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Thread: Please forgive my ignorance...

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    Power Poster CarrieAnne's Avatar
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    I want one too!

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    Go to a local machine shop, some carry used swing machines and may have one to sell. And may have a picture to show you.
    Also a person that just repairs machines may have one and a picture. Always check to make certain the the shuttle is in the sewing machine. Sometimes stickey fingers will take them. They
    are $100. to replace. Go on ebay and check and bid or go to
    Craigs List and post what you want and someone may have one and is willing to sale it. You may get a real bargain on Craigs List. I understand Singer came out with a new one because they are so popular but I am not certain. I have one I don't use but it was my mothers, so it is a keeper for now.

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    FW are wonderful for going to classes as they are light to transport. They are also easy to clean and service yourself. The easiest way to spot one is that the table folds up and they are very protable. Good hunting!

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    When I got my FW my sister thought it was a toy!!! She is not a sewer by any stretch. We had a good laugh about it and I'm sure she couldn't wait to change the subject after I went on and on about it LOL
    You got good advice from the others. I love mine so much!

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    My local quilt shop has a number of them for sale. They even have a gorgeous red one! They are pricey - somewhere in the $500 range, but they sure are cute.She carries the ones who probably have been refurbished as they look like new ones which accounts for the high price.

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    i don't have a fw,but my bf bought me a beautiful 1909 singer w/treadle base[tho it's electrifid now.it is like brand new ,all decals great,iwas SO thrilled that i called my daughters,BOTH of them came upw/what's that ?!!!
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    Thanks. Is the signer seal the "Singer" written on front?

    Quote Originally Posted by leaha
    first the FW have either the #221 0r 222 right on the front of themunder the gold signer seal. the left side of the bed folds up, two ways to tell if it is a FW, and they are about 1/2 the size of our big machines today, and they are so cute

    and remember NO question is dumb, we all have so much to learn, and none of us knows every thing, we learn by asking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattee
    but how do I know a featherweight when I see one? I've never seen one in person, and the pics from the board look a lot like pics of other old singers to me. Is there an easy way to tell the difference? I visit antique malls a lot, and would buy a featherweight in a second if I ran across a cheap one, but I'm not sure I'll know one when I see it.

    Thanks!
    My dear friend and I do lots of bus tours all over the US. We get the chance to isit some lovely historical homes. Being a sewer and a camera buff, I take loads of pics of old sewing machines. And I have seen some beauties. But here's the surprise. I hae never seen a featherweight anywhere. I have one so would recognize it. From what I read here, I think we own all of them.

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    There is no question that can't be asked. I've learned so much from the wonderful folks on the Board and each day brings a new surprise. I've even learned new tricks from the retailers that I've purchased fabric from; Nancy at favoritefabrics.com is great and the ladies at my local Jo-Ann's are always ready to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    When I got my FW my sister thought it was a toy!!! She is not a sewer by any stretch. We had a good laugh about it and I'm sure she couldn't wait to change the subject after I went on and on about it LOL
    You got good advice from the others. I love mine so much!
    My son came over a few months ago and was very upset when he saw my Featherweight. "We have to get you a good sewing machine, Mom", was his comment. I love my featherweight -- it is a 1948.

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