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    Sewhandy

    I found this little gem at an estate sale last week. It is in great shape with the case. Apparently, it precedes the Singer Featherweight. From what I was able to google, it was made by the Standard company in the 1930's which was eventually purchased by Singer. It is not a GE. The color is rose and the case is rosy brown and it has all the original markings on the lock. It came with a bunch of attachments too. The motor works, but it is missing the belt which I will bring into my vintage repair person next week. Does anyone know anything more about this machine? Oh, forgot to mention, I talked them down to $50. Haven't named her yet, but I'm thinking Rosy as it is the color and it was my dh's mom's name.
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    Do a search using the the search feature on the upper right. There have been quite a few posts about this machine. Try searching under General Electric too. GE Machine finished

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    great find.

    The debate about them being "pre-featherweights" is still open...

    There are some similarities, but not enough to really look like a sequence of development.

    I have a GE "Wee Greenie" in really good shape (minus the foot pedal (I adapted one for it))

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    all around perfect.
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    Really cute!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    great find.

    The debate about them being "pre-featherweights" is still open...

    There are some similarities, but not enough to really look like a sequence of development.

    I have a GE "Wee Greenie" in really good shape (minus the foot pedal (I adapted one for it))
    I'd say the Sewhandy concept directly influenced the later Featherweight. They are basically the same things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlmack View Post
    IThey are basically the same things.
    have you seen them side by side? Other than being small and a rear spool pin on a plate, not much is mechanically similar (guts wise)

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    The guts are totally different, for sure. The bobbin assemblies are night and day. However, the body shape and "look" are very similar and the cases are almost exact. So, I'm currently of the mind set that the GE machines were the stepping off point for the FW. Though, I could probably be swayed either way:>

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    I would 100% agree that the case design is a rip off (hehe)

    I see the "look" similarity but it was trying to say that they look more alike the further apart they are. When I got my GE I was sure they wer "pre-FW's, but the first time I saw one side by side with a FW I started having my doubts.

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