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Thread: When and where did you get your Featherweight?

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    I have 3 of them and love and cherish each one of them. I have a 1948 and 2 Centennials. As much as I love them all I am ready to part with one of the Centennials so I can have the other repainted. It is a totally complete set of everything + buttonholer, zigzagger, screwdriver set and more. IMHO she sews like a dream. Shouldn't need any work. Followed Lostn51 (Billy)'s tutorials She runs great and looks great. It's probably out of price range for most, but if interested PM me.

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    Oh, and I got my FW when my MIL passed. The case and handle have seen a lot of action, the machine not so much.

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    I got mine at the antique mall in Albuquerque. Seems like about twelve years ago. It has a store label on it from California and I don't think it had hardly ever been used. Love it.

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    I saw people using them at Quilt Guild and fell in love with them. I bought by black FW in 2010 on e-bay and my tan/turquoise this year on e-bay. I use them both constantly-probably more than I do my 2 Berninas. My DH often asks me why I use those old machines when I have so much money tied up in new equipment. LOL

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    I've had 2 featherweights. I bought both around 10 years ago. The first one was at a thrift store and it had no electric cord. But I knew it would work or could be fixed, so I bought it for $40.00, bought a electric cord for around $20.00. Turned it on, and worked perfectly.
    The second one I got at an Estate Sale. I asked if they had any sewing machines and they said "There's one in a little black case somewhere". My heart starting racing and I looked under a table and there it was. I asked how much and the lady said, "Its a very nice machine and I have to get $25.00 for it."
    Needless to say, I bought it. I have since given the first one to a friend. Still have the other one. Love to take to classes & retreats. Never any trouble, sews perfect stitches.

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    Mine is an odd story. We travel in an'89 VW camper. About 10 years ago, our transmission died in Angleton, Tex (we live in Ga). Wound up parked in a Motel 6 (they take cats) with a rental car. Lots of antique stores to keep us occupied. Found a FW in one. Couldn't get it to sew. Went to a LQS and bought Nancy Sebro-Johnson's FW book, read it, called a local woman the LQS owner recommended, talked about it. Went back next morning. Still couldn't get it to sew ...didn't want $125 doorstop. As we were debating, a man who said he'd done a lot of business sewing machine repair said that nothing was warped, to go for it and we did. Her decals are almost worn off, the case is musty and worn, but after a trip to the mechanic...she sews like a charm. I have collected almost all the attachments, I even found a penguin walking foot recently, altho I have yet to try it.

    And we got our transmission bussed from friends in Atlanta on Greyhound after about a week. Picked it up at the local bus station which was a restaurant so we got a taco and a transmission all at once. And BTW, we just put yet another transmission in the Van...

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    As far as I know 1964 was the last year they made the 222K (free-arm model). The 'experts' who would know are [email protected]'s.com I read something that the 221 was discontinued around the early 70's.

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    Haven't gotten one yet but am looking!

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    I first saw a featherweight when a member of my quilt guild in Phoenix brought one to show and tell. I watched the paper and looked at yard sales for years thinking I would never find one. One day I spotted an ad in the paper for a yard sale the next day where a man had two of them for sale. I drove by his house and explained that I had been looking for one for a long time but that I had to work during the time of his sale and would he please consider selling one before the sale time. He invited me in and let me take my choice of machines. That was in 1995. I believe I paid about $200.00 for it but was glad to finally have one to call my own. It wasn't two weeks later that my daughter and I stopped at a yard sale that was on it's second day. My daughter said "Mom, is this the little sewing machine you have been looking for?" I'll be darned if she hadn't found a little white featherweight in the green and white case. The lady having the sale said she was the original owner and that her parents had purchased the machine for her when she went away to college. I couldn't believe that it had been out there the day before and no one had purchased it. I didn't have enough money in my purse to buy it so I told my daughter to sit on the machine and pull her skirt down over it so no one else would see it while I went to an ATM to get some money. I told the lady I was leaving her there for collateral. I swiftly drove down to the corner bank and withdrew a whole $30.00 to pay for it. That was the total price on that one. I found a little black one about 4 years ago at a yard sale also. My daughter has already spoken for the little white one when I am gone. I think she appreciates it for the story more than the machine but it will be hers someday.

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    I own four Featherweights. The first one is a black 1947 that I bought on Ebay. The second one I bought was a white 1964 one I bought on the Goodwill website. Then I bought a 1949 black one on Ebay because that was my birthyears. Later I bought a 1951 Centennial black one. Now I'm looking for a FW 222, which is a free arm. They all sew beautifully. I think I just got bitten by the bug and can't quit collecting them. I thought I wanted to sell one, but when I actually got it out, I couldn't part with it. Pathetic! I also have a Singer 301 black that sews very well too.

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    The first Featherweight was dated October 3, 1933. That was the little black one. The 221 was manufactured until August 6, 1968. They came in black, white and tan. During the war years they were some manufactured different from the normal FW. Some had a crinkle black finish and some were even painted in army colors because the army used them to make uniforms, etc. The 222 Freearm was manufactured in Kilbowie, Scotland from July 23, 1953 through March 30, 1961. Those are the dates on the Singer website and another website I use frequently. They're both helpful to date other machines I find by their serial numbers.

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    DH and daughters searched for one that was made the year of my birthday. So for my 50th they gifted me with my sweet little FW.

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    I got my first one about 11 years ago at an estate sale in my city. Original owner had passed away; she was a nurse, as am I. When I arrived, a man was inspecting it and a newer machine, first one and then the other. I held my breath, waiting for him to set it down. Then I swooped in and took it (and the matching FW table) to the cashier. Had all the original paperwork. Cost: $75.00 for both.

    Second one I bought off eBay, paid too much and the seller did not practice full disclosure about the condition, especially the case which was missing the handle.
    Less than happy with that purchase and I paid too much!

    Third one I found at Goodwill, on the very day it arrived there. Nice condition both machine and case. Cost: $39.00

    So I figure I am batting over 600! Would still buy another one if I found a nice machine for a good price! I also want a Singer 301. Found a 500A in a cabinet last year for $50. so there are still bargains to be found. Just have to search and be patient.

    I have since bartered/sold one FW to another board member. She had coveted one for several years and promised to give her a good home.

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    I got mine from ebay last june

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    After many years of looking at garage sales/estate sales, reading the paper (CL not popular where I am) bidding on a few on ebay and losing, I finally lucked into one in a flea market I went to on a whim. I probably overpaid - he was asking $190 and I offered $150 which he took, and it had a bobbin case and that's it. But, I am thrilled to death with it. My sewing machine guy gave it the once over and oiled it and it works great. I have a bunch of attachments from other vintage singer machines that fit it, so that isn't a problem. I don't use them anyway. I don't want to reburbish it. I think the few scratches and dings probably have stories to them.

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    Bought my featherweight from a co workers MIL. She had it in her basement for something like 30 years. IT SMELLED of basement!! But after cleaning, it turned out fine. Getting the musty smell out of the case was the worst. Finally with lots of fabric softeners and sitting in the sunshine (at 100) it finally lost its smell. Love that little machine for taking to classes etc. Paid $100 for it. Think I got a bargain as she said all she ever used it for was to make pj's for her kids.

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    My husband and I were in a quilt shop and he wanted to buy the Singer featherweight for me! Can you believe it? He likes old antiques and history like I do so that may have had something to do with it. Mine is the Centennial edition and I love it! It's been over a year since we purchased it. It came with the case and some accessories. I must say when I was younger, my mother had a Singer but not a featherweight - I too thought they looked liked a toy and too small. Mom had a regular Singer sewing machine and so did my grandmother, who was a dressmaker in the sweatshops in New York City a long time ago. My other grandmother had one with the treadle (sp?) and it was really old looking; I was just a kid and didn't realize or appreciate it. Never knew what happened to the machine - I suppose Mom got rid of it. I got a Singer from my dressmaker grandmother back in the day and still have it - she gave it to us for a wedding gift. All my grandmothers passed away a long time ago. I love the Featherweight and when I look up from sewing, I have a picture of Nana on th wall and she is at her sewing machine in the sweat shop working in New York City - really awesome!

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    I got mine from my DH who got it from his mother. He claims it's HIS!!! Ha ha ha - - we argue about this all the time. She's MINE!!!!!!

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    I got my featherweight in 1956 and it followed me around in the R.C.A.F..After marriage I got the table that it sat in. Also did professional sewing with it. Don't shudder but I traded it in for a bigger Singer.

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    What is a FW. Is it the little portable Singer? Why would you ever want to go back to that after using the computerized models?
    Of course, I've never used one so maybe just don't know what I'm missing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Elaine Va
    What is a FW. Is it the little portable Singer? Why would you ever want to go back to that after using the computerized models?
    Of course, I've never used one so maybe just don't know what I'm missing.
    The featherweight sews a beautiful straight stitch. I've made clothing with my featherweight , even a corduroy jacket, it did all the sewing without any problems at all.
    What do you need for piecing quilts? A straight stitch of course, plus the machine only weighs about 11 pounds.
    I've owned 8 featherweights over the years and sold all but 3 of them. The link below is of my current crop of featherweights.
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    You can see my FW next to a Singer 66 (full size machine). I'm in the middle, showing off my tan featherweight
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    I am curious how you bid on goodwill.com. Is there a special website? Thanks,

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    I got my featherweight about 10 years ago...my aunt gave it to me...it was her mom's(my grandma's)...she had another one that she kept for herself...I am quite honored to have it....and if I am ever to give it up, my aunt asked that I try to keep it in the family.

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    After reading so many of the posts here about the FW I decided to check out EBAY...had never heard of them before, but you all convinced me that I was missing out on a joyful experience....Got mine last summer, and was SO EXCITED when it came, gave it a thourough cleaning and it sews like a charm...I've decided to name her Patsy Cline cause she's such a GOOD Singer!!...She has a pretty scroll face and I love her!

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    I bought my featherweight from a dear friend who was my quilting mentor. She had 3 or 4 featherweights and I drooled so pathetically that she finally sold me one. I love it and have used it almost exclusively for peicing quilts. I also have a Janome but for peicing quilts I prefer the featherweight. My friend died 4 years ago and I miss her dearly. We did so many things together.

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