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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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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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Quilting a King Size Quilt on a Featherweight Machine

Recently, on our Singer Featherweight Facebook Group, Nancy Goff posted what she had recently made on her little Singer Featherweight.  We were all stunned at her exquisite work and amazing accomplishment.  I invited her to share her venture here on the blog because this was simply Featherweight inspiring!  So, let me introduce you to Nancy and her beautiful Snowflake Quilt - the first bed-sized quilt she has ever made.  (I know... we were all truly in awe, too!)

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How to Make a Buttonhole and Eyelet Hole (perfect for the Mini Dresden Spool Pin Plate Pattern)

Isn't it darling?!!  We are so excited to make this free pattern available to you! Click here to order the FREEDresden Spool Pin Plate PDF pattern Follow the link above to order and download the free Mini Dresden Spool Pin Plate Pattern.  Then come back here for the complete video tutorials (part 1 and part 2), using the Singer Buttonholer Attachment.  You will learn how to make an eyelet hole - perfect for making this darling Mini Dresden Spool Pin Plate.  (Same tutorial would apply if you only have the really small 5/16" buttonhole template.)  If you're familiar at all...

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How To Properly Set the Needle (Getting To Know Your Featherweight, Part 3)

How To Properly Set The Needle Part 3 of the Getting To Know Your Singer Featherweight 221 series will show you how to properly set your Singer Featherweight needle.  This tutorial by Ruthie will be especially helpful if you notice your machine having skipped stitches or even if your bobbin thread won't pick up easily.  Be sure to watch the video all the way to the end because she includes a couple of troubleshooting tips for you, too! To begin to set the needle properly on a Singer Featherweight 221, you will need to turn the handwheel towards you to...

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Missouri Star Featherweight Maintenance Retreat Recap

Singer Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Retreatat the Missouri Star Quilt CompanyJune 20 - 22, 2016 We arrived in St. Joseph, Missouri on Sunday night and spent the evening with Dave and Sharon McCallum.  (Dave is the producer and author of the Featherweight Maintenance DVD and Book.)  We put retreat food preparations in the refrigerators at the hotel (Candlewood Suites was awesome for this!), ate pizza and discussed the schedule for the next couple of days.  It was fun to catch up, too! Hamilton, MissouriMissouri Star Quilt Company Monday morning we drove in to Hamilton and began setup for our first Featherweight...

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Adele ~ A Very Special Featherweight

This month’s guest feature is a machine currently owned and cherished by Roberta Lynn.  Roberta has named this machine after her original owner, Adele (pictured below).  Adele ~ original owner to the Singer Featherweight 221 featured in this article.(Photo from 1986) Adele was the original owner of this very special Featherweight, and as you can see, her machine saw many, many stitching miles.    Yet, with all of its worn decals, missing paint, dings, nicks, pin scratches and use, it bears a virtual badge of Featherweight honor.  All decals worn, paint chipped... evidence of a totally loved machine... Notice the...

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How To Thread a Featherweight Bobbin Case (Getting to Know Your Featherweight, Part 2)

How To Thread the Bobbin Case & Insert It Into the Machine Ruthie continues with her Getting To Know Your Singer Featherweight 221 series and shows us how to correctly place the bobbin into the bobbin case as well as how to insert the bobbin case into the machine.  A couple of things to remember from her tutorial today: 1.)  Counter-Clockwise If the bobbin is correctly placed in the bobbin case, then the bobbin will spin counter-clockwise when the thread is pulled from the case. 2.)  The Latch The latch on a Singer Featherweight bobbin case is unique in that...

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Ruthie's "Pink" Singer Featherweight

Since before Ruthie was born, there has been this certain shade of pink that has followed her.  It all started with the antique shade of pink paint that softly adorned the walls of her nursery.  From there she had her patchwork quilt that I made her, a few special outfits, and as time went on, diminutives that she would find to adorn her room.  That certain color pink even earned the label by a friend as "Ruthie Pink".  So, now we spot Ruthie Pink everywhere and in the oddest of places sometimes.  This past weekend at a neighborhood Fred Meyer...

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How To Wind a Singer Featherweight Bobbin (Getting to Know Your Featherweight, Part 1)

How To Wind A Singer Featherweight Bobbin Not quite sure where to start with your new-to-you Singer Featherweight 221? Then let's get started with our new series "Getting to Know Your Featherweight", where our 12-year-old daughter, Ruthie Henry, goes through the pages of her instruction manual and guides us along with where to begin and how to get familiar with this classic Singer Sewing Machine.... Part 1, Winding a Bobbin

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