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Date: 10/17/08 1:05 PM

I am wondering if anyone is familiar with the singer 603. Would this be a good machine to get for basic sewing and does it do heavy things?

Thanks, Janet

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Date: 10/17/08 2:09 PM

From what I've been reading, they were all metal until the model I just bought for $10, a Singer 620. HEre's a link to KNanna's discussion of bringing home her mother's 600:

http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/sewingclasses/board.pl?t=34219

Terry at this website knows all bout T&S machines:
http://www.tandtrepair.com/600TandSstuff.html

I just got my 620 two days ago and it runs very smoothly and strongly after an oil and lube. I don't think I would have ever paid more than $10 for mine, though, because it's missing its fashion cams to zig zag.

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Date: 10/17/08 2:14 PM

Melly,

Those "top hat" style cams turn up on Ebay all the time for very little money. So do feet--but beware: most people selling old feet are terrible at being able to tell you if the feet they have are for a slant needle like the T&S or 401, etc. or a regular low shank machine.

Terry

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Date: 10/17/08 2:33 PM

Terry,
Mine came with feet, but not the cams or the straight stitch plate. I ordered the cams for $6 yesterday, bidding on a set wtih a straight stitch plate in the next few days.

Do the 600 top hat cams also fit the 301 or 401s? It would be nice if those were interchangable.

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Date: 10/17/08 2:37 PM

Thanks for the info. I will check it out.

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Date: 10/17/08 3:21 PM

Quote: melly298

Do the 600 top hat cams also fit the 301 or 401s? It would be nice if those were interchangable.

My two main machines are a singer 603e and 401.

The feet are interchangable as they are both slant shank, and the 401, 403 the 500, 503 and the 600, 603 can use the black "top hat" cams. Don't try to put any white cams in them, those are not interchangeable. But I don't know whether or not the black cams can be used in the 301.

In answer to the original question, the singer 603 is a very good machine, and does not have plastic gears. It is easy to do your own maintennance on it, and I would say that it is a good find.

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Date: 10/17/08 7:21 PM

You don't say if it is a local machine that you can really test, especially to see that it has a cam that allows you to do zigzag. Without that special cam, I believe it would only do straight stitch, even when using other cams. (I could be wrong about that.) I understand it has the good metal gears, so that is good. I think the bobbin threading is more complicated than the 401, 403, 500, & 503 machines which I would prefer (I have the 500A which I fortunately found locally for $40.).

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Date: 10/17/08 7:33 PM

Oh, dear, I just found a 401A on Craigs List in cabinet.

http://reno.craigslist.org/for/883371764.html

If I got that one I would have to sell the 201-2 in cabinet and the 620. Does anyone else participate in musical SMs?
-- Edited on 10/17/08 7:35 PM --

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Date: 10/17/08 9:44 PM

The machine has about 18 to 20 cams along with the buttonhole attachments and is in a cabinet and has the bobbins. It looks to be in wonderful shape. I just need to be able to go try it out. It looks extremely clean and well taken care of in the pictures.

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Date: 10/17/08 9:54 PM

Quote: Jannie
Would this be a good machine to get for basic sewing and does it do heavy things?

Yes, this would be a decent enough machine for basic sewing. When you say "heavy things", how heavy are you thinking? Household sewing machines like this one are designed to perform well with a variety of garment-weight fabrics, using all-purpose thread. If your chosen projects need a larger needle than an 18, or industrial-type threads, home machines may not suffice, especially for prolonged service.

Jennifer in Calgary
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