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How to Replace the Felt Drip Pad Liner on a Singer Featherweight
Today at The Featherweight Shop, Carmon and Ruthie will be showing you how to change the Felt Drip Pad on your Singer Featherweight properly! The felt drip pad that is underneath absorbs excess oil and, if heavily saturated, probably needs replacing. Not only will it take care of a simple routine maintenance for your machine, but it can also help eliminate some of the old musty odors that tend to collect from having been in storage for many years.
Old Felt Drip Pad
Felt Drip Pad Replacement Video Tutorial:
Felt Drip Pad Replacement Tutorial Tools:
1. Putty Knife
2. Latex Gloves
3. Kerosene, Rubbing Alcohol, or Ronsonol Lighter Fluid
4. Paper Towels
5. Safety Glasses
This process kind of reminds me of cleaning out from behind the kitchen stove. All those dust bunnies, lint, and kitchen grease build-up - you know it’s all there behind your stove, but it's hidden away out of sight, out of mind. That is, until you get the notion to actually pull the stove out and get your elbows in it to clean it all out. But, spring isn’t quite here yet, so we’ll save that major stove-cleaning task for another day. Let’s think about something more fun & gratifying… like cleaning our little Featherweight machine.
This tray catches excess oil as well and serves as a noise suppressant.
(If you own a White Featherweight, this process will not be necessary. Your machine was gifted with an internal maid, so you can go right back to sewing and skip this tutorial….. okay, okay, technically, white Featherweights were provided with a masonite board for the bottom instead of a metal tray and felt drip pad, so that’s kind of like having a built-in maid, right?)
The Large Thumb Nut is located on the bottom of the Featherweight.
The majority of the time, the old Felt Drip Pad will be loose and ready to fall off.
An old felt liner that easily removes from the pan.
To remove a really sticky felt liner, you will need a putty knife, latex gloves, kerosene (or rubbing alcohol or Ronsonol lighter fluid), a few paper towels, and don't forget your safety glasses!
An old Felt Drip Pad that is gooey and almost has a tar-like texture.
If the pad comes right off, great! Pour a little kerosene on the pan and clean the surface so the new pad will stick securely.
Kerosene soaking the "tar" left on the pan from an old Felt Drip Pad.
If an old liner is really stuck to the pan, pour kerosene on any felt that could not be easily removed and soak for several hours, possibly overnight, depending on the severity of the remaining felt residue. Next, use a putty knife and scrape the pan clean. Repeat this step if necessary.
After the felt is removed, there will most likely be traces of the old glue left, but do not worry! It will not interfere with the new felt sticking down.
Now that the drip pan is clean, Ruthie will demonstrate her trick to installing the new Felt Drip Pad!
The new felt drip pads have a strong adhesive backing to keep them securely in place. To eliminate misalignment by peeling all the paper off, Ruthie has a fun trick so that the felt drip pad will lay nice and flat and align perfectly with the drip pan tray.
Starting on the narrow side, pull back about two inches of the paper backing and fold it over, making a crease.
Align the felt, beginning at the wide end of the tray (that portion that still has paper attached), working toward the adhesive area. Next, press the sticky part of the felt drip pad into the pan and press it down.
Ruthie placing the larger end, with the backing, on the drip pan.
Firmly press the felt drip pad so that the adhesive begins to adhere to the pan. Now that the felt drip pad is somewhat attached and aligns correctly, reach under the pad and grab the paper backing. Slowly remove the paper backing from the felt, while simultaneously pressing the felt into place until the paper backing is completely removed and the felt is securely set in the drip pan.
Gently removing more of the backing while pressing on the felt
Ruthie has successfully placed the felt drip pad liner into place!
Now you have a fresh Felt Drip Pad perfectly aligned! If the machine is not over oiled, these pads should last at least another decade.
The Felt Drip Pad is available for the Singer Featherweight 221 or 222.