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Thread: Singer Rocketeer

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    Saw some recent discussion about the Singer Rocketeer model and then saw one on the Denver Craigslist, if anyone here is interested. (I'd never seen one before - cool looking machine)
    http://denver.craigslist.org/hsh/2183368151.html

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    i will take a look

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    How do they compare to the 301?

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    they are such neat looking machines.

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    The listing is gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by costumegirl
    How do they compare to the 301?
    They have the same (or almost the same) motor and slant shank and color scheme.

    The 301 is a straight-stitch only machine which has a vertical FW bobbin and droppable feed dogs. It's smooth and quiet and produces nice free-motion quilting.

    The 500 is the machine in my avatar at the moment - it has multiple built-in decorative and utility stitches and the ability to add several more with the use of cams. It has a horizontal bobbin and the feed cover raises to defeat the feed dogs for darning and free-motion. (It isn't a very good machine for free-motion quilting because of the bobbin configuration - you'll get a lot of skipped stitches. But you *can* learn how to work it and get acceptable results.)

    It was the top of the line in its time and I think that Singer never did really improve on it. It's basically the same machine as a 401, but dressed up in a Jetson's space suit. :)

    Mine lives with my daughter, now, but I have 3 503's which are very similar in function. I actually prefer the 403's and 503's to the 401 and 500 because the stitch selector levers aren't prone to gumming up and freezing if the machine sits idle for a while.

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    Thanks for the info! :)

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-160607-1.htm I just posted more info on the differences between 503 and 500

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