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Thread: Is this a Featherweight?

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    Senior Member HeatherQuilts's Avatar
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    This is an "an electric portable sewing machine"
    Is this considered a Featherweight? I'm not sure what's what with the older Singer's. Anyways, thanks for the help everyone! (This is a craigslist post from Minneapolis, Minnesota)

    http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ra...780571136.html

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    Doesn't sound like it . I am not an expert but I think most are like a 221, the arm folds up and down

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    No that is not a featherweight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Doesn't sound like it . I am not an expert but I think most are like a 221, the arm folds up and down
    I believe you are right, a FW is portable, does not sit in a base.

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    lostn51 would know but it doesn't look like a featherweight

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    No this isn't a featherweight...this is a 99K. A 99K is a 3/4 size machine...a featherweight is 1/2 the size of a regular machine of that vintage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    No this isn't a featherweight...this is a 99K. A 99K is a 3/4 size machine...a featherweight is 1/2 the size of a regular machine of that vintage.
    This is definitely a 99K. It is 3/4 size and it is heavy! It's a great little machine. My mom has one. It sits in the bottom of the case or it can be put in a table but you have to make sure the table is specifically for a 99K due to the size difference.

    If it runs and has all the necessary parts and a good cord (check to make sure there are no cracks) then I think that is a great price. Where I live you don't see these for less than $75 on up.

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    This is a featherweight////

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    No it's not a FW...i have one just like it. IT is a industrial Singer and i believe it's called a 301. I brought one thinking it was an FW, but it's heavier.

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    rose of sharon..i like your fw! Getting one myself, hoping it comes by mail tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nwm50
    rose of sharon..i like your fw! Getting one myself, hoping it comes by mail tomorrow.
    Happy to hear :) You will love her!

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    The ad states that it is a 99 "Specifically, this is a Singer Model 99K13" so why did you think it was a Featherweight?
    You might want to look at the little pdf I made up with some of the more popular old Singers to help with identification.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-48622-1.htm

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    A 99 is the heaviest little machine you'll ever own!!! It is a 3/4 sized machine and is great for mending and doing blocks on but I would not want to do a full sized quilt on one!!

    I have enough fun doing a king sized quilt on a Model 15 but that will be the only machine I FMQ on!!

    Billy

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    Billy,

    you are the greatest when it comes to Vintage Sewing Machines!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    A 99 is the heaviest little machine you'll ever own!!! It is a 3/4 sized machine and is great for mending and doing blocks on but I would not want to do a full sized quilt on one!!

    I have enough fun doing a king sized quilt on a Model 15 but that will be the only machine I FMQ on!!

    Billy

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    I don't know - I think the 185 weighs even more than the 99 - very deceptive to see that small machine and then try to pick it up! Shocking unless you are prepared...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJs
    The ad states that it is a 99 "Specifically, this is a Singer Model 99K13" so why did you think it was a Featherweight?
    You might want to look at the little pdf I made up with some of the more popular old Singers to help with identification.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-48622-1.htm
    Because I didn't know..... I don't know much about them. I know that people here know more than I do, so I wanted to ask.
    You didn't need to be snotty about it.
    Thank you

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    Thanks everyone for your help! I appreciate it! I knew this was the quickest way to find an answer! :D

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    you are right about the weight...i lifted mine and i swear i stretched my arms an inch longer than before! LOLl

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    snotty is as snotty does...

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    No, it isn't a featherweight. It is a 99. Featherweight's model # is model 221.

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    Nope, but a nice little machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeatherQuilts
    Thanks everyone for your help! I appreciate it! I knew this was the quickest way to find an answer! :D
    Heather there is no such thing as a dumb question and if you want come on over to the Vintage Sewing Machine Shop and hang out with us over there.

    You will always be treated as family and we just love to sit back and chat about these old beauties!!!!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-43881-1.htm

    Billy

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    It is a beauty but is not a featherweight.

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