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    I learned to sew on a featherweight my mother purchased new in 1936 for $125. I let my neices have it after my mother died as she had taught them to sew on it. It was about wornout as it had been used on a very regular basis since 1936. I was lucky enough to find one in mint condition at a local yard sale. It still had that new smell so I don't think the lady ever used it. I take it on retreat if I am just doing piecing. I also own three Berninas as well as a serger and embroidery machine.

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    I still have and use the Featherweight 221 my mother bought me back in 1952. It makes a perfect 1/4" seam, using one of the modern feet. She sews like a dream and I would never part with her. I have the table she fits in also. It looks like a card table but was made specifically for the Featherweight. Perfect when you are chain piecing.

    I do the actual quilting on either my Bernina 1630 or my trusty old Singer 401. I really prefer the 401 now for quilting as it is a workhorse.

    Hope you get as much enjoyment from yours and I have mine.

    Jacke

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    Enjoy your 'new' toy. It is the neatest machine to sew with. I have my mother's and was lucky to find the card table for it. It always has a perfect stitch. I retired two years ago and became interested in the old ones. I picked up a white/green one recently. For some reason, the 'feel' of the white one is not the same as the black. Would like your opinions of the white compared to the black. I, also have a 15-91 in a cabinet that is wonderful. It has a perfect straight stitch and can sew anything. (It, also, could be used for an anchor). There's a couple of Yahoo sites for the old Singers that were very helpful when I took apart the 15-91.
    Mary Ellen

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    I have two - my mother's white/greenish one and my grandmother's black Centennial edition one - and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them for piecing. Nothing better in my opinion for that when using my 1/4" foot. Straight stitches, never temperamental. You can easily (and I mean easily) tune it up yourself. They were made so that the average person could keep them humming. I went to this website and bought the repair/maintenance manual and DVD set and did it myself. Didn't even have to ask my Mr. Fix-it husband to help me.

    http://featherweight221.com/

    You can look around and get a reproduction of the table they sit in, too. I can't remember which magazine it was in, but I saw it in the ad section of a recent quilt magazine.


    You'll never regret getting one if you decide to do so.

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    Thanks for this site. I just missed this book on ebay. Great to see I can still buy it new and a dvd too.
    Linda/MI

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    I too have a featherweight and was lucky enough to get it for free:)I cleaned and seviced mine on my own....was full of wool! Here are some sites for those that might want to know...
    go to: http://www.singer-featherweight.com/

    go to: http://quilting.about.com/od/essenti...eight-Gallery/

    go to: http://www.planetpatchwork.com/fweight.htm all good sites:)Some of the others I had marked are now gone for some reason. Yes, I do use mine to take to a quilt group get-together since it is so light and I put it easily in my kid's scrapbook bag on wheels to take:)Great machine to piece on and last week I bought myself a treadle machine...just in case the electricity goes out:)Which it does in the winter here! But, won't be taking that to any classes:)Skeat

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    I have one named Amelia! :) I LOVE her....sews beautifully, and I don't have a 1/4" foot for her....he throat plate has the 1/4" line on it, and I've always used that. She sews like a dream.....I also have a 'spare' one that I haven't yet bonded with, but I would get ride of them for anything! I gave one to my daughter this past Christmas...she now LOVES it as well...she cried when she opened it! Too precious!

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    I have one and use it all the time!!! I love my baby!

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    I have one with the original case. Love it

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    I have my mother's featherweight, made in 1938,which she bought used in 1944 as a war bride. I use it consistently for piecing. There's no better straight stitch machine. Keep it oiled, brush out the lint, and follow the basic care instructions. If you live near Kalamazoo, MI, you can take a class on the care and maintenance of your machine from owner Steve. They also carry spare parts at the shop.

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    Hi KathyK. I am near Kalamazoo,Mi. What is the name of the shop? Do they have a website?
    Linda/Mi

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    Quilts Plus....it's in the strip mall at West Main and Drake. If you're going east on WestMain (going into town) turn left at the light onto Drake and then into the driveway on right. Near Wild Birds Unlimited store. Steve can fix anything on a Featherweight, and he's honest and reasonable prices.
    it's also just a great shop !!

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    My birthday present to myself last October was a Featherweight 221. I stalked craigslist and landed one for $200. Her name is Emma Rose and she was born in 1938. I love her so! My mother says that Singer made the Featherwieght specifically so that the common housewife could easily maintain them.

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    I'm the very proud mother of 9 Featherweights. They're addictive. I got my first one about 8 years ago. My husband got interested in learning how they worked and subsequently became the local expert. We buy them whenever we travel. 'Usually in the most unsuspecting places. However, we buy only the ones that are in pristine condition. I use my original one all the time. It sits on my sewing table right alongside my Bernina. The stitch is perfect, straight and strong. I love to use it for piecing. When I teach, I take it along because of its light weight. You can't go wrong with a featherweight.
    (note) We never buy from the internet, since we like to inspect and try out each one in advance.
    K

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    I have a guy in southern Missouri who will clean and service my FW for $25.00 while I shop the store. He has a little museum there with one of each model FW made except one, he says. He has a toy crank model also! What a fun place to stop in Mountain View, MO.

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    I have 3 Featherweights. Here are pictures of two of them. The third I just got at an auction and it is in for cleaning/servicing. I just love them to death!!

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    going to get me one sometime, when I see one that says "take me home" that is how I buy things, when I see it, I know immediately that I love it! Also, have a 301 in mind, everyone says those are just workhorses! I will know it when I see it, nothing like that warm and fussy feeling. Will probably still use my janome's, love the needle down, and all the wonderful things they can do, but love my singer 15 too, while it is a straight stitch, it is a work horse and won't part with her. Yea, as soon as I find one, she is coming home!

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    I would love a 301 also, plus a 222k and a scrolled featherweight. Slipping them by hubby unnoticed would be an ordeal tho..lol

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    I have two featherweights. One is black and the other one is white/celery. I have two black 301's. I don't use my featherweights or my 301s very much. The machines that I love to use the most are my Singer 401 and 403. I love those because I can move the needle to the perfect 1/4 allowance.

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    I learned to sew on Mom's FW and we both used it a lot until I was 15 and Mom traded it in on a new Singer. She wanted me to buy it for the amount she was getting for the trade-in, but I didn't do it because I wanted to use her new machine. I regret that so much.

    About 20 years ago, I found a FW in a store in Wooster, OH for $25. I was thrilled to get it. It was in the case with the buttonholer and all the feet. I think it's a 1949, which may be the same as Mom's. (I'll have to look it up again.) I just love it.

    If I remember correctly, a few years ago most of the FW's on ebay were selling for $600 to $800. They've dropped in price considerably since then.

    I'd love to find another FW and have it painted red or green or pink. I think they're so cute painted like that, but I don't want to ruin the value of mine.

    I've also got a Singer 500a Rocketeer, which I also love. Let's see, we also have a Singer 15-91, which was supposed to be in excellent running condition when we bought it on ebay, but it wasn't. I'd really like to get it completely operational. My DH and DS bought a Singer 99K at a sale. It needs some work. I should take it and the 15-91 to Billy. My DH could watch him repair them and then he'd know what to do himself. He pretty much knows now, but hasn't had time to play with them recently. We only paid $25 each for the 15-91 and the 99K and didn't even have to pay shipping for the 15-91 as the seller lived about 20 miles from us, so we picked it up. I'm glad; it's a heavy old thing.

    I'd also like to have a 301, although I'm not sure what I'd do with it. I never thought much about a treadle, but after seeing Billy's treadles and others that different members here have found, I'd like to get one.

    Of course, I'd also like a new Bernina... :mrgreen:

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    I bought my FW at an auction this fall and though it looks in perfect condition, I have not actually tried it yet. After the first of the year! Mine was built in 1946 and I paid $200.00.

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    I want one so bad but can't find one in real good shape and what my wallet can handle. SIGH~~~ one day.
    BillsBonBon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pats8e8
    I have one, take it to our quilt retreat mostly. Or anywhere I need to take a machine. They are wonderful little work horses!Mine is a 1951, do you know how to date yours?
    I called Sears and gave them the serial number and they told me....10/27/1947 I love her but don't use her much

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    You can date your Featherweight here...go to the bottom of the page to the Letters Link and you can get the exact day it was made

    http://www.singerco.com/support/serial_2letter.html

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    I acquired my 1947 Featherweight off eBay last March for $300 and have pieced 4-5 quilts with it already. I just love it!

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