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Singer 401 Decorative Stitches – Free Book Download

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Back in December I mentioned that I was planning on stitching out every possible stitch that can be made on the Singer 401.

Vintage Singer 401G sewing machine

(My Singer 401G hard at work sewing some Doctor Who bunting).

I put my machine to work, and stitched all of them. And I mean ALL OF THEM. And I made this:

The Singer 401 Stitch Book

If you’ve ever had a burning desire to know exactly what you get when you combine all the settings with all the fashion discs (cams), now you can. Just click here to download the Singer 401 Stitch Book (pdf file). I’ve also included lots of tips on getting your stitch to look beautiful, and some references for further reading and investigation.

I hope all the Singer 401 owners out there will find this useful. I googled my fingers raw trying to find a reference when I first bought my 401 and when there wasn’t one, I thought I’d upload mine in case anyone else was looking for the same information.

I almost forgot to add that I made a pinterest board! My Pinterest board with ideas for decorative stitches. It has some great ideas that I never would have thought of in a million stitches.


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  1. Cindy

    Thank you for this comprehensive guide.When I was a little girl I learned to sew on my mother’s band new 401, and about 10 years ago I inherited my grandmother’s 401. I too tried to make as many of the stitches as I could, but yours is a much more complete guide. It will be fun to follow your examples.

  2. Anne Trenary

    I wasn’t able to download, it was to large for Google (that’s the reason it gave me)? I have 401a for many years now. I haven’t used her in a very long time but I do keep it oiled and clean/

    • Sarah

      You should still be able to download it. It’s just too large for Google’s preview and possibly the virus checker. You can still run your own virus software on it once you’ve downloaded it though.

  3. Elise

    Three years later and this is still incredibly useful – my mother-in-law has just given me her 401G, which she had only used a few times back when she bought it in the early 60s. I’ve cleaned it and oiled it and it works amazingly well. I’d started trying out all the stitches but couldn’t see the end of it, it’ll be great to have your reference book!

  4. Lena G

    I just purchased a Singer 401A – and so happy that I found your Stitch Book and Sewing Tips!
    Thank you for doing all documenting all the possible stitches. I just purchased a vintage box of 503 cams – so excited to see what I can make.

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