Singer 500A Rocketeer Vintage Sewing Machine

Singer 500A Rocketeer Vintage Sewing Machine

The Singer 500, known as the Rocketeer for it's beautiful Space-Age styling could be considered the pinnacle of Singer sewing machines. With all the features of the 401A Slant-O-Matic packed into one of the very best sewing machine designs, ever, it's an all-steel machine in a lightweight aluminum body.

Singer 500A Rocketeer Vintage Sewing Machine

The Slant Needle design puts your sewing project right out in front of you and the magnified lens of the built-in sewing light gives you an unparalleled view of the seam you are sewing. Even needle threading is easier because the needle is canted and lighted, and extends into your field of vision.

Singer 500A Rocketeer Vintage Sewing Machine

The standard needle and standard class 66 bobbins are available everywhere and the bobbin drops in from above with no bobbin case to navigate.

With it's built-in stitch pattern cam you can sew lots of utility and decorative stitches, and with the drop-in stitch pattern cams you can sew even more. You can also insert two needles into the needle clamp for decorative top stitching and can even use two different needle sizes at the same time for interesting new possibilities, something that you can't do with the average double needle.

Singer 500A Rocketeer Vintage Sewing Machine

Singer 500A Rocketeer Vintage Sewing Machine

You'll find a threading diagram printed on the inside of the face plate for quick reference and, on the underside of the top lid there is a built-in, eye-level stitch chart which shows how to select the various stitch patterns and how to use the drop-in stitch pattern cams.

Singer 500A Rocketeer Vintage Sewing Machine

Under the top lid, you will also find the two self-positioning, pop-up spool pins that also self-store themselves when you close the lid, and you'll also find a separate detachable spool pin that fits into the top of the machine for closed-lid sewing.

Singer 500A Rocketeer Vintage Sewing Machine

The motor is built-in and gear-drive so there's no belt to wear out or snare little fingers, and the direct-drive eliminates belt slippage and adjustments.

With the built-in needle position lever you can select left, right, or center positions for straight-stitching and also select the width of your zigzag and decorative stitches. The pressure on the sewing foot is adjusted with a numbered dial as compared with earlier Singers which adjusted with a non-graduated screw, so there's no more guessing about the foot pressure.

We've also included lots of extras, like a Singer button holer in a pink Jetson case with it's instruction manual and a variety of patten cams, and a Singer even-feed foot. The manual will come to you in .pdf format so you can view it on-screen at any size that suits your eyesight or print it out so you have a quick-reference paper copy, or both. The manual shown in the photos is representative of the actual Singer 500 manual you will receive.

Singer 500A Rocketeer Vintage Sewing Machine

You'll get a full 10 pack of high quality Schmetz needles in a variety of useful sizes, a new, unopened seam ripper, an unopened vintage tube of Singer sewing machine oil, a vintage pack of hand-sewing needles with cute kittens on it, and a sewing awl. Also, there will be two screwdrivers, a seam guide, a straight-stitch needle plate and sewing foot for close control and precision stitching, and for lightweight and spongy fabrics , 7 class 66 original Singer bobbins in a mix of steel and clear plastic, four basic top-hat type stitch pattern cams with plenty more available from several sources, a selection of presser feet, and of course, the foot control and cords.

At your request, we'll include a full set of Singer stitch pattern cams in their original box.

This particular Singer 500A is in fine, barely-used condition and it's just come off the restoration bench at Stagecoach Road Vintage Sewing Machine where we've restored, literally, hundreds of worthy vintage sewing machines and united them with happy sewers of every sort, all over the country and internationally. We even have one of our restored Singer machines in the Mezzanine Library of the palace of the late Winnaretta Singer, Princesse de Polignac, Isaac Singer's daughter, in Venice Italy.

Here at Stagecoach Road Vintage Sewing Machine, we are passionate about what we love doing, which is restoring beautiful vintage sewing machines to the best that they can be, because we are in love with the styling, the quality of the materials, the workmanship that went into these great machines, which just can't be duplicated today.

Stagecoach Road Vintage Sewing Machine

You, seriously, cannot buy a home sewing machine this good, new, at any price.

So we search out the best of these fine machines, the ones that are very lightly used, and open them up. We disassemble the tension, the motor, the bobbin case, take off the face plate, the gear cases, the hand-wheel, the slide plate, the bottom plate, and the back access plate and get down to where the old dried-on oil and grease are. We clean out the packed-in lint and dust, remove the thread-jams, inspect the hook and the needle plate, and generally look for potential problems.

We take out the needle bar and all it's linkages and the presser foot bar and all it's parts and put them into the alcohol bath to remove the years of sticky oil buildup that bogs down a vintage machine and robs it of speed and power. The mains shafts, bearings, and other parts get cleaned in place to make each machine run as free and light as a new machine.

We use high-quality lubricants in all the right places, getting into those spots that aren't as obvious to the average user, and clean out the old hardened grease from the gear cases, then we test the machines to make sure that they are sewing at their best.

Each machine is tested at the restoration bench and then tested again by our quality control technician to be sure we haven't missed anything. She's not only a master technician, she's a seamstress who knows what a seam should look like.

After all of this, each machine is carefully detailed, to bring out it's original beauty. These are some of the finest examples of mid-century styling that you'll find, and we want each machine to be the very best that it can be.

We don't try to hide the scratches or chips that have been honestly earned in service to their craft. We like the wabi-sabi beauty of a working sewing machine.

Finally, because we believe in these wonderful, built-to-last machines and in the work we do, we offer this free Lifetime Guaranty:

If you ever have a problem with one of our restored vintage machines, just bring or send it back to us and if we can fix it, we'll do so for free. You, of course, will pay for any parts or shipping.

Singer 500A Rocketeer Vintage Sewing Machine

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