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Thread: Need to know why everyone buys vintage Singers

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    I lve my FW and use her all the time. I like using her for paper piecing, and for taking to classes.

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    I own 11 machines and I sew on my featherweight and my quilt machine which happens to be a Singer/Gambill

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    A lot of quilters buy the featherweights made in their birth year. You can tell when the machine was made by the serial number.

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    I have the light minty green f/w and i just love her. She's just the sweetest looking thing and sews really well.
    Got her from e-bay.

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    I purchased my Singer 301A fifty years ago this summer. It has sewn clothing for my daughter and myself, curtains, slipcovers for furniture, and pieced at least 45 quilts. I took it in last month for a checkup and cleaning. It has been a wonderful sewing machine and I'm still using it as my main sewing machine.

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    No machine makes a straighter, tighter, prettier stitch than an old singer. The are the ultimate for piecing, are workhorses and run forever if cared for.

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    I love your avatar, do you have the pattern, could you share it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    Not everyone. I guess there's already my DH's GM's treadle sitting here.
    He's the only one who can use it. I never got the hang of treadles so it
    will probably remain unused as I took over the sewing jobs. I use my
    Janome or my Kenmore or just mend by hand if I have to. Yes, I do
    mending. LOL
    I love your avatar, what pattern is it and would you share it :?:

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    I've been sewing and quilting for many years, and just recently bought a 1934 Singer 15-91. I do FMQ on it because it has a large throat, it's powerful, makes beautiful stitches and it's very forgiving.
    And it's also a gorgeous machine.

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    I bo't a Singer 66 red eye just because it is just so beautiful. It weighs a ton. Sews a perfect stitch even tho the needle must have come with the machine in 1916 from the looks of it. LOL I also have a Jones 1904 just because I love looking at it. NEVER give up my Berninas.

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    They sew a great seam and they are light for taking to class.

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    I love my new computerized machines, and they are what I use for most sewing. But when I look at my old Singer I feel warm and fuzzy inside, like when I would stand at my Mom's elbow while she sewed and she would reach around and hug me. Or I would wake up in the night with a bad dream and hear the old Singer humming and know all was right with the world.

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    Because it is there....because it is cute.....because it was a good buy....because it brings good memories back to us...well, just because.

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    Take and give classes, my little FW is my companion as she is only 12 lbs. The older machines have their own sweet hum as they run and very little ever goes wrong with them.
    Brenda

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    When I started sewing many years ago Singers were THE machine company. I'd really never seen any others when I was in school. I started sewing when I was 11 and then we moved selling the machine my Mom had. It wasn't until I was about 13 that my Dad brought home a used 403 that my sisters and I sewed our school clothes on. I have that machine after my sister that got it from my Mom wanted to throw it in the dump!! My youngest sister saved it and gave it to me. I cleaned it up (sister is a smoker) and I fixed the bobbin tension (reason why sister thought it was no good anymore) and it's in my sewing room now. I also have the 626 I bought in '65 when I graduated and got my first job at the phone company. Made many dresses for work on that in my apartment and still have that one. Then about 6 years ago fell in love with Featherweights and found one in a fabric shop and bought it for my birthday. I also have newer computerized machines (Viking, Bernina 440QE, Phaff 1171 and 2 sergers) but can't give up any of them--old or new!! The 403 I'm thinking of giving to my niece after she gets out of college and on her own since it was her mother that saved the 403. She doesn't sew but thought she might want it for mending if nothing else. It's in the original cabinet and maybe she can use it as a lamp table until she needs to sew.

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    I recently bought a Singer 15-91, which is in mint condition, but secretly covet a 201. (guess it's not a secret anymore!) I love the charm and durability of the older machines. My sewing machine repairman told me that he hates the newer machines with the plastic heads that are split in half -- that eats a lot of the labor charge, because they are easy to take apart, but not fun to put back together --- very labor intensive.

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    I have several reasons for buying my vintage singers. First off, I like Singers since it is easy to find the needles, bobbins and parts for them. I finally realized that my obsession with black Singers was because of watching my Grandmother sew dresses for me on her old singer when I was around five years old. I enjoy fixing and working on these workhorses but they very seldom have problems so I don't get to work on them very much. (I end up buying broken ones in the 2nd hand stores so that I can tinker with them.)

    I love the Singer models 401 and 403s because I can move the needle both to the right and left. (I have 3 of these machines. I have one down at my neighbors for when we quilt together. I have another one in my sewing/guest room and one in the dining room for when the sewing/guest room is being used.)
    These two models help me to get the perfect 1/4 seam without using a special 1/4 foot. (I have several 1/4 feet for my newer machines but I can never seem to get a good 1/4 seam when I use them.)

    I have two featherweights (one was my mothers and I bought the other one for sewing classes before I received my mothers). I very seldom use them even though I have the 1/4 foot for them. I like my 401s and 403 better.

    I have two 301s that I also never use anymore and will probably give them away. I wanted my son to take one because it is a good sturdy machine. I hoped to trade him the 301 for the model 99 that I gave him in earlier years. The stinker wanted to trade for one of my featherweights instead and we couldn't come to an agreement. :lol:

    I have a Singer treadle model 15 that does a great stitch and I enjoy treadling on it. Right now I'm making a log cabin quilt on it.

    I bought another model 99 that I plan on making into a handcrank. It is small and I can put it away in a carrying case.
    I have a model 66 that I am saving for when my husband wants to work on canvas things. (It keeps him away from my other machines.) It is a good working sewing machine and I've thought about putting it back into a cabinet but first I have to find the cabinet and find a place to put the cabinet.

    I also have a handcrank model 127 that uses the boat shape type of bobbin. It was my first vintage singer that I had ever bought and I only had to pay about $35 for it. (This was about 15 years ago.) I do need to decide what I want to do with it, and I was going to sale it at a yard sale until I handcranked a few seams to make sure it worked properly. It was a dream to handcrank. It was very smooth and worked great. (I didn't put it up for sale as I had planned.) :roll:

    I finally decided that I don't want to buy anymore Singers but I have to admit that I've heard very good things about the 201 that I decided I would pick up "ONE" more if I ever find one.
    :lol:

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    Featherweights will sew anything! I have sewn leather/w velcro and my new machine gave me problems. My FW came thru! I love it. Who doesn't like to sew on a beautiful machine. You can also repair them and parts are available!

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    My mom prefers a 301 to a featherweight bc she feels it has more power for various garment sewing. I' ve not actually sewed a stitch on a fw but I used a 301 - straight seams were so nice, quarter inch mark on the plate - it sewed like a dream.

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    I've got the same question. I found a Singer, dated 1908, but I don't think it's a featherweight? Should I buy it?

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    Actually, I didn't buy my Featherweight. Rather, I asked for my mother's and she gave it to me. She had attachments and the wooden card table it fits into for a sewing table. A piece lifts out of the table to accommodate the machine. I did have to have some work done on it as well as replace the cords.

    I learned to sew on that machine. It's like working with an old friend!

    Mom's father gave her a dowry cow in 1941. For those who might not understand, it was an old English tradition to give a daughter a dowry when she married so she didn't go empty handed to her husband.

    This cow was brindle colored. I sat on her when my dad milked it.

    When I was 4 years old, electricity came into southern Iowa. My dad, trained after serving in WWII, wired electricity into our home. Mom was so excited! The first appliance she bought was a refrigerator to replace the ice box.

    Then, Mom decided to sell that cow to pay for an electric sewing machine so she could make my school clothes, and be able to have the advantage of using a butonholer. The old treadle machine did not do that.

    I cried and threw a fit at the thought of selling that cow! I thought there would be no more milk at the table. My dad discussed the issue with me and I sort of accepted the idea when he told me there were other cows on that ranch, and we would still have milk. However, those cows were not tame enough for met to sit upon while being milked.

    Mom chose the Featherweight because of the storage case, and being able to put it away when not in use, which was hardly ever the case. Also, she felt that since they moved alot, it would be easy to move.

    Oh yes, I have memories of that machine. I can remember Mom patching my dad's canvas overalls using it. I made doll clothes with it.

    Since it came to my home, I have taken it to quilting retreats as well as other sewing at home. Also, we've used the card table for playing cards or working puzzles as my mother did.

    When in my teens, I discovered I could set the buttonholer on a long length, using the largest buttonhole cam, and make zig zag stitches. Leave it to a kid!

    I feel I inherited a tradition in this machine. Thanks, Mom!

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    A lot of people like to collect them.
    If I were looking for a machine I 'd want a machine with more options.

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    I have a Singer Featherweight (born in 1955) and a Pfaff Expression 2038 and a Bernina 440 QE. Will admit that the Featherweight does not get as much use as the two "modern machines", but I just love "Fern" (Featherweight) for her simplicity (not much can go wrong with these old machines), her outward beauty (I happen to like antiques that connect me with the past) and the perfect straight stitch I can always count on getting when I use my Featherweight for piecing. I like to bring Fern to quilt guild workshops/classes when I know that all I will be doing is straight stitching. Nothing like the soothing "hum" of a Featherweight, in comparison to the noise that modern sewing machines produce ....... sometimes it is just the therapy I need when I feel stressed.

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    I have always had Singer's. I love the 301 it's a work horse. The featherweight has such a nice comforting sound, not to mention they stitch great and easy to carry around. It's a machine that you can work on and maintain your self.
    But I have a little gem that I got at a garage sale for $5. It's a Elna Lotus SP. It is soo cute and I use it more now than my featherweight. It has it's "own" case that's enclosed in. It also zig zags. I get a lot of looks at classes when I bring. I also have a 15 year old Janome Memory Craft 9000. So everybody has their special machines they like. I don't own a Bernina. I have an old Viking. I've been sewing since I was a little girl, hence my avatar. Pam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabaddict
    they will outlast anything on the market today
    and the repair bill is cheaper they have less moving parts so they live longer my newer singer is going to cost 145.00 to fix so I"ll wait /save for a new one

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