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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...


| Posted by April Henry

Quilting a King Size Quilt on a Featherweight Machine

Recently, on our Singer Featherweight Facebook Group, Nancy Goff posted what she had recently made on her little Singer Featherweight.  We were all stunned at her exquisite work and amazing accomplishment.  I invited her to share her venture here on the blog because this was simply Featherweight inspiring!  So, let me introduce you to Nancy and her beautiful Snowflake Quilt - the first bed-sized quilt she has ever made.  (I know... we were all truly in awe, too!)


| 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 April Henry

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

From all of us here at the Featherweight Shop, we wish you a very, very Blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours.  It is a grace and blessing to consider you one of our Featherweight Stitchery Friends and one we are truly grateful for. We will be sharing the traditional turkey feast with Carmon's family tomorrow (we are bringing our homemade ice cream to go with the pumpkin pie!) but will be back on Friday for when our After Thanksgiving Sale begins...... We are getting very excited for this year!  Get ready.... get set...... (12:01am on 11/25/2016 we GO!!!!) We will...


| Posted by April Henry

Workshop in Fort Mill, South Carolina

July 15th and 16th, 2016 we were in Fort Mill, South Carolina -- what a fine group this was!  We met quite a few of our current customers as well as meeting new folks, too!  One student brought a machine she had purchased from us years ago so she could learn to service and maintain it herself. Here are the photo highlights ..... This is Janet with the lovely Red S 221 we had sold to her several years back.(It was still glistening in the light!) Cathy learning about lubricant and taking a peek inside the cut-away motor we have...


| 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...


| Posted by Carmon Henry

Workshop in Mechanicsville, Virginia

Mechanicsville, Virginia - July 12th and 13th, 2016 Making our way through the eastern states, Virginia was our next stop.  Class members learned much about servicing their Singer Featherweights and becoming empowered to find and service future machines for their collection, too! Here are the photo highlights:   This case handle is from a White Singer Featherweight and is a unique kind.  A Workshop participant brought it to class and we wanted to make sure to take a photo to show you what makes it different.  Do you notice how the handle is inserted between the metal tabs of each...


| Posted by April Henry

Memphis, Tennessee - July 2016

Towards the end of July, 2016, we visited Memphis, Tennessee for the next Singer Featherweight Maintenance Workshop on our nationwide tour.  Growing up and living in Idaho, cockroaches are a thing we do not have the opportunity to experience.  We have other things, of course, but not cockroaches.  So, when we pulled into the hotel parking lot, only to find them lurking and moving at our every move, it was quite an experience (and I am sure we would have been great entertainment for the locals!)  Ruthie and I stood guard on the utility trailer while Carmon and Christian unloaded...


| Posted by April Henry

Nashville, Tennessee, 2016

Towards the end of July we were in Nashville, Tennessee.  We had the special treat of meeting more of our friends from the Featherweight Facebook Group and making new ones at the Workshop.  The screwdrivers there on the table are the exact ones we use in the Featherweight Shop and what we recommend at all our Workshops.  The small and long-shafted screwdrivers will be the most used, followed by the Safety and Mid-Length.  We have a full set now available for order... order all 4 and save! Juandel came with her daughter to the workshop and they learned together. Georgia...


| Posted by April Henry

Workshop in Woodstock, Georgia

July 18th and 19th, 2016 we were in Woodstock, Georgia for a two-day Featherweight Maintenance Workshop.  We saw quite a few of our Featherweight friends and customers that we've interacted with online so it was a treat to see and meet several in person, too!  Ruthie helping Laura with the cleaning of her Featherweight gears. Barbara brought her lovely White Featherweight to the workshop! Angie - cleaning her Featherweight gears. Martha - cleaning her Featherweight felt drip pan tray.These pans can become quite sticky with oil and grease so she cleaned hers before adhering a new felt drip pad. Oiling...


| Posted by April Henry

Washington, D.C.

When we started planning for our Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour 2016 we knew that we would somehow want to incorporate a visit to Washington, D.C.  Carmon had visited the city in the fall of 2009 and had wanted to bring the rest of us to see US history first hand ever since.  It was certainly a lot to take in and we had high hopes that we would get to see many sites in an 8-day time period.  While we would probably have to spend several months to see each minute historical detail, we do feel like we received at...


| Posted by April Henry

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

After New York City our family took an 8-day break from the Featherweight Workshops to tour our Nation's capitol and historical sights.  The first place we visited was Philadelphia.  It just so happened to be around the July 4th weekend, so there were several things we would not have ordinarily had the opportunity to see any other time of year.  This also meant that there were considerable more crowds, so some of the most-desired historical sights were not available for us to see during our one-day visit in Philadelphia. Independence HallHome of the Constitutional Convention We took a horse-drawn carriage...


| Posted by April Henry

New York City

We had one day in New York City, so we had to maximize what we could see and do... and it all had to be done on foot.  We road the train, the subway and walked and walked and walked.... and walked... but, we were able to see the Statue of Liberty, Time Square, Museum of Natural History, the 9/11 Memorial and all the sights in between.  We were worn out by the end of the day, but it was a fun to experience and see it all for the first time. Our first view of the New York skyline...


| Posted by April Henry

Pearl River, New York Workshops, 2016

Our New York gals were not only fun to listen to with their fun northeastern accents, but they were all so much fun to have in class -- seeing them learn about their Featherweight machines and getting acquainted with fellow Featherweight friends from the surrounding areas.  And, for many it was a Featherweight Facebook Group reunion!  The hotel was super nice -- much fancier than expected, so it was kind of a treat for all of us!  Photo recap: DAY 1 Stephanie and Linda with their 222K free-arm Featherweights. Joy from New Jersey and Catherine from Washington, D.C. eager to...


| Posted by April Henry

Columbus, Ohio Workshops, June 2016

Our Columbus, Ohio workshops were a blast, and both groups were a pleasure to work with and teach all about their Singer Featherweights and maintenance / servicing skills. Here are a few photos from both days: Workshop members learned about the oxidation from the lead tube and why it can be important to keep it clear from underneath machine. Before and after -- cleaning all that lint from under the needle plate... This machine had quite a few yards of thread pass through it's needle!  Karen with the tan Featherweight and Debbie with the black Featherweight - friends enjoying the...


| Posted by April Henry

Amish Country

Did you see that?  We were welcomed to Pennsylvania.  Carmon said, "take a picture!  We're entering Pennsylvania!"  Well... by the time I grabbed the camera and it zoomed in, that's about all I caught. Driving on the country roads in Amish country of Pennsylvania had some unexpected surprises.  First, we didn't really expect them to be driving motorized vehicles.  Second, we did not realize that the area was a mixture of both Amish and Quaker descent with lifestyles that, by our first glance, appeared similar.  Our hotel clerk directed us to Kitchen Kettle Village, which is a very busy touristy...


| Posted by April Henry

Fabric and Racecars

After the Featherweight Maintenance Retreat at the Missouri Star Quilt Company Ruthie and I were able to do a little bit of fabric shopping.  Although I did make one note for next time -- plan ahead to do fabric shopping the day before the retreat... I know I would come home with more fabric for sure!  Carmon and Christian went to the man-cave at Missouri Star and enjoyed a round or two of pool while we shopped.  Christian liked the game so much he decided he wants to get a pool table for his house someday.... (Rack 'em up, Son!)...


| Posted by April Henry

Missouri Star Featherweight Maintenance Retreat Recap

Singer Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Retreatat the Missouri Star Quilt CompanyJune 20 - 22, 2016 We arrived in St. Joseph, Missouri on Sunday night and spent the evening with Dave and Sharon McCallum.  (Dave is the producer and author of the Featherweight Maintenance DVD and Book.)  We put retreat food preparations in the refrigerators at the hotel (Candlewood Suites was awesome for this!), ate pizza and discussed the schedule for the next couple of days.  It was fun to catch up, too! Hamilton, MissouriMissouri Star Quilt Company Monday morning we drove in to Hamilton and began setup for our first Featherweight...


| Posted by April Henry

Adele ~ A Very Special Featherweight

This month’s guest feature is a machine currently owned and cherished by Roberta Lynn.  Roberta has named this machine after her original owner, Adele (pictured below).  Adele ~ original owner to the Singer Featherweight 221 featured in this article.(Photo from 1986) Adele was the original owner of this very special Featherweight, and as you can see, her machine saw many, many stitching miles.    Yet, with all of its worn decals, missing paint, dings, nicks, pin scratches and use, it bears a virtual badge of Featherweight honor.  All decals worn, paint chipped... evidence of a totally loved machine... Notice the...