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    1937 featherweight price

    Someone on CL has a Singer featherweight. 1937 model with Egyuptian(spelling) scroll, with accessories, case etc for $650.00. Seems a little high. What do you all think? I have a 1956 model in perfect shape, sews like a dream. I gave $250.00, shipping and all for mine.

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    Seems extremely high to me, unless it's got a Penguin walking foot with it.
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    Way to high. I saw one for $500.00, and it was trashed. Not even wiped down. Such a shame.

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    what is a penguin walking foot???? i have a 1937 fw...about 14 years ago i paid $300- for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twoxover View Post
    what is a penguin walking foot???? i have a 1937 fw...about 14 years ago i paid $300- for it.
    A penguin is a walking foot made for the Featherweights....hard to come by and quite spendy!
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    thank you Charlee! i never knew singer made one...now i need to go search!

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    featherweight prices

    Quote Originally Posted by twoxover View Post
    thank you Charlee! i never knew singer made one...now i need to go search!
    Ebay in Australia has just auctioned a Featherweight 222K - no mention of year, but ad said there was an embroidery hoop. Guess the price? $2030 aust or about $2200 US. I have no idea why that particular machine was fought over so enthusiastically. Another one is just about to finish for over $800.

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    Your price is in the range, especially since it can't be tested until you own it. . I saw three on the goodwill shopping site going between $200.09 and $295.00 last week. A few years ago (in CA) refurbed FW's could be purchased for $350-400.00 depending upon on condition but prices theer have softened. $650.00, in my opinion, is a LOT high in the USA.

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    WOW $650.00 is way too high! I paid $250 for mine without the case. I see tons of FW on eBay with asking prices in the 5-6 hundred dollar range. They can ask all they want doesn't mean they are going to get it

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    Quote Originally Posted by twoxover View Post
    what is a penguin walking foot???? i have a 1937 fw...about 14 years ago i paid $300- for it.
    I never knew about this penguin walking foot either. I don't think the one on CL has it. I thought it was was too high, glad I got mine for $250.00.

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    I have a 1937 school bell model that looks like new and we didn't pay anything close to that.
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    1937 is a very early model. They weren't cranking them out in the numbers they produced in later years. It's much harder to find one that early, so naturally the price might be higher-- unless the seller doesn't know what they are selling.

    Overall, I think the price of featherweights seems to be coming down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gspsplease View Post
    Ebay in Australia has just auctioned a Featherweight 222K - no mention of year, but ad said there was an embroidery hoop. Guess the price? $2030 aust or about $2200 US. I have no idea why that particular machine was fought over so enthusiastically. Another one is just about to finish for over $800.
    The 222 is a different animal. The freearm featherweight is harder to come by and sells for more than does the standard featherweight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl View Post
    1937 is a very early model. They weren't cranking them out in the numbers they produced in later years. It's much harder to find one that early, so naturally the price might be higher-- unless the seller doesn't know what they are selling.

    Overall, I think the price of featherweights seems to be coming down.
    Collectors might know that the 1937 model is less common, but most sellers see a black featherweight with nothing particularly special about it. Most quilters that buy them see the same thing, other than they want that little machine.

    I agree. The price of featherweights is coming down, the economy is forcing the issue. (nothing political intended!!!!) I believe that the prices of many things "unnecessary" are going to nosedive, and we'll start seeing better prices.
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    CL prices here in TN are at $350 + for FW's and Goodwill online has shot way up the past few months. What I bought 6 months ago for under $200 is now $300 - $400.

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    Very high, I purchased a 1937 FW last summer for $250.00 and I thought that was a fair price, the machine was in fantastic shape. Mine had a buttonholer and a lot of feet with it, all in a case.
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    too high!!!

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    seems high to me too

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    I agree...too high! Especially for my budget...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gspsplease View Post
    Ebay in Australia has just auctioned a Featherweight 222K - no mention of year, but ad said there was an embroidery hoop. Guess the price? $2030 aust or about $2200 US. I have no idea why that particular machine was fought over so enthusiastically. Another one is just about to finish for over $800.
    I have seen the 222's here, going for 1200./ 1500. In rough condition. This is NOT a standard FW. This is a free arm machine with zig zag attachments and buttonholer and some embroidery attachments.

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    Price is too high. I paid $220.00 for a 1936 in beautiful condition with case and attachments a few months ago. Alas, no penguin walking foot!
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    [QUOTE=bmanley;4992117]Someone on CL has a Singer featherweight. 1937 model with Egyuptian(spelling) scroll, with accessories, case etc for $650.00. Seems a little high. What do you all think? I have a 1956 model in perfect shape, sews like a dream. I gave $250.00, shipping and all for mine.[/Q

    I think that is very high.Ihave been selling featherweights for a while and never seen one that i thought was worth that much.If it was a 1933 or one that was bought at the worlds fair It would have to have a special badge and the decals were 100% maybe then and only then.

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    I wouldn't pay that much for it - I have two Featherweights - I paid $250 for the first one (my husband's cousin purchased it for me in California and I had to wait almost a year for her to bring it to me, when she finally shipped it via UPS, it got delivered to the wrong address - at Christmas time - thankfully an honest person, she called me and we met - she was very embarrased because her kids were so excited about a package that they opened it for me - lol). The second one I purchased at a garage sale for $125 - I am sure the lady had no idea how valuable it was and it works like a dream! Needless to say, I paid for it and left in a hurry - lol

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    I have purchased 3 Featherweights that date from 1946 - 1949. I refuse to spend over $300 for any of them no matter what the date is. I also have purchased a treadle singer dated 1916 and bought that for $40 in a garage sale. If you keep your eyes peeled you can find some real nice bargains.

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    Very expensive. Try Ebay. I got 2 there for aprox $125 each, with attachments.

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