Dating old sewing machine
the condition of the gold leaf decals and the paint job.Older machines will not necessarily sell for more than newer ones.Some "mint green" machines are also rumored to have been made, but opinions vary over whether this was really a green machine or merely a white one with a green tinge to the paint.Larry Oliver, a Featherweight collector on Compuserve, wrote to me: "I have seen a tan machine and a mint green machine (definitely NOT white). The rarest variant I have seen belonged to an old fellow who owned a Singer store in a small town for 50 years.Prices at either end of this range are rare and most times you see them priced between 0 and 0, depending on condition.You will probably pay more to a dealer than you will at an estate sale, so it is worth combing the weekly Advertiser or classifieds and doing some driving if you want a bargain.They were further decorated with gold decals and the Singer name, but nowhere do they say "Featherweight" on them.
I recently saw a rare "free-arm" version of the FW for sale on America Online for 50!You should be able to try out the machine to see how well it sews, and you should make sure it's complete.One of the most frequently missing items is the bobbin case. These were the last gasp of the Featherweight as a new machine. While the above tables provide approximate dates, it is known that some machines were made in years other than those indicated here.Even the oldest machines, if they've been cared for, still sew wonderfully.The Featherweight came in a standard black model made in the U. Those made before World War II (and apparently a few after the war) had an attractive "Egyptian Scrollwork" pattern on the faceplate, while most of those made after the war had a simple, striated pattern of vertical stripes.