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Started by Peggy Stuart. Last reply by Joanna liguz Dec 26, 2014.
I have a 1950 Featherweight (Singer 221), and it's my go-to sewing machine for piecing. Anyone else here have one of these little gems? More than one?A friend had hers painted:Is this cute? The…Continue
Tags: 221, Singer, Featherweight
I am a long time member of "Quilting With Us" (QWU). I used to give virtual workshops here. Like many others, I have ventured out as QWU became more quiet.
We are getting the warning that QWU is at risk of being disabled. I fear this is a sign that QWU will one day be no more.
It has become like family here and the thought of losing the friendships we have developed has giving me a sad heart. Like many dark clouds, there is a silver lining. When I ventured out, I created a quilters social network, much like QWU. I never mentioned it, for it was a conflict of interest. However, in this dark hour, it is time to let others know there is an alternative. It does not have to end here.
I would be honored for QWU members to join "Pattern Pastiche". If needed, we are more than happy to create a group for your new home.
Your "Pattern Pastiche" code: QWU
"Pattern Pastiche" is at
When I found this group, I was going to ask, "Does anyone consider 50-year old Necchis to be vintage machines. After reading a few of the posts, I realized "Not." I do have a real vintage machine, though, but I've not used it since I was a small child. It was my father's mother's first sewing machine, purchased in 1918--with the original paperwork and "lifetime guarantee" certificate. It's a Mason Rotary in a two pedestal cabinet (it has two stacks of drawers either side of the knee hole.) with a third smaller drawer above the knee hole. The drawer pulls are those old composition or paper machie (sp?) fancy shapes and the entire cabinet is covered with a veneer, which has dried out and wants to fall off. I did some sewing on this machine when I was a small child and visited my grandparents each summer. I hadn't even known it was still around until my brother, husband and I had to clean out my Aunt Audrey's house (last surviving member of Dad's family) after her death. I don't use it, except as an end table in the living room, but I bet with a good cleaning--and a new belt--it would still work. However, I do prefer my old Necchis.
By chance found this site this eve. Very exciting for me as my DH bought a vintage Singer with beautiful cabinet for me recently; paid $75. Is that a good price? It is a treadle; checked serial number on Singer website and found it was made in 1895 (I think). Other than learning to sew on my Mom's treadle 55 years ago, I know nothing about vintage machines. I don't know if this one is functional as it has no belt. It really looks pretty good; no crud nor even thick dust. Decals even look good. I hope to get it checked by someone who is experienced in vintage machines. Hope to learn how to care for it on this site. Sounds like some of you are experts to ask for advice.
Hello to all of you. I am so happy to find others are sewing machine addicted too. I am in an apartment so am down to 10 or so machines, but to see them abandoned by a curb or used as "boat anchors" was more than I could take. Around 10 years ago I started adopting some and getting them going. My dream would be to have a studio with all set up and working, each with its specific job.
by children include 2 newer singers, a 1940's Singer 201, a treadle 15-31(I can't remember exact number and she is folded up under something), a 66 in bentwood case with knee bar, a 247, a green 185, my pride and joy a 431G and 2 featherweights, one 1950's, one 1940's. There is also a White machine with alligator finish and beautiful chrome in a cabinet. They all have accessories and my closets are full of fabric. Only other machine lovers could understand, so that is why I joined this group.
I just got a new baby to add to the 11 I have. Not all are vintage but I now currently have a 15-91 in bentwood case, 2 301's 2 221's, a tredal and a knee pedal all singer. the others are not vintage. I can not wait to get the new 301 out and get the tension set and give it a whirl. The 301 are much harder to date than the 221's but I think it was one of the first 10,000 made in 1951. Either way I love it
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