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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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Baby Quilt for Baby Thompson

Some of you probably remember when we hired our very first employee, Rebekah.  Then a couple of years ago we were so excited to see her get engaged and married to Burl.  Well, they are expecting their first baby any day now and we had a baby shower for her just this past Sunday.  A friend and I decided to make her a little quilt with the bright bold colors that Rebekah so enjoys. The pattern and fabrics are by Sandy Klop of American Jane (Moda).  The quilt was pieced, appliqued and quilted -- all on the Singer Featherweight.  We...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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Love Letter Sew-Along.. with the Featherweight Shop!

Well, the girls and I have decided it's time we have a little quilting sew-along.  By girls, I mean, the Featherweight Shop girls, of course!  Yes, all those packages you receive that are neatly wrapped with a little ric-rac bow... well, you've inspired the wrappers to start a sewing project, too! So, with Valentine's Day around the corner, we thought it would be fun to make a "Love Letter Pillow" by ellis & higgs.  Would you like to grab your Featherweight and join us? Supplies Needed:  Pattern (available for purchase download here) Quarter Inch Foot or Guide Walking Foot Thread...


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Cozy Christmas Quilt Top -- for the Christmas Eve Finish!

This year I made haste and got all of our Christmas presents wrapped and under the tree so we could relax and have an enjoyable day on Christmas Eve as a family.  In the afternoon, we made a yummy casserole for supper, frosted Christian's 18th birthday chocolate cake... then settled in for a long afternoon of Christmas movies and time together.  It was one of my most enjoyable times on record, I believe.  I sewed and sewed and sewed, drank coffee, the family mingled, talked, napped and in between we went from one old movie to the next.  (We discovered...


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2017 Christmas Recap

Every year we gear up for our 12 Days of Christmas Sales from December 1st - December 12th, and this year we thought we would post a few behind-the-scenes photos to show you some of your packages as they were being prepared!  We were in our new building this year - literally, the first day of our big sale kick-off, so it was a bit of challenge moving in, getting situated, and then set up for shipping all in one day, but we made it!  (Now we just need to decorate!) We had so much fun tying red and green...


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WINNER of the Singer Featherweight 222K "Red S" Free-Arm Sewing Machine!

From November 24th through December 12thwe held a drawing.   CONGRATULATIONS, Marjorie LaTour, you are the winner!  Your Featherweight is already in today's mail... Merry Christmas from the Featherweight Shop!   *No purchase was required; all participants completed the form below and were entered into the drawing.The giveaway was open to the legal residents of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the United Kingdom and was void where prohibited by law. "Red S" Singer Featherweight 222KFree-Arm Sewing Machine Includes:  Original Case, Original Red Vinyl Attachments Case (scarce to find!); Original Attachments:  Ruffler, Adjustable Hemmer, Binder, Edge Stitcher, Narrow Hemmer,...


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After Thanksgiving Day Sale - Coming Soon!

The After Thanksgiving Sale is coming soon at the Featherweight Shop! Here's where you will find it on November 24th... Desktop Version: If you are on an iPad or Mobile Phone, then this is where you will find the sale... First, click Menu... ... then click "Sale Items" and you'll be able to see all that we have on sale! We'll see you back here next Friday! Oh!  And, don't forget to check out the special drawing we will be having, too!  


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Featherweight Schoolhouse - New Update!

If you haven't noticed yet, we recently updated the website to feature an easy-to-navigate Featherweight Schoolhouse.  This will help you find information more easily as you learn all you can about our beloved little machines.  Here are a few screen captures to show you some of the recent changes...  But, click the tabs and have a peek around -- you may find a page you haven't seen before!