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Is your machine skipping stitches, or looping strangely after it was sewing just perfectly moments before? Most all stitch problems on a Singer Featherweight have to do with the way it is threaded. Unlike most modern machines and even a few older Singer models, the Featherweight 221 & 222K needle needs to face a certain direction, the thread gets inserted opposite of norm and the bobbin is counterclockwise. If I didn’t know any better I’d say everything is backward! Nevertheless, follow this tutorial and you’ll have perfect stitches in a matter of a few minutes. So, if your machine is...
How to Wind a Singer Featherweight Bobbin Not quite sure where to start with your new-to-you Singer Featherweight 221? Then let's get started with our new series "Getting to Know Your Featherweight", where our 12-year-old daughter, Ruthie Henry, goes through the pages of her instruction manual and guides us along with where to begin and how to get familiar with this classic Singer Sewing Machine.... Part 1, Winding a Bobbin
How To Thread the Bobbin Case & Insert It Into the Machine Ruthie continues with her Getting To Know Your Singer Featherweight 221 series and shows us how to correctly place the bobbin into the bobbin case as well as how to insert the bobbin case into the machine. A couple of things to remember from her tutorial today: 1.) Counter-Clockwise If the bobbin is correctly placed in the bobbin case, then the bobbin will spin counter-clockwise when the thread is pulled from the case. 2.) The Latch The latch on a Singer Featherweight bobbin case is unique in that...
How To Properly Set The Needle Part 3 of the Getting To Know Your Singer Featherweight 221 series will show you how to properly set your Singer Featherweight needle. This tutorial by Ruthie will be especially helpful if you notice your machine having skipped stitches or even if your bobbin thread won't pick up easily. Be sure to watch the video all the way to the end because she includes a couple of troubleshooting tips for you, too! To begin to set the needle properly on a Singer Featherweight 221, you will need to turn the handwheel towards you to...
Today, in part 4 of the Getting To Know Your Featherweight Series, you will learn how to thread a Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine from start to finish. To begin, you will need to turn the handwheel (which is technically called a “balance wheel”) towards you until the thread take-up lever is at its highest position. Turning the handwheel in the proper direction is something important to remember! You always, always, always want to turn the handwheel towards you and not away from you. Even if you are sewing in reverse, the handwheel will still be turned toward you – in...