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Singer 500a (Rs)

Roger

Singer 500a (Rs)
« on: August 23, 2017, 23:33:51 PM »
Machine Model: 500a
Machine's name (if you've named it): unnamed.. it deserves a name tho!
Manufacturer: Singer
Country of manufacture: USA
Year of creation (approx):1964
Amount of time you've owned this machine: nearly 3 years
How often do you use it? semi regularly
Source of Machine: Gumtree
Features: Slant needle (better visibility), standard needles, multi stitches, Cams, almost all metal, gear driven, mechanical
Condition you found it: dry, dusty, and with a lot of thread in the swing needle control, but generally clean.
Favourite things about it: The Awesome Looks, and fantastic easy of use. its reliable, has pretty vintage stitches, and its lovely cabinet
Things that are annoying/difficult: the stitch selector dials can be a little stiff, and sometimes you can accidentally select the wrong letter.
Is it easy to get accessories/parts? its a slant shank, and accessories are reasonably common if particular, its also a remodelled 401 so spares could come from that model if required, its also a gear driven machine so no belts, and its mostly metal except one piece between the motor and the balance wheel, but ive never heard of one of these failing.
Any additional thoughts or comments you'd like to share?
I love this machine, its so great, its the only one I know of in the UK, its in great condition, in a cabinet, and its lovely to use. Its also the first machine I bought and it got me into vintage machines.
Overall Positive or negative: Very Positive
« Last Edit: January 20, 2018, 08:39:13 AM by Roger »
A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132

Efemera

Re: Singer 500a (Rs)
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2017, 08:08:00 AM »
I WANT ONE!... I've been looking for one of these forever.

Roger

Re: Singer 500a (Rs)
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2017, 22:11:27 PM »
I cant say I blame you, they are fab... the commonest closest is the 401g.
A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132

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Re: Singer 500a (Rs)
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2017, 22:22:50 PM »
Your 500a is superb. The mechanical and ingeneering oriented people give this one and related models the best review.
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