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Thread: Featherweights--Does anyone NOT love them?

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    I have three featherweights between two houses and wouldn't part with any of them. I use them all the time. The one downside is no zig zag so overcasting seams and making button holes I use my Viking. Two of mine were from my husband's grandmothers and one I found at a shop whose motto is "we buy junk....we sell antiques" and the name of the place is Cool Stuff. I found it way in the back in one room behind some other stuff, made them an offer and it was mine. I'm not a fast sewer so speed never bothered me. I do all my piecing on it but don't quilt as it is too lightweight so moves around when I push the quilt around and there isn't enough room to feed a quilt through the harp area. I also haven't figured out how to cover the feed dogs for free motion so I use my Viking for the quilting part.

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    That seems high although I know people who have sold them for that and people who have bought them. I paid $120 for mine (1934) but the case was in bad shape. That was fine with me because I wanted the machine and didn't care about the case. It depends on how bad you want it. Will they deal with you?

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    featherweights

    Quote Originally Posted by RavenLunaStitch View Post
    I have never heard anyone say one negative thing about Featherweights. Are they that fantastic?

    Are there any downsides to sewing on one? Anyone not like them (and why)?
    I like my featherweight very much...but...love my 301...I have a black shiny 301 in cabinet that I just love
    sewing on...stitch is as good as featherweight and I do all my piecing on it...have another LBOW301A that
    I take to classes and quilt group

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    I like FW's, but the tension knob is right in my line of vision to the needle, which seems to be set back a little to far for me to see. I am a tall person, so maybe I just need to lower the chair.

    On the other hand, the 301 with the slant needle is just perfect for me. The needle is right in my line of vision.

    Another negative, at least on the FW's I have owned is that the light gets hot. I don't have that problem on the 301.

    Dayle

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    I love my FW when I first bought it years ago I baby it, only to bring out to take to classes. That was until last summer when my main machine decided to keep breaking the top thread while I was paper piecing a twin size fan quilt. So I pulled out the FW, oiled her up and sewed away. Best machine I have used over the years to paper piece! I have no problems chain piecing with her either and she will go fast when I ask but I love the way I can control the speeds and never have a nest on it yet...but now that I said that it will most likely happen. lol

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    I like to collect vintage machines and when I first seen one my girlfriend was trying to sell her moms and I thoughtu it was so beautiful but after researching it seem to me that they were everywhere and I lost a little bit of interest because I gravitate toward more unique items ( they need to sing a song to my heart ) so as a little tme passed she started to lower the price . Im talking about a machine that is in the very best condition with all original feet and case and most important to me decals and minimal scratches. Now I am tempted because she is now at 150.00 for the price but with all these issues I have seen I guess I will let it go and keep saving for my janome 6600.
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    I have 2 and love them for piecing. I take them to retreats and classes. That being said, I use my Janome or one of my vintage machines at home. I have a couple of treadles and a Singer 15-91 that I love for machine quilting. I think the FWs have their place and are good at what they do. I wouldn't want one for my only machine, but I plan on keeping Phoebe and Fiona around for as long as I'm around.

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    I have 3 featherweights, 2 are black & one is tan. I like sewing with them when I'm piecing quilts at quilting bee or classes.
    One of the black featherweights will soon be painted a dark purple, her decals and paint are in sad shape. She does sew a beautiful stitch, will look so much prettier with new paint and decals.
    I made a mid-wale corduroy jacket with a FW, not problem sewing even the thicker seams. I used a zig zag machine to finish the raw edges on the seams.
    Sharon

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    For those of you who have mentioned a jumping around issue with a FW.... I have an 8X12" piece of mesh carpet padding under mine. It does NOT move.

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    My featherweight is my RV(camping) machine. Doesn't take up much space and great for piecing and then the quilt blocks and/or tops come home to be completed.
    Lori - MamaBear

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    My only problem with my FW is that the foot pedal sticks and has to fixed frequently. However, that might be MY problem, because I've had to replace the foot pedal on my last two machines. Other than that, I love my FW!


    As for speed, who cares? I think using the FW is very calming, and my 1/4" seams are a lot more accurate with it than my Janome Heart Truth.
    Kris

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    I have 4, 2 black ones a shimmering green one a shimmering blue one, they are set up all the time on my singer treadle tables, as are 4 of my pfaff 7570's, I love my little singers and would not trade them. If I go to a class they are so easy to take along. and My 4H girls have been using the Pfaffs but want to learn how to use the featherweights, so next project we will all be using the little gals. and they are so so cute!!!
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    I think they are cute, and I have one, but they aren't my favorite machine to sew on for some reason. I love vintage machines, but this one just isn't one I use. It is touted as a favorite to travel with, but I find it rather heavy. Maybe I'm just a weakling. I have loan it out to friends when their machines are out of service, otherwise it wouldn't get used.
    Have a blessed day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed View Post
    Another negative, at least on the FW's I have owned is that the light gets hot. I don't have that problem on the 301.

    Dayle
    There are LED replacement bulbs available on E-Bay that don't get hot.

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    I always take my fw with me when I'm piecing a quilt top...it's the best at that...I just cruise along.

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    I think they are cute sewing machines and would be a nice decor piece in my sewing room. I don't think I could justify paying a huge amount for one to begin with. I would much rather have another 301 or Rocketeer.
    Sherri

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