I still say it’s 13, but Ryan says until I actually sell / part out the “spare” 99, it’s part of the herd.
Hi. My name’s Tammi, aka Archaic Arcane, and I have a sewing machine addiction.
Singer 503J “Rocketeer”
The machine and its accessories were very well cared for. The completeness of the accessories box, and the fact that it really only required a wipe down (as opposed to the cobwebs and really creepy bugs I pulled out of the 15-90) makes it the machine in the best condition I’ve come across so far.Usually I go for the black machines, but Ryan seems to be taken with this machine, so maybe now that we have one, I can get him sewing his own damn buttons on.
It’s funny, he’s more interested in the machines because of the “technology”. They’re fascinating to him from an engineering stand point. For instance, I learned from him that sewing machines had camshafts before cars did. The rocketeers though, for some reason he’s been talking about those since he first saw a picture of one. He was so happy I had reassembled the cabinet already (picked it up in the mustang, took a little dis-assembly to do it, but it made it home), and set it up.
I still don’t think this will convince him to ever sew on a machine though.
I suspect that he’ll oogle it from afar, and suggest “projects” for me to do. To relax, of course.
The machine was not without it’s small challenges though. When I removed the machine from the carry case, I saw the two washers and screws. When I removed the screws, I realized one of the “washers” I was holding was a tension disk. There was a look of horror at the machine, til I saw all 3 are where they belong.
I mentioned to Ryan that this machine may have officially cured me of shopping for goodies for the machines. I -just- bought a 10 pack of class 66 bobbins, cos I only had a few….
Yes… there are 29 with this machine… one in the bobbin case.
I had a chance to oil, grease and test sew on it last night.
The tension is perfect, even on zigzag, which blew my theory up about vintage machines with cams and zig zag tension. I don’t want to even take a screwdriver to this one at all. My only small complaint is that the fiber gear sounds a little loud, even after greasing. It looks fine, but for the “sawdust” in the area that says it ran dryish in the past. I’ll keep an eye on it.