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Shiseiji

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Hi all. I have a 500 I'd like to get in a cabinet for my GF. Or the 401. It won't fit in the first gen Art Deco 42 I have, anyone happen to know if they fit in the 2nd gen 42? If not, what do they fit in??

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This page shows the Singer cabinets and which machines fit in them.

http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/singer_sewing_machine_cabinets.html

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you can alter older cabinets so the machines will fit.  I've put a 403A into #42 for my husband.   I have both styles of that one,  and they are both set for older machines.

The front lip has to be trimmed, and brackets need to be installed to hold the newer style of machine.  So that is what you need to look for,  a cabinet with metal supports on the front instead of a wooden lip.  As you can see,  this is cabinet #42 (round drawer version).  I swapped the front support between cabinets instead of cutting the wood off.



Older style - you can remove the wood lip and install brackets.



If you modify the lip,  the brackets must line up with the notches on the machine base.


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Thanks Cari, and "Hi". Unfortunately all Graham references are card tables. Am hoping someone with first hand knowledge may have some other options. And maybe that is it for the Singer offerings . . . .  sounds like MacyBaby figured out a work-around. (Edited for typo and my neglect to say "Hi"  to someone who has shared a lot of knowledge with me in the past). 
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Older style - you can remove the wood lip and install brackets.

If you modify the lip,  the brackets must line up with the notches on the machine base.


Thanks for the info and the great pictures. Where did you repurpose the brackets from?

Interesting, your cabinet is the typical "flat pack" construction, something I think Singer was doing before Ikea. Mine is glued up . . .   

Did you go through the pain of routing the wires? Mine doesn't have a knee leaver, so I'm not sure where the pedal was kept. 

And Cari, my apologies!!! I neglected to say "Hi"  just finished making cording and my mind is half on hemming an ottoman cover, "It isn't going to be prefect." and terror over getting it really, really crooked . . . 

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Ron,

I have a large collection of Singer cabinets, so I traded them around between cabinets.    I think I've got a couple of sets of brackets that came with other stuff when I was in my buying stage. 

Singer's early cabinets are hardwood,  and the later (1950's) are pressed board.  

I've got a few of the desk style cabinet that had the control underneath the drawer stack with a bar that slid out to use.  DH didn't want that so we converted his to a regular foot pedal that he unplugs when not in use,  so the machine is not hardwired into the cabinet at all.

I put a White into my cabinet,  and wired it up to use the existing foot control.   Singer's knee levers are often just the foot pedal mounted into a bracket,  so it's real easy to change things around.  Much older, hardwired styles were different, but once Singer with to plug in power cords,  things got much easier to deal with.




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My 201 is in a "Student" model, cabinet 401, not shown on the ISMACS site. I've been sewing on her since 1987 with a knee arm. I'm pretty sure it was in a posting here that I read about the joy of running the wiring in the 42, but it didn't mention where the foot pedal ended up. The one I have the wiring had burned up and  been torn out so there wasn't anything left to trace. I had to get a cord for my 201 and it is a moulded type that won't fit through the plate hole. I've never bothered to do anything about it for what, LOL, 30 years in October!!

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