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    WOW, lucky you!

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    Lucky lady!

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    Great looking machines, I'm glad your dil picked them up, that would have been a real shame to have them in the trash truck.

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    OMG!! Did the sewwer pass away and he was dumping assets? Hope you rescued her stash as well.

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    You really lucked out!!! Must have been karma that you got them. Congratulations.........I'm hoping they all work too.......wouldn't that be super....lol

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    Some people just don't know what they have. Good for you saving them from the trash.

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    Great find!!! Enjoy

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    I live in Florida and haven't had any luck finding vintage machines at yard sales. I've been looking for a 500 or 503 Rocketeer for quite a while now with no luck. You're very lucky and I'm sure you can get these machines up and running.

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    I'd love the 401.

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    I'd love to have the older machines. They are work horses.

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    Wow! hope they work for you

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    wow amazing what people throw out. The Tiny Tailor is one of the worst machines ever made, the other 4 are good machines. Make sure that that 503 has the 0 cam or it won't do anything but straight stitch.
    Sharon W.

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    Sometimes you can get original manuals for them emailed from the company. I just got one for an older Viking emailed to me. They scanned the old manual into their data base and can send out to anyone who needs it. Love technology! Kudos to your DH.. A great find!

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    WOW, WOW, WOW!!!
    TERRIFIC!!! THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!

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    I don't know about all of them but I know the Singer 500 & 401 are considered among the best & sought after by collectors. I have a 500 I love, hopefully with a little cleaning oil & lube you can get them working.
    Maire

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    WOWZA!!! You hit the Jackpot!!!!

    The 500, 503 and 401 are very sought after vintage machines. The 500 is nicknamed Rocketeer. There is lots of info on the internet about them and you can probably get free manuals for all of them. I'll have to check to see if I have the links to the manual for the 500.

    Join us over in the Vintage Sewing Machine Shop section. You will find it if you scroll down near the bottom of the main page--it's in the Virtual section or here is the link:

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    Here is a couple of links to read about a couple of the machines that you got:

    http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/10/...ne-review.aspx

    http://possumjimandelizabeth.com/xht..._sing500a.html

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    Wow, what a haul, good going.

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    Wow--what luck!

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    I cannot believe he just threw them out.

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    Is that man NUTS! How utterly disrespectful to some beautiful old machines. It would have been better to just give them away on purpose instead of considering them trash.... :x

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    WOW - C-O-O-L!!

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    [quote=ThreadHead]The neighbor down the street had a yard sale for the last two days. He said what he didn't sell was going in the garbage.
    Here are the five things my dil went down and pulled from the curb.
    I haven't cleaned them up yet, don't even know if they will run.

    I wish my neighbor would throw stuff like that to the curb,boy oh boy I sure would cabbage on it as they say.]

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    Awesome trash picked finds. :thumbup:

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    The older Singer ones (not the tailor one) should be easy to clean up, oil and grease and maybe see if they run okay. I don't know much about the tailor one and it looks more like it's a newer one that would be more difficult to do maintenance on like my newer machines. I have my Mom's old 403A (takes the black cams) and I got it in good running condition after my sister was going to throw it in the garbage when they moved. She didn't like the way it sewed anymore--just needed a good maintenance with oil and grease and a tension adjustment (both bobbin and upper tensions). It hums now! It's one of my back-ups. Good luck in getting these up and running as they don't make the new ones as nice as the old ones and as easy to maintain.
    Also, if you don't have a manual for the 503 I have the book on it (503 Special is the title) that the sewing machine shop gave my Dad when he bought the used 403A. I have since gotten a copy of the 403A instruction book on Ebay. If you PM me with your address I can send it to you. I also have 4 extra cams that it would take: #3 diamonds, #6 crescent, #7 icicle, and #11 ribbon you can have also.

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    Are you kidding me? There are people begging for machines out there that cannot even afford $20 for one and charitable agencies that are running training programs that would be thrilled to have them, and these are not trashy machines, these are good machines.

    Bless you for saving them!!

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