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Thread: My Featherweight came today....part of it is broken :-(

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    There is a quilt shop on St Simon's Island, GA called Stepping Stones. They repair featherweights there. Go to their web site and email them. Connie sells the fabric and Chris repairs. He cleaned up one I bought. I am sure he could tell you.

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    Well my featherweight arrived today, it also has a broken part. The pressure foot life lever is broken off...also came complete with a broken needle...grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr big time...I was so excited to unpack it..I was a bit gun sky of this ebay seller but went ahead and purchased it. I'm sure I can replace the part easily but that's not the idea..
    That old saying, "If you think it's too good to be true, it usually is!
    Anne

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    Once the Bernina dealer fixed it up. I ran it at retreat for a weekend and it was beautiful. I got a great deal on it, I bought a rolling case from Joanns over Thanksgiving weekend and pack the carry case w/ machine in that for added protection. When I transport it in the jeep its bungee down in the back so it will not shift. My friend did not have her machine held down, someone pulled out in front of her, it flipped and broke the machine.

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    That is the bobbin winder.. pivots down to the belt on the flywheel ... You should be able to reattach it using JBweld... a cold weld that is used in mechanic shops.
    So sorry to here that you machine was damaged during shipping...notifie they seller. They may refund your money or pay for repairs.

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    I found this site a while back . Bought his book and DVD. He does repairs and sells parts. Maybe he could be some help. http://featherweightrx.com/

    Linda/MI

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    Wow, I am so glad that your Ebay dealer came through for you.
    Soon, you can enjoy your lovely machine.
    lots2do

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    The seller got right back to me. He told me that he guarantees safe shipping and he is sending me a new part by airmail along with a 221 manual for my trouble :D

    He said that it is the bobbin winder and also gave me detailed instructions on how to replace it. This person sells some really beautiful sewing machines on Ebay and has 100% good feedback and I can see why :thumbup:
    :D:D:D:D:D:D I love Happy Endings like this :D:D:D:D:D:D
    This is how all transactions should be :wink: 8-) 8-) 8-)

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    this should have been insured, check. I know someone that deals in featherweights, if intested I can give you their number. I now I bought a machine once from someone on ebay and it was damaged when I got it. I got the insurance money that paid for the machine.
    Merry Christmas
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    The seller got right back to me. He told me that he guarantees safe shipping and he is sending me a new part by airmail along with a 221 manual for my trouble :D

    He said that it is the bobbin winder and also gave me detailed instructions on how to replace it. This person sells some really beautiful sewing machines on Ebay and has 100% good feedback and I can see why :thumbup:
    That was very nice of him. She will be running just fine in a matter of time. I'm glad it work out for you!

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    I would definately use the JB Weld, The most fantastic metal
    repair ever invented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tweety
    I found this site a while back . Bought his book and DVD. He does repairs and sells parts. Maybe he could be some help. http://featherweightrx.com/

    Linda/MI
    Great minds must think alike....:-D...I just ordered the book and DVD today (well, actually yesterday---since it's after midnight now but I'm still up waiting for Santa). The site has a short video sample of his DVD and it looks like it will be very helpful. The DVD also has a section on the Singer 301, which has caught my eye (I like the long bed version of the 301---either in black, mocha or the 2 tone ;) )

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaF
    Well my featherweight arrived today, it also has a broken part. The pressure foot life lever is broken off...also came complete with a broken needle...grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr big time...I was so excited to unpack it..I was a bit gun sky of this ebay seller but went ahead and purchased it. I'm sure I can replace the part easily but that's not the idea..
    That old saying, "If you think it's too good to be true, it usually is!
    Anne
    I know how you feel. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning when I opened the box but I was sorry to see the broken part fall out of the packing. I hope you are able to get yours fixed. Which color featherweight did you get?

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    Hi All,

    Just stopped in to see whats happening while I am waiting for the family to get up so we can check out what Santa has brought us!!

    I am sorry to hear that these machines are coming to you broken. Some of these sellers do not have a clue as to how to pack a machine. Just ask SewJoyce how I pack one up, she will tell you that you can throw it off of a roof and it would live to tell about it.

    The bobbin winder issue.... after you swap out the part which is very simple, save the pieces just in case. I can fix them and have many times but I always weld them up. I have welded so many different types of metals including the exotics (titanium, magnesium, 503 stainless) its just second nature to me now. I even welded a glass coke bottle to the side of a steel beam on a bet one time. That one use an old indian trick I learned years ago but it blows peoples minds everytime LOL!!

    Back to the other FW, the presserbar lever is not that hard to replace but it takes some finessing to to snake it in its spot and if I remember correctly you have to pull the presser foot bar out of the machine to get it in. Its not a hard job to do, but make sure you are careful not to strip the screw slots trying to undo the bar. Kroil or PB Blaster is your best friend when trying to loosen screws.

    PM me and I might have the service manual or at least a parts blow up so you can see what you have to go through to get it changed out. Plus it will have the Singer part numbers for the parts that you need.

    Billy

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    Thank you Billy.
    We are trying to replace the feeddogs on an old singer...we can't get the screws out of the presser plate. Thank you for the tip of the PB Blaster or the Kroil...
    Next question... where do we find this stuff?

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    did you buy insurance from seller if you did they can replace it for you or give you back your money contact them and find out im so sorry ,such a beauity too

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    IMHO part of the value of a Featherweight is wholeness. You bought a whole machine and received part of one, or one with permanent damage. You probably won't be able to get what you paid for it if you need to sell one day. I'd be cautious about accepting damage like that. Did it come in a case? If not, it wasn't properly protected in packing. Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leota
    Thank you Billy.
    We are trying to replace the feeddogs on an old singer...we can't get the screws out of the presser plate. Thank you for the tip of the PB Blaster or the Kroil...
    Next question... where do we find this stuff?
    NAPA is where I found mine and sometimes if you take a hair drier and put some heat on the spot it will come out a little easier. Also the hair drier works for the sticky parts of a machine if it has sat for years without being used.


    Billy

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    My featherweight is black. I gave it a good oiling last night and replaced the broken needle it came with and it sews very nicely. It needs a really good cleaning inside as it's pretty cruddy but it now sounds much better after the oiling. I think there's local repair person that worked for Singer for a long time so I'll contact him for parts and a good cleaning.
    I nelected to mention the condition of the case when it came to me. The seller had mentioned that one of the hinges was broken but not the fact that the bottom of the case had been damaged and was repaired with something that looked like putty and then painted. She put it directly into the box...no layer of protection...just the cardboard box...needless to say it sustained further damage in shipping which I really don't care about because I intended to purchase a new case anyhow but I do care that she wasn't honest in her description. The only thing she had done to stabilize the case in the box was to stuff newspapers around it and then put a chux (one of those pads you use in hospitals for incontinent patients) and that was it..
    I've written to her and requested compensation for the broken part etc...but to date have not heard from her. I won't return the machine as the price I paid for it was great and it's an easy fix to get it into tip top shape but I'll certainly give her a low rating in her feed back if she doesn't respond but that really won't change much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaF
    She put it directly into the box...no layer of protection...just the cardboard box...needless to say it sustained further damage in shipping

    The only thing she had done to stabilize the case in the box was to stuff newspapers around it and then put a chux (one of those pads you use in hospitals for incontinent patients) and that was it..
    :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
    I belong to a poultry forum and there are discussions about this same issue with Ebay sellers that sell 'hatching eggs'. Some of the sellers are super careful about how they pack the eggs and others just sort of send them off with a wish and a prayer :roll:, resulting in a box of scrambled eggs.

    Thanks Billy, for all of your advice :thumbup: Do you have a website advertising machines for sale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Thanks Billy, for all of your advice :thumbup: Do you have a website advertising machines for sale?
    I am going to be starting on one the first of the year.

    But for now its just word of mouth type of thing and I service a lot of the vintage machines in my area. The only place around here that services machines will not mess with the older machines 1850's to 1960's. They will just send them to me.

    Billy

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