Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Accidental Acquisition

 Last week I accidentally purchased a sewing machine. Just like I started a quilt by accident while on retreat a couple of years ago. These things happen. What can you do?!
I was innocently dropping off a donation quilt for the Mennonite Relief Sale Quilt Auction at their local office. All went well until I spotted their newly renovated thrift store.  I popped in to look around and spotted a black box. 

You know the one that makes a quilter gasp?!?
It was an item in a silent auction, so I made a bid of $150 thinking a gem like this would never be sold for that price. But guess what?!? It did!

I was beside myself with excitement, and quite a bit shocked that I accidentally bought another sewing machine!
Meet sewing machine #10 in my herd. She is a Singer 221 (aka a Featherweight).




Her serial number is EH626237 and according to the Singer website, her birthdate is 1952.
Just look at how beautiful she is!

The big question is can I get her working or is she a boat anchor?!?

36 comments:

  1. You can get her working! You should have seen the one that we found in a barn and DH fixed.

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  2. Congratulations Kathy,
    what a treasure.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  3. You certainly can ger her working! There are a lot ot people who can help you. There is a Yahoo Group who help others with their machines. This is how I learned to fix mine.

    Take care.
    Emily

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  4. Very pretty indeed! Congratulations on the newest sewing buddy. Hope you can get her humming again.

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  5. Congratulations! I am sure you can get her working. I have a 64 white FW and sewed with her all week...she is a perfect size for piecing small projects. You will love her!

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  6. Do you have the dvd by Dave McCallum? I recommend both his book and dvd! I have a tan and thought she would be my ONLY featherweight until I lost my heart to a black serial number AF in Shipshewana last week.

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  7. What a lovely addition to the herd - I'm sure that you'll get this little lovely working, and be as pleased as anything when you do!

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  8. I echo the comments above. What a sweet find! This machine is a favorite of mine for projects big and small. And yours is the twin of mine. Same year! Enjoy

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  9. Lucky you. Not a boat anchor. There are several good websites on cleaning and oiling FWs. Sometimes there is hidden lint and thread under bobbin and feeddog which can slow a FW. I have 'restored' two FWs with a careful cleaning and oiling. I can email you the websites which I found helpful.

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  10. How great. I inherited a centenary edition Featherweight recently. I lacked the confidence to refurbish it myself, but found a superb person in the UK who worked his magic on it. Hope you get it working soon.

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  11. Kathy, Congrats! My honey is a featherweight pro on rehab.. he does it as a business... so if you need any advice for fixing that sweet looking baby up please ask.. there is also a fb group for 221 enthusiasts... Enjoy! Kathi

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  12. Aw, ok, now that solves the problem of what a group of sewing machines is called! A herd! lol

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  13. She's beautiful. I love my featherweight which I bought on ebay. It's so nice to hear of an accident with a happy ending!

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  14. Congratulations! How exciting that you won! I am sure her 'sisters' will welcome her to the herd. LOL

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  15. I can never figure out how quilters spot those little black boxes, I always have my eye out for them and never spot them and some find them kicked to the curb for the trash man and come home with a free one.

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  16. I was thinking that you already had a Singer Featherweight? Not there is anything wrong with having more than one. If that were true, I would have a problem for sure as I have three.

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  17. What a happy little accident! She's beautiful! :0)

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  18. wow, what a find! I'm sure every quilter reading your blog is green with envy today! Even if you can't get that machine to work, it will make a beautiful knick knack!, a $150 knick knack!

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  19. I'm sure you will have her humming in no time at all. She is beautiful.

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  20. What a great price! You can get her working I'm sure!

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  21. Looks quite pristine, Kathy. What a find! I believe in you--you can do it!! : )

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  22. Do not feel bad, accidents happen. It is how we recover from them that defines our character ;) I have a feeling you are going to do very well! Good luck getting the new / old girl going.

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  23. She looks pretty to me! I bet she will work for you! Congratulations!

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  24. Give her a little TLC and oil/grease and she'll be happy! Glad she got you to take her home. My herd has 11 machines in it, don't feel too bad. I still have a couple on my'Vintge machine hunt' list!

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  25. Great, surprise, purchase!! Hope you can get her sewing!

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  26. How gorgeous...and I was born in 1952, also...she's a good vintage!

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  27. Sometimes these accidental purchases can be the most fun!
    Do hope she works because she's way too cute to be an anchor!

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  28. I had one of those lucky days yesterday. I will write about it on my blog. But lucky you. Hope you can get here working...looks sparkly new!!

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  29. I am sure she can be put in working order! Congrats on the purchase.

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  30. She is beautiful Kathy. Hope you get her working, but looking at her photos, I am sure she will be a good purchase.

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  31. She is lovely. I'm on the hunt for a working one too.

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  32. You can get that one working. I don't have a FW in my collection (yet). Don't give up on her.

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  33. Hi Kathy, I've accidently bought 3 featherweights, so I know how you feel. They are work horses. One of the 3 came to me "broken", but unlike you I can't work on them myself. $70 later, the local sewing machine repair shop had her working. She goes to all my classes, retreats, and camping with me. You have found a gem, and I'm sure you can get her working. Good luck!

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  34. Wow! Lucky duck! Maybe you should buy a lottery ticket?

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