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Thread: I finally got a Featherweight!

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    I finally got a Featherweight!

    I've been wanting one for about 20 years and this weekend I went to a quilter's estate sale and they had two. I picked the prettier one and I think it's a 221.

    They told me it worked. I think they're right...but the bobbin case is missing! I almost cried. I'd already paid and brought it home and I feel like a fool for not checking since they told me it worked.

    i contacted the seller and she said they'd refund my money if I wanted but she doesn't know where the bobbin case is. She knows her mom was using this machine until right before her death and she saw bobbin cases on eBay for $30.

    Ive done enough reading to know I don't want a cheap eBay one...can someone point me in the right direction?

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    That's disappointing! Don't beat yourself up about not checking it. We all do that sort of thing. You didn't say what you paid but maybe ask for a $30 refund?

    I'd love to see photos.

    You might try http://sew-classic.com

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    You're better off paying the price of a used original on Ebay, the new ones aren't worth buying any more. The bobbin case may have been in the machine when they set it out and someone stole it. Very common thing to happen now a days sadly.

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    I agree with Cari. Not everything on eBay is a cheap reproduction. You can find some original ones there.
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    I believe the 301 has the same bobbin case, so you might search under 301 parts too. It's a bummer that people steal those.
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    I bought a $12.95 bobbin case for a 15 clone from my local repairman and it works just fine. For a Featherweight, I'd try April 1930s sewing shoppe.

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    I just bought some presser feet for my Bernina and an original bobbin case from eBay and got a great deal. They work perfect and now I'm going to order more. Ebay has good stuff, I sell original things there myself, not junk.

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    Singer Featherweight .com or try Nova Mongomery featherweight. These are my 2 to go to places for FW items. Good luck.

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    Here is the place I trust for FW parts and help:

    https://www.novamontgomery.com/index.htm

    good Luck, Jane Q

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    Congrats on your "new" machine! Hope you find a bobbin case soon.
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    Sorry about the Bobbin Case. I have an address of a supply house for F.Wt. that I got things from a few years ago.
    If you want me to, I will check it again to be sure they are still in business.

    My tech. I used when I get into trouble might also have them. I can call him and see. He is big in F. W.'s and loved them as much as do we.

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    Congratulations on your new Featherweight! I'd go with Sew Classic for a bobbin case; their prices are reasonable. I used them because someone on the board recommended them.

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    They're almost always missing on Featherweights at Estate Sales. You can get up to $50.00 for an original featherweight bobbin case, so they usually get stolen. Any time I see a featherweight on an estate sale site, I email the estate agent/seller and tell them to remove the bobbin case. Given they don't deal with them every day, they don't know, but it will get stolen if left in the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkay View Post
    They're almost always missing on Featherweights at Estate Sales. You can get up to $50.00 for an original featherweight bobbin case, so they usually get stolen. Any time I see a featherweight on an estate sale site, I email the estate agent/seller and tell them to remove the bobbin case. Given they don't deal with them every day, they don't know, but it will get stolen if left in the machine.

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    Feitherweight.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jane Quilter View Post
    Here is the place I trust for FW parts and help:

    https://www.novamontgomery.com/index.htm

    good Luck, Jane Q
    Nova Montgomery is the best.

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    Don"t fret and hang on to your machine, you will come across a bobbin case. I will ask my repair guy up here and keep an eye out. I didn't realize they were such a targeted item, sad that people would do that. My quilty friend has three featherweights, one with a free arm and she loves them all! So congrats and never be sorry for getting caught up in sewing machine excitement!!

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    When I bought my first 301 from a local thrift store, I purchased it knowing someone had stolen the bobbin case. I used the missing bobbin case to get a $30 reduction in price thinking it would be no harder to get than the Class 15 bobbin case I had just bought for a Kenmore that was missing one.

    Boy, was I wrong! Sew Classic had quit selling Japanese and Chinese repros due to quality/fitment problems and the ones on Ebay seemed to be from the same suppliers Sew Classic had quit using. The Japanese and Chinese repros had the part number 45751, while the few original ones available had the part number 45750. After losing out on auctions for one or two of the originals, I was able to buy an original for a little over $50. I noticed Nova Montgomery is selling her originals for $90, while her repros go for $58 - probably fair retail prices. I would go for an original, but verify that all of the case parts are there by carefully examining the photos. Deciding where to buy will depend on your patience to get the replacement case. Good luck!

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