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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    A Fad among quilters perhaps? I can see collecting about anything, heck I collect rocks. I see your point some spend literally thousands on a fancy machine and then have to have a featherweight. I am thinking it is the "in thing"
    Hey that's way cool, I collect rocks too!! I bring them home with me from everywhere I go that it is legal. ahem...
    I carry them on the plane, the train, the bus. I have carried one down a really tall mountain and across international borders. I love rocks!!

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    I resisted the mania for a long time... until I found one that was for sale for cheap. I can use it if I want to, but i just love looking at it. I'm currently using it as a bookend for my little bolts of quilting fabrics that are stacked in my quilting bookcase like books.

    There's no way I'd spend $400 for one. Not when there were millions of them made and still in circulation.

    There are MANY cool old sewing machine models you can love and enjoy using, and most are very cheap compared to a featherweight.

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    IMHO SO cute and like other collectors, we love the antique warhorse sewing machine. I love my new dvd's and cd's but I also have 8-track, cassettes, 48's, 78's and all the other memorabilia. They don't make them like they used to. It was hard to break a FW. One's personal preferance.

    Somewhere on another thread, a member said "She laughed when Status and Featherweight were used in the same sentence". And??????????????????? Who are we to make jest of what others consider important? We are all collectors or one thing or another, if not, then you need to start. LOL. Oops, did I just get opinionated too? My bad.

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    It;s a click sort of thing on a way. They are a good mchine that does a great straight stitch, easy to store and transport, but they re only a stright stich and have a small bed.

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    It wasn't that long ago that I was with you Riversong but this board and the FW 'cuteness' has won me over. I would like to have one someday. :oops:

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    I've had my FW since 1951 and have hand carried it all over the world. My DH was a career Army officer for 31 years. Made all my daughter's and my clothes and started making quilts with it 28 years ago. I still use it daily and love it. I also have a Kenmore and a Janome and at one time had a Bernina.
    Happy sewing, Kutnso

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    I agreed with you. I don't think I would like an old machine! But I hear they are lighter to pack around.

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    Pollyv9,
    The Featherweight only weighs 11 pounds out of its case;
    makes a beautiful stitch too. They are not a fad, such a dependable and durable machine; very well made.
    I have 3 of them and they get used quite a bit for workshops and at quilting bee. I have my fancy machines and I like them when I make garments and for quilting.
    Sharon W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mic-pa
    Quote Originally Posted by Riversong
    What is the fascination with Featherweights ?? I think they are cool to look at,but I have spent years longing for a machine with a few bells and whistles,and finally got a nice one.Is it just a thing to look at or do you USE them? I would sure miss my thread cutter and needle down feature!
    I'm with you, I like all my bells and whistles.
    Me, too. froggyintexas

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    I love my featherweight. It sews thick stuff like nobodys business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brickley
    I love my featherweight. It sews thick stuff like nobodys business.
    I made a corduroy jacket with my featherweight, only used the Bernina to zig zag the raw edges.

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    I have 2 featherweights A brother pacesetter and now I have a new featherweight Brother which I will use in class Both singer featherweights are really not that light for me but the new brother is so light I forget I have it in my hand lol One of my singer feather weight does not work but it sure looks nice on a shelve in my sewing room So to really answer your question they are light enough to carry and won't hurt your back and sew fabulous

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    I have 2 Bernina's which I love, as they have all the bells and whistles that anyone could ever want. But when I joined this board everyone was talking about the Featherweight machine and after doing some research on this "cute" machine I have now bought two. They sew a perfect straight stitch and are light enough to take to classes and Guild meetings. I use mine just about every day and love them for machine piecing. Now I'd like to get one that could use a new paint job, red would be my color of choice! I guess I have caught the bug that abounds on this web site.

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    I take mine in the motor home for the winter. It just HUMS along for piecing. IS easy for me to maintain. Lays down a nice straight stitch and takes up little room. Not so with my BIG PFAFF Creative Vision. I would be afraid the motion of the coach rolling down the road would mess up the computer mechanism...

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    I found one at one of those malls,i had a choice of using my money to replace a ring i had lost or buying that machine,i bought my ring.

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    Cute, lightweight and sew beautifully. Their a drag went it comes to machine quilting though with that small 5 inch throat, and forget applique or zig zag. Their mainly for piecing. Really love mine.

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