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    Shall I try and get this machine?

    Came across this in the Good Will store today for $19.00. Near as I can tell most things move. I think the case said Fashion Mate. Opinions please?
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    Singer 401 for $19.00-?? Go for it!!
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    YES!!!! i use that machine made in the late 50s to quilt lon beautiful stitching!!!
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    I have 2 of the 401-A's, they are great machines, I paid $35 for one of mine and $20 for the other. Most of the time they are at least $100.

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    Get it! It has been rehomed in a fashion mate case but it is definitely a Singer 401.

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    A 401A for 19.00 ...... man - o - man, some folks have all the luck. Please tell us you brought it home with you.

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    I will have to go back tomorrow afternoon and hope it is still there.

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    good deal - do the stitch selector knobs move?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Go for it!!!

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    the cord is worth 19.00

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    It's a beauty!! Go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    Came across this in the Good Will store today for $19.00. Near as I can tell most things move. I think the case said Fashion Mate. Opinions please?
    Yes! Get it. They're worth more than $100 even here. You need 2 spool pins, and probably a bobbin winder tire, but it doesn't look all gross like so many of them do.

    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    good deal - do the stitch selector knobs move?
    Who cares? We can help her free those up!

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    I have a 401A in a really solid blonde cabinet that I paid $30.00 for and thought that was a steal. It is a wonderfully dependable machine. Go for it.
    Kitsy

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    I just order a walking foot for my 401 because I love it so much and the walking foot cost about $19! You will enjoy sewing on it.-----

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    I went back to look at it again. I couldn't get the stitch selector dials to turn. They pull out but don't move. Does this machine take cams? I don't think I'm up for anything other than cleaning and oiling. Thanks for your help.

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    The stitch selectors will come loose with oiling. It's seriously worth picking up. It's not referred to as "the best machine Singer ever made" for nothing. Yes, a 401 takes cams, or uses the stitch selector, and if you want to get really fancy, you can use them together.

    This is a post from my blog about a 401 I resurrected. The main shaft didn't turn, the stitch selectors didn't work, the throat plate didn't move, it had been peed on, in a fire, etc etc. It's in full working order now, and 90% of that was thanks to TriFlow oil, and a little elbow grease.

    http://www.archaicarcane.com/2013/01...e-a-day-makes/

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    The reason I asked about the stitch selectors was so you wouldn't be surprised. They are fixable with out a whole lot of effort most of the time. I do have one that won't work - it has a bent shaft. Tammi has good instructions how to fix it. It does not involve taking it apart.
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    Grab that machine! Its clearly a 401A; which means you can straight stitch and zig-zag, and it appears to be clean.You can get the manual online or go to YouTube for information on using it. I have this machine but in the cabinet with the knee pedal.

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    Yes! ABsolutely!

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    Okay folks. I got it!! What is the first thing I should do besides admire it? I haven't even tried to plug it in. I have plenty of sewing machine oil and lube, but no TriFlow. Can I get started with that?

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    Hopefully Joe sees that you picked it up. I know he's got some great photos of where to oil, especially to get those stitch selectors moving. I have to go out right away, so I can't look for them, but if he hasn't posted, I'll see if I can find them when we get home.

    Oh and Conrgats! It's a great machine. With a little love, you're going be happy you bought it.

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    That's a Singer 401. If everything moves, and all it needs is a good cleaning, you have one heck of a bargain there. Go for it!

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    This is my favorite machine, it'll sew through almost anything, does a ton of stitches just with the levers, plus the ones it does with the cams. It's noisy but will last forever. Clean and oil it good and you'll have a wonderful machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Thanks that is what I am doing right now

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