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Thread: Featherweight decision....HELP!!!

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    I have been wanting a featherweight for a year or so, but keep talking myself out of one. I finally decided to buy one and have set a limit of how much I am willing to spend. Unfortunately, that price would get me one that is not in great shape. So...do I settle for less, buy a cheaper one with flaws (in condition, not performance) and just be happy to have one, or forget it, or raise my limit to an uncomfortable level???? Or keep looking???

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    The first two options wouldn't work for me. I'd keep looking. FWs seem to be coming down a bit in price.

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    I'd keep looking. I watched eBay for a long time and then found one at an auction (in North Carolina). I paid about 1/2 of the prices I'd seen on eBay. I was glad I waited. My machine sews like a dream. (I ask the auctioneer if I could plug it in and see if it worked before I bid and he said fine..... I got there early to check it out.) Good luck.... they are worth the wait.

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    try shopgoodwill.com i have purchased one there also got a couple good buys on ebay

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    keep looking --- at some point you will walk into some place and there it will be---your perfect machine- with the perfect price.
    i spent 3 years thinking i needed a (new to me) second machine- even my hubby got involved- we would stop at sales- and different places- and see one- some in fabulous cabinets- some portable- different machines- i would oohhh and ahhh- look them over- think seriously- ask questions-ohh and ahh some more and walk away- sometimes hubby would sit in the car and look at me---puzzled- and say- is it not a good deal? you can get it if you want---what ever - i'd just say- no- i don't want it==
    not really having a reason- it just wasn't ...the one...
    then a couple weeks ago i walked into a neighbors garage- and there- sitting on the floor was a little singer case--i knealt down and opened that case---and there it was!!! the machine i've been waiting for-
    i asked---how much?
    she got on the phone---a couple minutes later she said..."would you pay $20 for it?" !!! OMG!!! my hubby was pulling money out of his pocket so fast!
    it is in great shape- was well taken care of- all i did was give it a dusting- and oiling- and was sewing with it 1/2 an hour after getting it home- (had to get on line and download the manual- so i could wind the bobbin)
    i am so...happy with it! the best $20 i've ever spent --- and would have paid 10 times that!

    so, i say---wait- the right machine will come to you - in your price range(or better) when the time is right :)

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    Thanks for all the advice...that is just what I needed to hear!!! :)

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    Do get one! They are great little machines! :)

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    Your machine will find you when you least expect it and you will have the money ready!

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    If you do continue to look for a FW on e-bay, every once in a while put "Singer Featherlite Sewing Machine" in the search engine. That's how I found mine. :thumbup: Some people call the FW's Featherlite's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    keep looking --- at some point you will walk into some place and there it will be---your perfect machine- with the perfect price.
    i spent 3 years thinking i needed a (new to me) second machine- even my hubby got involved- we would stop at sales- and different places- and see one- some in fabulous cabinets- some portable- different machines- i would oohhh and ahhh- look them over- think seriously- ask questions-ohh and ahh some more and walk away- sometimes hubby would sit in the car and look at me---puzzled- and say- is it not a good deal? you can get it if you want---what ever - i'd just say- no- i don't want it==
    not really having a reason- it just wasn't ...the one...
    then a couple weeks ago i walked into a neighbors garage- and there- sitting on the floor was a little singer case--i knealt down and opened that case---and there it was!!! the machine i've been waiting for-
    i asked---how much?
    she got on the phone---a couple minutes later she said..."would you pay $20 for it?" !!! OMG!!! my hubby was pulling money out of his pocket so fast!
    it is in great shape- was well taken care of- all i did was give it a dusting- and oiling- and was sewing with it 1/2 an hour after getting it home- (had to get on line and download the manual- so i could wind the bobbin)
    i am so...happy with it! the best $20 i've ever spent --- and would have paid 10 times that!

    so, i say---wait- the right machine will come to you - in your price range(or better) when the time is right :)
    I keep praying for this lucky day!!!!

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