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Thread: Painted Featherweights at Paducah's Quilt Show

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    Painted Featherweights at Paducah's Quilt Show

    DH bought me a Featherweight a year ago and is quite familiar with them. We went to the Paducah Quilt Show this week and he saw a booth with lots of painted Featherweights - bright red, turquoise, bright colors. All were very shiny and had new decals on them. Even the foot pedals were painted to match. The man said that it cost him $300+ to have them painted and he wanted about $700 for each one.
    Nikki in MO

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    I can see that price if they are gilded in solid gold. Otherwise, from the standpoint of someone who has done resprays...ridiculous!

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    My opinion is that prepping for repainting, doing it the right way with automotive paint, decal work etc. takes a lot of time and effort. That time and effort has to be paid for.

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    I have had a painted FW for several years and I paid lots for it. But it was totally referbused and I love taking it places and everyone wants one. I have a collection of FW and some forsale. Mine is Purple of course.

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    I have 4 featherweights, 2 are black and one is shimmering green and one is a lovely shimmering blue, I paid dearly for the painted ones and to me are so worth it, I love them!!
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    $300 is what I have seen to have a Featherweight painted. So $700 maybe, if you want it bad enough.

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    That price also has to include what they paid for the machine in the first place. They may get lucky once in awhile but standard price for a FW is around 300.00.
    I wouldn't pay for one, but it is because I really practical, and I'm not crazy about the FW that I do have.
    If I were younger and didn't have cancer I'd probably snap one up

    I have a steel body Janome 6600...would love to see it properly painted!

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    and I thought the guy here asking $450 for a painted one was out of line!

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    My little black one will suffice... I could buy a lot of fabric for $700! And I am so spoiled with my Viking (fixing, needle up/down, self-adjusting tension, cutting button, etc.). I just have all the others, mostly, to play with and dream of the people who used them and their families they sewed for... To each his own and what ever "floats one's boat"!

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    I repaint the singer 301 and featherweight sewing machines and I can tell you from experience that it is a lot of hard work. It's expensive to do and it is very time-consuming. It is worth every penny that is charged...and more! Besides, they are so beautiful when repainted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leaha View Post
    I have 4 featherweights, 2 are black and one is shimmering green and one is a lovely shimmering blue, I paid dearly for the painted ones and to me are so worth it, I love them!!
    I sold 2 featherweights (a blue and green one) to a lady in Kentucky...maybe it's you? If so, I am so happy to hear you love your painted fw's.
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    A Featherweights color is up to the person buying it as to what they are willing to pay. I can say the same thing for anything else made to be sold. I mean look no one wants to pay us what our quilts are worth either. Because they just don't understand the time that's involved or supplies. A craft is a craft and I can say I'd be willing to get one of mine painted for $300.00 no problem and I may for my 60th Birthday in 2 years. I'll keep you in mind Surfergirl..
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    I am looking for someone who repaints featherweights, and who isn't outrageously expensive. I have seen prices that start anywhere from $350 up to $900. I already have the machine. I am located in PA, so for shipping purposes, the closer the better.

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    I bought my purple FW (my avatar) from a craigslist ad that I saw right after it was posted late at night. The ad said "I know it's worth at least $650 ... but I want to sell quick so I only want $140...". Lucky for me I was the first (of many) to respond and got it the next morning. She was a young woman and it had been a gift from her Mom who wanted her to start quilting, but she had moved to live with Dad while she went to college. Probably Mom was upset when she found out.

    I also have a black FW but Violet makes me smile.
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