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    Singer featherweight

    How do you answer the question, "what's so great about a Singer featherweight?"

    I've always wanted one, and now I have a lead on one that's reasonably priced and in great condition. But when my daughter asked that question, I hardly knew what to say.

    Thx much!

    S.

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    They're lightweight, sew straight, easy to self-service on the rare occasions they need something fixed, and they belonged to an incredible generation of women. By sewing on mine, I pray to walk in their footsteps!

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    It has the best straight stitch ever - they are small- portable- great work horses and last but not least they are "cute"
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    Don't tell her that we name our FWs. She will really think you are out of your mind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra in Minnesota View Post
    Don't tell her that we name our FWs. She will really think you are out of your mind!
    Or celebrate their birthdays!
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    And they are super quiet!

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    I love my Featherweight. In fact I have two. One I use all the time and one that is put up and is in pristine condition. I have several machines, but my Featherweight is my favorite.

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    Just tell her that they are" money in the bank", nobody can find fault with that.
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    Why doesn't "just because I want it "work? :>)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b View Post
    It has the best straight stitch ever - they are small- portable- great work horses and last but not least they are "cute"
    I totally agree with Sharon and you won't be disappointed if your purchase one. Even if you don't use it, they are the cutest little things to just look at.

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    I have FIVE!! I love the fact that they're small and easy to transport. They are workhorses and just last forever if taken care of. It sews a great straight stitch, there are many attachments that will allow you to do special things with it, they're cute and I think they're a good investment, just like any other antique. They decorate your sewing room when not in use and they just plain old make us SMILE!!
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    If I wanted to buy a featherweight, where would be the best place place to look? Our thrift stores around here very seldom have sewing machines. I want one but am afraid to trust ebay, etc.

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    I got one on ebay. After the trauma of trying to get the seller to send her to me and having to get payPal and ebay involved, she works great.

    Got another one at a consignment store in town. Just found out I need to clean out some great from her gears and add oil instead.

    So I guess my point is, you just have to take a chance.

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    They are lightweight so easy to take to classes and they sew a beautiful straight stitch. You will love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alabam49 View Post
    If I wanted to buy a featherweight, where would be the best place place to look? Our thrift stores around here very seldom have sewing machines. I want one but am afraid to trust ebay, etc.
    I have bought 2 on e-bay and have never had a problem. Check the sellers rating is my only suggestion. My machines arrived within a few days of the closing, packed perfectly and looked and worked as described on the e-bay site. Both sellers had high ratings.

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    We haven't used the one we got on ebay yet but I will say that the shipping was quick, it was very well packed and arrived looking better than the description and pictures had led us to believe. It was also less expensive than any I've seen on Craigslist locally.

    I will say that the seller appeared to specialize in sewing machines which might explain the excellent packing job. If either the 128 or White had been as well packed (to keep from moving inside their cases) I'd have been much happier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SharonCase View Post
    How do you answer the question, "what's so great about a Singer featherweight?"

    I've always wanted one, and now I have a lead on one that's reasonably priced and in great condition. But when my daughter asked that question, I hardly knew what to say.

    Thx much!

    S.
    They are very sturdy! So, you can pack them up and take to a workshop or a retreat and don't have to worry that it will get out of wack by moving it around. They are not as expensive as a lot of the sewing machines make today, and are a lot more durable. You can easily get parts when you need them to fix the few items that are made to wear and be replaced. They are cute and come in such a cute case that holds everything you need! They (the older ones) come in black just like the Model A's that Henry Ford said 'that you could have any color you wanted as long as it was black'. Of course, there are pale turquoise and tan ones that were made later. They have LOTS of accessories that do a variety of specialty stitching (hem, pleat, etc). There are also zipzag attachments with cams and blind stitch attachment. So no matter what you have there are still other items that were made to go with them. I liked them so much that I built a business around them! www.thequiltgal.com
    Kathleen Clendennen
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    A few of our quilt board members have featherweights and on more than one occasion they have had tension problems and all they do is straight stitch. I just purchased a jonome jem it is also light weight and also stitches great even can do zig jag and button holes it has 3 straight stiches I think it will be just great to take to the guilds for sewing. I did consider featherweights but the price was far out for me.

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    Featherweights are fun and a good value if priced reasonably, but just as importantly, sewing on a Featherweight puts me in touch with the women who have gone before me. I love that feeling.

    Did I mention that the oil smell reminds me of my dad (he was a farmer), and it doesn't get any better than that!?!

    Dayle

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    any one got one fore sale ? suzieQ

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    Thanks, all! Now if I can get the guy to call me so I can buy her!

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    i just bought one this week on Craigslist and i'm thrilled! i hope you can get the one you're looking at. you'll have to post a pic!

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    I don't think that any one said how they sound when they sew. They have the cutest little sound when sewing. It is a quiet little sound. They are cute, fun to sew with, and remind me of a toy sewing machine but they are a lot stronger and better than one. They can go through several layers of fabric at once, but I wouldn't want to do that all the time. I would have loved to have one to sew on when I was young. By the way, I have 2 black ones, one of which I bought from a QB member, and also a barely celery (white) one. I wouldn't trade any of them for anything.
    Any one who'd looking for one, have you checked with a local sewing machine repair man for one? That's where my first one came from. It might be a little more than getting one off e-bay, but you don't pay shipping and also it is cleaned and oiled for you. And you can try it out before buying it.

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    Anyone know where to look in the Ohio area or might know of one for sale. I would rather see before I buy so ruling out Ebay at this time.

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    Keep checking on Craigslist. The prices are about the same as that you would pay on eBay but you wouldn't have to pay shipping and you also wouldn't have to worry about it getting broken while it's on it's way to you. Both FW's that I purchased from eBay had a broken piece when I opened the box (bobbin winder on 1st FW and the spool pin on the 2nd FW).
    ~~Cathy~~

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