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Thread: Singer Featherweight

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    Senior Member Grinster's Avatar
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    I should think about joining. I know the memberships are renewed in the Spring. I am going to the International Quilt Show with the Bernina folks. I am sure it will really get me motivated. Thanks for your response!

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    I had to think you and I have the same "fun". I have bought 6 featherweights from ebay and sold all but 1. I do not do this to make a profit-bought for sister and friends. I do not go to casino-but I sure liked the thrill of winning (and hunting) for the little machines.
    Enjoy your day, Janie in KS

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    I believe that is a wonderful opportunity to take the class for your Featherweight. I would take it if they had something like that where I live. I have a Singer Featherweight Centennial and it is so cute! My husband bought it for me in the Fall and I hope to use it more soon - it is a beauty!

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    Oh, you are getting a deal at the $55. It's that much just to have someone clean our machines here and extra for any replacement parts or adjustments made. It's wonderful to educate yourself on how to do things yourself. Truly keeps your machines working much longer and your beauty deserves a good working order.

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    Grinster,
    I love the Golden, she is sure pretty. We had one but lost her at age four, I don't think their is a nice dog.
    Now regarding Feather weights. They are so easy to clean and I think it would be a wonderful class. I will be interested in know what they recommend to keep the finishes. My mother in law was manage of a Sewing shop and they used car wax on the older sewing machines to keep them looking good.

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    Clem,
    Most featherweights starting price is about $250 up. Depends on if the gold trim is in good shape and the machine is original. Once they have been painted or pieces changed out, they lose their value. A good machine will probably sell for about $400 in TX. Different prices by location. A person maybe able to find a good machine cheaper if the person selling doesn't know the price.

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    The class sounds like a good one. I got my FW in 1966 from my mom to take to college. She had it serviced at that time. I have sewn clothes; boat covers; curtains and now am using it for class at a mystery meeting once a month. Have never had it serviced since then. Just clean out the dust, etc. It is a true workhorse.

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    Looks beautiful. A class for maintence would be good. I had a chance year ago to buy a book on machine maintence, didn't buy it and wish I would have.

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    I hope you can share what you learn in the class with us. I own 4 Featherweights and think about selling them. I have never done ANYTHING with them, and wish that I could clean and maintain them. That might encourage me to USE at least one of them.

    I'm interested in knowing where to oil, what to oil, which KIND of oil to use, etc... and about 1,000 other questions.

    I use Schmetz needles in my other machines, but am guessing only Singer needles in the Featherweight?

    Brenda in Iowa

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    Every time I think about the Singer Treadle Machine my Mom put out for the garbage when I was a teen, I want to cry. It had a beautifully carved wooden cabinet also.

    My Brother XR52 just broke down. I have a timing problem and won't get it back for a couple of weeks.

    Meanwhile, I decided to borrow my daughter's machine which had belonged to my MIL. I didn't remember what it looked like and assumed it was an old Pfaff like his aunt had. I just found out from him that it is a SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT!!!!! I may end up trying to trade machines with her! She does very little sewing. Only a project once in a blue moon for the kids for school. All her mending etc. she gives to me because she doesn't have time she says.

    Oh Boy! Am I ever excited now!

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    I would love to have a featherweight. I carry a Juki 98Q or a Baby Lock Ellegante to a sit and stitch on Wednesdays and because of the name thought a featherweight would be lighter and easier for me carry, but a friend told me they are just as heavy or heavier than most machines because they are all metal. Is this true? Does anyone know how much a Featherweight weighs?

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    I think Featherweights are someplace between 9 and 11 pounds.

    Yes, they are all metal, but they are small and don't have all the computers and extra stuff that today's machines have.

    Featherweights are VERY popular among quilters and ladies who take machines to classes, etc, because of their light weight.

    I used to have a 95 year old aunt who carried her Featherweight to sewing classes and monthly sewing meetings.

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    My feather weight weighs 25 lbs.

    Wickn34

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    My feather weight weighs 25 lbs.

    Wickn34

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    You're KIDDING!!

    Do you have one of the portable Featherweights?

    I have 4 Featherweights and they are about 9 pounds each.

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    That includes the box.

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    My boxes are all original boxes, and they don't weigh 16 pounds...

    Not sure why your Featherweight would weigh 25 pounds. Mine are all between 9 and 10 pounds. I just weighed them.

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    I bought a cute white featherweight on E-bay for my 9 year old daughter and she loves it. Of course I think I'll be taking it to quilting classes for me also :). My mother sewed on a black featherweight - I don't know if it was a centennial or not, but I remember playing with it when she left it out on the dining room table and I made the bobbin area look like a birdsnest! I still have a touch of Bobbin phobia to this day....

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    Your dear friend looks to be about the same age as mine.....1938 edition.....and my birth year. I adore mine and am eternally grateful that she came into my life. I've never given her a name.....guess I should, huh?

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    Yes, take the class! When I purchased mine for my BD about 5 years ago in a local fabric store, there was a sign on the wall about a maintenance class and the clerk and some customers recommended I sign up for it. It turned out to be put on by Dave McCallum who it the author of "The Featherweight and I". This is one of the best books on this machine and we in this area of WA feel very lucky to have him here and teaching about the 221. I would recommend taking the class and then buying his book. It's very good to have to help you after the class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roselady
    I was given a FW and it had a terrible smell. I changed the felt pad inside that absorbs any oil drips. That helped the machine smell alot. I set the box out in 100 degree sunshine for a few days, but it was still bad. I put some deodorant soap in it recently and sealed it in a big garbage bag, that seams to have worked. I haven't brought it into the house yet, so I'm not sure, it is definately better.
    Try the light bulb-in-the-box method. Dave McCallum writes about it in his book and I used that. Worked wonders. I also now put soap packets in it plus the silicone packets from shoes, purses, etc. The small hasn't returned. I also changed the oil pad and that helped also. I made a pattern from the pad and buy the stiff felt at craft stores and make my own.

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    Really nice. Wish that class was available here.

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    I too would take the class, I have one, had never had one before and I know next to or nothing at all about the maintence of my machine. So yes by all means. Wonderful class, I would take one in a heartbeat.

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    Dave M. does do limited travel and teaching classes. They are TERRIFIC. However, he has lots of very important and helpful information on his DVD's. I would HIGHly recommend the DVD's. They can be ordered on his website http://www.featherweight221.com. I have never seen such detail and complete information. Well worth the cost.

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    I own a FW 221. She goes with me to quilting classes because she doesn't weigh much and she sews so beautifully. I paid 000.00 for her. My brother had moved into a apt where the previous tenants used her as a door stop and forgot about her. She was in a bad way when he gave her to me. But I cleaned her up and had her tuned up. And I almost lost her. I took her to my local repairman who obviously fell in love with her, he told he was just junk, needed parts that I would never be able to find. With tears in my eyes, I said I would take her home and use her as a door stop. But then a friend told me that thru our local Joanne's I could probably get her tuned up for 20.00. She has been appraised at 350.00. I'm glad my brother gave her to me and that I have kept her all these years. Her name is a Essie.

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