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TOPIC: $300 Singer Featherweight-Is this a good deal?

Re: $300 Singer Featherweight-Is this a good deal? 17 Feb 2011 13:25 #58056

Yes, Barbara. I have bought from them as well, just could NOT find the link when I needed it and searches didn't bring it up for me.

Thanks...
~April

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Re: $300 Singer Featherweight-Is this a good deal? 17 Feb 2011 13:18 #58055

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Go here for parts and accessories. http://www.221parts.com/

Barbara
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Re: $300 Singer Featherweight-Is this a good deal? 17 Feb 2011 09:40 #58041

No, we can never have enough sewing machines LOL!

I have purchased from April (no relation ;p ) at this site several times and always have a great experience. She's passionate about those old Singers and has helped me resolve some FMQing issues on my 301 as well. If you are on Facebook, she has a page there too.

http://april1930s.com/html/parts___manuals.html
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Re: $300 Singer Featherweight-Is this a good deal? 17 Feb 2011 09:19 #58038

I recently bought a FW at an estate sale for $220. She is gorgeous and I learned from the serial number that she was built in Oct, 1948 and was a special edition. The silver plate at the left side is all detailed and scroley. The problem is that she didn't come with any accessories, in fact, no bobbins and the wrong bobbin case. I know of a repair man who probably can help me but it's a 1/2 hr. drive and I have yet to get over to see him. I am just dying to try her out!

I asked the lady running the sale for the name of the woman who'd owned her so I can call her "Janice" after the original owner. She was obviously well cared for. The case doesn't even have any odor (quite a problem sometimes, I'm told!)

Now I have 3 "antique" machines and am seriously wondering if I've started some addictive collecting habbit........Help!

Add them to the 1970's Singer Touch and Sew, the Brother embroidery and 2 Vikings and I think I have enough machines.

Can we ever truely have enough sewing machines?!!.................... :oops:
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Re: $300 Singer Featherweight-Is this a good deal? 16 Jan 2011 15:41 #53534

I just ran across a blog by Bonnie Hunter in which she describes how she travels (flying) with her quilting stuff....and she included some interesting info about a neat roll-on bag that she carries her FW in when she travels, as well as her handwork, laptop, etc....I think it looks very useful and may get one, as the handle on the original case to my FW is not in very good shape. Thought some of you might find this interesting: http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2011/01/whats-in-your-carry-on.html. Nancy
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Re: $300 Singer Featherweight-Is this a good deal? 15 Jan 2011 13:57 #53428

Congratulations to the new FW owners! They are a joy to behold and to use (rare combo sometimes LOL!)

Also think about the already-mentioned Featherweight Yahoo Group for specific technical and maintenance tips. The knowledge there cannot be beat. They've also helped me work on my 301, which I might love even a little more than my 221. :mrgreen: The 301 not only pieces as precisely as the Featherweight, it can also FMQ... and weighs only 5 more lbs. Anyway, both of my black beauties came from eBay and I was very fortunate with both transactions.

Happy stitching!

P.S. Highly recommend this as well: http://www.featherweight221.com/fwrx/store/instructional/instructional.html The combo may seem pricey, but to keep one's antique/vintage machine running indefinitely, it is a good value. ;)
~April

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Re: $300 Singer Featherweight-Is this a good deal? 14 Jan 2011 10:58 #53338

I just bought Featherweight off Ebay yesterday. Paid $227.50. It is a 1954. Won't be shipped until next week, but anxious for it to arrive!

Maggie in E. Central Illinois
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Re: $300 Singer Featherweight-Is this a good deal? 14 Jan 2011 08:39 #53328

That's a great price for a Featherweight....congrats! I'm a new owner of a FW too.(Christmas present from my DH). I recommend Dave's website for any info on FW's too. I purchased the video & book for maintainence. Invaluable!
Many replacement parts too,
http://www.featherweight221.com/fwrx/index.html
I also joined a Yahoogroup for Featherweights. Here is another link to a resource page with lots of links to lead you down the rabbit trail on everything FW.
http://singerfeatherweight221links.blogspot.com/
My 221(Tamara) was born April 1954...sweet little thing, can't wait to take her to guild's retreat in Feb!

Longview, Washington USA

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Re: $300 Singer Featherweight-Is this a good deal? 14 Jan 2011 04:34 #53321

Wow that is a good bargain...I paid $350 for mine...have fun with her!
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Re: $300 Singer Featherweight-Is this a good deal? 03 Oct 2010 17:42 #50287

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Oops.... Meant to say that one Featherwieght is in a table. A Sewezi table. Wonderful table by the way if you want a table.
http://www.seweziusa.com/
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Re: $300 Singer Featherweight-Is this a good deal? 03 Oct 2010 17:38 #50286

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I was hoping you went back and got the machine. What a great price! I have 4 and display them in a group, I love looking at them. They make me smile.
Only one has a name, though.

Enjoy! The Featherweight has a really nice stitch.

Barbara
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Re: $300 Singer Featherweight-Is this a good deal? 02 Oct 2010 19:37 #50273

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It sounds like you got a great deal. Singer can tell you the "birth date" of your machine based on the identifcation letters and numbers that are on the machine. My baby was born January 7, 1941. I named her Bonnie.
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Re: $300 Singer Featherweight-Is this a good deal? 02 Oct 2010 14:48 #50265

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WHOO-HOO!! Congratulations! Good for you Mama2TNT!!! Now you have to name her! :wink:


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That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived !
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Re: $300 Singer Featherweight-Is this a good deal? 02 Oct 2010 13:47 #50263

$250 for a Featherweight is a great deal compared to what I have paid around the Kansas City area.
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