8/23/2012 05:43:11 pm
I was looking for something like ..comparison among machines...,Thank you for posting the great content……I found it quiet interesting, hopefully you will keep posting such blogs…
9/10/2012 01:51:55 pm
Thank you! More reviews and comparisons are coming.
Olivia V Smith
3/6/2014 09:52:13 am
Thank you!!! Your article was exactly what I was looking for. It answered every question I had. You're a peach.
7/2/2014 12:04:42 pm
Is there a difference between Singer 403a and Singer 403?
7/2/2014 01:52:31 pm
7/30/2021 11:09:00 am
Will 403 repair parts fit 403a?
11/19/2014 11:50:49 am
So helpful, thanks!
11/27/2014 05:21:40 am
Just get both!! Love my 401a Getting a 403 for Christmas. Thanks for the tutorial!
1/13/2015 07:16:13 am
My husband found a 403 at the thrift shop for eight dollars...I kid you not. The motor smoked, but after he took it apart and cleaned it, it runs like a champ!! I love it and love the 503a inherited from my mom-in-law. They are such workhorses, but one thing I've realized is that you have to keep them in use, or they get sluggish. I don't blame them; too little movement makes me the same way. :)
11/19/2015 09:37:18 pm
Thanks for this information! Exactly what I needed as I am buying a 403 tomorrow! I was worried about the cams but I'm mostly a straight stitcher so happy to learn about those. Thanks!
7/17/2016 12:55:54 am
I have a 401a, bought off craiglist, went and tried it out first, I love it, so today I found a 403 at Griffin store, had came out of Cabinet no cord or anything but it was $10. Used cord from 401a and light even still worked. All my 401a cams etc will cross over. I have an empty Cabinet that I'm going to use for it. I love these machines.
8/7/2016 09:54:29 am
Score! I love both of these machines. Happy sewing!
1/28/2018 09:00:19 am
Hi there, thanks for the helpful and informative article! Do you know if it's posible to use cams from a singer 328 with the 401/403s and 501/503s? I have a 328, and now am eying up a 503 that is for sale in my city. Many thanks for your input.
1/28/2018 12:08:08 pm
Tara, the discs for 328 and 500/503 are completely different. Check out the article "Disc-o-mania" for more details.
6/9/2018 06:43:05 pm
Thank you, very informative. I purchased a 403 recently from a charity shop, but didn't know anything about this machine.
7/17/2018 03:31:01 pm
The 403 is generally the better choice. Less complex and less maintenance. The 401 is more complex and collects more crud inside and has tighter tolerances with the additional parts.
4/13/2019 11:06:16 pm
Hi there. I’ve been searching for my husband a heavy duty sewing machine for sewing leather and need advice on which one to get him... I’ve come across a Singer 401A, Singer 301A, Singer 328K, Singer 185K, Vintage SewRite, Kenmore Model29 from 1960s, Singer 500A. He’s wanting to get back into making leather knife sheaths, wallets, small purses, etc. Any advice on which sewing machine we should purchase would be a great help to me. Thank you greatly.
9/24/2022 04:44:21 pm
I owned a 401a from a teenager till my late thirties when I got my mom’s computerized machine. Then I got another computerized machine. I realized my mistake of course because I was always needing a good backup machine and I had got rid of the most reliable machine I had had. I just bought me another one today off of Marketplace for $60 including the solid wood cabinet. Whoo hoo!
12/17/2022 03:52:22 pm
Hi! I have a 401, a 403 and a 500! I’m having trouble using upholstery or ‘Outdoor’ thread in these. Anyone have a good tip? The bobbin thread jumps out of the bobbin and crosses /tangles in the bobbin case if I try. Regular All Purpose thread I don;t have a problem (unless I mix and match bobbin vs. top threads)
2/2/2023 08:06:41 am
My mother just gifted me her Slant o Matic (love that name) 403 which she bought in Germany 61 years ago. She bought it to make clothes for my sister who was a baby. She and my dad bought it from an American px store (where they had to get permission to shop). My dad was Canadian military reserves and my parents lived in Germany for four years to help the country rebuild its finances after WWII. This machine has travelled and now resides in Canada. And it is a tank of a machine. It holds so many lovely memories for me, as I got to use it as a child. No new machine can give me the nostalgia of the 403 Slanto-o-matic. Thank you for keeping this history alive. Now I know why my machine is a 403 and not a 403a!
2/10/2023 03:14:19 am
That’s interesting does your machine run on 110v or 220V? I ask as Europe and the UK are on 220-230V and AFAIK all German built machines will have made to run on the higher voltage ( making machines for the USA in Europe when the was the US factory makes no sense). I’m not sure the 403 was ever made in Germany, they definitely made the 401G that differs from the 401A and also the 404G. Anyway you have a great machine wherever it was made.
2/10/2023 03:23:37 am
I don’t know about voltage. I just know mine isn’t labelled as 403a just as 403. The author of the blog commented that the a stands for a factory in America and that the 403 was made in Germany. Where would I be able to see the voltage?
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