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Thread: Featherweight 221 ADVICE please~picture heavy.

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    Question Featherweight 221 ADVICE please~picture heavy.

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    Asking $250.00
    Serial Number AJ220145

    Here is the listing description



    This is a black Singer Featherweight purchased used. It includes the original
    instruction booklet, foot pedal and electrical cord, bobbin case, 2 bobbins,
    Buttonholer in its original hard plastic box with 4 templates plus 8 additional
    buttonhole templates, plus 11 total feet including bias binder, hemmer, straight
    stitch hole, zipper, 2 screwdrivers, small and large. Several of the feet have
    screws for
    adjustment which move and part numbers. These are all also in the originial
    cardboard accessory box. There are no dents, scratches, etc noticible to me.
    I noticed there is no case, can i find one at a later date.

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    Sounds like a good deal to me!!

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    They may have the case and just didn't think it was important to include in the photos... That's a good price for what you're getting, and if you check on ebay you can find a case for $50 to $60..
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    It looks great! Would you get an opportunity to actually try it out?

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    No I wouldn't she is in Virginia and I am in MI.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed View Post
    It looks great! Would you get an opportunity to actually try it out?

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    It looks like a good little machine. Good luck and let us know if you get her. Don't worry about the case. I keep mine in a rolling Yarn tote from Michaels. It just fits fine, as the regular sewing machine rolling totes are too big.

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    There is no case but I did look online and can purchase one.


    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    It looks like a good little machine. Good luck and let us know if you get her. Don't worry about the case. I keep mine in a rolling Yarn tote from Michaels. It just fits fine, as the regular sewing machine rolling totes are too big.

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    I bought a Featherweight on ebay, it looked good so I bought it for $240.00. When I got it, I took it in for my sewing machine mechanic to go over it. I ended up spending about 120.00 to get it up to speed. So for the total cost I think I got a decent deal, but beware there could be hidden costs when you don't get to try a machine out.

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    I agree with Rosewood9. My first one I didn't get to try it out first but the sale was good and the machine too! Thank goodness! I have added 6 to my collection (all different) and bought local, listened to them and looked at the stitching and how the material feeds through. Ask to make sure their are no pits and scratches on the machine-other than minor wear from useage. I don't usually use the cases when traveling with mine. I have another softer case (from Cabella's) with pockets and more room to carry everything in one. Makes my life easier when going to classes or weekends away. Congratulations if you do get it!
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    It looks like a terrific deal! I bought mine on eBay about a year ago, no problems except a musty smell in the case. But I can live with that.

    You can get cases on eBay, either new or vintage. And, you can find almost any part you need on eBay as well. A word of caution, though. I bought some new "featherweight" bobbins that don't work. They are slightly too thick and break the bobbin thread. So, if you need more bobbins, try to find vintage ones.

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    Just my personal opinion, but without a case, I wouldn't pay so much, maybe half what they are asking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happyquiltmom View Post
    It looks like a terrific deal! I bought mine on eBay about a year ago, no problems except a musty smell in the case. But I can live with that.

    You can get cases on eBay, either new or vintage. And, you can find almost any part you need on eBay as well. A word of caution, though. I bought some new "featherweight" bobbins that don't work. They are slightly too thick and break the bobbin thread. So, if you need more bobbins, try to find vintage ones.
    Or purchase them from either www.april1930s.com or www.sew-classic.com

    Both are great sites for quality parts & accessories for vintage Singer machines, including Featherweights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419 View Post
    Just my personal opinion, but without a case, I wouldn't pay so much, maybe half what they are asking.
    My opinion too. There are many out there for that same price, with cases. Make an offer for less. Can't hurt to try.

    Also if you are having it shipped to you make sure that they bubble wrap the machine very well. If you ever have one with a case shipped, make sure they bubble wrap the machine & case separately & ship everything packed in a shipping box. Do not let them use the case as a shipping container. It will probably be damaged when it arrives.

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    Pinkberrykay, If you'd like I recently bought a new featherweight case because the case that came with it was damaged in one corner. If you'd like pm me your address and I'll send it to you. It does need some work though. Right now I have it scheduled to go outwith the garbage. Let me know.

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    Sounds like an excellent deal to me. I paid more for mine a couple years ago (with case), it was also shipped from the east coast, arrived in super condition (very well packed in the case) and has been sewing like a dream ever since. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE mine!
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    That is so sweet of you. I am waiting to hear back from the lady on shipping charges. Im PM you my addy!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Rosewood9 View Post
    Pinkberrykay, If you'd like I recently bought a new featherweight case because the case that came with it was damaged in one corner. If you'd like pm me your address and I'll send it to you. It does need some work though. Right now I have it scheduled to go outwith the garbage. Let me know.

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    Buy it if you can at that price--the only ones I have found in Canada are in excess of 800 dollars. My singer man says they are easy to fix and many parts are very available. I have a 1957 model that he services for me once a year and it runs like a charm. I am going to have to replace the motor one of these days as it is starting to slip---You will love it for rapid stitching!!!

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    Was your soft case similar to the Cabella FoxPro case?
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    sometimes C L has good deals if you watch and you can try them out and save the postage.

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    Hi,

    I suggest you inquire about its working ability: is the wiring flexible, does it show signs of wear/repair; does the motor hesitate when pressing on the foot control, does the motor smoke/smell? Can the seller sew out a sample for you w 2 different thread colors so you can see top and bobbin stitching?

    If you're not looking to spend alot on the case, you can purchase an inexpensive portable plastic file box & line it with batting. It opens/closes like the actual case, and weighs significantly less (perfect for class)! I use this for one of my 221-Js that came without a case, and personally love it

    As a 221 enthusiast who loves their history, I'd also be curious what the sn is.
    These are durable, wonderful little straight stitch machines w a high cuteness factor; good luck

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    One other consideration: contrary to what sellers might tell you, these machines are *not* rare. While there are certain machines that may be, relatively speaking (think blackside, original bed decal, etc.), these were a mass-produced item. Since there is not a case, you may want to consider countering the seller's $250 price tag.

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    does sonyone know where you can get a manuel that tell how to ust the attachments?
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    Asking $250.00
    Serial Number AJ220145



    Here is the listing description





    I noticed there is no case, can i find one at a later date.
    You can find a case and other items on my website www.thequiltgal.com.
    Kathleen Clendennen
    www.thequiltgal.com

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    Well, its been 2 days and I have not heard back from the seller. We last emailed each other on Sunday and she was supposed to get a shipping quote for me. I have yet to hear back so I will give her a few more days then start looking again. Actually, I am going to keep looking just nothing serious.


    Jae, thanks for all you advice it is very helpful. I will make sure to ask her these questions.

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    You can buy a new case for a featherweight. Looks to be in super condition. Does it sew?
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