Friday, February 24, 2012

I'm a Winner - Twice!!

I can't believe it - I actually won something!  A big "shout-out" to Kristen of Sew, Mama, Sew who so generously had a give-away last month, and I was one of six winners of a yard of fabric of my choice.  Aneela Hooley's "A Walk in the Woods" was sold out, so I went with this:

It's Ant Maze from Backyard Baby! My grandson is going to love this!

It arrived yesterday and just after I opened the package, I went to check out an item I was following on ebay.  Here is my big win of the day!!!  Check this out:

(Sorry for the blurry pictures - I was so excited to get these posted)  My first time bidding on Ebay and I won this 1947 Featherweight for just $217.50 - and the best part - no shipping!  The seller was local and drives right by my house on her way home from work, so less than 24 hours after I won the bid, I had this baby in my hot little hands. 

It is in fantastic shape.  The decals are in perfect condition, front and back: 

There's barely a scratch on it - only a couple of minor pin scratches. 

The serial number dates it to about late 1947.

(Those brown spots appear to be dried oil - nothing a little cleaning won't get rid of.)

It was even made in Canada!

It appears to have all the parts that it would have come with the original purchase including all the feet, 6 bobbins, a screwdriver, a tube of motor lubricant and even the original manual, barely used.  The only thing missing is the can of machine oil that would have come with it when first purchased.

There are a few minor things that can be expected with a 65-year-old machine.  The case has some minor damage on the bottom corners.

The power cord needs to be repaired near the end that plugs into the machine.

And the light bulb was broken off - it looks like someone tried to take it out the wrong way, but a replacement bulb was in the box!

This machine is going to be a beautiful addition to my sewing room. In a funny coincidence I already own the table that was made for these machines.  I bought it at a garage sale for $5 when I was just 20 years old, and setting up my first apartment.  I bought what I thought was a card table to put my sewing machine on, and it wasn't until about 10 years later that I realized the cut-out was possibly for a sewing machine.  It was only less than 2 years ago when I started reading quilting blogs that I realized I had a Featherweight table.  Mine is folded away right now, but it is in much better shape than this picture I found on ebay - this one sold for $80!!  I'm so excited to have a set ;o)

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