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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,...


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...


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...


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...


How to Use the Shirring Foot Attachment

  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 stitch plate that you...


Zipper Feet - Regular or Invisible

  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. April 1930's 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 mounted to a metal attachment bracket which has a...


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

    Amazing. Simple. And, amazing - or did I already say that? 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 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...


How to Sew Flat Felled Seams

This tutorial was featured on the Oliver + S blog. A flat-felled seam is accomplished by sewing two lines of stitching at the seam while simultaneously enclosing the raw edges of the fabric. This seam finish not only prevents unraveling or fraying but makes the seam very strong. It also gives the finished garment a clean finish on this inside. A flat-felled seam is commonly found on denim jeans and men's dress shirts as well as on reversible garments. I've even seen this feature instructed in vintage patterns for boy's and men's pajamas. It adds one more touch of professionalism...


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.


How to Clean & Polish Your Singer Featherweight

Easy to clean and easy to polish!  Have you ever wondered how some Featherweight machines look polished and beautiful while others look dull or oily?  Watch the video tutorial below all the way through and learn how to take your average looking Featherweight and turn it into something beautifully reflective.  Cleaning attachments and the shiny parts of the machine are addressed as well.


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...


How to Attach the Feed Dog Cover Plate

  We here at The Featherweight Shop are really excited to introduce the feed cover plate designed specifically for the Singer Featherweight 221. It is an exact replica from the very, very scarce-to-find (and expensive) original feed cover plate attachment. Unlike the plates that screw onto the bed of the machine, this new feed cover plate is only about an inch or so in size and snaps right into place. It does not touch any of the machine’s painted surface or decals so you won’t have to worry about harming the finish of your machine. Watch our new video below...


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,...


How to Make a Buttonhole and Eyelet Hole (perfect for the Mini Dresden Spool Pin Plate Pattern)

Isn't it darling?!!  We are so excited to make this free pattern available to you! Click here to order the FREEDresden Spool Pin Plate PDF pattern Follow the link above to order and download the free Mini Dresden Spool Pin Plate Pattern.  Then come back here for the complete video tutorials (part 1 and part 2), using the Singer Buttonholer Attachment.  You will learn how to make an eyelet hole - perfect for making this darling Mini Dresden Spool Pin Plate.  (Same tutorial would apply if you only have the really small 5/16" buttonhole template.)  If you're familiar at all...


How to Install & Use the Featherweight Accurate Seam Guide

This seam guide is designed so that you can easily and accurately piece your quilt blocks.  Whether you prefer a scant or a true quarter inch (1/4") seam (or even beyond), your seams will have consistent seam allowances throughout your quilt or sewing project.  Some people prefer a 1/4" foot attachment and those work very well, too, but other quilters prefer something more fixed and secure to the machine bed.  The smooth acrylic finish of the Featherweight Accurate Seam Guide is safer for the machine surface as well.  It is much better than using adhesive or metal seam guides which...


How To Use The Singer Automatic Zigzagger Attachment

This video tutorial will show you how I used the Singer Automatic Zigzagger Attachment to do applique on my Singer Featherweight.  Yes, my straight stitch sewing machine was able to do a dainty little applique stitch using a vintage Singer Zigzag Attachment.  These zigzaggers were available for either low or slant shank, but the mechanics and function are identical.  The Featherweight requires a low shank attachment, of course, whereas a Singer 301 would take the slant shank style. Featherweight Diecuts are available by clicking here.


Introducing the Super Easy Machine Needle Threader

We are so excited to now offer the Super Easy Machine Needle Threader for your Singer Featherweight. This will work on ALL household sewing machines, too, but we are partial to our Featherweights, aren't we?!  As an added bonus, it not only is helpful as a needle threader, but it easily inserts the needle, too! Working with many needle threaders through the years, we were tickled to have a fellow Featherweight friend from Texas show us this particular style this summer when we were on our Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour.  Thank you, David!  This gadget is fantastic! Click Here To...


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...


What accessories originally came with my Featherweight?

The Featherweight is like many other vintage and collectible items; having all the original accessories makes the item more desirable and possibly even more valuable.  The question then must be asked, "Do I have all my original accessories?"  We know the machine would have originally included a foot controller, case and manual, but what else?  Some have screwdrivers, some have five, six, or seven attachments, and some have oil cans.  This post should provide you with the information you need to determine whether or not you have all your Featherweight's original accessories.Attachments:We'll start with the attachments that were originally supplied...


How to Pack up the Featherweight and its Accessories in the Case

One question that we get quite often here in the shop is, "how does everything fit in my Featherweight case?"  Singer did change the Featherweight cases throughout the years, so packing everything up wasn't always the same.  You might be able to get it all in the Case if you pile it in all randomly, but there is a right and wrong way. NOTE:  The cases shown in this blog post are for the majority of vintage original Featherweight cases.  Stay tuned, though, because we will be updating this post for the early style cases as well - they are...