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Date: 10/18/12 9:38 PM

Hello,

I'm looking for a sewing machine that has built in zig zag and many other different stitch types. The ones I have in mind are the Singer 401, 411 and 431. I like these ones because they have many different stitches and you can do overcast on them and the 431 has the detached bed that turns in to a free arm machine. I'm looking for something vintage, easy to maintain.
If you know of other brands and machines please let me know.

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Date: 10/18/12 9:55 PM

Vintage Necchi machines are a great choice, too. The BU's and Supernovas are precision works of art. Not all BU models have zig zag, though. There are also the Elnas...
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Date: 10/18/12 10:55 PM

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Not all BU models have zig zag, though
Really? I thought that the BF's were the straight-stitch machines and the BU's the zigzags... but then I don't know much about any of the later Necchi's after the original BU's, like the BU Novas, Mira's etc.
I'd love to have an old free-arm Elna or a free-arm Supernova!!
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David,
The Singer 500 and and the 503 with it's cams are also good machines, but they do not have free-arms (at least not to my knowledge) - mine don't. I know little about the other Singers, sorry.
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Date: 10/18/12 11:18 PM

You're probably right. I know the Supernova better than the other ones and I'm posting with Tired Brain Syndrome
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Date: 10/18/12 11:27 PM

I have vintage Elnas, a Necchi, and a Viking. I love the Elnas best, but the Necchi and the Viking are great machines.

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Date: 10/19/12 6:13 AM

The older Kenmore's are also nice. It seems many people like the Kenmore 1030, 1040 it is a smaller model . The 158.1914 has free arm capability & has some nice built in stitches & with cams can do allot of things. .... My own experience make sure to ask lots of questions before buying used sm off of Ebay as sometimes they say they are "fine" but they are not packed well, or have a horrible order, or do not work when you get them.
I would have to say I had older White Heavy Duty 1919 & I really liked that sm. Kicking myself sometimes for not keeping that one.

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Date: 10/19/12 10:08 AM


Be sure and read the reviews and search out our archives to read more info.. That should make you more comfortable with your choices..
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