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Thread: Love your featherweight?

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    Member Marie R's Avatar
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    Several times on this board I have read people talking about buying a featherweight and how excited they were. I have an opportunity to have one given to me. Please tell me why you like your featherweight and why they are so popular. Thanks!

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    They are wonderful for piecing. Also so easy to take anywhere because they are so light.

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    They are just sooooo cute :D:D:D

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    Don't pass up the opportunity. You'll see what all the fuss is about once you sit down and sew a few seams. I use mine for piecing all the time. And they're just so darn cute!

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    I absolutely love the straight stitch :0)

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    I use mine almost exclusively for piecing. TAKE IT! ;)

    First of all they are antiques, they don't make them anymore, so you'll own a little bit of history.

    Second they can be EXPENSIVE! I have heard stories of them going for $20 at a yard sale or being passed down in families...but people know what they are so those good bargains are far and few between anymore. I got a bug up my butt and had to have one a few years ago and ended up paying over $300. On the upside it was refurbished and from a sewing center so at least I knew it was in good working order. But they are solid machines and really last forever. Many of the electrical parts that go bad are still replaceable and you can find just about anything on Ebay.

    Third, they are portable. This is why they were such a hot item in the 30's, 40's, and 50's when they came out! I take mine camping and to guild meetings. It's a FEATHER weight! ;)

    Fourth, they are outstandingly reliable. Featherweights are simple machines, unless really abused they really hold up for a long time.

    Fifth, they piece like a dream. I love them because there is just a little hole where the needle goes in and out, other than an open exposed feed like on my other sewing machines. On my newer machines my fabric is always getting sucked down into that exposed area, but you don't have that issue with the featherweight.

    Sixth...it's just really cute and fun to sew on. You can show off to all your friends when you get it! ;)

    Did I mention you should TAKE IT! ;)

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    I love mine...it's got a perfect straight stitch, is very quiet, takes up so little space and it's cute! It's my favorite piecing machine. If you get the chance to get one, go for it!

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    Try weighing your current machine - FW's weigh less than 11 pounds.

    They are also fast becoming a status symbol - but the cuteness and ease of maintanance really did it for me. I now have two - don't pass up this fantastic offer.

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    Lightweight, I had never seen one until right before christmas. While shopping at a local sewing machine dealer a lady opens the door, she struggling to get through the door, the sales lady runs over and helps by taking he heavy box. She lugs it up on the counter and takes out this cute little sewing machine. Looks at me and says I dont know why they call these things featherweights. We played with the machine and talked about featherweight rage, and how the only good thing about them was the stitch and relability. I dont have one, would love one, but not for carrying to class, or the next room for that matter. Others here say they are lightweight?

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    Super Member pumpkinpatchquilter's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    Lightweight, I had never seen one until right before christmas. While shopping at a local sewing machine dealer a lady opens the door, she struggling to get through the door, the sales lady runs over and helps by taking he heavy box. She lugs it up on the counter and takes out this cute little sewing machine. Looks at me and says I dont know why they call these things featherweights. We played with the machine and talked about featherweight rage, and how the only good thing about them was the stitch and relability. I dont have one, would love one, but not for carrying to class, or the next room for that matter. Others here say they are lightweight?
    Well, realistically no, they are not like toting around a clutch purse, but they are not THAT heavy. LOL* They are lighter than your average sewing machine. I put mine in a little rolling luggage bag...it's a LOT lighter than trying to bring my regular sewing machine with me places!

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