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| Posted by April Henry

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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| Posted by April Henry

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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| Posted by Carmon Henry

The Giant Schmetz Needle Tutorial

Using a giant needle as an example in the video far below, you will learn the various parts of a needle, as well as the importance of having a smoothly finished eye. One of our favorite needles to recommend is a Microtex Schmetz.  They're sharp and they pierce exactly at the point of fabric entry, allowing you to be as accurate as possible with your piecing.  While the Universal needle is great for everyday sewing, the stitch is less than perfect on a high-thread-count, fine cotton.  It is neither sharp nor ball point and has a tendency to pierce the...

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| Posted by April Henry

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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| 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...

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| Posted by April Henry

Quarter 1/4" Foot Comparison

Last month we received a question about the various quarter-inch feet that we carry.  I had been wanting to do a comparison video for quite some time so I quickly made this impromptu video tutorial (far below) showing the 1/4" Foot, Spring Hinged 1/4" Foot, Patchwork 1/4" Foot, Open Toe 1/4" Foot and 1/4" Little Foot.  It was taken using my mobile phone so I could quickly answer a question for a customer on Facebook so next time (because I simply must do a next time...) I will make sure the thread is a darker color for easier viewing.  In...

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| Posted by April Henry

How to Attach the Feed Cover Plate

  We here at The Singer Featherweight Shop and April 1930’s are really excited to introduce the feed cover plate designed specifically for the Singer Featherweight 221. It is an exact replica from the very, very scarce-to-find (and expensive) original feed cover plate attachment. Unlike the plates that screw onto the bed of the machine, this new feed cover plate is only about an inch or so in size and snaps right into place. It does not touch any of the machine’s painted surface or decals so you won’t have to worry about harming the finish of your machine. Watch...

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| Posted by Carmon Henry

Chain, Chain - Snip, Snip

I am teaching my daughter to chain stitch piece, and she was fascinated that you could just “keep going” after stitching each small section without having to stop. So, when my close friend came over last week to do our weekly sewing and quilting day I caught her using her Thread Snips after chain stitch piecing several of the pieces for our Quilt-Along (the type of quilt along where your friend calls you up and says “let’s sew this quilt together”). There is something so satisfactory when you get to the end of the pile of pieces and they’re all...

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| Posted by Carmon Henry

My Best Quilt

Nothing like being under the weather with fever and sickies.  I feel like I need to be doing something productive and yet just the thought of moving makes me close my eyes again.  But thanks to mobile phone technology I can at least type this blog post with my thumbs and share with you about my favorite quilt. Several years ago a group of friends and I would venture to the Portland, Oregon Antique Show, held each year in July.  We would get early entry passes and hope for finding that fun collectible or early bird rare find.  One of...

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| Posted by April Henry

Best Sewing Machine for Young Child

A fellow Stitchery Friend of ours shared this picture of her granddaughter who had received her first Featherweight for Christmas.  If that isn’t the best smile of excitement over her new sewing machine, I don’t know what is!  I am certain this little girl will remember this day for the rest of her life…. and will hopefully have the special experience of passing her love of sewing (and Featherweights) to her granddaughter, too, someday.     That’s one of the things that makes these Featherweight Sewing Machines so ideal.  They are a great all-around portable sewing machine that will sew...

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