Singer Slant-O-Matic 500 ‘Rocketeer’

A few weeks ago I was wandering around in sewing blog land, and ran across a post about a beautiful sewing machine, the Singer Slant-O-Matic 500 ‘Rocketeer’, by Jessica of Green Apples. It was love at first sight. I immediately started trolling through eBay and Craigslist listings and a few days later, after an eBay panic, I became the proud owner of two beautiful Slant-O-Matics.

Yes, I said two.


But aren’t they lovely???

You might have thought that one, or perhaps even two, sewing machines might be sufficient, but apparently I’m happier with four. In addition to these beauties I have a brand new Janome but have been unable to part with my Kenmore, which has apparently become my ‘beloved Kenmore’ in spite of the fact that it’s 25 years old and can no longer make one-step buttonholes. More on that another time…

The question, of course, is: do the Slant-O-Matics work? I have no idea! But who cares? They’re so darn pretty!

Sooner or later I’m going to have to try them out, but I’d prefer to do that when I have enough time to be thorough – which will take even more time since I want to test them together so I can compare their performance.

For now I can report that they were both made in 1961, I love them, and I’ve learned a valuable lesson about bidding on eBay.

7 thoughts on “Singer Slant-O-Matic 500 ‘Rocketeer’

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  3. You are not the only person with 2 Rocketeers, I have two as well. I’m in the process of cleaning it up, as it was making a scratching sound when I turned the wheel (it’s fixed, but I’m trying to find out if the state of the electromagnet is safe to use. I’m waiting to take delivery of the 2nd one.

    Not sure how much you know about these babes, but know they have no belts because they are gear driven. Also, they are the last model to be made of ALL metal. The newer models after these have planned obsolescence by way of all the plastic parts they use.

    Be sure if you get this serviced, that it’s by someone who knows what they are doing and doesn’t SLATHER the thing in grease, especially the worm gear, as that connects to the hand wheel goes directly into the motor.

    As for everything else, this thing sews like a champ and are very sought after. You have a machine that will last a very long time. Having a second one might invite a friend or two to try it out and get hooked on the older machines, which are built to last.

    • How funny – I thought I was the only one crazy enough to have two!

      We have a great sewing machine shop in town, so one of these days I’ll take them in and get them serviced. I’ve read about what to do and think I probably could do okay…but I’m not the most mechanically-minded person so I’d rather play it safe. :)

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