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Thread: My First Featherwieght, Meet Esmeralda

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    It has been quite a journey to get her. I answered an ad on CL and the gal was asking 45. SCORE! But I new it was too good to be true. Then she said someone wanted it for 60. I told her I could do that. Consider her sold. But the ad remained on CL. Hmmmm, Then I got an email that someone had offered 175 and she was in need of money so........well ya know. I had to have her so I said ok, fine.

    I picked her up today and I am so happy. I think she is worth every penny. She is definitely a repaint, but I don't care. Not sure how that affects her value, but, mmmm, I don't care.

    I told my husband she needed a name, and he thought I had lost it. But he loves to name things and has always been the "namer in chief" in our house. So he thought Esmeralda was fitting, since she is green and ya know, emerald--- Esmeralda.

    The only thing I can see that I need right away is more bobbins, and some new shoes. Her little rubber things on the bottom are all wore away.

    I did plug her in and ran her a little, and she purrs like a kitten. So quiet, I was surprised. But As you can tell, I am very excited. I can not wait to start using her.
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    Looks great! I love the green.

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    Aw, that is the prettiest machine! Perfect name too!

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    I forgot to take a picture of the case. It is green and tan and has a zipper. Looks kinda like a bowling bag, but different shape of course. The machine fits in perfectly and the foot and cord goes underneath. It is in very good condition. I doubt it is the original one that went with it, but it works.

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    Very pretty, indeed! You still got a great deal.

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    Very nice, I love the paint color. You got a super deal on the price too.

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    Beautiful!I believe the green ones are rare ?Don't quote me on that though. Lostn51 can help you with any ?'s you have.Enjoy her and happy sewing.

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    Congrats! She's a real beauty! May you enjoy many hours of stitching with her.

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    I am sure he will pop in here and give you all the details :thumbup:

    And I am just "green" with envy :mrgreen:

    Great name also , have fun :lol:

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    She is a beauty. What a perfect name. Great job.

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    She is very pretty :D:D:D I am glad that you finally got her!!!

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    so lovely.

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    Congratulations. I am glad you got her. I didn't offer her any more money but was willing to drive from CA at the original price. They did make green FWs. The name is wonderful.

    Enjoy sewing with her.

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    Green, like this green? It would be so great if that was the original color. She is very old according to the number. It starts with AE or AF, kinda hard to read.

    We had to have a little discussion this evening though. She ran but did not want to sew at all. Nothing, nada, just little holes. I downloaded a manual and learned how to thread her and tighten the belt and of course give her some oil. She is stitching just fine now. Still a little clinky, but she was pretty dry. I plan to pick up some more oil tomorrow and some singer lubricant.

    And now back to reading more about her. There is lots on the net about these little jewels. So fun !

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    I love her!!!!
    What a gorgeous color!
    Kirsten

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    congratulations, Esmeralda is really beautiful...

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    Absolutely CUTE! The money was Great!

    BUT why did the seller keep raising her price - she put it out there with a specific price and should have honored that. My thought - Was she scamming ya? Or just a Bad seller who should have done more research before posting...but then she probably would have asked $300+ :)

    Glad you got the deal you got!

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    What a nice little machine. Still a good price for a featherweight. It great that you are so happy with her. They are great little machines to piece with. Congrats to you.

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    You are so lucky! I love this green one! Been looking for one myself. Did find one and got it for 65 but it was not the featherweight,,,it was made right before the fw but it runs awesome! Haven't made anything with it. It came with an cabinet too and all tools. Enjoy "Emeralda"!

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    I don't know why you paint her, she looks absolutely gorgeous in the original color. That's my favorite color FW. Good job!

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    WoW!!!!!!!

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    Beautiful color! :thumbup:

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    She is beautiful. I love the name Esmeralda-fits her perfectly!! Congratulations, there are places on the internet where you can get new feet and bobbins. featherweightcare.com is a good resource! Have fun.................

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    The repaints cost a fortune to have painted! I have 4 originals and would love to find a repainted one that I could afford. There are professionals online who will paint Featherweights any color you like, if you can pay the price. They also sell them already painted in pretty colors, very expensive.

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    I agree ... this one may not have been re-painted.

    I found this one the web: In Great Britain a white Featherweight was sold, which was made in Scotland. Some "mint green" machines are also rumored to have been made, but opinions vary over whether this was really a green machine or merely a white one with a green tinge to the paint. Larry Oliver, a Featherweight collector on Compuserve, wrote to me: "I have seen a tan machine and a mint green machine (definitely NOT white). They were Great Britain models. ... Planetpatchwork.com

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