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« on: May 29, 2010 02:45:25 PM »

My friend is the god of garage sales and just today he bought a 1955 Singer Featherweight and is willing to sell it to me for $250.  This is, by definition, a dream come true, but I am trying to be careful with money.  I just need some professional crafters to help me justify this purchase. (Will post pictures as soon as I've purchased it.)  I also need some idea of the usages of the machine.  I would like to do clothes, curtains, and even stuffed animals, so if you have any advice on good projects for it, let me know.
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2010 12:11:28 AM »

I have frequently seen them go for about $150 here, on Craig's List. You might not want to rush into it. I recently got one on Craig's list myself for $45. It had all the accessories, bobbin case, manual, and pedal. Works fine, needed a good cleaning. Had some chips in the paint on the edge, but not anything I can't live with, not for that price. I was recently looking on EBay and quite a few went for under $200. I don't mean to rain on your parade, but I don't think I would jump on it. I think if you check Craig's list daily and you will find one for less money.
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2010 08:00:05 AM »

If you liked the machine, and don't want to wait, hunt and hope for a cheaper one to cross your path, then I'd say go for it.  The FW was, and still is, a very high quality machine - heirloom quality in fact.  $250 isn't el-cheapo bargain basement pricing, but if the machine is in good cosmetic and sewing shape, it's seems fair.  If your goal is to get one for as little money as possible, then waiting and hunting is the way to go.

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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2010 09:53:37 PM »

Featherweights in my area run $200+.  A quilter friend of mine with two said they can go into the $600+ range.  IMO, if the machine runs well and has been recently in for a cleaning and tune-up I'd go for it.  If it hasn't been serviced recently check it out carefully first.  Test some fabrics through it.

As far as features, I recall my friend saying hers does straight and zig zag stitches with a buttonhole option.  The buttonhole option may require additional accessories.  If you can get the model number try a google search and you should be able to get more info.

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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2010 03:00:19 PM »

UPDATE: That same friend of mine found a sewing machine for me that fit much more comfortably into my current budget.  It is an old DE LUXE Dressmaker and in beautiful shape.  It runs like a dream.  I'm very happy.  Thank you everyone for your help!
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2010 04:43:38 PM »

Happy for you, that's great.
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