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Thread: Is this a Featherweight?

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    I have just inherited this machine from my MIL. I have dated it as a 1936 model. It was in a factory in Savannah and had been converted to electric before my MIL bought it when the WPA dissolved and closed the sewing room. The Serial Number is AE199.247.
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    I don't think it is... sorry :(
    But it is a great machine to own :D:D:D

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    No...not a featherweight...it's a 201 :)

    How fun to know the history of the machine!!

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    No, not a featherweight. They are much smaller. One thing to always look for in a featherweight is the table to the left of the needle folds up over the end pf the machine.
    You still have a treasure. Enjoy it.

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    Its really pretty!

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    If it's a 201, that's a wonderful machine to have! They are workhorses and last forever.

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    Thanks for all your replies. I am happy to have this machine and I will treasure it!

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    It may not be a featherweight but it sure is pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    No...not a featherweight...it's a 201 :)

    How fun to know the history of the machine!!
    Charlee, look at the harp space on that beauty! If the feed dogs were covered, could it be used to FMQ?

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    Yep! Actually, the feed dogs drop on the 201 models...or they do on mine anyway...you have to lift the machine and flip a lever on the bottom to drop them...it's a great FMQ machine! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Yep! Actually, the feed dogs drop on the 201 models...or they do on mine anyway...you have to lift the machine and flip a lever on the bottom to drop them...it's a great FMQ machine! :)
    Please tell me where to find this lever. I looked and I cannot see one.
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    The arrow is pointing to a thumbscrew...unscrew that, "move the feed lifting crank down so that the thumb screw will enter the proper hole. Having inserted the screw in this hole, tighten it firmly. The feed is thus rendered inoperative and will not interfere with the free movenment of the work. Move the stitch regulator to the neutral position in the center of the slot."

    ~quote from the manual~ ^^^^


    You can either use any short shank darning/FMQ foot, or use the machine with no presser foot at all....either way will work.

    Make sure that the machine is unplugged when you're not actually using it...it's the type (direct current?) that if it's plugged in, it's on....
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    Charlee,
    Thank you so much !!! That is a valuable piece of information! I would never have known!
    Ann

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    :) You're welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CircleSquare
    I have just inherited this machine from my MIL. I have dated it as a 1936 model. It was in a factory in Savannah and had been converted to electric before my MIL bought it when the WPA dissolved and closed the sewing room. The Serial Number is AE199.247.
    The machine you have has always been electric, the potted motor and the built in lampshade is a tell all for that. The 201K is the one that was lacking the lamp shade and could be either electric or treadled.

    But that is a nice machine to have I got myself one in my studio getting the Spa Treatment right now for one of our members.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    The machine you have has always been electric, the potted motor and the built in lampshade is a tell all for that. The 201K is the one that was lacking the lamp shade and could be either electric or treadled.

    But that is a nice machine to have I got myself one in my studio getting the Spa Treatment right now for one of our members.

    Billy
    Thank you for that info also. I guess I just didn't think about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CircleSquare
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    The machine you have has always been electric, the potted motor and the built in lampshade is a tell all for that. The 201K is the one that was lacking the lamp shade and could be either electric or treadled.

    But that is a nice machine to have I got myself one in my studio getting the Spa Treatment right now for one of our members.

    Billy
    Thank you for that info also. I guess I just didn't think about it.
    Also the shaft is longer to make up for the potted motor. One of our members has taken the motor off and converted it into a treadle but I am going to see that it takes to convert one today when I work on the 201 that I have in the studio. I think the handwheel off of the 27 will work because the shaft of that machine is longer. If it does then I know how to do the conversion to treadle for any potted motor machine.

    Billy

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