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Thread: What have I done to my Featherweight? Help!!!!

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    What have I done to my Featherweight? Help!!!!

    PLEASE help me!! I have a Singer Featherweight Model 221 Serial# AD545177 that I purchased several years ago. She is my dream machine and was in very, very good condition. To make a long story short, she got knocked off the table that she was sitting on. It broke off part of the cast metal right rear corner. It's the area where the right rear bumper ring is located. I am just sick over it. My husband wants to glue it back on with super glue, but I'm not sure that that is the way to go. Any suggestions on how to repair this? Will the break and repair affect it's value? Someone please tell me I have not ruined my dream machine. I appreciate any help and comments.

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    Sorry your machine got an owie! Does it still run?

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    Any break/repair is going to affect the value of a machine. I'm so sorry this happened to your baby, and to you!

    The body of the machine is aluminum, and super glue is not going to hold very long, if at all. Check with your local hardware store for a glue that will hold on aluminum.
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    Yes, it still runs like a dream.

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    Thanks Charlee for the info. Will go look for adhesive for aluminum tonight.

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    I've had good luck with JB Weld. Touch up with black when dry and won't hardly notice it's been repaired.

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    I second the JB Weld...great for holding metal to metal.

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    Oh no! Im so sorry. My dh is a mechanic and excellent welder. I know welding aluminum is tough and takes special equipment but it can be done. I will have him look at my machine and see if he thinks someone at a machine shop could do a good repair that will be long lasting.

    Did you plan to sell it? If not, then try not to stress too much about the $ value. If she's your dream machi e and still runs perfectly, you've still got the most important value.

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    Welding is a better repair but with the heat you'd have to redo the paint and decals on the bed. A welder wouldn't have much use for JB Weld but it is good stuff.

    Jon

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    I've used JB Weld on a couple of items, works great.... If the pieces fit back together perfectly, I'd just use a perm. black Sharpie pen to color the edges. Glad it didn't affect the machine working, just shows you how tough our little FW's are!!!!!!!!

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    No ideas on how to fix it, but just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear what happened. I would be so upset if mine got hurt. It was my first machine given to me in 1959. The only thing that has ever broken on mine was the spool holder which broke in half. Easy fix, I just ordered a new one and it looks as though it has always been there. Glad that yours still works. That is very important.
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    JB is a great product! Good luck!

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    My DH says JB Weld too... scuff the paint off the joint area, rough up the aluminum a bit, apply the JB Weld, and the next day, sand the weld & paint. So sorry your FW has a boo boo, but a little TLC and she'll be good as new. And don't worry about her value, she means everything to you and that's all that counts.
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    JB Weld is good, but welding is better. If you want the machine to last like it should you really need to weld it.
    Aluminum doesn't require as high of heat to weld as steel. With heat sinc material and protection the effects of the welding on the finish can be localized.

    If it were my machine, that's what I'd do.

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    I would dry fit with the J D Weld and if it fits very well I would use It! and then use a Fine point Sharpy pen .
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    Quote Originally Posted by path49 View Post
    I second the JB Weld...great for holding metal to metal.
    Third vote for JB Weld!! Great stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    JB Weld is good, but welding is better. If you want the machine to last like it should you really need to weld it.
    Aluminum doesn't require as high of heat to weld as steel. With heat sinc material and protection the effects of the welding on the finish can be localized.

    If it were my machine, that's what I'd do.

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    My dh agrees. He said the jb weld will need to be ground down and painted anyways, and if the machine gets jarred on the corner it will be easy to break off again.

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    Oh, so sad to hear of your FW owie..... but it sounds like a lot of people have some great suggestions. My Viking dropped on the floor face first probably 40 years ago and while it had a little scuffing it still would sew up a storm. I gave that machine to my granddaughter several years ago and she didn't mind the damage either as long as it was sewing a good seam. So, while it stings to see your baby get hurt, its life hasn't been shortened. They are such great machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAllen View Post
    PLEASE help me!! I have a Singer Featherweight Model 221 Serial# AD545177 that I purchased several years ago. She is my dream machine and was in very, very good condition. To make a long story short, she got knocked off the table that she was sitting on. It broke off part of the cast metal right rear corner. It's the area where the right rear bumper ring is located. I am just sick over it. My husband wants to glue it back on with super glue, but I'm not sure that that is the way to go. Any suggestions on how to repair this? Will the break and repair affect it's value? Someone please tell me I have not ruined my dream machine. I appreciate any help and comments.

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    So SORRY about your baby. JB Weld - you can get it at a hardware store or Home Depot. Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAllen View Post
    Yes, it still runs like a dream.
    So glad to hear that!

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    I'm so sorry about your little featherweight. With all the advice you are getting I'm sure you'll be able to make her look pretty again

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    Thank you to everyone for your comments. I think I will attempt the JB Weld fix and see what happens. I don't plan to ever get rid of her, and I won't mind her "scar". She's my baby.

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