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    now an OMOTFWC - (Official member of the Featherweight Club) Went to a Salv Army Women's Auxillary sale today and just before leaving glanced over at table near the check out and there, in a case, was a Featherweight! When checking out a couple of the women didn't know what it was - but two of them did and they had all been wondering if and when it would sell. I didn't tell them they had the price too low (compared to Ebay). Only paid $125 which is a lot but not at much as the ones I see on Ebay and Craig's list. Could hardly wait to get home to check it out. Have not tried it yet - have to just look at it a while first. Did plug in and light came on and ran so just have to now figure out how to thread it etc. (no manual). Also only one bobbin so hoping can order some of those somewhere. Where do you find the serial number to look up the year/model etc?
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    That's a nice one!

    You can download a manual (free) here.

    http://www.singerco.com/accessories/manuals.html

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    It looks as if you got one heck of a deal there - congratulations :-)

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    Congrats! Even if you find that she needs a tune up, you got a great deal! Parts are readily available. Here's a link for the serial number lookup.

    http://www.singerco.com/support/serial_numbers.html

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    mY oh my! Wonderful!

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    You will find the serial number on the bottom of the machine. By the end plate, it looks like it could be from before 1949.

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    wow, great deal!! even your cat approves!!

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    Wow, how lucky you got. Looks like a very nice one. Have fun...

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    Congrats! Pretty machine!

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    Excellent deal! Must be pre-1952 to have the scroll face plate. There are dozens of vendors for bobbins and parts. I dunno if they are the cheapest, but www.featherweight221.com has just about everything including a book to teach yourself how to service it. I ordered feet, bobbins, a manual and DVD from them. Fast service, very nice folks. Congrats on your FW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewecansew
    You will find the serial number on the bottom of the machine. By the end plate, it looks like it could be from before 1949.
    Found it - February 19, 1947

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    You might want to look locally for a sewing machine repair/or sew/vac place. They often service the older Singer machines and could have parts on hand or order them for you. My local guy is awesome! If he doesn't have what I want, it's only a couple of days wait to get what I need.

    Check out the wiring, on the older machines, they are often in need of replacement. I think I paid about $30 for a new power cord/foot pedal. I kept my original, as everything else is original, but for day to day use, I use the new cord because the old one seemed like it was getting too brittle.

    Enjoy!

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    Congratulations. You will love sewing with your new machine. FYI, there is a Featherweight Yahoo! group you might be interested in joining. Here are the links to several FW sites.

    Serial Numbers: http://www.singerco.com/support/serial_numbers.html

    Parts / Supplies: http://sewingmachine221sale.bizland....ore/index.html
    I have never ordered anything from this site.

    221 Parts: http://www.221parts.com/
    I have ordered from this site. Good service.

    http://www.april1930s.com/
    This is more about garment sewing, but she handles FW parts and accessories.

    Graham Forsdyke: http://www.singer-featherweight.com/index.html
    Graham is located in England, and is one of the experts on FWs

    Nova Montgomery: http://www.novamontgomery.com/
    Nova is located in Texas. I took a FW care and maintenance class from her.

    Dave McCallum: http://www.featherweight221.com/fwrx/index.html
    Dave is located in Washington state. He has a comprehensive book and DVD with step by step care and maintenance instructions. I would recommend you getting one or both.

    Glenn Williams: http://pages.suddenlink.net/joyof301s/glenn.htm
    I have never purchased anything from him, but his name is mentioned in the Yahoo group frequently as someone to go to.

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    Congratulations on your featherweight, I still would love to find one

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    You will be in love once you have sewn on it.

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    It has the scroll faceplate! I wanted one like that but settled for one without. Welcome to the club. Did you name her yet?

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    pretty FW and pretty cat.

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    Wonderful! The case even looks in good shape! Welcome to the club. You'll love it!

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    That's a great price!!! The original cases alone are pricy.
    Welcome to the club!!!
    I love your furbaby :D:D

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    Thanks to the person who posted all those great links :D

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    Congrats. Welcome to the club. It's a beautiful machine. :thumbup: :)

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    You got a great "gal" and a great price :) Happy sewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    It has the scroll faceplate! I wanted one like that but settled for one without. Welcome to the club. Did you name her yet?
    oh thought they all had that faceplate. didn't even really notice til someone here commented.

    no name yet - heck I have enuf trouble naming my cats and dogs!

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    I am green, it even has the beautiful scroll plate. Wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fancy Nancy
    now an OMOTFWC - (Official member of the Featherweight Club) Went to a Salv Army Women's Auxillary sale today and just before leaving glanced over at table near the check out and there, in a case, was a Featherweight! When checking out a couple of the women didn't know what it was - but two of them did and they had all been wondering if and when it would sell. I didn't tell them they had the price too low (compared to Ebay). Only paid $125 which is a lot but not at much as the ones I see on Ebay and Craig's list. Could hardly wait to get home to check it out. Have not tried it yet - have to just look at it a while first. Did plug in and light came on and ran so just have to now figure out how to thread it etc. (no manual). Also only one bobbin so hoping can order some of those somewhere. Where do you find the serial number to look up the year/model etc?
    Lucky you, x 2 that little foot with the round hole and spring is a free motion foot!!!!

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