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Thread: When and where did you get your Featherweight?

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    I got mine at an auction about a year ago. It is a 1946 and I paid 200.00. What was also interesting about it was that under the bottom was a letter from Singer congratulating the woman for buyng such a wonderful machine. She lived in NYC. It also had a receipt for a cleaning in Maine - the shop is closed now. Love it and would love to buy more, but running out of room. If I ever did see another one at an auction, I am sure I would bid on it. At this same auction (different time) I got a Singer treadle (totaly refurbished) for $15.00. Had my grandmothers, but just couldn't pass up this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    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.
    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...45965719anVMRT
    I forgot to tell how I got my featherweights. My first white FW I bought it on Ebay and it was in very bad shape. The green/white case was painted chocolate brown, the bottom fell out of it when I took it out of the shipping box, then the folding part of the bed fell off, the internal belt was falling apart...it was a horrible experience. I evenutally got her repaired and sold. I bought a black 1954 from a local pawn shop and it had every attachment except the walking foot, she lives in Iowa now and is an only machine and well loved.
    I bought a very pretty white 1964 from a FW guru in Florida, it was in excellent condition and was sold and lives in PA. The next several came from Ebay sellers. I have 3 FWs left, 2 black and 1 tan FW. They all sew very well. I bought the tan FW from Sun Catchers of League City,TX at the Houston quilt show and picked it up at the
    Dallas show the following Spring.
    Sharon W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SandraG
    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.
    I would love to know where you found a website that you are able to copy the manual? I need one. mine fell apart years ago and with five children things do get misplaced.

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    I got mine from my late mother. She got it new after my younger brother was born so she could make his diapers and clothes for my older brother and me. She made most all my clothes and a lot for my 3 brothers through the years. She taught me how to sew on it and I fell in love with sewing. It still runs like a dream and is a work horse. I made the Professional Tote bag with it and had no trouble stitching through the thick fabrics. I made 3 wall hangings (one for each of my brothers) of my Mom at her machine. She loved her pansy's and knitting so I used the pansy fabric and hung them on some of her old knitting needles. I gave them to my brothers for Christmas and they really loved them. I will make one for me but I am going to add another pic with me at the machine.

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    I found my FW in an antique shop after having eyed them at the "yard sale" at my favorite QS, they were quite pricey, showed my DH what it was and walked away, deciding that I would check out the antique shops, as we were looking around I passed a display case without looking into it, having spotted something around the corner, my DH tapped me on the shoulder and said I should check out the case, and lo and behold there was a little beauty, the shop owner pulled it out and we plugged her in and now she is mine, that was 5 years ago, got her for a great price, last year was checking out CL and found a machine on there, called the number and the lady who answered said she had a FW up for auction, I told her my top price and she called me back 3 days later and brought it to me at work, my clients and the people that work for me thought I needed to have some mental therapy for buying such an old machine until I explained to them the great deal I was getting, I love my little machines, a 1947 and a 1954

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthFru
    I got mine from my late mother. She got it new after my younger brother was born so she could make his diapers and clothes for my older brother and me. She made most all my clothes and a lot for my 3 brothers through the years. She taught me how to sew on it and I fell in love with sewing. It still runs like a dream and is a work horse. I made the Professional Tote bag with it and had no trouble stitching through the thick fabrics. I made 3 wall hangings (one for each of my brothers) of my Mom at her machine. She loved her pansy's and knitting so I used the pansy fabric and hung them on some of her old knitting needles. I gave them to my brothers for Christmas and they really loved them. I will make one for me but I am going to add another pic with me at the machine.
    What a fantastic idea. Love the knitting needle hanger.

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