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What model is this machine?
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Date: 6/1/13 1:42 PM

I saw this on craigslist but it doesn't say the model number. So, I can't look up any reviews on it. It is only $30 and it says it is in working order. But, I don't want to get it if it isn't a good older machine to get. Sewing machine

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Date: 6/1/13 1:45 PM

At that price grab it, is ia Singer 500, a Rocketer. Good buy.

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Date: 6/1/13 1:51 PM

That is a Singer "Rocketeer", circa mid 1960! It has cams for the optional designs, which don't appear to be with this machine. You may be able to find the cams.

You can download the manual at the Singer website as model 500 to see what should be with the machine and what features it offers.

In excellent working order and with all the accessories (including the cams), it would be offered for closer to $300.

Do an online search for Singer Rocketeer or search same on CL to see what others say about this machine.


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Date: 6/1/13 2:30 PM

Google images says that the picture is visually similar to pictures of the Singer Slant-O-Matic 503. But the exact model number may be off. (it probably is off the mark..)

Unfortunately, the model number is that blurry bit above the stitch length regulator.

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Date: 6/1/13 2:33 PM

singer 500 vs 503

It's a 500, all right-- The stitch selection knob is the give away.

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Date: 6/1/13 2:38 PM

The person selling it responded to my email and said it is a 500a and is still available. I know my husband will say "why do you need another machine?". But, I would really like to try a vintage one.

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Date: 6/1/13 4:17 PM

Agree you must have it!! They are such fun to sew on. I do hope it comes w/ the manual bc you do kinda need that but as stated, it is easily found online.

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Date: 6/1/13 4:44 PM

Get it. You'll love it. That's an awesome deal. You can pick all kinds of goodies(feet, buttonholer, walking foot, etc.) off eBay or other online sellers later. You may even want to keep an eye out for a desk to set it in. It's got plenty of decorative stitches already built in.
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Date: 6/1/13 6:20 PM

Yes it is a 500 "Rocketeer". I have the similar 503. I paid $50 for mine, but it included the entire accessory box. $30 is a fair price for a machine that doesn't include those accessories.

Keep in mind that it is a slant shank machine so you won't be able to swap out feet with a low shank or other machine. The feet are available on eBay and elsewhere.

Just an FYI, a few months ago I bought (at a flea market) a slant shank accessory kit for $7 which I then sold on eBay for $47! In other words, the feet may run you more than the machine itself. But it's still a good buy and if you're patient you might even find the accessories much cheaper at a yard sale or flea market like I did.

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Date: 6/1/13 6:36 PM

Good news is that the ad doesn't state what it comes with or doesn't come with so there's a chance the seller has the extras. I once found accessories in the bottom of a case just like the one in the ad.

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