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You ever head out for the day and just KNOW you're going to find a machine?  I felt that way today, and sure enough, found a 401 sitting all lonesome, just waiting for me.

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Did I need this machine?  No, I did not.  But could I leave it there?  No, I could not!

It's in really good shape, I can tell someone took care of it.  And it's in a plastic case that is NOT broken!  THAT makes me happy.  [smile]  I have too many machines without cases.  No cams or accessories but I have a bucket full of stuff that'll fit it so that's fine.

I haven't actually done a test stitch yet but she runs smooth and sounds nice and I'll be surprised if she needs more than a standard amount of fiddling.  Now I will get to sew on both a 401 and 403 and decide if I like one more than the other.

I sure do love my slant shank machines, though.  I'll almost certainly just end up keeping both.  [smile]


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Hurray! That doesn't happen to me very often. I really like my 401 and don't mind fiddling with the knobs to get the deco stitches. It's a good machine!
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I went with the 401 here.  Though neither the 401 or the 403 get much use.  Basically just for doing blind stitches for hemming the boys school pants every few weeks when he hits a growth spurt. I keep the 403 folded in it's cabinet and use that as my computer table these days.  So I guess in a way I do still use it daily.

And of course you have to keep them both.  [smile]

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David, you have a kid like that, too? Mine is a granddaughter, of course. She needs new clothes every 6 weeks and new shoes just about as often. I love her dearly, but I don't do clothes anymore. We go to Walmart or Target. I stick to quilts!
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I like the looks of the 403 better - I've always had a problem with the big knob on the 401. It looks like an afterthought, with those two big screws showing.  Pig nose machine...maybe I'll name it Wilbur?  LOL

But looks aren't everything (as I tell myself every day as I look in the mirror!) so we'll see which one sews better.  I think this 401 might be in a bit better shape than my 403 - it seems to have had a better life.

I still love my 503, to me that's still the best looking machine in my herd, out of all of them.  But I fell in love with a Rocketeer well before I was into sewing machines at all.

So now I have a 301, 401, 403, and a 503, in my slant-shank family.  I REALLY want to get my hands on a 411/431, but those seem to be scarce and high-priced.  But a free-arm slant shank?  That sounds like a great machine to me!

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Margaret, Yep, he's 6'1" at 14.  He was 5'11" at the start of the school year.  Eating us out of house and home as well.

I got the 403 to take over for the 328, which I seemed to be working on more than sewing on.  The 328 is one of those machines that always develops a problem when I need to use it.  The 403 was a lucky find, someone was only asking $20 for it in a Sharon Hall cabinet.  The 401 in a Parklane cabinet was a gift from my sister this past summer. 

I picked up a 301 a couple months back more for the cabinet it was in, a Model 65 Standard Desk, than for the machine.  I put my 15-91 in the cabinet.  Though the 301 is scary fast, its stitches just aren't as good at the ones a 15 makes.  But it is my official portable electric should the need arise.  I'm sure it will. 

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401's tease me and I can never find one. 
I'll just be jealous. [wink]


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Congratulation ! Enjoy them all. I have the 401 in a cabinet but haven't used it .
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Sewnoma, Congrats on the 401! 

I love my 403 -  it was in an ill-fitting plastic case.  The machine looked as though it had been used twice and my son (former SM mechanic for 14 years) picked it up at Goodwill locally for $40.  It is a great machine and I have almost two full sets of cams for it.  Of course, the attachments for the two 750 T & S machines also fit the 403 (both slant needle machines).

I want to say that I guess I'm prejudiced by what I have -- I don't have a 301 or a 401, or a 15.  The FW I have was also a gift from my son ($50 from Goodwill also).   So, I don't want to appear to be criticizing anyone's machines -- I just won't do that!  I'm grateful for the machines I have -- and I use them quite often, and they work extremely well for me.  Exception: the National Two Spool Treadle.  My back simply won't allow that.  I keep it because it is a part of my son's heritage -- it originally belonged to my deceased husband's great grandmother.

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Congratulations on your new machine! I don't own any of those yet but love the feeling of finding an old machine that's up for grabs, especially if it's a beauty in great shape.

--and a two spool treadle! I would love to try one of those. Thank goodness our ancestors didn't throw everything out like we do now a days.

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I keep getting lucky at Goodwill, which always surprises me because I have it in my head that they sell all their good stuff online.  I think this is the fourth old Singer I've bought at various local Goodwills, most I've paid is $29.99, least was $7.50 ($14.99 machine, half off!)  They've all been in pretty good condition, too.

I haven't been lucky enough to find a 201 though.  That's probably my #1 "wish list" machine right now.  That's OK though, the hunt is half the fun!  [smile]

 


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I keep getting lucky at Goodwill, which always surprises me because I have it in my head that they sell all their good stuff online.  I think this is the fourth old Singer I've bought at various local Goodwills, most I've paid is $29.99, least was $7.50 ($14.99 machine, half off!)  They've all been in pretty good condition, too.

I haven't been lucky enough to find a 201 though.  That's probably my #1 "wish list" machine right now.  That's OK though, the hunt is half the fun!  [smile]

 



I've been lucky finding 401's.  People in my area must have really loved them.  My Goodwill hardly ever has machines, but I found a couple there.  One of them actually was a 201.  The prices here are a little more expensive.  I think I paid 50.00 for mine.



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I'd be pretty happy to pay $50 for a 201!  I probably would pass on a 400-series machine for that price, though.  (Partially because I already have a 401 & 403)

I passed up a pretty nice 101 in a cabinet at Goodwill for $15.00 about a year ago and I'm STILL kicking myself.  I don't think I really want to sew with a 101 much, but I'm really curious to just play with one.  I'm sure I would have gotten $15 worth of entertainment out of just fiddling around with it.  Sigh.  That's what I get for trying to be "good" - regret!  LOL

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I keep passing on the 101s as well.  Though I haven't seen one that low.  Usually around $30-$75 when they come up here. 

I had to force myself not to go after a 201 for $60 that's on CL here right now.  I'm really really out of space for anything other than something from the 1860s.  If it was a 201-1 I would have broken down and got it.

The latest 66-1 is still sitting in the middle of the kitchen after cleaning.  I think I may have to move the 403 out of the dining room and put the 66-1 in it's place.  Though saying that makes me not want to, because the 403 is my computer table and it gets a lot of my paw prints on it.  Would hate to mess up wood on a treadle.

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I can never remember the sub-class numbers...is 201-1 the potted motor version?  That's the version I want.

The 101 I passed on was originally marked 29.99 but it has sat there too long and was 1/2 off.  I don't know what I was thinking when I passed it up. I even went back about 3 days later and it was gone....sold, or maybe shuffled off to wherever things that don't sell right away go.  

Since then I've decided that any interesting machine under $30 is something I can just go ahead and buy...I've determined that's the price point where I will have non-buyer's remorse well before I will have buyer's remorse!  It costs more than that to go out to dinner, and I get hours more entertainment out of an old sewing machine than I do going out to eat! 


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...  I'm really really out of space for anything other than something from the 1860s. .


Yes!  (Although my current "unicorn" is ANY machine from the 1850's...  I have at least three from every decade after that...)

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"I can never remember the sub-class numbers...is 201-1 the potted motor version?  That's the version I want."

The 201-2 is the potted motor version.  The -1 is a treadle or hand crank, and the -3 has an external motor with a belt.


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"I can never remember the sub-class numbers...is 201-1 the potted motor version?  That's the version I want."

The 201-2 is the potted motor version.  The -1 is a treadle or hand crank, and the -3 has an external motor with a belt.

201-4 is a natural born hand crank.

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Thanks, Cari, I didn't know about the 201-4.
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OK, so that means the 201-2 is the one I'm really after.  I've yet to come across a 201 for sale locally at any price, though, so I'll feel pretty lucky if I ever find one of ANY class.
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