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| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

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...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

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...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

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...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

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...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Restore Along Part 5: The Head and The Base

Welcome to part Five in The Restore Along with Tulip! Today, Julia will show us how she finally was able to separate the head from the base of the machine - a process that began in Part Four. If you are joining us, you can catch up with our series here: Restore Along Part 1: Introduction of Julia & "Tulip" Restore Along Part 2: Stripping Down Tulip Restore Along Part 3: The History of Tulip Restore Along Part 4: Preparing to Separate the Hull In last week's post, the pins that held the column to the base were proving to...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Restore Along Part 4: Preparing to Separate the Hull

First, we would like to thank you all for joining us for another installation of Tulip's restoration! It has been such a fun project to follow along with Julia as she takes the tedious steps of the restoration. If you are joining us, you can catch up on the progress on our previous Restore Along Blogs: Restore Along Part 1: Introduction of Julia & "Tulip" Restore Along Part 2: Stripping Down Tulip Restore Along Part 3: The History of Tulip Julia's biggest hurdle of the day is getting the upper and lower body of the Featherweight apart. Julia attempts to...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Restore Along Part 3: More Disassembly

Thanks for joining us in Part 3 of Tulip's Restore Along!  For those of you who are just joining us, this Featherweight (endearingly named Tulip) is in the process of a full restoration.  Julia and her husband, Mark, found and rescued Tulip in a small antique shop in Kentucky and began the journey to restore her. We are lucky enough to join in on the fun and follow along on Julia's adventure. You can catch up on her story with the first two Restore Along blog posts below: Restore Along Part 1: The Introduction of Julia and Tulip Restore Along Part 2: Stripping Down...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Restore Along Part 2: Stripping Down Tulip

Welcome to Restore Along Part 2: Stripping Down Tulip. Julia has done an incredible job in documenting each step she has taken in the restoration process, and we are happy to share her story! If you are just joining us, you can catch up on the last installment of our Restore Along here: Restore Along Part 1: Introduction of Julia and Tulip As many of you may recall, Tulip is the poor little Featherweight that Julia and her husband, Mark, rescued from an antique shop down in Kentucky. Julia's Featherweight is named Tulip, after the state tree, the Tulip Poplar....


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Restore Along Part 1: Introduction of Julia & "Tulip"

  Today, we are pleased to present the beginning of this story as our first installment of the "Restore Along" featuring Tulip, the Featherweight.  You'll get to see how Julia LaForest (Tulip's owner) lovingly restored her Featherweight from the very beginning all the way to the end, with a new blog post showing each step as she shows us her restoration process.  But, first things first - we must tell you about how Julia came to find Tulip, and how she came to enjoy a life filled with travel, adventure, and joy with her husband, Mark. Let's dive in! Julia visiting...


| Posted by Carmon Henry

A Thread Cutter That's Actually Sharp

Upon arrival of our new Featherweight Shop edition Thread Cutterz, we wanted to make this quick and easy video tutorial for you!  This tutorial will walk you through setup as well as show you how easy it is to now cut thread when piecing or sewing on your Singer Featherweight 221 or 221. We all know the vintage original Singer thread cutter and even the new replica thread cutter (both designed to wrap around the presser bar) are more for nostalgic purposes than they are for actually cutting...(we have often referred to the old ones as "thread-frayers"!)  This new Featherweight...


| Posted by April Henry

Love Letter Pillow Sewalong - Part 4

Binding a Quilt! Part 4 is the final installment of our Love Letter Pillow Sewalong!  We are very excited to finally display our little pillows and just in time for February!  Are you just now joining and feeling late to the party?  No worries at all... be sure to review our supplies list page and Parts 1, 2, and 3 and you can participate at any time!  To continue with the Airmail theme of the Love Letter Pillow, I was able to find some red, white and blue striped fabric for my binding, but you can use a pretty polka...


| Posted by April Henry

Love Letter Pillow Sewalong - Part 3 (Walking Foot Tutorial, too!)

Let's Quilt on the Featherweight! We are now moving on to the quilting process of the Love Letter Pillow.  If you aren't quite finished with piecing your final block, then refer back to Part 2 of the Sewalong for some piecing tips.  For quilting, we have opted to use the Walking Foot designed for the Singer Featherweight. The teeth on the walking foot align to the teeth on the feed dogs so this will eliminate any unnecessary shifting and allow for more even feeding during the quilting process. To begin quilting (this applies to any quilt) you will want to...


| Posted by April Henry

Love Letter Pillow Sewalong - Part 2

Now Let's Sew! If you haven't selected, squared or cut out your fabric yet, then refer back to Part 1 of the Sewalong before proceeding. I like to place a little pencil mark next to each instruction I have completed. Doing so means I will know right where I left off if I have to set my project aside for any reason. Before construction, be sure to label your pieces well as instructed, follow the pattern layout directions and begin sewing your pieces together following each pattern step carefully!  Nadra has some great tutorials on her website, too, including this...


| Posted by April Henry

Love Letter Pillow Sewalong - Part 1

Hi everyone!  The Featherweight Shop team has been eagerly anticipating today, and we hope you all have been as well.  If you are just now joining us, please review the previous blog post by clicking here for the pattern and a list of supplies needed. SEWALONG SCHEDULE Thursday, January 25th, Part 1 and 2, 8 am PST Monday, January 29th, Part 3, 8 am PST Wednesday, January 31st, Part 4, 8 am PST When I first saw the Love Letter Pillow it made me think of the old airmail envelopes my grandma would let me play with when I was...


| 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...


| 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 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...