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Thread: Current Price of a Featherweight

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    I've decided to liquidate my fleet of sewing machines to raise money for a Bernina to back up my main machine. I'm sacrificing my Featherweight, but I'm OK with that. I never use her, and I'm a practical gal. She's in nice shape for her age, but her latches are broken on the case, and there isn't a manual. I put her on Craigslist this week for $300 and haven't had anyone interested. Do you think I should drop the price? The machines on Ebay seem to go for more than that. Has anyone bought a Featherweight lately?

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    Depends on the year it was made, the number of decals, how many machines are posted at the same time, lots of factors.

    More detail will attract more buyer's interest. IMHO

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    List it again...I'd list it at least every week for a month to six weeks before I dropped the price...

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    I had to paid $300.00 for my a few mouth ago that is what they are gone for around here. My was in good shape and with case was in good shape as well. I would hold out for your price. Good luck.

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    I didn't know certain years were more desireable. I think mine was made in December '49, but I'd have to double check.

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    Your price seems to be in the range of what I see FW's going for. Don't rush to drop it just yet.

    Have you listed it here on QB?

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    I hesitate to list it here on the board because the buyer would probably need it shipped, and I want the buyer to take it for a test drive before commiting. Also, I don't how to do a safe transaction that way.

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    I paid $170 for my '46 gal about 6 months ago on Ebay. It did need a new cord and some cleaning and the case was disgusting. Don't remember what I paid for all that but all together it cost me over $200.

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    Featherweights are selling in my part of Ontario from $200 to $450 so I don't think that your price is out of line. You just need to find the right buyer. Can you advertise it at your local quilt guild or through your LQS? Even a Community bulletin board in your library or Senior's Centre might be a good place to post your machine for sale.

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    You will laugh at this... or at least I did. Today on craigslist I saw a FW for sale for $1200. It wasn't anymore special than yours. THAT is wayyyy over priced. I agree, your price is right and follow Charlee's advice.

    My choice would be to list it for a week. Take it off. Wait a bit. List it again for about a week. The right buyer might not be ready or home right now. Be patient. Craigslist is the only place I get my vintage machines. When I am traveling, I also look at machines listed in the cities we will be traveling through. :-D

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