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Date: 9/3/12 2:55 PM



I've collected my third black FW, and I've noticed that each one comes with the same feet, which appear to be duplicates to me. Are there differences that I'm not aware of, or why do the same feet get duplicated? Also, is the darker tone more or less desirable than the silver finish? TIA

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Date: 9/3/12 3:38 PM

Actually, all of Singer's short shank feet are pretty much interchangeable. They didn't make those common feet specifically for Featherweights. One foot I can think of that did seem to be made for a specific machine is the embroidery/darning foot that came with the Featherweight 222 free arm machine.

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Date: 9/3/12 3:54 PM

I had no idea Pat!

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Date: 9/4/12 11:29 PM

I try to tell everyone, since sometimes sellers on eBay list a box of attachments as for a FW, when you can get them a lot cheaper if you just buy Singer attachments.

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Date: 9/5/12 1:34 AM

The link to your photo isn't working - could you post it again?

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Date: 9/5/12 10:23 AM

For some reason it does this to pics from my iPad. Try right clicking on the icon and select View Image from the drop down menu.

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Date: 9/5/12 11:04 AM

After you copy and paste from your IPad, check the link on PR; you need to remove one set of the "http://".

I don't know why you're getting duplicate feet, they weren't originally packaged with duplicates.

The black attachments are called "blackside" and can be found in the regular feet as well as in the rare 1 and 2-thread embroidery attachements, faggoter, etc. They do command a slightly higher price and some people collect them as a separate "blackside collection".

There is also a blackside Featherweight which has the blackside face, screws, stitch regulator etc. Blackside FWs usually run about $200 higher than non-blackside.

The oxide material was used mostly during WWII when steel was tough to get.

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Date: 9/5/12 11:34 AM

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I try to tell everyone, since sometimes sellers on eBay list a box of attachments as for a FW, when you can get them a lot cheaper if you just buy Singer attachments.

One of my pet peeves. The most common attachment or accessory which fits ALL low shank machines, is advertised as a Featherweight ruffler, or a Featherweight buttonholer, etc. Oh, and one of my favorites was the table mounted Singer Pinker that was advertised as a "Featherweight" pinking attachment. Uh...it mounts on a table, it is not connected to the machine at all. How does that make it specifically for a Featherweight?

It's all hype!

(I've even seen a low shank button foot advertised for a Featherweight. Duh...a button foot is for a zig zag machine which the FW is NOT.)
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Date: 9/5/12 12:57 PM

Quote: lisalu
[quote] I try to tell everyone, since sometimes sellers on eBay list a box of attachments as for a FW, when you can get them a lot cheaper if you just buy Singer attachments.

One of my pet peeves. The most common attachment or accessory which fits ALL low shank machines, is advertised as a Featherweight ruffler, or a Featherweight buttonholer, etc. Oh, and one of my favorites was the table mounted Singer Pinker that was advertised as a "Featherweight" pinking attachment. Uh...it mounts on a table, it is not connected to the machine at all. How does that make it specifically for a Featherweight?



It's all hype!



(I've even seen a low shank button foot advertised for a Featherweight. Duh...a button foot is for a zig zag machine which the FW is NOT.) [/quote]


It is really irritating. I have listed stuff as fitting all of the common Singer machines, including the 221, but the only time I got specific was when listing an embroidery/darning foot that only came with a 222. That particular foot doesn't work as well on other Singer short-shank machines--I tried it on a 201-3, 15-88, 319, etc., but it just didn't perform as well as on the 222.
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Date: 9/5/12 6:30 PM

I also list my low shank attachments as fitting "221, 201, 15-91, etc." because otherwise I can't be competitive. My listing for "low shank attachments" will sit there with no bids at $12.99 while someone selling the exact same thing listed as "Featherweight attachments" brings in twice that much.

The only time I have specifically advertised attachments as "Featherweight" was when they were in the particular green box that says "For 221 Machines" (longer and narrower than the other common green box, it is made specifically to fit in the FW case.) But even so, I pointed out that they "will fit ALL low shank machines".
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