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Thread: Big Score and Decisions to Make 221

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    Big Score and Decisions to Make 221

    Well folks, believe it or not a bought my first 221 today...and I've got a lot of machines. I was able to get it for 1/2 off on a moving sale for 25.00...I know...had to drive into the heart of darkness in the Pine Barrens to get it.

    It needs some minor restoration but here are some before and after pictures:

    First two uncleaned out of the sale, third beginning process of restoring/cleaning. Will need some new black paint and minor French Polishing to restore to 95%.

    The question is whether after fully restoring it is it worth investing in:

    A "new" Singer motor (original) --it has a replacement motor-- and black case for it. I have the foot pedal and some accessories.

    Thanks for your opinions.
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    Beautiful!!! Great find!!! Wish they could be found here for that price!!!!!!!!

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    My 2 cents is to give it a quick cleaning and tune-up and flip it. Nice find.

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    Don't flip it. Keep it! What a find.

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    If you are not going to use it, I would just get a new belt, clean it up and not worry about the case at all. If you really intend to sell it why put much into? You can triple your money and someone will want it to use and take to classes and sewing weekends, so chances will never use the case or if they want it let the new owner buy it. Just be honest if the motor does need to be replaced.

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    Good advice so far...but I may keep it for awhile. The issue is that the motor is not original to the machine so I may replace it with an original Singer Motor to restore it to factory specs.

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    personally, I would use this rather than make it part of a collection. And since I would use it, a non-singer motor would probably be stronger. I have swapped out a couple of my singers for the alpha-sew 1.5 amp motor, just to have a little more power.
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    Dan,

    I've had several ladies here asking me if I had a Feather Weight for sale. One of them is really wanting one bad.
    Personally I wouldn't do any more to than oil and grease it, then use it. Or sell it.

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    what year is it? Really looking for one made in 1949 and one made in 1954.

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    Looking at the decals its from the mid- 1950s. It looks good to me. I have 4 Singer 221 featherweights that I use frequently.
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    I have 2 FWs and wouldn't think of selling one of them. I think you should keep it and use it!

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    My opinion is life is not fair and I never find great deals like that! Congrats!

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    I've decided to keep it for awhile because I've never had one and am enjoying it. It looks nice with my Willcox and Gibbs because they are small and great conversation pieces. I definitely decided to swap the motor for an original one to it can, eventually, be sold as an all original piece.

    I'm kind surprised that everyone doesn't think the case is that important. So, I'm passing on that since they are expensive and usually in poor shape. I would NOT consider a reproduction because I don't see the point of that.. I'll post once fully restored.

    Thanks all

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    She is beautiful......I would keep it forever.....

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    I am just consumed with jealousy at $25 for a FW......Unheard of, even in the days of complete ignorance of what a yard sale person selling a FW....Lucky, lucky you. Keep it and brag about it forever....
    Make every day count for something!

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    If I got my hands on it I would keep it until I can't sew anymore. Lucky you. Enjoy it. Someone on CL here has a free arm DW and want $875 for it. I almost choaked.

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    What a great find! She shined up beautifully. I got mine at a garage sale for $50.00 and thought I had a great buy.
    I did bring mine in to make sure nothing was wrong as it was making a noise, but all it needed was a new belt and a rubber foot on the bottom of the machine. I love her and take it with me on vacations.
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    Why don't you think the motor is the original?

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    Wow! Is it a Centennial? Prices are higher on those. What a great find!

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    The motor is an Alphasew....I don't like them so I picked up an original vintage motor for the machine. As far as it being a Centennial....How do you determine that???
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    Just did some research...not centennial but I'm not complaining.

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    it's beautiful! i debated about going to that sale <g>....good for you! can you describe what you mean by french polish??? thank you!

    betsey (also in southern nj....)

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    it is beautiful, yes, not a centennial (they have a blue ring on the plate) but you got a great find! i bought a centennial in great condition, with a case & accessories for $225 and for around here i got a great deal. They regularly sell in Portland for $500-600 if they are in good condition.

    enjoy it!

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    French polish is a process of shining up areas that are having finish issues. You take a minute amount of shellac and quickly rub it into the finish. One may need to do it over and over again. I use different ratios of shellac to alcohol depending on the job. It takes a great deal of practice and faith that it will turn out smooth and shiny. There are a few tutorials on you tube, and I believe that Glenn has a good thread on it re: refinishing. There is one tiny area on this machine that is showing signs of wanting to bubble...but not yet. I will gently sand with wet/dry sand paper, maybe 1200 grit, then French Polish to original finish....it will look perfect but: it takes many hours of practice to get it right.

    PS...Never ever French Polish Decals directly.
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    Oh my goodness! She's beautiful!

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