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Featherweights, Anyone?

Started by Peggy Stuart. Last reply by Joanna liguz Dec 26, 2014. 6 Replies

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

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Comment by JB on December 4, 2013 at 9:56am

I was out shopping antique stores on Saturday and saw a bunch of machines for anywhere from $35 to 50 and some cabinet/machine combos for $135-250.  Wish I had room - and an understanding husband.  As it is, I have my new embroidery/sewing machine, long-arm with frame, a 50's Featherweight, my mom's vintage Singer 66-16, another vintage Singer with bentwood case and an Singer machine I "won" in the 80s.  Am hoping for a small antique "toy" machine for Christmas...showed one to DH when antiquing.  That's how I got my FW for Christmas last year :)

Comment by Brenda Patterson on December 1, 2013 at 6:02pm
Thanks for the kick start.Will let you know when I find my girl.
Comment by Kitty H/Mich. on November 30, 2013 at 6:23am
You couldn't have explained our obsession better "oldhag." I will never run in your world but my love for these old machines is just as strong.
Comment by oldhag on November 30, 2013 at 6:08am
I have somewhere between 75-100 vintage/antique machines in my collection. I can't leave a dirty neglected machine behind. I have a spending limit of $50.00 on any machine I consider. I did spent $100.00 for one of my FW's but that included the card table. I also have spent $125.00 for my Singer 31-20 in industrial treadle irons. If you are willing to do a lot of cleaning and servicing on your machines the deals are there. My DH explained it to me this way... I pay $10-50 for a dirty machine but each one I tear down and clean teaches me so much about machines. If I can't get it working, what am I out? A few dollars and some time. Heck I have paid more for a dress I only wore for a few hours only to be pushed to the back of the closet and never to be worn again. An old machine that I have fixed and brought back to life has given me much more in entertainment and satisfaction than that expensive dress sitting in my closet. Yard sales and thrift shops are where I find most of my machines. One you start looking for them you will develop an eye for spoting them a lot better. Currently I have 6 treadles set up in various spots in my house. You can find room if you really want to.
Comment by JB on November 30, 2013 at 12:37am
Found my Featherweight at an antique store. They were having a sale so my DH got a good deal on it for a Christmas present for me last year. She sews wonderfully! :). Haven't been so lucky on Craigslist, but do see them occasionally as well as other old models. I really want a treadle machine but haven't found the right one yet...and really have no room for one if I were to find it. But I still look ;)
Comment by Brenda Patterson on November 29, 2013 at 11:20pm

Getting an itch that may take an "new "old machine to scratch.Where is the best place to start looking?

Comment by Michelle K on November 2, 2013 at 5:57pm

I have 11 machines here at my house, but I have more at my moms house. Not all have names. But the long arm and vintage ones that I use are named.  I think they act better when I can talk to them:-)  Really it is just fun.  Maybe Marylan the new girl. 

Comment by Lynne on October 30, 2013 at 3:28pm

I made a mistake,,, thanks Kitty for reminding me,,, my 301A is a one tone mocha.

Comment by oldhag on October 29, 2013 at 8:27pm
I don't name mine. I would run out of names. There is a very active group on FB called Vintage Sewing Machines. We are almost at 2000 members from around the world. Lots of eye candy and help for getting these beauties up and running.
Comment by Lynne on October 29, 2013 at 1:15pm

Michele,,, you will love it,,, I found a 301A back in July,, also two toned, short bed,,, but a cabinet and accessories.   Good luck with a name,,, never felt like naming mine.


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