I have a Singer 328 that uses cams for decorative stitches. It is electric, but can be used on a treadle also. I just had it cleaned and the wiring checked, but I rarely use it. I have too many machines! :shock: I never thought I would hear myself say that. I am just out of room!
My floor joists are sagging as well and am hoping the flooring system doesn't fail in parts where the SM's are congregated.
We've got one of those too. Nice machine, simple and sturdy. And no plastic gears inside. My wife doesn't like it, says we should get rid of it. I won't let her. It's a good machine and as you said, is treadleable.
Originally Posted by lovelyl
Thanks for all the suggestions! I have so much to look up that I'm up late every night. Bad for work (and my wallet from the enabling) but good for the spirit. Hahaha!
my primary machine is a singer 503A - the Rocketeer. it was made in the early 1960's and is an incredible machine. i got it at an estate sale in 1989 in its cabinet for $65, sewed lots of kid clothes on it, made at least 10 quilts on it, repaired cordura duffel bags and sleeping bags on it, and it's never needed anything more than oil and lubricant.
i just bought another one that is identical off of craigslist for $250 including a cabinet. my daughter wanted one. i think it will last forever.
having recently fallen into the "OHMYGOSH THESE VINTAGE MACHINES ARE SO CUTE" pit, i've bought a 15-91 and a 66 in the past couple of months, too. i can see they are fantastic too. i haven't gotten the 15-91 going yet (something is frozen inside) but the 66 is great. it cost $35 including a case and all i did was clean, oil & lube it.
the 503A has cams and a great zig-zag. oh - i've even made coats on it. i love that machine. i'd recommend it totally and you can probably find one for less. i bought the last one from someone who has a sewing machine fetish and owns a lot. can you believe that!? ;-]
Ah! I really like the rocketeer! I enjoy it's rocket shape. :) there's a few on my Craigslist. I've held off at the moment because I want to see how my mothers 758 runs. If she gives me trouble then I'll start time traveling for the perfect machine! ^_~