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Thread: When and where did you get your Featherweight?

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    I got mine in August 2010 as an early birthday present from Craigs List. The first time I saw it on there he asked $350 for it. I didn't want to pay that much b/c a man near 30 min. away had some for $275. A couple days later he had dropped the price to $250. My DH said i could get it. It was 1 hour away. My friend and I drove up and got it and on the way found a quilt shop-spent $100 there. lol the machine belonged to their mom and she was the only owner. She used it to sew dance costumes for her girls when they were little. she had recieved it as a graduation gift. It had al the original attachments and a button holer. the only thing missing were 4 bobbins and the oil can. it is a 1947 and in great condition.

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    I don't have one.

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    My DH gave me my little FW for my birthday last month.It came with the attachments, bobbins,oil can, manual and the case and FW is in very good condition. I was doing the happy dance!

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    I just got mine last Friday, March 4th at an estate sale. There was only 1 owner and the there was a service tag on the case saying it had been serviced in illinos. She's a beauty! But I have to do about the foot pedal since the wires are cracked and I need to replace the handle on the carrying case.

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    The FW or Featherweight is the greatest machine I have ever sewn on. I have an $1800 Janome computerized (which I loved), and several other machines but always come back to my Lil' FW. I have 30 sewing machines that I have collected over the years and the only machine that comes close to the FW is my 301. I do a lot of FMQ on the FW. The FW and 301 are very similar construction but the 301 is a little larger and weighs a little more. The 301 is often referred to as the Big Sister of the FW. I got my 1st FW 2 years ago and haven't quit using it yet. I just love it.

    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.

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    I won my 1946 Featherweight in a Shop Hop last August. It was the grand prize. What a surprise!

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    Until I joined this board I didn't know about Featherweights. I remembered that an antique dealer friend of mine had given me a machine over 30 years ago. I had kept it in a closet and moved it around. It didn't work and I had 2 Berninas a Nova and 1080. When I saw it on here, I dug it out and it is in perfect condition with original oil, owners manual, accessorie feet. My Bernina dealer QS guy went crazy when I took it to him. He is now putting it in tip top shape it is a 221 100th anniversary edition 1951. Thank you for cluing me in.

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    I got my first one just a few months ago from a guy in SF who's mom was a sewing teacher. She taught him to sew and gave him this FW. It's banged up but runs well!

    I taught both of my kids to machine sew on it! I learned to free motion quilt on it. Just the other day I was piecing on my brother machine and it kept getting stuck on the edges of my pinwheels. I finally switched to the fW and it sewed over them like nothing.

    I bought another on EB and got another at a garage sale. The garage sale one needs new paint and decals! The EB one was from an estate sale and it was old and dirty, but complete.

    I'm ready to sell the others and spend my money on fabric... for quilting!

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    About 3-4 years ago, I was finally able to win an auction for 1 1983 one on e-Bay. (unsuccessful bidder for about 1/2 dozen times) Got it for about $180 and paid about $37 to have the wiring on the foot-pedal re-done and the machine serviced. Love sewing with that little machine - purrs like a kitten and does perfect 1/4" seams. Still looking for a treadle like my Grandma used to have.

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    I inherited my mother's Featherweight and the wooden card table that came with it. I believe it a 1954 I also have the sale receipt for it. Then a couple years ago I found a featherweight in a junk store. I paid $75 for it, took it to the local machine fixer, he cleaned and oiled it and wanted to buy it, but I had other ideas, took it home and took pictures of it and put it on eBay.Would you believe I got $556 for it on ebay. Shipped it all the way to Oregon, customer paid that I have two other machines in my garage I must drag them outand see if I can sell them, I have several machines including a long arm

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    My mom bought me one 3 years ago, I had hand sewn three quilts by then. Decieded I wanted to continue to sew. It has been very good to me. My mom is totally amazed that I self taught me to FMQ with it. Have sence been gifted a brand new brother that I use for fancy stiches, and FMQ once in a while.

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    I bought mine last year in Paducah from a friend of a friend. May have spent too much ($400) but is 1946 with scrollwork and in excellent condition with atchs. She sews great.

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    Mine came from Gram to mother to a cousin. He was named for an uncle lost in WW2. I had Uncle Billy's wings and he had the FW so we traded. It's complete with case and attachments and it's a centennial model. It also has the most awful musty smell which I am going to get out using Odor Eaters. A tip I got from the board. Haven't tried it yet but will in the next few days.

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    I bought mine from the QB from CGAIL last December. DH wanted to know why I wanted a toy machine.
    After I demoed how it sewed, he was convinced they were more than cute.

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    My Featherweight has been in my home for two years now. She came to live with us after I found her in a Craigslist ad in an area two and a half hours north of us. The woman I bought it from had paid considerably more than the $250 she charged me. Though I would have loved to have gotten her for a lower price like the $25, $35 finds I hear about. I was happy to get her for $250, kind of the going price around here.

    My DH and I returned to the same place a week later where we bought two handcrank machines from the lady and also some really neat wood for my DH woodworking. Two pleasant road trips with great finds for us.

    FWs hum like no other machine. I love it. :-D

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    Here is my story - I got my first Featherweight June 16, 1949 - paid $147.90 including tax. Took out a loan as didn't have the full payment for it - Then paid $20 per month until it was paid off. I'd said when Singer comes out with a zig zag I would sell this Featherweight and get the newer machine - which took place in Dec. 1954 I received $125 trade in at the time of making the new Singer 306W machine purchase. I've used the Singer 306W machine ever since - sewing on fine silks - to leather, canvas and etc. Plus I did buy myself another Featherweight in 2008 for $400 and it is just like the one I'd gotten in 1994.I have other machines also. A lot of folk have asked me, "Aren't you sorry you traded in your first Featherweight Singer?" My response is "NO" as I couldn't justify getting the machine with Zig-zag and BLIND hemmer and other decorative stitches without the trade in. All in all I liked the Featherweight and made my exquisite wedding dress on it back in 1953 and many many other items. My latest machine purchase is a Bernina that I purchased a few months ago on EBay. Dorothy Coleman

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    I got my black 1951 FW last summer. My husband got it for me on e-Bay. I had showed him pictures from this QB and mentioned how cute they are, but I didn't really want one. He got it for me as a surprise. I love it, but HE also feel in love with it. He has been ordering FW's non-stop and repairing them and reselling them, so he can buy more. He loves working and cleaning them and has learned how to sew on them also. We have sold several of them here on this QB and will have a couple for sale this week. On my birthday last Saturday, he got me a white FW - just as cute as can be. So now I have a black and a white FW. - Cynthia

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    My departed Mom gave me my featherweight. It's a thing of beauty. It was a brand new or almost brand new one.. Seems someone bought it and stuck it in the closet.. never did use it. . either someone wanted them to sew and they didn't want to, or they thought they wanted to, but soon discovered they did not.. whatever.. when I got it probably in the late 70's the attachments were still wrapped with tissue paper.. It had the book, oil can, screw driver, tape measure and every other thing that came with it.. It's my favorite machine of all.

    Then I got two more in a sale.. I bought the "lot" for just $300.. Got a beautiful Bernina 1230, a Bernina surger, a Singer 301, an embroidery machine with it's extras and plenty of designs and the two featherweights... What a bargin! A once in a lifetime thing for sure.

    I'm set with wonderful machines for the rest of my life!

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    I got mine 4 weeks ago from a couple who were advertising on Kijiji. They didn't know what they had.
    I do!
    And she's cute!

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    I have a black and a white FW. I got my black FW last summer from my husband as a surprise. I wasn't really even interested until I got mine. This past Saturday, my husband got me a white FW for my birthday. I love both of them. They are so cute. What is unusual - my husband is the one that is addicted to the FW's. Since last summer, he has been buying them and repairing/cleaning them and then reselling. He loves working on them and enjoys making the buyers happy. All of the women who have bought from him so far are so very happy with their FW's. - Cynthia
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    Frankly my DH got into it when I was buying mine, too. I think they are so cute and all mechanical...it's not hard to love 'em!

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    In January of this year I was blessed with my 1st FW. I wanted a good running, reliable sewing machine. Specifically a FW and it was OK if she her looks had faded and she didn't look fancy or pretty.

    In January DH found an old ad on craigslist from December. I thought it would have been sold but it wasn’t! The gentleman who answered the phone said the FW had been his wife’s and she had passed away a couple years ago. He had just sold 3 of her other FW’s. When I saw her it was love at first sight :-P I hadn’t expected her to be so well cared for. The lady bought her 2nd hand in the 1950’s and used her ever since. She made quilts, clothes and dolls with her.

    I named her Ayasha (means ‘Little One’ in Cheyenne) Kuwanlelenta (means ‘To make beautiful surroundings in Hopi.) She was born in 1948 somewhere between April & June. She sews like a dream and is so pretty.

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    I was given my Great Aunts FW I'm not sure if it is a 221 or 222. She was given to me the year my oldest started school. I had made him some pants by hand and my mother was very impressed and told my Grandmother. She had the FW, when my Great Aunt died she got her belongings. So they thought that I would appreciate it and use it which I have. After hearing that everyone in this large family has named their FW's I decided to name mine after my Great Aunt...Geneva

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    I just got my first featherweight off ebay today for $235 plus shipping. It was supposed to be in "excellent" condition. However, when it came, the cord was very frayed and had exposed wires. My husband tried to fix it, but the cord was so brittle that it began crumbling. Needless to say, we are trying to get another cord before we can even see if it works. It's also a little junkie looking on the inside. May just need to be cleaned. I just emailed LostN51 to see how to pick someone to service it. The ebay seller did say that he would take it back if I can't get it to work but it's such a pain with all of the shipping and waiting. I am printing a manual off the internet now to figure out what attachments I have. I also will need to order bobbins. I'm hoping when I get a cord and if the machine will turn on that I can get it tuned and working. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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    I found a Singer 15 on Craigslist and drove way across town to see it. The guy wanted $75 dollars for it. When I arrived he told me he had another machine that had also belonged to his mom...when I saw it was a Featherweight, I told him I'd rather buy that one. He said I could have both for $125 or the Featherweight would cost a lot more by itself. I bought them both, and then sold the 15 for $40, so I think I got a great deal. It's a 1956, same age as me.

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