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    1947 Featherweight

    I am going to call her Lizzie as she was made in Elizabeth Port, New Jersey according to her number on the bottom. I have oiled all 10 spots and fixed the tensions so she is sewing a nice stitch. I took out her drip pan liner as it was smelling funky. I will probably replace the plug and foot pedal as it is green and probably not original to the machine. I will use it as is for now. I will be taking her for a checkup soon as I don't have the proper lubricant for the motor or know how to do that. The screws on the faceplate are also stuck so a professional will need to do that for cleaning. I also need to pick up some bobbins as I only have the one in the machine.
    The case and tray are sitting out in the sun to help with the musty smell but I might need to strip the case later.
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    Check out singer-featherweight.com. They have the lubricant you need and many videos on how to care for your machine. They are wonderful to deal with and very helpful!
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    Enjoy your FW, I have a 1948 and use it when we travel. There is lots of info available for maintaining your machine at the site posted above.

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    She's a beauty! I haven't used mine extensively but I have enjoyed the times I have used it.
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    congrats on the featherweight
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    How lovely! Where and how did you get her?

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    I found her at an estate sale and she was $50 in the funky smelling case. For that price I figured I can put up with her odor until it airs out. I have wiped it down and removed all the felt pieces to help. Anyone have any hints to hurry up the process of will I just have to wait it out?

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    congratulations! I was born in Elizabeth, NJ in 1944. There is enough info on line that you should be able to do routine maintenance by yourself if you want to. Check out www.novamontgomery.com. Enjoy!!
    Alyce

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    Congratulations, she's a beauty. I put an open bowl of flower desiccant ( the stuff used to dry flowers in) in mine to help with the smell. It worked for me.

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    Personally, having bought one of each of the tubes of lube from the two main sellers, I'd say getting a small jar of vaseline for lubing the motor is a much more economical choice.

    Cari

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    The Featherweight shop is awesome. They are helpful, quick, a good value and have given so much free information that i use to fix Featherweights. And free shipping.

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    Congratulation, you got a bargain. I love my featherweight, I take her out and clean her, polish her up and put her back in the box. I do not sew on it. I am thinking of selling it to someone that might actually use it. If I found one for 50, I would surely jump on that deal! I think they are so cute!! My case had a real funky smell too, but aired out in the barn for awhile and is ok now.

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    I hope you know your repairman. I took my FW to a Singer rep who was supposed to love working on them, a specialist. Couldn't believe that he took the bobbin area apart and returned it to me in pieces, said I needed to spend $89 on a new part. Took it to a guy who used to be on this board and he repaired it for $15. I always use BBQ briquettes in a bag to remove odors, works every time.

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    I have a 1947 Singer Featherweight, too. It's wonderful!! Also have a Husqvarna Viking. I use the Featherweight most of the time (almost every day). Have a group of friends that I am teaching to make stuffed animals - most have never used a sewing machine. They're learning on my Featherweight and loving it.
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    Congratulations, you got a bargain. Wanabee Quiltin is right about know your repairman. Mine wouldn't sew and I took it to my dealer where I've bought at least 5 machines through the years so I wasn't a stranger. He told me to use it for parts and hunt for another one. Went online to Nova Montgomery's site and learned how to take it apart. The problem was a thread wound around the bobbin hook. That was several years ago and she still purrs.
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    Congrats on your FW! I love all of mine. I have found that placing a dryer sheet or two in the case will remove the musty odors.

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    Congratulations! Your problems sound like small ones - you won't have much trouble or expense in getting her in tip-top shape~

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    Wow! Great find. Enjoy!
    Make it a GREAT day!

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    Congratulations, you got a deal!

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    I love piecing on a Featherweight and they are so darn cute! Congratulations. Have fun with Lizzie!

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    Nova Montgomery is a very good place to go. She knows it all and has an answer to all of your questions.
    She teaches, repairs, and all of it...She is in Northeast Texas, but on this machine with tips, and help.

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    Congrats on your new Lizzy! She's pretty! I also have a 1947 FW.

    Other places to look for machine stuff are: www.sew-classic.com. She has lots of stuff, and is very knowledgeable.

    Or: www.singer-featherweight.com.

    Happy stitching!
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    With asthma and allergies, I can't even go near a musty FW or FW case. I use a bowl of unused ground coffee in the self-defrosting refrigerator to keep everything odor free. You were on target to remove the felted pieces asap. Congrats on your little Lizzie.

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    The Featherweights seem to be particularly prone to musty smells, but I have had similar with cardboard accessory boxes and a book once. It actually took over two almost three years before it was gone. It quickly got better and within acceptable, but completely free took a very long time. I wiped them with a damp cloth, had them in the sun for a few ours two days in a row, but sun can be harsh too so I limited the exposure time. The rest aired off on a clean book shelf in a dry heated room. Next time it happens I will implement tricks like activated charcoal, bicarbonate or coffe grinds.

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    She is gorgeous!

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