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Thread: old black sewing machines

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    preserving the past would be my guess...I'm looking for a treadle now and then I might be happy with what I have LOL

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    You need to visit the Vintage Sewing Machine Shop here on the board.......there are 1030 pages on vintage machines!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindit
    From the discussions I have seen, it seems that the Singer Featherweight is the most desirable machine to have. Is that true? I have would like to get one, but need to decide on one model to look for. What is the definition of a Featherweight? Is there a model number or what years where they made? Any information would be helpful. thanks!
    A true Singer Featherweight is a 221 (222 is a free arm version - hard to find and expensive). There are white (or light-light-light green) 221 and they are really expensive.

    There is a new 'Featherweight' that is being sold and it is TRASH [sue me Singer but it is the truth]. It is almost totally plastic. That is how they are able to call it a 'featherweight' = lightweight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tappedants
    It IS a Featherweight. I guess I'll ask Mama to send it homw with me next time I visit. She has a white one too.
    That white one is REALLY worth some money. They are rare - not many were produced. The insides are true Featherweight, just the color is different.

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    Thanks for your help! I'll be checking out craigslist!!

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    There's nothing like those old Singers. When my son was young I could not find jeans that were the right length for him. So I cut off a pair and tried to hem them. My new Singer wouldn't budge over the seams. I set up my mother's old treadle Singer which she purchased "used" in the 1930s, and over that thick seam we went -- never even slowed down.

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    A few years ago I was at a garage sale. They had many old machines for sale. they were all rusty and he had them laying on the ground. No black paint left and they were not working. Is there any way to clean them in this condition to get them working again. They were $1.00 ea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lavada
    guess i should take a closer look at the sewing machine in my attic not sure who it belonged to as i never asked my husbands mom it has been there since i lived in the house for52 years
    wow u might have one gem of a machine up there. run fast and go look.

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    I rarely use my "new" machine. I use my vintage Singer 66 or my Necchi. I use my featherweight for classes. I'm actually considering selling my "new" machine.

    Marie

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    Yes, I agree that the older machines that are not computerized are the best!

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