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Thread: May I Join the Club?

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    Senior Member olebat's Avatar
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    Did It!

    Heard about an available Featherweight 221-1 - sent a few e-mails back & fourth. The owner couldn’t get it to sew. Made an appointment, the machine looked exceptionally good, at least a 9. Even the belt looked good and free of dry rot. The box has only a minor scuff mark or two. Obviously well taken care of, but unused for the last 40 years. A quick analysis revealed 1) improper threading of upper thread, and 2) bobbin tension too tight. Made the proper adjustments and Vola! Seller came down on the asking price a whole lot, and I paid $100 for it. I’d like to replace the other 15 classroom “portable” machines I have with featherweights because of their compactness, weight, and virtual kid proof stamina. I get tired of hauling all those big cases around, and with all the machines being different sizes, they are bulky to store. Each one needs different bobbins, have different feet, and other minor headaches with which one does not need to cope when dealing with twenty-five twelve year olds. I have machine lined up to preview later this week. Keeping my fingers crossed on that one.

    If any of you get bored looking at your old, drab, black machines, please advise. I’ll send you my address.
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    Super Member Grama Lehr's Avatar
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    Beautiful machine!!

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    Senior Member Caroltee's Avatar
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    I get tired of hauling all those big cases around,

    Why are you hauling them?????

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    gorgeous machine! what a find!

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    Senior Member olebat's Avatar
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    Why am I hauling? I teach 4-H students how to sew and make quilts. I have a little sewing annex in the house with 4 old cabinet machines, and two machines in my main sewing room. When I teach out of town, or at the 4-H office, I need to haul twenty five machines out of the basement, load everything into the trailer, or in my van, and cart them to the class site. I'm not as young as I useta be . . . weight gets old fast, even with a little flatbed hand truck.

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    Senior Member Hen3rietta's Avatar
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    How wonderful of you to do that! I'd probably see if I could leave the heavier ones at the site.

    Diana

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