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    singer featherweight

    Hi I am looking to purchase a 1940 singer featherweight. I live in Stockton CA. Can you suggestion where I might look for one? Or how I would go about finding one is good condition. I live in a one bedroom flat with not much room. Any suggestion would be appreciated. Tomodachi1

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    I found quite a few listed on both seattle and portland craigslists. Spokane's had some too. They are small enough that they can be shipped without spending too much. But you have to be willing to buy without seeing first....just like on ebay or elsewhere. The problem is....they want a lot of money for them now.

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    Try to buy where you can try them out. I've bought locally (within a 100 mile radius) from C List so I could check them out. Also, bought some cheap from Goodwill online that had to be cleaned up - but luckily they were all good once I got finished with them. Anyone out there near middle TN. needing one can reach me. I have several, but don't ship.

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    May the buyer beware: I like CL, at least you can eyeball it, and walk away if you want.

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    When I was looking I had spoken to the owner of this website. He was very nice, seemed knowledgable, ans was willing to take financing....http://www.singer-featherweight.com/...ges/site2.html

    Most of his machines were Euro wiring and need an adapter. They are also very pricey. 480-600.

    I ended up buying one from a women on ebay. It was her grandmothers, and in excellent condition with all decals. Sews dreamily and doesn't smell. It ended up being 1/2 the price! I had to really have to adjust the tension and oil it before it got that way

    Good luck. You won't be sorry! The small size and sturdiness will be perfect for you!

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    1940 will be a tough year to find in a Featherweight. Because of the war there were fewer being manufactured. Singer issued a "lot" of serial numbers to a model #on a specific date and that lot was used until that many machines went through to use up the #s, then a new "lot" was issued. The serial numbers issued in 1940 range from AF477181 - AF596880, only about 45,000 total (although ones with numbers AF371856 -AF391855 MAY be 1940 manufacture since that lot of numbers was issued 12/5/1939 and included the 20,000 manufactured between then and April 10, 1940 when the lot beginning AF477181 was issued).

    I bought both of my featherweights on craigslist (one is 1948 and the other is 1950) but I did not care about date, just getting a good deal. Because you want a specific year of manufacture, you may have to look for a longer time and pay a bit more. Graham Forsdyke in the UK is a very well known Featherweight dealer, his are always completely gone through but pricier. He will look for a specific manufacture date for you. His website is: http://www.singer-featherweight.com/...birthdate.html

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    I have found that once you buy one, other Featherweights will find you. Even if it is not the year you are looking for, sometimes it might be possible to do a trade for a 1940 one.

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