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How To Refurbish a Singer Featherweight Case

In this video tutorial, our young daughter, Ruthie, will show you all the restoration steps for how to clean and refurbish / restore a Singer Featherweight case.  This process will work on all black Singer Featherweight cases. On our Singer Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour this past summer, she became known at each class as the one to teach this portion of our workshops.  Step-by-step, she will show you the process of bringing that old, worn-out-looking case to a new luster -- giving it new life again!   Towards the end of the video, she and I will also show you...

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Graham Forsdyke's Featherweight Chamber of Horrors

It's nightmare time folks -- check out these terror tales from Graham. Be very glad your fine machine is safe in the sewing room.   Worst Featherweight Ever Electrical Disasters Motor Mayhem Featherweight Graveyard ******************************************   Worst Featherweight in the World   This sad machine was discovered in the basement of an English coastal dealer. Aluminium will certainly oxidize, especially in a salty atmosphere, but this is the first machine I've seen where the base is, in places, totally eaten through.     ******************************************       Electrical Disasters Two different machines but a joint, and not unusual, problem. Poor...

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Singer Featherweight FAQs

1.  Is my Singer Sewing Machine a Featherweight? Singer Model 15(not a Singer Featherweight) A lot of people wonder if  their old Singer Sewing Machine (that came with a carrying case and is "portable") gives it the classification of being a Featherweight.  While the old black Singers bear similar appearances with their elegant shape, sleek black paint and smooth lines, the first evidence to consider is the name difference, that being the word "feather" in Featherweight.  The old portable Singers in wooden domed top cases, or rectangular tweed-covered cases are quite heavy.  Lifting one of these models by the handle...

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Facts & Myths

Singer Featherweight Factsand Some Myths Exposed by Graham Forsdyke Singer Featherweight machines were produced in black, beige/tan and white/green (what the company officially called Pale Turquoise). There were no red, blue or any other colour machines although many have been repainted in later life and new decals added. Black 221 machines were produced at Elizabethport, New Jersey, and at Clydebank, Scotland. Beige/tan machines were produced at Clydebank and at St John's, Canada. White/Green machines were produced only at Clydebank. 222 Freearm Featherweights were produced only at Clydebank. Many UK-built machines were sent across the Atlantic to have motors fitted in...

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