Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Northeast Georgia
    Hammock
    DIY Gathered
    Tarp
    DIY Diamond
    Insulation
    DIY Down
    Suspension
    Webbing/Whoopie
    Posts
    464
    Images
    10

    1958 Singer Slant Needle 404(free-standing)

    This is my new freebie sewing machine. Obviously immaculately maintained.

    - and lots of steel. No plastic. Got book, 5 or 6 bobbins and all for the price of a 12 mile round trip and a 15 minute conversation about how "Mom" would be glad to know somebody's going to use this.

    Gotta read the book and try this thing out. Has ZERO resemblance to the plasto-trash thing I've been using.

    Outside service by a knowledgable shop, anybody (Rev) got knowledge of or thoughts about this machine?

    Jbo

  2. #2
    Ramblinrev's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Milton, PA
    Hammock
    Hennessey Explorer Ultralight
    Tarp
    Hennessey Hex
    Insulation
    HH Super Shelter
    Suspension
    ring buckle
    Posts
    7,797
    Images
    101
    The proof for anything is in the usage. But it sounds like a keeper to me. The price is certainly reasonable. Even if it included 15 mins of memories of Mom.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
    Mrs. Loftus to Huck Finn

    We Don't Sew... We Make Gear! video series

    Important thread injector guidelines especially for Newbies

    Bobbin Tension - A Personal Viewpoint

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Northeast Georgia
    Hammock
    DIY Gathered
    Tarp
    DIY Diamond
    Insulation
    DIY Down
    Suspension
    Webbing/Whoopie
    Posts
    464
    Images
    10
    Found this, still looking.

    The Singer 401 (401A), 403, (403A) and 404 (404A) are all models in the Singer Slant-o-matic/Slant Needle Deluxe Series from the late 1950‘s, early 1960‘s. They are all gear driven (no belt), slant shank, all metal, aluminum bodied sewing machines with a fully rotary hook.

  4. #4
    Senior Member Lonely Raven's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Bolingbrook, IL
    Hammock
    WarbonnetBlackbird
    Tarp
    Olive Superfly
    Insulation
    Incubat Dempsey TQ
    Suspension
    Stock Webbing
    Posts
    1,516
    I just picked up a 403 a few weeks back. Compared to my fiance's new Singer, mine is like a power tool and hers is like a fisher price toy. I can't seem to get hers working for me, but with mine, I can't seem to do anything that would make it stop. As long as I feed it thread and material, it just keeps going!

    Make sure you look up how to lube it. The #1 thing I hear from people is that the old lube/grease gets thick/hard and needs to be replaced. In fact, I think I'm going to go do that now.



  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Northeast Georgia
    Hammock
    DIY Gathered
    Tarp
    DIY Diamond
    Insulation
    DIY Down
    Suspension
    Webbing/Whoopie
    Posts
    464
    Images
    10
    Thanks, Raven.

    I'll look it up now.

    Jbo

  6. #6
    Senior Member JerryW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    West Central Illinois
    Hammock
    DIY 11' & Bridge
    Tarp
    DIY Hex/Grizz Beak
    Insulation
    DIY UQ and TQ
    Suspension
    Whoopie Slings
    Posts
    1,155
    Images
    101
    Share those pics on this thread: Show Us Your Thread Injector


    Jerry
    The "Search" function is your friend!

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Harrisburg, PA
    Posts
    56
    Images
    10
    Quote Originally Posted by Lonely Raven View Post
    I just picked up a 403 a few weeks back. Compared to my fiance's new Singer, mine is like a power tool and hers is like a fisher price toy. I can't seem to get hers working for me, but with mine, I can't seem to do anything that would make it stop. As long as I feed it thread and material, it just keeps going!

    Make sure you look up how to lube it. The #1 thing I hear from people is that the old lube/grease gets thick/hard and needs to be replaced. In fact, I think I'm going to go do that now.



    hey, that's exactly what i've got too... "borrowing" it from grandma because the motor in mom's crapped out. i'm thinking i may end up with a sewing machine for christmas, but i love this one

  8. #8
    slowhike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Hammock
    DIY, gathered end , w/ spreader
    Tarp
    DIY w/ pull-outs
    Insulation
    DAM/ HG Incubator
    Suspension
    Webbing and rings
    Posts
    10,762
    Images
    319
    Quote Originally Posted by jbo_c View Post
    This is my new freebie sewing machine. Obviously immaculately maintained.

    - and lots of steel. No plastic.
    Jbo
    Born in 1958 & lots of steel... sounds like me
    OK, J/K, but I was born in 58
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

  9. #9
    Senior Member lizzie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Whittier, California
    Hammock
    ENO - DN
    Tarp
    DIY Spinn/ Tadpole
    Insulation
    Orca IX/Incubator
    Suspension
    Whoopie Slings
    Posts
    503
    Brings back memories. I had a very similar model that I parted with mine a few years back because the motor was kaput.

  10. #10
    gargoyle's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Middlebury, IN
    Hammock
    G-Bird II
    Tarp
    Ogee tarp
    Insulation
    AHE TQ DIY Down UQ
    Suspension
    whoop dutch!
    Posts
    6,187
    Images
    46
    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    Born in 1958 & lots of steel... sounds like me
    OK, J/K, but I was born in 58
    And your slanted too!!
    Ambulo tua ambulo.

Similar Threads

  1. Free standing yard hammock?
    By miyanc in forum General Hammock Talk
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 05-28-2014, 16:18
  2. Theory - Free standing hammock chair/recliner
    By MosinNagant in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 05-20-2014, 21:02
  3. free standing hammock supports
    By hanger4life in forum General Hammock Talk
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-11-2013, 20:03
  4. Free -- Singer sewing machine screws
    By Detail Man in forum [SOLD/WITHDRAWN] Items no longer available
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 06-01-2012, 21:27

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •