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Thread: Featherweight Question

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    Junior Member NewbieToQuilting's Avatar
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    Featherweight Question

    Is $250 a reasonable price for a featherweight? Most of the ones I've seen lately have been $400 or more. Thought about offering less but don't know how much. Ideas?

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    I went to a antique market and found a FW for $100. It was in rough shape, but I'd seen how they can be stripped and repainted so I gave it a shot. See the results so far on my other thread 'Refinishing my Featherweight". I've enjoyed the process, except for the stripping. Looking forward to finishing it and making my grandson his first quilt. I will also give him the sewing machine along with the quilt so when he is old enough he may want to learn to sew also.

    Basically, I think you can find them cheaper...just depends on how much you want to spend and how much and what type of sewing you plan to do with it.

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    I think it depends on your area. I know in this area , ones in really good sharpe are at least $300 and up......I would not take less than $200 for my FW that is in worn condition. Depends too on what you can afford------I have founds some really good deals on e-bay or Craigslist (I collect as well as use constantly) I hope you can find one to use because they are sooooo great to sew on.......I think it is okay to offer less----all they can say is "no"

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    I recently bought one in Phoenix for $140 but it didn't come with anything. I even had to buy a foot pedal.

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    You can always find a treasure for less if you're patient. The question is, how long do you want to wait? For me, the hunt is as fun as using the machine, so I'm very, very patient:>

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    If it has add-ons and is in good working condition, I think the price is reasonable.

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    My DH paid a lot more for the one that he bought for me - but it was in pristine condition, in a case with all of the attachments - threaded and threaded bobbin - all I did was plug it in and it just thrilled me by sewing perfectly, forward and back. So, whatever you can afford.
    Nikki in MO

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    I think it is a reasonable price, but the condition of the machine and the case are important factors. If it test drives to your satisfaction, then go for it.

    However, if you find any negotiating points in the condition or the lack of attachments, manual, etc., then you may as well offer a little less and see what happens

    Dayle

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    Newbie-not a bad price depending on your area and where you are getting it from. Don't hesitate to make an offer if you are able to see it and test drive it. I just PM'd you. Let me know if I can help!

    Daylesewblessed and I are on the same page! I didn't see the post before I posted!!
    Last edited by Wine Woman; 09-26-2012 at 05:34 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NewbieToQuilting View Post
    Is $250 a reasonable price for a featherweight? Most of the ones I've seen lately have been $400 or more. Thought about offering less but don't know how much. Ideas?
    As above, there are a lot of things that go into the price. Condition, what comes with it (carrying case, accessories), which model (some are more scarce, does not mean the older models as some of the newer ones had less quantities made). The different areas of the country have a wide variation in price. Basically, it comes down to can you afford that price and do you want it. Offer $200 (if you like that price better) and meet in the middle......
    Kathleen Clendennen
    www.thequiltgal.com

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