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    Featherweight

    Hello
    can someone tell me more about featherweight machines?
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    Too much to tell. Loads of info online. I have one and I enjoy using it.
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    Hi and welcome to the board. Are you asking about a vintage Featherweight or the new one that Singer has available? I can't speak from personal knowledge but the general consensus out there of Singer Featherweight enthusiasts is that the new one (and any non vintage singer for that matter) is not a good machine.

    If you can get your hands on a vintage Featherweight that works you will be blessed! I am still on the hunt for one myself.

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    Here are posts within the last year on our board. Google will have millions more. Perhaps explain what kind of information you are particularly looking for. Good luck!

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    The vintage featherweights are a great little straight stitch only machine. The big draw for sewers is they are light weight for taking to sewing retreats. If you have a chance at a reasonable priced one, (under $100) and it is in working order with all its parts, snap it up. They resell well and if you look on eBay, you can get an idea of what they go for.

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    There is a website devoted to Featherweights-

    The Featherweight Shop- Carmon and April Henry. Tons of information there.

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    https://singer-featherweight.com/collections/shop

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    Welcome from NE Ohio.

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    Welcome. I have a featherweight from 1937. They are great for straight sewing, and very easily transported. They are easy to maintain and clean. I paid 300 for mine 5 years ago. Well worth it!

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    I have 2 and I love them. They weigh only 12 pounds and are great for retreats. I love to hear them..they sort of hum. Stitches are even. I have a 1946 black one that I was lucky enough to find for $125 several years ago. This year I splurged and got a 1941 that has been professionally painted ruby red. It is beautiful and I used it ats a centerpiece at a quilting luncheon. I had planned to sell the black one but she has a name and I can’t bear to part with her. So for now I still have Agnes and Ruby.
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    Mine is pale green with a matching case. From an estate, paid $250. It has the original sales receipt in the attachment box and I knew it was barely used and in mint condition. It became mine this year. Happy, happy !

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    Do a search on this board for information. There's also a section for vintage machines, if that's the Featherweight information you're seeking.
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    I am almost 80. I have my Mom's featherweight. She made most of my clothes when I was young so it has had a lot of use. Now it is pretty much relegated to classes. So easy to carry around and still a work-horse. Of course I also have a Husqvarna-Viking and a (Would you believe I had to go into the sewing room to find out what brand it is. The memory is going fast. LOL) Janome. I wouldn't trade a single one of them.
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    Wow, the new "featherweight" retails for $399. I would go for the vintage one. But before you purchase, find someone with one and sew on it. The stitch is beautiful but if you are a fast sewer, they can bounce around. If you are purchasing a vintage one you will often find the locking clasp broken. Someone in the past probably pried it open to see what was inside. I purchased a case with the broken clasp. What a circus to replace it.

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    I inherited a featherweight (1945 vintage.) I gifted mine to a granddaughter who lives on a charter boat. I thought the case might protect it somewhat. She was thrilled! My sil was the second owner, I was the third, and my GDis the 4th. She says she will also put her pic in the lid so a pictoral history will accompany the machine. Her "captain" will keep it in good working order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tranum View Post
    Mine is pale green with a matching case. From an estate, paid $250. It has the original sales receipt in the attachment box and I knew it was barely used and in mint condition. It became mine this year. Happy, happy !
    Oooooh, I'd love to have a pale green one just because they are so pretty! I was at the sewing machine store this week and they had a pretty aqua Janome called a "Beachcomber". It was really small and I loved the color. Just had to keep that credit card in my purse.
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    Hello Five Paws.....I can relate to your post. You sounded just like me. I am also almost 80 and I also have a Featherweight and a Husq. Viking and Also Janome. ALso memory going back like you. I don't know what happens to us when we get up there close to 80. I have one Fur baby....Papillon. Have a nice day. Sandrea

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    Short simple answer. They only weigh twelve pounds, so that makes them ideal for carrying to classes, and the old one have a fabulous steady stitch.
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    I love my vintage featherweight. Don’t be fooled into thinking they really lightweight. They aren’t because they aren’t plastic. But they are small and wonderful to take to retreats, etc. and you can carry them onto a plane easily.

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    I have a 1947 Featherweight and use it more than my Husqvarna. It's like an old friend - I'm old, she's old, and we get along just fine together.
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