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Thread: Gonna buy a Featherweight. . .maybe!

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    Super Member auntpiggylpn's Avatar
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    Gonna buy a Featherweight. . .maybe!

    I wandered some junk and antique stores today. At one antique store, they had a featherweight. It appeared to be in good condition. The decals were almost perfect, not a lot of wear showing on the bed. I did notice that it was missing the bobbin case and it will require new wiring from the machine to the original foot pedal. No manual or case but a box of numerous attachments/feet.

    The guy at the shop didn't know anything about the machine and couldn't tell me what year it was. I couldn't find the serial number. Can someone tell me where I can find this on a FW?

    I think it has been at the shop for a while. It started out at $350, then was discounted to $275. It now has a sticker on it for $150.

    Now, is this machine worth $150? Is it possible to find a replacement bobbin case and will it be costly to switch out the electrical cord?

    Thanks for any help/advice you can give!!
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    Senior Member SnowQuilt's Avatar
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    The serial number on the FW's are on the bottom. Has 2 letters followed by 6 numbers.

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    Super Member DeniseB's Avatar
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    Hi, I have a FW. DH bought it from Jean S. Lyle, he and his wife have a booth at most of the big shows.
    I pulled out the parts list which lists all parts that can be replaced and a new bobbin case is $45. This price list is 2 years old. If you would like more info private message me and I would be happy to email you a copy of the list.

    I love my FW, but please be informed about the cost of bringing it up to speed, it could be more trouble than it is worth.
    Good luck

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    I would offer him a little less so you can afford to pay for the repairs. Good luck, I hope you get it. Peggy
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    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
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    personally i would keep looking- a featherweight without the case?
    the case is a big part of the (appeal) of a featherweight.
    if you are patient you will find the perfect one
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    Super Member Candace's Avatar
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    The wiring you described is very basic and a pretty easy fix. An original, vintage bobbin case will cost you up to $50 plus shipping. Bobbin case copies are less, but not as reliable as they're made in China. If it were me, I'd feel comfortable offering $100 but I would tackle the wiring myself no problem. If you have to pay someone $50-$75 to do it for you, you'll have to ponder if it's worth it to you.

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