5/24/2018 10:41:35 am
I bought a singer 401A, second hand, in 1969. Been using it to do all sorts of sewing from girls clothing, my clothing, upholstering chairs, making waterproof curtains for our camper, and various other projects. It is the best machine ever! Mine is still going strong. Nice to get your info on the gears!
Glad to have found this post! I am currently doing up a Singer 411G, and I had realized that the handwheel gear wasn't metal, although wasn't sure what it was made from. The thing is - do you lubricate yours?? I have read all sorts of conflicting advice about lubricating, or not, plastic/nylon/fibre gears. I'd be grateful for more advice!
3/4/2019 10:53:32 am
I don' know anything about gears, but I love my Singer 401! I do not lube it, but a while back (a long while back!) I had a man come to the house and he went all over it; belts, lube, cleaning. It still runs like a charm. But unfortunately I don't use it much anymore. Mostly I use it for mending. I see projects that I would like to do, but my get-up-and-go seems to have got-up-and-gone. Thought I might sew for granddaughters, but the older one won't wear homemade things, and the younger one wears a uniform to school. Oh well, back in the day, I made one of my prom dresses, my wedding gown, a tailored Easter suit, a sports coat for my bro, and many more lovely and fun things. Thanks for listening!
7/18/2020 02:37:18 pm
I have a 401 also. Just got it from my sister. It was our Mom's. I sewed with it growing up. I'm hoping to learn more about using it properly and for some of the extra things it does beyond straight and zigzag stitches.
9/15/2020 09:09:40 am
Hi, check out Andy tube on youtube he has a lot of videos showing proper cleaning, lube, and complete restoration of singer machines. The textolite gear should be lightly greased.
12/16/2020 06:39:29 pm
Should the textolite gear be GREASED or OILED?
1/1/2021 04:45:17 pm
Where can I get a service manual for my 401A?
1/27/2021 09:18:30 pm
2/28/2022 06:08:47 pm
Go to the Singer website. I got mine there. You may have to dig around but they are there.
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