Login to Add a Comment
|Riccar:555SU (Sewing Machine)|
|Viewed 706 time(s)|| |
Review rated Helpful
by 2 people Very Helpful
by 5 people
|About Oritek |
|Member since: 7/5/13 |
|Reviews written: 1|
|Sewing skills:Advanced Beginner|
|sewing machines reviewed: 1|
|Posted on:||8/17/13 4:37 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$50|
|Had this machine for:||1 month|
Find the right Sewing Machine with the Sewing Machine Search Wizard
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
Discuss Sewing Machines with PR members Sewing Machine Forum
|What Oritek likes about this machine|
Riccar 555SU is a mechanical machine from the mid-70s. I bought mine in a cabinet but the machine would work on any flat surface.
This is a basic mostly-metal machine with a 1.1A motor driving gears with a toothed belt. The cams have some nylon gears, which is quite common. The major drivetrain is all metal.
The case and chassis are most likely aluminum because the machine is not very heavy. I consider it light enough to be portable.
Access to all the mechanical parts is very easy, so routine maintenance is a two minute job.
It has built-in cams and can do zig-zag and several stretch stitches. There is a knob for stitch length and no control for width, but the zig-zag has 5 different width settings. Stretch patterns are fixed (about 4mm) width. This is simplified sewing down to the bare necessities.
Threading the machine is simple and intuitive. The tension knob does change the resistance but I found that the machine produces very balanced stitches with a variety of materials in the middle position, no fiddling needed. Stiches are excellent quality, which is a great surprise for a machine with so little popularity.
The machine has presser foot pressure adjustment, feed dog drop (for free motion quilting) and two motor speeds, so it is not completely bare bones.
The motor runs smoothly and the class 15 vertical bobbin is easily accessible.
It handles thick fabric if it fits under the presser foot, but you do have to slow down at the start.
Overall I find this machine quite versatile and not very finicky in regard to tension and presser foot pressure adjustments. It's as close to a 'point and shoot' as you can get in a sewing machine.
I bought this machine just for the curiosity factor and didn't expect much but the Riccar 555SU turned out to be a real sleeper. I can't see why the Singers from the same era are so popular when a sturdy lightweight machine like this one is available for not much - and it looks good too...
Highly recommended for a basic or backup machine on a miniscule budget.
What Oritek does not like about this machine
There is no width control, but the zig-zag has several width selections.
Some may consider the presser foot height somewhat limited.
The machine is `clunky'. There are many moving parts in the bobbin mechanism and they make a distinct sound. It's not a sign of a problem, just a 'feature' of the design... This is definitely not a machine to use late at night.
|*LOGIN to add a comment to this review|
*Only registered members can post comments to the reviews. Membership is free. if you are not a member, please Sign-up now!