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Thread: Featherweight decision....HELP!!!

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    I have been wanting a featherweight for a year or so, but keep talking myself out of one. I finally decided to buy one and have set a limit of how much I am willing to spend. Unfortunately, that price would get me one that is not in great shape. So...do I settle for less, buy a cheaper one with flaws (in condition, not performance) and just be happy to have one, or forget it, or raise my limit to an uncomfortable level???? Or keep looking???

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    The first two options wouldn't work for me. I'd keep looking. FWs seem to be coming down a bit in price.

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    I'd keep looking. I watched eBay for a long time and then found one at an auction (in North Carolina). I paid about 1/2 of the prices I'd seen on eBay. I was glad I waited. My machine sews like a dream. (I ask the auctioneer if I could plug it in and see if it worked before I bid and he said fine..... I got there early to check it out.) Good luck.... they are worth the wait.

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    try shopgoodwill.com i have purchased one there also got a couple good buys on ebay

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    keep looking --- at some point you will walk into some place and there it will be---your perfect machine- with the perfect price.
    i spent 3 years thinking i needed a (new to me) second machine- even my hubby got involved- we would stop at sales- and different places- and see one- some in fabulous cabinets- some portable- different machines- i would oohhh and ahhh- look them over- think seriously- ask questions-ohh and ahh some more and walk away- sometimes hubby would sit in the car and look at me---puzzled- and say- is it not a good deal? you can get it if you want---what ever - i'd just say- no- i don't want it==
    not really having a reason- it just wasn't ...the one...
    then a couple weeks ago i walked into a neighbors garage- and there- sitting on the floor was a little singer case--i knealt down and opened that case---and there it was!!! the machine i've been waiting for-
    i asked---how much?
    she got on the phone---a couple minutes later she said..."would you pay $20 for it?" !!! OMG!!! my hubby was pulling money out of his pocket so fast!
    it is in great shape- was well taken care of- all i did was give it a dusting- and oiling- and was sewing with it 1/2 an hour after getting it home- (had to get on line and download the manual- so i could wind the bobbin)
    i am so...happy with it! the best $20 i've ever spent --- and would have paid 10 times that!

    so, i say---wait- the right machine will come to you - in your price range(or better) when the time is right :)

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    Thanks for all the advice...that is just what I needed to hear!!! :)

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    Do get one! They are great little machines! :)

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    Your machine will find you when you least expect it and you will have the money ready!

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    If you do continue to look for a FW on e-bay, every once in a while put "Singer Featherlite Sewing Machine" in the search engine. That's how I found mine. :thumbup: Some people call the FW's Featherlite's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    keep looking --- at some point you will walk into some place and there it will be---your perfect machine- with the perfect price.
    i spent 3 years thinking i needed a (new to me) second machine- even my hubby got involved- we would stop at sales- and different places- and see one- some in fabulous cabinets- some portable- different machines- i would oohhh and ahhh- look them over- think seriously- ask questions-ohh and ahh some more and walk away- sometimes hubby would sit in the car and look at me---puzzled- and say- is it not a good deal? you can get it if you want---what ever - i'd just say- no- i don't want it==
    not really having a reason- it just wasn't ...the one...
    then a couple weeks ago i walked into a neighbors garage- and there- sitting on the floor was a little singer case--i knealt down and opened that case---and there it was!!! the machine i've been waiting for-
    i asked---how much?
    she got on the phone---a couple minutes later she said..."would you pay $20 for it?" !!! OMG!!! my hubby was pulling money out of his pocket so fast!
    it is in great shape- was well taken care of- all i did was give it a dusting- and oiling- and was sewing with it 1/2 an hour after getting it home- (had to get on line and download the manual- so i could wind the bobbin)
    i am so...happy with it! the best $20 i've ever spent --- and would have paid 10 times that!

    so, i say---wait- the right machine will come to you - in your price range(or better) when the time is right :)
    I keep praying for this lucky day!!!!

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    I would keep looking, I found 2 at yard sales one I paid $50.00 for and the other $10.00 they are both in good condition and run great, or try craigslist. :)

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    I would say keep looking. I think up to $200-$250 for one in decent shape, black, running,maybe some feet, maybe a booklet, with good decals and a decent case.

    Quote Originally Posted by cmagee84
    I have been wanting a featherweight for a year or so, but keep talking myself out of one. I finally decided to buy one and have set a limit of how much I am willing to spend. Unfortunately, that price would get me one that is not in great shape. So...do I settle for less, buy a cheaper one with flaws (in condition, not performance) and just be happy to have one, or forget it, or raise my limit to an uncomfortable level???? Or keep looking???

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    I would wait. I got a great deal off Craig's list.

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    I was not sure I wanted a FW or not as really is not needed for me. But after looking at Craigslist I found one locally for a good price (under $100) and went for it! Now I am glad I did. I enjoy quilting and handwork so much I just wanted a piece of history really. Mine works great and I plan to make a quilt using just the FW this winter. Keep looking and stick to your budget. It is true the prices are coming down.

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    $300 should get you one in good shape with the book and ready to use.

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    Wait and keep looking as others have said. A friend of ours cleans out old houses occasionally so I asked him to keep an eye open for one. Brought me one in pristine condition and asked for $25 for it. I gave him $45 and then had the happy opportunity to make him a baby quilt with it just this past winter.

    Not sure your budget but I did just post that there are 2 FW's for sale relatively near to me...a black one they are asking $150 for (I think) and a white one for $500. The black one should really go for less as it appears the pedal has been replaced with a non-original style and the (CL) poster says there are paint repairs on the bed. Look for the post 'FW's for sale' and see if this might be to your liking. NAYY

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    My budget is 250 to 300. I could spend more, but feel that is all I should invest in a FW. The "one" I really want is in excellent condition, looks like it has lived its life in the closet is priced at 400. He won't budge because it is a fundraiser for a church.

    There is a guy nearby that specializes in FW. He sells about 65 to 75 each year! The one he has that is in acceptable condition is 350! So in NC the prices seem to be going up not down!!!

    The CL posting I went to see yesterday said "mint condition". It was in the worst shape of any I have seen!!! She came down to 175! No scroll work left on the bed. Bad marks where someone used masking tape as a seam guide, the belt needs replacing, it would need new feet, the replacement cord is beige and it sewed really slow. So I said no thank you!

    I will keep looking or try and wear the 400 down to 350! :)

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    Patience, like it was said a few times, one will find you. Keep your eyes open. My last two came off Craigslist and a friend got one off there for $60, a white FW. Nice little machine. If you build a stand, it will come.

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    I've recently seen several on ebay for under $200 in decent condition - that didn't sell! So, the price is coming down - if you just be patient you will find your deal!

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    The Fw has a way of finding you! Keep looking! There are some waiting for that special person. Did you know that you can replace the scroll on the plate. If you find one that needs a little work, it can benefit you to have it "renewed" . But get it at a good price.

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    Keep looking - I think your price range is reasonable for a machine in good shape. I waited quite a while to find my birth year FW and paid $250 for her on Ebay. She is in excellent, excellent condition.
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    I'd keep looking. I got one from ebay and it is in excellent shape; it and it's case. I spent more for shipping than the machine since it was coming from the UK. Keep an eye out at the thrift stores, etc. If you are going to spend alot make sure it's in good condition and working. FYI; my total cost was under 300

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    Quote Originally Posted by shnnn
    I've recently seen several on ebay for under $200 in decent condition - that didn't sell! So, the price is coming down - if you just be patient you will find your deal!
    I agree with you. Since I've been following this board and watching ebay I've learned that they aren't as rare as the ones selling them make them out to be. It used to be on eBay they all sold now I see the sellers asking to high of starting price and they aren't getting any bids. Patience will win in the end

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    I am a little scared of buying off of ebay! I like to see and touch things before I buy. I am not a risk taker!

    I looked at the one locally again today...it is calling my name. I keep telling myself that it is a church donation. He will take $40, which is his fee for cleaning, oiling and checking the machine. He came down to $375. So take away the 40 and it gets it down to 335!

    Can you tell I am really wanting this machine??? Decisions, decisions, decisions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmagee84
    I am a little scared of buying off of ebay! I like to see and touch things before I buy. I am not a risk taker!

    I looked at the one locally again today...it is calling my name. I keep telling myself that it is a church donation. He will take $40, which is his fee for cleaning, oiling and checking the machine. He came down to $375. So take away the 40 and it gets it down to 335!

    Can you tell I am really wanting this machine??? Decisions, decisions, decisions!
    I totally understand your thoughts. If you feel comfortable w/this one then you should get it. He has come down in price so that helps. For the most part I've had really good experiences w/buying on eBay. I make sure the seller has a high percentage like 99 to 100% for satisfaction and I also don't buy anything where they say no returns no matter what. I feel that even if they do a 7 day return then they are backing what you get. The couple of issues that I've had have been resolved really fast so I can't complain. I bought a Viking #1 on eBay and the seller was really great to work with. He sent me additional things that were missing and he also gave me a 2 yr warranty on it. Good luck on your decision and I really hope you get your featherweight.

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