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    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!

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    Lightweight and easy to take to workshops - I don't like heaving my Bernina 730E with me, and I don't think it would do it any good either.

    Cute (no contest on that one), and easy to maintain myself (brilliant, so no cost). I have a 222 which means I can drop the feed dogs, I also have a zig zagger so I have 4 fancy stitches in addition to a perfect straight stitch, and yes, I use mine to piece with.

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    I saw lots in Paducah - both for sale (NOT cheap) and being used. I even got to use one.

    They told me they use them at shows because they're so light weight (and they are TINY!!! I didn't realize they were so small).

    They also told me they use them at home because nothing sews a better straight line than a FW. That kind of makes sense - the machine was built to do one thing - sew a straight line. It does it flawlessly.

    Piecing ... I'd love one. Quilting - no way. Unless it was a minature. These machines are SMALL.

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    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.

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    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"

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    They're great for piecing, and very easy to maintain. No plastic parts so with care they will last forever. Wonderful to take to a workshop. I love mine.

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    Same here. I love mine!! They are addicting- I have several old Singers now. I love how they're made, how they look, sound, etc. The quality is amazing.
    However, I do have a Bernina although she's been lonely lately b/c I have so much fun sewing on my old machines!! :D:D

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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"
    FWs came out in 1933 or 1934, I think, and hundreds of thousands were made. That kind of demand over thirty years of production and the current demand despite less expensive machines with more features certainly speaks to a certain QUALITY. We have been sewing on these little beauties for over 75 years, and they still work fabulously. I love my computerized machines, but I don't expect them to work for 75 years. Fad? I don't think so.

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    With the Featherweight you have the portability that is really nice if you want to take it with you. Forgot to add that.

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    I may have to look for a reasonaby priced one. I guess it would be easier to take in the camper for the winter.

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    No the featherweights are not fads. They are perfect little machines that sew a perfect straight line and rarely ever break down. Perfect weight to take to class and retreats. Everyone that I talk to either wants one or has one. Most of us have more than one. Sew on one and you will be hooked, too.

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    Plus, they are so DARN cute!

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    Riversong, I'm with you. I have the thread cutter on the foot pedal on my Juki and really, really miss that feature when I change over to the Baby Lock Ellegante! And, you know what, I lifted one of a friends Featherweights and it wasn't that lightweight! Really cute to look at though. I have a 25 year old Bernina that still sews like a charm that I use sometimes at the lake.

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    i love my fancy- computerized machine with all the bells and whistles---
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    it does weigh a bit- and i hate lugging it around- kind of feel like the more often i carry it out to the car the more chances of something (expensive) happening to it.
    a featherweight is a wonderful little work horse...they are lightweight (12 pounds) a very good basic machine that stitches beautifully and will hold up for years (generations)
    i'm fairly sure my (bells and whistles) machine will at some point be obsolete- and will have to do upgrades just like with anything computerized...the featherweights- only need a good cleaning on occassion- and maybe a replaced belt...
    for anyone just wanting a second machine to take to classes and have for a backup when the (big machine) is down - you can not go wrong with a featherweight. :thumbup:

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    I have a featherweight but use my Bernina for everyday work. I like the bells and whistles on my Bernina, *especially* needle down!

    I think a lot of the featherweight thing is nostalgia (wonderful connections to women of past generations). Also, it's just a good feeling to take one to a workshop. I'm sure there's some status associated with having one too. Reality is there are other good lightweight machines that can be taken to workshops.

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    I have a white FW and it is so cute and makes me happy sewing with it. It is like taking a cute puppy somewhere. Everyone wants to pet it at classes and workshops! I bought it so my DGD will have it and then maybe her DD and so on. Something from me that hopefully will be cherished and used.

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    Over the years Singer and other manufaturers invented and marketed a lot of accessories. You can buy zig-zaggers, one step buttonholers, wide angle & narrow hemmers, 1/4" feet, blind stitchers & an amazing array of additions. I haven't even begun to play with all my accessories.

    They are cute, compact, tidy and fit in a box 13 x 10 x 8. The whole package weighs less then my more modern machines. I do like my needle down and other fancy features, but the FW's have their place, too.

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    When machines started to have the zigzag feature, the seams became a little less straight. Sometimes it makes a difference. I love my Elna, but I'm quilting on a Singer 301 for all the reasons the FW people have given. Not as cute, but sews a great seam and being gear driven, will never need a belt replacement. The 301 also FMQs wonderfully which isn't recommended with the FW's smaller motor. We all have our preferences, but mine lie with an all metal machine I can service myself. That being said, I'd like an embroidery machine if the budget allowed.

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    Bells and whistles are wonderful, but there are items that never should be computerized, mostly on cars. There is a joke about a young girl finding a watch with a windup stem, and she thought it was so neat that she didn't have to buy a battery for it.

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    I love my feaherweight. She goes to classes. She is lightweight compared to the machines with all the bells and whistles. I have a Bernina and a Viking but the FW is one of my all time favorites!

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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"
    I started a husband collection once. I found out it was far less expensive to fix or by a sewing machine. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I have a featherweight but use my Bernina for everyday work. I like the bells and whistles on my Bernina, *especially* needle down!

    I think a lot of the featherweight thing is nostalgia (wonderful connections to women of past generations). Also, it's just a good feeling to take one to a workshop. I'm sure there's some status associated with having one too. Reality is there are other good lightweight machines that can be taken to workshops.
    Sorry, the word "status" in owning a FW just cracked me up. So, does one mount their status on the hood of their beat up AMC Pacer?

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    I love the husband collection!! Can you just imagine that displayed in your livingroom?

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    "Fad, in thing, status" certainly don't apply to my reasons for choosing and loving machines. Precision, reliability, craftsmanship, durability, beauty do!

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    I have 2 Vikings with all the bells and whistles,a babylock straight stitch and a few featherweights-love them all-each for different reasons.the old machines will last generations and no cost to maintain-and they are wonderful

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