To paint, or not to paint

Old 01-23-2012, 01:37 PM
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I stumbled across a centennial Featherweight in good condition... for a mere six dollars and forty five cents. Yep, believe it or not, and it purrs like a charm. It does have a couple very small bare spots in the paint, so after cleaning it up, I've been contemplating repainting it. What's holding me back from this final decision is the effect on resale value, if any, that comes w/ repainting these old machines. I personally really love the shiny new and wild colors I've seen on these old machines, but does repainting them take away from any future resale value, or not? Thanks for any advise/opinions.
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:44 PM
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At this point if you covered it with buttons you could still make money on it! LOL What a super deal!
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:16 PM
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I agree with Up North, you will love her sew much that you'll have her forever. Your kids may sale and who cares for what as long as you have enjoyed her.
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I am not sure but I think the price on the repainted ones is comparable with the originals. So unless there was something significantly special about your particular machine I would say it would not effect the current price. Who knows what they will be going for in 20 years.
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:30 PM
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Contrary to their pricing, Featherweights are not rare. Getting one for six dollars and fourty five cents is tho!!

I agree with Lisa, I don't think the repainted machines are any less valuable than are the originals. (Stay away from orange tho, that one down south doesn't seem to be selling on ebay or craig's list! LOL )
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:45 PM
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I agree with Charlee. Do what you want. It's not like you're going to be out any money. Sewing machines ARE NOT investments and should be used and enjoyed.
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I am sure if you stick to a desired color like red you will come out on top.

There must be something in the air...all these FW deals that people are posting about are making me so jealous! And we need more details please! Did you find it at a garage sale, pawn shop, thrift store, etc?
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Paint it RED and send it to me!!! I wouldn't worry about resale either at the price you got it for!!
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:53 PM
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At the last national quilt show in Knoxville, there was a vendor who refurbishes Featherweights. Some are black, but the really snazzy ones are teal, John Deere green, etc. If I had my choice, I'd go with a wild color 10:1 to a black one. When I see the Kitchenaid mixers at Williams Sonoma, I am so tempted to get one....it's just that the white one I bought in 1980 works just fine....paint it, and enjoy it!
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Go on and paint it and have a blast with it
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