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| Posted by April Henry

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...


| Posted by April Henry

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...


| Posted by April Henry

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...


| Posted by April Henry

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,...


| Posted by April Henry

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!  


| Posted by April Henry

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!


| Posted by April Henry

2nd Place

Our daughter Ruthie submitted her first quilt in the local Quilt Show.  It was her first quilt from start to finish on her Singer Featherweight; she selected the fabrics using a mini-charm pack and a Moda Candies Pattern.  She then configured the block layout and accomplished all the piecing by herself.  When we went on our Mama/Daughter retreat a year or so ago, I helped her with the quilting by free-motion quilting (on a Singer Featherweight, of course) in a stipple formation, and then Ruthie finished by doing all the hand binding.  We were all so proud of her, and...


| Posted by April Henry

Ohio Star King Size Quilt

This weekend is our nearby town's BBQ Days event, and every year our quilt guild hosts a local Quilt Show and Pie Sale.  Yesterday, I assisted the guild members with the check-in of many quilts and quilted crafty projects.  I must say, it was quite fun to see everyone's talent as it trickled in one-by-one, and to meet several ladies in the community.  Often, I've attended quilt shows and wondered who it was that actually made some of the beautiful quilts.  So, having the opportunity to meet these lovely ladies face-to-face was a real treat for me... like having a...


| Posted by April Henry

Christian, the Sewing Machine Guy

Many of you met our son, Christian, when we were on our Singer Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour in the summer of 2016.  He charmed the sweet, lovely ladies and enjoyed being their personal Featherweight technician for each class.   Yesterday, while flipping through some old photos I found these pictures and I couldn't help but chuckle (as well as have a moment of heart-swelling for that sweet little boy).  I remember how excited he was to "sew" using this child's Singer Sewhandy Model 20.  He was about 5-years-old and he wanted to make his Lone Ranger and Johnny West Action...


| Posted by April Henry

My Quilt from Great-Grandma Ruth

When I was a little girl, about 5-years-old, I took a trip with my parents to visit my Great-Grandma Ruth, who lived in a lovely little house on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. It was a small craftsman style home, but very "English" in her style and nature. The front porch had a portable swing that I would enjoy sitting on - probably singing and swinging, fascinated that it was a "bench" and not a tire or schoolyard swing. She collected salt & pepper shakers, spoons as well as bells of all kinds. Great-Grandma Ruth was also an avid quilter...


| Posted by April Henry

Family Time in Georgia, 2016

After our stop in Woodstock (when we took our Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour in 2016) we spent several days with Uncle Charley and Aunt Sandy in Georgia.  We love them dearly and all of us enjoy just listening to their darling southern accents -- with "darlin'" and "sho'nough" being the special words we will forever remember as their terms of endearment.  All of us enjoy antique shopping and collecting together and so sharing several days in Dawsonville was a time we will always cherish. Our time with them just happened to fall during the time of Carmon's birthday, so Aunt...


| 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...