A month or so ago we got a 401A. No case top, no foot controller or power cord, needed some tensioner parts, a bottom spool pin and a lot of cleaning.
The poor thing was just covered in grime and grunge and smoke residue. Not to mention that everything that could be greased (even if it shouldn't be) was slathered in something brown that looked and felt like chassis grease. YUCK.
So I spent about 12 hours or so cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, and then cleaned some more before I started lubing and greasing. Yes, the owners manual calls for grease on the gears only. It actually states to not use any oil on them.
Got it all cleaned up. Put in a new bottom spool pin, got the tensioner parts replaced at our LSMS, installed the new cords and foot controller and tested it out.
NICE ...... Joey likie!!!
We got some cams and accessories for the slant stitch from the LSMS too and really haven't' done anything with it yet but test stitch and play with it.
My wife has:
Singer 538 with complete set of decorative cams ( currently out of service )
Singer 319K with all of it's cams and those from the 538
Bernina Record 930 with about a million built in stitches
Ideal Automatik with 20 cams
The MW URR 988 that will have cams when we find them
And a couple other zig-zag machines with built in decorative stitches .......
And a Singer 4622A with 25 built in decorative stitches
I've used them a bit, they just don't speak to me.
She loves that 319K, but it just doesn't do anything for me.
I have fallen for the 401A.
I want it
She won't let me have it
I think she's being greedy
I'm gonna take it anyway
If sometime I don't come back you'll know why.