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Thread: Featherweight price

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    I found a featherweight for sale and it sounds like it is complete and in excellent condition for $360. Is that a fair price?

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    Unless it's a 221 white or 222 I think it's kinda high.

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    Check to make sure bobbin is all there and that it sews good the price is good.I was at a shop on saturday and they were asking 525.00 for all of them and they were black...

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    Prices vary by location, but I think $360 is a bit high, even for a 221. I think you can do better. I have bought/sold many for less than that.

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    Personally, I think that is way too high. Because of their current collectible status the prices of FWs have been inflated way beyond their worth They are good little machines but If you are patient you can find one at a garage sale, flea market or on auction sites such as eBay for much less. I would not pay that much.

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    It iVintage Singer Featherweight model 221 in gorgeous condition - gleaming finish, perfect original gold decals.
    It has been thoroughly maintained - a squeeky clean machine that sews fast and strong.
    Wiring is supple and intact.
    Original bakelite foot controller in excellent condition.
    Complete set of attachments in original Singer box.

    COLLECTION ALSO INCLUDES:
    Singer buttonholer - cleaned, oiled, and sew tested.
    Greist zigzagger - works nicely with this machine.
    Original operating manual.
    Handsome reproduction case.

    The tiny featherweight is legendary for its charm, reliability, and ingenious lightweight design. Weighing in at 11 pounds, it is easily portable with one hand.
    And so CUTE!

    Nicely priced at $360. Cash, please.

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    I agree with the others....price is too high.
    It states......"handsome reproduction case"......this means it is not the original case? I would also look for a scroll faceplate.

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    Have you seen it. what condition is it in? For the price is should be nice. :)

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    I paid less than $200 for mine with original case, attachments, bobbins, and shipping!! I'd keep looking around if I were you!

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    I paid $220 for mine and it's all there including the manual, in fabulous condition AND was a momento to remember my highschool English/French teacher. I would have offered less but it was an estate sale and someone had already left a lower than asking price bid. I didn't want to get into a bidding war and have to pay even more so I gave them the asking price.

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    Look on e-bay and you can compare prices they have sold for - if it is MINT condition and the box and attachments are also in Mint - it may be a fair, but not great price.
    I think 200-275 is a good range.

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    Seems high to me, too!

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    Is it local or do you have to pay shipping? I have also pruchased and sold from the 30's for less too. I have sold for $300.00 with buyer paying for shipping. But just my experence, all of mine are black. I have seen the cream/white and green ones for that price. calla/Sue And sometimes ya just gotta do it.............

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    I only had $225 to pay for a Featherweight and stalked EBAY for months before I found one intact for $199 plus shipping. It was in beautiful condition with the original case (which wasn't in great condition) but sews like a charm. At one point, because the bidding really brought the prices up high, I was considering pulling back....saving some more money and then looking....but found mine the next day. So I figure you either have to have patience and wait, or a thicker wallet and no patience.

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    Featherweights go for about 475 or 500 around here.

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    There is about 8 pages of 221 Featherweights on E-Bay. Some are less expensive and some are more. Some are in great condition and some are not. I think that $360 is kind of expensive. But if it is what you want and you have the money, Go for it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Unless it's a 221 white or 222 I think it's kinda high.
    I gotta agree with Sue, make sure that it works too. Also a reproduction case drops the price as well. Wait for "the machine for you" you'll find it, maybe not today or tomorrow but it's out there. There was one here in Portland a week ago for $150.00. Everything was there from what I could see, it was a great deal but I already own one. I transfered the link to the board here and noone ever commented. Hope one of us got it.
    Also not all FW's came with a scrolled faceplate. It does not affect how the machine works. You can have two FW's side by side made the same day with consecutive serial numbers and they can each have a different faceplate. The Singer site says that the plates were dumped into bins and when it started running low they would dump the next run in it. You can also by aftermarket/salvaged faceplates for small $. Just need to look.
    Good Luck, hope you find one!! :lol:
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    Here's one on Portlands Craigslist from today $175.00

    http://portland.craigslist.org/clk/atq/1935580786.html

    Looks used but you can always clean them up.

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    This craigslist has a scroll face if it's an 1935, then this isn't really a bad price!

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    When I was looking on one of the FW sites I believe it was a Singer site. It stated that the scroll faceplate and the plane faceplate (the exact name escapes me at this moment) could very well been manufactured the same day and next to each other. Seems that Singer used bulk bins to stock the faceplates and other parts and when the supply was low in the bin they would add more plates. Leaving the previous ones at the bottom. When the bin was again low then the face plates could possibly be mixed again. Rotation wasn't important as they were making 50,000 or so a year.
    One just looked a little prettier than the other, no big deal if I wanted a scroll one I could just go online and buy a different one. Noone would be able to tell if it had come with it or not. Mine was given to my Mom by my Dad new and then from her to me.
    My FW is priceless no matter which faceplate it has.
    If I were looking for a FW I don't think that a faceplate would deter me from buying at any great price one way or another.

    Not saying that the scroll faceplate is not representitive of a specific year, just saying that some of them could possibly be any year.

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    Sounds too high.

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    That price seems a little high. My hubby surprised me with one a few weeks ago he found on eBay. He paid $218 with shipping. It came with all the original bobbins, manual, attachments and case. The machine is in beautiful condition and the best of all, when I looked up the serial number on it, it seems to have been manufactured with a lot on Nov. 22, 1946. It just so happens our anniversary is Nov. 22 (23 years later). It was meant to be and sews like a dream. Keep looking - there's a better riced one out there for you somewhere! When you do find one - please post a happy picture of you and your new friend.

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    My mother-in-law gave me my FW that she bought for $15. at a garage sale.Lucky me!

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    If it is a black one it is too high in my opinion. I own three and the highest I paid was $210 for a white one in perfect condition. The lowest was $100 for a black one with all the parts and in perfect condition. They both had cases that were in similar very good conditions. I have had great luck with garage sales and craigs list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Part-time quilter
    It iVintage Singer Featherweight model 221 in gorgeous condition - gleaming finish, perfect original gold decals.
    It has been thoroughly maintained - a squeeky clean machine that sews fast and strong.
    Wiring is supple and intact.
    Original bakelite foot controller in excellent condition.
    Complete set of attachments in original Singer box.

    COLLECTION ALSO INCLUDES:
    Singer buttonholer - cleaned, oiled, and sew tested.
    Greist zigzagger - works nicely with this machine.
    Original operating manual.
    Handsome reproduction case.

    The tiny featherweight is legendary for its charm, reliability, and ingenious lightweight design. Weighing in at 11 pounds, it is easily portable with one hand.
    And so CUTE!

    Nicely priced at $360. Cash, please.
    The Cash, please would turn me off, unless you know the person

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