Saturday, June 21, 2014


Lots has been happening, but I haven't been blogging.


But, I had to share this....

I got a Featherweight.

Not the best picture.   But, here's my new power tool.

After cleaning, then oiling.  Then, realizing that this machine had to have the gunk removed from under the throat plate.  That done.  However, I then, put the bobbin assembly back together incorrectly.  Almost gave up for the evening, but, I figured it out, and the machine sews like a dream once all of that was done.   (You don't want to see my test fabric before I got the machine working properly.)

I spent a whopping $100 for this machine.  Prior to my cleaning and oiling this machine, it could have possibly been described as working condition as nothing was frozen, but it wasn't sewing a stitch.  It really just wanted some oil.  It was bone dry.  But, it also wasn't sewing right even with oil.  All of the lint/junk was mucking up the mechanism.

The color of the machine is officially Turquoise.  To me, it looks white, but it does have a green tinge.  It lacks the filigree of the black machines which is a bit of a bummer, but I'm not particularly a fan of the later filigrees.  And, this is clearly a youngun Featherweight.  It appears to have been born in 1969.

After I got it working, this machine is probably worth around $400-$500.  And, it may be more because I believe the "turquoise" machines are fairly rare.  IMHO, It's also a "purty" machine in very good to excellent condition.

Anyways, this is my new toy.

 P.S. For those who lack sewing knowledge, although the featherweight is small, it is not a toy machine.  This is a fully functional straight stitch vintage sewing machine that is highly prized by quilters because of its portability and excellent stitching.  Modern sewing machines can't make as nice of a stitch.

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