I've been looking at Featherweight 221 machines on eBay and there
seems to be a wide array of pricing.
Can someone tell me what I should look for in order to get a good one.
Hate to spend a few hundred $ for something I can't use...
The thing to watch carefully is who is selling the FW.
Some sellers are 100% reliable, others will take your
money and send you junk, or nothing at all. If you can
find someone listing who is close enough to you to
actually see and use the machine before you bid, that
would help. That's probably a long-shot, though.
One thing you could do is to look at the seller's
feedback, and click on all recent auctions to see what
they sold, and what the buyer had to say.
A very reliable source of FW machines is
This is owned by Graham Forsdyke, who is head of ISMACS. NAYY
WOW! Lots of knowledge here. So glad I found this site. Have wanted
a featherweight for a long time but always figured it cost too much
for an "old" machine and was afraid I would get one that wouldn't
Thanks for all the input. Will let you know what, if anything, I
actually do about getting one...