|Quilty Joy: Someone Else's Featherweight|
She was introduced at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933. She was one of the first truly portable sewing machines, weighing in at approximately 11 pounds due to the use of some aluminum instead of the cast iron of other sewing machines at that time. She was perfectly balanced, sewed a beautiful straight stitch and was sold until about 1970, when home sewers demanded zigzag machines and the built-to-last-generations Featherweight was no longer cost-effective to manufacture. Probably the single most popular sewing machine of all time, over 3 million Featherweights were sold between 1933 and 1970, and quite a few of them are still around, sewing just as beautifully as the day they were made. Quilters rediscovered this little gem of a machine in the 1990s -- they are perfect for piecing quilt tops, which only requires a straight stitch anyway, and the Featherweight is small and light enough to bring to classes, guild meetings or retreats. A Featherweight is quite the conversation piece, and they are just plain GORGEOUS.
Do I need one? Of course not. Do I want one? Duh... And am I going to get one? Oh, it's just a matter of time...
|Immaculate Pre-War Featherweight with Scrolled Faceplate and Chrome Handwheel|
|1955 Featherweight 221, for sale here|
I'll leave you with one last glimpse of another lovely Featherweight that doesn't belong to me:
|Photo by Linzee McCray, read her Featherweight blog post on etsy here|
I do own one of these beauties, AND a Bernina. My Big B is does not have bells and whistles and sews like a dream, but I do love to piece on my Featherweight. My sweet hubby gifted both of them to me one Christmas. YES the same Christmas. He is definitely a keeper, along with my machines.
I have a 1950s model and love it. It wasn't mint condition or fancy. But it works just the same. They are workhorses. And I just "squee" over the sound it makes while sewing. They are one of a kind!
I love antique sewing machines. I have a German Nauman from about 1910. It's fully fuctional but I don't use it for sewing. And I have been to the Singer Castle in Alexandria Bay, NY.
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