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| Posted by April Henry

Stitch Along: Singer Featherweight in Cross-Stitch - Part 2

Singer Featherweight in Cross Stitch – Faster Stitching & Fixing Mistakes
by Kristen Clay, guest blogger

Time for a progress update on the lovely Singer Featherweight cross stitch kit! As you can see, it has started to definitely look like a sewing machine...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Restore Along Part 31

Welcome back to the Restore Along with Julia and Tulip. Previously, Julia has applied one full set of practice coats of paint to Jill, the Featherweight donated to her for practice purposes. After assessing the results, she stripped all the paint off Jill and reset for another round. You can catch up on the journey so far here by catching up on last week's installment here: Previous Week Restore Along: Part 30 With the coats of primer applied and dried, the time for applying color is here. One reason Julia is thoroughly practicing her painting skills is the learning curve...


| Posted by April Henry

Stitch Along: Singer Featherweight in Cross Stitch - Part 1

Everyone knows it's fun to sew something quilty with a Singer Featherweight, but it is also enjoyable to use your needle in a different way and stitch a Singer Featherweight itself! I'm Kristen from Verity Vintage Studio, and in the coming weeks I'm excited to walk with you through stitching this lovely cross stitch kit designed by Margaret Lee and available from The Featherweight Shop.  Counted cross stitch can look quite complicated at first glance, but it's actually quite easy and manageable when broken down. Even elaborate designs usually use just little crosses (made of straight stitches) and regular straight...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Restore Along Part 30

Welcome back to the Restore along with Julia and Tulip (and Jill)! Last week, Julia was on round two of her painting practice, giving a fresh coat of primer to Jill. Find out what issues came about in last week’s installment here: Restore Along Part 29 Today’s work begins with a gentle sanding of Jill’s first coat of primer as preparation for a successful, even second coat. Using wet 600 grit sandpaper, Julia folds the sandpaper around a q-tip for a little extra padding and rubs lightly in one direction (not circles).  During this sanding process, Julia develops a creative...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Restore Along Part 29

Welcome back to the Restore Along with Julia! Last week, Julia continued to work on Jill, stripping the first red coat of paint in preparation for another practice run. To catch up on the progress so far, read last week’s installment here: Previous Restore Along: Part 28 Julia starts by inspecting the past day's work with her magnification lens headset. Sure enough, there are still minute specks of paint to remove.  Julia spends the next two hours removing every particle she can find, in addition to applying liquid latex where needed. At last, Julia is ready for her second round...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Finished Quilt + BONUS! Scalloped Border Step-by-Step

  Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2020 - Finished Quilt with Scalloped Border At the end of February, the borders and sashing were pieced, the quilt top was finally assembled and delivered to the local longarm quilter for a small bit of custom quilting.  Two years to the month and here we are... the Farm Girl Vintage Sampler quilt is completely finished!  We started in March 2018, and two years later in March 2020, it's all sewn, quilted and bound.  Isn't it exciting!?  This quilt is probably the most time-laborious project I've ever sewn, and it's certainly the most tedious...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Restore Along Part 28

Welcome back to the Restore Along with Julia! of Tulip. Before attempting to repaint Tulip, Julia has been working diligently with Jill, her practice machine, learning how to properly strip, prep, and paint. Last week, Julia completed her first test coat of Soul Red Metallic paint on Jill. It was a learning experience! Previous Post: Restore Along Part 27 Julia intends to get at least one more round of painting practice out of Jill, so she must make sure to get every last bit of red paint off, as well as re-mask the machine where needed. While finishing the paint stripping,...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Restore Along Part 27

Welcome back to the Restore Along with Julia and Tulip. After months of hard work, today is the day Julia will practice applying the layers of Soul Red Metallic paint to Jill, the machine she has been gifted as a way to practice her technique. If you’ve missed any, you can catch up on previous installments below. Previous Post: Restore Along Part 26: Time to Paint! Jill has already been primed, and now Julia dives right in, excited to see the first coat of red on her practice Featherweight.  The first coat goes on fast. A little too fast! Julia's sprayer...


| Posted by April Henry

Final Quilt Top - Finishing the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2020 - Sewing the Top Together Last month we finished up by having all of our sashing and border pieces cut and ready.  How nice it was to have everything prepared, because the quilt top sewed together so much faster than I anticipated.   There are quite a few tips and hints in our final* installment of the Featherweight Shop Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and let's finish this! * I just dropped off the quilt top yesterday to have it quilted, but as soon as I finish the...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Restore Along Part 26: Time to Paint

Welcome back to the Restore Along of Tulip! Previously, we followed along with Julia as she prepared for the task of painting Tulip by practicing on Jill, a Featherweight donated for this purpose by a member of the Featherweight community! So far, Julia has applied two coats of primer to Jill. If you are joining in, you can catch up on last week here: Previous Post: Restore Along Part 25 Today, Julia starts with some touch-ups to Jill, including a little more paint mask and liquid latex where needed.  Julia also planned to wrap some painter’s tape around the silicone plug...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

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: Previous Post: 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...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

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: Previous Post: 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....


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

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...


| Posted by April Henry

Preparations for Sashing, Borders & More - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2020 This month took lots of turns.  And, when you're a slow sewist like me... well, that doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room for getting extra sewing finished.  Nevertheless, I was determined to accomplish as much as possible.  After much discussion and deliberation (and persuasion from Ruthie), I decided that my quilt will have 64 blocks rather than the original 48.  No worries... you can continue as planned, but there were just so many blocks I wanted to add, it was extremely difficult to pick and choose.  Thus, it was easier to make the quilt...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

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: Previous Post: 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,...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

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: Previous Post: 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...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

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...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

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. Previous Post: 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...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

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: Previous Post: 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...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

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: Previous Post: 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...