Pearl River, New York Workshops, 2016
by April Henry
Our New York gals were not only fun to listen to with their fun northeastern accents, but they were all so much fun to have in class -- seeing them learn about their Featherweight machines and getting acquainted with fellow Featherweight friends from the surrounding areas. And, for many it was a Featherweight Facebook Group reunion! The hotel was super nice -- much fancier than expected, so it was kind of a treat for all of us!
Stephanie and Linda with their 222K free-arm Featherweights.
Joy from New Jersey and Catherine from Washington, D.C. eager to learn about their Featherweight 221 machines.
Carmon explaining motor height and proper adjustment.
Kathy cleaning the lower gears on her Featherweight.
Lori, Nancie and Pat getting their drip pans cleaned and outfitted with a new and clean felt drip pad.
Jenny oiling all the proper points - some of them quite hidden!
Lynn examining the lower gears for proper lubrication.
Sisters, Doris and Ellen working together on their machines.
What are these blackish-brown spots all over the underside of this Featherweight?
Carmon explained that is an overspray from when the machine was first painted and the old Japanning finish applied.
(Carmon standing guard over the room while participants were at lunch around the corner.)
Stephanie and Cindy comparing 222K machines.
DANGER! If your bakelite plug has the brass fittings protruding outside the plug, then it has been rewired incorrectly at some point in time and is an electrical hazard!
Lynn learning about her Featherweight belt and proper adjustment of the motor height.
Carmon assisting Jodi with her bobbin winder.
Peggy adjusting her bobbin tension accurately
(versus the guessing game of the yo-yo test)
Achieving a proper bobbin tension first makes the upper tension adjustment so much easier. Look at the difference in these two stitching lines.
Christian showing one last oiling point on the bobbin case assembly.
First day of the Pearl River Workshop and a few of the Featherweight Facebook friends gathering for a quick photo at the end of the day..
Getting acquainted and class just beginning.
Cindy cleaning her gears with the lint and gear cleaning brush.
Alice, Terriel and Kathy getting started.
Marva, having a peek inside her machine.
Diana learning the correct amount of lubricant to apply to the gears.
Christian assisting Sandy, who was a real trooper to travel a great distance and attend the class with a broken hand!
Carmon, giving the class a bit of humor, sniffing a quite odoriferous felt drip pad.
JoAnne, Janet and John, with Regina in the background.
Sheila examining her 222K and noting the different oiling points.
Alice, comparing Featherweight oiling points.
John, above and JoAnne, below - making sure the positioning finger is properly aligned under the throat plate.
Christian assisting Denise
John's motor was running pretty slow. Upon further inspection, there was a bobbin's worth of thread wrapped around the motor pulley!
One of the bobbin cases in the workshop was not able to achieve a proper and consistent tension. Christian used it as an example to show the class how to dismantle the bobbin case spring and clean out from underneath it. This one had quite a bit of lint and thread fibers under the spring. He also illustrated that although the screws appear the same, the X on the bottom of the screw always, always marks the spring tension screw.
Not sure which screw goes where? Turn the screws over and locate the X on the bottom. That is the one that goes into the hole that adjusts the tension on the bobbin case spring.
When we arrived back at our hotel room after the Workshop, we opened a gift bag that had been given to us by one of the workshop participants. We were totally surprised to find our first New York souvenirs!
New York T-Shirts for Carm and the kids and fabric for moi!
Next up -- touring day in New York City.................