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Restore Along Part 3: Featherweight Case Inner Hardware Removal
by Ashley Fritsche


Welcome back to the Singer Featherweight Case Restore Along! If you are just joining us, you can catch up on Part 2 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 the last installment, Annette showed us how to remove the exterior hardware on the Featherweight case! This month, we are focusing on the interior hardware removal process!

Products Used in Today's Restore Along:

1. Wera Maintenance Screwdriver for prying
2. Wera Motor Screwdriver to remove screws 
3. Small nail punch
4. White vinegar 1 1/2 - 2 Cups
5. Cloth for soaking vinegar
6. X-Acto type precision cutting knife
7. Razor scraper
8. Drill and 1/8” drill bit
9. 12 Flat Phillips bolts with nuts #4-40 ½”
or 
12 Split Rivets (10/16" - 1/2" split rivet depending on depth of wood on case.)
10. Split Rivet Die
11. Hammer





 
NOTE: Part way through the video, Annette re-drills out the old holes on the Featherweight case. She did this step in order for the new split rivets (or nuts and bolts) to fit properly. The original case rivets were slightly smaller than the new split rivet's size of 1/2" and 10/16" depending on the case's thickness. 

 

Other Secure Case Alternatives: 
  
While you're waiting for a clasp, you can carry the machine in its vintage original case safely using a Case Tote Bag (available in a wide selection of colors).
 

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.)
 
WE ARE ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO
CASE RESTORATION, PART 4,
COMING UP MAY 14TH, 2021!
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