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Thread: Do I need a Featherweight?

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    Do I need a Featherweight?

    I own 4 sewing machines, a model 66 Singer treadle machine, an Elna Quilter's Dream, a 301A Singer and a Singer Touch n Sew.

    I need to know what benefit it would be to purchase a FW? As you can probably tell I am trying to convince myself that I need to have one.

    I have been sewing quilts for 12 years now, don't do my own quilting on larger pieces, don't have room for a long arm quilting machine, I use all my machines.

    Any suggestions?
    'With God all is possible!"

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    Do you need? No. A 301 is basically the same, except it's a touch heavier and can drop the feed dogs. Do you want is a totally different subject.

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    I thought I had to have one, and got one. I have yet to sew on it. I sew on my old Touch n' sew I've had for ages. Since it was new. I guess it is over 50 yrs. old.

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    I got my Touch n Sew in 1972, husband got it overseas, it has been a great machine. My daughter had it for a few years and then gave it back to me, now it gets used every week at our church quilting sessions.
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    I love my 301A, and I guess I don't really NEED another machine, it would be a status symbol...and who can afford that?
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    I need all 4 of mine! They are just so cute! I don't use them all the time, but when I'm sewing something that has to be super accurate I use a featherweight. You can't beat the nice straight stitch. I also have other old Singers and I like to use them all from time to time.
    Mary

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    Mine stays in it's rolling carrying case and goes with me to my Guild meetings, sit and sew and retreats. I love it!

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    Need is subjective. With your other machines I wouldn't say it's a need, but if you want one and have some spare cash why not? I have been using mine happily the last few weeks. It's super quiet and takes up a tiny bit of space on my table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Do you need? No. A 301 is basically the same, except it's a touch heavier and can drop the feed dogs. Do you want is a totally different subject.
    Agreed. I don't think need has as much to do with it as want. That said, I really like my FW. (I wanted it so I got it.)

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    I borrowed my mother in laws featherweight a few years ago with the idea that I would take it to guild meetings. I spent more time trying to figure out if I had it threaded right. It was rather slow sewing compared to what I was use to. I have an extra heavier machine to pack around, and as long as I can, I will use that. It was a good lesson for me before I went out and spent the money on one. What do you want it for? If it was the ease of carrying and then see if you can sew on one before you make the purchase.

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    I love mine. I have several machines, also, but I do most of my piecing on my Featherweight.

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    I love mine - it's so darn cute. I bought a new foot control and power cord for it, but I have yet to use it, much. I haven't even taken her picture and I've had her for months, now. Did I need one? Nawwwww....

    Still, she'll be one of the last to go as I start finding new homes for the herd. They are adorable decorations, even if you rarely use them. And I might take another class, someday.

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    Everyone I know that has one and brings it to retreats and meetings and so forth, just loves them. I got to sew on one for a few minutes at a retreat and just loved it..been looking ever since. I have been watching Utube videos on oiling and threading and and... oh wait I was supposed to be talking you OUT of one..sorry, I want one too! The only thing holding me back is thinking of how much fabric I could buy with the price of the machine plus service that would need to happen. That's the only thing that keeps me from buying one. Good luck!

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    I didn't actually need mine. It was my sixth machine. But it is oh so cute and I do enjoy sewing on it.

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    Need one? NO! Want one! Heck yeah! I LOVE my Featherweight. BTW, I have 6 sewing machines.

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    I use mine primarily for classes. A friend found it for me and I paid a VERY low price for mine. I then made a baby quilt for his new baby on that as a thank you as well. Sometimes I'll use mine when I notice something not quite right on a sandwiched quilt and need to do a quick repair. It's easier to move it closer to the WIP than ripping more than needed to do the fix. Just a thought. But I'd NEVER pay some of the prices I've seen for them. I paid $40 for mine. Probably wouldn't pay too much more than that for any vintage machine. I paid $50 for my electrified redeye a few months back. Don't believe in paying alot for vintage machines...way too many of them out there in this neck of the woods.

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    I have a FW when I found the perfect price -Free! I wanted one to save for my only grand daughter. A lady had four and was downsizing and she gave me one, the white color FeatherWeight! I use it to piece. I also have the 301 and it is a much better machine as far as heavy duty and for machine quilting. It's light enough to take to classes and it has a handle, the FW does not.
    Got fabric?

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    Do i need chocolate... no, but i want it.
    same for a fw. Sometimes, you just gotta go with what the heart wants.

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    I bought one when I first started quilting. I had a old Kenmore that I had used for garment sewing. As the years went by I purchased a Janome MC 6600 and was given a small travel Janome that was barely used. The Kemore died a dignified death from prolly being overworked.

    I just sold the FW as it sat on a shelf for 2 years---untouched. I live in a smallish house with my DH and just do not want to be a collector of sewing machines. The lady I sold it to uses it ALL the time and loves it. Everyone is happy.

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    I didn't 'need' a FW but I sure wanted one. I fought the urge for a few years than stumbled on one at a quilt shop a couple of years ago. I love it! It's great for traveling and classes and sews like a dream.

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    Love my FW and use it all the time. Also have 2 newer Kenmores, a 301, and a number of older Singers (403, rocketeer, etc.) and still use the FW. Beautiful stitch, easy to carry around and just simple to use.

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    I think everyone should have a featherweight :-)

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    I agree, that it would be fun for you to have a Featherweight! I love mine!
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    I have three. One for the house, one to take to Retreats, etc. And one I have torn completely and plan to repaint it baby pink. I can't afford one of those already done! I used to sew on a Janome and have a Viking SE that you can do anything on and it sews good but, to me the FW sews the straightest and prettiest stiches. I'm giving my Janome to my granddaughter and I sew on the FW every day I piece a quilt. I absolutely love the way it sounds. Not one piece of plastic in it!
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    I have 5 machines and a serger. 1 of the 5 is a digital that does LOADS of fancy stitches. 1 is a new Brother that has fancy stitches, is computerized and embroiders as well as sews. 1 is a 1972 Singer Touch and Sew in original cabinet, with all the attachments. 1 is a 1917 Singer model 66 "Red-Eye" treadle in original cabinet with all the attachments. The last is my 1949 FW. Of all the machines, it is my favorite to piece on and invaluable for taking to classes or toting downstairs to piece on a folding table in front of the TV during football season. I love all my machines for different reasons, but NOTHING tops the FW for the perfect straight stitch, the lightness, and the ease of maintenance. Am I done collecting machines??? No, I still want the 301 for FMQ! After I get that one, I MIGHT be done....but maybe NOT
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