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Thread: My new featherweight arrived!

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    Junior Member Cindy2201's Avatar
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    My new featherweight arrived!

    My new to me featherweight just arrived from the UPS girl! I got her on ebay for $152.00.. Considering I paid almost double that for my first one I was thrilled! She was born on 11/05/36 and needs some help! She runs quietly but I haven't tried to sew on her yet. One of her owners did a paint job on her and covered the decals! Also she's missing a tension dial, the things with the numbers. I'm sure someone on here can lead me to the place to get them. TIA. I am not sure how to upload a pic of her from my phone but I will try later (my kids took my camera on vacation and I haven't seen it since!)

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    I couldn't figure out how to add this to my first post
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    Well, she's cute but a little "naked" without her decals. I've just popped onto this thread to see how to clean a Featherweight but hopefully one of the "professional" vintage machiners will be here soon to help you! I think you can get new decals etc. if you're interested in that.

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    She looks like a good machine to sew with. Sew-Classic.com will have parts at a reasonable price. If you have questions, just ask Jennie. She will guide you in the right direction. Be careful of places that "scalp" on FW parts prices. She should be able to find help for you. Also, for decals, try "singer decals" on a a general search. You will probably want to do some paint work before the decals are installed. They should be around $20. Try http://www.keelersales.com/servlet/C...ategory=Decals. Good Luck.
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    Your Featherweight may not have had a numbered tension dial, early ones did not. I have my grandmothers 1928 66 and the tension dial looks just like that. But you can get a relpacement with the numberd dial that they aren't terribly expensive. Try: http://www.221parts.com/screw.htm

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    I wasn't sure if she had one or not but when I sewed on her the tension is perfect! The decals I found on ebay but I haven't bought them yet. I DO need to try and repaint her before hand., so I have to read up on that part!

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    I hope you enjoy your FW. I am still looking for one.

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    I have a 1936 FW also. The older ones do not have numbers on the tension thingy.
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    That is a sweet little machine, even if she is naked! I'm sure you will enjoy sewing with her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy2201 View Post
    I couldn't figure out how to add this to my first post
    The tension assembly is correct for this machine, the numbered tension assembly came later on, in about the 1940s.
    You shouldn't have any problem sewing with your machine.

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    What leads you to think she has been repainted? My 1934 has decal wear exactly like yours, which is why I ask. Mine has not been repainted, however, there is an area where the clear coat has come off, showing the paint underneath to be dull.

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    You can see it on the bed of the machine where the just did a crummy paint job without sanding and the paint doesn't match, it's not the same. Also on the light you can tell they painted. I was debating on whether to try and redo it and think I have decided against it. She sews beautifully and it's only cosmetic that needs fixing. My other FW is perfect in appearance but skips stitches once in awhile. Guess I can't have it all!

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    I have a Singer 404 slant that is in rough shape. Like your feather weight, she sews beautifully. I've thought many times about selling her but I end up keeping her because she is so ugly only a mother could love her. I'd only sell her if I knew she would go to a good home and not be parted out.

    Enjoy your new baby - she has earned her scars.

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    She indeed has earned her scars. I at first wanted to cover up the scratches on my 1945 FW, and then decided against it. I'm as old as my machine, and I have scars too. With the missing decals, it shows that she was loved, appreciated and USED. She did not sit in a closet neglected. Just think of the stories she could tell if she could talk. And the best thing is that she sews so nicely. Maybe your other one was the one neglected in the closet and not appreciated. I have a friend who has just such a FW. Her FIL gave it to her years ago, maybe new at the time, and that is all she does is sit in the closet 'just in case' she needs to be used to mend something. the woman doesn't sew, just mends when she needs to. How sad for her little FW.

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