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Deb

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A friend of a friend is looking to buy a Singer 221 for her quilting classes. Due to medical reasons she can no longer travel with her heavier machines. 

She had someone offer her one for $500 but can't really spend that much so I told her I'd check here if someone had one for less...or find out if $500 is what they're selling for now.

Thanks for any info!





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In the past 5 years I found one for $80 and another for $100.  I sold them both to friends for the price I paid for them.  I think if you keep your eyes open you can find them for much less than $500.

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If you just can't find one locally, call my friend Kathy. Tell her Jim at Steelsewing said to call.
She has more 221s than any person should. She's in western PA (eastern standard time)
and I know she'll ship, and there's no guess work, all of her machines sew. It's all she does.

Here's her webpage:

https://www.machinelady.com

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My son bought mine for me a few years ago for $50 at Good Will Store.  It's sometimes hard to find one locally, and I know about the nightmares with shipping machines.  Unfortunately, too many folks who sell machines don't have the sense that God gave a goose when it comes to packing a machine for shipping. 

But $500 is way too much to pay for a FW! JMHO!

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Yes, Deb.  I will help you out with a Featherweight.  Will you come to our WI-IL Gathering, Saturday June 15 at my house?  (255 Mill St. - Scandinavia, WI 54977).  Arrival time/departure time is up to you.  Bring your friend.


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Thank you all for your help!

I looked on that 'auction site' and saw prices of $275 for 'parts' machines all the way up to $600 for a working machine...these were in the sold listings. I agree that $50-$100 is a reasonable price for a garage sale find and so maybe add another $100 if the machine is cleaned up/gone over and in working condition?

Jim, I tried calling Kathy but it seems she is at a show.? I will either try back again or give her number to my friend and let them sort it out. In any case, thanks for the hook up.

Linda, I thought I told you that I don't think I'll make it over by you in June, but I thought we were doing the swap in July, right??


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Wow, around here Featherweights go for $225 and up....mostly up!  If you find one under $300, you're getting a pretty good deal (again, here in my area - Portland to Seattle).
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The "cuteness" factor is way to strong with Featherweights.  They're adorable, and so the prices have gone way too high.   It's happening with with W&G chain stitchers too, to some extent.
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Check out yard sales, thrift stores and estate sales.  I got a nice one for $200 at a thrift store but without a case, at an estate sale, got 2 for $70, one with a case and one without, unfortunately the one without, some idiot had the bright idea to spray paint, then I got another one at an estate sale for $20, with a case.  I took the case from the one from the first estate sale and sold all but one.  So, they ARE out there, just keep looking.  It's funny I've been looking for a reasonably priced FW for years, then once I got it, the other three just popped up.  LOL
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I'm in Northern California and you will find them for 250.00 and up normally.  One in good condition sells for 250.00 to 300.00 which is a fair price in my area.  We all love to share about our sweet finds though! 

I can't guarantee you are going to stumble on one for 50.00 just around the corner.  That's a rare find!

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Holy Moly Pocoellie--You really hit the jackpot on finding Featherweights.  Unusual Low Prices for Featherweights!  Where the heck do you live?  
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I have the one I rescued currently in a friends Antique shop, but if you do not find what you are looking for, let me know, I'll sell you mine.

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Thank you all for your insight!

Steve, I'll send you a msg...



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Mrs. D-I live in far northeast CA., 150 miles east of Redding(1st one), 100 miles southeast of Klamath Falls, OR., 200 miles northwest of Reno, NV.  The rest of the machines, I got here in good ole Alturas.
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I made a large Arkansas crossroads quilt for a friend at work when she retired recently. In turn, she gifted me with an 'old' sewing machine that she no longer used. A nice Featherweight. Now all cleaned (and the thread removed from the bobbin area) and oiled. A nice sewer and a back-up for when my treadle is too hard to transport.
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