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    I picked up one at a yard sale last Saturday for $15. Took a bit of elbow grease to get it in order but I think it'll be a good one. A Singer 401A.

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    Nice! I love the look of the old Slant-o-Matic machines and they're reportedly quite robust.

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    I will be on the look out. I am hoping the one my mom has can at least sew the bugnet stuff I just got.

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    It is the slant o matic. Ran really slow until I disassembled the motor and cleaned it. Lots of gunk still in the works. I'm hesitant to disassemble it too much

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    I don't know what it is I won't get it until thursday

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    Quote Originally Posted by miyanc View Post
    I will be on the look out. I am hoping the one my mom has can at least sew the bugnet stuff I just got.
    Take a very careful look at that heand held jobbie before you use it. See if it uses one spool of thread or if it has a spool and a bobbin (or two thread supplies). If there are two you might have a small amount of luck with it for very limited projects. If it only has one you will need to take some very special precautions.

    A one thread supply uses what is known as a "chain stitch". That is the same stitch that is used on potato sacks, dog food bags and other zip and slip opening systems. It is designed to pull out easily with a minimum of muss and fuss. Of course the same things happens with your bug net or what ever hammock item you have sewn with it. You really need to tie off the ends to form knots so the thread doesn't sip away. Good luck and keep your eyes out for a real machine.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    You can pick them up new at Walmart or a sewing store for about $100.

    You can buy one used on Craigslist for much less.

    Of course, when things start going wrong with the used one, you won't know if it's you, or if you got a bad machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mundele View Post
    I picked up one at a yard sale last Saturday for $15. Took a bit of elbow grease to get it in order but I think it'll be a good one. A Singer 401A.
    That's a machine, which if cosmetics are good, can sell for >$200 on ebay.

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    I picked up an old (1957) Emdeco machine from one of the local sewing machine shops. It was in their trade-in dept and cost $50.00 with a lesson, free advice whenever I need it and a month's warranty. It had been cleaned, oiled, greased and was in excellent condition. It sews straight and zig-zag with a good range of stitch length. Simple to operate and right up my alley for my limited skills
    The price, I think, was sold by the pound. It's mostly metal inside and I can sew anything from polyester mesh to heavy weight canvas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DemostiX View Post
    That's a machine, which if cosmetics are good, can sell for >$200 on ebay.
    Cool! The storage case is broken and it's got a few scuffs. It has all the parts and the manual. I think it was a good find.

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