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Thread: I found a 221 featherweight!

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    Red face I found a 221 featherweight!

    I found a 221 featherweight at the giant flea market in Canton, TX. I paid $235 which included the featherweight table. Sews beautifully. Just the motor starts off running slow and speeds up as you sew. Maybe cleaning and oiling will solve this problem. I am very pleased and plan to use her in my motorhome. Hurray for me. I hit the vintage jackpot.

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    Wonderful! You will love having her. I do piecing when watching videos by putting my FW on a round wooden bar stool. No other sewing machine would ever fit that small space.

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    I'll say you hit the jackpot! Fantastic find- enjoy!

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    You really got a great deal on this one! Welcome to the "club".

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    Yes, you hit the jackpot. Congrats
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    Good for you! I love mine and I know you will too.

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    Lucky you!!!

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    SCORE! Congrats!
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    Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by granny64 View Post
    I found a 221 featherweight at the giant flea market in Canton, TX. I paid $235 which included the featherweight table. Sews beautifully. Just the motor starts off running slow and speeds up as you sew. Maybe cleaning and oiling will solve this problem. I am very pleased and plan to use her in my motorhome. Hurray for me. I hit the vintage jackpot.
    Could be that cleaning, oil and lubricate the motor would fix it. If it does not, check the brushes and perhaps they need to be replaced. Another way you can check about the brushes (besides the slower speed) is if it gets hot to the touch when you sew - sure fire way to tell that the brushes are too short and need to be replaced. Check my website for supplies: www.thequiltgal.com.
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    You've got to be kidding! You got the table as well? Are we talking about the wooden oval shaped table or the card table? In either case, congrats.

    The first thing I would do is remove old grease (lubricant, not oil) from the gears and re-grease with Tri-flow (lubricant) for the slow start you mention. There is not much to these machines; the are easy to fix, maintain, and clean. Check that the belt is only tight enough to function, and not overly tight. I would recommend Tri-Flow oil also, but if you can't find it, use sewing machine oil. Some Featherweights need motor oil lubricant in the two oil ports in the motor; I'm not aware of any good substitute for that. Anyone?

    I also have a "new" Singer 221 Featherweight and, boy, is she a beauty! Not a scratch on her and the decals are perfect. I just started cleaning her last night. She has the scroll back; I haven't looked that up for date yet. She only came with a few feet but that's okay; this machine takes regular short-shank generic feet and they are easy to find. She also came with a leather belt;l first time I saw that. I might call her "Black Beauty."

    I'll be using mine for piecing quilts (with no pins allowed). What are you using yours for?
    Last edited by cricket_iscute; 05-13-2013 at 03:27 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltgal View Post
    Could be that cleaning, oil and lubricate the motor would fix it. If it does not, check the brushes and perhaps they need to be replaced. Another way you can check about the brushes (besides the slower speed) is if it gets hot to the touch when you sew - sure fire way to tell that the brushes are too short and need to be replaced. Check my website for supplies: www.thequiltgal.com.
    Thanks for the information about your web site. I checked it out and will be back to order.

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    I'll use mine to piece quilts and for any sewing in my motorhome or home. I cleaned her up and she runs smoothly. I love her already.

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    Good for you and you will love her. You got an awesome find. Enjoy.
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    so happy for you - that's a great buy for the FW and the table!!

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