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Thread: Featherweight -- What year to look for?

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    I have a 1939 and a 1947 and love them both. I am looking for a '51 (centennial) and a '53 (like me). I have friends who have various years and they all seem to be pretty much the same. Most of the changes are cosmetic, so I think it just depends on what you're looking for. Good luck!

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    All of your comments are SO helpful. It definitely helps to have a little knowledge before looking. I need all the info I can get because I only have a small window of time during my trip to find one, buy it, have it serviced, all this before bringing it back. Once I get home my chance is over -- shipping costs to Alaska are ridiculous! Gotta find and get my machine while I'm down south or wait until my next trip outta here, and who know when that will be! :

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    Linda, my dealer told me the same thing about the white ones not being made as well as the black ones. I love the Egyptian scroll faceplate best too. However, I HAD to have a 1949 one because it's my birth year!
    Karen in Kentucky

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyKaren1949 View Post
    Linda, my dealer told me the same thing about the white ones not being made as well as the black ones. I love the Egyptian scroll faceplate best too. However, I HAD to have a 1949 one because it's my birth year!
    I have a 1936 and a 1948, but I would still love a white one to add to my collection. Since I was born in 1951, the ones from my birth year are just too expensive!
    Linda
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    I have several - all different years - all sew great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie View Post
    Black Featherweights are basically the same but there were small changes through the years. Light switches can be in different places (right side, base of machine or up on the end of the light itself), the face plates (Egyptian scroll in earlier models, striated after 1952 or so). Later models also had a different style of decals on the base and the accessory trays and cases have several variations. The white and tan ones are different again, shorter fold up base, no decals, painted metal face plate and a wired in cord that directly attaches to the foot controller. It really depends on what you want, overall condition and whether any of these small differences matter to you.
    Egyptian scroll silver color face plate from Oct 1933 until 1946 or 1947. 1948 and later are all striated silver color face plate until you get into the pale turquoise (white) and tan machines that have a molded face plate the same color as the machine and as you said no decals. The pale turquoise are run with a belt inside while the black and the tan machines have gears inside. The pale turquoise has a shorter fold up bed extension, but the tan machine is the same size as the black machines.
    Some of the older machines 33-say 1940s may need to be rewired, but I have not seen any in the late 1940s or later that needed rewiring unless not stored well.
    Kathleen Clendennen
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    Quote Originally Posted by KyKaren1949 View Post
    Linda, my dealer told me the same thing about the white ones not being made as well as the black ones. I love the Egyptian scroll faceplate best too. However, I HAD to have a 1949 one because it's my birth year!
    It is the belt inside instead of the gears that have given the pale turquoise (white) machines the bad rap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrappy Gram View Post
    I've narrowed my search down to ones made in 1951 - the year I was born.
    Deb
    Mine was made in 1956, the same year I was born.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovelyl View Post
    The FWs made up through 1936 or 1937 do not have numbers on the tension dials, later models do. I have never found this to be a problem, though. I think the main "mechanical" changes came with the white FWs. I have heard others comment that the white ones are not as good as the black ones - something about the way the belt is driven or something like that. Someone more knowledgable could tell you the difference between the black/white ones and I hope someone will jump in here with more accurate info. I just returned from a 4 day trip with 10 teenagers and I seem to having a major senior moment.... Or maybe a nervous breakdown...
    My YOU are a brave soul!!

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