What do you think when someone says "Singer Touch & Sew"?
Great machine? Plastic garbage?
What do you think when someone says "Singer Auto Reel"?
Great machine? Plastic garbage? Never heard of it?
Sorry, trick question. "Auto Reel" is what Singer called their new 600 Slant-o-Matic before someone thought up the name "Touch & Sew."
In fact the only difference between the earliest 600 Touch & Sew and the 600 Auto Reel is a new nameplate and a couple of rivets.
Time for a side-by-side comparison!
Singer 600 Auto Reel Serial Number AN663953
Singer 600 Auto Reel
Auto Reel nameplate
Singer 600 Touch & Sew Serial Number AN689066
Singer 600 Touch & Sew
Touch & Sew nameplate riveted over top of Auto Reel name.
Whatever name you call it, the Singer 600 is a vintage Singer slant needle worthy of attention. It's not a very attractive machine with its square styling and gray plastic face-plate. But it's graced with steel gears just like the classic Slant-o-Matics. The horizontal spool pin feeds smoothly and the wind-in-place bobbin is an improvement over the top-mounted Rocketeer bobbin winder.
It doesn't have as many built-in stitch settings as the 401 or 500, but it has the stitch patterns that matter and it sews a fine quality stitch.
Singer refined the bobbin winding mechanism when they introduced the 600E. The bobbin-winder button is located on the front right corner of the 600, but it's tucked inside the bobbin compartment on the later 600E.
So next time you see or hear "Singer Auto Reel" you'll know it's worth taking a look!
Happy Sewing! Barbara OldSewinGear...dedicated to helping you get the most out of your old sewing gear.
OldSewinGear is the collaborative effort of retired repairman Gary and daughter Barbara. We love old sewing gear and enjoy sharing what we've learned in our vintage sewing machine adventures. We are located in Roseburg, Oregon.