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| Posted by April Henry

2nd Place

Our daughter Ruthie submitted her first quilt in the local Quilt Show.  It was her first quilt from start to finish on her Singer Featherweight; she selected the fabrics using a mini-charm pack and a Moda Candies Pattern.  She then configured the block layout and accomplished all the piecing by herself.  When we went on our Mama/Daughter retreat a year or so ago, I helped her with the quilting by free-motion quilting (on a Singer Featherweight, of course) in a stipple formation, and then Ruthie finished by doing all the hand binding.  We were all so proud of her, and...

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| Posted by April Henry

Ohio Star King Size Quilt

This weekend is our nearby town's BBQ Days event, and every year our quilt guild hosts a local Quilt Show and Pie Sale.  Yesterday, I assisted the guild members with the check-in of many quilts and quilted crafty projects.  I must say, it was quite fun to see everyone's talent as it trickled in one-by-one, and to meet several ladies in the community.  Often, I've attended quilt shows and wondered who it was that actually made some of the beautiful quilts.  So, having the opportunity to meet these lovely ladies face-to-face was a real treat for me... like having a...

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| Posted by April Henry

Featherweight Case Restoration Ideas

If you are a member of the Singer Featherweight 221 & 222K Sewing Machines Facebook group then chances are you've seen some of the clever ideas for restoring a Featherweight case.  Now, we aren't meaning an easy case refurbish, but rather a complete case restoration.  A complete case restoration could be an option for those cases that would otherwise need to be thrown to the trash heap due to compromised stability or having been so overtaken by mold or mildew. Some restorations are easier than others, but we hope you will find inspiration from the Featherweight community and their creative...

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| Posted by Christian Henry

The Standard Sewhandy, General Electric & Early Featherweight History

Singer "Featherweight" history actually begins before Singer and before 1933 & 1934 (when Singer debuted their model 221 at the Chicago World's Fair).  The "Featherweight" name and style really had its beginnings in 1928, when the Standard Sewing Machine Company marketed the first "Featherweight" Sewing Machine.  It seems they were still toying with design names, however, as it later became known as the "Sewhandy". The compact sewing machine came in an array of colors - "marine blue, larch green... ashes of roses and black....".  Even though Standard eventually sold to the Osann Corporation, the "Sewhandy" name remained iconic when General Electric...

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| Posted by April Henry

Christian, the Sewing Machine Guy

Many of you met our son, Christian, when we were on our Singer Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour in the summer of 2016.  He charmed the sweet, lovely ladies and enjoyed being their personal Featherweight technician for each class.   Yesterday, while flipping through some old photos I found these pictures and I couldn't help but chuckle (as well as have a moment of heart swelling for that sweet little boy).  I remember how excited he was to "sew" using this child's Singer Sewhandy Model 20.  He was about 5-years-old and he wanted to make his Lone Ranger and Johnny West...

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| Posted by April Henry

My quilt from Great-Grandma Ruth

When I was a little girl, about 5-years-old, I took a trip with my parents to visit my Great-Grandma Ruth, who lived in a lovely little house on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. It was a small craftsman style home, but very "English" in her style and nature. The front porch had a portable swing that I would enjoy sitting on - probably singing and swinging, fascinated that it was a "bench" and not a tire or schoolyard swing. She collected salt & pepper shakers, spoons as well as bells of all kinds. Great-Grandma Ruth was also an avid quilter...

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| Posted by Guest Blogger

Singer Sewing at the St. John's Factory, Quebec, Canada

Today we are featuring a guest article by Lynne McFern of Ste-Catherine, Quebec, Canada.  After acquiring a Singer Featherweight and rekindling a link to her past, Lynne was inspired to learn more about the history of her machines.  This is her story.... *********************************************** My first sewing experience was on a Singer 66 treadle that had previously been owned by my grandmother.  I was very proud of having mastered peddle power until I accidentally sewed through my index finger.  That slowed me down a little, but it did not hinder my passion for old sewing machines. Recently, I bought a 221...

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| Posted by April Henry

Nashville, Tennessee, 2016

Towards the end of July we were in Nashville, Tennessee.  We had the special treat of meeting more of our friends from the Featherweight Facebook Group and making new ones at the Workshop.  The screwdrivers there on the table are the exact ones we use in the Featherweight Shop and what we recommend at all our Workshops.  The small and long-shafted screwdrivers will be the most used, followed by the Safety and Mid-Length.  We have a full set now available for order... order all 4 and save! Juandel came with her daughter to the workshop and they learned together. Georgia...

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| Posted by April Henry

Family Time in Georgia, 2016

After our stop in Woodstock (when we took our Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour in 2016) we spent several days with Uncle Charley and Aunt Sandy in Georgia.  We love them dearly and all of us enjoy just listening to their darling southern accents -- with "darlin'" and "sho'nough" being the special words we will forever remember as their terms of endearment.  All of us enjoy antique shopping and collecting together and so sharing several days in Dawsonville was a time we will always cherish. Our time with them just happened to fall during the time of Carmon's birthday, so Aunt...

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| Posted by April Henry

Threading a Singer Featherweight (Getting To Know Your Featherweight, Part 4)

Today, in part 4 of the Getting To Know Your Featherweight Series, you will learn how to thread a Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine from start to finish. To begin, you will need to turn the handwheel (which is technically called a “balance wheel”) towards you until the thread take up lever is at its highest position.  Turning the handwheel in the proper direction is something important to remember!  You always, always, always want to turn the handwheel towards you and not away from you.  Even if you are sewing in reverse, the handwheel will still be turned toward you –...

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