Sunday, March 11, 2012

Singer 403A

Yesterday afternoon, I found this pretty girl, a Singer 403A. This machine completes the set of the 400 series that Singer offered. I already had the Singer 401A, and I bought a Singer 404 off eBay. The only one missing was the 403A. I did the happy dance when I found it. It was in a cabinet, and I removed the machine and donated the cabinet back. I don’t have room for cabinets.

403a 005

She didn’t come without problems, but between Louie and I, we fixed her. The Left, Middle, and Right needle position was STUCK. The half moon plate over the bobbin wouldn’t come off, because the post holding it down on the right side was STUCK, and the knob that turns to adjust the stitch length is missing, but I’m working on finding a replacement. Update! Part located, received, and installed!

403a 004

We got everything loose, lubed and cleaned. Surprisingly, the motor is in great shape, and it didn’t need to be taken out and cleaned. It runs like a scared rabbit. Smooth and fast. I haven’t tested it out as far as tension and stitches, but I know she is fine. Hopefully I’ll get that done one night after work.

403a 003

I found this old Singer brochure HERE.


The 401A was the top of the line, with some built in stitches, with the option to add additional top hat cams for additional decorative stitches. The 403A was straight stitch and zig zag, with the option to add additional top hat cams for additional decorative stitches, and the 404 was a straight stitch only machine. All three machines use the same motor. The 401A was the most expensive, and the 404 was the budget model.

Soon, she will be on the shelf in my quilting room with the 401A and the 404, in her rightful place.

I’m glad I found her. I needed a sewing machine ‘fix’. I love fixing machines, and it had been awhile.

Have a great week!



Suzan said...

I think I will just call you "The Sewing Machine Whisperer"!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I need you to come fix the tension on my 1889 Singer 27VSII treadle. I just can't get it working. I'm hoping to find a 'Rocketeer' one of these days. Have fun with your new machine.

Val said...

I think that the machines are looking for you instead of you looking for them. You are so lucky!!! And so smart!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

How cool is that!! I think this might be the machine that my mother in law has. It sure looks like it.

Tammy said...

Oh Michelle, that Singer 403A is a real beauty. So glad you found her and brought her home. I'll bet she sew a fine stitch after her spa day with you and Louie. Good to hear you got your sewing machine fix.

Deb said...

Another wonderful machine. I've been trying to find one of those too. I love my 301A, but would love one of these too. Of course, don't know where I'd put it! LOL

kath001 said...

I wish we were neighbors! :)

Jeanna said...

Wow, a complete set! You must have a wonderful husband - to help you fix them and display them! What a guy! What's next on your list?

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

"Sewing Macine Whisperer..." That's funny!

Cool find, lady!

KOcanQuilt said...

I would love to see your machines in person. What treasures! Michelle, I have not commented much, but wanted you to know your blog is one of my favorites. I hope you will visit my blog post of today, to learn why. :)


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