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Thread: Guess what I bought tonight........

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    Super Member beachlady's Avatar
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    I am so excited!!! We went to a local auction tonight and I got a Singer 221 Featherweight for $200.00. It looks brand new and was built in 1946. At the bottom of the case under a thick piece of card board was the original letter from Singer congratulating Mrs.Nahlstedt of Old Greenwich, Connecticut for purchasing the machine. The envelope was post marked April 28, 1947 - finding that letter was almost as exciting as buying the machine! This machine serial # makes it built on September 16, 1946. It also looks like it has all the parts and bobbins etc. I downloaded a manual when I got home. The case is in perfect condition too.

    Also in the case was a receipt dated 8/30/99 saying that a complete tuneup and chemical cleaning and lubrication was done for 39.95 by a different owner in Portland, Maine. And now it is MINE!!!

    I will post pix in a day or so - computer fix-it man (who has had my computer for a month) called and said he finally has it up and running after telling me it needs a new motherboard and was unable to find one!
    I wonder how long it will work! DH is tired of me being on his so much.

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    YAY!!!! I'm so happy for you!!! I just got one for my B/D this month...Mine is a 1936...

    You got it for a great price too!! The envelope underneath is priceless!!!

    Again, HUGE CONGRATS!!!

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    Great find! Happy quilting

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    Great find! Happy quilting

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    I am so happy for you......

    (and a little jealous :mrgreen: )

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    Good for you!!!! And how cool finding the letter and envelope!! That would be neat framed, hanging in your sewing room!! :D :D

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    So happy for you! I finally got one too and I'm still in awe.

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    I am so happy for you. I have my mothers and it sews a perfect straight stitch. The letter and receipt really make it exciting, and I'm from CT!
    Enjoy your new baby.
    Mary Ellen
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    Congrats! Can't wait to see pics!!

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    Congrats! I can't wait to see a pic of it.

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    Wow, the letter makes it especially incredible. Have you considered adding your own letter at some point, so that as this machine moves through the generations, the story will continue?

    Congratulations!

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    What a great find...and with provenance - Well done and I hope you have many years of enjoyment from it.

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    Great!! We're anxiously awaiting pictures.

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    Oh wow! What a great buy. You will surely enjoy that and what a great price.

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    WOOHOO!! What a great find!!!

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    Wow! $200 is a great deal! And how neat that the letter stayed with the machine all these years.

    My mom bought a new Featherweight before I was born (in 1951). She taught me to sew on it and I made all my doll clothes and then my own. When I was 15, Mom traded it in for a new Singer. She didn't want to trade it, but wanted me to buy it instead with my babysitting money. She couldn't afford to keep it if I didn't buy it, but had to use it for the trade-in discount. However, I was a typical 15-year-old and wanted to use the new machine, not the old Featherweight. I've regretted that decision many, many times in the past 43 years, believe me!

    Luckily, I found a Featherweight in the used section of a sewing machine store for $25 in the late 70's or early 80's. It's a 1949 model; Mom's was either a 1949 or 1950. I stopped sewing in the mid-80's and put it away for years. The timing was off when I got it out last year, so I had it tuned up. The technician offered me $500 for it, but I said no way. It sews beautifully now and takes me back to my childhood when I use it.

    By the way, I would never have mine painted because it would affect the value and I like the original black, but I have to say I love the painted Featherweights. They're so shiny and cute. Wish I could afford to buy a couple of pink ones for my granddaughters. Or one pink and one purple.

    Enjoy your new purchase!

    Sandy

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    Yipee!!!!!!! I love the 2 I have and waiting a couple of weeks to pay off my new baby!! This new machine is a White Featherweight which are really rare. Enjoy your machine :D :D :D

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    Sandy, I saw a pink one online and if I remember correctly it was listed at 6,775.00. Isn't that amazing? You have to love pink to pay that much!

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    Congrats! Printing out your post would be a fitting addition for future owners to find. There is a great yahoo group that has one of the foremost featherweight experts as a regular poster. He will tell you exactly what to do to fix any featherweight problem if you have one.

    I have a white featherweight, it's a little smaller then the black ones. It was given to me, I had been looking for a black one. One thing, the new teeth belts don't work that great on the featherweights, use the flat ones.

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    Wow...that is just too cool! The machine was a great find/deal, then to find the letter....just blows me away!

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    Wow, Beachlady, did you choose the right night to go to auction or what? I keep looking for a featherweight but so far no luck, whoever has them wants to keep them here in my home area.

    Enjoy and can't wait to see the picture!

    Hugs,
    Sharon

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    Beachlady, that really is an exciting find! Would love to see pictures of the machine. Having that original paperwork would mean a lot to me, too. Like holding a piece of history.

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    How exciting!!! Can't wait to see pictures! And to find the original letter from Singer -- that is just awesome! Maybe you could post a picture of that too?

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    Congratulations!!! I am VERY :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: with envy!!! :wink:

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    Double Congratulations!! :D I
    can hardly wait to see your pic's.
    You must still be on cloud nine!!
    :D :D :D :D :D

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