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Thread: Singer featherweight - what did you pay for your?

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    Singer featherweight - what did you pay for your?

    I got a 1969 white FW at a pawn shop for $230. Took it to be serviced at a cost of $100 ( it needed a new foot pedal). I absolutely love that machine. I saw a 1940 FW at a garage sale today for $300. It had lots of attachments, but one of the latches on the case was broken. I asked the lady if she would take any less, and she said she was pretty firm on the price - it had been her grandmother's and she was really debating whether or not to sell it. I told her I totally understood. She asked for my name and number, which i gave her. She's moving across the country in May, so she may come down on the price as she nears her move. I don't really it, but I rationalized that I could give my white FW to my grand daughter.
    So what did you pay for your FW?

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    I paid 275 for mine with shipping. Love my little FW. My grandson made a lap size one for himself and he had a blast. I guess he sleeps with it and I helped him make a small pillow to go with it.

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    I have two, I paid $225.00 for my first one a 1936 model. I'm always looking on Craigslist for vintage Singer's and saw a posting for a vintage portable Singer for $100. It turned out to be a 1955 Featherweight--it was in perfect condition--needless to say I bought it. I love both of them--I want to pass these on to my granddaughters--I have three. I'm on the lookout for another one if the price is right.

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    I paid 250.00 with shipping on 2 of my black FW's, one was a 1936, the other was a Centennial quite a few attachments with both. I also paid 100.00 for another Centennial (1851-1951) with no box or attachments. White FW's go for a lot more than you paid! Good job! I would keep the white one and give GS the black one.
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    I paid $195 for my 1947. A man had it listed on ebay but he hopelessly misspelled 'featherweight'. I don't even remember how I came across it but absolutely no one bid against me! It's a gem.

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    I have seven of them and have paid between $250. for two to $350. for on. I have a white one that I love and only paid$225.00 for it. You just have to keep your eyes open and whala you fine one.
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    $280 + shipping for mine. I've never regretted spending that money. Love my FW!

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    My first one with the case and the attachments including the darning foot in the original box was $150.00 and my second one with the case a gazillion bobbins most of the attachments and the elusive card table was $100.00. Neither one I paid for shipping for. One is a 1949 and the other is 1952. I am not a FW fan so I wasn't about to pay the price but when these fell into my lap ....... Now if it was a 301 in a card table.....

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    $25 in a garage sale.

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    Mine was gifted to me by my parents in 1959. It is a Centennial. I wish I knew what they paid for it then. I am assuming it was used since they bought it in 1959 and it was a 1951 model.
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    I inherited mine after nursing my BBF for 6 weeks. It was costly in terms of emotion. I named it after her,a nickname. It is in great shape, has case and key, manual and all the sewing feet. Even has the original oil and grease. Sews nicely.

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    $267.50 which included the shipping; came with original case (but not the tray). Case and machine in great shape. Lots of extra attachments, thread, extra needles, and oddles of extra bobbins.
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    I bought two featherweights one a 1951 Centennial model and the other one a 1953 version for $60 for both machines. The man selling them (one was his mothers and the other his aunts) had no idea what he was selling and was pleased that he got "so much money" for a couple of old machines. They both had decent cases, all regular attachments, keys and buttonholers. My DD's white one was a gift from a neighbour cleaning out her mother's house.
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    I paid $202.50 for mine on ebay plus about $20 shipping. It's a 1948 221. The person I bought it from had owned it since the early 1960s when she was a teenager. I don't know who had it before then. It's fantastic!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ro View Post
    $25 in a garage sale.
    Oh, I'm so happy go see this! I paid $40 for mine although the seller was only asking $25....he was a friend. DH picked up box of attachments for another $5.00. I made the original seller a baby quilt for his first daughter as additional payment. Granted, I had the original seller looking for me for a couple of years before we stumbled on one.

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    I had been watching eBay for months and was getting discouraged at how much Featherweights in good condition with case, attachments, etc. were going for.

    One day, I searched Buy It Now, newly listed. A wonderful Centennial Featherweight came up, just listed, for $240, free shipping. As I scrolled through the description, my heart kept beating faster and faster, and I couldn't click the Buy It Now button fast enough! She's awesome, purrs like a kitten, and accompanies me to every retreat. I call her Violet.
    Cindy

    Curator of an 1889 Singer model 27 Fiddlebase Treadle, a 1951 Singer Centennial Featherweight, a 1956 Singer 401A, and a 1982 Bernina 830 Record.

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    I found mine for $27.00 at my favorite thrift store on Martin Luther King day when my boys were still in high school just dropped them off for early wrestling practice had 40 bucks in my pocket so I went there. It was my lucky day. I spied that black case from the doorway of the shop. Lol I RAN to get it!
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    Price of your Featherweight

    I suspect your parents paid around $100 for your FW from the information I have read. That's about what thet sold for back then.
    Karen in Kentucky

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    I paid $300.00 for mine but they are rather hard to find in my neck of the woods. I bought it from eBay but the big bonus was the seller was right here in Canada so shipping was much more reasonable & no tarifs, which I would have had to pay if I bought one from the U.S. In really good condition but the case smells which seems to be a common problem with FW. All in all, I was very pleased with my purchase.
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    Got my first one for 180 from Ebay. Everything included, bad case that is now a tool box (but that's a different post). The second I got for 140 at a consignment store in Phoenix. No attachments, no badge. My friend's son works there and they were just starting up. So I helped out.

    Have two granddaughters. The younger one's been sewing since she could reach the machine. The older one started just the other day (she's 19) and it was on my featherweight. So I guess she gets one of these when she gets her own place.

    Got a card table on Ebay the other day for 90 and broke down and bought a new carry case. So one of the FWs is complete.

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    I've paid more than $350 plus shipping, on ebay -- several times-- and they had parts broken during shipping!!

    Then one day I was browsing vintage sewing machines on CL and saw a FW for $75. I called right away and drove to get it as soon as the bank opened the next morning ... Lol. The person had only advertised it as an antique Singer rather than as a FW. It's a good thing I was able to recognize what it was in the picture!

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    $20 at a garage sale, right down the road from my house. I sold it years later for $250. I had used it about 5 times and decided to put the $$$ toward a new Bernina.

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    I have three, all gifted to me, one was my mom's, one was my mother-in-law's and one from a dear friend who was moving from Manhattan Miami (and she never used it).

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    I have 4 Featherweights ~ Ebony 1936 (a black one) @ $75.00 because her bobbin case was missing, Licorice 1941 (another black one) @ $125 at a local Antique Shop with all the attachments including the owners manual, Grasshopper 1961 (a white one that has a slight green tinge to her) $225.oo from ebay, and Angel 1959 (a white one) $178.00 from ebay. And now I have one for each of my granddaughters.

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    I went to look at a 15, and the guy told me he had just found another of his mom's machines in the garage. I took a look, got very excited when I saw the FW, so took both machines for $125. I later sold the 15 for $50, so I guess the featherweight was $75.

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