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Thread: My quest for FW

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    Junior Member Briarberry's Avatar
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    Smile My quest for FW

    I know all you vintage enthusiasts will appreciate this. I started quilting about 6 months ago using my mom's old 15-91 because that was the only machine I owned and knew how to use. I am not a sewer, just a mender. I started reading about FWs and taking a quilting class, so decided I'd like to own one. In the mean time I picked up a inexpensive Brother machine for $30 on kijiji. It works just fine but then I saw a 99K so I got that too. It was too heavy to lug to class but then I saw an ad for a cute green 185J which I also bought. Of course it was as heavy as the 99K. All this time I am still looking for a reasonably priced FW. Then I see another ad on kijiji for a 301a in a cabinet for $50 so off I go to look at it. It is gorgeous, so home it comes with me. Still no FW but the 301a just pops out of the cabinet and is much easier to tote around and the stitch is perfect.
    These machines just seem to show up in my life and I love them all, even the newer Brother because it zigzags for me. Right now I have a bid in for a FW at a local charity store so wish me luck. Meanwhile I will continue my quest and who knows what will follow me home!

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    Good Luck..... this collecting sewing machines is quite addictive... you might have to use the 12 step program at some point.... and I agree, your collection is not complete without a sweet little FW.

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    You have been bitten by the vintage machine bug to be sure. LOL You got some really great deals. Fingers crossed for you getting the FW.
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    Your story is so-o-o familiar ...My name is Cathy and I am a vintage sewing machine addict.
    ~~Cathy~~

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    Good Luck..... this collecting sewing machines is quite addictive... you might have to use the 12 step program at some point.... and I agree, your collection is not complete without a sweet little FW.
    Is that like Charlee's 12 Step Program, 12 steps from her car to the door? My oh my, vintage sewing machines do have a way of finding us. It is even worse when you have enablers in the family. My son is bringing me a 99K from North Carolina next week. Wish you luck on a Featherweight.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Hello, my name is Vicky, and I am a vintage sewing machine addict. I am from Iowa, visiting my son and his family in Wichita this week-end. I came for my granddaughters piano recital and am going home with 3 vintage machines on Monday. One is a 128 with LaVencedora decals my son got in Branson for me, a 15 series in a cabinet with oooodles of goodies at a church rummage sale here, and a very tired looking 1935 featherweight that their friend wanted to sell...decals worn off but she has good bones and purrs. They will be welcomed at home by enough Singers to form a choir......

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrishs View Post
    Hello, my name is Vicky, and I am a vintage sewing machine addict. I am from Iowa, visiting my son and his family in Wichita this week-end. I came for my granddaughters piano recital and am going home with 3 vintage machines on Monday. One is a 128 with LaVencedora decals my son got in Branson for me, a 15 series in a cabinet with oooodles of goodies at a church rummage sale here, and a very tired looking 1935 featherweight that their friend wanted to sell...decals worn off but she has good bones and purrs. They will be welcomed at home by enough Singers to form a choir......
    Hello Vicky, my name is Caroline and I am also a vintage sewing machine addict. I do hope you have room in your vehicle for the new girls coming to join the choir.
    Sweet Caroline

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    You are all so right. Collecting vintage machines is SOOOO addictive. My hubby is very supportive so far (5 since January.) Yesterday we even brought home a cabinet with no machine (8.00.) Couldn't resist, never know when you are going to need one. Four of my five new purchases have come in cabinets. For some reason I like that much better than those not in cabinets.
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    These babies are hard to resist to be sure! I've managed, sort of, to resist lately, but I think I'm starting to be a bit more selective in my choices. I don't have two of the same model, and I've been being pretty picky about asthetics lately...if the decals/machine aren't in fairly good shape it's easier for me to pass it up... Could have something to do with living in a 2 bedroom apartment...

    And yep! 12 step program is in force! All 12 steps from back of car to the door! (I'll have to take a picture of that someday to prove it! LOL )
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    How many vintage and antique machines does one have to own in order to be known as an addict? I'm up to 4 so far, but may not go higher for lack of space.

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    Briarberry, I emailed a seller in Canada with a WHITE (COLOR) FW for sale for $150!! She estimated shipping to the US and it's going to be too high for me. If you want her email address, PM me and I will give it to you!!


    Yes, I'm an enabler!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyquiltmom View Post
    How many vintage and antique machines does one have to own in order to be known as an addict? I'm up to 4 so far, but may not go higher for lack of space.
    ~grin~ You'll soon find that space is not as much of an issue as you might have thought to begin with!! As soon as you see one you really want, you'll figure out how to fit it in!!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyquiltmom View Post
    How many vintage and antique machines does one have to own in order to be known as an addict? I'm up to 4 so far, but may not go higher for lack of space.
    I live in a 3 bedroom condo-----and have close to 50 vintage Singers.........but I don't have books on my shelves and most of my machines are not in cabinets.

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    I don't know how many machines you have to have to be called addicted but at least there aren't the side affects that other addictions cause. This one is a pretty healthy one, I'd say..... except to the pocket book, ha ha!

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    I, too, am a vintage machine addict. Up to 6 now, but I am to the same point Charlee is - I am being selective because I am out of room! I passed up a beautiful Cinderella two weeks ago - the price was high, but decals beautiful. I still have the urge to go back and see if she is still there. But I am holding out for a 15-91 in a cabinet so I can free motion!
    Congrats on your new machines, and good luck on your FW search - there is one out there with your name on it!
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    I now have ten old sewing machines, I would still be collecting them except I have run out of room, lol. It is highly addictive and expensive too I might add. Love them though and still look for them, who knows I might run onto a FW I can afford one day. I will make room for it!!!! Addicted in Arkansas!!!!
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    Hope you find one. I am sooo addicted to the 221 Featherweight. They are cute, small and lightweight, but little work horses.

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    I knew all you quilters/collectors would understand. I have started going to auction/estate sales lately, still looking for a decently priced FW. I am trying to think of a way to display these machines, it seems a shame to have them sitting on shelves or in their cabinet waiting for their turn to be used. Do you folks display them or just store them?

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    Let me see (ummm...confess) now; I started this collecting thing (relating to vintage machines!) only about a year ago. I now have two 66's (Lotus and Red Eye); Two 27's (Sphynx and Pheasant); a 301, 403A, and a 99K; not to omit the little girl/toy machines; Singer Sew Handy, Montgomery Ward and a Puppy Brand little one! Whew.... I'm out of room and have two cabinets to refinish....oh I forgot the one a friend gave me two weeks ago, haven't had time to ID it yet but its a Singer in a cabinet (one of the two refinish projects) lol.... repeat after me-"I am not an addict; I am not an addict; I am not an addict"...............ok, good.

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    Hope you win the bid on the featherweight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    Good Luck..... this collecting sewing machines is quite addictive... you might have to use the 12 step program at some point.... and I agree, your collection is not complete without a sweet little FW.
    there is no 12 step program for sewing machine collectors! None of us want to be cured!!
    Sharon W.

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    Good luck on finding a FW they are an awesome machine to use for class and at home.

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    Hi, Wish you luck on the FW!

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    Hello, my name is Carol & I am a vintage machine addict. Since February I now have accummulated 6 machines & where I live they are not easy to come by. My daughter just picked one up for me for Mother's Day in a big treadle cabinet. Have just finished cleaning & shining it up & my friend in Niagara Falls has a Spartan that she wants to give me. I live in a 3 bedroom, 2 storey house with an additional 12 x 20 ft. sun room & I am running out of room. I converted 2 bedrooms into my sewing/cutting rooms & still don't have enough room !! I think I have a problem LOL.
    Maybe I need to go into therapy !!!!
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    http://www.keelersales.com/servlet/C...ategory=Decals
    This is the address to find decals, if it doesn't work for you, just put "singer decals" in the general search. Good luck.
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