1956 401A singer sewing machine

Old 11-21-2013, 09:07 PM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Laurel Hill, NC
Posts: 105
Default 1956 401A singer sewing machine

I have acquired a 1956 401A singer, and I am amazed at the condition. It is in the original, very nice cabinet, and
it looks as though it has never been used. The cabinet looks brand nice when you open it up, but it does have
a couple of glass rings on the top. The machine does have the Red Singer S, and I am told that makes it a highly
collectable machine. Could someone tell me where or how I can find out the value of this machine.

Thank you and looking forward to hearing from my friends at QB
dohogn3764 is offline  
Old 11-21-2013, 10:09 PM
  #2  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Outer Space
Posts: 9,319
Default

Check closed auctions on ebay or CL for your area.
Candace is offline  
Old 11-22-2013, 04:42 AM
  #3  
Super Member
 
ThayerRags's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Frederick, OK
Posts: 2,031
Default

Have you seen the Singer 401A dating information at http://singer301.com/dating/default.html yet? It’s a Singer 301A site, but discusses the other slant needle machines made in Anderson, SC. The 401A dates are about half-way down the page.

Of the 10 Singer 401A machines that I’ve had (my family still owns 7 of them), I’ve found that the red S badge appears on the 1958 & 1959 machines, and not on the 1956 & 1957 ones. As far as I know, that’s the only significance of the red S badge, and didn’t know that they were more valuable.

What is the serial number of your machine? If it starts with “NB”, it’s probably 1958 or newer.

CD in Oklahoma
ThayerRags is offline  
Old 11-22-2013, 04:52 AM
  #4  
Super Member
 
Macybaby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 8,145
Default

I've heard the opposite, since the Red S means they are newer machines. As to value, There is a reseller in the Twin Cities that often has fully reconditioned ones guaranteed to run in the $200-$300 range. The cabinet can double the value depending on style and condition. The Queen Anne one is more sought after, but if it's not near perfect, it can be worth a lot less. Other styles of cabinets may not add anything to the value of the machine - all depends on the buyer's tastes. I've paid above market to get a cabinet I loved the style of.

Keep in mind, even if a Singer is highly collectable -that often only means you can actually find someone to buy it, and not that it's worth a lot. Plenty of them you can't hardly give away.

The only Singers that seem to be truly "collectable" are the Featherweights - you can almost always find a buyer or several for them, and almost always for over $150 even if they aren't in great condition.
Macybaby is offline  
Old 11-22-2013, 06:19 AM
  #5  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Laurel Hill, NC
Posts: 105
Default

Thank you for your input. My serial number is NB544449.
dohogn3764 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
debbiecharlie
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
16
01-01-2015 07:26 PM
miriam
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
154
03-12-2014 07:43 AM
foufymaus
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
10
06-22-2013 09:59 AM
velinda
Main
8
07-21-2011 11:28 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter