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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    You are welcome! Makes me happy to know that you got your FW. I got all excited last night when I saw the CL post, and I immediately thought of you. I'm so glad that it was just the cord that needed fixing. Enjoy!
    Well here are a couple pictures of my new 1953 Featherweight! It is in really great shape -- I can't wait to take it with me to classes! These FW's are so cute, they look like toys! I still can't believe I got a FW for under $100 even after buying a new cord/plug!

    Thank yo again Vintagemotif for thinking of me! I will enjoy!

    Nancy
    That's a very pretty Featherweight! I have 3, a Centennial model,1957 and a tan.

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    That is a beautiful machine! And a really great price! I've been looking for one here in Chicago, and of corse on ebay, but really pricey. Congratulations!
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif

    You are welcome! Makes me happy to know that you got your FW. I got all excited last night when I saw the CL post, and I immediately thought of you. I'm so glad that it was just the cord that needed fixing. Enjoy!
    Well here are a couple pictures of my new 1953 Featherweight! It is in really great shape -- I can't wait to take it with me to classes! These FW's are so cute, they look like toys! I still can't believe I got a FW for under $100 even after buying a new cord/plug!

    Thank yo again Vintagemotif for thinking of me! I will enjoy!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend

    That's a very pretty Featherweight! I have 3, a Centennial model,1957 and a tan.
    Thank you! What does the Centennial model look like?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    I dont know but I just made him an offer for all of them! Hopefully I can get them here so I can play with them.

    Billy
    Wow Billy, let us know if you get those machines and what they do!!!

    Nancy
    Yes, I want to know about those machines too. They look very interesting with their two wheels.

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    You can't leave you guys in the shop too long, not even a day. You guys come up with the most interesting things to show off. Bo, that is a pretty FW. I haven't see Mz Johnny for a couple days around here. Is she diggin around in her orphan stock and looking for something else to work off of? Purple, are you going to show pics of the Cenntenial FW? Now, all you guys hang tight in the shop and keep your eyes out for Mz Johnny. Have fun.

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    He declined my offer but I am going to look at one in my area that is on CL for $75 with a treadle and all.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherrybsixty
    You can't leave you guys in the shop too long, not even a day. You guys come up with the most interesting things to show off. Bo, that is a pretty FW. I haven't see Mz Johnny for a couple days around here. Is she diggin around in her orphan stock and looking for something else to work off of? Purple, are you going to show pics of the Cenntenial FW? Now, all you guys hang tight in the shop and keep your eyes out for Mz Johnny. Have fun.
    Miz Johnny has been really quiet lately? Maybe she is busy making a quilt on one of her treadles!

    Nancy

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    Im told your the place of all knowing so please help me
    I got this machine in a cabinet i bought at goodwill was just waninting the cabinet so when i got it home the machine runs but the footpetal is bad. can u tell me anything about it

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    Im told your the place of all knowing so please help me
    I got this machine in a cabinet i bought at goodwill was just waninting the cabinet so when i got it home the machine runs but the footpetal is bad. can u tell me anything about it
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneK
    That is a beautiful machine! And a really great price! I've been looking for one here in Chicago, and of corse on ebay, but really pricey. Congratulations!
    Thank you JaneK and welcome aboard!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Nancy,
    I'm so happy for you!! The least I've ever paid for a working Featherweight is $175, it just needed a good cleaning and oiling.
    Thank you!

    Well I never dreamed I'd get a FW for $75 (before buying the new cord)! Not in a million years!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    He declined my offer but I am going to look at one in my area that is on CL for $75 with a treadle and all.

    Billy
    Geeze Billy I hope you get this one! We are all dying to know what it was used for!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherrybsixty
    You can't leave you guys in the shop too long, not even a day. You guys come up with the most interesting things to show off. Bo, that is a pretty FW. I haven't see Mz Johnny for a couple days around here. Is she diggin around in her orphan stock and looking for something else to work off of? Purple, are you going to show pics of the Cenntenial FW? Now, all you guys hang tight in the shop and keep your eyes out for Mz Johnny. Have fun.
    I don't have a picture of it yet.lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    He declined my offer but I am going to look at one in my area that is on CL for $75 with a treadle and all.

    Billy
    Geeze Billy I hope you get this one! We are all dying to know what it was used for!

    Nancy
    It was an industrial machine mainly used in clothing manufacture and was reported to sew over 4000 stitches a minute! It was mostly used in seam powered factories where you had a central power source and they had belt going from the central shaft to the machines.

    Here is an example of what the factory may have looked like....

    Billy

    Under the table central power (later design)
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    Look at all those machines! The long continuous treadle tables are very interesting.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend

    That's a very pretty Featherweight! I have 3, a Centennial model,1957 and a tan.
    Thank you! What does the Centennial model look like?

    Nancy
    Here are all of my Featherweights.

    size comparision, featherweight on the left; 201 on the right.
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    Finally got a decent enough pic (BLANK YOU VISTA!)
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    Very nice FWs; I like the white one. How much did that cost ya? understand they go for a lot more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Very nice FWs; I like the white one. How much did that cost ya? understand they go for a lot more.
    Thats a Tan one there and it will break the bank if you had to buy one now. They go for upwards around a grand or so depending on the condition.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Very nice FWs; I like the white one. How much did that cost ya? understand they go for a lot more.
    Thats a Tan one there and it will break the bank if you had to buy one now. They go for upwards around a grand or so depending on the condition.

    Billy
    What!? wow. All that FW repairs and refurbishing that you do should keep food on your table for a long time. Amazing. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Very nice FWs; I like the white one. How much did that cost ya? understand they go for a lot more.
    That's a tan FW, it was $650 in 2006.

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    Wow. I have a tan one that DH got at a yard sale for $75

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    Hey
    I picked up a treadle yesterday for $25. The machine is in rough shape, the cabinet is fair. The treadle irons are good, just need some oil. Anyway, it is a Wheeler & Wilson D9. I do not plan to get the machine operational, just going to use it as my clean up experimental machine. I plan to use the irons for either a e Singer or e Kenmore that I want to switch to treadle.
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    treadle cabinet. notice the flap at the bottom of the cabinet? the machine fell out on the way home!!!
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    Forgot to mention that there are two drawers, but they don't match???

    The treadle has a wood pitman arm! It is from the 1890's.

    Billy, what can you tell me about this machine? I read your post comparing it w/a Singer but is there moe info you can share w/me?

    Thanks

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    Been reading everything but now I have to share. My DH went to the thrift shop and came home with a tan 306k in a cabinet, 5 extra feet, 1 extra belt and 27 cams. Really cheap. All I need is the power cord. Billy, would you happen to have one to sell?
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    The 306k needs cleaned and spiffed up but moves freely. Also, aren't needles rather special for this one? If so, which ones and where do I find them? TIA

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