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Thread: What makes the featherweights such an awesome find?

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    My two sweet daughters went together and bought me one last year and I'm just now getting around to using it. I LOVE IT! The stitch is straight and even, it starts sewing every time without gumming up the thread, and isn't even remotely temperamental. I wish I had had one years ago. I thought my old Pfaff was great, but I'm a believer now in the old, reliable Featherweight.

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    I got a Featherweight for carrying to class. Comparably light new machines were pricey and did more than I needed them to do. I love the FW and find that all the hoopla about perfect piecing is true. My piecing has improved like crazy. I had a big problem with accuracy. And after reading about the Elna Grasshopper on this board (sorry, don't remember the thread---but thanks, Elna poster!) I was lucky enough to find one for cheap. Won't see it until October when brother comes to visit, but it's on the way. It was love at first sight,and it's light and lovely, too.

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    I have three, one for each granddaughter, but quess who uses it the most.I belong to a guild and we do sit and sews and one of the FWs go with me everywhere. I LOVE mine!

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    Wow, what luck, I would have been glad to give him an extra $10.00 too. Happy Sewing!!!

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    They're like antiques..hard to find. And lots of times the bobbin case is missing and that makes them useless. If you can find one in good condition with all the parts and get a bargain...it's a real find. Kind of like finding the needle in the haystack only better!

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    I have a featherweight that I bought off Ebay. It is light-weight and easily transportable to class or vacation. It has a beautiful straight stitch. I took it all apart when I bought it and cleaned and oiled it. Only had to buy the oil pad that fits in the bottom and parts are very accessible. It was a super deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann S.
    I have a featherweight that I bought off Ebay. It is light-weight and easily transportable to class or vacation. It has a beautiful straight stitch. I took it all apart when I bought it and cleaned and oiled it. Only had to buy the oil pad that fits in the bottom and parts are very accessible. It was a super deal.
    How difficult was taking it apart and oiling it. I am not mechanically inclined and would be afarid I would not get it back together. You must have some experience in working with machines ???? I would rather do it myself than spend money to have someone else do it.

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    No experience. I found an article on "how to clean a featherweight" and all the gears were really accessible once you took the bottom off. I'll see if I can find the link for the article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural City Girl
    How difficult was taking it apart and oiling it. I am not mechanically inclined and would be afarid I would not get it back together. You must have some experience in working with machines ???? I would rather do it myself than spend money to have someone else do it.
    You don't have to take it apart to do the normal maintenance oiling. There are small holes where you put a drop of oil. For the heavy grease lubrication inside the machine, I take mine to a repair person who specializes in vintage machines.

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    Where do you find or buy the Featherweight. I have seen some on Ebay. What is a fairly reasonable price to pay.

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    Here's the link for an instruction manual for the featherweight. It shows how to oil and see the gears.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/14112813/S...ght-221-Manual

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    I paid under $200 for mine which included shipping (came with case and all attachments) and the gold decals are in good shape but not perfect.

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    Well, mine was made in 1938....same year as me and we are both going strong. It is lightweight.....10 lbs. Sews a straight line like a dream. I can service it completely by myself. It makes the nicest little hum that is so peace bringing. Besides, that fact, it is so darn cute! Mine was free to me, but is valued at close to $500......because of it's age and good condition. I have two relatively high end machines. Neither is as comforting to sew on as my little Featherweight! It's hard to explain, but all the Featherweight owners I know, have a real bond with this machine.........I have just one. I know one lady that collects and has 7......she also has one high end machine, but regularly sews on a Featherweight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR
    I consider mine an antique. it was born in 1947 and is only 10 years younger than me and I'm an antique. (some days) LOL
    I have a sweatshirt that says, "Grandmas are antique little girls." I am, and I love my toys. Don't have a featherweight, though.

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    mine is a 1949

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann S.
    Here's the link for an instruction manual for the featherweight. It shows how to oil and see the gears.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/14112813/S...ght-221-Manual
    Thanks so much. This is going to be fun.

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    I just finished a paper pieced pattern of Cynthia England's called "Stitch in Time"..of a featherweight..........and I did the paper piecing by hand....(Not as hard as you would think).........and I am calling it "Old Faithful" because that is what I think of it........It stays in my car bungee corded in.....so it's always at the ready. Of course I also have my trusty Pfaff, which I always love!

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    Mine is 1940.

    Here's the information for my sewing machine person:
    http://www.theoldsewingmachineman.com/

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    FW's. What an awesome little machine. I have two the black one, 1936 and the white one from Scotland 1964. The black one we bought at an antique flea market and paid $450 the white one DH found at a yard sale and they thought is was a childs toy. Paid $75 for it. I also have high end machines, but recently I've started doing all my piecing on the FW. Such a true stitch. One quilt I was making called for scant 1/4" s/a so I used one with a guide and the other FW for the 1/4" seams.

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    I have my mother-in-law's wedding gift Featherweight from her husband in 1938 and was recently offered $1200 for it. I'd never sell it for anything as I love using it, but that sure is a good perk for having one. :)

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    I have 2 FW love them both. They small, easy to cary. Easy to maintain. And sew a stright even seam. I took a class about 15 ys. ago on how to cleam and maintain my machines. I also own 2 other sewing maching but these are my favorts

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    Hello and welcome from Virginia I don't really know what a featherweight is or looks like. :oops: :XD:

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    My husband bought me a featherweight recently and I just love it! My understanding is it's a quilter's dream as it makes beautiful stitching, dependable, keeps running and running (and if it runs fine, leave it alone!), it's cute, not heavy, plus they say if you take a class, it's not heavy. I love how it shines and looks! My mother and grandmothers had Singer but not Featherweights, but the full-size black ones. It brings back fond memories all all - especially my Nana as she was a dressmaker in the sweat shops in New York City. It is hard to obtain one on e-bay and you don't get to "test it" but buy sight unseen. E-bay sells all the parts and accessories, which is nice.

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    I bought my Featherweight in an antique shop in Allbuquerque and paid the going price but it has been worth it. Had it serviced last year just on general principle because thought I should and he put a new foot petal on. I really like it as it does not have that little button like the original. Saved it though in case someone wants it original again someday.

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    I'm sure this has already been said but I love FWs.
    1) they were extremely well-made and with just a little TLC the average sewer can do their own maintenance
    2) they sew a great straight stitch
    3) there are so portable
    4) the cute factor is just outta this world

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