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

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    But does anyone know anything about the 501a? I almost bought one this weekend, but I passed on the machine. Now I wish I had bought it. I looked up the 501A on google and it is called a "Rocketeer." It actually is a pretty cute machine.

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    There is no such thing as a 501a, its a 500a. I used to have one and I never did like it; my family said it made me cranky. I eventually sold it to someone who loved it. I was too used to the more modern zig zag machines that don't have cams. I do love my featherweights and treadle machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loya99
    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
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    Anna,

    This is the cabinet and machine I got from CL this summer while I couldn't cut and sew worth a darn. I did succeed in oiling the machine and wiping out the cabinet.

    My machine is black. I am keeping my eye out for a second one for my sister.

    I agree with Billy, they are not too heavy and can travel almost as well as a Featherweight. Plus, they have a handle in the top!

    Aardie.
    I want everyone to know I got the 301! Thanks for the encouragement. I can't pick it up until I finish work but its all mine. now I hope it works!
    Well good for you I hope you will enjoy your 301 as much as I do mine. Just one thing I learned after using the featherweight is the 301 sews much faster so you have to be a little light on the foot pedal.

    :-) :-) :-)
    thanks for the heads up. It purrs like a new kitten. Here are some pictures. I will need to download the manuel though since it didn't come with one. Here are some pictures. I had to drive a extra 60 miles today to get it but well worth it I am sure.
    Lovely and you got the case too. Enjoy!!!!

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    I am looking for treadle irons only, and found this posting on my local CL. I do not think the person will get what they are asking, so can anyone suggest an offer I could make?

    http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/atq/2018586640.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend

    There is no such thing as a 501a, its a 500a. I used to have one and I never did like it; my family said it made me cranky. I eventually sold it to someone who loved it. I was too used to the more modern zig zag machines that don't have cams. I do love my featherweights and treadle machines.
    I just googled Singer 501A and I did get a few hits. There is a picture of the 501A and pictures of the 500A. They look the same to me. I wish I had bought that machine. It was so cute but must take cams and there were no attachments with the machine. The 501A that came up when I googled was touted as the 'best machine Singer made" and the 500's are called the "rocketeers."

    The machine I looked at Saturday did say 501a on the front under the Singer Badge.

    Nancy

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    I found a machine when cleaning out the attic of the house we just sold. It is a White Model CB Deluxe Precisioin Sewing Machine in a carrying case. When I took it out of the carry case (a white one) I saw that it says Made in Japan underneath and has the following idenification:

    LA 19.NA.3346

    on it towards the side at the bottom of the part that fits in the carry case. It is a light metallic blue. I will try to put a pic with this message. Can you help me ID it further as to its age and anything else you might know about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend

    There is no such thing as a 501a, its a 500a. I used to have one and I never did like it; my family said it made me cranky. I eventually sold it to someone who loved it. I was too used to the more modern zig zag machines that don't have cams. I do love my featherweights and treadle machines.
    I just googled Singer 501A and I did get a few hits. There is a picture of the 501A and pictures of the 500A. They look the same to me. I wish I had bought that machine. It was so cute but must take cams and there were no attachments with the machine. The 501A that came up when I googled was touted as the 'best machine Singer made" and the 500's are called the "rocketeers."

    The machine I looked at Saturday did say 501a on the front under the Singer Badge.

    Nancy
    My sister has a 501A she bought a new in 1956, still sews on it and makes allerations. Just gave away a 10 yr old Babylock that just wouldn't do what she wanted to do. Needles to say its the best machine ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer

    My sister has a 501A she bought a new in 1956, still sews on it and makes allerations. Just gave away a 10 yr old Babylock that just wouldn't do what she wanted to do. Needles to say its the best machine ever.
    Wow! Then you would know - - - the top opened up and it looked to me like it has a place to put cams in? I never saw nor used a machine with cams, but this thing on top when opened looked like a place to put a cam? Am I right?

    I wish I'd of bought the machine anyway. It was so cute the way it is shaped!

    Nancy

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    Yes, it uses cams. But she never used them. She made western outfits, jeans, you name it, never used the cams. Over oiled it once, or so the repairman said, still will sew anything she throws at it.

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    I saw this mentioned on another board I belong to - just thought you might like to see it - is she daft, delusional, or should we all be locking up our machines?

    http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.a...81474978577270

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmaForFour
    I found a machine when cleaning out the attic of the house we just sold. It is a White Model CB Deluxe Precisioin Sewing Machine in a carrying case. When I took it out of the carry case (a white one) I saw that it says Made in Japan underneath and has the following idenification:

    LA 19.NA.3346

    on it towards the side at the bottom of the part that fits in the carry case. It is a light metallic blue. I will try to put a pic with this message. Can you help me ID it further as to its age and anything else you might know about it?
    I can see the Joy in the back ground, is that what you used to clean her with?
    I hope Billy sees your machine so he can guide you to find the info.

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