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How to Oil Your Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine

Give your Featherweight a "Spa Day!" This oiling tutorial will teach you every step of oiling your Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine and is geared more towards routine maintenance. HINT:  If you have discovered after opening up your Featherweight that the gear mechanisms are covered with old lubricant, grime, and gunk, and it has been years since the machine was taken care of, then it might be a good idea to start with the cleaning and lubrication video first.  Here is a link to our cleaning and lubrication tutorial which will show you how to do just that. Before you...


How to Clean & Lubricate Your Gears and Motor

Learn how to properly clean and lubricate your Singer Featherweight 221 & 222K sewing machine gears as well as the motor. Video tutorial walks you through each step for where to apply the lubricant.  If you do not have the right grease on hand, then scroll down below the video to order a tube of the proper grease for your machine, or click here to learn more about our low-melting-point sewing machine lubricant.   *We will be updating our Featherweight Shop Motor & Gear Lubricant video tutorial very soon to reflect the new SEW-RETRO GreaseTM brand and with even more...


Motor Lubricant and the Proper Melting Point for Sewing Machine Motors

  Are you using the right motor grease and lubricant for your Singer Featherweight?  There are old, original tubes, new tubes and even some new kinds on the market... but are they properly suited for the Singer Featherweight?  How would you know?  Watch the video tutorial* above or scroll down to read through Carmon Henry's tutorial in text format. *We will be updating our Featherweight Shop Motor & Gear Lubricant video tutorial very soon to reflect the new SEW-RETRO GreaseTM brand and with even more melting point comparisons! We are often asked if SEW-RETRO GreaseTM is appropriate for other vintage...


How To Remove and Install a Singer Featherweight Belt

We are sometimes asked when to replace a Featherweight belt as well as how to remove and install a new belt. This video tutorial will show you examples of some bad belts and what to look for, as well as how to properly install it.   Another thing to take note of is the motor pulley because depending on what kind you have will depend on how the belt is removed and how it is installed.  Many of you may have 2, 3, 4, or more Featherweights in your collection... and you may have noticed that some motor pulleys are...


Replacing the Drip Pan Felt

Have you ventured underneath your Featherweight lately?  Carmon and I worked on this hint for you today, so it might just be the perfect time to look under your machine! The felt drip pad that is underneath absorbs excess oil and, if heavily saturated, probably needs replacing.  Not only will it take care of a simple routine maintenance for your machine, but it can also help eliminate some of the old musty odors that tend to collect from having been in storage for many years.   This process kind of reminds me of cleaning out from behind the kitchen stove. ...


Adjusting the Belt

Is your Featherweight a bit sluggish or does the belt slip when you sew? This quick tip for how to adjust the belt will help you remedy the problem in no time at all. The first thing you will want to do is remove the spool of thread as well as the bobbin case from the machine. Next, using a long screwdriver, loosen the screw on the motor bracket as shown in the photos below: With the belt on the motor pulley and the handwheel, depress the foot controller to full power and raise and lower the motor until the...


Owner's Handbook & Servicing Manuals

IDENTIFY YOUR FEATHERWEIGHT MANUAL These manuals are available as a free PDF download: Operator's Handbook221 Black (green cover)(221-1, 221K) 221 Black (blue cover) 221K5 / 221J Tan 221K7 White (blue cover) 221K7 White (red & green cover)222KService ManualsService Manual - 221Service Manual Addendum(features oiling & servicing for the 222K)Adjuster's Manual - 221Attachment ReferenceAttachment Instructions  Purchase replica and original Featherweight manuals by clicking here.