebay. I do think the beige varied slightly - maybe paint lots from year to year.

    Laura

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    LOL Joe, you deserve to keep the machine. Just get her another machine to take her mind off of it.

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