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    My new Baby

    Well I have done it again. I found a Singer 401A today and bought it. It has 5 cams with it and some attachments. It is in great shape and the cabinet is beautiful. I am so thrilled. I love Singers and was glad to get this one, anyoned know much about these. Granny
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    Very nice you lucky gal, Don't know a thing about it but it is a pretty and a singer, love singers.
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    Very beautiful machine and cabinet!

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    Very beautiful machine and cabinet.

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    I have one. Nice machine.

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    I belive they were made in Germany, a slant machine very powerful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LYNNEVIRGINIA View Post
    I belive they were made in Germany, a slant machine very powerful.
    From the info I have gotten so far they were made in the USA. I have been trying to get info on them. It also is a good chance that it was made in 1957 or 1958. The Serial # is NA761181 if I am looking at the right number. I think Candacee said She had one like it. It does sew beautifully and seems to be strong. Granny
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I have one. Nice machine.
    Hey, what is the serial # on yours. I am just curious. I think this one was made in 1957 or 1958, not really sure though. But everything I have looked at points to this.
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    You got a very good deal. I don't have one but hear they are great machines. Enjoy!
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    I own a 401 and I will tell you they are the best! All metal gears, lots of stitch options, and able to handle about anything. A manual is most helpful as the full features of the machine are covered in detail. If you dont have one you can find them on ebay on cd's for very little. They have a few quirks, one being the way you move from gear to gear sometimes the machine will not let you move the dial, if this happens move the other dial from its current setting then move the dial you wanted to move and put the dial you moved first back into the position you wanted. This doesn't nevessarily happen every time but it has happened enough on 401's I have owned to know it is one of those little things peculiar to a 401. To use the discs you have to remove the disc by pulling up on it and the manual will explain that in detail. Congratulations.
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    Have you tested it out yet? Does the stitch selector move freely?
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    This was the first machine I sewed on--in 9th grade in 1959. My mother also bought one but ws afraid for us to touch the dials or use the cams. She may as well have bought a straight stitch. My sister still sews on it.
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    Simply beautiful, love the cabinet.

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    You're lucky. I see a lot of nice machine at very cheap prices on Chicago Craigslist. My dad is to old to drive and I can't get my brother to go and check them out. Hope they some when I go home in August or September.

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    You lucky gal! I received my 401A as a graduation present in 1980 (used, obviously. These beauties were made in the '50's). The salesman told my folks that it is the BEST model Singer ever made, and I agree. It will go through 6 layers of denim easily. I still use mine more than any of my other machines. Would love to find another someday as a backup "just in case".

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    Pretty machine and cabinet!!
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    I'm learning, I already love it. Not sure what I will name Her or Him. It belonged to a Man. I think He did alterations or maybe sewing. He used it until He was 92. I thought that was great. I got this info from the Grandson who sold it to me. Joy
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    I love mine. It is my favorite machine! I use it the most. I'm still finding more things about it! Fun. It's a workhorse!
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    Very nice ! Looks like it was well taken care of

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    I think those 400 series machines are all good. The 404 is great for learning to sew. The 403 is right up there with the 401 if not better- there is less to go wrong with them. The 401 just does so much!!! Getting one in working order is wonderful when it happens. These are all metal gear driven, slant needle so you can actually see what you are doing. What's not to like.
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    Congrats. Very nice cabinet. I have one but it is portable. I have read all the different notes here and everyone has lots of advice. Mine is don't be a lead foot, these go very fast and you can loose control. But they are the nicest 'older' machine I have every used and just a breeze to sew with. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LYNNEVIRGINIA View Post
    I belive they were made in Germany, a slant machine very powerful.
    Most of the 401s you will find are 401A and made in America
    I have a 401G and a 411G that were made in Germany - not the same beast
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    this is a very nice machine and cabinet. Have fun!
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    Beauty! and isn't the cabinet gorgeous! I hope to find a 400 or 500 series machine this year - with a box full of cams of course! LOL (dreaming)

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