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Let me start this out by saying 2 months ago, the only thing I knew about VSMs, was what I had learned by watching a lot of seasons of "Antique Roadshow" years ago.  Both US and British episodes.  We had no VSMs in the house.  Fast forward to this past Saturday.  Now we have 4.

As I mentioned in another thread, we went to a place we hadn't been before.  About 30 miles away.  When we go for a drive now, we search for 2nd hand stores and antique malls so that I (now it's we) can look for a shuttle and bobbins for the 27, and bobbins for the 15 & 66.

Well, we wandered through the mall, saw the shiny, blue 15 clone and the featherweight.  He says, "those featherweights are cute, aren't they?"  Naturally I agree.  I've never seen one in real life before.

Sunday morning, hadn't really thought about it, just because I want it doesn't mean I should get it. Pesky things like budgets, etc. Ziggy thinks we should go and pick up the featherweight.  Good price (he was researching the night before), local, no shipping, and we can try it out and it's so cute! (I could've have told him all of this)

Off we went (this is how we got the 27 Pheasant).  It was still there.  I tried to think of all the things that I had learned from all of you.  I remembered to bring fabric.  Plugged it in, light worked!  Brought the list of dates with me, 1946.

Pulled out the manual that was in the case, threaded it up.   When I put in the bobbin and pulled the thread it seemed a little tight.  I didn't want to mess with the bobbin tension, yet.  I tried to sew a little bit and the top thread wasn't behaving.  Look in the book. Take a breath.  Okay, I think this is something relatively simple. I took out the bobbin case, loosened it just a smidge, the thread moved a lot easier.  Okay, that worked.

Tried to sew again, top thread came out of the needle.  Rethreaded the top thread.  Look at the manual again.  I had threaded the needle the wrong way the first time!

It now purred and sewed a perfect stitch.

As I was paying for our newest addition, the gal (my age maybe) asked to see the machine.  She oohed and aahed and we told her how wonderful VSMs are (as if we know what we're talking about with our limited knowledge).

She said she has her Grandmother's treadle machine and that she used to sew.  Now she wants to sew again and use the treadle.  I'll check in on her in a couple of weeks.

Carol


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Oooooh lucky you!  ...and hubby says lets get the Featherweight for the win!  It's nice isn't it when your spouse is as interested in your hobby as you are?  It sounds like you got it bad, that SMA Sewing Machine addiction!


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Well done, Carol! I know you are going to love the Featherweight.

Cheers,

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Great news!
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Oooooh lucky you!  ...and hubby says lets get the Featherweight for the win!  It's nice isn't it when your spouse is as interested in your hobby as you are?  It sounds like you got it bad, that SMA Sewing Machine addiction!

I agree!  Yep, I've got it bad and it's so good!  He is developing symptoms too.  He's working on the 66 right now.  He just asked if he could take it out of the table so he could get to all the parts easier.

Now he's on the hunt for Sphinx.

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Well done, Carol! I know you are going to love the Featherweight.

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Andrew, Thank you!  I can't wait to get started sewing with it.

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Lori, I think so too.  I honestly have not been looking for a featherweight, but I am not going to say no!  😉



Thanks everyone!  What I've learned from all of you and on this forum, I knew that if it was a simple thing to fix at the antique mall, I could do it there to make sure it was a good deal so I could bring her home.

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Great story, great find! Congrats on your new FW! (and good on you for being so prepared!) 
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Great story, great find! Congrats on your new FW! (and good on you for being so prepared!) 


Thanks VintageGalKim!  I'm surprised I remembered to bring the fabric, etc.  I've learned a lot from all of you!

Kind of pickled tink (more than tickled pink)!  Here she is, haven't cleaned her yet!  Have to finish getting the other 2 cleaned and put back together before I have a permanent spot for her.

Carol 1946 Featherweight - 1st one.jpg

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Nice looking FW.  Congrats. 

Am I seeing a Centennial badge?

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Nice looking FW.  Congrats. 

Am I seeing a Centennial badge?

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Thank you Janey!  It is a Centennial badge.  The allotment date is Nov. 22, 1946 though.

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Thank you Janey!  It is a Centennial badge.  The allotment date is Nov. 22, 1946 though.

Carol


It's not unusual to see older machines with the centennial badge. The theory is that dealers put the badge on old stock to move it out. No one back then was checking the serial numbers when they bought a new machine so a buyer would not have known it was an older machine.

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It's not unusual to see older machines with the centennial badge. The theory is that dealers put the badge on old stock to move it out. No one back then was checking the serial numbers when they bought a new machine so a buyer would not have known it was an older machine.

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Cari, that's what I have learned in my short journey into the VSM world.  Goofy me, I was more excited about just seeing a FW and it having all the necessary parts than paying attention to the badge.  😉

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