Uh Oh… the Vintage Bug Attack

After much playing and trial and error (not to mention a lot of wasted fabric strips) I nailed the quarter inch seam on my vintage Singer 401a. It had to match my seam allowance perfectly on my Bernina 740, otherwise, I simply wasn’t going to piece on it.

I dug through my collection of slant shank presser feet again, and found another quarter inch foot, and this one sews a “scant” quarter inch seam. It matches the seam I get on my Bernina with the 97D foot.

Paired with a straight stitch needle plate, it does an exceptional job, and I reduced the presser foot pressure so there’s no fabric creep. Yay!

I couldn’t sleep last night, so I’ve been sewing my sashing blocks on the Singer. I hadn’t used the machine in so long I forgot how much I enjoy it.

Just like my stable of modern machines, I went through quite a few vintage machines before finding two that I really enjoy. The Singer 401, and the Singer 15-91. But I would love to add two more… a Singer 403, which is a simpler version of the 401. It doesn’t have the built in cam stack, but can do all the decorative stitches with the fashion discs, of which I have. I’d also love to have the 401g, which is the German built version of the 401a, plus it does the chain stitch.

I love the sound of a mechanical sewing machine. It’s so soothing to listen to. Alas, they don’t have a blanket stitch.

I’m going to spend the day sewing on this sweet machine!

CJ Tinkle

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