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The quilt shown in the header is from a pattern by Ginger Cookie Company caled "Basket of Sunflowers".

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

LOOK WHAT CAME TO LIVE WITH ME!

Take a look at what came to live with me.
A white Singer Featherweight and case.  My husband found it in an antique mall in Vermont.  Somehow I missed seeing it.  It was in the first case as we came into the store.  Guess I was not very observant.  I have wanted one for a good while.  I look every so often on E-Bay but they always more than I wanted to pay.  This one was $195.00.  The case is in good shape but musty smelling.  Must have been in someone's basement.  I am going to try to get rid of the musty smell as best as I can.  The case does not have the metal tray nor any attachments.  Not having attachments does not bother me.  I already have a black Featherweight with attachments.  I would only want a 1/4" foot and I have a spare one of those that will fit the machine.  I did a bit of research on dating the machine.  It appears to be 1964 and probably made in Canada.  I know that it runs but have not been able to try out the stitching yet.  Just haven't had time since returning from our trip yesterday evening.  Now if I could find a tan one that was not a lot of money.....but I don't really need one.  It just would be nice.

I just discovered that the machine was made in Great Britain.  I found the info printed on the side of the machine base.

Karen


53 comments:

  1. Wow! What a beauty!! And what a great price.

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  2. Oh I am so excited for you! I found one a few years ago and only paid 217.00 for it. I have the same problem with the case. I just copied the instruction manual from a friend because I didn't have one for the machine. Would you like me to send you a copy???

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  3. What a Cutie Patootie!!!!! So clean and sleek.... There's something for a machine that sews---no boats and whistles...just a dedicated stitch.... looks like hubby loves ya....

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  4. What a great addition to your collection! So glad you are back. :o)

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  5. nice little find. I've read that the reason some of them smell musty has to do with the glue used in the case.

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  6. That is just great! What a deal. Glad it found a good home.
    I'd like to even find one, let alone one in each color. : )

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  7. My hubby bought one for me the first of this year (mine is black and was made in 1952). My case was really musty and I did a couple of things. The smell isn't all gone but it is alot better. First I sprayed crumpled newspaper with Fabreeze (don't spray the inside of the case). I then put the paper in the case for a week. Every couple of days I resprayed the newspaper with Fabreeze. It is still there but it really is alot better.

    Wanda
    http://wandas-quilts-crafts.blogspot.com/

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  8. Karen, what a great find! How nice that your husband found that for you. What a great guy.
    I have a few black ones, but do want a white to add to the collection. They do seem to be pricey, but aren't these old machines just wonderful. I gave one of mine to my mother and she loves sewing on it again :)

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  9. Looks like a pretty good deal to me! Congratulation on your new family member!

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  10. That is a beauty! I've never seen a white one! Let us know how it sews when you get a chance to test it.

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  11. Karen,
    Way to go! Looks like the featherweight is in wonderful condition! Have fun with your new machine.

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  12. Good find, I love those little things.
    Great eye your husband has.

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  13. Wow, what a neat sewing machine. You might try this method for the musty smell. Put couple new fabric softner sheets inside with the machine or cover (or both)into a plastic bag and close it up for awhile. I have done this with old antique cupboards and does help some. Hope it helps.

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  14. Your DH gets a halo for those eagle eyes! I love the whie ones too. I passed on a few brown ones last week. Like you...I don't NEED another one ;-)

    Enjoy your new machine!

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  15. What a lucky find! You have your husband trained to find what you like. It's a beauty.

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  16. Congratulations! I have a pale green one that has the same case! Love it!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  17. SEW pretty and what a great deal!! Your hubby sounds like a keeper!! Enjoy!
    P

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  18. Wonderful machine, Karen! They retail around here for $450-500...so I think you got a great deal, and that sweet machine got a great home!

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  19. What a deal! the sewing machine and the hubby. You have him well trained!

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  20. You lucky girl! It is beautiful.

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  21. Karen What a great find. I wonder where in Vermont you found it. I lived in Vt. for many years before moving to Virginia.
    Enjoy it, I have the little black one that I found in Florida on the west coast.

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  22. Karen, I have one too, and love it! I think the color is officially called "celery," or at least mine is. If it came with the white belt, don't use it! There is no replacement for it, so it's recommended that you put it away and use a black one. Hope you have many happy hours using it!

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  23. What a great husband for finding that! He really pays attention. Have fun with your new machine. I knew a lady years ago who swore that soaking some rags in black walnut extract and letting them sit inside the problem area for a few days would get rid of odors. She once used it to get the fish smell out of the trunk of a car. The man had left the fish in the car for a couple of days after a fishing trip! Others have used shredded newspaper closed up in the object that has the odor. I guess the ink is suppose to absorb some of the odor. I have never tried either method, just wanted to pass on a couple of things I'd heard worked. Enjoy your new treasure!

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  24. Congrats! It's a beauty and a wonderful find. Haw fun sewing with it, I love my black one!

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  25. You could always try TSP. You can find it in the paint section. It is used to wash walls before painting. It gets rid of oils, black marks etc. This may a solution to the musty smell on the case

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  26. What a great little machine you got for a great price - my Mom has a white one too. My hubbie has a great eye too. He is always the first one to spot a featherweight. I have two of them and they are the cutest little machines.

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  27. What a sweet little machine! I don't think I've seen a white one before :-)

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  28. This sounds gross but I read it on a Vintage Singer forum.... the smell comes from a fungus that is eating the paste used in the manufacture of the cases. That is why the smell always returns after you think it was gotten rid of. There was no remedy offered. I believe it because no matter how I have tried to clean away the smell, it does return.
    But, other than that.... you have a darling little FW, enjoy.

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  29. Nice! I hope you enjoy the newest member of your sewing family. :)

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  30. Oh what a beauty!!! Someone gave me this hint for the musty smell - which by the way is from the glue they used for the lining. Put a scented small candle in the case and just keep it in there with the machine, helps keep it smelling nice!

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  31. Uauhhhhh how beauty this machine!!!!. And the white color is not the which one we are used ..
    Congratulations an enjoy it.

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  32. Wow! What an awesome find! It's beautiful.

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  33. Too cool, Karen.

    What an excellent find.

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  34. what a great find!!!!
    well worth the money
    just leave the case open for a few weeks and a box of baking soda made mine smell so much better
    kathie

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  35. What a find; good for your husband for spotting that! I haven't seen the brown and beige ones that you all are talking about.

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  36. Featherweights are the best! I love mine - it came in a musty case as well - never had much success in getting rid of that smell - best wishes and lots of happy sewing!

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  37. It's so cute! And a good deal! I bought mine on Ebay a couple years ago and got a pretty good deal too. I love mine and take it with me in the camper!

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  38. I think you got a great deal. I have one like it and mine cost quite a bit more. I love mine although I don't use it for sewing right now. I also have a tan one and two blacks ones. I wish I had a great place to display all of them but I don't so they're in their cases, sigh. Enjoy your new baby!

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  39. What a beauty and a great price!! Hubbie has good eyes.

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  40. Oh you lucky girl! It's darling. What a good hubby you have.

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  41. Karen, you lucky, lucky lady. That machine is beautiful and to have 2 Featherweights. Be still my heart. I am still looking for my first one. (grin) Enjoy your 'new to you' machine.

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  42. Now that is awesome treasure and easy on the eyes....oh so pretty!!!

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  43. What a lovely one. Even on this side off the ocean they are hard to get and expencive around 450 Euro! Quiltgreetings from the Netherlands

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  44. Wow, what a treasure!!! Lucky your DH saw it!
    I am sure you will enjoy many hours of sewing with her.

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  45. what a beauty! good thing hubby was along :)
    I have heard that using activated charcoal works best for eliminating odours.
    Gerda in Alberta

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  46. hiyall,
    throw a bar of Irish Spring into the case with machine. open the box, leave the bar in the box and place inside of case. keep it closed up for 2 days.it will take that musty smell out and your machine will smell purty! After losing my car, I had to get my old truck back. it smelled like a sweaty man ewwwwwwww. I was advise to put a bar of Irish Spring soap under the dash and it worked! I have kept the soap in the truck and replace it every other month. I open the door and it smells goooood! (mauh) Liz

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  47. what a beauty!! enjoy and congrats

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  48. Hi,

    It looks like a lot of people have given you suggestions and I've got another one for you Karen.

    Put a small bowl of white vinegar into the case and if you can set it in the sun to help remove the odor. Mine was a bit musty and it has never returned.

    Did you go to the Featherweight Machine site and look up the serial number to find out what year and where it was made? http://www.singer-featherweight.com/siteone%20pages/dating.html

    That's what I did with mine.

    Enjoy your new machine.

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