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Restore Along Part 25: Sanding Jill & Cleaning Tulip

Welcome back to the Restore Along of Tulip! If you are joining in, catch up on last week’s installment here: Restore Along Part 24 ~ Tech Support to the Rescue! Jill’s second coat of primer is dry, and Julia gives it a once-over with 1000-grit sandpaper, which she hopes is coarse enough to provide the next layer of paint a good surface to stick to.  Jill is nice and smooth now, and Julia is pleased with the result of her primer painting practice. Julia removes the silicone plugs she used in the process and washes the gray primer off of them so...


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Restore Along Part 24: Tech Support to the Rescue!

Welcome back to the Restore Along with Julia & Tulip (and now Jill!) Julia painted the second coat of primer on Jill, her practice machine, to get her ready for the colored paint coats! If you are tuning in, you can catch up on last week’s progress here: Restore Along Part 23 Julia’s Featherweights don't have perfect bodies. Jill, like many Featherweights, has casting flaws: sand-type bumpy areas in the motor mount and bobbin areas, a few little pointy bumps on the base around the column area, and a very uneven area around base's edge on the handwheel side. Since...


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Restore Along Part 23

Welcome back to the Restore Along of Tulip (and now Jill!) Julia has been working diligently on Jill, her practice machine, getting her ready to paint! With the first coat of primer applied in last week's installment (read here), Julia is ready to apply a second coat of primer and improve on her technique! First things first, Julia wants to make sure there will be no more trouble with loose specs of cardboard blowing around her work space as she paints. She uses a partial can of clear spray paint and coats the inside of the cardboard box she has...


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Restore Along Part 22

Welcome back to the Restore Along of Tulip! After several days of prep work, Julia is finally ready for her Featherweight painting practice run. Catch up on her prep work here: Restore Along Part 21: Ready to Paint! Today’s work begins with just a few touch-ups to the paint mask Julia previously applied to her practice Featherweight, Jill.     She covers a few holes that got uncovered during sanding, wipes Jill down with a tack cloth to remove any lingering dust, and carries the machine ceremoniously out to the shop.     With three task lights, mask, gloves, eye...


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Restore Along Part 21: Ready to Paint!

Welcome back to our Restore Along with Julia, featuring Tulip & Jill! Julia has been hard at work preparing Jill for a new coat (and then some) of paint. This will be a practice run for Tulip’s final makeover! In case you missed last week’s progress, here is a link to catch up: Read Restore Along Part 20 Here With Jill masked and sanded, one last errand before painting is buying the paint! Today Julia is excited and apprehensive as she ventures back across the bridge to buy enough Soul Red Metallic paint for her practice run. The assistant store...


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Restore Along Part 20

Welcome back to the Restore Along of Tulip! Last week Julia prepped Jill, her Featherweight that was so kindly donated by a fellow Featherweight friend. Read last week’s Restore Along installment here: Restore Along Part 19 This week, Julia gives Jill a good sanding in preparation for the first coat of primer. The sanding is a critical step that will help ensure the paint stays put and won’t flake as she layers on more coats. Resourceful as always, Julia uses pieces from a Dremel contour sanding set she found years ago at a thrift store. Rather than use them with an...


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Restore Along Part 19: Getting Ready For The First Coat Of Primer!

Welcome back to our Restore Along with Julia and Tulip! If you need a quick refresher, here's the link to last week's installment. Restore Along Part 18: Time For Surgery Julia wants Tulip to shine when the restoration is complete, so before she tackles painting Tulip, she is going to practice her painting technique on Jill, the machine gifted to her specifically for this purpose from a fellow Featherweight enthusiast. Before Julia paints Jill, she must sand every surface of the machine that needs a new coat. Today's work is all about preparing for the task of sanding. It is...


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Restore Along Part 18: Time For Surgery!

Welcome to 2020 and a very Happy New Year to all! We are celebrating here at The Featherweight Shop, all bundled up by the fire, sewing away, as happy as can be! What a way to bring in the new year! Let's check in on Julia and her Featherweights, Tulip and Jill. To catch up on last week's installment, read here: Restore Along Part 17: A Historical Surprise Jill, the machine gifted to Julia for painting practice, is almost ready for sanding and painting, but first, Julia must remove the stitch indicator plate. The problem - the two screws holding...


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Restore Along Part 17: A Historical Surprise

Merry Christmas from The Featherweight Shop! We hope you are enjoying spending time with loved ones, and your day is merry and bright! After an exciting holiday season, we are all very grateful for the rest and time spent with those we hold dear. Happy Holidays! Before we dive into today's Restore Along, let's catch up on last week's installment here: Restore Along Part 16: Ric Rac Girls & Stitch Indicator Parts Today, Julia continues to work on Jill's varnish and investigates the unique symbol by Jill's handwheel. How exciting. When taking the varnish off Jill today, Julia tries using...


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Restore Along Part 16: Ric Rac Girls & Stitch Indicator Parts

Welcome back! We are happy to be getting back into the swing of things after the 12 Days of Christmas Sale! It sure feels like Christmas here at The Featherweight Shop! With the brisk Christmas air, the snowstorms that have been rolling in, we cannot wait to bake Featherweight cookies in the kitchen and pair them up with a nice cup of hot cocoa! Let's dive in to see how Julia & Tulip are doing as well! Want a refresher on where we left off? Read the last installment here: Restore Along Part 15: A New Addition Tulip's new decals,...


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Restore Along Part 15: A New Addition

Welcome to Part 15 of the Restore Along with Julia. Julia has slowly and steadily been working on Tulip, and good things surely will come of it! If you missed it, catch up on Part 14 Here: Handle With Care. Tulip is not quite ready for a new coat of paint (several, actually), but today Julia is pondering over the mini paint sprayer Mark purchased.     What more could a girl want for a 37th wedding anniversary present? However, Julia doesn't have too much experience with paint sprayers, and Tech Support (aka Mark) has done some truck repair painting,...


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Restore Along Part 14 Handle With Care

Welcome back to Part 14 of our Restore Along with Julia, detailing her ongoing process of reconstructing Tulip the Featherweight! Today, Julia tackles some delicate challenges and finds a missing part of Tulip a home. In case you missed it, you can read the previous installment here: Restore Along Part 13: A Mystery or Two Julia begins today's work with a couple of baggies worth of parts - her granddaughters will be visiting later in the day, but she has time to get a few parts clean before they arrive!     Starting with Tulip's stitch indicator plate, Julia gently rubs...


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Restore Along Part 13: A Mystery or Two

Welcome back to the Restore Along of Julia and Tulip. Catch up on last week's installation here: Restore Along Part 12: Red Paint & Clean Parts Last time Julia purchased all the paints required for Tulip's future Soul Red Metallic paint look. There is a lot more to be done before Tulip is ready for a new coat of paint, so today is all about getting more parts from the "dirty" drawer in the "clean" drawer. First up is Tulip's Handwheel: Julia cleans the Handwheel with dish soap*, but it is still pretty dirty, so she cleans it again with...


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Restore Along Part 12: Red Paint & Clean Parts

Welcome back to the Restore Along with Julia and Tulip. We hope you have enjoyed following along and learning more about Julia's process. Julia has been carefully cleaning every piece as we get to see to see Tulip's inner workings up close. If you missed us last week, catch up on the story here: Restore Along Part 11: Look At That Shine   Today Julia Heads to the auto paint store. Julia has been putting this off. Committing to the Soul Red Metallic paint, both the color and the specific paints and process required to apply them is exciting and...


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Restore Along Part 11: Look At That Shine

Welcome to Part 11 of Tulip's restoration. Last week, we saw Julia continue to work on varnish and organization of Tulip's parts, and a noticeable new shine to Tulip's finish as a result of Julia's hard work. If you missed it, you can catch up on the last installment of Tulip's restoration here: Restore Along Part 10: The Case Of The Missing Washer After seeing how much better Tulip is starting to look, Julia decides to double down on the varnish work today. It's hard work, but the payoff is pretty immediate: Look at that sine! Julia also spends time...


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Restore Along Part 10: Varnish Work

Welcome back to the Restore Along with Julia and Tulip. We're on Part 10 already, and Julia has made so much progress. Today she will take a break from cleaning the small parts and focus on Tulip's varnish. If you are joining in on the fun with us today, you can catch up on the last Restore Along here: Restore Along Part 9: Progress and Innovation Today's work begins with a surprise: Julia turns Tulip to the side to start stripping the extension bed, and a small washer falls out. Even after completely disassembling Tulip, this part had escaped Julia's...


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Restore Along Part 9

Note from Julia: First, and most importantly, my thanks to April and Carmon Henry for allowing me to share Tulip's makeover. I know it's not something that's usually shared on their site. My original post was just some of my notes to myself from a few days' work which I shared, but I didn't think there would be much interest. Thank you to those who are following the makeover and cheering us along the way; Tulip, and I appreciate it! This is my first total tear down, but it won't be my last. We are happy that Julia has taken the...


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Restore Along Part 8: Picking the Right Red

  In our last Restore Along update, Julia started to narrow down her choice of paint for Tulip's new look and made tons of progress stripping down, tearing apart, and cleaning up Tulip. If you are joining us, catch up on the last installment of the Restore Along here: Restore Along Part 7: Adventures in Varnish Today, Julia goes to a few more dealerships that have piqued her interest. Porsche and Audi are strong contenders for carrying the perfect red for Tulip, and Julia reviews their most dazzling reds. They fall flat for Julia, however, and she moves on.  At...


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Restore Along Part 7: Adventures in Varnish

Julia and Tulip are back for part 7 of the Restore Along. If you are just now joining us, you can catch up on the previous installment of Tulip's process here: Restore Along Part 6: Removing the Varnish Today's work is a little bit of research and a whole lot of cleaning. Removing Tulip's original varnish is Julia's priority and after last week's tests, rubbing alcohol is her cleaner of choice. It's hard work - see the used cotton balls and swabs piling up.  As she cleans the years of grit and grime and the clearcoat from the machine, we start to...


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Restore Along Part 6: Removing the Badge

Welcome back to the Restore Along featuring Julia and Tulip. Thank you for following along with the series! This installation sees Julia removing Tulip's badge and testing out various types of paint remover on the machine's painted surfaces. If you are just joining us, you can catch up on the most recent installment here: Restore Along Part 5: The Head and The Base Today's work begins with removing the two badges on the front of the machine.  Julia has been putting this off, thinking of the best method to detach the badges without damaging them. She decides that sanding down the sides...