I know you just met my “new to me” Singer sewing machine, Mildred, on Saturday but look….I am now the PROUD owner of a new Singer Featherweight.
With all the quilting I do, you’d think I would know a lot about sewing machines…I don’t. I don’t pay attention to sewing machines. My objective is always just that they work. When Kelli and I went to see Bonnie Hunter in Storm Lake, Iowa, we saw a feather weight for the first time. Both of us thought they were the cutest thing ever and secretly wondered the price and where to get one.
Then my hubby and I went to the at HUGE antique show in Oronoco, Minnesota and we saw a few there. They ranged in price from $375 to $575. I didn’t need one and decided that feather weights were just something I wasn’t going to have. Hubby said oh buy one if you want but I can’t justify that…I have good running machines.
Today, I went to church and hubby said he wanted to go to an auction. I went to church…he went to the auction. I was planning on going home but called him on the cell phone to see if there was anything at the auction. He said….”Oh honey, I think you’re going to want to come here. I bought you something.” Well that intrigued me. I could just tell by the sound of his voice it was going to be something great.
He handed me a black case and I opened it. I about cried. Can you imagine a husband smart enough to give a gal this great of a gift!?!?!? Apparently mine is! Then I decided I better ask how much it cost. Knowing him, it could be the $400.
Well…he said, they were selling household junk and I wasn’t paying any attention. It was raining and I hadn’t seen the items because everything was covered with plastic. I heard the auctioneer say something about a little Singer sewing machine. I looked up and saw them closing the lid on a case. They were crying, $2.50 will anyone give $2.50. Someone said yes…then hubby bid $5. At the time, he really didn’t know what he bought for sure. He got the case and opened it…he was so proud of himself….He kept saying, “I couldn’t believe it!” It was so cute when he was telling me the story.
Now I have a $5 featherweight!! Can you believe $5? I am ecstatic!
I got it home and tinkered with it. The machine has all the accessories but not a manual. I was able to find one on line and I printed it. I spent an hour with it and didn’t get it to work. The motor was running but the top thread was breaking all the time. I was a bit disappointed but figured it was a deal regardless. The motor worked, it was in good condition. The labels were good. Even if I spent $100 fixing it, it was still great.
I decided to try again with hubby’s help. He oiled it up. I took the plate off and looked things over…It still wouldn’t work. I read and reread the threading instructions. Finally I changed the needle and WA-LA. Perfectly running sewing machine! It is working beautifully and I am so happy.
The previous owner was Betty so…I am calling her Betty. I have previous repair slips in the case too. It’s so cute. They had a receipt telling what the “trade in value” was so the owner could upgrade to a new machine.
I am making a few crumb blocks to test her out. I am in love….she’s quiet and smooth. Any of you gals who sewed near me at the Storm Lake retreat know my machine is SUPER loud.
I went from last Sunday kind of wanting another sewing machine to having TWO more sewing machines a week later.
If anyone knows anything about my machine please pass on any information…value, how to use the accessories, etc. I know it’s a Century and was made in 1951. So I am working on getting to know my best sewing partner Betty.
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