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LaCeja

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I am new to the site, and have not been able to find information on what to do with my 500a. The motor runs but it is not sewing. I can wind bobbins all day long but cannot get the clutch to engage in order to sew. I can turn by hand and the whole system engages, but upon pressing the foot paddle the motor just spins. I have the owners and the repair manuals, but cannot figure it out. I have also tried to find info on you-tube , but not sure if I am wording my search for videos correctly. Thanks for your time and help.
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Welcome to the VSS forum!  If you get a chance, please drop us a message in the "Introductions" section.  It helps us to get to know you a bit.

Myself, I am only into the 1800's machines, so no real experience with electrics, but MY guess would be the clutch knob and the washer underneath it is probably put in wrong. 
Other wiser folks will chime in, I am sure.

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I've never touched a Rocketeer, but the symptoms sure sound like the clutch washer needs to be reinstalled.  This seems like a good video:


The little tabs should stick out away from the machine.  Typically, if the washer is installed one way, the clutch will clamp and release correctly.  The other way  (i.e. rotated half a turn), it will be as you describe -- it won't fully clamp, and the machine won't run.

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Newbie problems!! It looked like my introduction ended up on page 21. lol. I have never been on a blog before and dont really know the best/easiest way to navigate. Heck I didnt even get on FB until a year and a half ago. I will try my best.
 
 

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The hand wheel and counterbalance are a little different on this machine. If you have the repair manual, it should be on page 18 of the manual. If you have a pdf manual, you will have to look at the page numbers on the images, not the page 18 of the pdf.

I'm not sure if any of these links will help -- https://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1/help-rockateer-wont-disengage-handwheel-t203584.html https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage-antique-machine-enthusiasts-f22/singer-500-rocketeer-rescue-t206634-2.html https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage-antique-machine-enthusiasts-f22/singer-500-help-w-hand-wheel-t203613.html

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Right on Janey
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LaCeja

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Thank You PGF and OurWorkbench. It appears as if I am missing the part similar to what is in the video. The strange thing is when we had a demo done, prior to purchase, it worked fine.  Although sewing machines are new to me I have some experience rebuilding both small and large engines and just tinkering with things. When I got home I set about cleaning it, as it was dirty.  Besides breaking the spring on the bobbin winder, I was extremely careful with the parts and not misplacing or having any left over, I do not recall seeing the stop motion clamp so it seemed like the error was on me and I missed seeing that part in the manual as being the possible culprit. I am in search of one now and look forward to getting my machine up and running in a few days!![smile]   

Having recently retired from 30 yrs of Federal service I find that my days are a little longer than they used to be. In buying this, our first machine, I am afraid I have started what might become a need to acquire another (and another?). In fact the wife and I already have our eyes on another we'd like to get. I just hope we don't come down with the full blown bug, like we did when we started collecting our vintage Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne dish set. We have more than enough to host a block party or two. 
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You should probably post pictures of what you've got, just in case it's all there and just needs to be put together differently.  I'll bow out now, though, since I'm not familiar with the Rocketeer specifically.

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There's lots of info on this now but; these are the parts you find when you take off the hand wheel. Inspect the cogs and worm gear near the motor, clean and add a soft teflon grease like triflow the the meshing cogs parts. The flat washer with the tree loabs, and the shaft it goes on can be oiled.

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Don't worry about collecting sewing machines... they will start showing up on your doorstep unannounced. If you get bored, there are always typewriters, bicycles, old kitchen appliances and...  

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I have a parts machine.
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