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Case Key Tutorial - Singer Featherweight 222

This tutorial will show you how to lock and unlock a Singer Featherweight 222 case.  

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.  

Is My Featherweight a Blackside?

Blackside Featherweights were made in 1941 and 1945, but I'm sure you've noticed some other Featherweights that had some blackside parts, too. There were parts like thumb screws and bobbin winders that were made with blackside finish, but do these parts indicate that the machine is a true Blackside Featherweight? In 1941 and 1945 there was a moratorium on chromium as a result of the war, so during this time Singer produced a few Featherweight parts with a black oxide finish. Of these blackened parts, there are specific ones that make for a true Blackside Featherweight. They are distinctive and...

How To Replace the Case Handle

This tutorial is focused on the later style case handles; the ones that would be considered more straight and in-line and attached to the case lid using metal posts.  They are more cumbersome to remove, let alone install, but after finding a high quality replica leather case handle that includes proper pins, we have created this video tutorial with easy-to-follow instructions for replacement!  You'll find tips for replacing the Bakelite Case Handle as well.

Bobbin Case History of the Singer Featherweight 221 and 222

Many bobbin cases look alike, but here you can learn more of their history with the Singer Featherweight 221 and 222.

Featherweight Case Restoration Ideas

If you are a member of the Singer Featherweight 221 & 222K Sewing Machines Facebook group then chances are you've seen some of the clever ideas for restoring a Featherweight case.  Now, we aren't meaning an easy case refurbish, but rather a complete case restoration.  A complete case restoration could be an option for those cases that would otherwise need to be thrown to the trash heap due to compromised stability or having been so overtaken by mold or mildew. Some restorations are easier than others, but we hope you will find inspiration from the Featherweight community and their creative...

Singer Featherweight Texas Centennial - 1936

The Texas Centennial 1836 - 1936 badged Featherweight is probably the rarest of the rare... the most scarce Featherweight to find because of the short time period for which they were available - just over 5 months.  Moreover, this particular "Texas" Featherweight badge is the only one officially recognized by Featherweight historians. *Texas Centennial Featherweight photographed above is now owned by a very lovely and highly acclaimed quilter, but most of all, the new owner is a Texan through and through! Celebrating 100 years of Independence from Mexico, Texas commemorated the occasion by hosting the world's fair in Dallas from...

"Before" Singer Featherweight History

If you haven't been over to the blog as of lately, you might want to have a look at some fun facts about the "pre-history" to the Singer Featherweight.  Click here to read more -- you won't want to miss it!

The Standard Sewhandy, General Electric & Early Featherweight History

Singer "Featherweight" history actually begins before Singer and before 1933 & 1934 (when Singer debuted their model 221 at the Chicago World's Fair).  The "Featherweight" name and style really had its beginnings in 1928, when the Standard Sewing Machine Company marketed the first "Featherweight" Sewing Machine.  It seems they were still toying with design names, however, as it later became known as the "Sewhandy". The compact sewing machine came in an array of colors - "marine blue, larch green... ashes of roses and black....".  Even though Standard eventually sold to the Osann Corporation, the "Sewhandy" name remained iconic when General Electric...

Troubleshooting Stitch Problems (Skipped Stitches, Thread Looping, etc.)

This is Singer Featherweight Stitch Formation 101!  If your Singer Featherweight is skipping stitches, not stitching at all, won't pick up the bobbin thread or perhaps the thread is looping or causing an awful thread mess on the underside of your fabric, then this video tutorial will show you the easy tips for what you can do to fix it and save you a trip to the service technician. If your machine is actually jammed, the handwheel won't turn and the needle will not go up and down, then see our other tutorial on the Featherweight Schoolhouse for How To...

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.

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 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!  

Featherweight LED Bulb Comparison

Which LED light bulb is the right one for the Singer Featherweight 221 or 222K sewing machine?  Carmon Henry answers that question and explains how they differ and why some work in the light sockets and some do not.  We are often asked, "Will your LED bulb fit in my Featherweight, because I have heard that some work and some don't?"  This video tutorial will show you the differences and help you make the right choice for an LED bulb for your machine.   This LED bulb works for all Singer Featherweight styles:  Black, White, Tan, or any other -...

Singer Sewing at the St. John's Factory, Quebec, Canada

Today we are featuring a guest article by Lynne McFern of Ste-Catherine, Quebec, Canada.  After acquiring a Singer Featherweight and rekindling a link to her past, Lynne was inspired to learn more about the history of her machines.  This is her story.... *********************************************** My first sewing experience was on a Singer 66 treadle that had previously been owned by my grandmother.  I was very proud of having mastered peddle power until I accidentally sewed through my index finger.  That slowed me down a little, but it did not hinder my passion for old sewing machines. Recently, I bought a 221...

Threading a Singer Featherweight (Getting To Know Your Featherweight, Part 4)

Today, in part 4 of the Getting To Know Your Featherweight Series, you will learn how to thread a Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine from start to finish. To begin, you will need to turn the handwheel (which is technically called a “balance wheel”) towards you until the thread take up lever is at its highest position.  Turning the handwheel in the proper direction is something important to remember!  You always, always, always want to turn the handwheel towards you and not away from you.  Even if you are sewing in reverse, the handwheel will still be turned toward you –...

Introducing the Super Easy Machine Needle Threader

We are so excited to now offer the Super Easy Machine Needle Threader for your Singer Featherweight. This will work on ALL household sewing machines, too, but we are partial to our Featherweights, aren't we?!  As an added bonus, it not only is helpful as a needle threader, but it easily inserts the needle, too! Working with many needle threaders through the years, we were tickled to have a fellow Featherweight friend from Texas show us this particular style this summer when we were on our Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour.  Thank you, David!  This gadget is fantastic! Click Here To...

How To Get Rid of the Moldy Mildew Smell in a Featherweight Case

The first thing to check is the felt drip pad underneath the machine. Unscrew the large nut on the bottom tray and if the felt drip pad is saturated with oil like the one shown above then it not only needs a new one, but it could be holding some of the musty odor being emitted by the case. This may not alleviate the pungent odor entirely (especially if your case has been exposed to moist climates), however, this is a good time to change the felt as part of the beginning maintenance. We carry sticky-back Featherweight 221 & 222K...

How To Refurbish a Singer Featherweight Case

In this video tutorial, our young daughter, Ruthie, will show you all the restoration steps for how to clean and refurbish / restore a Singer Featherweight case.  This process will work on all black Singer Featherweight cases. On our Singer Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour this past summer, she became known at each class as the one to teach this portion of our workshops.  Step-by-step, she will show you the process of bringing that old, worn-out-looking case to a new luster -- giving it new life again!   Towards the end of the video, she and I will also show you...

How To Use The Singer Automatic Zigzagger Attachment

This video tutorial will show you how I used the Singer Automatic Zigzagger Attachment to do applique on my Singer Featherweight.  Yes, my straight stitch sewing machine was able to do a dainty little applique stitch using a vintage Singer Zigzag Attachment.  These zigzaggers were available for either low or slant shank, but the mechanics and function are identical.  The Featherweight requires a low shank attachment, of course, whereas a Singer 301 would take the slant shank style. Featherweight Diecuts are available by clicking here.

Learning About the Motor Lubricant Ports

Ever wondered what it looks like inside your motor or how much lubricant is required to put in that deep dark motor lubricant port?  This video tutorial will show you a perfect cross-section cut-away of the motor's interior as well as the different motor lube port styles.  There is one kind that is particularly difficult to get to and Carmon will show you his trick for how to get an old, hard felt wick going again.