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Thread: Current Price of a Featherweight

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    Senior Member so-sew's Avatar
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    I've decided to liquidate my fleet of sewing machines to raise money for a Bernina to back up my main machine. I'm sacrificing my Featherweight, but I'm OK with that. I never use her, and I'm a practical gal. She's in nice shape for her age, but her latches are broken on the case, and there isn't a manual. I put her on Craigslist this week for $300 and haven't had anyone interested. Do you think I should drop the price? The machines on Ebay seem to go for more than that. Has anyone bought a Featherweight lately?

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    Depends on the year it was made, the number of decals, how many machines are posted at the same time, lots of factors.

    More detail will attract more buyer's interest. IMHO

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    List it again...I'd list it at least every week for a month to six weeks before I dropped the price...

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    I had to paid $300.00 for my a few mouth ago that is what they are gone for around here. My was in good shape and with case was in good shape as well. I would hold out for your price. Good luck.

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    I didn't know certain years were more desireable. I think mine was made in December '49, but I'd have to double check.

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    Your price seems to be in the range of what I see FW's going for. Don't rush to drop it just yet.

    Have you listed it here on QB?

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    I hesitate to list it here on the board because the buyer would probably need it shipped, and I want the buyer to take it for a test drive before commiting. Also, I don't how to do a safe transaction that way.

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    I paid $170 for my '46 gal about 6 months ago on Ebay. It did need a new cord and some cleaning and the case was disgusting. Don't remember what I paid for all that but all together it cost me over $200.

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    Featherweights are selling in my part of Ontario from $200 to $450 so I don't think that your price is out of line. You just need to find the right buyer. Can you advertise it at your local quilt guild or through your LQS? Even a Community bulletin board in your library or Senior's Centre might be a good place to post your machine for sale.

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    You will laugh at this... or at least I did. Today on craigslist I saw a FW for sale for $1200. It wasn't anymore special than yours. THAT is wayyyy over priced. I agree, your price is right and follow Charlee's advice.

    My choice would be to list it for a week. Take it off. Wait a bit. List it again for about a week. The right buyer might not be ready or home right now. Be patient. Craigslist is the only place I get my vintage machines. When I am traveling, I also look at machines listed in the cities we will be traveling through. :-D

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    I think with 2 broken latches you might be a bit high, but unless you're in a huge hurry, why not wait a little bit. I might try $275 if I had to relist it, but I think I'd give it a bit at $300.

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    Several weeks ago I purchased a 1951 Featherweight on Ebay. I used the "buy it now" price and paid $248.00 plus $28.00 shipping. It's in excellent condition, runs well and has no flaws. The case is in almost perfect condition and I got loads of accessories, bobbins, oil and motor oil and the original manual in perfect shape except for one slightly loose page. My husband shortened, slightly, the cord to eliminate a small break on one side of it. I think I got a good deal. One of my fellow quilt guild member is selling her collection starting at much higher prices - and they are not Centennials either, just regular ones like mine.

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    I bought one in excellent condition 2 weeks ago with case, manual and attachments from an individual for $250.

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    Quote Originally Posted by so-sew
    I put her on Craigslist this week for $300 and haven't had anyone interested.
    Did you list some nice clear and up-close pictures with it? I think that the better the pictures....the better response you will get on it. Good luck on your listing.

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    One problem is that unless you check the "sold" listings on ebay, you are seeing the "asking" prices. With craigslist you never really know whether the item sold, or what the final price was, unless you're the buyer or seller. Prices on FW's are different in different parts of the country, and some people come up with fantastic deals because the seller is unaware of the value of the machine. IMHO, $300 is a little high if the machine is not in good condition with a good case, but that doesn't mean you won't get it if you wait a bit. I paid $300 for my FW 2-3 years ago, but it came with the folding table, a good case, and it was in running condition (folding table required new veneer and some new hardware). Good luck!

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    I bought one this weekend locally. It is in very good condition, and so is the case, and it has the cord & foot pedal. But there are no attachments or manual with it. I paid $225+ tax. In the past few days several have sold on eBay for less than $200, and several for over $200. I think it's the economy.

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    I sold my Featherweight to a wonderful woman on this board, and that money went toward a mechanical Bernina I bought yesterday. A Bernina 1031, quilters edition from the early '90s (?). I LOVE it. Thanks to all of you who contributed your thoughts and ideas. :)

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    I just bought a 1951 for $160. I've found they go for lots more if the auction ends on Saturday or Sunday.

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    I paid more than $300 for my FW. I am waiting for it to arrive. It has been cleaned and serviced, has a new case too.
    A lot of machines on ebay have been going for well over $300. I'd hold your price.

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