White Sewing Machine Model 565 Review
|The White model 565 is the proverbial, strong, sturdy, simple, reliable Class 15 machine made in Japan. It sports the retro styling of the mid-1960's when it was most likely made, and it has no plastic gears, linkages or other non-metal innards.
(Download the free White 565 Sewing Machine manual at the end of the review)
The stats for this machine:
- Built-in zigzag capabilities long with other stitches via insert-able cams.
- Adjustable needle position
- Adjustable stitch length
- Adjustable stitch width
- Adjustable presser foot presser
- Extra presser foot lift to aid in getting bulkier material under the presser foot
- Reverse sewing
- Feed dog drop
- Class 15 bobbin
- Side loading, vertical oscillating hook
- Standard home sewing machine needles
- 1.3 amp motor
- Low shank, screw-on feet
- Automatic de-clutch and bobbin winding
- Built-in light
- weight- approx. 36 pounds
This is a beefy machine, with above average piercing ability, and is capable of a fine stitch. The controls and threading are fairly straight forward. The needle is inserted with the flat side to the right and thread left to right.
Once the machine was fully serviced, I tested it on some standard quiting cotton and 10 layers of heavy denim. I also used it to hem some jeans for my son. The machine had no problem going through the thicker fabric, but as with all machines, it is important to keep the presser foot as level as possible when sewing over the 'hump' on a jean hem. (I use a do-dad called the jean-a-ma-jig)
I like the fact that it is a low shank machine. The low shank feet & attachments are some of the most common and least expensive to get, and I have quite the collection myself.
Unfortunately, the machine didn't come with any of the cams or the manual. I do have threading instructions, and the machine is simple enough to operate without a manual. Although it won't do any "fancy" stitches without the cams, the zigzag stitch is built-in. Manuals are available on line.
The adjustment on the needle position is almost infinite allowing for precise placement of the needle. This could come in handy, especially for piecing and manual buttonholes. Speaking of buttonholes, the machine does a lovely satin stitch, and it's manual buttonholes are equally as nice, but it will also accept the vintage, low shank automatic buttonhole attachments.
This White model 565 has the same hinge spacing and bed shape and size as most of the vintage Singer machines, and it can fit into a cabinet, be installed in a case or even just set on a table top (that's how I used it). Some Class 15 machines cannot be operated on a table top due to a clearance issue between the moving parts of the machine and the surface of the table. This is not a problem with this machine.
Things to look for when purchasing "attic fresh":
On this particular machine, there was the usual lint built up under the needle plate, but it also required a new block and cord set for the wall plug and foot controller.
It's not very common for these machine to have timing issues, but this one did. The hook clearance was to great and the needle bar wasn't centered in the opening. Even with these issues, it still sewed fine on most fabrics. Now that these setting have been adjusted properly, it is sew great on everything that I've sent it's way.
Other than that, this machine just needed some lubrication and a chance to strut it's stuff!
If you are looking for a basic, sturdy, zigzag capable machine, the White 565 would be one to put on your list. Since they aren't as "collectible" as many of the older Singers and European machines, you can usually get them at lower prices.
White 565 Sewing Machine Manual FREE pdf