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Golly Gosh - a Featherweight!

LeilaMay

Golly Gosh - a Featherweight!
« on: June 06, 2017, 14:15:05 PM »
Still too much in shock to have much to say about this lovely yet - but bought in a charity shop here in Glastonbury this morning, an untested black Singer Featherweight - for £10!

Has it's case, the electric cords and connector (although the tiny bolts are missing - the bobbin case and one bobbin. Nothing else. I'll need to test her with my existing power cord and proceed from there, but WOW!
Where did all these vintage machines come from?

Acorn

Re: Golly Gosh - a Featherweight!
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2017, 14:26:05 PM »
 <3 0_0 <3
I might look as though I'm talking to you, but inside my head I'm sewing.

Iminei

Re: Golly Gosh - a Featherweight!
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2017, 14:31:57 PM »
Looks like its in decent condition too from what I can see!
The Imperfect Perfectionist sews again


Lantana

Re: Golly Gosh - a Featherweight!
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2017, 14:33:45 PM »
 :flower: Well done ... what a find!!  :flower:

L :vintage:
Feeling the fear and doing it anyway .... er sometimes!

Sewsuzie

Re: Golly Gosh - a Featherweight!
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2017, 14:34:10 PM »
  :vintage:  :o :o :o <3

Suzie  :vintage:
Never let your sewing machine know you're in a hurry 😉

LeilaMay

Re: Golly Gosh - a Featherweight!
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2017, 14:49:49 PM »
It runs!
I only plugged it in briefly - with a circuit breaker in place - but the light comes on, the motor runs and the needle goes up and down! No smell or burning :) Brilliant.

Serial number is EL538722 - part of a set of 5000 numbers assigned on 13 June 1956. Next set of numbers was assigned January 1957, so I can assume she was already made by then.
Decal pattern is 'Prism'.

Mr will rewire the plugs, it's in pieces and needs replacing anyway so will be nice new black wire when it's done. I will have to clean and service the machine, and together we will take a look at the internal wiring and the motor/brushes etc.

Who needed to work in the garden, unpack the rest of the boxes, or even do any sewing? LOL
Where did all these vintage machines come from?

Manuela

Re: Golly Gosh - a Featherweight!
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2017, 15:05:43 PM »
Congratulations, she is a beauty, looks in good cosmetic condition too  :loveit:

Sewingsue

Re: Golly Gosh - a Featherweight!
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2017, 15:11:54 PM »
How much?

Congratulations (sincerely meant but said through gritted teeth).


Bernina Aurora 440QE, Brother BC-2500, Singer 99K (1938), Silver Viscount 620D overlocker.

Tamnymore

Re: Golly Gosh - a Featherweight!
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2017, 15:23:49 PM »
Is it OK to covet one's neighbour's Featherweight?? Well done, LM - great find and such a bargain. Let us know if you find any more at £10 a pop (300 more at £10 each for all the peeps on TSP)!!  :loveit:
'One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.' Oscar Wilde

LeilaMay

Re: Golly Gosh - a Featherweight!
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2017, 16:11:58 PM »
I know - I'm sorry :) But I couldn't not show you all could I?
If I find any more I'll be sure and snap them up.


Yes it's fine to covert your neighbour's machines, we all do that anyway LOL
Where did all these vintage machines come from?

Efemera

Re: Golly Gosh - a Featherweight!
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2017, 16:19:41 PM »
What a great find...it looks in good condition too.

Lilian

Re: Golly Gosh - a Featherweight!
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2017, 16:24:44 PM »
What a little beauty!  Congrats  :toast:
Willing but not always able :)


LeilaMay

Re: Golly Gosh - a Featherweight!
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2017, 17:12:57 PM »
It's been over-oiled in the wrong places, and had grease put down the screw holes on the motor!
But it will be fine, the motor runs and there's plenty left on the brushes. I have grease as well as oil so I can do the necessary once it's clean.
The feet are totally ruined/crushed/dissolved - partly from contact with the oil, which was dripping out the corner when I pried the feet off - but I can get replacements. It seems to be something about the compound they used then.

The case is in good condition, but missing the small tray which should have sat just inside the lid on the let-hand-side. I would seek one out, but one of the two luggs it would have sat on is missing too, so I'd have to figure out how to make it stay there.

It should have looked like this when complete
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fZoq6SAqmZs/T_CQhHf4KEI/AAAAAAAAEyo/d-k9GxQJTbU/s1600/IMG_2236.JPG

except that the pedal fits onto the lid like this
http://www.scrapquilts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/AL392-case-inside.jpg

I pinched both those pictures from the web - my thanks to the original posters.


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« Last Edit: June 06, 2017, 17:16:22 PM by LeilaMay »
Where did all these vintage machines come from?

Ohsewsimple

Re: Golly Gosh - a Featherweight!
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2017, 21:43:17 PM »
Good find.  I'd say they didn't realise what they had in the shop.

Sewingsue

Re: Golly Gosh - a Featherweight!
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2017, 22:27:28 PM »
Good find.  I'd say they didn't realise what they had in the shop.
I thought charity shops checked things nowadays. They really slipped up there.
Bernina Aurora 440QE, Brother BC-2500, Singer 99K (1938), Silver Viscount 620D overlocker.