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Thread: I finally found an affordable Featherweight (a bit long)

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    A featherweight only weighs between 8 and 11 pounds. Here is a web site that has to do with them even being able to date them.
    http://www.singer-featherweight.com/...es/dating.html

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    lucky you!!
    enjoy

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    Great find, enjoy cleaning her up and then sewing with her.

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    lucky you!

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    Great find! You ought to name her "33".

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    What a great find. I hope some day to find one, like U did

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    Congrats...great find. I found one in a junk store once pd $75 for it. I already had my mother's machine so I didn't need another for me...I took it to a sewing machine repar shop to have it checked out, the man wanted to buy it frome for $200. I noticed that he had others in his shop for over $500. He tuned it all up for me, and I put it on Ebay, sold it to a lady in Oregon..for $545. I wish I had kept it now. It would be nice to have one for each daughter. I also have the original wooden card table with cutout that was my mother's, and the recipt from when my dad bought it for her in 1954.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Stories like this just floor me. Someone puts her hands on an item in my possession and declares it's hers? I am just so shocked by some people and their audacity.
    It's situations like this that reveal what a person is really like...

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    that machine is their centruy one. made in 51 and to get one like that for 20 dollars is the bargin of the year.

    have a wonderful time with your new baby

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    you should get some TR-3 resin glaze to clean and shine your machine. It doesn't tarnish the decals like some cleaners do. You can find it at
    http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Magic-TR-...ata/B000BOKO4W
    You'll think you have a new machine after using that. To clean the chrome areas a product called Mothers Mag and Aluminum polish.

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    According to a list I found on this site:
    http://www.planetpatchwork.com/fweight.htm
    Your machine machine was made in 1951 in the US..

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesing
    Hello all -

    I was previewing estate sale links this week and found a very bad picture that I could just make out was a FW. I took an hour off before work yesterday to be at the sale early. When I got there they were handing out numbers and I was number 33. I was not encouraged, but thought maybe since the picture was so bad noone would realize what it was. I waited in line with # 32, who buys and sells, and #38, who is a "recreational" estate sale attender. I never told them what I was looking for, but the dealer did share what he wanted (he wasn't interested in the machine).

    Before they opened the house up, they put all the jewelry and sterling out in the front yard on tables, and opened the basement which contained all the tools and a brand new washer and dryer. Several people got what they came for from those mini-sales and left. When they opened the house they said they would let in #s 1 - 25, but since several had left they let in through 40.

    I found the machine in the LR and grabbed it, and right after me the lady who had #38 put her hands on it and said it was hers. Luckily, a worker was right next to that table and told us that I had it first. After talking to her all morning, it turns out we were both there for that one item. I thought then that it might be more than I was willing to spend since it had no case or attachments, so I asked the price. When she told me it was $20, I said I would definitely want it.

    I felt bad for the lady, but I did find it first, and I got there earlier in the morning to get in first. I hope she finds a good deal like this.

    Now I'm going to have to clean it up. We checked the electrical last night and when we saw it was fine we plugged it in. It runs, but it makes some noise, so I'm sure it needs lubrication. I will want to get it all dolled up before I start putting the oil to it, though. I will eventually also want to get a 1/4" seam guide, case, and maybe some attachments.

    I'm off to look for the cleaning tutorial now. Thanks for looking.

    Darren



    Good for you, congratulations. I know you will definitely enjoy it. Don't people like the lady who tried to grab it away from you just make you furious. I have seen so many people like that, and just because it is something they want also they think it is going to be theirs. This happened to me once on Christmas Eve with a tree at Wal Mart. I had not planned to purchase this tree, because of the price but had wanted to prior to this night. My son and I walked into the store for something else., and there it was still decorated, plus 5 sets of lights, 75% off. It was next to the service desk. I knew one of the ladies at the desk and told here I wanted it, and offered to pay her then, she said no, she started making a sold sign right then. Just as the clerk was taking the sign to put on the tree, a lady walked in and said I want that tree, the clerk told her it was sold, and she said I don't care I want it anyway. I was still at the counter. I ask the clerk if I needed to go ahead and pay for it again, and she said no I will stay right here and make sure you get it, I had taught two of her children in 1st grade. Anyway I was the lucky one with the tree, and have enjoyed it for many years. Sorry this doesn't have a thing to do with quilting.

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    Great find, I never heard of giving out numbers before for estate sale, maybe they should try that here in Oklahoma, all you do here is stand in line and if you want to be the first to get inside be here early! Giving out numbers really good ideal!

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    I would love a FW but don't see one in my future. I did watch a tutoral the other day and they were sewing on a FW. I called my husband into the room and showed him the machine and told him if he ever saw one to let me know. He goes to pawn shops once in a while and I was thinking maybe one might show up there sometime.

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    You done good child! Congrats. :thumbup:

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    what a great find. lucky.

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    hesitate to say anything---but the people probably did know what they were doing. this machine has a bad case of "aluminum rot" from sitting in water or something like that.
    she can be saved, but with lots of scraping, sanding, etc. and will need a new paint job. the "guts" of these machines rarely have problems & it will sew well when cleaned, oiled, etc. but the outside may be an expensive problem. when you are done, you will still have a bargain machine. have fun with it !

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    Great find congratulations. I have been thinking of investing in one of these little beauties myself. I have been checking thrift stores for a while, but nothing even sewing related where I live so far. Today hubby and I went to lunch at a favorite spot in a small town north of us, kind of famous for its little antique and collectible shops. We decided to stop in a shop that we used to frequent on the way home. I walked in and quickly spotted a familiar black box, in rather tattered shape. I opened it up to a familiar musty smell to find a forgotten little beauty inside. Sadly, the owner was firm at $325, and the sweet thing needs lots of TLC so I passed. You got a bargin, and it will purr again with TLC.

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    Congrats to you for your find and getting in, in time, to get it ! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinjosie
    What would one look for to determine that a machine is for sure a featherweight? I know they are always Singers and often come in a small case --- anything else?
    A FW is a model 221, and a Singer. There really weren't any others (to my knowledge) that had the flip-up hinged bed, except the 301; the big sister to the FW 221. The FW is smaller & was "THE" portable sewing machine of it's day, & still loved & used today. They were mostly black, with a more rare white or very pale green.
    Here is the link as to where the model # appears on the machine itself: http://www.singerco.com/support/model_number.html
    This link shows (near the bottom) that the FW was made from 1934 to 1946: http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...al_number.html I thought it was made a little later than that, but perhaps this page at Singer is focused on a certain date range.

    I got mine from a sewing friend who still owns at least 8 other FW's, & about 60 total machines, which she maintains herself.
    For those who want to maintain their own machine, a great help is to get the DVD "Those fantastic Featherweights" with David McCallum. Even though it is intended as everything you need to know to clean, maintain & restore a Singer 221 FW machine, you will really understand any of your old Singers. He also covers how to restore the old cases which may have developed a musty smell or replacing broken handles & latches; this DVD is 3 hours looooong & very thorough. He does talk about the 301 as well. You will find the locations for oil & grease (gears) shown in detail, and are common amongst most early Singers. Happy sewing on the oldies but goodies.

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    What a beauty....just a diamond in the rough. Once you get her all spiffy, you will really love using this machine. I just complete 72 Friendship Album Blocks on my new baby (she arrived at Christmas, but I just NOW used her!!), and I have never enjoyed using a machine so much. Mine sews like a dream. I did notice that she got very hungry/thirsty for some oil half way through the marathon. So you may want to keep some oil handy.

    I finally named mine....MOLLY the Dream Machine.

    Congratulations on your fabulous find...just $20....those estate folks had no idea what they were looking at!!

    Now, go have a blast with your new baby!!

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    Wow, clean her up and she'll purr like a kitten.

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    Congrats to you! As all the pictures I've seen on this board, your new baby will clean up nicely! Have fun with her!

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