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Thread: I think this might be it!!!

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    I think I've finally found a featherweight, with case and accessories. The picture on the ad is kind of blurry, so it's hard to see how good of condition it is in...but there doesn't look to be any major damage, and the ad says it's in working condition, the case looks to be in great condition. It's out of my city, but I have a good friend in the same city who is going to go get it for me and ship it to me asap. I've had a few FW deals fall through, so I'm trying not to get too excited...but I think this one will actually pan out and get me a new wee baby. Oh, and the price? $150. Not bad at all! :o)

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    Way to go! Hope you can get it!

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    featherweights are "fixable" if it is general good working order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    featherweights are "fixable" if it is general good working order.
    That's what I was thinking - no major damage, in working order, with case and accessories, for $150? Worth it, IMO, even if I do need to have it serviced (or maybe do a bit of work on it on my own).

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    I've been checking ebay for featherweights and they have quite a few of them with prices all the way from $50.00 to $500.00. I'm kind of afraid to buy one sight unseen. What is a good price to pay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deema
    I think I've finally found a featherweight, with case and accessories. The picture on the ad is kind of blurry, so it's hard to see how good of condition it is in...but there doesn't look to be any major damage, and the ad says it's in working condition, the case looks to be in great condition. It's out of my city, but I have a good friend in the same city who is going to go get it for me and ship it to me asap. I've had a few FW deals fall through, so I'm trying not to get too excited...but I think this one will actually pan out and get me a new wee baby. Oh, and the price? $150. Not bad at all! :o)
    congrats, hope it works out!

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    Congratulations, I hope it finds it way to you quickly.

    karenpatrick, I know when my husband was thinking about buying one for me for Christmas, he said $200-$250 was a decent price on ebay. For what that's worth! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by karenpatrick
    I've been checking ebay for featherweights and they have quite a few of them with prices all the way from $50.00 to $500.00. I'm kind of afraid to buy one sight unseen. What is a good price to pay?
    There are many FW enthusiasts here on the QB, I don't know a whole lot about them. But what I do know is that they're cute as all get out, vintage, and in high demand.

    I've seen them priced $950+. I personally didn't want to spend more than $200, so while I've seen a ton of them, I wasn't willing to pay the asking price. So...it kind of depends on what you want in your FW, and how much you are willing to pay for it. I wanted decent cosmetic condition and good working order with an intact case and found it for $150, which, from what I understand is a low-average price.

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    My best featherweight was almost in "10" cosmetic condition when I bought it cheap, $168. The ebay seller said it needed work, wouldn't stitch properly. When I got it in the mail I knew right away what the problem was-- she had the needle in wrong! It's my favorite machine, I use it daily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryStoaks
    My best featherweight was almost in "10" cosmetic condition when I bought it cheap, $168. The ebay seller said it needed work, wouldn't stitch properly. When I got it in the mail I knew right away what the problem was-- she had the needle in wrong! It's my favorite machine, I use it daily.
    Well that just cracks me up! HAHA Good for you!

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    hope you find your afeatherweight and just wanted to let you know, there is a man in HotSprings arkansas that refurbishes them,when I saw the ones he had, he told my husband and I that he has access to the parts snd new decals for the Featherweights,he must of had 20 setting in his home,hope this will help you
    I have one of the centinneal ones and gave 350. for it

    d.swindle

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    You did very well on your find!!! I am running out of Featherweights and need to buy more of them. I have 3 quilt shops that I furnish repainted FW's and the Handcrank 66's to and they can not get enough of them. The 301's are going up and will be more that the FW's before long.

    Be sure to post photos of her when you get her home so we all can revel in your find!!!

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    You did very well on your find!!! I am running out of Featherweights and need to buy more of them. I have 3 quilt shops that I furnish repainted FW's and the Handcrank 66's to and they can not get enough of them. The 301's are going up and will be more that the FW's before long.

    Be sure to post photos of her when you get her home so we all can revel in your find!!!

    Billy

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    Deema, I hope you get it!!! Sounds like a good price and FWs are easy to maintain and fix up!!
    Keep us posted :D:D

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    Good luck! It sounds like a great deal.

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    wow..I hope it is as good as it seems....for that money I would drive to go get it..hehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    wow..I hope it is as good as it seems....for that money I would drive to go get it..hehehe
    LOL If I didn't have two young kids who don't do so hot on a 6 hr return car trip...I WOULD! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by deema
    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    wow..I hope it is as good as it seems....for that money I would drive to go get it..hehehe
    LOL If I didn't have two young kids who don't do so hot on a 6 hr return car trip...I WOULD! :lol:
    No silly girl, I meant "I" would go get it...not you..ehhehehe
    i would love to have one again...I lost mine in a move...stolen of course....I mean who just loses a sewing machine out of an entire 15,000 pounds of goods?

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    The most I've paid for a "broken" featherweight was $100,
    the needle was in wrong and the bobbin case base's finger wasn't in between the throat plate springs. Its a beautiful machine that sews great and looks good too.
    Sharon W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    Quote Originally Posted by deema
    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    wow..I hope it is as good as it seems....for that money I would drive to go get it..hehehe
    LOL If I didn't have two young kids who don't do so hot on a 6 hr return car trip...I WOULD! :lol:
    No silly girl, I meant "I" would go get it...not you..ehhehehe
    i would love to have one again...I lost mine in a move...stolen of course....I mean who just loses a sewing machine out of an entire 15,000 pounds of goods?
    :lol: You're a funny lady. :D

    Oh Jacquie - That is just awful! And that is just why, when we eventually get posted (Hubby is in the Canadian Forces), my machines and quilting supplies and fabric will ALL be packed in my car by ME (assuming my fabric supply doesn't outgrow my car by then, in which case, I will fill hubby's. :lol: )

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    I have gotten some great deals with fuzzy pictures!! I hope this does not fall through on you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deema
    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    Quote Originally Posted by deema
    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    wow..I hope it is as good as it seems....for that money I would drive to go get it..hehehe
    LOL If I didn't have two young kids who don't do so hot on a 6 hr return car trip...I WOULD! :lol:
    No silly girl, I meant "I" would go get it...not you..ehhehehe
    i would love to have one again...I lost mine in a move...stolen of course....I mean who just loses a sewing machine out of an entire 15,000 pounds of goods?
    :lol: You're a funny lady. :D

    Oh Jacquie - That is just awful! And that is just why, when we eventually get posted (Hubby is in the Canadian Forces), my machines and quilting supplies and fabric will ALL be packed in my car by ME (assuming my fabric supply doesn't outgrow my car by then, in which case, I will fill hubby's. :lol: )
    I had the 2 most expensive machines with me, but we drove from Anchorage, Ak to Oklahoma..only so much could would fit in the van with us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deema
    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    featherweights are "fixable" if it is general good working order.
    That's what I was thinking - no major damage, in working order, with case and accessories, for $150? Worth it, IMO, even if I do need to have it serviced (or maybe do a bit of work on it on my own).
    when a price is this low, you really need to do a hands-on inspection. especially check for any areas where paint is gone to grey metal kind of white looking.--.there can be "aluminum rot" and it is a mess to deal with & repair. be sure the bobbin case is intact ($50).decals can not be fixed or replaced unless all is repainted. but wear does not matter for sewing, just a good motor, etc. you can do the maintenance yourself. good luck !

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    Good luck!

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    I want one so bad...Looking for a good deal..Hope it turns out to be a good one.

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