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The owner of a local antique shop knows I love sewing machines.  John called me during the winter and said I have another Featherweight, however, it isn't a gem like the others.  After a few more snow storms I finally made it to the shop, and of course, said I'll take it!  I have oiled it and had the pedal wires changed today (thank you Andrew) and have decided that this is the Featherweight that I'll have custom painted.  Thinking green.  Any advice or suggestions from quilters who have a custom painted Featherweight?

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Comment by Cindy on April 30, 2015 at 5:13pm
Gae, I also have a featherweight that I would love to have painted. Mine is in need of sprucing up. Most of the decals are worn away from years of use and has other scratches as well. It does have a beautiful scroll work face plate. And as for value, the ones that are painted seem to sell for more than the untouched ones. Unless you have an extremely rare machine, they are so popular now it doesn't matter much. One question I have though is where and who do you take the machine to for painting? Mine will be purple with silver decals. Originally they are silver.
Comment by Gae on April 29, 2015 at 5:43pm

Greetings to everyone who has left a comment!  I saw a custom painted Featherweight at the Jersey Quilt Fest two years ago, it was purple.  I also follow Bonnie Hunter's blog (Bonnie was at our Guild Meeting several years ago) and see she has a couple as well.  As a sewing machine collector, I realize that I am very blessed to have two Featherweights that are in perfect condition.  I think a custom painted Featherweight will be a nice addition to my collection.  The machines in my collection vary in condition so I don't think about them from an 'antique' standpoint, I think about how lucky they are to have been saved from a dump!  My goal is to get each machine running so I can sew on all of them.  Most machines find me.  Recently I came across three '70's machines to donate to our church.  One worked, the other two wanted to work.  I dropped them off for a cleaning and now each machine is as good as new!  I will share a photo when the Featherweight is custom painted, the wait list is LONG so we all are going to have to be patient.

Comment by JB on April 29, 2015 at 2:28pm

Gae, I love them too. I'm always on the lookout for another one.  Although I have seen some beautiful paint jobs, I like them best au naturalle.  If you do have her redone, make sure to share a pic.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 29, 2015 at 7:38am

Gae, I haven't seen many painted featherweights on this forum, although I've seen quite a few on Bonnie Hunter's blog.  I hope you've gotten some feedback from other quilters who have painted their featherweights.  I've seen some pretty ones out there.  Be sure and let us know what you decide and leave a picture with her new coat if you get it done.  

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on April 28, 2015 at 6:48pm

Wow!  Looks in great shape.  If I was to choose a color, it would be bright blue.  Online somewhere I saw one that was bright blue; it was gorgeous.

Comment by Joanna liguz on April 28, 2015 at 6:39pm

I agree with Janet and Pam..Don't do anything to it..Looks great to me..love those little machines..! Your blessed to have it..

Comment by Donna Sykes on April 28, 2015 at 5:42pm

I agree with Pam and Janet. This machine looks great just as it is. Enjoy your find!

Comment by Donna Sykes on April 28, 2015 at 5:24pm

I agree with Pam and Janet, it looks good as is. Enjoy it.

Comment by Donna Sykes on April 28, 2015 at 5:23pm

I agree with Pam and Janet, it looks good just as it is. Enjoy it!

Comment by Pam/NY on April 28, 2015 at 8:41am

I think it looks great as is...glad it found a good home!

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