Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Old Singer 404 Manual

I was catching up on e-mails...sometimes my in box gets way out of hand and this is one of those times. I still have emails from the beginning of June. My Cousin is going to think I'm ignoring her and that's not the case at all. Anyway, one of the emails was from my friend Michelle telling me how she bought a Singer 401 and she re-furbished it, found a manual for it and is now going to sell it. This machine looked familiar to me when all of a sudden it dawned on me...could this be the same model as my Grandma's machine? The machine that she's spent years looking for the manual? The machine that we just had cleaned and serviced for her?

I forwarded the pictures to my mom who said no, not her machine. But Grandma's machine was a Singer 404. I figured, if Michelle can find a manual for a 401, I bet I can find a manual for this 404. I began my hunt. Not only did I find them, but I found oodles of them. Then I hit the jackpot. A free downloadable .PDF File of the manual! WOW, I've got it all!! I was even able to enlarge it so my Grandma will be able to read it easier. Or she can place it under her magnifier. I printed it all out and it's already hole punched and in a binder. She's going to be so thrilled. I can't wait until tonight to take it to her.

I spent some time browsing through the manual and it struck me how much different the manuals from 1958 were. There are detailed instructions. Actual instructions for example on using the rolled hem foot, down to how to add lace to the rolled hem. I feel like I've hit a sewing gold mine. It turns out to get good instructions we need to find older manuals. Who knew?

Here's the website that I found the manual on: http://www.ismacs.net/singer/manuals/index.html. It's from the International Sewing Machine Collector's society.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by CountryQuilter (
Wow, I did not know that you could find things like that free. I'm sure she will be so pleased! You will have to let us know her reaction...I wonder if Brother has a site with free downloadable manuals? My mom has a Brother that is older than I am and she has lost her manual...Hmmm...I will have to check on that. Thanks Jen...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by bobbinhead (
Those old manuals are priceless. Talk about so much better written than my 91 page 6600 manual. Even on sewing books they are much more detailed. I've even found manuals on Ebay. I found an original one for my Singer 774 for a couple of dollars. I had a photocopy but having the original was much more fun. My sister has the machine now.

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