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Thread: When and where did you get your Featherweight?

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    I am searching for one of these beauties high & low! I found several on ebay but they seem pricey. What is a good price range for a pre 1946 machine in very good condition?? Both of my new machines weigh a ton..my Ellisimo weighs about 80 lbs according to my dealer. Not hauling that to classes! But wouldn't give it up for anything!!

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    I have two. Thinking I'd never find one here in the island, I bought the 1948 off eBay. A year later, I saw a 1947 on Craigslist and it was only 10 minutes away sp I had to go see it and, of course, it came home with me. The 1947 was owned by a ballerina, now in her early 90's, and she used it to sew costumes. I bought it from her daughter. I love both and use them all the time. I also have a 1906 Singer treadle owned by my great grandmother.

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    I have 2 featherweights from ebay. I was bidding on 2 and they both closed at same time,1947 and 1948 unfortunately day light saving time and I didn't realize the time change. Regardless I am a happy double owner and have a 1910 treadle from my Mom, I just can't get the treadle motion down pat.

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    My husband found my first one at the Goodwill store. I had walked right past it as I had never even heard of one. He opened up the case and told me to come look at the attachments that he found. I lifted up the tray and slammed it shut. When the gal came out of the back room I asked her what the price was. She thought for a minute and said "I have to have $24.99 for it. I grabbed it took it to the counter and set it there. The gal at the register said she would have to call back to check on that price. I thought oh,oh there goes my little machine. When she hung up the phone she said " I still think that is to much"!!! Since then I have bought and sold many of the Featherweights. I have 5 of them right now.

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    1968 Christmas gift from my parents. Mom paid $50 for it and had to pay $10 per week. Took it to college and still own it. Sewed everything from my wedding dress to upholstery for 2 cars. Loved my machine before I knew that it was such a special gem to most people. When my computer machine acts up, out comes the FW and it never lets me down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meemersmom
    I am still looking for my first Featherweight. I check CL, eBay, and the papers every day; I've told friends I am looking...nothing yet. My grandmother had two of them. I have fond memories of playing at her house up in Maine with the "tick-tick-tick-" in the background. I asked my aunt about them after my grandmother died. My aunt said she threw all that old junk away. It broke my heart. I think of my 'memere' every time I see one. I would have it for both use and display.
    Ohhh Noooo!!! My heart breaks with you. No one, that I know of, in my family had one. I was really looking for one to use mainly for taking to class or anywhere else. I have an old Bernina that is very heavy and is in a cabinet, it really wasn't very portable. My mother in law is a former quilter who still meets with her ex-quilting friends for lunch. I thought maybe one of them would have one they didn't use anymore. While describing it to her, my SIL , who was nearby, said "that sounds like my little machine, but you wouldn't want that stinky thing, I'm sure". It was a featherweight and of course I wanted it, she was happy to GIVE it a new loving home. I am blessed! I love thinking about the women who may have used this little machine before me. Her name is "Jane" after my SIL, of course.

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    Mine was advertised for sale in the back of a QuiltersNewsletter Mag. by a lady in Colorado In the late 1980's. I called her and she shipped it to me COD. Its a 1952, came with manual, attachments, case, bobbins, needles,I just love her and would'nt sell her for any amount! I think we payed 300.00 for her, but she is more than worth it!!

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    If u were closer, I would trade you. I have a singer in a cabinet and since my daughter is moving in with me, she wants to take over my basement (sad and glad at the same time) I'll have to put it on Kijiji no room for it
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    The first featherweight that I ever sewed on belonged to my mother who purchased it new in 1947 right after she graduated from nurse's training. My oldest daughter has it now. My Centennial featherwieght was purchased at a local estate sale and I paid $45 from the nephew who had no idea what he had. I then "found" two featherweights on Kijiji listed at $60. I thought she wanted $60 each but she wanted $60 for both! They had belonged to her mother and aunt and she was just cleaning out and had no idea that they were worth a little more than she asked. My younger daughter's white featherweight (purchased new in 1963) was given to her by a neighbour who was cleaning out her mother's house and didn't want the machine as she didn't sew. As I really don't need three featherweights I am hoping to trade one for a nice 201 or 301 Singer in a cabinet.

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    I had just started to dew and quilt last year. My fil found out that I was into sewing, and he told me that he had two old sewing machines out in his shed that had belonged to his mom and aunt. No one else in the family sews.

    I went to his house and sure enough, they were both featherweights. I now have both of them running, and I named them Frances and Teeny after their previous owners.

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    Mine was a gift from m mother-in-law after I had my second daughter. I went on to have two more, daughters, that is, :) and made all their clothes. Hers was a gift to her from her husband on her wedding day, August 3, 1935. I love it and two years ago was offered $1100 for it. I'd never part with it.

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    Do you put your bindings on with your FW and is there a walking foot for it?

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    I learned to sew on the FW my mother was given for her high school graduation in 1942. On the day I got my first job out of hairdressing school I went next door to the Singer store and bought a light green FW. That was in 1964. They're both happily living in my sewingroom and that's where they'll stay :-)

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    I purchased mine in Ebay 3 years go. She is black, a 1950's model. She came with a case and attachments and the only thing wrong with her is that she has a nick in the paint on the bed of the machine. Oh, and the cord had been taped back together that goes with the footpedal, so I turned around and purchased a foot pedal/cord on Ebay that was in perfect condition. Than recently I purchased a Singeer 301A and she looks like she just came out of the factor, she is tan and beige and beautiful, just gorgeous. I love sewing machines! lol.
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    I am looking for a FW I bought a1969 Kenmore Singer at Goodwill for$25 but very heavy but works like a champ the repair man said a regular work horse.

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    I got my Featherweight on Ebay about 6 months ago. It is in excellent condition.

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    I was at my mom and dad's one day and they asked me if there was anything I wanted from their house what would it be. I told them I wanted mom's Featherweight. My dad went right downstairs and got it for me. My mom has since passed away. My sisters took jewelry and others things but I have the Featherwieght. I'm not sure where my mom got the Featherweight. I don't use it that much because I have two other machines I use, but I have it sitting out to look at and think of my mom everytime I see it.

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    I've had mine for about 30-40 years. My Mom (95) bought it for her Mother and the two of them used it to earn extra money by working at home for Lovable Brassiere company. They would sew little tabs on the bra straps and send them back to the company in a bundle. That was my first exposure to sewing as they would let me sew the tabs (what we call sting piecing now.) My mom kept the machine for years and after I married, she gave it to me. I have the case and all the attachments. Love it and wouldn't part with it for all the tea in China.

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    I got my 1st and only 2 so far from ebay.they are lovely.

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    My Featherweight was my Christmas present from my Mom & Dad in 1972 when I was 12 years old. Through the years I've used it a lot & at times not at all. It is now the machine I use for quilting classes. A 1947 model, she still sews just as good as the day I got her.

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    I got mine at a auction on goodwill.com and it is being delivered tomorrow! I have bought machines here before and never had a problem with them. I am so excited!

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    I inherited mine from a friend who passed on. She'd bought it new in 1951...she (the machine) is a beautiful old girl, in mint condition, and boy, can she "sing!"

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    I bought my first FW when I was in England in 1997. The friend I was staying with bought a white one and offered it to me. I didn't want to be greedy so said "no thanks". Bad mistake. I finally bought a new motor for mine at the Lancaster Quilt Show about 3 years ago and have finally started using it. I LOVE it. Wish I'd been wiser years ago.

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    Got mine off of E-bay last year. It's the mint green (almost white)one and I just love my "Baby". Was really scared that she wouldn't sew as well as I was hopeing, but she does. Case, manual, cord, foot pedal, needles and attachments all came with her. Seller was cleaning out his mom's house and put it up for sale; came from NY and he said she "mom" came from Germany, but no other details. Just love looking at my "Baby" and sewing on her too. Just finished a king size quilt and pieced almost all of it and back too with her.

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    I have 2 that I got at yard sales. The first one was only used a few times and was in perfect condition. When we drove up, my heart almost stopped. I tried not to run to it or act too excited. I almost fainted when I saw the price tag.....$15.00. Can you believe, I didn't even try to get her to come down. :lol: My second came from a yard sale, but was not out. I just asked if they had a sewing machine that they might want to sell. It was in a barn and again I almost fainted when I saw the little black box. It has a little ware, but was also a steal...$75.00. Now I have one for each granddaughter. Lucky girls. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cher
    I have 2 featherweights from ebay. I was bidding on 2 and they both closed at same time,1947 and 1948 unfortunately day light saving time and I didn't realize the time change. Regardless I am a happy double owner and have a 1910 treadle from my Mom, I just can't get the treadle motion down pat.
    Have you tried putting one foot a little behind the other on the treadle? Putting you feet together gives you the "loping" or start and stop sewing. I laugh at these movies that show some lady sewing that way. Can tell she never used a treadle for long. LOL

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