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Thread: Is this a Featherweight or not???

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    Seen this machine advertised on craigslist and the ad reads "Old School Singer Sewing Machine" Is this a Featherweight or not?? The front of the machine folds up like a Featherweight.. Is the featherweights the only machines that have the front to fold up. They are asking $100.00 for it, is that a good price??

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    Need a pic or link :wink:

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    Featherweight weighs about 11 lbs Get the serial number and look it up and that will tell you what model it is. I think there are other models that the left side flips up.

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    Having a pic for you to see would help wouldnt it.. LOL

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    It's a 301A Singer Long bed.
    Or a 301 Singer Long bed.

    Nice machine.
    Great price if it's working.

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    Nope..... But it looks like a 'bullet', or that is what I have heard this machine called. Looks to be in good shape. OOPs..... wrong, didn't look at it close enough :shock:

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    Looks like a 301 to me, which is also a great machine.

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    Not fw but if it works well go for it!!

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    Not a featherweight. This is the featherweights big sister. $100 is a pretty good price. I have both and I love my 301.

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    Nope, it's a 301...but considered the big sister of the Featherweight...and still a great machine...
    I would go for it if the price is right...

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    I have to admit i have never sewn on a FW, but other than looks, I much prefer the 301. Mine is light enough (16 pounds)to travel, but heavy enough to do any quilting job needed. AnnieRose pieces perfectly, as does a FW, but she also FMQs wonderfully. Even does the binding without a walking foot which surprised me. They are going up in price, so $100 isn't too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janethagy
    Seen this machine advertised on craigslist and the ad reads "Old School Singer Sewing Machine" Is this a Featherweight or not?? The front of the machine folds up like a Featherweight.. Is the featherweights the only machines that have the front to fold up. They are asking $100.00 for it, is that a good price??

    I know someone will have the answer for me.. Thanks
    Janet
    This is indeed a Singer 301. I have one, and I LOVE it. They call it the Featherweight Big Sister, and it is only a few more pounds in weight than the famous little Featherweight. But it is NOT a Featherweight. Go to any of the many threads on here about featherweights and you will see pictures. Or go to the Vintage Sewing Machines Shop Pictures thread and you'll find several there.

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    That is the big sister to a featherweight. It's the 301 and comes with the case, a box of attachments and it looks like a buttonholer is in there too. In that case it is definitely worth $100.00.
    Thus said it's up to you if you want to buy it or dream of a featherweight instead?
    Let us know what you decide.

    Kat

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    That is a mocha 301 with a long bed and a case. GRAB IT!!!!

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    Looks like my black Singer 301A. I just love mine and I can do the 'maintance' on her myself. Got mine for $100.00. Had case and attachments. Grab her if a good price!!

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    Grab it. I would love a 301 longbed. $100 is a very good deal. Just make sure the bobbin case is there. Remember it threads from the right to left, with flat side of needle to the left.

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    I just came down from sewing on my 1951 301 black shortbed and LOVE IT...I also have a two tone 301A in a cabinet and also LOVE IT....don't pass it up for that price or you'll regret it.
    I have a vintage Singer repair man I go to and he highly recommends the 301's over the featherweights because they are gear driven not belt driven...and says..."don't yell at me ladies who own featherweights" They are better made and a better machine then the featherweights...
    301 weight is 15-16lbs...has a carry handle and very light to transport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955
    I just came down from sewing on my 1951 301 black shortbed and LOVE IT...I also have a two tone 301A in a cabinet and also LOVE IT....don't pass it up for that price or you'll regret it.
    I have a vintage Singer repair man I go to and he highly recommends the 301's over the featherweights because they are gear driven not belt driven...and says..."don't yell at me ladies who own featherweights" They are better made and a better machine then the featherweights...
    301 weight is 15-16lbs...has a carry handle and very light to transport.
    I have two featherweights and a 301 that I purchased the first of May. I hate to say it but I haven't touched my Featherweights since I got my 301. LOVE IT!!!!

    I used to use my grandmother's Featherweight almost exclusively and I haven't touched it since I bought the 301. I have given both of my other girls good 'baths' and have tucked them away. I will definently pull Freila out when I need to travel next month, but I don't see me using her before then. Sorry Mammaw.

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    no-it sure is not a feather weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janethagy
    Seen this machine advertised on craigslist and the ad reads "Old School Singer Sewing Machine" Is this a Featherweight or not?? The front of the machine folds up like a Featherweight.. Is the featherweights the only machines that have the front to fold up. They are asking $100.00 for it, is that a good price??

    I know someone will have the answer for me.. Thanks
    Janet
    301A Longbed and that is a great price for it!!

    Billy

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    if you don't want it at that price I DO!!!!...they are going for 3 times that on ebay now....I can afford $100, but no more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts
    Nope..... But it looks like a 'bullet', or that is what I have heard this machine called. Looks to be in good shape. OOPs..... wrong, didn't look at it close enough :shock:
    Looks like a Singer Rocketeer, or darn close to it.

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    I got the Machine tonight, its a 301A Long Bed. It sew beautifully and comes with all the attachments, buttonholer, and owners manuel.. will post pic tomorrow..:)
    By the way I got this machine for $75.00.. doing the happy dance!!1

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    I do a lot of FMQ on my Featherweight also. The 301 will handle a larger piece than the Featherweight. I also have the 301.

    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    I have to admit i have never sewn on a FW, but other than looks, I much prefer the 301. Mine is light enough (16 pounds)to travel, but heavy enough to do any quilting job needed. AnnieRose pieces perfectly, as does a FW, but she also FMQs wonderfully. Even does the binding without a walking foot which surprised me. They are going up in price, so $100 isn't too bad.

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    Looks like a 301. My friend has one and loves it.

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