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Jim Henegar
(Loneoak) - F
Singer 401A ? on 08/30/2011 11:46:03 MDT Print View

Is $80 to much to pay for a Singer 401A in good shape, it is one with a cabinet?

Brendan S
(brendans) - MLife

Locale: Fruita CO
Re: Singer 401A ? on 08/30/2011 11:53:16 MDT Print View

Go for it; 400-500 singers are about as good as it gets for home machines imo.

William Cummings
(rcummings1) - F

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Singer 401A ? on 08/30/2011 12:34:55 MDT Print View

It's a gem and will do everything you need it to do. I prefer the 401's to the 500's because the top lid and front door isn't as fragile. I also prefer the squareness of the 401's to the 500's. Bombproof vintage machines that run almost forever. Clean and oil it and go to work.

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: Singer 401A ? on 08/31/2011 13:56:29 MDT Print View

$80 for a well functioning 401A is a steal. Even if you have to pay to get it serviced, you got a good deal.

Peter Nielsen
(alpineclimber247) - F

Locale: Pacific NorthWest
singer 401A on 09/01/2011 07:35:39 MDT Print View

Only if it was made in Great Britain. you can tell because there will be a metal tag in the back of the machine. if it does not say made in great britain dont buy, it means they were made in china and use plastic gears. I went through a few singers before i learned that.

William Cummings
(rcummings1) - F

Locale: Colorado
Re: singer 401A on 09/01/2011 08:31:52 MDT Print View

Hi Peter,
Sounds like you got one of the later generations of Singer Touch and Sew or Stylist Models. All the 401's have metal gears no matter where they were built. The "A" in the 401A denotes that it was built in Anderson, SC. The 401 models date to the Mid 1950's and plastic gears were still 10 years away from seeing the production lines at Singer.

Hobbes W
(Hobbesatronic) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Singer 401A ? on 09/01/2011 09:26:10 MDT Print View

Just make sure it sews. $80 is a great price if the machine 'looks' good, but if it can actually sew a straight, balanced stitch, then it's a steal.