Singer 401A Slant-o-Matic Sewing Machine

If you aren't yet familiar with the Singer 401A, this is one of the best machines that Singer made, of the myriad fine machines that they produced. It's a steel-geared sewing machine built inside an aluminum body, making it a strong, yet lightweight machine.

The 401A is one of the Slant-o-Matic series that, due to it's slant-needle design, puts your work out to the front and focuses the built-in light in the right place to give you superior visibility of your work.

This machine gives you the ability to insert two needles at the same time for beautiful dual top-stitching, and the needles it uses are the same universal needles that you'll find everywhere. The bobbins are the very common class 66, rounded side bobbins that are plentiful all over the internet and in every sewing supply store.

One of the great features of this fine machine is the built-in set of stitch patterns that lets you select scads of useful and decorative stitches, plus it accepts stitch pattern cams, also plentiful all over the internet, and we'll include a set of cams with this machine. We'll also add in a Singer buttonholer in an awesome pink, Space-Age styled case known as the "Jetson" case, and a handful of diverse sewing feet.

This one is another one of our favorite machines, just because it's so mechanically awesome (instead of electronically vulnerable function the stitch patterns are changed by an ingenious and reliable array of cams and levers) and the styling of this gorgeous machine was a new departure from the round, black machines of the past.

We've restored scores of these fine Slant-o-Matics and even in the most-used of them we rarely find a worn out or damaged part. With proper care, dusting it out and oiling it faithfully, this machine will last for the rest of your life and will still be sewing beautifully when you pass it down to your children and grandchildren.

This beautiful, hard working Singer 401A has just come off the restoration bench and it's running and sewing like a new machine.

You've heard it said that, "they don't make them like they used to", and that's because they really can't. The Corporate bottom line mandates that profit is far more important than quality, so most modern machines are pretty much disposables, to be used for a few years and then replaced with another cheap disposable.

We don't feel that way.

Here at Stagecoach Road Vintage Sewing Machine, we are passionate about what we love doing, which is restoring beautiful vintage sewing machines to the best that they can be, and over the decades we've restored, literally, hundreds of worthy sewing machines (actually we lost count at over two hundred, 15 years ago), and shipped them all over the country and beyond. Why? Because we are in love with the styling, the quality of the materials, the workmanship that went into these great machines, which just can't be duplicated today.

You, seriously, cannot buy a home sewing machine this good, new, at any price.

So we search out the best of these fine machines, the ones that are very lightly used, and open them up.

We disassemble the tension, the motor, the bobbin case, take off the face plate, the gear cases, the hand-wheel, the slide plate, the bottom plate, and the back access plate and get down to where the old dried-on oil and grease are.

We clean out the packed-in lint and dust, remove the thread-jams, inspect the hook and the needle plate, and generally look for potential problems.

We take out the needle bar and all it's linkages and the presser foot bar and all it's parts and scrub them in an alcohol bath to remove the years of sticky oil buildup that bogs down a vintage machine and robs it of speed and power.

We take out as much of the stitch pattern forming mechanisms as needed to get deep into each machine to free it up and then lubricate each moving part. The main shafts, bearings, and other parts get cleaned in place to make each machine run as free and light as a new machine.

We use high-quality lubricants in all the right places, getting into those spots that aren't as obvious to the average user, and clean out the old hardened grease from the gear cases, then we test the machines to make sure that they are sewing at their best.

After all of this, each machine is carefully detailed, to bring out it's original beauty. These are some of the finest examples of mid-century styling that you'll find, and we want each machine to be the very best that it can be.

We don't try to hide the scratches or chips that have been honestly earned in service to their craft, and rarely re-paint because we prefer the original paint in most cases. We like the wabi-sabi beauty of a working sewing machine. And if the stickers from the various repair shops they've seen aren't too damaged we leave those, too, so you can see where your new machine has been in it's lifetime.

Finally, because we believe in these wonderful, built-to-last machines and in the work we do, we offer this free Lifetime Guaranty:

If you ever have a problem with one of our restored vintage machines, just bring or send it back to us and if we can fix it, we'll do so for free. You, of course, will pay for any parts or shipping.

Read the details of our Lifetime Guaranty here. It's short and in readable English.

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