A good friend and a quilter/fabric artist, Wadiyah called while back and said, "Singer 500, Slant-O-Matic sewing machine. Do you know anything about it? My daughter, Rachel, gave it to me. It was left in the house she just bought."
Do I know anything about it? I have one, I told her.
I actually found and bought one a while back at a thrift store. It came in a cabinet. The cabinet wasn't in the greatest condition, but I'm afraid they so totally mispriced this machine. (good for me) So I bought it. It had a foot pedal mounted to be used with the knee lever, one presser foot, one cam, and nothing else. Evrything moved, and the machine itself was in great cosmetic condition. It was good enough for me.
Pretty Singer "S" badge in pink and green.
Here is the view from the top. It says "Moms". So cute. I'm not peeling the label off.
The inside of the lid shows all the built-in stitch patterns.
Wadiyah called it the "Jetsons" part.
It had just one cam inside. It's the #3 cam.
I downloaded a free manual from Sew-Classic. Thanks, Jenny! After looking at the original manual booklet, I'm glad I have a larger size manual! I've also bought sewing machine supplies and parts from Jenny's Sew-Classic website. She has just the thing you need, and the prices are very good.
here. In fact, many of the Singer sewing machines' instruction manuals are available as free download right here!
After a little cleaning and oiling, it sews beautifully. This machine is SO quiet, and so smooth!
Wadiyah working busily on her Rocketeer.
When she plugged in, it wouldn't move! We figured out it was the foot pedal. Good thing, she could test the machine with my foot pedal. The machine itself is fine. She'll just have to buy a foot pedal.
Test driving. Sewing ever so smoothly!
Hers came with this nice case, a whole bunch of fancy feet, 5 or so cams, an automatic buttonholer, and extras.
She brought her daughter, Tran - Thien, with her. Tran - Thien had a new-to-her Singer Stylist 774 which she just got from her mother-in-law. We gave it a good spa treatment. Her machine was clean to begin with, so it was easy.
my Singer 15-91.
It was such a fun day. Our Rocketeers brought us together.
Do you have a Rocketeer or any other Slant machine? How do you like yours? How differently does it feel to you, slant and non-slant machines?