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How to Fix a Floppy Bed Extension
For today’s hint, we will be discussing a floppy Featherweight bed. This remedy is quick and easy and will keep your bed from flopping down too fast. (Note: This only applies to black and tan Featherweight Machines. Singer cut a few manufacturing corners when they made the White Featherweights and how the bed attaches to the machine base was one of them. Instead of screws, they used pins. Thus, it makes it more difficult to adjust the bed’s position.) So, how do you fix that floppy bed? Removing the screw from your machine bed, reposition the flat washer and cupped...
Putting Your Machine Away
This Featherweight hint is actually a simple one but could save you some heartache just by being conscientious and a little bit careful with your Bakelite Terminal Receptacle. Did you know there is a proper way to put your Singer Featherweight away into your case? Indeed there is. Time and time again we have seen machines that have cracked or broken electrical terminals and usually, the cause is how the machine was put away in its case. The electrical terminal as shown in these photos is made of Bakelite and becomes brittle with age. So, if the terminal happens...
Replacing the Needle Clamp & Thread Guide
When replacing the needle clamp or thread guide, sometimes it can be a bit tricky to get everything aligned just right. This video tutorial will help you learn how to easily replace the needle clamp and thread guide on your Singer Featherweight 221 and 222K.
Parts Diagram & Details
Click here for a free download of all the parts, screws, and mechanics to the Singer Featherweight 221. Two full pages are included for easy reference.
Featherweight Shop Maintenance, Service and Repair
How to Straighten a Bent or Loose Spool Pin
If your spool pin is bent or a bit loose then this video tutorial will show you how to straighten and tighten it back down. You'll need a very hard surface, a hammer, and a metal punch because you'll be flaring the pin from the underside of the plate.
How to Adjust the Stitch Length Lever
Yesterday, there was a question on our Facebook group about the stitch length lever (or sometimes called the "stitch length regulator") and so this video tutorial was made to help answer that question as well as addressing a couple other things, too. I will show you what to do if the lever is too loose and rotates around or if it is too stiff and difficult to raise for reverse and lower to adjust the stitch length. There are a couple of places to oil once you get it adjusted and with this tutorial, you will learn where those spots...
How to Loosen the Spool Pin Coverplate if the Screw is Too Tight
If your spool pin coverplate seems to be impossible to remove because of that stuck or stripped spool pin screw, this quick impromptu video might be just the trick to help you. Once you get your spool pin cover plate removed, be sure to not screw the screw back down too tightly -- just finger tight is sufficient. This will allow you to easily remove it next time for your routine oiling and maintenance.
How To Remove a Singer 222K Featherweight Bed Extension
If you have a Singer 222 free-arm Featherweight and the bed extension does not slide off easily, then this video tutorial will be helpful in showing you how to remove it. Sometimes you have to give it a hard tug and other times the bed will need to be tapped out from the side end. Watch the tutorial below for some quick tips and learn which screw you want to make sure is always tight!
Removing the Presser Bar Lifter
If your presser bar lifter is broken or you need to remove it for paint preparation/restoration, then this quick video tutorial will show you how to do just that. It's a bit tricky, but after receiving the question from a customer on our Singer Featherweight facebook group, Carmon made this impromptu video to show her how.
Case Key Tutorial - Singer Featherweight 221
This tutorial will show you how to lock and unlock a Singer Featherweight 221 case. *This key is not the style for the green case suited for the White Featherweight.
Case Key Tutorial - Singer Featherweight 222
This tutorial will show you how to lock and unlock a Singer Featherweight 222 case.
How to Apply Decals to the Singer Featherweight
Are you restoring a Singer Featherweight? This video tutorial will show you how to easily apply the Singer Featherweight waterslide decals to the painted surface of the machine. Decals are available in a gold "Celtic Knot" for Featherweights made from 1933 - 1937, 1937 - 1953, and the paperclip style from 1953 - 1961. We have received many requests over the years to offer special decals for those venturing into the process of repainting their Singer Featherweight, and we are very pleased to now make them available! Please note, however, that at this time we cannot offer any advice...
How to Easily Remove the Handwheel Collar Bushing
If thread or debris gets pulled behind the handwheel, it can lodge around the shaft behind the handwheel collar / bushing. This can greatly slow down your Featherweight by causing undue stress on the motor. The handwheel collar is actually pretty difficult to remove and damage often occurs when doing so with improper tools. Following the video tutorial below, Carmon will show you how to easily remove the handwheel collar bushing as well as show you our newest tool to help you do so. Tools needed: Long Wera Maintenance Screwdriver Handwheel Collar Puller / Remover 6mm Allen Wrench from any...
Maintenance Screwdrivers for the Singer Featherweight 221 or 222K
These are the Featherweight Screwdrivers that everyone has been talking about from our Singer Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour of 2016. VIDEO #1 VIDEO #2 BELOW From Germany, this Wera Screwdriver is, by far, the best screwdriver we have found for use on the Singer Featherweight sewing machine -- even better than any gun-smithing tool set! (We have tried many and most tips bend or break or strip the screw.) What makes these particular screwdrivers different from all others is the superior quality in the manufacturing, composition, and the proportionately long shaft. Moreover, the handles were designed with a mold that...
Presser Foot Pressure Adjustment
Today we are going to be addressing the presser foot pressure, or downward force on the presser foot. Parts Discussed: Presser Foot Presser Bar Presser Bar Spring Presser Bar & Spring (for white Featherweights only) Pressure Knob Singer 221 Feed Dogs Throat Plate Hook Assembly Featherweight Schematic Servicing Mat First, let’s talk about why the downward force on presser foot matters. When the presser foot is lowered and compressing the fabric, it needs a certain amount of pressure on it to both feed the fabric and assure that the thickness of the fabric is not stopping a stitch from forming. The...
Cleaning & Repair for Secure Thumb Screw Placement
NOTE: This tutorial is for the Singer Featherweight 221 model in original black, white or tan. It will work for the Featherweight 222 as well, but the throat plate on a 222 is made of steel, so this technique will rarely be necessary. Products and Tools Referenced: Thumb Screw (Vintage) Thumb Screw (New) Throat / Needle Plate (Vintage) Throat / Needle Plate (New with Measuring Lines) Amoeba Embroidery & Darning Plate & Screw Buttonholer Feed Cover Plate & Screw Underbraider Featherweight Accurate Seam Guide Kerosene (Empty Oil Bottle works great for this) Drip Pan Tray Felt Drip Pad Presser Bar Presser Foot (Vintage)...
Why is My Needle Not Centered in the Needle Hole?
A common question among Featherweight owners is, "Why is the needle not centered in the needle hole?" Although it may be quite concerning, the answer will put you at ease! Find out why here.
White Singer Featherweight Badge Replacement Tutorial
Learn how to install the new replica badge for the White Singer Featherweight in this step-by-step video tutorial with Carmon from The Featherweight Shop. The original white Featherweight badges were a foil that was glued in place. The new Replica Red S Badge is a strong aluminum with a sticker-like adhesive. Follow the step-by-step tutorial in The Schoolhouse.Products Used in Tutorial:1) Acetone (fingernail polish remover)2) Cotton ball3) Replica White Singer Featherweight Badge (New Red S Aluminum Version or Gold Foil Version Order the New Red S Replica Badge HERE
What Is The Correct Way Of Identifying A Singer Walking Presser Foot AKA?
The Singer Walking Presser Foot, also known as "The Penguin" due to its adorable waddle while sewing, is one of the most sought-after Singer accessories. 'Penguin' is not an official Singer name, rather it was a cute descriptor applied by a Featherweight collector in the early 2000s. The all-metal Penguin walking foot was specially designed for fabric layers or hard-to-work with sheen or textured fabrics like tweed, napped, and pile fabrics - any material where an extra steadying grip would make the job easier! Learn more about the unique features and charm of the Singer Walking Presser Foot "Penguin" here. Don't...
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