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    Glad I could help.

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    So what you're saying is, it's like porn?

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    OMG -- I laughed out loud at that one, Mattie!!

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    I bought mine off Ebay. Got a real gem for a reasonable price: $350. There were others at the same time going for more, but no one was paying attention to my baby. It came with case, all the attachments and manual. It worked like a dream straight out of the case.

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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!
    Look at my avatar, my pug is sniffing one without a motor, The fold down 5 inch bed and the black box are usually good tip offs, and lots of them have 221 or 221- on the arm under the brass Singer label. Hope this helps!

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    Feather Weight-singer 221


    If you see them in person they look like a child toy sewing amchine. they are about 3/4 or less the size of a regular vintage machine. When mine came home one of my 5 year old twins insisted it was her sewing machine. LOL

    http://www.deskdave.com/Cornucopia.htm

    Drool.... I think one of my twins wants the petal pink and the other one the lilac.

    More rare white one
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    case for white one
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    Singer 15-91 full size machine and weighs a ton. You leave this one home and have fun with it there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    Funny, I went into the sewing machine shop today to pick up my order and what do you think walked through the door? A lady struggling with sewing machine. The young clerk ran to her assistance. Heaved it up on the counter and said "they call it a featherweight but its really a heavy weight" I too was unsure what exactly a featherwieght was and looked like. So I asked and she showed me the markings and what to look for besides its small size and heavy load. It looked so dainty so light,so pretty but was like lifting a baby elephant. Dont think I would want one to pack back and forth to a sewing class.
    Chances are she didn't show you a featherweight, they only weigh 11 lbs with out case and about 14 with. I do not know of anything lighter weight except the cheap plastic ones you see at Walmart, and they can't hold a candle to a FW even if they are new and the fw old. BTW they haven't been produced since the mid 1960's and are sill THE best piecing machine around. I sewed on my first one for over 50 years and it was still going strong when I sold it. Regretted it so much I bought another and now collect the little buggers! Go figure, you cant have too many featherweights! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    Funny, I went into the sewing machine shop today to pick up my order and what do you think walked through the door? A lady struggling with sewing machine. The young clerk ran to her assistance. Heaved it up on the counter and said "they call it a featherweight but its really a heavy weight" I too was unsure what exactly a featherwieght was and looked like. So I asked and she showed me the markings and what to look for besides its small size and heavy load. It looked so dainty so light,so pretty but was like lifting a baby elephant. Dont think I would want one to pack back and forth to a sewing class.
    Well, I doubt very seriously if it was a TRUE featherweight. TRUE FWs only weigh 11 lbs. Thus the name. They are very light and easy to take to classes. Very portable. I love, love, love all three of mine. There are several black old Singers people mistakenly call Featherweights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    Funny, I went into the sewing machine shop today to pick up my order and what do you think walked through the door? A lady struggling with sewing machine. The young clerk ran to her assistance. Heaved it up on the counter and said "they call it a featherweight but its really a heavy weight" I too was unsure what exactly a featherwieght was and looked like. So I asked and she showed me the markings and what to look for besides its small size and heavy load. It looked so dainty so light,so pretty but was like lifting a baby elephant. Dont think I would want one to pack back and forth to a sewing class.
    you were most certainly not looking at a Featherweight !!
    In it's case, the machine weights about 12#.

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