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From: Shavonne
Date: 04-07-2006, 02:58 PM (1 of 3)
Hi Everyone!!!

I am a total beginner and started a basic sewing class this week. However, I donít have a sewing machine (currently using classroom machines).

The Singer Featherweight 221 looks amazing!!!! I had my eyes set on this machine for about a week now. I know this machine only sews straight stitch only (my class projects will be on straight-stitch), but it looks as if this sewing machine has attachments (a good amount of attachments).

If the sewing machine has attachments, then why would it be considered a "straight-stitch only"? I assume by default the machine sews straight stitch w/o attachments, basically the other stitches are not "built in" features? I am a bit confused (need to do more reading!!!).

Does anyone own this machine and if so, do you recommend it for a beginner? Once again, I don't need a lot of bells and whistles so I thought this would be a good start. I would like to have a vintage sewing machine. However, I keep hearing itís more of a quilterís sewing machine?

I saw these beauties on EBAY (a lot of them) for auction!!!! I am a bit skeptical though (too many?). Some of the machines are priced high and some are priced really low, itís confusing me because I don't know which one to bid on...

Some of the machines need repair, some are ready for sewing. How much would you actually spend on this machine that's ready for sewing? I plan to start bidding this weekend on one.

Can anyone give a beginner some advice?

P.S. I will be sewing vintage clothing!! I *love* Frederick Worth gowns!!!

Thanks =0) ....

User: Shavonne
Member since: 04-07-2006
Total posts: 4
From: Sancin
Date: 04-07-2006, 06:11 PM (2 of 3)
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User: Sancin
Member since: 02-13-2005
Total posts: 895
From: Tom Land
Date: 04-09-2006, 06:13 PM (3 of 3)
Shavonne, although there are attachments that will allow the 221 to do other stitches they do not do a very good job. The 221 is an excellent 2nd machine but I would not recomend it as your only or first machine. Beware of e-bay. I have had 221s brought in with broken hooks as well as bad motors. Either of these will cost about $200 to replace. E-bay does not automatically guarantee that the product is as advertised or that you will be able to locate the seller should you have a problem. I have had several customers get very badly burned... one on a computerized embroidery machine that had circuit boards missing. (worked out good for me. I got to do about a $1200 repair.) E- bay offered to refund the commision they made on the deal. She never was able to locate the seller.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
User: Tom Land
Member since: 09-21-2005
Total posts: 514
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