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Thread: I Love My Featherweight

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    I'm a new quilter. At my quilting class a couple of the ladies had Featherweights. I fell in love. I was able to find one on Ebay for a reasonable price. It sews like a dream. I definitely wouldn't sell it for twice what I paid for it.

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    I'm looking for one on ebay also but prices seem to skyrocket...over my budget...But I look everyday. Congrats...they are beautiful machines and classic

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsb142
    I'm a new quilter. At my quilting class a couple of the ladies had Featherweights. I fell in love. I was able to find one on Ebay for a reasonable price. It sews like a dream. I definitely wouldn't sell it for twice what I paid for it.

    Linda
    This morning I've taken delivery of mine and am absolutely thrilled. It's so beautiful, and sews so smoothly. I found mine on Ebay too: it's obviously been cherished and is in wonderful condition. Even the case looks like new. We're both 1953 babies, and I think the FW is doing better than me :)
    One question: there's no darning foot or feed dog cover included: does anyone know if I'm likely to be able to obtain them?

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    They are beautiful machines!

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    Keep checking ebay. I've seen the darning feet and covers from time to time.......but since they are rarer be prepared to pay for them. I'm thinking the feet are going in excess of 70.00. Can't remember on the covers. I have nine 221's and one 222 so if I want to FMQ I use the 222 as the feed dogs drop making it one less thing to buy. I'm piecing almost exclusively now with my FWs. I use them all, but do have my favorites.....lol.

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    Keep looking - these machines are a wonderful little sewing machine. You will find one - sometimes you have to be patient and do some "hunting" but it is all worth it. I had a lady call me about a little sewing machine she wanted to sell... you guessed it - it was a Featherweight that was her sister's - she wanted to sell it. While I was there picking up that little beauty - her husband disappeared into the back part of the house returning with another black suitcase - It was a second Featherweight that had belonged to his sister!!!! I came out of there with a pair of Featherweights. I was walking on air. I love those little machines. I was thrilled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads
    Quote Originally Posted by lsb142
    I'm a new quilter. At my quilting class a couple of the ladies had Featherweights. I fell in love. I was able to find one on Ebay for a reasonable price. It sews like a dream. I definitely wouldn't sell it for twice what I paid for it.

    Linda
    This morning I've taken delivery of mine and am absolutely thrilled. It's so beautiful, and sews so smoothly. I found mine on Ebay too: it's obviously been cherished and is in wonderful condition. Even the case looks like new. We're both 1953 babies, and I think the FW is doing better than me :)
    One question: there's no darning foot or feed dog cover included: does anyone know if I'm likely to be able to obtain them?
    I have a friend who tapes a card over the feed dogs with a hole punched where needle goes...works for her..don't know if they ever made one for the FW

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR
    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads
    Quote Originally Posted by lsb142
    I'm a new quilter. At my quilting class a couple of the ladies had Featherweights. I fell in love. I was able to find one on Ebay for a reasonable price. It sews like a dream. I definitely wouldn't sell it for twice what I paid for it.

    Linda
    This morning I've taken delivery of mine and am absolutely thrilled. It's so beautiful, and sews so smoothly. I found mine on Ebay too: it's obviously been cherished and is in wonderful condition. Even the case looks like new. We're both 1953 babies, and I think the FW is doing better than me :)
    One question: there's no darning foot or feed dog cover included: does anyone know if I'm likely to be able to obtain them?
    I have a friend who tapes a card over the feed dogs with a hole punched where needle goes...works for her..don't know if they ever made one for the FW
    Good idea. I thought I read somewhere that modern Singer feet fit the Featherweight. Anyone know if that's correct?

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    Here's a cover for the FW.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Singer-221-Feath...item5adf514021

    Since I have a choice, my 222, I don't have to worry about making or buying a cover. I suppose if you were to need it often purchasing a cover would be the way to go.

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    Congratulations! They are precious machines. I couldn't stop with one - I now have 5 and everyday still look on Craig's list.

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    Wow! The cover for 75.00 on Ebay! Too much. The card is a great idea,

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    I remember many years ago my mom also used a cardboard to make a cover for the feed dogs. I don't think she used anything else.

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    Congratulations on your new FW! They are great little machines. I got my 1st FW in January and could sell her for more than what I paid for her but NO WAY would I.

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    I think most low shank feet will fit the featherweight. I also heard that a card to cover the feed dogs will work. I have not tried that yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I think most low shank feet will fit the featherweight. I also heard that a card to cover the feed dogs will work. I have not tried that yet.
    Thankyou - I think I'll investigate the modern feet : I'm not a purist, if it'll be much cheaper!
    Looking on Ebay I was a bit confused by this item

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-SINGER-FEA...item43a56e16dd

    It doesn't look the same as the photo of the feed cover in my handbook: is it for a later model?

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    Try this site. Not vintage attachments but the prices are good.

    http://www.221parts.com/attachment.htm

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    I love my 1952 featherweight.
    simple quilter

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Try this site. Not vintage attachments but the prices are good.

    http://www.221parts.com/attachment.htm
    That looks really useful - thanks.

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    http://www.april1930s.com/ had everything you'll need for your FW. She specializes in them, though does have my 301 accesssories available. Her darning foot is the best I've seen, though mine is slant needle, so it may be different. I love no shipping. The shipping is prompt and the packaging attractive.

    They are cute machines. What are you naming your new girl?

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    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads
    Quote Originally Posted by lsb142
    I'm a new quilter. At my quilting class a couple of the ladies had Featherweights. I fell in love. I was able to find one on Ebay for a reasonable price. It sews like a dream. I definitely wouldn't sell it for twice what I paid for it.

    Linda
    This morning I've taken delivery of mine and am absolutely thrilled. It's so beautiful, and sews so smoothly. I found mine on Ebay too: it's obviously been cherished and is in wonderful condition. Even the case looks like new. We're both 1953 babies, and I think the FW is doing better than me :)
    One question: there's no darning foot or feed dog cover included: does anyone know if I'm likely to be able to obtain them?
    Yes, you can purchase all kinds of feet for them on the internet and sometimes Ebay has them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    http://www.april1930s.com/ had everything you'll need for your FW. She specializes in them, though does have my 301 accesssories available. Her darning foot is the best I've seen, though mine is slant needle, so it may be different. I love no shipping. The shipping is prompt and the packaging attractive.

    They are cute machines. What are you naming your new girl?
    Another good site, though I nearly fainted at the 150 dollar feed cover - I hope the 8.95 one will do the job!
    I don't usually name things - I hope this machine will be called sweetheart, beautiful and similar words - unlike my Janome which, when I try to quilt, is called names that I couldn't repeat here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I think most low shank feet will fit the featherweight. I also heard that a card to cover the feed dogs will work. I have not tried that yet.
    Thankyou - I think I'll investigate the modern feet : I'm not a purist, if it'll be much cheaper!
    Looking on Ebay I was a bit confused by this item

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-SINGER-FEA...item43a56e16dd


    It doesn't look the same as the photo of the feed cover in my handbook: is it for a later model?
    Not sure. Maybe after market parts? It looks the same as what's available here. http://sewingmachine221sale.bizland....ore/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I think most low shank feet will fit the featherweight. I also heard that a card to cover the feed dogs will work. I have not tried that yet.
    Thankyou - I think I'll investigate the modern feet : I'm not a purist, if it'll be much cheaper!
    Looking on Ebay I was a bit confused by this item

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-SINGER-FEA...item43a56e16dd


    It doesn't look the same as the photo of the feed cover in my handbook: is it for a later model?
    Not sure. Maybe after market parts? It looks the same as what's available here. http://sewingmachine221sale.bizland....ore/index.html
    Yes, it does, and the photo shows how it works. That's great - thankyou. Good to know that parts are easily available.

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    I love my featherweight too!

    I use it for all of my piecing now...I haven't even looked at my computerized machine in a month. LOL I still do my quilting on my bigger comp machine, though, so I can FMQ.

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