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| Posted by April Henry

How to Quilt with a Walking Foot on a Singer Featherweight

Learn to Quilt on the Singer Featherweight! For quilting, the easiest and most economic option is 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 layer your project in what is called a "quilt sandwich".  It will layer like this: Bottom Layer:  Backing Middle Layer:  Batting Top Layer:  Quilt Top For a full-size quilt, my long-arm...

| Posted by April Henry

Binding Babies -- Easily Bind a Quilt on a Singer Featherweight

Binding Babies™ by Doohikey Designs have made binding a quilt easy, fun and tidy, especially with your Singer Featherweight 221 or 222! This is our newest featured product here at the Featherweight Shop, and so we created this quick video tutorial to show you how to use the Binding Baby and Flower Spindle with your Featherweight sewing machine... no more twisted binding messes on the floor!  It works on top of your machine or even off to the side if you opt to use the flower spindle.... you can set it up, either way, depending on your thread spool and...

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How to Use the Singer Buttonholer Attachment

Beautiful, perfect and easy! ‘Sew’ easy in fact, it’s practically hands-free! Believe me, this buttonholer is still preferred by long-time sewists, even over the fancy, expensive machines with built-in buttonhole features. It’s amazing how the technology of yesterday still holds true all these decades later. Part 2 of the video shows you how to make an eyelet hole - perfect for when you want to add a little hole to the Dresden Spool Pin Plate (free pattern). Designed fit for the low, vertical shank Singer Sewing Machine (i.e. 15, 66, 99, 127, 128, 185, 192, 201, 221 & 222 Featherweight,...

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How to Use the Singer Style-O-Matic Attachment

The SINGER Style-O-Matic Attachment with 17 Different Finishes all in one Attachment.  Singer introduced this amazing little gadget in 1934 and after that, it has been referenced in very, very few publications and advertisements.  A very short-lived attachment - making it a very scarce collectible today. This extensive photo tutorial took me two weeks to complete to illustrate all that this amazing little gadget can do, so be sure to scroll down to view just a sampling of the photos. Yes, my Stitchery Friends, this Attachment is very scarce to find! The SINGER Style-O-Matic Attachment with 17 Different Finishes all...

| Posted by April Henry

How to Use the Singer Tucker Attachment

How to sew pintucks using an old-fashion Singer Tucker Attachment. This demonstration was with a Singer Featherweight 222 Sewing Machine. The video was created back before we had cell phone video coverage, and we could only do it in one take with our limited technology. But, this should help give you an idea of how this attachment works and how I used it for this dress.

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Using the 1/4" Narrow Hemmer for a Vintage Styled Apron

Amazing. Simple. Let me say it again - A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Constructing a little apron for my daughter's Kindergarten teacher I decided to see if I could try out the 6mm or 1/4" Narrow Hemmer foot (6mm) to quickly hem the ruffle pieces prior to gathering the opposite edge.     I did a quick finger press twice over for the first inch or sew at the beginning of the seam - stitched normally for about 4 or 5 stitches then I lifted the presser foot, backed up the fabric and inserted the fold into the curve of the foot. Proceeding forward, I...

| Posted by April Henry

Zipper Feet - Regular or Invisible

Shop the Invisible Zipper Foot - Adjustable Here   Hidden or Invisible zippers sound so intimidating, don't they? Well, the truth of the matter is they're actually easier to put in than an ordinary zipper, especially with the right tool. The Featherweight Shop is now carrying the Low Shank Hidden Invisible Zipper Foot Attachment. I much prefer this attachment over the misshapen plastic doo-hickeys found in a little package at the sewing stores, which look more like multi-colored mind puzzlers than they do a Sewing Machine Attachment. This low shank invisible zipper foot has a clear or somewhat opaque foot...

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How to Use the Shirring Foot Attachment

  Shop Shirring Foot Here Ever wonder what you can do with this little attachment? Using this foot has made a drastic difference in the ease of shirring, so I thought I would tell you about this obscure Singer Attachment. It's called a Shirring Foot or sometimes referred to as the gathering attachment. By loosely hand-winding your bobbin with an elastic thread you can instantly create a shirred fabric with which to use for dress bodices, elasticized cuffs and more. Buy Shirring Gathering Foot, Vintage Singer   I suggest that when you pull your bobbin elastic thread up through the...

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Pink, Pinker & Pinking

Finish Seams, Trim Dressing Tables & Lamps, Edge Chintz & Waterproof Fabrics ~ the old-fashioned Singer Pinker accessories are desirable tool for any sewing room.        Above Left:  Singer Hand Crank Pinker #121379 Above Right:  Singer Pinking Attachment #121021 (Both styles are sometimes available in our shop.) Have you ever heard of a SINGER Hand Operated Pinker or Pinking Machine before? Have you seen what this amazing tool can do? Well… I am about to show you one of my most used Sewing and Crafting accessories. It is the SINGER Hand Crank Pinker or Pinking Machine. Originally from the...

| Posted by April Henry

How to Use the Two Thread Embroidery Attachment

This is rather strange looking attachment, wouldn’t you say?  I likened it to a preying mantis because of how the thread arms reach out and the bottom arms crisscross… Nevertheless, this is a very, very scarce attachment to find indeed! We know this attachment is expensive. It is quite a collector’s item not just because of how scarce it is to find one (in complete condition with attachment, both spool arms, original box, manual, and tiny thumb screw), but also one that is working and functional! In fact, several years ago we quit buying this particular attachment unless we could...

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How to Use the Single Thread Embroidery Attachment

I have had many, many rare attachments over the years but this one is by far my very favorite to use. Curly-Q’s and Loopy-D-Loops make this attachment fascinating to watch!     The Single Thread Embroidery Attachment was made by the Singer Manufacturing Company beginning in 1930 and continuing up through the 1950’s It is yet another very scarce attachment to find today. During the last years of production, it was referred to as a Style-O-Matic. (However, do not confuse the name “Style-O-Matic” with the actual Style-O-Matic Attachment which was from the 1930’s as well.)  You will not find the...

| Posted by April Henry

How to Use the Singer Walking Presser Foot

This Walking Foot is in a class all by itself. But then, should it be any surprise coming from the SINGER of yesterday? All metal, sturdy, high quality and with no plastic parts – it was built to last!  Those factors alone help play a major role in the collector’s price tag that these fetch today. The Singer Walking Presser Foot is designed to produce superior stitching on fabrics which by the nature of their texture, surface, or weave, tend to ease, stretch, or adhere when stitching. Fabrics typical of this group are: plastics and coated fabrics, napped fabrics, pile fabrics,...

| Posted by April Henry

How to Free-Motion Quilt on a Singer Featherweight

You can follow along with the video tutorial below for how to free-motion quilt on your Singer Featherweight or read through the text further down.     Click Here To Order Embroidery Foot Click Here To Order Embroidery Foot The foot I am demonstrating today is a new, all-metal, low shank embroidery and darning attachment.  If you have a 221 Featherweight, you will need to cover your feed dogs so that they are disengaged, enabling you to move around and stitch in any direction.  We now have a feed cover plate replicated from an original.  It works perfectly by snapping...