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Thread: 503a Rocketeer

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    503a Rocketeer

    Hi all,

    First time posting here, been doing a lot of lurking and this seems like a great group. My wife just picked up up a 503a from a local store with a cabinet. The only thing it's missing is the front hinged cover that covers the needle bar, I'm learning quickly that this is a common problem with these machines. I'm obviously having a hard time locating one so if any one knows of where I might find it I would greatly appreciate it.

    Dan

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    You could try that famous online auction that starts with e and ends with bay. There are often parts listed for this machine due to people parting out a machine. I have been lusting for an affordable rocketeer and almost had one a couple of days ago. Oh well, maybe next time. Good luck with your search!
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    Thanks, been there done that. It's the one part I'm not seeing there

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    Howdy & welcome from Texas. Hope you will find this board fun & helpful.

    Do you know what that part is called? Here's a site for Singer 503 parts & the second site is for the 503 manual. Do you know a sewing machine repair man? Maybe he could order the missing part for you or give you an idea where to find it. Maybe contact Singer direct & see if they can guide you to a source.

    https://www.singeronline.com/mo50503slne.html

    https://www.manualslib.com/manual/11...00.html#manual

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    Ebay has everything. For more unusual/hard to find items you often have to look for a while. Set up a search for it and have them send you emails when one is listed. If my husband can find a tail light cover for 1966 Sunbeam Tiger, you can find this item.
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    So Jeaous. Not an Alpine, but a Tiger.....droooling big time.
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    I'm thinking that Dan is referring to the face plate. I haven't had any dealings with http://store.tandtrepair.com/, but some have recommended him for anything to do with slant shank machines. Maybe you could email and he could notify you if he should happen to have one.

    Also you can download a manual from https://www.singer.com/support


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    Quote Originally Posted by leonf View Post
    So Jeaous. Not an Alpine, but a Tiger.....droooling big time.
    We have a lot of interesting cars. One of our neighbors when we moved into our asked if we had any "regular" cars
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    Good luck with your search. It may take a while to find a face plate for your machine because, as you've already ascertained, it is the problem that all of these machines have. So even if you find one it will most likely have at least one broken hinge spot. There are fixes for them if you do find one, usually not pretty, but effective.

    Cari

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    Thanks for the input everyone, I would take a broken one for sure, I'm a machinist so I shouldn't have any problem fixing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly View Post
    Good luck with your search. It may take a while to find a face plate for your machine because, as you've already ascertained, it is the problem that all of these machines have. So even if you find one it will most likely have at least one broken hinge spot. There are fixes for them if you do find one, usually not pretty, but effective.

    Cari
    Can they be fixed? One of my 503s has one broken hinge. It works, but falls off when you remove the lid. It appears to be pot metal. It didn't occur to me that it could be fixed.

    Luckily the other one is complete.

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    Bkay just google Singer 500 hinge fix and several hits pop up. It's been a topic many times over the years on many groups.

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    Shouldn't a neat tig welding work on aluminium, even on tiny hinges like that?

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