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Thread: Feather weight

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    I'm looking for a FW also but I'm a tightwad and don't want to pay that much. The ones I've seen at that price here are a real mess. I'm still going to keep on looking but will try to find one to take on the go. May have to go to Wallyworld or go over to the next town to see what they have at the K-Mart that is still there, I think! Will see.

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    What shape and prices are your featherweights.

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    I purchased a 1951 FW with card table for $300. Love it.

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    I just bought one on Ebay. I found that there are those who sell featherweights as a business. They start at $350.00 At that price you can expect the machine to run, and work well from the beginning. I would also expect the black case, and some attachments. Those you buy on Ebay, GoodWill, etc. more than likely are not promised to run. With a good cleaning and possibly some parts they should run well. The lady who had a smelly black case, well, she isn't alone. There is a felt pad that is under the sewing machine. 50 years of oil, etc. gets collected down there. It seems often to spill or smell up the machine. Then there are water issues that could have caused the mold. For the most part you can clean out the inside and put it open in the sunshine until it doesn't smell bad any more. Nova Montgomery has classes for featherweight maintenance that is excellent. She also sells parts for the machines, along with instructions on how to clean and maintain.
    The one I bought off ebay sold for $149.00. However, the man who sold it liked to monkey around with things like sewing machines. It was pretty clean, but I don't think he knew what he was doing. My sewing machine wouldn't run. My machine had aluminum wiring, it was made in Scotland. You can find out where it was made and when by the number. Aluminum wiring is not good wiring. I had to replace my wiring for the foot control. I needed a new belt. New feet, bobbins, light bulb, and so on. That was an additional $65.00(plus postage to and from and then another one). I finally resolved the problem with what was wrong with my machine, but I was on the fence as to having to take it to a sewing machine repair guy for quite a while. So if you buy one that is not guaranteed, as being clean and running, you need to know something about how to get it there! Either you pay a pro to fix it for you, or you do it yourself.
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    I would be interested in one of your machines. Are they in working order.? What do they cost?? I would appreciate any information you have on these machines. Thanks barb
    Barb

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    I'm looking to buy a featherweight also.
    If someone is interested in selling, please pm me.
    In my quilt lab!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63 View Post
    I would like to have one to use , not really worried about how it looks , just that it functions in a top notch manner . I don't have a designated sewing room and one of these would be the berries to use on the kitchen table
    I bid on the ones that I buy and have never paid more than $115.00 ( I have 5 ) Go to Shopgoodwill.com and do some bidding. Some of them are " pick-up only " and others can be shipped. Some need minor cleaning and others need a bit more TLC but, well worth the process to get them. My most recent was a centennial that I paid $95.00 for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Grace View Post
    I'm looking to buy a featherweight also.
    If someone is interested in selling, please pm me.

    PM sent today

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