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Thread: Featherweight Question?

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    My avitar is a Featherweight. To become familiar with what they look like, go to Ebay and search "Singer Featherweight 221". You will see lots of pics. My FW weighs about 11-12 pounds. I have a Singer 201 hand crank in a beautiful bentwood case, but it weighs about 30 pounds. Not exactly portable like the FW. Good luck! A FW is great fun to sew with - a great little machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955
    If it's cheap and a vintage singer buy it...
    Are you still standing there

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewecansew
    I would recommend Nancy's book as well. I have a white/green FW in the soft side case. I have never seen another one in that type of case. By the way, I bought it for $10 at a garage sale and $20 for the black one at the same sale. I gave them $40 for both.
    The FW always came in the hard square case, unless it had no case when purchased used. My White/green FW did not have a case when I bought it and I bought a soft-sided case from a company I think was called S. Lyle and Company.

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    Thanks for all the info ... I'm going to sit back and get my education, before/if I decide to jump into FW-mania! :)

    The more I learn now the better ... then if one that is in tip-top shape jumps out at me, then I'll know somewhat about what I am seeing and will feel better in making a decision.

    Eyes and ears are open ... and ready to continue to learn!

    Thanks everyone!

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    from what I have seen only the featherweight - a 221 or 222 and the 301 or 301A have a tilt up table.

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    from what I have seen only the featherweight - a 221 or 222 and the 301 or 301A have a tilt up table in the singers.

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    Is it a rounded brown case. Singer also made these. I have a machine and that kind of case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    For all those in the know about FWs!!

    I was in a 2nd hand store yesterday and saw an old sewing machine.

    Yes to Singer, black, silver scrolly plates, gold design etc.

    However, the FWs that have been shown here seem to have black square box cases.

    This one has a wooden case. The top being like an upside down "U".

    So is it another version?
    or what is it?

    Please? and Thanks!
    If you can find a post on any of the threads on the board from ChubbyBunny, in her avatar she has a pic. of a hot pink Featherweight. Her pic. should give you an idea of what you need to look for. The original fW's were mostly black, some white ones some tan ones and some green sort of olive green like. But most were black. They have a flip up piece to the left of the needle. Go to either of these sites and you can see some Featherweight RX.com or Desk Dave's.com at Desk Dave's he or someone else has refinished and repainted most of the featherweights he shows. very expensive, if I had extra funds I would jump on one of the purple or lilac ones or both, because I love the colors. These ARE NOT the original colors of the machines, but they are still FWS. The featherweights look like a child's toy really,and are so light weight. Good look, let us know what you get. If you can get a pic. of the machine you were looking at and post it on the board, we could tell you in a minute if it was a featherweight or not. You could also go to ebay and type in singer sewing machines or featherweights and see them. Someone always has one for sale on ther. If it doesn't say 221 for the pic. it isn't a real or the original featherweight. There is a 222k that has a lift up end for using the arm like modern machines do, but the 221 is the original featherweight. Hope we have helped you and not confused you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    For all those in the know about FWs!!

    I was in a 2nd hand store yesterday and saw an old sewing machine.

    Yes to Singer, black, silver scrolly plates, gold design etc.

    However, the FWs that have been shown here seem to have black square box cases.

    This one has a wooden case. The top being like an upside down "U".

    So is it another version?
    or what is it?

    Please? and Thanks!
    QUILTE
    I just went to the ebay site, and entered singerfeatherweight on the search, on their first page there are many. There is a featherweight primo that they have and down further on the page there is a white one and on down a black one with the extension liftedup. There is also two others listed a featherweight tanish brown 301 big sister and a very late model singer featherweight 118 shown - neither of these are the TRUE featherweights. Check this out and you can see the difference. Hope this helps you out.

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    Check out the little black machine that my pug is looking over, it is the shell of a stripped 221/Featherweight.:)

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    I inherited from my Mother a Singer Featherweight Model 222 complete with the wooden table it fits into. Also, have the black carrying case, the manual, several Singer attachments for doing various things like embroidery, darning, button holer, etc. 6 bobbins and a bobbin holder, 8 packages of needles to do various things on the sewing machine, the foot petal and other various singer items that I am not certain what they are for. The machine looks brand new cause my Mom took really good care of it. All of it looks brand new. I have had it appraised and was told it was a very rare sewing machine. I have no sentimental attachment to it and hope to find someone that would want it.

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    Check the bobbin. If a shuttle bobbin I would probably not get it regardless of the cost.

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    Here's a photo of my gorgeous FW. You can't mistake them - they're small! If you look just to the left of the presser foot, you can see where it folds up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crafty Chick View Post
    A friend of mine worked for Singer a long time ago and told me that the Featherweights were made for stewardesses so they could take them on flights-I have not looked up much background on the featherweights so all this info is interesting to me. I, too, would love to have one, but have settled for a 301a-absolutely love it (and my friend who worked for Singer said the 301 was a much better machine and that I had made a better buy with the 301).
    I enjoy learning about the history of vintage machines and am interested in what motivated Singer to introduce a half size light weight model when it did. I just have a hard time thinking that there were enough stewardesses in 1933 to be considered a viable market niche by Singer. I know that during the 30's the U.S. was becoming a more mobile society, which would mean there could have been more demand for portables. I wonder how the price of a FW in the 30's compared to other Singer portable models or cabinet models for that matter. I guess I could check the Singer records to see how many were manufactured over the years to see what happened after the war. It seems like most of the ones I see now are from the late 1940's or early 1950's. It is a fascinating subject!

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    I agree with hobbykat. The vintage machines are simple to fix, and I am a klutz and dislexic (spelling ugh), and I have changed a belt, oiled it, cleaned out grease, and put on new feet. They are simple, excellently engineered for the homemaker.
    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955 View Post
    If it's cheap and a vintage singer buy it...
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    Your featherweight is beautiful.

    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads View Post
    Here's a photo of my gorgeous FW. You can't mistake them - they're small! If you look just to the left of the presser foot, you can see where it folds up.
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhweaver View Post
    Your featherweight is beautiful.
    I absolutely love it! I'd no experience at all of vintage machines, had never even seen a FW, but was intrigued by all the praise they got, so when I saw one on ebay that I didn't have to bid for, and which was a 1953 baby like me, I decided to take the plunge. It's in beautiful condition, and sews like a dream. After years of battling a temperamental modern machine, it's a joy to use.
    -and now I've also bought a 201! A steeper learning curve on that one, but I'm getting there.

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