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Topic: Singer 500 series? Something, anything  (Read 861 times)
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« on: March 28, 2007 09:38:19 AM »

I have a late 50's singer that I've had repaired several times.  the same problem keeps occuring where it balls up the thread underneath and skips stitches.  I am tired of dealing with it and started looking for a new machine.  The fanciest stitch I do is to put in a zipper.  I don't do decorative stitching, smocking, or machine embroidery. I don't need to sew heavy weight denimn.  All I need is a machine that will sew a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch.  I am used to making 4-step button holes.  I've never had a free arm machine. 

I need a basic, basic reliable sewing machine.  I've got a little EuroPro, but it doesn't strike me as a long term machine.  I looked at the Singer 500 series yesterday, but the salesman started getting condescending which sent me right out of the store. 

I prefer in cabinet, but I can get another portable.  $200 is my limit.
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2007 02:34:30 AM »

singer 500 is the same machine as the singer 401 only the 500 has a different case. Called 'the Rocketeer" for its futureistic look.

One of the best models Singer ever made!!!! so much so that I have (the 400 series) 4-401's, 1-401G(ermany) and 1-431G(ermany). Love them!

when I go to class they have the bernina 1230 and vikings... I bring my trusty 401! never fails.

Like I said the 401 and the 500 are the same machine, metal gear driven, 30 built in stitches, cams to add more. It is a slant needle which is a dream to sew on. The needle plate raises to do free motion quilting with the flip of a lever.

check ebay for pricing and make sure he isn't ove charging you. there is a singer slant sewing group at yahoo groups if you would like to know more about the machine.
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2007 02:12:42 PM »

Oh, dear.  The 401 is what I have that I've had to fix over and over.  It will sew ok for awhile and then it will start picking up huge gobs of thread underneath and eat the fabric.
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2007 12:53:23 AM »

come one over to the singer slant sewing group and post your problem there, the Singer repair people will be able to help talk you through the problem.

I have never had a problem with my machines, someone didn't fix the problem.

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