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Feather weight 222 below going rate (eBay)

Roger

Feather weight 222 below going rate (eBay)
« on: September 16, 2017, 07:42:45 AM »
I can't say it's a bargain.... but it does seem cheaper than other auctions and buy it nows. And it's in good condition but so badly listed it's untrue!

But well out of my price range!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/272825624554
A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132

Efemera

Re: Feather weight 222 below going rate (eBay)
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2017, 09:02:20 AM »
Wow... that's some price... maybe I should sell mine.

Roger

Re: Feather weight 222 below going rate (eBay)
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2017, 10:42:14 AM »
I keep an open for the miracle opportunity... but they are pricey!
A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132

BrendaP

Re: Feather weight 222 below going rate (eBay)
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2017, 11:08:59 AM »
Maybe it costs that much because it's a sawing machine and not a sewing machine! :ninja:
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Madame Cholet

Re: Feather weight 222 below going rate (eBay)
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2017, 14:24:24 PM »
I read somewhere that the reason why Featherweight prices have skyrocketed in recent years is because there is a US company which buys them from the UK in order to sell them on again in the US where they are extremely popular due to their portability and vintage quaintness etc.
I can't personally vouch for the veracity of that bit of gossip, but it does sound feasible to me.
I nurse unloved vintage Berninas back to health and then just cannot bring myself to part with any of them... 807, 830, 840, 530-2, 930, 910, and a modded 717 in a Singer treadle base.

Madame Cholet

Re: Feather weight 222 below going rate (eBay)
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2017, 14:49:03 PM »
Searching for 'sowing machine' can turn up some interesting goodies as well... eg a 221...:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Singer-portable-sowing-machine-/112565307907?hash=item1a356a4a03:g:EwgAAOSwiKlZvDtY
I nurse unloved vintage Berninas back to health and then just cannot bring myself to part with any of them... 807, 830, 840, 530-2, 930, 910, and a modded 717 in a Singer treadle base.

Sewingsue

Re: Feather weight 222 below going rate (eBay)
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2017, 15:16:19 PM »
Looking at the others on that link the price has gone up. Oh well, it was only ever a vague wish.
Bernina Aurora 440QE, Brother BC-2500, Singer 99K (1938), Silver Viscount 620D overlocker.

BrendaP

Re: Feather weight 222 below going rate (eBay)
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2017, 19:47:58 PM »
I read somewhere that the reason why Featherweight prices have skyrocketed in recent years is because there is a US company which buys them from the UK in order to sell them on again in the US

That's just what technichian Peter, of South Eastern Sewing Machines, told me a few weeks ago.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Madame Cholet

Re: Feather weight 222 below going rate (eBay)
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2017, 19:59:13 PM »
I must have read it here then! Thanks BrendaP! I thought I read it on one of the vintage fb pages....
I nurse unloved vintage Berninas back to health and then just cannot bring myself to part with any of them... 807, 830, 840, 530-2, 930, 910, and a modded 717 in a Singer treadle base.

BrendaP

Re: Feather weight 222 below going rate (eBay)
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2017, 20:07:03 PM »
I have no way of knowing if it's true, but I have no reason to doubt him and as you say it's quite plausible that that is why prices for the Featherweights are so high.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/