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Featherweight Maintenance Workshop, Advanced Course
Advanced Course on site at the Featherweight Shop:
The Advanced Course is designed for those who have a desire to delve into all aspects of Singer Featherweight maintenance and servicing. This course will go beyond routine maintenance and onto advanced levels of motors, tension and timing. The course targets those who have an avid Featherweight hobby and/or those who have a large collection of Featherweights in need of maintenance and troubleshooting. You will be learning how to service a problem Featherweight or one that is not quite in perfect sewing order. This contrasts the Novice Maintenance course where we just cover routine maintenance and service. With only 6 spots available, a small group setting assures each attendee that he or she will receive plenty of personalized, one-on-one time with Carmon or Christian.
The class will be held on-site at the Featherweight Shop where we will have access to all the tools, supplies, and equipment that we use every day for Featherweight service, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
To see this year's schedule, registration information, and pricing for our Advanced Courses; click here!
The Advanced Course will be held over two days. The first day we will begin at 2:00 pm with a Featherweight Shop "Meet & Greet". Get to know the staff as well as refresh & review with the other class members any basic maintenance information. This will be an informal setting for Q & A and a preparation time before moving on to more advanced teaching the following day. (Refreshments and dinner will be provided the first day.)
The next morning at 9:00 am we will dive right into our technical, advanced, and troubleshooting training. We will take a closer look at the timing, motor, and foot controller of the Featherweight. Things like peculiar noises, stiff machines, and slow motors will also be addressed. The entire course will end at 5:00 P.M. the second day.
(Lunch and refreshments will be provided the second day.)
Advanced Course Class members will learn:
- Oiling and Lubricating of the Featherweight
- Electrical Components
- Foot Controller Repair and Adjustment
- Machine Mechanics & Stitch Formation
- Understanding the Hook Assembly
- Needle Dynamics
- Tension Unit Dis-Assemble & Re-Assemble
- Faulty Parts
- Motor Repair
- Featherweight History Discussions
- Q & A
Supply List & Tools Required for Advanced Course:
- Featherweight Machine -- must include Bobbin Case & Bobbin
- *Small Wera Screwdriver
- *Long Wera Screwdriver
- Old bath towel (this will get greasy)
- Bright flashlight
- *Tweezers for removing thread from small areas
- *Magnetic tray to keep your small parts from getting lost
- Rubber Gloves (if hands are sensitive to kerosene or oils)
- Tablet and Writing Pen (to take notes)
- Apron (if you want to protect your clothing)
- *Sewing Machine Oil
- *The Featherweight Shop Lubricant
(because it has the correct melting point)
- *Safety Screwdriver
- *Two (2) spools of quality cotton thread
(Gutermann, Metler, Aurifil, Presencia, Superior, etc.)
- *Small Scissors
If you have questions prior to the Advanced Course, please call us at (208) 880-8887 or contact us here.
*Singer Featherweight parts, supplies, attachments, accessories, and tools (new & vintage original) are also available for purchase at the class.
Advanced Classes will be held at:
The Featherweight Shop
119 Wild Plum Lane
Kooskia, ID 83539
If you require lodging, we recommend the following:
The Hearthstone Lodge
MP 64, 3250 US-12be
Kamiah, Idaho 83536
6873 Highway 12
Kooskia, Idaho 83539
If you will be flying in, the nearest airport is in Lewiston, Idaho. They service Delta arilines. If you are flying on other airlines, you will probably need to fly into Spokane, Washington.