I'm sure the start of this story will sound familiar. I bought this machine from eBay on February 27 this year. Funny story on this one though. My dear husband has a habit of putting machines on my Watch list that he thinks I might be interested in (should I change my password so he can't get into my eBay anymore?) I knew that there was a featherweight on my watch list that I was really interested in and wanted to try my luck at getting. So when I read an email from eBay saying that there was an auction ending soon on a featherweight, (it had one hour left when I read the email), I jumped onto eBay, and without more than 5 seconds thought, put in a bid for it. I remember thinking, "wasn't the machine I wanted in better condition than this?" Then I looked at my Watch list and found the one that I was actually wanting to buy. Ending the following day. Oopsie! I sat for the next hour hoping that someone else would bid on it. They didn't, so that's how I became the owner of a this 1945 Featherweight. I did bid on the other machine, but having just bought one featherweight, wasn't willing to spend enough to secure the second.
This is another machine from Great Britain. It was a batch of 20,000 allocated on 19 September, 1945. I don't know anything about the history of this particular machine, but I can only guess that it has spent the latter part of it's life sitting in a garage or attic somewhere collecting dust. It didn't come with any accessories, no case, not even a bobbin case or spool holder(!) Looking at the photos from eBay however, I noticed that it did have a spool holder when it was put up for sale. Not sure what happened there, but it doesn't seem to have broken off in the mail, as it would have been in the packaging materials.
|The serial number is underneath the machine on featherweights|
|You can just see the decals around the edge|
Work Done on This Machine
There is a lot of work do on this machine. It needs a thorough clean for a start, then I need to work out what that green wire is doing! I'm not sure if it's safe to even turn it on. Hubby is on the job having a look at it. He opened the base and thinks that the whole thing needs re-wiring. It has a grease build up on the wiring (where there shouldn't be any), and the moving parts are all dry, and they should be well-oiled. If necessary I may need to get my father involved as well. If the motor needs work, he has a guy that he sends his motors to for fixing.
There is no bobbin case or bobbins (although I do have some now, more on that later). It also needs a spool holder to be workable.
|"Egyptian Scroll" faceplate |
(Simanco part 45719)
Keep an eye out for a detailed look at my other Singer machines:
Overview of my Singer sewing machines
1900 Model 27 Treadle
1950 Model 99K Electric
1937 Model 66K Treadle
1953 Model 201K Treadle
Singer Model 20 Child's Sewing Machine
1953 Model 221K Featherweight
Do you have a Singer featherweight? I'd love to see more! Feel free to leave the link to your related blog post in the comments below.