singer 401 A question

Old 05-26-2010, 02:14 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
CarolLady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Missouri
Posts: 601
Default

I was wondering if any one is familiar with the singer 401A model sewing machine.
My question is from what I have seen it has cams, Do you have to have the cams to get the different stitching?
Is it a good machine to use for quilting, free motion quilting? Any and all quilting needs?
Any other helpful information about this machine would be great!
Thanks in advance,
Carol
CarolLady is offline  
Old 05-26-2010, 02:38 PM
  #2  
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Bikini Bottom
Posts: 5,652
Default

That is a great machine and yes the cams are what does the decorative stitches. One cam can do several different type of stitches depending on the type selected. I have a 500A and although I have not yet played with it yet I am very impressed with all of its features.

That machine will do anything you want it to do and would be perfect for quilting!!

Maybe after I get finished doing my 128 I will get working on the 500A

Billy
Lostn51 is offline  
Old 05-26-2010, 03:23 PM
  #3  
JJs
Banned
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: LA - Lower Alabama
Posts: 888
Default

the 401 has a 'cam stack' - meaning that the cams are more or less built it - you choose the stitch you want by 2 different levers... it also uses other discs
so if you come across a 401 but it's missing the extra discs grab it anyway - you can still use a blue bazillion stitches while you look for more discs...
I found a really neat blog:
http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/10/...ne-review.aspx
JJs is offline  
Old 05-26-2010, 03:59 PM
  #4  
Super Member
 
julia58's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Southwest Virginia
Posts: 1,862
Default

I have a 401a and love it, I was lucky enough to find it at a thrift store in Fl. all the attachments, manual, buttonhole attachment, I haven't used my other machine since. I just read that the feed dogs can't be lowered, so I guess free motion is out with this machine, unless someone knows of another way. I love mine, and wish you many happy hours with yours.
julia58 is offline  
Old 05-26-2010, 04:03 PM
  #5  
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Bikini Bottom
Posts: 5,652
Default

On my 500 the feed dog plate raises so you can do FMQ on my machine.

Billy
Lostn51 is offline  
Old 05-26-2010, 04:57 PM
  #6  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
CarolLady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Missouri
Posts: 601
Default

Yes I have read that the feed dog plate raises. , from the picture the numbers look kind of warn... but from an online picture I ran across I think I could figure it out.
Thanks, so $40 wouldn't be a bad price to pay for one that they say works? And it is in a cabinet.
(I am feeling that's a silly question)

Thanks a lot for your responses,
Carol
CarolLady is offline  
Old 05-26-2010, 05:07 PM
  #7  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Western Wisconsin
Posts: 12,930
Default

$40 is a *great* price for a 401A in a cabinet!
Prism99 is offline  
Old 05-26-2010, 05:10 PM
  #8  
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Bikini Bottom
Posts: 5,652
Default

Its not at your house yet? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Go get it!!

Billy
Lostn51 is offline  
Old 05-26-2010, 05:15 PM
  #9  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
CarolLady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Missouri
Posts: 601
Default

LOL Yeah after all the praising I have read about it in this thread I was wondering why I haven't gotten it yet. One reason is I don't know if the cabinet will fit in my car :o(
Billy are you going to help me after I get it to make sure I can get it cleaned up in fine shape? lol You like being driven crazy by a person with lots of questions? I sure hope so.
Thanks so much for the information and encouragement.
Carol
Will post pictures if it's still available and I get it!
CarolLady is offline  
Old 05-26-2010, 05:20 PM
  #10  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
CarolLady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Missouri
Posts: 601
Default

JJs that was one of the sites I ran across when I was searching for information online, Thanks for posting it. I found interesting links within it.
CarolLady is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
bkay
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
9
09-25-2018 05:24 AM
Gilla
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
37
06-19-2018 02:25 AM
AshleyO
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
19
04-06-2011 09:41 AM
JUNEC
Main
2
03-10-2011 06:12 PM
Baby Catcher
Main
3
02-25-2010 12:06 PM

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


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.