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How to Change a Singer Featherweight Light Bulb

For those of you who do not have local access to a hardware store or don't want to drive all over town trying to locate the right tubing product, we do carry them in the shop as a convenience to our customers: Many of you have probably tried and found that the area where the light bulb goes is hard to get into. I actually learned this from Dave McCallum several years ago and have been applying it ever since. To make this easier and to easily see the bulb, it may be best to set the machine up on...


How to Fix Terminal Receptacle Pins for Better Connection

How to Fix Terminal Receptacle Pins for Better Connection   A common question we receive has to do with the Featherweight plug being too loose in the receptacle. Watch the short video above to see what to do should this ever occur with one of your Featherweight machines. My Featherweight friend, Brad Sawatwipachai, was a great help in preparing this hint for video presentation. Receptacles that no longer have a sufficient center gap in the pins can cause the light to flicker or the motor to lose power. To remedy this problem, you will need a flat screwdriver. Your machine...


Foot Pedal Controller Adjustment

  If your Singer Featherweight 221 foot controller (aka foot pedal) has only one speed (fast) OR is getting way too hot, then it might just need a simple adjustment inside. Watch this video tutorial for how to calibrate and make the necessary adjustment and to keep your machine operating safely. .... But wait, there's more -- immediately after posting this video to our Singer Featherweight 221 Facebook Group, we received the question about a light that flickers on and off when the foot controller is depressed. So, we decided a 2nd video was needed in addition to the first...


How To Replace the Electrical Components

This video tutorial will show you how to replace and rewire the light socket, lampshade, light switch, receptacle and motor on a Singer Featherweight 221.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.  Also, be sure to like and share this tutorial with your fellow Featherweight friends!  


Featherweight LED Bulb Comparison

Which LED light bulb is the right one for the Singer Featherweight 221 or 222K sewing machine?  Carmon Henry answers that question and explains how they differ and why some work in the light sockets and some do not.  We are often asked, "Will your LED bulb fit in my Featherweight because I have heard that some work and some don't?"  This video tutorial will show you the differences and help you make the right choice for an LED bulb for your machine.   This LED bulb works for all Singer Featherweight styles:  Black, White, Tan, or any other -...


How to Repair a Speedy Foot Controller - Part B

A few years ago we posted the tutorial for how to adjust the original bakelite foot controller and since then have received many requests for how to do the same speed adjustment on the "clamshell" style foot controller, most often seen on white Featherweights, but sometimes with the black Singer Featherweight 221 & 222 as well. If your foot controller (aka: foot pedal) seems to only have one speed - FAST... Then the following video tutorial will show you how to make that adjustment so you will have full range of speed.  From sewing slowly and carefully to speedily sewing...


Capacitors - Why Did My Featherweight Start Sewing All of the Sudden?

Many Featherweight owners have asked, "what are these silver cylinders inside my foot controller?"  For several of the Featherweights manufactured in the UK, capacitors were added inside the foot controller, motor, or the machine itself.  The purpose of capacitors was to cut down on electrical feedback with old TVs and radios.  We no longer have this problem with present-day electricity, and nowadays the capacitors end up being quite the nuisance, if not potentially dangerous.  We often get contacted by frightened customers exclaiming that their machine just started sewing all of the sudden without the foot controller being depressed at all.  The cause?  Those capacitors! ...