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| Posted by Christian Henry

Original Featherweight Tables and Cabinets

Singer tables were what any 1940s homemaker would have wanted to accompany her machine: an adaptable table for sewing or hosting!  Below is a cute ad from Singer, marketing the different ways one of their tables could be used... Pinochle anyone?  Today, some of the most collectible sewing machine tables and cabinets are the ones for the Featherweight.  Below are the various options that can still be found at antique shops, flea markets or even the occasional yard sale -- don't forget to look at what the garage sale goods are "sitting upon", or take a peek under the tablecloth of the...

| Posted by Christian Henry

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...

| Posted by Carmon Henry

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 have found a supplier and make them available!  Please note, however, that this comes with a caveat:...

| Posted by Carmon Henry

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. Aluminum 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 connections have led to...

| Posted by Carmon Henry

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...

| Posted by Carmon Henry

Our Friends of the Featherweight Needle

Below are some different websites and resources we have referred to over the years. Whether it be a group forum for fellow Featherweight enthusiasts, another Singer Sewing Machine collector with their own supply of goods for sale, or some of April's favorite fabric and pattern websites, it has been a pleasure to work with all that we list here.

| Posted by Carmon Henry

Thread Cutter Fun Fact

All Singer Featherweight machines originally had a little Thread Cutter.  Although, I have to admit that I never use it.  It was probably more of a selling point for the Singer Sewing Centers …. I can hear it now ~ “…and it even includes a handy little thread cutter!”  Honestly, it seems more like a thread frayer than a thread cutter because the cutting edges are not that sharp.  Later, Singer engineered the white Featherweight to have a Thread Cutter cut directly into the steel presser bar as seen in the photo below.   So, if you have a white...