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Did I spend too much? New featherweight

Old 04-13-2019, 05:50 PM
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Default Did I spend too much? New featherweight

Hubby and I were at an auction today and they brought out this Featherweight. We did not have a chance to look it over beforehand, and the bidding was going fast. Since I had always wanted one, we foolishly bid on it almost sight unseen.
So when I get a chance to look it over, it's going to need a new cord, a new bobbin case (this one is missing) and some new bobbins. The machine itself looks to be in fair condition, though I cannot even plug it up due to cord is deteriorated. The case is in pretty bad condition and there are no attachments, manuals or anything included.
In the excitement of the bid, I am in $200 plus tax.
I am kinda heartsick. Did I do terrible?
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Old 04-13-2019, 06:00 PM
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When you get a bobbin case & cord and clean her up you're going to have a lot of fun sewing. I love mine!
It would be nice to have a great case but for me it's not that important.
You may want to check out The Featherweight Shop and see what they have for the things missing.
We've all been a bit overexcited at times, try not to worry about it!
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Old 04-13-2019, 06:49 PM
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I don't think you did so bad, as long as it runs, because they usually sell for around $350 in good running condition with all parts. The cases usually smell bad, it's from the glue used in making them. Sadly, the bobbin case may have been in the machine at the auction until someone stole it out of the machine. It happens.
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Old 04-13-2019, 08:45 PM
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I don't own a Featherweight but I do own her big sister therefore not sure how accurate what I am about to say is. If they both use the same bobbins then you can find them at your local Joann's, also you can find a lot of items to get her running really well online. I think the website is sewing parts online (?) If not the right site surely someone will tell you the correct name. She will be a beauty when you get her all cleaned up.
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:12 PM
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This discussion mentions several great online featherweight shops where you can find everything you need to get your new toy up and running.

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Old 04-14-2019, 03:26 AM
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The Quilt Peddler in Fennimore WI repaired mine and replaced the pedal. Very reliable repair service. Good luck!
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Old 04-14-2019, 03:53 AM
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No you didn’t. Stop worrying about it and start enjoying it!
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Old 04-14-2019, 04:08 AM
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That’s not a bad price. When I bought mine I ordered a new electrically cord. A nice website is Singer featherweight. They have videos, replacement parts. Workshops around the country how to maintain the featherweight. Enjoy the featherweight. I love mine. I named mine “Edmund” because that was the name of the street we lived on. My mother had a featherweight when I was young. But I remember the oil smell. Brings back memories.
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Old 04-14-2019, 04:14 AM
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Don't worry about it. If you wanted it and can afford it, you went for it and now it is yours. I paid more than that for my white featherweight and never looked back. Enjoy it!
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Old 04-14-2019, 04:30 AM
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I paid $275 for mine but it had everything you are missing. (I know of others that have paid more than me) So, If it runs when you get the pieces you are in good shape

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