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MelCap
« on: February 07, 2009 09:01:57 PM »

Hello,

I went sewing machine shopping today. I have it narrowed down to 3

All are very close in price...


One is the Brother XL 3750 - 35 built in stitches & one step button hole etc...

next is the Janome 7318  - only has 18 built in stitches but from what I hear - its a better machine then a brother

and last is an old used Singer 401A  - They tell me it will sew through anything I ask it to...   old, and from the time when plastic wasn't used in everything

Any experience you have had with these machines would be helpful...

Thank you so much.

Melanie



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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2009 04:39:13 AM »

The 401 is a much better quality machine that either of those plastic, made in China machines.  If you took the new price of a 401 and adjusted it for inflation, in today's dollars it would cost about $2,600.  That should tell you something.  HOWEVER, when looking at vintage machines there are some things to take into consideration.

First, test test test.  Inspect the machine in person and test sew on it.  Light fabric, heavier fabric, wind a bobbin, test the zz and decorative stitches.  If the machine does all this, then the chances of any significant or PITN issues are little to none.

If you are having the machine shipped, make certain that the seller will do 2 things.  Number one, they should guarantee the safe, undamaged delivery of the machine to your door.  Sewing machines are notoriously broken in shipping due to improper packing.  The seller is the only one with co0control over this.  Shipping insurance- if the machine gets damaged you can almost bet your life that the shippin company will claim that it was improperly packed and so the ins. would not apply.

Second, is the machine is being sold "as-is" or ??  Get clarification on this and find out what happens if the machine doesn't arrive in proper working order.   If you are eager to tinker, repair, hunt down certain parts and  fix up your own machine, then some of this won't matter.

I have several blog entries that you might find helpful:

Choosing a Sewing machine- New, Used or Vintage?

More Buying guides

Singer 401, 401A, 403 & 403A, & 404 Sewing Machine Review
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MelCap
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2009 03:32:48 PM »

Wow, thank you so much for this information, seems like the 401 can do everything!  that's how I'm leaning right now, so I just have to go see it & make sure it works as they say, and I may have myself a new old machine!

Thank you again for the valuable information, and I'll keep you posted.

Mel
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