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| Posted by April Henry

Olympia, Washington Featherweight Maintenance Workshop - May 2018

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......


| Posted by April Henry

Beaverton, Oregon Featherweight Maintenance Workshop - May 2018

Mid-May we were in the Portland, Oregon area for a recent Novice Featherweight Maintenance Workshop.  We had the special treat of meeting more of our friends from the Featherweight Facebook Group as well as making new ones, too!  Becki flew in from Missouri and was a pleasure to meet and have at our workshop the first day! Originally discovered for Featherweights in 2015 by our son, Christian, the long-shafted Maintenance Screwdriver is simply a must-have. The extra absorption of torque in the shaft allows you to easily remove those "hard-to-remove" screws.  Carmon and Christian giving a live-illustration on the large...


| Posted by April Henry

New Tutorials: Thread Stand & Motor Lube Ports

Carmon has posted a couple new video tutorials on the Featherweight Schoolhouse as of late.  Some good Featherweight learning! Find out the importance of having a Thread Stand here...   Learn all about Singer Featherweight Motor Lubricant Ports here (as well as how to remedy a dry, hard wick on those harder to find UK motors).


| Posted by April Henry

Finally, Finally, Finally -- We Have the Oiling Video!

Just wanted to make a quick announcement that we finally have our video tutorial for how to oil the Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine.  Check it out and be sure to share with your Featherweight friends -- Carmon worked for days and days to try and make this very concise for everyone to reference.  We hope you enjoy it and we look forward to helping you preserve those beloved Singer Featherweight machines!


| Posted by April Henry

Workshop in Fort Mill, South Carolina

July 15th and 16th, 2016 we were in Fort Mill, South Carolina -- what a fine group this was!  We met quite a few of our current customers as well as meeting new folks, too!  One student brought a machine she had purchased from us years ago so she could learn to service and maintain it herself. Here are the photo highlights ..... This is Janet with the lovely Red S 221 we had sold to her several years back.(It was still glistening in the light!) Cathy learning about lubricant and taking a peek inside the cut-away motor we have...


| Posted by Carmon Henry

How Thread Affects Maintenance, Tension & Bobbin Tension

Hello everyone, Carmon here. There has been a lot of discussion about thread brands the last couple of days on our Singer Featherweight 221 & 222K Sewing Machines Facebook group so I thought I would weigh in. As a teacher of Featherweight Maintenance Classes and Workshops, and the owner of The Featherweight Shop, it is a general assumption that I should be able to get your machine sewing properly, regardless of what thread you choose to use. This is a fair assumption. I was on the phone today with Dave and Sharon McCallum, who are dear friends of mine. My...


| Posted by Carmon Henry

Workshop in Mechanicsville, Virginia

Mechanicsville, Virginia - July 12th and 13th, 2016 Making our way through the eastern states, Virginia was our next stop.  Class members learned much about servicing their Singer Featherweights and becoming empowered to find and service future machines for their collection, too! Here are the photo highlights:   This case handle is from a White Singer Featherweight and is a unique kind.  A Workshop participant brought it to class and we wanted to make sure to take a photo to show you what makes it different.  Do you notice how the handle is inserted between the metal tabs of each...


| Posted by April Henry

Memphis, Tennessee - July 2016

Towards the end of July, 2016, we visited Memphis, Tennessee for the next Singer Featherweight Maintenance Workshop on our nationwide tour.  Growing up and living in Idaho, cockroaches are a thing we do not have the opportunity to experience.  We have other things, of course, but not cockroaches.  So, when we pulled into the hotel parking lot, only to find them lurking and moving at our every move, it was quite an experience (and I am sure we would have been great entertainment for the locals!)  Ruthie and I stood guard on the utility trailer while Carmon and Christian unloaded...


| Posted by April Henry

Nashville, Tennessee, 2016

Towards the end of July we were in Nashville, Tennessee.  We had the special treat of meeting more of our friends from the Featherweight Facebook Group and making new ones at the Workshop.  The screwdrivers there on the table are the exact ones we use in the Featherweight Shop and what we recommend at all our Workshops.  The small and long-shafted screwdrivers will be the most used, followed by the Safety and Mid-Length.  We have a full set now available for order... order all 4 and save! Juandel came with her daughter to the workshop and they learned together. Georgia...


| Posted by April Henry

Columbus, Ohio Workshops, June 2016

Our Columbus, Ohio workshops were a blast, and both groups were a pleasure to work with and teach all about their Singer Featherweights and maintenance / servicing skills. Here are a few photos from both days: Workshop members learned about the oxidation from the lead tube and why it can be important to keep it clear from underneath machine. Before and after -- cleaning all that lint from under the needle plate... This machine had quite a few yards of thread pass through it's needle!  Karen with the tan Featherweight and Debbie with the black Featherweight - friends enjoying the...


| Posted by April Henry

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...


| Posted by April Henry

We're On The Road!

After five months of planning, preparing and packing we are finally on the road for the Singer Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour.  Bozeman, Montana was our first of seventeen stops along our ten week road trip this summer. Upon our arrival to the hotel the first night we were greeted with an unexpected warm welcome of flowers and a few vintage-inspired fat quarters.  We felt so special!  I am now toting my little flower pot around with me in the front of the van to enjoy as long as I can.   The class was wonderful!  It was so enjoyable to...