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Is Your Machine Jammed?

If your Singer Featherweight 221 sewing machine is jammed and the handwheel won’t turn, chances are you have thread caught behind the bobbin case base assembly.  This video tutorial will teach you how to remove the culprit thread and remedy the problem.  You’ll be back to sewing in no time at all.


How to Clean & Polish Your Singer Featherweight

Easy to clean and easy to polish!  Have you ever wondered how some Featherweight machines look polished and beautiful while others look dull or oily?  Watch the video tutorial below all the way through and learn how to take your average looking Featherweight and turn it into something beautifully reflective.  Cleaning attachments and the shiny parts of the machine are addressed as well.


How to Thread a Singer Featherweight

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...


The Importance of a Thread Stand on a Singer Featherweight

Learn about the various types of thread spools and why a Thread Stand is important for proper tension on a Singer Featherweight!   In the original days of the Featherweight, the only thread spools available were the wooden "stacked" spools, designed to spin as the thread was gently pulled straight in the direction of the first thread guide on the machine.   Today's new, modern cross-wound thread spools, however, are specifically designed to have the thread "lift" off to eliminate extra tension as the thread is directed toward the needle. Having these heavier-weighted cross-wound spools (while great for the quilt project)...


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...


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. ...


How to Adjust Tension on a Singer Featherweight

Learn how to easily and properly adjust the upper tension as well as the bobbin case tension on your Singer Featherweight 221 and 222. Below is a transcript of the video above. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to assist anytime. If the video was helpful for you, leave a comment below.   *********************************************** Today I want to talk to you about one of the most important factors in your quest for a perfect stitch on your Singer Featherweight. Many elements determine what a stitch looks like - everything from the quality...


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 the proper way for installing 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...


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 and our old one below from 2015 or scroll down to read through Carmon Henry's 1st video tutorial in text format.   PART 1 from 2015, showing other grease comparisons above. *We have now updated our Featherweight Shop Motor & Gear Lubricant video tutorial with a "Part 2" to reflect the new SEW-RETRO GreaseTM brand!...


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 have now updated our Featherweight Shop Motor & Gear Lubricant video tutorial with a "Part 2" to reflect the new SEW-RETRO GreaseTM brand! Common Question: ...


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...