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Olympia, Washington Featherweight Maintenance Workshop - May 2018
by April Henry
Cindy M. is a fellow Featherweight Friend and it was so fun to finally meet her in real life!
This is what we like to call our "peanut butter" machines, and every once in awhile we will come across one of these at our Singer Featherweight Maintenance Workshops. There isn't any reason for a Featherweight machine to be plastered with this much grease, yet it's always fun to take a before and after photo! At some point in it's maintenance history, this odd looking grease had been applied so thick to the top gear that it had splattered everywhere inside... it was an ooey-gooey mess! Christian even assisted Judy with the clean-up so he could use it as a class demo to show the rest of the workshop participants.
So much of the grease had to be cleaned out before the actual cleaning and re-greasing could take place.
What a difference! Now you can actually see where to apply the proper grease!
Vicki's handwheel was very difficult to turn! When she removed the handwheel she discovered wool-like fibers wrapped around the handwheel collar. Once removed, her machine was as smooth as butter!
Vicki's machine gained lots of attention from the rest of the class...
Replacing the felt drip pad... you can do this, too! Click here > for the tutorial.
Suzy and Carolann - two ladies that brought a lot of fun and laughter to the room. I really hope we get the chance to meet again. They are a hand-quilting pair and have been friends for many, many years and have been through so much together. What a blessing to have met them both!
Don flew out to the Portland area all the way from Pennsylvania -- we felt so special that he would travel all that way to attend! We look forward to seeing more of him in the sewing machine maintenance world as he is eager to learn and assist his wife's quilting business.
Barbara's machine had a very odd pink grease all over her gears, but it was easily cleaned so she could prepare her machine for proper Featherweight maintenance.
Cindy and Sandy getting their Featherweight machines all cleaned for proper maintenance.
Carol and Barbara oiling their machine at all the oiling points. You can do this, too, by following along with this step-by-step video tutorial - click here >.
Hands-on learning with Carmon Henry.
Awwww -- time for proper grease!
Well, well, well... Nyla found something binding up her Singer Featherweight handwheel as well...
Christian showing Suzy the long post screw and the drip pan nut.
As many of you know, we use Nevr-Dull here at the Featherweight Shop for light cleaning and polishing of attachments, and various metal pieces. One of our workshop participants had brought in a vintage can and we couldn't help but take a photograph! Wadding was still in the can, ready to use.
Learning how to adjust the belt for optimum Featherweight speed. You can learn to do this, too! Click here > to learn more!
Cora and Maureen working together to get their machines ready for test-stitching after all maintenance has been completed.
Christian giving a quick demo for belt and motor speed adjustment...
Melissa getting her motor set at the optimum speed.