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Thread: From Non-Working to Sewing in 3.5 Hours

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    Several months ago I found a broken Featherweight on Craigslist for $25 - and I mean BROKEN - broken gears, broken take up - and froze up big time. It's a 1939 (I kept telling Billy it was a '36, wrong, just looked it up - it's a '39).
    Anyway, it also had the foot pedal, a raggedy case, a working motor, and most importantly, the bobbin case!
    I had a line on some of the parts but the guy never came through (and it's a good thing, I'm 99.9% positive this machine will never sew again)...
    so I figured I'd just have spare parts for my very nice '56 FW....
    Then Billy posted this:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-81816-1.htm
    and I thought, aha, it would be cool to put the two together and come up with a working machine - so I sent a check off to Billy post haste -
    due to a comedy of errors, the machine finally showed up today - and the hardest part of getting everything going was getting the bobbin case base out of the froze up machine .... my DH finally had to help me by turning a frozen drive shaft with a pair of pliers for me! :mrgreen:
    But in 3.5 hours I had a working SEWING, Featherweight...
    She's not real pretty but I figure I'll use this one to drag around to guild, travelling etc etc... doubt too many would want to waltz off with her...
    And for that reason I just decided that her name is Little Polly Flinders! :wink:
    I took the good parts from the '39 and she looks a little better than from the original picture Billy posted....
    And look at those pretty stitches! Thank heavens the timing etc is all good cause I'd have nooooooooooo clue :P
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    What a great Christmas gift for you from you!!

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    Yay!!! It looks like you have you a nice "Beater" to take and use it like you stole it. I am just happy to see that it is running again and you can enjoy it.

    Billy

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    That is just the best present ever.Congratulations and she is a pretty sight to behold. pab

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    What a great deal! I think she looks great, for a vintage gal :D:D:D

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    1935 was the year my parents met - my dad was 19 and my mother was 16 and still in school....

    so that's kind of cool....

    I have a 1956 FW that's in fantastic condition, with good case, etc etc but I didn't really want to be carrying it around... so this works out great....

    And I'm kind of tickled with myself - this is the very first time I've attempted any kind of machine repair like this....

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    very cool and smart to boot. I am glad it all worked out.

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    cool

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    Congratulations!

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    Congrats! Glad to see that she runs! Do enjoy her~

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