and inside that
A Singer 503A, commonly referred to as The Rocketeer with it's futuristic lines. From what I can see from a quick online search, it looks like these were only made for three years 1959-1962, even though the serial numbers may have been issued earlier.
The top raises to expose the spool pins, the bobbin winder, and the place to put cams for decorative stitches. This machine only came with one cam, the one that does a zig zag.
The machine has three needle positions which is nice, and I can adjust the width of my stitches.
I love this stylistic atomic symbol over the stitch length adjustment knob.
When I first saw this lever, I thought it would drop the feed dogs, but I was wrong.
It lifts the stitch plate above the feed dogs so you can free motion sew.
Here is the stitch plate in the normal position.
This machine looks like it was barely used. The case has dings and paint loss, but the paint on the machine is close to mint condition. I looked around on ebay today, and bought a package deal from a seller who had all the cams for this machine, the manual, a straight stitch plate, and a couple feet. My Singer 99 bobbins will fit this machine, but none of the presser feet I have will, since this is a slant shank machine.
I have a friend who thinks everything should have a name, so this is Cliff, the name of the main character in the movie The Rocketeer, which I happen to really enjoy.
Lest you think I am the only spoiled one around here, let me show you DH's new toy
A Ural motorcycle and sidecar. He's been wanting a sidecar rig for a while, and he found a deal too good to pass up. It, however, did cost more than the price of a pair of boots ;-)