I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by dealer8 » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 11:06:48



Well, we spent the day at a local auction and I bought a great little
Singer Featherweight that came with the case, bobbins, more
attachments than I've ever seen, and even the original green tin oil
can marked 39 cents.  I paid $150 for it and got it home and gave it a
test run.  It works like a champ!

My question is, do any of you have one and use it for quilting?  They
are selling good on eBay, so I"m assuming people must love them.
There's some good websites online, so I could date mine to 1949.  Are
they that handy for piecing....is that why they are 'hot?"   The only
reason I knew about them was my MIL had one.  I'd be interested to
hear if any of you have one and if you use it.  Thank you, Donna

 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Polly Esthe » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 11:18:44


How lovely, Donna.  Treat her kindly and you'll have a treasure forever.
Polly


Quote:
> Well, we spent the day at a local auction and I bought a great little
> Singer Featherweight that came with the case, bobbins, more
> attachments than I've ever seen, and even the original green tin oil
> can marked 39 cents.  I paid $150 for it and got it home and gave it a
> test run.  It works like a champ!

> My question is, do any of you have one and use it for quilting?  They
> are selling good on eBay, so I"m assuming people must love them.
> There's some good websites online, so I could date mine to 1949.  Are
> they that handy for piecing....is that why they are 'hot?"   The only
> reason I knew about them was my MIL had one.  I'd be interested to
> hear if any of you have one and if you use it.  Thank you, Donna


 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Steven Coo » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 11:45:28


My Mom uses hers for quilt piecing whenever she travels for whatever reason
and will be gone for several days and will most likely have evenings free to
sew.  Her best example was when she was called for Federal Jury duty about
three hours south of her home.  She was there for a week and every evening
for about 4 hours she sewed away in her motel room.  Worked great for her.

At home she sticks with her Viking, but her Featherweight is her backup if
her Viking is in for a basic preventative checkup.

I'm sure that she has other examples, but these are the ones that I know at
the moment.

Steven
Alaska


Quote:
> Well, we spent the day at a local auction and I bought a great little
> Singer Featherweight that came with the case, bobbins, more
> attachments than I've ever seen, and even the original green tin oil
> can marked 39 cents.  I paid $150 for it and got it home and gave it a
> test run.  It works like a champ!

> My question is, do any of you have one and use it for quilting?  They
> are selling good on eBay, so I"m assuming people must love them.
> There's some good websites online, so I could date mine to 1949.  Are
> they that handy for piecing....is that why they are 'hot?"   The only
> reason I knew about them was my MIL had one.  I'd be interested to
> hear if any of you have one and if you use it.  Thank you, Donna

 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Paulin » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 12:14:19


You got a great deal Donna!  It sounds like she is in great shape too.
Lucky, lucky you!  I have 3 FW's - one of each color that was manufactured
by Singer.  I wanted/needed a FW, because they are much lighter than my
Viking & I take a lot of classes & I'd rather take the FW, plus, I don't
have to worry about messing up the computer in my Viking, with too much
rough handling.  All of mine "purr", which a lot of people will tell you
theirs do as well.  It makes a beautiful stitch & that is one of the biggest
reasons people say they sew with them.  Be sure to oil her - she may need a
good going over if she hasn't been cared for in awhile.

Pauline
Northern California


Quote:
> Well, we spent the day at a local auction and I bought a great little
> Singer Featherweight that came with the case, bobbins, more
> attachments than I've ever seen, and even the original green tin oil
> can marked 39 cents.  I paid $150 for it and got it home and gave it a
> test run.  It works like a champ!

> My question is, do any of you have one and use it for quilting?  They
> are selling good on eBay, so I"m assuming people must love them.
> There's some good websites online, so I could date mine to 1949.  Are
> they that handy for piecing....is that why they are 'hot?"   The only
> reason I knew about them was my MIL had one.  I'd be interested to
> hear if any of you have one and if you use it.  Thank you, Donna

 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by FibreF » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 12:58:22


FibreFan had written this in response to
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Quote:

> My question is, do any of you have one and use it for quilting?  They
> are selling good on eBay, so I"m assuming people must love them.
> There's some good websites online, so I could date mine to 1949.  Are
> they that handy for piecing....is that why they are 'hot?"  

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Donna, they are the BEST for piecing -- better than any fancy new machine.
 The reason? -- the needle is fixed, only goes up and down so the stitches
are perfectly straight.  look at the straight line stitched by machines
that do more, and they often have a slight wiggle to them.  Add to that
the lightweight and portability already mentioned by others.  This is why
my featherweight is my primary piecing machine, even though I have a good
quality Pfaff for other sewing.

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Post by Aunt » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 19:46:15




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> FibreFan had written this in response tohttp://www.sewgirls.com/quilting/I-bought-a-Singer-Featherweight-at-a...
> ?:


> > My question is, do any of you have one and use it for quilting? ?They
> > are selling good on eBay, so I"m assuming people must love them.
> > There's some good websites online, so I could date mine to 1949. ?Are
> > they that handy for piecing....is that why they are 'hot?" ?

> -------------------------------------
> Donna, they are the BEST for piecing -- better than any fancy new machine.
> ?The reason? -- the needle is fixed, only goes up and down so the stitches
> are perfectly straight. ?look at the straight line stitched by machines
> that do more, and they often have a slight wiggle to them. ?Add to that
> the lightweight and portability already mentioned by others. ?This is why
> my featherweight is my primary piecing machine, even though I have a good
> quality Pfaff for other sewing.

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Donna, I got one a couple of years ago and love it!  I mainly wanted
it for classes and travelling both of which I have done with her and
she's a peach.  As others have said, straightest stiching you will
ever see.  I also have a Viking as my primary but didn't want to
wiggle the electronics with too much travelling plus it's fairly
heavy, as is my old White.  I use both (FW & White) as my back ups.

Kim in NJ

 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Robert » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 21:17:24


IMO too small and lightweight for quilting anything much bigger than a
placemat. But they make the most perfect straight stitch. I love mine
for piecing. And they're just so darned cute!
Roberta in D

On Tue, 4 Aug 2009 19:06:48 -0700 (PDT), dealer83

Quote:

>Well, we spent the day at a local auction and I bought a great little
>Singer Featherweight that came with the case, bobbins, more
>attachments than I've ever seen, and even the original green tin oil
>can marked 39 cents.  I paid $150 for it and got it home and gave it a
>test run.  It works like a champ!

>My question is, do any of you have one and use it for quilting?  They
>are selling good on eBay, so I"m assuming people must love them.
>There's some good websites online, so I could date mine to 1949.  Are
>they that handy for piecing....is that why they are 'hot?"   The only
>reason I knew about them was my MIL had one.  I'd be interested to
>hear if any of you have one and if you use it.  Thank you, Donna

 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Mary » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 22:44:01


I adore my Featherweight!  I got mine at auction, too, and it has
every attachment ever made for it and the original book.  The case was
a disaster and not to be trusted, so I carried her in my arms and made
a little nest on the floor of my car to get her home safely -- there
is always a need for a few old towels in the trunk of the car!  I went
to the local Singer Center, and they were able to order a replacement
case, and it's perfect!  It does absolutely perfect straight stitching
and seems perfectly content to be used while sitting on the closed up
treadle.  All she asks is to be kept clean and oiled.
 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Sand » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 23:45:21


In article

Quote:

> Well, we spent the day at a local auction and I bought a great little
> Singer Featherweight that came with the case, bobbins, more
> attachments than I've ever seen, and even the original green tin oil
> can marked 39 cents.  I paid $150 for it and got it home and gave it a
> test run.  It works like a champ!

> My question is, do any of you have one and use it for quilting?  They
> are selling good on eBay, so I"m assuming people must love them.
> There's some good websites online, so I could date mine to 1949.  Are
> they that handy for piecing....is that why they are 'hot?"   The only
> reason I knew about them was my MIL had one.  I'd be interested to
> hear if any of you have one and if you use it.  Thank you, Donna

I did quilt one small piece on the FW I "inherited" from MIL when she
decided she didn't like to sew -- but the quilting was all straight line
stuff, nothing fancy.

For piecing, that FW is wonderful -- beautiful stitch, reliable as all
get out. I love mine for taking to quilt circle meetings, though I miss
my knee lever to control the presser foot -- I find my knee searching
for it. LOL! I use my Bernina at home almost exclusively, but I love
having the FW to take along with me or for when my Bernina is in for its
yearly "check up". :)

--
Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
sw.foster1 (at) gmail (dot) com (remove/change the obvious)
http://www.sandymike.net

 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Polly Esthe » Thu, 06 Aug 2009 23:50:54


Would it be good for me to recommend a featherweight to our niece?  She says
she needs a machine for hemming jeans and I don't know if the FW is powerful
enough to do that.  I'm trying to keep her from buying an annoying machine
that will kill any bent toward learning to sew.  (We have to start
somewhere.)   Polly
 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Bonnie N » Fri, 07 Aug 2009 04:23:58



Quote:
> Would it be good for me to recommend a featherweight to our niece? ?She says
> she needs a machine for hemming jeans and I don't know if the FW is powerful
> enough to do that. ?I'm trying to keep her from buying an annoying machine
> that will kill any bent toward learning to sew. ?(We have to start
> somewhere.) ? Polly

Hi Polly,
As much as I love my Featherweight, I would never sew anything as
heavy as jeans on the little featherweight.  I only do piecing on the
machine.  I'd suggest a 301 or 401 or one of the workhorses instead of
the Featherweight.
Bonnie
NJ
 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Polly Esthe » Fri, 07 Aug 2009 04:43:12


Thank you, Bonnie.  That's what I'd guessed but just wanted to be sure.
That niece is far, far away and oh how I wish I could help her locate a
workhorse instead of a new piece of junk.  Would have been great if the FW
could do it.  Polly



Quote:
> Would it be good for me to recommend a featherweight to our niece? She
> says
> she needs a machine for hemming jeans and I don't know if the FW is
> powerful
> enough to do that. I'm trying to keep her from buying an annoying machine
> that will kill any bent toward learning to sew. (We have to start
> somewhere.) Polly

Hi Polly,
As much as I love my Featherweight, I would never sew anything as
heavy as jeans on the little featherweight.  I only do piecing on the
machine.  I'd suggest a 301 or 401 or one of the workhorses instead of
the Featherweight.
Bonnie
NJ
 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Aunt » Fri, 07 Aug 2009 05:02:19



Quote:
> Thank you, Bonnie. ?That's what I'd guessed but just wanted to be sure.
> That niece is far, far away and oh how I wish I could help her locate a
> workhorse instead of a new piece of junk. ?Would have been great if the FW
> could do it. ?Polly




> > Would it be good for me to recommend a featherweight to our niece? She
> > says
> > she needs a machine for hemming jeans and I don't know if the FW is
> > powerful
> > enough to do that. I'm trying to keep her from buying an annoying machine
> > that will kill any bent toward learning to sew. (We have to start
> > somewhere.) Polly

> Hi Polly,
> As much as I love my Featherweight, I would never sew anything as
> heavy as jeans on the little featherweight. ?I only do piecing on the
> machine. ?I'd suggest a 301 or 401 or one of the workhorses instead of
> the Featherweight.
> Bonnie
> NJ

Polly, I agree - I wouldn't do jeans on a FW.  May I suggest your
niece look on craigs list for a machine?  Or her local freecycle
site.  I check craigslist quite regularly cuz ya just never know what
you might find.  I just type in 'sewing machine' in the search bar and
make sure 'for sale' is where it's searching.  Not sure about other
areas but here in central NJ there are a gazillion machines.
Everything from Red Eye treadles to new machines purchased last week
and no longer wanted.  Granted, haven't found another FW that I'm
willing to pay the price for since I already have one that I got for
$40 but there are several in the $100-300 range.  But it is a great
place to find machines that need to be re-homed without spending a
fortune if you know what you want or just don't necessarily want to
spend lots of $$.

Kim in NJ

 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by dealer8 » Fri, 07 Aug 2009 07:08:45



Quote:
> Would it be good for me to recommend a featherweight to our niece? ?She says
> she needs a machine for hemming jeans and I don't know if the FW is powerful
> enough to do that. ?I'm trying to keep her from buying an annoying machine
> that will kill any bent toward learning to sew. ?(We have to start
> somewhere.) ? Polly

Polly, I have an older Brother Jeans Machine (that's the real name for
it)  that will sew through anything.  I even did the upholstry for a
57 Chevy of my sons on it.  I don't know if they make that model
anymore but it's a work horse and all metal.  If your niece could find
a used one of those, it would be all she needed to start with.  Donna
 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by dealer8 » Fri, 07 Aug 2009 07:10:54


Thank you all for the discussion about the Featherweight.  I can't
wait to try it out on piecing.  It looks like I have a new 'baby' to
play with in my quilt learning process.  This has been fun!  Donna