January 21, 2013

Singer 403A (1956)

Well I'm going to make my vote here for the best choice within the 400 series; the 403 is the model to have, better than the 401. The 403 has all of the capability and none of the ridiculous complexity of the 401, it looks better and is more inviting. I love the little hood ornament on the top cover.
I am especially partial to 1956 and have been trying to find a machine that is exactly my age for some time.



Got this one from CL at a good price, did a complete tear-down for cleaning and have a beautiful running machine. I think it has all of the stitch variants of the 401 with the cams but who uses them any how?


It came with all of the goodies and manual too!







I used it for my latest shoe project, I needed some custom laces and so I sewed several 6 foot long pieces of organza, turned them inside out and then pulled a different color piece of organza thru the middle. After many tries I got what I wanted.

In honor of the 2013 Detroit Auto show I am featuring a shot from a 1956 auto show. Back when the future was something we dreamed about in a much different way that we do today.


GM was setting the trends for the future; sweeping lines, two tones, who could ask for more Modern?

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2 comments:

  1. Just found your blog as I was looking for information on a Singer 66 treadle that I just bought. When I saw the picture of this machine, I had to laugh. My mother had this one and EVERY time I would use it I wanted to use bad language! I hated this machine. It always jumbled the thread. Tension was never right. Now that I am older, I know a lot more about how to deal with that but as a teen- I simply wanted to throw it through a window! Sue

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  2. I have it 1956 403A. Best stitch ever!

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