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Who's running the best 221k spas these days?
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Date: 10/13/13 12:41 PM

I'm thinking of either having my paint chipped featherweight restored or selling it to buy a shinier model. When I first considered this, Leo was still in business. It looks like he's still on permanent vacation from professional featherweight restoration.

So who is still in the business these days? Looking for good reputations and fair prices...

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Date: 10/14/13 8:47 AM

Gerald Holmes in Arkansas (http://home.cablelynx.com/~rambo2/Colors/index.htm) painted one of my Featherweights purple years ago, and he did an awesome job.

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Date: 10/14/13 4:15 PM

Thanks!! $300 sounds really reasonable to me:)

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Date: 10/22/13 4:41 PM

So no one else is refurbishing FWs these days?

(or is no one answering because this is a dumb question and I should know where to look)

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Date: 10/22/13 4:59 PM

Quote: SecondHandRogue
So no one else is refurbishing FWs these days?

(or is no one answering because this is a dumb question and I should know where to look)

Over the years I have seen several beautiful Featherweight sewing machines owners restored and painted themselves.Here is one DIY Featherweight paint restoration link.Online are several Featherweight restoration services,they usually use automotive finishes with professional equipment.

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Date: 10/22/13 6:30 PM

Oooooh boy. If only I could convince my DH to do it for me

I...am not handy.

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Date: 10/22/13 9:32 PM

My painted FW was done by Leo, but I've heard Desk Dave does a good job. He has a website.

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Date: 10/22/13 9:52 PM

I don't think Leo does that anymore but mine is pretty okay as is so I'm staying with it.

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Date: 10/22/13 10:38 PM

You mentioned trading your Featherweight for a "shinier" model. I need to caution you to be extra careful on the secondary market. Be sure you know who you are buying from. Alphasew is producing a Featherweight 221, brand new, made in China. Manufacturers price seems to be about $500 but I am sure they can be found for much less. I had an antique store a few years ago, and one day in walks a guy with a selection of Featherweights he wanted to sell. All made in China. Of course he claimed they were equal to the original machines, etc., etc., etc. I wasn't interested so didn't examine the machine in detail, but it looked a LOT like the original, and had the Singer logo (I have two old Featherweights, so I am somewhat familiar with them). I don't know a lot about the replica machines, maybe they are very reliable or maybe not. My problem is with people passing off reproductions as originals. I don't know how to tell the difference. Has anyone else encountered this?

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Date: 10/23/13 2:35 AM

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........mine is pretty okay as is so I'm staying with it.

I'm leaving my Featherweight the way it is too !
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