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| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along - Blocks 13 & 14 (Egg Basket & Farm Fresh Flower)

Blocks 13 & 14 are our featured blocks for December - Egg Basket and Farm Fresh Flower blocks! The Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop continues, even in December amidst the holiday hustle and bustle.... This was indeed the Christmas season, yet a few of us Featherweight Shop diehards still got together to work on our blocks.  We waited until after our big annual sale, but we had fun discussing that when we increase to three blocks per month (starting in January), that means we are half way through with sewing our quilt top! Both Ruthie...


| 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

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along - Blocks 11 & 12 (Country Crossroads & Crops)

Block 11 & 12 are our featured blocks for November - Country Crossroads and Crops blocks!  The Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop continues.... After laying out all my blocks I noticed that mine are needing a bit more pops of red for balance.  Thus, I decided to incorporate some red 30s prints for the Country Crossroads block.   But, when it came to constructing my Crops block, I ended up grabbing the little white corner square pieces from the wrong pile creating some assymetrical crops. Can you see my errors?  I decided to keep them...


| Posted by Christian Henry

GIVEAWAY December 2018! Blackside, Custom-Painted Singer Featherweight

Winner was announced Thursday, December 13th, at 10:00am, PST!  *No purchase was required. This giveaway was open to the legal residents of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the United Kingdom; voided where prohibited by law.   Bona Fide Blackside Featherweight with vintage original blackside faceplate, blackside stitch length indicator plate, and blackside presser bar lifter Pearl White Essence with Custom Black Decals Foot controller is the early metal style; custom-painted to match machine New, replica hard-sided carrying case Vintage original box of Singer Attachments (also blackside) New, replica instruction manual Original Attachments:  Ruffler, Adjustable Hemmer, Binder,...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along - Block 9 & 10 (Cool Threads & Corn and Tomatoes)

  Block 9 & 10 are our featured blocks this month - Cool Threads and Corn & Tomatoes!  The Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop continues; block 9 was a lot of fun to be creative with the thread spools!  Ruthie had the idea of using a light brown fabric print for wooden spools and I liked it so much I decided to copy her design.  Block 10 was the perfect block to add some bright red color and coordinate with the yellow, being creative with the various vintage style prints.  If you're just now joining...


| Posted by April Henry

October 3, 1933 - Happy Birthday, Singer Featherweight... PRIZES!

On October 3, 1933, the Singer Featherweight sewing machine model was officially commissioned or "born".  Therefore, in honor of it's 85th birthday, we are giving away 1 of 33 Featherweight accessories! The approximate retail value of each of the prizes randomly selected range from $6.00 to $270. Congratulations winners!!!  Your names were randomly drawn as follows for one the prizes listed below... Be watching your email for your congratulatory announcement!   Singer Featherweight Accurate Seam Guide Linda Solberg, BJ Mills, Kay Guillot, & Vicky Browne 1933 Singer Featherweight T-Shirt Patricia Goss Featherweight Magnetic Pin & Maintenance Dish Penny Ford, Fran...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 7 & 8 (Chicken Foot & Churn Dash)

  Block 7 & 8 are both being featured this month... Chicken Foot and Churn Dash are the two blocks for the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop!  Block 7 has a number of pieces forming the "Chicken Foot"; it turns out so cute all sewn together in tiny detail.  Block 8 is one of my all-time favorites because it's a thirties classic - the "Churn Dash".  It sews together fairly simply and brings quick satisfaction.  So, how did you all do?  I'd say I spent a couple of hours (attempting those points!) on the Chicken...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 6 (Canning Season)

Block 6 is here...Canning Season, of the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop!  This block features six canning jars -- just in time for late summer canning season.  What about you?  Are you canning peaches yet? If you're just now joining us, we are continuing with our monthly Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along at the Featherweight Shop!  Grab some fabric, get it prepared and cut and let's enjoy some more Featherweight sewing!  This month I am experimenting with a new corner cutting (literally) technique using the "Mini Simple Folded Corners Ruler" and I really, really like...


| Posted by April Henry

Featherweight Kit - Fussy Cutting and Alternate Construction

UPDATE:  This kit is now discontinued, but you may still be able to grab one of the very last "Fannie the Featherweight" fabric panels, available in limited quantities here.  Using your personally selected lining fabric, a little bit of black fabric for the trim and some extra batting scraps, you can make one, too! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FREE PATTERN We are so excited that the Featherweight kits are already making their way through the mail to your door.  As such, we thought it would be perfect timing to show you how we applied the fussy cut instructions for the...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 5 (Butter Churn)

We are already on Block 5, Butter Churn, of the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop! If you're just now joining us, we are continuing with our monthly Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along at the Featherweight Shop!  Grab some fabric, get it prepared and cut and let's enjoy some more Featherweight sewing!  This month Lori Holt shows us a fun and efficient way to sew flying geese.  Follow along with her instructions, making sure to press seams open when you can and being careful to be as exact with your alignments as possible.    I wasn't...


| Posted by April Henry

Happy 4th of July!

This past year (or more) I have slowly been working on quilts that reflect the time of year or season.  I finished a Lori Holt Christmas quilt in January and a Valentine's pillow for February as well as a Valentine quilt this spring (photos to come later).  Well, this "Stars & Stripes" patriotic quilt kit I got from Craftsy some time ago has been several months in the making, yet I am still working on it piece-by-piece... and now block-by-block!  I was so excited to have finished the 120 red & white blocks and now I only have 48 of...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 4 (Baking Day)

Yay!  It's so much fun to be moving right along with these Farm Girl Vintage blocks by Lori Holt... When cutting out block 3 last month (Baby Chick), I loved the colors so much that I decided to make cutting easy and continue with the colors of pink, yellow and red.  My great-grandmother had a "big yellow bowl" that she used for making bread.  That bowl was handed down to my mom and then to me.  Therefore, for me, it only seemed apropos for the larger mixing bowl of "Baking Day" block 5 to be yellow as well. Ruthie changed...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 3 (Baby Chick)

Today, we are featuring block 3 of the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along at the Featherweight Shop!  Last month we learned about pressing seams open and cutting accurately when we sewed Block 2, Autum Star.  This month we will be adding a small, but new technique to our blocks with simple embroidery for the chick's little legs and eye.  So, grab your fabric, get it prepared and cut and let's enjoy some more Featherweight sewing!    Cutting was fairly straight forward and easy this month, so I ended up cutting for both Ruthie's and my block. Don't forget to sew...


| Posted by April Henry

Day in Seattle

After our workshops in Olympia, Washington we took a day with the kids and visited the iconic Pike's Place Market!  A few donuts, some fresh flowers and the infamous gum wall were the highlights of our day. An entire wall... and surrounding walls, actually, of A.B.C. gum.  That's "Already Been Chewed" gum.  Nasty, of course, but definitely something to see. Better than Krispie Kreme, I promise; they have a "homemade" doughnut flavor that is so yummy! Carmon surprised Ruthie with a fresh bouquet of Sweet Peas... as you know she has always been our little Sweet Pea.  It was a...


| Posted by April Henry

Olympia, Washington Featherweight Maintenance Workshop - May 2018

Cindy M. is a fellow Featherweight Friend and it was so fun to finally meet her in real life! This is what we like to call our "peanut butter" machines, and every once in awhile we will come across one of these at our Singer Featherweight Maintenance Workshops. There isn't any reason for a Featherweight machine to be plastered with this much grease, yet it's always fun to take a before and after photo!  At some point in it's maintenance history, this odd looking grease had been applied so thick to the top gear that it had splattered everywhere inside......


| Posted by April Henry

Beaverton, Oregon Featherweight Maintenance Workshop - May 2018

Mid-May we were in the Portland, Oregon area for a recent Novice Featherweight Maintenance Workshop.  We had the special treat of meeting more of our friends from the Featherweight Facebook Group as well as making new ones, too!  Becki flew in from Missouri and was a pleasure to meet and have at our workshop the first day! Originally discovered for Featherweights in 2015 by our son, Christian, the long-shafted Maintenance Screwdriver is simply a must-have. The extra absorption of torque in the shaft allows you to easily remove those "hard-to-remove" screws.  Carmon and Christian giving a live-illustration on the large...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 2 (Autumn Star)

Today, we are featuring block 2 of the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along at the Featherweight Shop!  Last month, many of us began by learning some of the quilting basics as the first block, Apron Strings, was completed.  This month, many gained new confidence while preparing, cutting and sewing block 2, the Autumn Star.    Ruthie picked out fabric for both her block and mine with the only variation being the center teal and corner green floral prints. Lori Holt's instructions are always so clear and concise, even a beginner quilter can quickly learn the art of quilting by using...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 1 (Apron Strings)

Today is the beginning of our Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along at the Featherweight Shop!  The gals were eagerly anticipating this gathering after all packages were ric-rac tied and shipped because today we are featuring the start of a new quilt - some of us for the very first time.  Awww, sweet Wendy... She's already settling in and becoming comfortable with quilt-making that she's beginning to teach and help others... we love it! The nice thing about Lori Holt's books and patterns is that scrappy prints and fabrics work so well.  Today's block, "Apron Strings", was ideal for pulling a...


| Posted by April Henry

Featherweight Shop Sew Along - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt

This past week, the Featherweight shop staff met and chose the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Book as our next sew along.  The quilt is adorable and appeals to many styles, the blocks are smaller at 6 1/2" square and will be fairly simple to construct (especially with Lori Holt's wonderful instructions), and each block will be easy to find fabric for (scraps on hand, charm packs, layer cake, etc.) making it manageable on any fabric budget!  We would all love to have you join us!  We will be gathering to sew on our regular Featherweight Shop Sew Along day, which...


| Posted by April Henry

A Heart & Prayer

This post will end on a bit of a somber note.. just a forewarning..... We received an email from a customer, Kathy G. a couple of weeks ago inquiring about the Love Letter Pillow sew along we were having and her new venture into quilting.  It was fun to answer her budding quilting questions and see her progress when she emailed and posted photographs of her pillow as she was completing the sewing and quilting steps. Her work is beautiful and already shows much skill in learning something new! FANTASTIC quilting! Anyway.... fast forward to today when we received this...