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Old 11-21-2020, 08:51 PM
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Let everyone in your guild know you are looking, and also your local quilt shops. You never know who might have one stuck in a closet somewhere, and they've been thinking they should get rid of it....
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Old 11-22-2020, 04:58 AM
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Goodwill has an online site and you can bid, just like on EBay. https://www.shopgoodwill.com/

One caveat, make extra sure that if you buy a machine online, the seller knows how to properly pack a sewing machine for shipment. Many people think that since these old machines appear indestructible, nothing can hurt them. However, they most certainly are fragile and need some extra TLC. The is a, "how to pack a sewing machine," article floating around on EBay and also in the Vintage Sewing Machines thread. I'll see if I can find it for you and post it later.
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Old 11-22-2020, 05:50 AM
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Originally Posted by platyhiker View Post
ebay.com is another place you can look.
I've checked ebay several times but they prices are way higher than anything I find on FB marketplace or craigslist. Thanks for everyone's suggestions. I just thought maybe I was missing out on some places online that might be great to find them.
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Old 11-22-2020, 05:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
Let everyone in your guild know you are looking, and also your local quilt shops. You never know who might have one stuck in a closet somewhere, and they've been thinking they should get rid of it....
Great idea! I know a lot of them already own Featherweights.
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Old 11-22-2020, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by beckyboo1 View Post
I've checked ebay several times but they prices are way higher than anything I find on FB marketplace or craigslist.
Prices are higher right now because they've been flying off the shelves, like toilet paper. This pandemic has put them in high demand.
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Old 11-22-2020, 02:37 PM
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yes, you should come to my house. I'll give away machines to who ever shows up that wants some. I left over 50 of them at the old place when I moved (with the blessing of the buyers) and still have way, way too many.
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Old 11-24-2020, 06:41 AM
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I'm only divulging my sources because I'm done collecting ! I used to find machines on goodwill.com ...check shipping to your zip code,as rates can be very high. The other great site is catawiki.com ..they have machines from all over Europe.. it is an auction site,most of the machines are dirt cheap,but shipping to U.S. can be 75-100 dollars,but factored in to a killer deal,the price can be worth it. I used to collect hand cranks and featherweights and over the years I've gotten about 10 machines from catawiki. The only caution I would add now would be that since covid and the volume of packages has increased so much,I'm not sure if boxes are being treated with less care now ? I would think that would show up in feedback, though. When I was buying from them,I never received a machine damaged in shipping. Make sure they ship to U.S. before bidding.

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