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Thread: Featherweight sewing machines

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    I really would like a featherweight but don't know what a good price is, how about around $300.00 ?

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    Depending where you live and what you can afford. I would say between $200-$300 (includes s/h). I think if you have patience you will find one at that price.

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    Depends on condition. I paid $125 for a rough looking machine about 10 yrs ago in Angleton Tex at an antique store. She sews well, but the decals are faded, there are some other condition issues. I would maybe pay $300 for one in almost perfect condition, with a pretty good case, all the extra attachments (ruffler, hemmer, wide hemmer, tucker & buttonholer maybe, edger), an original book.

    For a special machine like maybe a Centennial in above condition, I'd maybe go $500. A 222 would go for $800-900.
    JMO on prices, I still see an awful lot of folks that get 'em at yard or estate sales for under $50! That's my dream, to find one in really nice condition for under $100 ;)

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    I just bought one on ebay a month or so ago. It is in great condition, had been serviced (had a receipt for the service)has several feet. I paid $320 plus shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintage cowgirl
    I really would like a featherweight but don't know what a good price is, how about around $300.00 ?
    I am going to try to post a picture of "Trudy" that I got off EBay about 2 weeks ago. I paid $395 plus shipping and I'm very happy with her. She had been cleaned and serviced and came with a one month warranty. If I had not been happy with her, I could have returned her. No way, I love this baby!

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    Yes, I am also looking to buy a Featherweight sewing machine

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    Prices do vary. I would flip if I found one at a yard sale!! :D
    I paid 212.00 + shipping for a really good one with everything and it had been serviced as well. I feel I kind of got a deal b/c they are going for more these days on Ebay.
    I've only had mine a year and use it a ton!!

    I would pay more for one if I had to but not over 300.00, but that's just me :)

    PS I love Trudy!!! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Prices do vary. I would flip if I found one at a yard sale!! :D
    I paid 212.00 + shipping for a really good one with everything and it had been serviced as well. I feel I kind of got a deal b/c they are going for more these days on Ebay.
    I've only had mine a year and use it a ton!!

    I would pay more for one if I had to but not over 300.00, but that's just me :)

    PS I love Trudy!!! :thumbup:
    Trudy is beautiful! I haven't used my yet and I've had it a month or more. I have hardly been able to sit and sew for awhile--dealing with severe sciatic pain. I can't wait to sit down and try it out. It looks so uncomplicated and down to earth. I got a 301 model a week after my FW and have it in for service and tuning so I have two new ones to try out. Need to name them both, too.

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    I just got one off e-bay for $200.00. I was the only bidder. One went off yesterday for $167.50 and $18.00 to ship. The seller had no idea what he had and it showed in his listing. Someone got a great deal.

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    A couple of years ago I bought a featherweight in great shape, together with its folding table (not in such great shape, had to replace the veneer on top) for $300. Since then it seems like all the prices I see on craigslist are going up and up, but I don't know if those machines are selling at the inflated prices. Shop around and don't be afraid to offer less than the asking price. Be prepared to walk away if the price looks too high, and eventually you will find a good one. Good luck!

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    Prices do vary. I paid $150 for mine. It isn't nearly as pretty as the one in the picture, but it works just fine and sews the nice featherweight stitch. I am happy to have it. Looked on Craigslist for my area today and saw one in average shape for $350. I am still hoping I fall into a $20 one at a yard sale, but after years of looking, no luck yet.

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    I realized the price was high on Trudy. I didn't want to bid, and I did the "buy it now" thingy. I watched featherweights on Ebay for a while but I was just stuck on Trudy. The seller was top-rated and had 100% positive comments and has been on Ebay for 13 years. They handle a lot of sewing machines too. I rarely buy anything like this for myself, and I just decided I had to have her. She sits on my table in the dining/living area and she sews like a champ. I smile everytime I see her!

    Bidders get some good deals on the featherweights. It just seemed like Trudy was the one for me.

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    For the most the FW's average from 200 to 300.00 and that depends on what you may also get with the machine. The case in nice and "it works" :) with electric cord and foot pedal. And some will have some feet and button holder with different size cams for it. So you just need to look closely and ask the seller questions, if you have any.

    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grambi
    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Prices do vary. I would flip if I found one at a yard sale!! :D
    I paid 212.00 + shipping for a really good one with everything and it had been serviced as well. I feel I kind of got a deal b/c they are going for more these days on Ebay.
    I've only had mine a year and use it a ton!!

    I would pay more for one if I had to but not over 300.00, but that's just me :)

    PS I love Trudy!!! :thumbup:
    Trudy is beautiful! I haven't used my yet and I've had it a month or more. I have hardly been able to sit and sew for awhile--dealing with severe sciatic pain. I can't wait to sit down and try it out. It looks so uncomplicated and down to earth. I got a 301 model a week after my FW and have it in for service and tuning so I have two new ones to try out. Need to name them both, too.
    I'm dealing with really bad arthritic pain this spring. My hands are really hurting and I haven't been able to use Trudy nearly as much as I would like. Hope you are back to sewing soon!

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    Lately the prices on eBay have come down somewhat, especially if the machine is not in top condition. You can find many on there for less than $200, but most go for $200-$250.

    Good luck...I'm looking for one in rough shape that I can work on.

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    try on craigslist too. I see them there all the time in the Phx area

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    lyndaloo- your Trudy is a beauty! I just did the samr thing on ebay, and mine will be here next week. It is a 1950 also. Great minds think alike! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariposa
    lyndaloo- your Trudy is a beauty! I just did the samr thing on ebay, and mine will be here next week. It is a 1950 also. Great minds think alike! :)
    Yes indeed! I know you will love yours, let us know what you name her. Also wanted to say that Trudy did come with all the attachments and the case, too. I just plan to straight stitch with her, and probably will never use the case either.....

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    $300 in our newspaper currently. I have no idea of the condition.

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    I paid 400 for my baby singer, that's what my niece calls our featherweight. My singer was in excellent condition. I think between 300 and 400 is a good price for a good condition.

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    Featherweights have dropped a little in price on Kijiji (Canadian version of Craig's List). I'm seeing more advertised in the $200-$300 range down from the $400-$500 range a couple of years ago. I just bought one from this list for $125 and it is in very good sewing shape but had the original foot peddle replaced and was missing the instruction book. Last year I bought two featherweights for $60 on this same list from a lady cleaning out her mother's and aunt's estates. She didn't know what she had and called them old Singers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lyndaloo
    I realized the price was high on Trudy. I didn't want to bid, and I did the "buy it now" thingy. I watched featherweights on Ebay for a while but I was just stuck on Trudy. The seller was top-rated and had 100% positive comments and has been on Ebay for 13 years. They handle a lot of sewing machines too. I rarely buy anything like this for myself, and I just decided I had to have her. She sits on my table in the dining/living area and she sews like a champ. I smile everytime I see her!

    Bidders get some good deals on the featherweights. It just seemed like Trudy was the one for me.
    I don't blame you at all!! Every so often we need to treat ourselves!!! Also bidding can be a real pain
    Enjoy Trudy! :thumbup:

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    Trudy is so cute!

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    I have 2, got them both at yard sales. One is a 1952 paid ten dollars, the other one is a 1963 paid $40.00 for, they are in great condition. Or try looking on craigslist. Sometimes you can find them alot cheaper. :)

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    Thank you all for so much info on the featherweight. Hope I can Find one.

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