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| Posted by April Henry

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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| Posted by April Henry

Threading a Singer Featherweight (Getting To Know Your Featherweight, Part 4)

Today, in part 4 of the Getting To Know Your Featherweight Series, you will learn how to thread a Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine from start to finish. To begin, you will need to turn the handwheel (which is technically called a “balance wheel”) towards you until the thread take up lever is at its highest position.  Turning the handwheel in the proper direction is something important to remember!  You always, always, always want to turn the handwheel towards you and not away from you.  Even if you are sewing in reverse, the handwheel will still be turned toward you –...

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| Posted by April Henry

Introducing the Super Easy Machine Needle Threader

We are so excited to now offer the Super Easy Machine Needle Threader for your Singer Featherweight. This will work on ALL household sewing machines, too, but we are partial to our Featherweights, aren't we?!  As an added bonus, it not only is helpful as a needle threader, but it easily inserts the needle, too! Working with many needle threaders through the years, we were tickled to have a fellow Featherweight friend from Texas show us this particular style this summer when we were on our Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour.  Thank you, David!  This gadget is fantastic! Click Here To...

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| Posted by April Henry

Featherweight Case Refurbishing

Over on the Featherweight Schoolhouse today (under maintenance), you'll find our latest video tutorial.  From a technical, how-to video standpoint, it is excellent -- showing you the entire restoration process for how to refurbish a Singer Featherweight case.  But, I must say, from a Mama's perspective, it's rather adorable!  Our daughter, Ruthie became known throughout the summer on our Singer Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour as the little girl who taught case restoration at each of our classes.  She would personally choose a case at each class to use as an example to show this process.  It's taken some time, but...

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| 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).

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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

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!

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| Posted by April Henry

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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| 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 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....

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| Posted by April Henry

How to Install & Use the Featherweight Accurate Seam Guide

Fashioned after the design of the Singer Featherweight with cute gold decals on a black acrylic finish, this seam guide is designed so that you can easily and accurately piece your quilt blocks.  Whether you prefer a scant or a true quarter inch (1/4") seam (or even beyond), your seams will have consistent seam allowances throughout your quilt.

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