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Thread: Featherweight sewing machines

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    Why do you like a featherweight, what do you do on it, piece, quilt, free motion quilting, etc? These are the questions I need answered before I purchase one, can any one answer my questions? Thank you

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    I haven't quilted on mine but it works beautifully for piecing. It's very portable, easy to maintain, and cute as a button.
    I love old machines b/c they were made so well!
    Someone else can tell you about quilting on one, I just haven't tried yet :D
    Hope you get one! Mine is called Miss Kitty b/c she purrs!!!! :D:D

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    At this time I don't have a FW, but I have a 301A Long bed and I can free motion quilt with it.

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    I use mine to take to our Community Quilt days when we are stitching simple scrap quilts for the Youth Shelter, Moms and Tots program and Hospice. It has a beautiful straight stitch, is easy to pack and carry and I even have a walking foot for it so I can quilt the smaller quilts if I wish. I love it as it was the machine that I learned to sew on when I was nine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingal
    Why do you like a featherweight, what do you do on it, piece, quilt, free motion quilting, etc? These are the questions I need answered before I purchase one, can any one answer my questions? Thank you
    Well, they are super cute :D . I haven't really sewn on mine, yet, because something on the plug is broken but I REALLY love my 301 which is considered the 'big sister' to the FW. It pieces really nice and even though I am making a crumb quilt, with little tiny pieces of fabric, the machine is not trying to eat the pieces.. they just feed through nice and smoothly.

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    I noticed the 301's are starting to sell for more on Ebay than when I got mine.
    I finally got a bargain of sorts lol :D
    Love my 301 !!!!!!!!

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    I picked up a 301 at a yardsale last year for $30.00, my hubby thought I was nuts but I couldn't resist it. I haven't had a chance to sew on it yet, I don't have room to set it up. Featherweights are terrific if you go to classes or a quilt group. They are real workhorses and don't have many problems.

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    Piecing only. It makes a great stitch.

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    As the casual quilter said..it does make a nice stitch. It really has a purring sound when sewing. Doesn't weigh alot and it is just too cute. I have a really old Singer 15-01 treadle built in 1901 that works just great too but it is only for decoration. Read all about the 221 at this site: http://singerfeatherweight221sewingmachine.com/

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    I just piece on mine, but it's such a pleasure.

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