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Thread: Mother's Day Featherweight

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    Mother's Day Featherweight

    My two sons got together and sent me a 1946 Featherweight with manual and CD from McCallum. She was very dirty and smelly but wasn't used much. The last person to work on her didn't put the bobbin race back in right. They have my sympathy, even with the manual it took me awhile to figure it out.

    I pried out the hardened grease, oiled, greased, and cleaned everything. Then just a short spurt on the motor. She just purrs along. When the Singer motor lubricant gets here I plan to start piecing. I just wonder how they knew I wanted one so much.
    Life is made up of bits and pieces. You won't know how it'll turn out till its done.

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    Congratulations! :-)

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    That is wonderful and very sweet of your boys.
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    Great gift! Have fun with her.
    Remember the teakettle...it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings!

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    Awesome gift and boys!!!

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    I've always said no one knows their children like their mother; perhaps in your case it works the other way? Congrat's on the great gift!
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    wonderful gift, congrats and welcome to the FW club!
    dare to dream

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    Awww...that's wonderful and very similar to my Mother's Day. My son brought me a 1952 FW this weekend as well. I've cleaned her and oiled her but, like you, I'm waiting for the motor lubricant to arrive before I try her out. This is going to be FUN!

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    Congrats. Super children to know what Mom wants

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    How nice! Enjoy.

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    that bobbin race is tricky, I figure thats why alot of people thing FW's don't work...LOL, the manual explains it...it took me awhile to read it...
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    What nice boys you have! Enjoy your machine. I love the information in the CD by Dave McCallum.
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    They probably knew you would appreciate a good machine and would know how to take good care of it. Sounds like you raised some good sons.

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    Isn't a FW just dandy to sew with? I love mine. "Freddi" just fit in with my vintage group so nicely.
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    Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy,....you also get educated about them along the way
    with a passion for quilting and vintage machines..Singers: 99, 4 featherweights, Redeye 66, Lotus 66, Phoenix 27, 15-91, 301A
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    Wheres the pic?
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    Picture? Oh let us see her please.

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    Awwww isn't that nice. I know the feeling. My daughter gifted me with one from 1936 (my birth year) last Mother's Day. Don't you just love your kids?
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    Have a wonderful time..Featherweights are worth their weight in gold. My 1936 always bailes me out when the newbies
    crash. Congratulations!

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    I'm thinking I need to navigate this learning curve. I've no idea how to downsize photos so this forum will accept them. Maybe a photobucket account?

    Anyway, I finished piecing a quilt top yesterday with the FW from my boys. Then boldly quilted a baby quilt I already had sandwiched. In love, she has earned a name and its Bettina. No provenance, it just came to me while stitching away. Like to think her former owner would recognize that name, not to get spooky but its a nice thought.
    Life is made up of bits and pieces. You won't know how it'll turn out till its done.

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    I had been looking for a Featherweight for my sister and got one on an on-line auction for $250. She runs, but I want to give her a good oiling before I head west with her (she was owned by a quilter who was downsizing the amount of machines she had). I also need to get some motor lubricant for her as well. The only thing that came with her was one bobbin and a walking foot. I do have a box of attachments that I think will work on her; they were extra with a treadle machine I purchased a couple of years ago...and the treadle had its own set of attachments.

    Oh, here's more...I didn't really plan on getting a Featherweight for myself, but a friend of ours got another one on a sale and offered it to me...My DH asked what they wanted for it and told me to tell them HE would take it for Father's Day, and I could use it! And this one has more attachments with it. I'm one fortunate quilter!
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