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Thread: Featherweight Club (Do you have a Featherweight if so post here so you can all chit chat) Everyone is Welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bignan 1935 View Post
    I would like to know how to take the musty smell out of the case or if it possible to take it out. I have five one for each of my granddaughters and four of the casesw smell. I don"t keep them in the cases. bignan
    Found this site and thought of your issues hope it helps http://sheila-gaquin.suite101.com/re...21-case-a45870
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    DC was the current before AC, now days it runs off solar. I'm building a house and going to use solar and elc. So the house is being wired for both ac and dc. You can run solar with a converter to make AC.

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    I have a FW named Miss B. cause when i got her she was in a bad state. Missing alot of parts and all that. But she has been rescued and repaired and cleaned up real nice for her age. She is 1951 cent and runs quite and very smooth, beautiful stitch and all. But the motor says ac or dc i know about AC but how does DC work?
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    I have a beige one, 4 white ones, 4 black ones and a black 222

    Quote Originally Posted by Surfergirl View Post
    I have a white FW and 3 black ones....would love to own a tan one.
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    They some on ebay, a clear aycrlic and a wooden one, also there is a guy on here who makes wooden ones. I'm going to get one of his when my house and studio are done this spring. I like his much better then the ones on ebay.

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    I would like to buy an extention table for my FW Anyone have a shop that has some to sell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redworkrene View Post
    The penguin foot is the original walking foot designed for the Singer Featherweight. They are extremely rare and bring a high price among collectors. I bought one from a Singer dealer's personal singer attachment collection many years ago. It is the only one I have even seen.
    What does the penguin foot look like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by psychonurse View Post
    What does the penguin foot look like?
    Try this site: http://thesewbox.com/f/Singer_Walkin...ot_Penguin.pdf
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    I think, after a long time, I can join the FW club. I inherited my mother's FW 12 years ago. I finally found the bobbin case after I thought it was lost of all eternity. She needs a new spindle plate and a good cleaning, but otherwise, she is fine. She's a black 221 and I think she's from 1949. Once I get her up and running, I'll use her probably as my primary piecing machine. I will post pictures when I get home. All my machines are named after her sisters. If I can finish my collection of vintage machines, mom and all her sisters will be represented.
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    Featherweight table in Arizona....

    http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/fuo/2717977601.html

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    I am new to this site and wanted to say hello. I have a Featherweight 221 and love her. I bought her at at an Antique Mall at the coast about 5 years ago and I did pay $325. It did come with a really nice original case (no keys), the original accessories box with all the accessories. Bobbins and the bobbin case, original manual and a few other little things. She is a FW Centennial and I think in good condition (very shiny and great decals). I had very little cleaning to do and she runs and sews like a dream.

    I love reading about all your FW's and just wanted to say hello.

    Kelliejo
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    I'm so excited! I'm going to go look at one tomorrow, and likely bring it home. It's being sold by a gentleman who is liquidating his grandmother's estate. It's got the case, tray and "extras". When I talked to him, he said it had a lot of extra needles, a sewing gauge, a bobbin (maybe more), a couple of screwdrivers, the lint brush, and more stuff down in the case. Oh, and "some yellow things". :lol Not a clue what they might be, but I'll find out tomorrow!

    I asked him if he knew how old it was, and said if he'd done it right, he'd dated it on ISMACS to 1942. It does work, the wiring is sound (he says) but it's been sitting for 25 years or so, and could probably stand a good oiling.

    Yippee!

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    Well, I am probably jumping in before I should.... but since "Santa" came home with a featherweight today :-) :-) :-) I would like to ask a question - I have my Mom's Singer buttonholer - the one that comes in the green clamshell shaped box and I am wondering if it will fit my new baby...when she arrives Christmas morning that is! LOL

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    Dont know if this is considered a featherweight or not but I bought a singer 201 in a very nice cabinet for $30.00 at an auction last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dretha View Post
    Dont know if this is considered a featherweight or not but I bought a singer 201 in a very nice cabinet for $30.00 at an auction last week.
    It's not a Featherweight, but wow, nice price. A lot of vintage Singer people really speak well of the 201. I'd love to find one......Do enjoy it!

    The model numbers for Featherweights are 221 and 222, with the latter being the free-arm model. There are also some letters after some of the model numbers for some of the later coloured Featherweights I understand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMCDA View Post
    Well, I am probably jumping in before I should.... but since "Santa" came home with a featherweight today :-) :-) :-) I would like to ask a question - I have my Mom's Singer buttonholer - the one that comes in the green clamshell shaped box and I am wondering if it will fit my new baby...when she arrives Christmas morning that is! LOL

    Joann
    My mom used her Singer buttonholer on her FW. I have both now, but really no use for the buttonholer. She had a green clamshell case that matches the green and white FW case. then she filled it with those metal peanut shaped things that actually make the holes. She stored the rest of them in her sewing box. Seemed like she had 20 or 30 of them. I didn't realize there were that many different buttonholes to make!
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    I Have Joined the Featherweight Club

    Her she is. My Featherwieght 221-1, born 4 April 1947. She is not as pretty and pristine as some of yours, but she is mine and sews beautifully. The case is in rough condition. She did come with a box of attachments and a zig zag attachment. I also have a 221-1 instruction manual that came from my other's sewing stuff and likely belonged to the Featherweight she used to have and I learned to sew on.


    My DD is out this morning on the trail of a Singer Sphinx. Wish us luck.
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    I got one! I got one!

    I met the guy from CL today, to check out his grandmother's Featherweight. It's in really good shape, and after I pulled a pound of lint from her feed dogs and unwound the mess around her bobbin, she purrs nicely (especially with a big drink of oil!) and miraculously, the case smells of...nothing. Apparently it's been in Grandma's closet for the last 20 or 25 years. She died this past spring, and now they're breaking up her household. (The guy's house was chock *full* of gorgeous antiques from his grandmother!) I meant to ask what her name was, but will when I email him this evening.

    It came with stuff-a zipper foot, the lint brush, three screw drivers, needles marked "Made in Belgium" and "Made in Japan", the manual, a couple of bobbins. Her serial number is AF882620, which makes her birthday April 1941 according to the chart I found.

    I have some questions. I'd like to do most or all of the cleanup myself, but don't want to do damage. Is the tension on this something I can take off to polish and put back on myself, without cussing like a sailor and wishing I'd let someone else do it? Also, in the third picture down--after I cleaned her up gently--you can very clearly see the edge of something on the surface, in the center, and I can feel it. Is that the finish, and I should leave it alone, or is that more of the (I'm assuming) tar that was on the face plate, and I should work on getting it off?

    Anybody got a good source for the feet that go on the base of the machine? One has been sat in something that completely ate the rubber. Also, I need a new handle for the case, if such a thing exits. The current one is being held on by about a mile of 30 year old masking tape, and I can see it fraying on the weight-bearing end.

    On to the more important part-pictures!

    eta: Dunno why their out of the order I posted them in, but they are. 1, 2, 6 &7 are befores; 3 is after her bath.
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    I have something to share...

    Yesterday I bought a 221 from a friend I met at guild. I couldn't find the serial number, as I was looking for a metal tag at the bottom of the pillar. Silly me! It was on the bottom of the machine! She is in great condition. All decals are intact. After checking the serial number chart, I find she is a sister to your new machine, MrsBoats. I was surprised to find the belt is leather! She needs a cleaning and some exercise. She has been sitting on a shelf for 20 years.
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    Finally broke down and went and got me my feather weight. Broke me but I'm happy. Gypsy was born in 1941 and is in wonderful condition with case and attachments. The man who I bought her from said she was a 1938 but according to the numbers she is a 1941.
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    Hi My name is irishjan13 and I got my 221 about a yr or so ago and I had her cleaned up and oiled and used it t time and I also got thread in the bobbin case and she froze. but thanks to your post - I now know what to try to get it out= I will let you know how I do - I really want to use her. My location is North Olmsted, Ohio- best location in the nation

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    Introducing Verna

    I bought this FW on eBay about a month ago. She was born in 1958 and I'm naming her Verna, after my Great-Aunt who taught me how to sew when I was 8. Verna went straight from the post office to the Sewing Machine Hospital, where she underwent elective surgery to replace her belt and the wiring to the plug. She was also cleaned and oiled, got a new 1/4" foot, and 5 new metal bobbins. The only thing I don't like is the band-aid that the Sewing Machine Hospital stuck on the front of her (see pics below).

    I sewed a stack of chain-piecing on her last night, and I am *so* impressed with her. I can't believe what a joy it is to sew on her. I also have a Janomoe 4100 QDC that I bought 2 years ago, which I love, but this FW has a much different feel. It feels more solid, and it feels like she knows what she's doing. She's also little and toy-like, which makes her very cute. (But then, all you FW owners out there know that already!) It didn't come with many accessories - only the buttonholer (like I'm ever going to use that - not!) and two feet. But the gold is intact and now that she's shined up, she's gorgeous. (Me feels the start of a horribly expensive collection is in the making...!) Good thing I have no DH to talk some sense into me. :-) I never even considered getting one until I started reading this board - so thanks for getting me hooked!
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    I won't be posting any pics of my two Featherweights anytime soon. Rescued both of these off Ebay and all I can say is when you purchase on Ebay, you get what you see, minus some you don't see.
    My newer one 1947, had some major damage to the bobbin case base, and the plate above the bobbin.
    I had purchased these two because my DH and DS who is 16 took a clean and care class for FW this week. When the boys came home I heard all that was wrong with my youngest machine and DS said, "Mom, it looked like those ladies took their shiny Caddilac out of the garage and had it sitting there for all to see"
    Well, I purchased these two Munchkins for another reason. I was needing more DSM for the 4 Granddaughters. Three are sewing and I don't have enough room to have them all sew at once.
    I did have one of the 6 yr old's sewing on the FW over Thanksgiving, it was so sweet. Bright Pink thread in those bobbins is a beautiful sight.

    Back to the repairs on my youngest FW. My DH and son are going to repair her, but parts, prices are so jacked up out there and people try and sell 301 bobbin parts to replace them, I had a tough time finding parts, but did locate some and Guy from IL was wonderful. My hubby talked to him and they figured out all the Gib, Rotary whatevers and funny screws this little wonder has. Parts will be in the mail soon!

    Look forward to showing you some shiny Caddy soon, No, probably not, but they will be loved by several little girls. I should go, I need to cut 5"squares as I think we went through nearly all I have cut. Enjoy.
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    222k for sale..the pictures are wonderful

    Hi all, just found this. No comment on price and Not promoting item.
    However, the pictures are just wonderful to 'look' at as I rarely get to 'see' one of these..
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/280783567165










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    I have one that belonged to my MIL's MIL in California. Originally bought 7/12/1939 and I was born 7/12/1940.
    My MIL sent it home with me a few years ago and my brother wrapped rope around the case and made a carrying handle for to get it home on the plane. What fun that was! Before all the security now but they called me aside to ask what it was. Must have looked like a machine gun taken apart. Anyway I said a little sewing machine and they said OK that's what they thought and let me go through. I brought it home as a carry-on. It has the original manual, all the acessories and original sales receipt and her payment book. I love it and it sounds like a 'little Singer'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dbl Trouble View Post
    I have one that belonged to my MIL's MIL in California. Originally bought 7/12/1939 and I was born 7/12/1940.
    My MIL sent it home with me a few years ago and my brother wrapped rope around the case and made a carrying handle for to get it home on the plane. What fun that was! Before all the security now but they called me aside to ask what it was. Must have looked like a machine gun taken apart. Anyway I said a little sewing machine and they said OK that's what they thought and let me go through. I brought it home as a carry-on. It has the original manual, all the acessories and original sales receipt and her payment book. I love it and it sounds like a 'little Singer'.
    Lucky you....same b-days. I'm looking for my b-day partner

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    My baby got sick yesterday. Working on stockins for a Free Toy Store we have here. (give away free used toys we have cleaned and fixed all year) She started slowing down, then I felt the motor and it was quite hot. I never had one do this and was quite distressed, unplugged her, let her set and cool. Moved onto a Kenmore we had sitting there for backup or if somone else wanted to sew. Was truly sad. Packed her away in her case, truly worried about her but can't do anything till after first of year. Have two FWs and love them both, other one is limping along too. Will be finishing out the season on the big ol Janome or Kenmore. Four more days of the free store.

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