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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Question regarding singer 401 and 403 cams ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Question regarding singer 401 and 403 cams
misssuzziehomemaker
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Date: 5/13/10 0:14 AM

After a lot of research, I just bought a 403 singer sewing machine. I was very happy about my choice. But, I realized that after I bought it that I only had one cam with the machine. I was wondering, due to the extra costs of the cams that it may have been a better choice to go with the 401a because the cams are built in and the price I paid for my 403 I could have bought a 401a at the same amount. I'm happy with my purchase but I wish I would have really understood the importance of the cams and the costs. I also read that the 403's were a little easier to use over the 401's

Anyone out there that are happy owners of the 403 and find it's ok to not have the cams or advice on which cams I should buy.

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Date: 5/13/10 2:59 AM

I purchased cams for my 306 from E-bay without any problems at all...be prepared to pay around $30 to $35 for a set of 12 to 15. I have found it is worth it & no trouble at all to change the cams. My cams are put on on the outside of the sm facing me...that area I need to lube every so often so it will not get stiffened up or make odd noise for pattern sewing. I am not sure if you may need to lube a tiny bit where your cams go too. ...oh I just looked at 403A your cams go in on top. The area will still cleaner & more lubricated there I think. I would just wait til a good deal & nice cams come along & then snatch them up...the manual will show you what cam patterns you can for your sm. ....now we want to see a picture of the new Baby!!!


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Date: 5/13/10 9:14 AM

The cams are not so hard to find. I was able to pick some up at a local sewing machine repair shop for a few bucks each. They're kind of fun to "collect" and you don't need to buy them all at once. If you'd purchased a 401, you'd probably still want to pick up the cams for the extra stitches.

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Date: 5/13/10 12:18 PM

If you have the zig zag cam, you've got it made in the shade. All the other cams are as common as dirt. You can easily find them on eBay, yard sales, flea markets, thrift stores, etc. Any of the black "top hat" cams will work (well, I think there may be a basting stitch cam that doesn't work on the 401/403).

Some people prefer the 403 because the camstack on the 401 can get bound up with dried up oil if it isn't used often.

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Date: 5/13/10 3:18 PM

Thank you to everyone that responded to my question. I feel much better about my purchase. I will post a picture of my 403 machine once it arrives. I'm excited to start using it (even though I've only had one sewing class years ago in 7th grade.) I guess with this wonderful machine, I'll have to take a few sewing classes so I can make some great stuff.

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Date: 5/13/10 5:31 PM

Thank you to everyone that responded to my question. I feel much better about my purchase. I will post a picture of my 403 machine once it arrives. I'm excited to start using it (even though I've only had one sewing class years ago in 7th grade.) I guess with this wonderful machine, I'll have to take a few sewing classes so I can make some great stuff.

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Date: 5/13/10 5:42 PM

SewingJoe is right -- the zig-zag one is the hard one to find. All the other cams were sold as extras and are readily available, but the zig-zag cams came with the machine and there aren't a lot of extras. If you didn't get one with your 403, you may have to search for a little while to find one.

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Date: 5/13/10 7:03 PM

Sorry about the double post ( new at this) The machine comes with one cam which is #0 and I think it is the zig zag so it sounds like I'm in good shape.

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