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    My BABY arrived this afternoon

    Our mail-lady delivered a huge package containing my 'new' Featherweight. I'll be downstairs playing with her . . . gotta give her a name. Any suggestions? Something sweet and gentle. I do believe she was born in 1934 . . . have to verify that . . . which would make her a swinger instead of a Singer??? Some Gentile name suggestions?
    Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
    it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

    "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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    Re: My BABY arrived this afternoon

    I just looked and verified that I was wrong. Sorry, that doesn't happen very often

    SHE was born August 11, 1952. I had her birth certificate number confused with another machine.

    She is still a Gentile Lady.
    Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
    it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

    "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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      #3
      Re: My BABY arrived this afternoon

      Congrats, Sandy... I know you needed one more sewing machine <G>.
      There's still time to change the road you're on - Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven"

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        Sandy,congrats on your new featherweight. I have a question. What is a reasonable price on one of these machines? I think mine is in the 40's and has all the attachments. It sews beautifully and I am quite impressed with all this little jewel will do. My neighbor;who has been quilting for years; is very impressed with it and she has one she uses all the time. Just wondering. Thanks Rhonda from KY.

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          #5
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          Sandy, she was born just four days after my lovely husband, a very good vintage indeed.
          A hard little worker...maybe Suzi...Suzi Singer, sounds nice.
          Lynn

          "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain" Anonymous.

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            #6
            Re: My BABY arrived this afternoon

            Now you have to let us see the new baby... We'd like to see her as well. Where Can I get one from? I want one too. Send me a message and prices that would be good to stay around.

            I know it might sound kind of funny to some but how about FiFi = short for Feather ie she is a feather weight machine.

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              #7
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              Lucky YOU! I am sooooo pea green! Been wanting a 'lil trooper like that forever. Congrats, Sandy
              Sewing mends the soul.
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                #8
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                Ooooh! I want one so bad. I keep watching Ebay and Craigslist--when the price is right I going to grab it. I'm also looking for a 201.
                Lisa

                "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands...." 1 Thessalonians 4:11

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                  Originally posted by debinmalaga View Post
                  Congrats, Sandy... I know you needed one more sewing machine <G>.
                  You have been keeping up with the fact that I SUFFER from OCD??????

                  Thanks!
                  Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
                  it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

                  "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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                    Okay, I'll fess up - I am SOOOOOOOOOO disappointed!!!! So, here's the story.

                    I bought two Featherweights on e-Bay. The first one had a shipping price of $99.99 and I knew this was way off the scale . . . but I got the machine for only $88.00 - so that wasn't too bad. I knew the seller had overstated the shipping - probably to make more on the machine. But I made the seller angry (you wouldn't believe the e-mails . . . ) by questioning the 'correct' shipping price. I paid for the machine about 3 weeks ago and it still hasn't been shipped . . . and I seriously doubt it will be. Luckily I have PayPal insurance. The seller has since disappeared from e-Bay. As always, BUYER BEWARE!! Had I checked like I should I would have seen the seller had a poor rating but I was terribly excited about buying a Featherweight.
                    So, realizing the situation, I bid on another machine and checked the seller - excellent record - had sold over 15,000 items and was rated 100%. Great! Description said they weren't sewing machine savvy and I paid $182.90 for the machine and an additional $15.00 for shipping from CA. It was shipped the next day after paying for it and it took 2 weeks to arrive via USPS - come on, Sandy, it is the Holiday season.
                    The MACHINE DOES NOT WORK~!!!~
                    I have serviced and repaired, reconditioned and cleaned many, many machines and I am very proud of my mechanical abilities. I spent over 3 hours with this little honey this afternoon and still cannot get her to pick up the bobbin thread and [email protected]$%$%^ The bobbin and the bobbin case are quite different from any I have worked with before, so I am not certain whether it is me or whether there is a major problem that I can't see. Luckily I do have a serviceman in the area - albeit he's in his 80's and sometimes forgetful - and I'll use him as a last resort. I do know that I need to replace the motor belt and will be ordering one here shortly.

                    I keep leaning towards calling her Susannah . . . we'll see.
                    Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
                    it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

                    "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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                      Originally posted by RFREE View Post
                      Sandy,congrats on your new featherweight. I have a question. What is a reasonable price on one of these machines? I think mine is in the 40's and has all the attachments. It sews beautifully and I am quite impressed with all this little jewel will do. My neighbor;who has been quilting for years; is very impressed with it and she has one she uses all the time. Just wondering. Thanks Rhonda from KY.
                      Rhonda, I really think the reasonable price for a Featherweight is well over $200.00. I've seen some that run well over $500.00 and I think it depends entirely on what the market will bear. I'm pretty much a tightwad (you wouldn't know it) but unfortunately will spend over that amount and get stung - sort of like I feel like today. To give you an example - years ago I wanted an old-fashioned butter churn. I went to an auction because they had several advertised. The one I really wanted sold for about $32.00 (this was YEARS ago) . . . and I thought it was too much. Yet that same sale I spent over $100.00 on junk! Well, maybe not real junk . . . in the secret bottom of a sewing box I bought were about 30 sets of cuffs and collars from the 1800's - worth a small fortune if I could find the right buyer. I have done that too many times. If I had lumped the $400.00 I could have gotten a machine that was sold by someone who knew about machines and attested that it was in great working condition.

                      Will I ever learn?

                      So, if you were to sell your machine and it is working very well, I don't think I would let it go for less than $400 . . . THERE!! Wanna sell it?
                      Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
                      it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

                      "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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                        Originally posted by Sandy Navas View Post
                        Rhonda, I really think the reasonable price for a Featherweight is well over $200.00. I've seen some that run well over $500.00 and I think it depends entirely on what the market will bear. I'm pretty much a tightwad (you wouldn't know it) but unfortunately will spend over that amount and get stung - sort of like I feel like today. To give you an example - years ago I wanted an old-fashioned butter churn. I went to an auction because they had several advertised. The one I really wanted sold for about $32.00 (this was YEARS ago) . . . and I thought it was too much. Yet that same sale I spent over $100.00 on junk! Well, maybe not real junk . . . in the secret bottom of a sewing box I bought were about 30 sets of cuffs and collars from the 1800's - worth a small fortune if I could find the right buyer. I have done that too many times. If I had lumped the $400.00 I could have gotten a machine that was sold by someone who knew about machines and attested that it was in great working condition.

                        Will I ever learn?

                        So, if you were to sell your machine and it is working very well, I don't think I would let it go for less than $400 . . . THERE!! Wanna sell it?


                        Sandy, Thanks for your quick response. I too bought my machine on e-bay about a year ago. I knew nothing about them but was so taken by my neighbors I just had to have one. I gave $170.00 for it and it too wouldn't pick up the bobbin thread. I took it over to the neighbor lady and she figured out the needle was in it wrong. Whewww . Talk about relieved I just knew I threw away $170.00 I really didn't have to spend. Any way it sews so good I just can't think of selling it right now but if I ever do I will let you have first crack at it. ha ha Maybe (unless you already thought about the needle) check it out. It may just be the needle.My neighbor told me I stole this machine after she seen how good it sews once we got the needle in right. Good luck and let us know how she is doing.

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                          Sandy, I feel your pain. Several months ago I bought a vintage Kenmore off Ebay. The seller claimed the machine was in excellent shape. When I started to unpack I heard this rattling sound, first warning. Then when I opened--OMG--it was horrible. Tobacco stains, scratches, and the stitch adjustment knob was broken off. I immediately e-mailed the seller and he was a monster. He made claims that I ordered something I couldn't afford, that I purposely broke the knob, that I was not a sewer, and on and on.

                          I filed a complaint with Ebay, and fortunately, they took over the manner. I had all my money (even shipping) returned to me. I'm still looking on Ebay though, for a Featherweight. I'm just going to really do my research this time. Even tonight, I was tempted by a low price on a Singer, but I held off.
                          Lisa

                          "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands...." 1 Thessalonians 4:11

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                            Ok, you all have me curious and I went looking on Craigslist. Wow there are alot of sewing machines listed in a big city near me. I have a vintage machine that was my Grandmother's....well, it's mine for the asking, but I know how much it means to my Mom so I'm not asking for it.
                            There is one on Craigslist that got me interested, but I know nothing of older machines.
                            It's a Singer 348 cam, all metal gears and belt driven. There is actually a video of it workiing and the stitches look great, table top model-but states it can be put into a cabinet.
                            Price is under $100 and it's recently been serviced. I wouldn't have to pay shipping as it's within travel distance for me.
                            Can anybody tell me if this is a good machine/deal? Are the Singers/Featherweights good for quilting?
                            Lola
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                              #15
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                              Oh, Sandy ....
                              I was so happy for you until I continued to read on to discover your disappointments in the 2 machines you ordered. I hope the repair gentleman can help you out.

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