Are These Featherweights?

Old 03-28-2021, 01:52 PM
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They are for sale for $50.00 each. One needs a new belt and the other is "as is".
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Old 03-28-2021, 01:55 PM
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lol none of these are Featherweights....feels like a test now lol
Good machines for the price indeed but are not the Featherweights

First one - model 15
Second - model 99

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Not a test....just saw them advertised and wondered. Which is considered the better machine?

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The one in the light colored base appears to be a 15-90 (external motor) and the one in a bentwood case is a 99. Both appear to have Centennial badges, which means that they were built in 1951. From my understanding there were some machines that had Centennial badges that the serial number actually was for a 1949 machine. I think I remember that there may have been one that had a 1952 serial number.

They say that the 15s are good for FMQ and is a full size machine. The 99 is what is considered a 3/4 machine, meaning that the distance between the needle and the pillar would be shorter than a full size machine.

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The tell on a Featherweight is the tip up bed and the tiny size. Here is a good pic with the bed tipped up: https://class221.com/index.php/221-2...21-centennial/

Most pics you find will have the bed down and ready to sew.

BTW, all the machines you have shown so far look to be nice machines in decent condition. If you want a “placeholder” machine I think any of them would be a good one and the prices are good.
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When buying an older machine such as a featherweight, make sure that bobbin case (about $100.00) is in there. I speak from experience.
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Featherwwieght's also have their serial "s on the bottom, not on a plate on the deck
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The 99 would be controlled by a knee bar tat slips into the round hole in the base. odd shaped strapped of metal. If it isn't with the machine (often gets lost) they are pricey to get. Such machines often get rewired for more modern foot controller.s
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Watson, take a good look at some of the FW's featured on the many post here. That is what I did before purchasing the two I have. The first one I only paid $125 and the second one I paid $200 for Both are 221's and the just sing when I sew with them. I am always looking for another if the price is right. Now Of course I don't need one but they are fun to sew with.
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For $50, I'd buy the 99. I always wanted one of those 3/4 sized machines.
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