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Featherweight Case Restore Along: Part 17 & 18 - Installing Case Handles
by Ashley Fritsche
Welcome back to the Singer Featherweight Case Restore Along! If you are just joining us, you can catch up on Part 15 & 16 of the Case Restore Along right HERE! Earlier this year, we crossed paths with Annette on our Singer Featherweight 221 & 222 Facebook Group, showcasing one of her beautiful Featherweight Case Restorations. She was kind enough to create a very informative journey of her restorative process and we hope you enjoy following along!
In today's installment, Annette shows us how to apply leather to the case handle and then how to reattach the handles to the lid!
Products Used in Today's Restore Along:
- 1/2” short split rivets
- 10/16” longer split rivets
- Split rivet steel die #T-1244
- Painter’s tape
- Flat screwdriver
- Small anvil or piece of wood with metal strip to act as an anvil.
- Drill motor and 1/8” drill bit.
Part 17: Four Types of Hardware
Part 18: Installing the Featherweight Case Hardware
Q: "Where can I get a clasp or latch for my case?"
A: We carry the clasp part here, and the case latch/lock here, but they will show as out of stock until we have a fair number to make available for sale - about two or three times a year. You can sign up for the in-stock notification and you will be notified via email as soon as one is available. That said, do not delay when that notification email arrives because they are gone before you can even say "Singer Featherweight!". Otherwise, periodically check eBay or Etsy and be on the lookout for a totally unsalvageable case.
New, Singer Featherweight replica cases are available as well, at least until a clasp can be found for your original case.
(No, the clasps and latches are not interchangeable on the new cases with the vintage original cases.)
CASE RESTORATION COMING UP JANUARY 14TH, 2021!