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    Pretty. If I were repainting I'd probably go for an emerald green or a cherry apple red. But my FW was in pretty good condition so it's still black.

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    I love the different colors. My husband wanted me to let him paint my FW but I didn't want it painted. I wanted my 301 painted. He thought it was in too good shape to paint. So....I bought another 301 and he plans to paint it candy apple red for me. My 301s are his favorite machines.

    Joe, I understand your sentiments about restoration as opposed to refurbishing. But, like one of the other posters said, if it isn't rare why not have what you want. I want a red sewing machine! I do love my FW with all her scratches. Emma is a 1936 machine and I just imagine the stories she could tell.

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    I think they both are beautiful! I really enjoy color in my life. One day I might paint my featherweight a bright yellow.

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    I love them! They look like such happy little machines now! Good job!

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    I love those colors....the exact same colors I was planning to paint FWs for my g/kids too!!! Lots of people on the board don't seem to like repainting FWs but I think they are so cute, they should be painted colors that match their sweet little personalities. Thanks for sharing!!!!

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    You did a beautiful job painting your FW's! It makes me want to look for one that needs painting - maybe a soft pink! I guess I will add that to my wish list!
    Linda
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryLane View Post
    Emma is a 1936 machine and I just imagine the stories she could tell.
    Maybe we should start a new thread about the stories our machines could tell. Imagine the history that could be written, the love that's been shared, the hardships, the joys. . .why, it could be a huge book! Especially with the pictures that we've seen on this board!

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    Wow! I really love the purple one!

    I would love a deep red FW but all of mine are in too good of a shape to paint them. I do have a couple of 66's and also a 301 that are in terrible shape (cosmetically) that I'm considering having painted. I also like those paints that look different depending on how the light is falling on them.
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    I think your FW's are so cute. I was just wondering how does one go about painting a machine. Are you able to paint them at home , or are they painted like you would paint a car? Like in a Car Body shop. I would love to have a red FW. When Joe was talking about the color he would like, I thought I would also like one the colors of our Saskatchewan Rough Rider football team. Bright green & white.LOL.

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    My second FW is a purple one (it's my avatar). I was a purist and only liked them in the original color, so I bought a black one. Then last spring I saw an ad on craigslist for this purple one and it was a VERY good price. I have to admit I love it. It just makes me smile. And if it makes anyone feel better, judging by the condition of the case it was probably pretty rough condition before the repaint. But I love it! it's so pretty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greeter Eva View Post
    I was just wondering how does one go about painting a machine. Are you able to paint them at home , or are they painted like you would paint a car? Like in a Car Body shop. I would love to have a red FW.
    You can paint them at home and Dave McCallum has directions on how to do it in his book, "The Featherweight 221 and I". It doesn't seem too hard but I would only do it to a real "dog" of a FW. I have heard of people who have them done in a body shop. They just wait until a car is getting painted the color they want and have the painter paint their machine at the same time.

    Skyangel: I love the purple one in your avatar. Do you have a close-up picture of it?
    ~~Cathy~~

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    I'm repainting a 301 in a berry pink. I have it to the point where the decals were just applied. In a day or two I will continue with more clear coat...it will be finished soon. I'm also working on 5 featherweights, 1 purple, 1 bright red, 1 a metallic blue, 2 a metallic darker red. These machines were all in really bad shape, cosmetically, but now they're looking great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I think if I had the urge to paint one, I'd hunt up a 66-16 that was a dog externally but sound mechanically for the job.
    I'd strip it down to the bare metal, then paint it OD green. I'd have the plated parts stripped and I'd paint them flat black. Then I'd use the black SINGER MANUFACTURING CO and SINGER decals on the arm, leaving the rest of it without decals. I'd then clear coat it with mat clear coat.

    Then I'd get a dog of a case, repair that and cover it in camo pattern cloth. I'd also have the metal parts stripped and they'd be painted flat black as well.

    THAT would be a cool machine .... In My Not So Humble Opinion.

    Joe
    Oh you and my hubby would love each other. My partner and I were at the automotive paint store today picking some colors to use on our next machines and they have a whole camo color line. I am seriously considering doing my industrial singer in much the way you described wanting a 66. We're making custom cases for the machines we sell. a 66 or a 99 in a traditional case that has been customized needs its own coordinating case

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I think if I had the urge to paint one, I'd hunt up a 66-16 that was a dog externally but sound mechanically for the job.
    I'd strip it down to the bare metal, then paint it OD green. I'd have the plated parts stripped and I'd paint them flat black. Then I'd use the black SINGER MANUFACTURING CO and SINGER decals on the arm, leaving the rest of it without decals. I'd then clear coat it with mat clear coat.

    Then I'd get a dog of a case, repair that and cover it in camo pattern cloth. I'd also have the metal parts stripped and they'd be painted flat black as well.

    THAT would be a cool machine .... In My Not So Humble Opinion.

    Joe
    I already have the OD green light for you when you have the urge. Remember the White No.8 I posted last week that had the widget light? The color is almost the same as my Father's OD green raincoat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfergirl View Post
    I'm repainting a 301 in a berry pink. I have it to the point where the decals were just applied. In a day or two I will continue with more clear coat...it will be finished soon. I'm also working on 5 featherweights, 1 purple, 1 bright red, 1 a metallic blue, 2 a metallic darker red. These machines were all in really bad shape, cosmetically, but now they're looking great.
    What kind of paint are you using? I have a 66 that I want to paint and am trying to figure out how to best do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MimiBug123 View Post
    What kind of paint are you using? I have a 66 that I want to paint and am trying to figure out how to best do it!
    We are repainting machines using automotive paint and painting them in an auto shop paint bay. If you use spray paint you are going to get streaks and uneven finishes, and it won't be durable to withstand use. It's a tedious process but the outcome is well worth it to do it right.

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    I have a tan 301 that I have wanted to make a soft pink, from the day it came home with me.......so, you think automotive paint is the best thing to use? and do you need to clear-coat it with some kind of acrylic or something? and where do you get Singer decals from?
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    Yes you will definitely need a clear coat. The automotive paint when used properly will give the smooth glassy finish without seeing streaks, bubbles, or imperfections in the paint coverage. It is also much more durable so you can use the machine without damaging the paint like you would if you just spray painted it. There's also the prep work involved in getting it ready for paint. We are making the waterslide decals ourselves.

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    Featherweights don't seem to be that rare. I see them for sale frequently. I currently have 3 black ones and one white. And I have an old 15-99. All are in reasonable condition, not great. I would love to paint one or two of my black FWs. I just don't know what colors I would choose!
    I also have a 301, a Rocketeer, a couple of Red Eyes, an unknown Singer, a Brother Project Runway machine, A Pfaff 2134 and a Janome 6500.
    I need to get rid of some..

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    I've got a few I'm repainting for myself. I have a WW that had zero of its original decals remaining and it was in good working shape but pitiful to look at. I'm doing it in a white pearlcoat and putting my logo on the arm with some little ladybugs buzzing around on the bed. I've also got a 27 that was awful I'm repaing in a sunshine yellow, and I'm not sure yet what decals I'm going to put on it. I mentioned Joe's suggestion of an OD Green "tactical" look on a machine to my hubby and now he wants me to do that to my industrial singer, and I have a belvedere Adler that is vintage and two tone I think I will do in a midnight blue and silver, and I'll probably make some air force decals for it, as it is intended for mainly use doing uniforms. I've still got a 301 and a couple of 99s and 66s that we are pondering painting possibilities on.

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    So glad I saw this! I want to work up the nerve to paint a machine or two! All my current vintage machines are in excellent condition, however, but every time I see a "dog" machine when I'm out and about I think about buying it and stripping it down to paint it. I'm just so scared I'll mess it up. I would love to have a fire engine red machine as well as a pretty pastel pink machine with "diamonds" on it! And then maybe a sunshine yellow one...and a turquoise one. Oh, lawsy, where would I put them? My little 10x11 sewing room is overflowing with the 25 machines I currently have! All but one is a vintage machine, and my modern machine is the cheap Brother XL-5130 I bought from Walmart about 8 years ago! (but it sews just fine for banging around at quilting project days!)
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    I would love to have one of my black ones painted - and both of them are in decent shape - it just would be more fun to use if it wasn't black - but what color to choose - a soft pink, a vibrant purple, sun yellow, sky blue, or even a pearly white - so many choices, so few machines!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewpahDewpah View Post
    Those look great! If you find a machine that needs refinishing, and it's not a rare model, why not give it a fun color!?
    I agree with SewpahDewpah. Why not give a tired and worn out machine new life? I think your FWs are way cool! Besides, if Singer were still making FWs, they might just sell them in different colors.

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    YES! I do heart repaints, for a damaged machine. I use auto paints too, with an airbrush. I don't have a big booth, however. Just a little one. What takes the time with these is the prep work. I strip down to bare metal and remove most of the 'workings'.
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    After reading ALL of the posts, I do agree that tutorials on making decals and doing the repaints would be nice. What is one (or more, LOL) project to add to the bucket list? My bucket ran over a long time ago. What a mess.
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