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Thread: Got My New 221 Featherweight - Yay!

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    Tonight I picked up my new featherweight :-D She is so pretty! I answered an older ad on craigs list that my husband ran across. I expected to hear it was sold. The gentleman who answered the phone told me this had belonged to his wife who passed away. She bought this little featherweight sometime in the 1950's. It was made in 1948. She was a quilter, made clothes and dolls too.

    I haven't decided on a name for her yet but have a list going :-D I'm looking forward to us making many quilts together.

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    Pics ??? And Congrats on getting her :thumbup:

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    Congrats!

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    Yay! Congrats. But pics too please if possible. My first FW was owned by a woman and her sister until the sister gave up sewing in her late 80's. She wanted the $$ for something else, was aware of its value, but wanted it to go to someone who sews rather than a dealer. I've since gotton 2 more, but I'll be keeping my first and handing it down to my kids!

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    Wooo Hoooo!! Whenever I see ads on CL for FW's they are usually already sold when I respond, unless they have an unusually high price. Can't wait to see some pictures.

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    Oh yes please pics :) Congrats on your new "dahlin" :)

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    Thank you for the congratulations. I'll take a picture of her and post it for you to see.

    Does anyone know if the 221 can sew through layers? I am planning a denim rag quilt but don't want to hurt her. I've read the 222's & 301's can do this with no problem.

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    Congrats on your new baby. I would love to see a pic of her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Happy
    Thank you for the congratulations. I'll take a picture of her and post it for you to see.

    Does anyone know if the 221 can sew through layers? I am planning a denim rag quilt but don't want to hurt her. I've read the 222's & 301's can do this with no problem.
    Bet if you go to the Vintage section, someone can answer this!

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    Congrats on the new to you machine!! Its wonderful that you know some of the history behind her and now you can continue the stewardship.

    I dont know if I would try to force it to sew through all of those heavy layers. But I have not used one of these only to test run it after I repaint it. So hopefully some of our more knowledgeable members will pitch in and let you know about that. Cant wait to see photos of her!!!

    Billy

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    You can sew through layers on the 301 with the appropriate needle, I am not sure about the fw I have not tried layers on my FW. Congratulations.

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    Thank you Littlehud. I'll get a picture to post so you can see her :D

    Okiepastor - Thank you for the tip. I'm new to this site and still navigating my way around. Lots of great info here and people who are kind enough to share their knowledge. Will let you know what I find out.

    Billy - Thanks for the congrats. I'm happy that I know her history. I'm curious and sentimental about these things. I told the gentleman that I would give her a good home. When I told him I'd be naming her he smiled with the understanding smile of a quilter's husband. He told my husband a good way to have a happy marriage is to say yes to your wife and pull out your wallet LOL! It was fun talking with him.

    Thank you for your advice. Coming from an expert I'll heed your warning. I'll investigate further and let you know what I find out. I'll get pics I promise - it's on my to do list. :-)

    Are you familiar with the foot pedal on the 221? My husband thinks it has been replaced. Does the cord come out from the side on the originals? Hope you don't mind my asking.

    PunkQuilter - Thanks for the congratulations and input! Is the picture under your name (think this is called an avatar?) your 301? It's a beautiful machine.

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    Please allow me to introduce Ms. Ayasha Kuwanlelenta :-P I hope the pictures come out OK. Her first name is Cheyenne Indian meaning "Little One" and her last name is Hopi Indian meaning "To make beautiful surroundings."

    She just came back today from having her check up and all is well :-P The sewing machine repair man said that she won't be able to sew through layers of denim but sewing an X for a rag quilt will probably be OK.

    I paid $225 (just marked down from $275) and $50 for her check up.
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    She's BEAUTIFUL! She's in GREAT shape. She looks very much like my Erma (named after my grandma who bought her new). :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Happy
    Please allow me to introduce Ms. Ayasha Kuwanlelenta :-P I hope the pictures come out OK. Her first name is Cheyenne Indian meaning "Little One" and her last name is Hopi Indian meaning "To make beautiful surroundings."

    She just came back today from having her check up and all is well :-P The sewing machine repair man said that she won't be able to sew through layers of denim but sewing an X for a rag quilt will probably be OK.

    I paid $225 (just marked down from $275) and $50 for her check up.
    She's beautiful!! Aren't FW's so-o-o cute?!?

    I highly recommend getting Dave McCallum's book "The Featherweight 221 and I". The CD set that goes with it is wonderful, also. It will save you the price of a $50.00 visit to the doctor again :-D

    http://www.featherweight221.com/fwrx/index.html

    He makes working on your FW look so easy.

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    Very Nice! i want one. congradulations

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    minstrel - What a blessing for you to be able to sew on your Grandmother's sewing machine - and to know it was well cared for. How cool! :-P

    cabbagepatchkid - Thanks for the suggestion on Dave McCallum's book I'll check this out. It would have never dawned on me to have anyone but a professional work on her but this is a good idea :-P

    sewingsuz - Thank you. I've wanted one for a looooong time. The gentleman who sold her had already sold his wife's 3 other FW's and gave her fabric away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Happy
    cabbagepatchkid - Thanks for the suggestion on Dave McCallum's book I'll check this out. It would have never dawned on me to have anyone but a professional work on her but this is a good idea :-P
    It's fun reading and it's written so that the average Joe can understand how to work on their FW. It's also helpful to me for my 301's because they are so much like a FW.

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    she looks like a sister to my Birgit, welcome to the FW club!! congrats on a great deal!

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    cabbagepatchkid, it's a good thing it's written for the average Joe. I love your avatar - what an adorable puppy!

    Leaha, Thanks. Birgit must be a beauty too :-P They are just so cute and little.

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