The only part of a Singer Featherweight likely to deteriorate in use is the electric motor – and let's face it, many of these machines can be 50+ years old! Therefore, it is essential that you properly maintain and care for it.
1.) NEVER put oil in your motor.
2.) LUBRICATE it with a proper low-melting point lubricant.
3.) Make sure your belt is not too tight. If the belt is too tight, it can strain the motor unnecessarily. Click here for a tutorial on how to properly adjust your Featherweight belt.
Electrical Conversions 220-240-to-110 and 110-to-220-240 volts
1.) The add-on black box -- Converter Box
Advantages - Cost, it’s the least expensive option at around $30 with no adverse reports of the recommended 100 watt (minimum) converter.
Disadvantages - It’s something else to carry around with the machine (and have to be explained at quilt classes).
2.) The full motor replacement -- with an original Featherweight 110 volt motor
Advantages - Plug in and sew with no additional bits and pieces. Because the original motors we sell are fully serviced by us, we guarantee them for one year. There are no external alterations at all to degrade the value of the machine.
Disadvantages - Cost. It’s more expensive at $130.00 or more.
*All 222 machines that we sell have the full motor conversion at no extra charge.