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Thread: Question regarding mismarking Featherweights by Singer

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    Question regarding mismarking Featherweights by Singer

    I have been searching for a Featherweight in great condition. I have found one that is gorgeous, looks to be in mint condition. The problem is that the Serial # does not match any Featherweights on the chart. It is a single letter of H and that dates it to 1906,but Featherweights weren't manufactured until 1933. Even Singer told the seller it was made in 1906!! The photo clearly shows a Featherweight, along with a photo of the serial #. The gentleman says he is stumped as he knows it is a FW, as it was his grandmothers.
    Here is a copy of an article that the seller found regarding mismarked FW's. I have tried googling it and this is the only thing I could find on mismarked FW's.
    More information regarding the serial number. I found the following on a website: thefeatherweightactory.com - "There may be cases where your serial number does not fall within a Featherweight production range and may be listed under a different model number machine, such as a Model 15. This does not make the machine "rare" but is simply an error by Singer when they prepared the historical serial number lists or the data was simply recorded in error at the time of production" Hope this helps.

    I will be interested to see what the response is, as I am purely stumped too! Is this machine for real??? Thanks to anyone who can shed some light on this.
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    Chrys at Needlebar told me this about serial numbers:

    "As Carol pointed out the Singer charts have some errors. The charts also have some changes from the first time they posted them. The models that say St. Jean were shipped there for final assembly. The heads were cast at Elizabethport. They did that because St. Jean was behind on production."

    Chrys told me that sometimes a run of a certain model of machine was stopped to make a short run of another. Does your machine have the characteristics of an early FW model?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divokittysmom View Post
    I have been searching for a Featherweight in great condition. I have found one that is gorgeous, looks to be in mint condition. The problem is that the Serial # does not match any Featherweights on the chart. It is a single letter of H and that dates it to 1906,but Featherweights weren't manufactured until 1933. Even Singer told the seller it was made in 1906!! The photo clearly shows a Featherweight, along with a photo of the serial #. The gentleman says he is stumped as he knows it is a FW, as it was his grandmothers.
    Here is a copy of an article that the seller found regarding mismarked FW's. I have tried googling it and this is the only thing I could find on mismarked FW's.
    More information regarding the serial number. I found the following on a website: thefeatherweightactory.com - "There may be cases where your serial number does not fall within a Featherweight production range and may be listed under a different model number machine, such as a Model 15. This does not make the machine "rare" but is simply an error by Singer when they prepared the historical serial number lists or the data was simply recorded in error at the time of production" Hope this helps.

    I will be interested to see what the response is, as I am purely stumped too! Is this machine for real??? Thanks to anyone who can shed some light on this.
    Do you have a pic. of the machine? Would be interested in just seeing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbie View Post
    Do you have a pic. of the machine? Would be interested in just seeing it.
    I agree with Gerbie, post a picture and someone here can help clear up the mystery of the Featherweight.
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    Ok, here is the link to the Ebay auction for this machine. It really is a gorgeous little machine, just very hard to date it. And the seller doesn't know much about sewing machines sooo... I asked him to post a photo of the face plate and he told me to check the 6th photo,....it's of the label on the motor.....
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/180842176276...84.m1423.l2649
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    I have a white featherweight that was also recorded wrong. I contacted Singer and they gave me the info on my machine. This is not unusual...Singer made a lot of recording errors.
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    Google Alex Askaroff and email him. He is in England and has some really old and extensive Singer records. He can help you with your mystery. You will like his web site.
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    I think Charlee may be onto something, asking if it has the characteristics of and early featherweight. With the serial number on the bottom, doesn't that indicate earlier model?

    BTW, what is the thing between the needles and the blanket binding?
    Last edited by Quilt Mom; 03-19-2012 at 01:17 PM.
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    Ah! Quilt Mom, you jogged my memory!! Graham Forsdyke is considered the leading expert in Featherweights! He can be contacted through his website:

    http://www.singer-featherweight.com/
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