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Thread: Can't quite believe it - think I've got a FW Centennial

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    Can't quite believe it - think I've got a FW Centennial

    There's a junk shop near me that I rarely go in because it's not often open. I once saw a Singer 201 in there, but it was in very poor condition, so I didn't buy it. This morning as I walked past the shop I thought, for some reason, "Wouldn't it be great if one day I went in there and they had a Featherweight?" Now, I've NEVER seen a Featherweight for sale anywhere, so this didn't seem a very likely scenario. On my way home I decided to stop and have a browse. And - first thing I saw was what looked like a Featherweight case. And in it a FW, which seemed to be in good condition. And a tray of accessories. It cost me 50 pounds - about 80 dollars. When I got it home my first thought was to date it. I looked at the badge - and looked again. A Centennial? I had a look at the instruction book, and that was dated 1960. OK, I couldn't be that lucky. But then I checked the serial number - and yes, I do seem to have a Centennial! I already have a 1953 FW which I love dearly and use a lot. I wouldn't have gone looking for a second one, but how could I ignore such a gift! Here are some pictures.

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    Luck, lucky you.

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    Such a lucky find!

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    Thats a wonderful find, I have one and love it. But then I have several FWs, love them all.
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    How lovely!!! And she gets to live in a loving home instead of in that lonely junk shop....Yay!
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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    Great buy!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom View Post
    How lovely!!! And she gets to live in a loving home instead of in that lonely junk shop....Yay!
    Exactly! I wasn't looking for a second one, but how could I have left it sitting there lonely and unappreciated?!

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    What a great find .. and such a great price! It was your lucky day.

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    YOO HOO! It was meant to be! Good for you!
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    congrats!!! what a wonderful find!
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    I've just tried it out and it's sewing beautifully. Just one thing that I hadn't noticed: the tension discs for bobbin winding are missing. Not a deal breaker as I have another Featherweight I can use to wind bobbins, and presumably I can buy the parts. And the 1960 instruction book is for a 222 - I got VERY excited for a moment then, but mine is definitely a 221!

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    Congratulations! That is an incredible find.

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    Oh my goodness, what a lucky find!

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    Lucky you! Congratulations on a great find!

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    Congratulations!!! Enjoy your Centennial!
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    Congratulations on an awesome buy. I have one question---In the picture of the accessories--What is the gadget in the top center (has cogs)?

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    That FW was meant to be yours!! Enjoy her and if you name her, let us know!

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    What a wonderfully glorious find!
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    OMG! u done good girl
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    Doing the happy dance for you!!! I'm so glad she found a new loving home. Happy sewing!!
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    What a great find. She is really pretty.
    Kacy from OK

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    She is surely a beauty!

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    Oh, how lovely! Great find!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ewecansew View Post
    Congratulations on an awesome buy. I have one question---In the picture of the accessories--What is the gadget in the top center (has cogs)?
    You mean this strange-looking item?

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    I've no idea and was wondering the same thing! Maybe someone can tell us?

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    Nice one Anne.

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