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Thread: Replica Featherweights? Oh ya!

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    Senior Member Moon Holiday's Avatar
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    Did you know someone is making replicas of the Featherweight 221 machines? I'm not talking fakes.... just replica machines... all metal parts, everything looks the same except for the the labels. Oh, and did I tell you they're expensive... well not computerized machine prices, but still same prices as original machines in good shape... Check it out:
    http://www.allbrands.com/products/abp14841-0096.html

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    OUCH!!! Look at that price!!!!!!!!!! Sure looks like one though, doesn't it?

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    I don't know why I'm surprised because featherweights have been such a hot item for quite while. I agree about the price... although featherweight prices have been climbing steadily this year... back up to where they were before the economy went south.

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    I think I'd rather have an original! Don't know where I read it, maybe it was Billy? But I know I read here that they're not near the same quality as the originals.

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    I would pay that for an original but not a replica. Glad I have one that cost a lot less than what they're asking!
    Right now I don't have that kind of money for a FW. I got mine for a tad over 200

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    I'm going to be "snobby" and say that I am glad I have my real deal Featherweight. LOL Especially at that price. Thanks Mom, for the wonderful Christmas present 37 years ago that I was sentimental enough to hang onto all these years. :)

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    A lot of us FW owners are snobs I think :D
    I wouldn't sell mine for anything!! She's so reliable!!

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    The worry will be years from now these baby's will be selling on Ebay and new quilters won't know the difference.
    They should be forced to call them something other than Singer. In fact, since Singer still exists, they should be sited for Patent infringement. It hasn't been 100 years yet since they started making the FW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moon Holiday
    Did you know someone is making replicas of the Featherweight 221 machines? I'm not talking fakes.... just replica machines... all metal parts, everything looks the same except for the the labels. Oh, and did I tell you they're expensive... well not computerized machine prices, but still same prices as original machines in good shape... Check it out:
    http://www.allbrands.com/products/abp14841-0096.html
    EEEEK! NOOOO! They aren't well made inside and are noisy things. Just go buy a real featherweight. My oldest FW was made in 1936 and still sewed as well as the day she came off the assembly line.

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    Interesting. At least they would be in perfect condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katied772
    Interesting. At least they would be in perfect condition.
    So you end up with a piece of junk in perfect condition. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by katied772
    Interesting. At least they would be in perfect condition.
    So you end up with a piece of junk in perfect condition. LOL.
    So true!

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    Yikes! Neither of my FWs cost that, and they both sew lovely. This product doesn't make much sense right now, when multistitch computerized machines of decent quality AND original FWs in good condition are both available at the same or lower price. Only the most uninformed buyer would go for this.

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    Nothing beats an original, I agree!
    Since I am obsessed with antiques of all kinds, I certainly know the value of buying originals... and my first choice would always be to get the original. I see this in the antiques business all the time... whenever something becomes so hot that the price skyrockets, someone out there would reproduce it hoping to cash in on the latest obsession. A lot of people who didn't know any better bought the new ones thinking they were getting a pristine antique because less reputable dealers would sell repros as antiques.... Only thing I can say about this replica is they're not trying to scam anyone into thinking they're buying an antique Singer Featherweight.

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    I would rather have an old one too!

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    For that money I would rather have an original :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by katied772
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by katied772
    Interesting. At least they would be in perfect condition.
    So you end up with a piece of junk in perfect condition. LOL.
    So true!
    I've tried out other items that were manufactored by this company and they were NOT good. Very cheap construction, noise, probably wouldn't last a year...I'll stay with the real thing.

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    Made in China. I have to wonder about that. Too much bad stuff coming out of China - lead paint on baby toys, poison milk, etc. Plus my actual featherweight was a lot cheaper.

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    I am just really curious here....the first time I ever heard of a featherweight sewing maching was on this board...I realize you all love them and value them highly so can someone tell me why? What do you use them for or are they just a valuable antique to own? Just wondering...

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    So how can we tell an original FW from a replica once these are floating around? i.e. craigslist, ebay, shows, etc

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    I wonder where they are made and my fear is they may be sold sometime as the real thing should be against the law for copyright but then I have heard about pirateing music maybe this is the same thing I would not want one I love my original

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    No thanks - I will stick to the real thing.

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    Always check the serial numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moon Holiday
    Did you know someone is making replicas of the Featherweight 221 machines? I'm not talking fakes.... just replica machines... all metal parts, everything looks the same except for the the labels. Oh, and did I tell you they're expensive... well not computerized machine prices, but still same prices as original machines in good shape... Check it out:
    http://www.allbrands.com/products/abp14841-0096.html
    I thought a replica - was a remake of an old item - but still a fake

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    Featherweights are only 12 lbs. - they are easy to transport. Great for classes, retreats, and sewing guilds. I even take mine on vacation. They are small and very sturdy, made with no plastic and will sew virtually every type of fabric, if you have the right needle and thread.

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