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according to tech wizard lu yoder, this is the machine that he's recommend if living in a boat, small apparent, or out of a station wagon in winters

Posted: January 14 2016

This vintage machine with heavy gauge steel mechanics is on long-term loan to AMT. It is installed in a cabinet specifically for sewing (do not remove). The Singer 401-A is a good strong machine capable of sewing heavy materials such as Canvas, Denim, Sunbrella, Duck Canvas, & leather as well as light weight materials. Before using please attend the short training.
Tool lead: Crafty Rachel
Training: Every other monday, during the textiles lab hours (see calendar)
Maintenance: Monthly = Oil and run according to the instructions in the manual. Annually (with heavy use) - Proffessional service which usually runs about $135.
Maintenance log: July 9, 2012 - Service at Berkeley Vacuum and Sewing Center $150
Manual: External link to PDF

  • Slant Needle
  • drop in bobbin
  • twin/double needle stitching capable
  • adjustable needle position
  • 28 built in stitches
  • Singer Stitch
  • (and a bunch more stuff)


  • 5 Bobbins
  • Straight stitch foot
  • throat plate
  • Button foot
  • Special Purpose foot
  • Seam Guide
  • Narrow Hemmer
  • Ruffler,
  • Singer stitch discs numbers 1 thru 5