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|Singer:401A (Sewing Machine)|
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|About KarenMD |
|Member since: 5/11/11 |
|Reviews written: 4|
|sewing machines reviewed: 4|
|Posted on:||9/12/13 9:48 AM|
|Approx price paid:||$35|
|Had this machine for:||2 weeks|
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- Embroidery Stitches
- One step buttonhole
- Drop-In bobbin
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
- Adjustable Needle Position
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After struggling with a Singer Touch & Sew 750 and those plastic gears, I was a bit skeptical about owning another Singer but this gem came along and I jumped at the chance to try her out. I was not disappointed! It belonged to a woman who was going into a memory care facility and had not used this sm for 10 years. It ran perfectly at the first chance it got to run even though it was terribly dirty inside. A good cleaning really hasn't made any difference since she has purred from day one.
The 401A has many built in stitches and isn't too hard to learn to use the combination of dials and settings. Of the 2 nested dials, the bottom one pulls out to move the pin to the letter of stitch you want (A-J) and the top dial pushes in to select a stitch (K-S). The markers do not click in on my machine so there is a bit of wondering if you have the right mark but a sample stitch will quickly tell you if you are off. As if that wouldn't be enough, there are also cams for extra stitches. Mine came with the Flexi-stitch cams but I think that was an error as I can't get them to work on this machine but really don't need anything beyond the built in stitches and black cams. The top opens for the cam insertion and has instructions on combining the built in stitches for new combinations, a very handy visual.
The stitching in smooth, straight, and a pure joy. I tried this out with multiple layers of cotton batting with Insulbrite between 2 layers of cotton fabric for quilted pot holders. It stitched right through all those tough layers, even applying the bias binding without shifting. It's possible this machine would not need a walking foot by the way it handled all those layers. Another project was to satin stitch 3 inch script letters and it handled this task reasonably well even with all those curves in a fairly tight area.
Considering the age and abuse this machine has had, it cleaned up well, even getting the dull finish on the bed to smooth out and glow a bit. I love this machine and will not be giving it up! Those all metal gears are really something and even with the abuse and neglect this machine has had it is still running strong. I even like the cafe au lait coloring. Mine came with a great manual with project ideas and detailed instructions on how to make those special looks with stitch combinations and twin needles.
The light could be brighter but that's not a big issue with me. The feet seem a bit small but that doesn't seem to bother me yet. One step buttonholes would be nice but this was from 1957. The features note it has a one step buttonhole but even the manual shows multi-steps.
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