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Thread: HELP just found a fw

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    I think it probably is a threading issue and most of the repairs on FW are pretty easy to make, but I would use the fact that it won't sew properly right now to get a bigger reduction if you can. I bought mine that way and got them to come down an additional $50, I think because mine wouldn't sew either. After all, you can use the cost of a check up that you were given as additional ammo in the bargaining. I think the price is just about in the middle, you could take a look on Ebay and check some competed sale prices. Also, how many feet come with it, any extras like a buttonholer or monogrammer? Most of them came with about 6 or 7 additional feet, if that one only has one, you might also use that as a bargaining point.

    I think this is a terrific book Featherweight 221 - The Perfect Portable: And Its Stitches Across History, Expanded Third Edition [Paperback]

    Nancy Johnson-Srebro (Author)

    and will most likely tell you all you need to know and there are several websites
    http://www.singer-featherweight.com/index.html,
    http://www.april1930s.com/index.html
    http://www.ismacs.net/condition.html

    Please let us know what happens and how you do.

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    Ooo.k. so when i get a bee in my bonnet about wanting soething, i just gotta make it happen. This isnt to often, so this one hit hard.
    i got aunt betty lou cor $240.00.
    She is named after my neighbor who got me sewing at age three.
    I always wanted to go back and thank her, but my mom says she probably passed about 20-30yrs. Ago.
    when ican figure out how to post, i will.

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    Congratulations!!!

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    Lynnie,

    If you can get them to drop it down more (whine about the possible "repairs"), I think you should do it! I bought mine at a garage sale for $150, it sewed like a dream and sold it for $325 a couple of years ago. If you need any help with it, Gailees site for FW has been around a LONG time and she has tons of good info on them there.
    http://singerfeatherweight221.blogspot.com/ Good Luck!

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    Hi Lynnie, I just used my FW today, the needle threads right to left, make sure the bobbin is in right, make him a offer, maybe $200. if its meant to be, it will happen. Good luck

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    I have just purchased my first few 221 it cost meŁ140 . It is immaculate and an early white. It has only come with 2 feet. The one on the machine and a quilting foot. How many feet are there for the FW ? I'm so pleased at it is very cheap for England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOTTYMO View Post
    I have just purchased my first few 221 it cost meŁ140 . It is immaculate and an early white. It has only come with 2 feet. The one on the machine and a quilting foot. How many feet are there for the FW ? I'm so pleased at it is very cheap for England.
    Check this website
    http://www.april1930s.com/html/common_basics.html
    And look around for more attachments on it. She's got a penguin walking foot for sale and also a fagotteer, both pretty rare and expensive. But I think almost all of the machines came with the basics.

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    congratulations!!! it's like having a new baby - so very exciting! i think the price seems to vary depending on where you live. around here, anything under $300 is a great buy. the immaculate ones go for $500 or more on craigslist. Enjoy your new girl!

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    I think it's a good deal. Just take a deep breath, find a manual online and follow all the directions. That's how I learned and am pretty good at cleaning up a machine and getting it running - I've bought 8 - some unseen, and they are all worth the price. I paid anywhere from FREE to $275 for the white one that had never been out of the case.

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