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Thread: FW Prices--Sticker Shock!!

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    FW Prices--Sticker Shock!!

    Have Featherweight prices shot up? I'm actually looking for a Singer 301 on CL, but I always look at the FW's too, and I never see one for listed under 300 bucks anymore. When I bought mine--just about three years ago--$250 was about the average. I have two--one I paid $225 and the other I lucked into on CL. The guy was just selling it for his aunt--I paid $100.

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    They certainly have in NY. Mostly $300 - $350 w/ case. I did score a decent white FW for my sister a few months ago for $25 on Craigslist. There was a barrage of replies to the ad but I had logged in just moments after the ad was placed and thankfully they decided to go with the first reply! They knew what it was, just wanted it to go to a good home. There's a black FW at a shop near me for $185- no case- but I'm broke.

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    Seems like ALL of the vintage/antique prices are skyrocketing...
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    Even out here they are in the same range as you are, I decided if I was going to pay that much for one, I'm go to get one form a OSMG with all new wiring and and bits and pieces. I saw one yesterday on CL for $500. I bet it stays there for awhile.
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    I've been watching E-bay mostly ... all vintange machines, and around Nov-March the prices overall were sometimes mind-numbing astronomical. Overall since about mid-March the prices are dropping. I've seen some FW's in "fair" condition sell for $170 or so (with shipping), and FW's in good to great condition sell in the $250-$300 range. Machines with centennial badges, white and tan machines a bit more.

    Of note: the E-bay ad's that get the highest amount of attention/bids/price are the ones that are well presented. Good quality photo's of machines, good descriptions written by someone that knows what they're talking about. The best prices can be found on E-bay ad's where the seller doesn't do so such a good job of advertising.

    The folks on Craigs list have not yet reflected what appears to be the more recent price trends. They are asking the high end prices for low-end machines and even lower end advertising (poor pictures, poor descriptions). So many ad's I see on CL say something like "I think it works, the needle goes up and down, but I don't sew so can't say for sure".

    So you might want to check E-bay and get lucky with a low bid.
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    Yes, they are going up. I keep a couple of FW's and 301's just for that reason ---- of course, now I have too many to store, but I just don't want to ship them. I have sold a few to people traveling through Nashville, though.

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    We have two listed on our local Craigslist right now--$500 and $400--crazy high prices!!!

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    Charlee, I agree, we've seen an notable increase in prices for vintage machines, but there are still bargains out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lhayes1976 View Post
    Have Featherweight prices shot up? I'm actually looking for a Singer 301 on CL, but I always look at the FW's too, and I never see one for listed under 300 bucks anymore. When I bought mine--just about three years ago--$250 was about the average. I have two--one I paid $225 and the other I lucked into on CL. The guy was just selling it for his aunt--I paid $100.
    Saw a white FW in Canton, TX at big flea market for 625 dollars. Vendor said they were rare. She still had it on the last day.

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    The vintage machine prices vary with what people will pay. FWs were going at a decent price a few months ago. I got my last one on CL for $150.

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    Yes you can still get bargins but us quilters are driving the prices of FW up. Quilters want them badly to carry to quilt class and such. Many are willing to pay the $400 to $600 price tag for them. I was talking with a lady who repairs them that comes to the toga and she can't keep up with them. I really don't like the FW but I am a guy so what do I know. It is like one gets one at the quilt class then they all want one and they will pay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by granny64 View Post
    Saw a white FW in Canton, TX at big flea market for 625 dollars. Vendor said they were rare. She still had it on the last day.
    I'll just bet she still has it. lol

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    People assume if its an old machine, its certainly worth a fortune; no matter what condition its in.
    I like to sew with featherweights and 301s, they sew well and are light enough to take to a quilt class or sew-in. Years ago I paid $500 for a white featherweight, didn't know any better back then. It was fully serviced including rewiring of both the machine and motor, the whole machine was gone over. It has since been sold and is very happy with the new owner. I bought it from an OSMG in Florida.

    When I sell off some of my Singer 301s, I price them at $200, but then my machines are in very good condition and have been cleaned & oiled by me. The Featherweights, I price at $250-300, depending on condition, they get a new motor belt,felt pad,rubber feet on the bottom of the machine and foot control and also a new cord if needed.

    I've been servicing my FWs and 301s and doing for customers since 2000. I've learned a lot in that time.
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    Sharon you have very good prices on your machines you sale. And you even put some new parts on them and they are ready to sew. I think you can teach the sellers on ebay a thing or two.
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    I have two FW's that I would love to sell - have sewn on one quite a bit and it runs great - $300. The other one is just as nice (not perfect) and I had to have it serviced in order to use it - $375 -- don't want to ship them though -- not even sure what it would cost to have it packed by UPS so it would arrive in the same condition I shipped it in. I did advertise one of them on craigslist and got a couple of nibbles but then the weird emails started coming and I pulled my advertisement and have not put it back on since. I am still getting the emails a couple of months later - not sure how I will advertise them next time. I might just hold onto them and sell them by word of mouth - a lady who works at a quilt shop at the beach may be interested - you never know who you will talk to that will turn into the one person who will buy a machine. I would love to have a 301 - even offered to trade my FW for one - never heard from the lady - she was VERY proud of her 301! I have also been looking at the little Elna Grasshoppers when I see them on www.shopgoodwill.com - it would be cool to score one of those too.

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    The guy that fixes my machines said that the featherweights are over-priced because there are so many of them out there. He said they will stay high as long as people are willing to pay that much for them. It's all about $
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    I paid $200, $200, $350, $550, $650, the last 2 were repainted a beautiful blue and a shimmering green. My sister talked me out of one of the first ones I got, so only have 4, but I love them! Would love to have a purple one and a fushia one. LOL I love colors!!!
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    Anyone looking at prices on the Featherweights should check out the Shop Goodwill site for Hillsboro, Oregon. There are three up for auction right now. http://www.shopgoodwill.com/search/S...&showthumbs=on With three days left until the earliest closes they are already up into the low $100's.

    Since these machines are so light, the shipping cost isn't too bad. I bought one machine from them and it was reasonably well packed. It arrived undamaged, but could have used a bit more packing material to have been safer in transit. The case was well cushioned from the box. The problem was that there was nothing inside the case to keep the machine from moving. Fortunately, it didn't bounce around too much in there. If I were to get another from them, I would definitely ask them to make sure to add padding on the inside of the case.

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    I have FW I'd be willing to sell for $250 plus shipping. It sews like a dream but need a major paint job just put a new foot pedal on it. It's all cleaned & greased. & DH some of my machines have to go. maybe he won't notice if I slip some of them under my sewing table?
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    My sister on Oklahoma has a FW listed on Craig's list for $180,and after a week, she has had NO response at all. Everyone must be still thinking about Moore.

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    Has anyone seen this one on ebay? I have all shown plus more and the table...wonder if I should list mine...lol not!
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-1948-SI...ht_3856wt_1055

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