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Date: 2/27/13 1:10 AM

I have an opportunity to purchase the machine pictured here.

Unknown Singer Machine

Can you help me figure out the value of this machine? Would it be suitable for quilting?

Working condition.

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Date: 2/27/13 1:23 AM

Others will confirm or deny by morning, but it looks like the revered Featherweight to me (Singer 221 or ?). Look on Ebay to see what some of the SOLD ones went for, probably several hundred dollars. You could also compare pictures there. I think it is from 1949, and a nice portable (3/4 size??) machine that quilters love.
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Date: 2/27/13 1:56 AM

It looks like a Singer 221 to me too.

I don't buy sewing machines online.I like to listen to the sound and try them out before I buy them.In my neck of the woods 221s were available in local papers and on CL for 100 - 450 dollars in the last couple of months.Of course the cheapest 221s were sold by the time I saw the ads and contacted the sellers.

I tried out the more expensive 221,I figured it must be in better condition.I didn't like the clicking sound or the stitch quality.(The seller claimed the machine was in very good working condition before I decided to drive there and try it out.)I took several different fabric samples with straight stitches from my old Pfaff 1229 along.
There was plenty of room to sew next to the Pfaff straight stitches.I could see right away that the 221 stitches were uneven. Besides it didn't come with accessories,only a few bobbins.

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Date: 2/27/13 7:16 AM

Yes, of course it is a Featherweight (221).

I own two Featherweights, but I don't quilt. What I can tell you about it generally is that these machines are very popular with quilters for piecing because of the perfect straight stitch. (And of course that goes for any kind of sewing.)

Maybe you could also quilt small items on it, but I can't see it handling anything like an actual quilt. Although its power and stitch quality are certainly adequate, its just too small to wrestle even a small quilt through there.

As for price, it runs all over the map. If the seller (evidently) isn't aware that it is the much hyped Featherweight they might let it go for $100. (I've bought several of them for <$100) On the other hand, it could go for $300 or even $400, depending on the condition of the machine, the condition of the case, the accessories, the manual, etc.

Again, I've bought half a dozen Featherweights and except for one very old, neglected, beat up model (not like the one pictured here) they all worked perfectly. That is not any guarantee for you - but as a rule of thumb they are a hardy, nearly indestructible machine which is why we are still using them today. They might have minor issues (need cleaning, oiling, tension adjustments or whatnot) but you can easily do those things yourself.

Any questions? Lots of FW folks around here and lots of free advice available!

PS....it is considered a 1/2 size machine. If you've never seen one before, you WILL be surprised at how small it really is! (The Singer 99 is an example of a 3/4 size machine.)

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Date: 2/27/13 7:31 AM

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I could see right away that the 221 stitches were uneven.


Uneven stitches aren't typical of a 221 - it is renowned for its perfect straight stitch. It is likely there was a simple issue that could be addressed. But even if there was something funky about that particular machine, just keep in mind that Featherweights in general make perfectly straight and balanced stitches - so if you interested in getting one, don't give up on the idea based on that one experience!

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Date: 2/27/13 2:00 PM

It's a Singer Featherweight 221, and looks like a Centennial (1851-1951) badged machine.

In good condition, a FW seller would charge $650-$800 for it. On ebay, you could snag one for $300, but higher risk (shipping damage in particular).

It's an extremely popular machine for quilters.

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Date: 2/27/13 5:47 PM

I have two friends that use their featherweights for quilting. I think they actually use the FW exclusively for their piecing.

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Date: 2/27/13 5:59 PM

You have a good eye, Lynn, can you see the Centennial badge? (I didn't pick it up.)

I have been following the prices pretty closely on eBay (because I might have to sell my Centennial FW to pay for next semester's tuition) and I see them going for some surprisingly low prices - some for less than $300.

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Date: 2/28/13 0:54 AM

Wow this site rocks. Can't belirve the knowledge pool. Okay I can purchase for 150.00 dollars CDN. I will test drive on some fabric samples and,quilt sandwich.

Thank you everyone I appreciate your guidance.



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Date: 2/28/13 4:45 AM

We have a white one locally on CL for $400 but most ave $175 to $250. I have heard the buggest complaint to be the smell inside the leather cases, now ~60 yrs old. But I see where you can get new cases online now to fit them.

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