Monday, February 8, 2010


So if you remember the shirt I made with my old White Sewing machine, I decided I needed something newer.... and here it is... A Singer 500A Slant-O-Matic, nicknamed the "Rocketeer!"
I actually was going to go with a 401A Singer, as I thought I'd never find a 500A. Then a few days ago... I found it.

She's a beauty isn't she? All metal, gear driven, built in cams... it's awesome!

This one is a one owner... from the lady who bought it new when she was in High School in what looks like 1963, though she told me '57, but the serial number says '63.

The top opens up and you can put cams in it, plus look at all those stitches you can do with just the machine!

It's so 50's...

Takes a 66 bobbin which lays flat. I've never had one like this before.

That's why they call it a Slant-O-Matic.. see how the needle is slanted.

Plus, it's my first machine with reverse! Now the best part is I got it all for free! I stopped at a thrift store and asked if they had any sewing machines... the lady there said no, but she was throwing her old one away that night and if I showed up at her curb, I could have it... I didn't know what she had till I got home and opened up the case.. I couldn't believe it... It just needs a new bobbin tire and wire spring to make it 100% and I'll getting those this week...

It was a good week last week I've got to say...

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  1. Now that was a great thing to just happen to more or less come to you. It sounds as though it could not have found a more appreciative owner, so good for you both !!

  2. thanks, it's going to a great home that's already cleaned and oiled it up!

  3. That's a great machine! Here's the beauty I learned how to sew with. A 401A:
    (Sorry. Only pics I could find were ebay auctions.)

  4. like I said, I was really looking for a 401A then I found this...

    I really wouldn't mind having both!

  5. I know this is a very old post, but this is exciting, I am just now learning to sew on this exact model (well, mine is a 500 J, but they look the same). It was my late grandmother's, and she bought it new in 1963, I still have the appliance sale contract in the sewing table drawer!


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