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Thread: My New Rocketeer -- Some Questions

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    Super Member Daylesewblessed's Avatar
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    My New Rocketeer -- Some Questions

    On Saturday I got this beautiful Singer 503 at our church garage sale for $18. It is my first Rocketeer. The owner said her daughter had issues with the stitch, but so far I haven't encountered any problems. This week I hope to piece a Linus quilt and give it a work out.

    My question is: where is the serial number? I took off the bottom and didn't see it, but maybe I am blind.

    The other question I have concerns the slide plate. Although in the proper groove, it is extremely loose. Are the slide plates on this model magnetized?
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    The plate that lifts up can be a bit jiggly if not seated properly.

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    Wow! $18.00?? I'm surprised the cops weren't waiting for you to leave! LOL, beautiful machine!
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    It really was a steal! It was such a delight to visit with a member of the family that owned it. The machine held fond memories for her, and she was happy that it was going to someone who would appreciate it. I also got the box of attachments including 2 black side screw drivers (one is the small tension driver).

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    You are so fortunate. I missed out on one when I waited too long to go back to purchase it. One of my machines (I think it is my Singer 185J) had a loose slide plate. On the underside there was a metal strip that held it in place by tension. I bent the metal strip a bit and it holds very well now. See if yours has the same.
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    Kitsy,
    Thanks for the tip. I have a 185 also and know that the slide plate there is tricky. The Rocketeer might have the same design. I will give it a try.
    Dayle

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    Congratulations. I have a 503A which was the first Singer I purchased when I graduated. It was the machine used in the Singer classes and the serial number had a sticker with it hand written and still exists today. I checked mine last night and I could not find the actual serial number location either. You will love the machine and the decorative cams are readily available on ebay.

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    Update: my friend found research that describes a "leaf spring", which holds the slide plate in place. Upon examination of mine, I see that the left arm of it has been broken off. I have a Golden Touch and Sew 750 that is not in good repair and ready to be disposed of. It has the same leaf spring! I will attempt to remove it and install it on the rocketeer.

    She also told me that the serial number is in the metal under the lip of the bed on the left side. I haven't checked that out yet.

    Thanks, everybody, for your ideas. I want to get this machine in tip top shape.

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    My 401A has the same metal leaf spring, I guess it was a design they stuck with for quite awhile.

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    Such a cool machine!

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    Congratulations you got a great buy. Looks to be in wonderful condition.
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    The condition is very clean, but there is some wear. I think this machine was used and loved for many years I intend to add more!

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    Awsome!! Isn't it fun to find another treasure? I love it.

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    Beautiful machine!
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    I have one of those. I love it! I got it for my birthday and Christmas present! Great gift! Your machine looks like it's never been used! Mine is in good shape but not as good as yours. I love that I can sew stuff on it that my expensive Janome won't touch! Today it was a very thick line winter jacket similar to a "Carhart" brand. Found it at a yard sale for $5...had oil and grease stains so soaked it in Dawn Dish-washing liquid, then let it spin and rinse in washing machine. Line dried and almost every bit of oil and grease were gone, however one of the side seams had come apart about 8" long so I closed the seam and sewing it shut! Worked like a trouper!
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    I checked my machine and there it was. Thanks a bunch. I always relied on the sticker from the Singer sewing room and hoped it would never fall off. I did log it in the instruction manual but it has been many years and is still adhered.

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    Coloradosky,
    You have a wonderful machine with history. Glad you now have the serial number verified. I hope you enjoy and cherish your machine for many years to come!

    Dayle

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    Thanks Dayle. I have sewn many hours on this machine. The only thing that went wrong with it was the bobbin winder disengage wheel. For years I had to wind the bobbin with the needle in motion until I married my DH. One day I was praising the machine and said too bad I couldn't fix the wheel. He came over and unscrewed the outside tightening knob, I took it apart and cleaned it put it back together and has worked every since. Leave it to a man! The other thing was the bobbin winder tire disintegrated and had to be replaced. It has been the best.

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