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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis nm
    I bought this 500 singer; I had to take the cabinet to get the machine. It has 2 sets of cams the same but no o cam. So she never sewed with the o cam in place, it seems slow. I ordered the missing cam. So she sewed with out it what needs to be done to the machine now?
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    http://albuquerque.craigslist.org/hsh/2461954713.html
    The ad is gone. If it is a Singer 503 you really do need the 0 cam. But if it is a Singer 500 all you have to do is set it to zigzag - that is the same as the 0 cam so just use the stitch selector dials. You can look inside the top cover for the combination. If it is going slow it might need some attention to the foot control or maybe the motor is sluggish. Too bad you don't live next door - I'd have it all slicked up and ready to go for you. Those are a great machine and well worth some attention. If it is a 500 you only need cams 1-5 because the rest are built in to the machine. Only thing better is a 401 or a 403. It could need new wires - those can be ordered on line - places like sewclassic.com have them and new foot controls - I think she has a link to a free owner's manual. With it's age it's not a half bad idea to replace the wires anyway. You can easily pull out the motor and take it to a small electric motor shop and have them clean it up - then put it back in. Not a hard task.
    http://parts.singerco.com/IPsvcManuals/306W25.pdf scroll down to page 125 or so where the 401 service manual starts - it is the same inside so this info will help you.

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    the book that came with it says 500, i tried to look it up, it was made in 1961. when i looked on the web it said never sew with out the o cam.

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    o my yes, i have a lot of reading to do. thank you so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis nm
    the book that came with it says 500, i tried to look it up, it was made in 1961. when i looked on the web it said never sew with out the o cam.
    hm I've never seen one come with a 0 cam - what page is that on?

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    $5 for a Singer 500???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis nm
    the book that came with it says 500, i tried to look it up, it was made in 1961. when i looked on the web it said never sew with out the o cam.
    sent you a PM

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    I have been searching to find out where you found info that said not to sew without a 0 cam. http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/10/...ne-review.aspx I checked out Jenny's info on the Slant-O-Matics and she did not mention it there. I suppose you could email and ask her and she would for sure know. I've never seen a Singer 500 or a 401 with a 0 cam. Only the 403 and the 503 came with the 0 cam or needed the 0 cam. Mechanically, I don't see how it would matter.

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    found this link so we can look up serial # on Singers sewing machines to find out year born

    http://www.singerco.com/support/machine-serial-numbers

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