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This embroidery & darning attachment is one of the best vintage accessories for the Singer Featherweight 222K - especially for free-motion work. This is for the embroidery attachment only (not the hoop). This attachment does not work on a Singer Featherweight 221 model, only the 222.
With the right instruction, feed-dogs lowered, and the appropriate embroidery/darning attachment, Machine Embroidery can range from the 'Practical' (darning) to the 'Artistic' (embroidery)! You can start out simple - everything, as you know, takes practice.
Take note of the following before you begin:
#1 ~ Attach the foot to the machine using your regular thumb screw. The coiled spring helps it "hop" in between each stitch.
NOTE: When viewing photos above, scroll through and you will see that the top arm of the attachment fits in the presser bar slot at the back of the machine. When the presser bar is lowered to commence sewing, it will feel like the bar isn't lowering all the way and is hitting the top arm of the foot. This is actually normal and how the foot is designed. Just the little bit that the foot is lowered will engage the front tension unit, adequately allowing enough tension on the upper thread for proper stitch formation.
#2 ~ Lower your feed dogs (only the 222K Free-Arm Featherweight has this capability - the 221 model does not).
#3 ~ Using a small quilt sandwich, begin practicing your free-motion work. Yes, you can most certainly do free-motion work on your Featherweight, however, for long projects or quilts, be sure to give your motor a complete cool-down rest, staggering your sewing times. For example, I made a baby quilt and I quilted it in quarter time allotments allowing my motor to completely cool in between.
#4 ~ Having a tube of motor lubricant is wise, too, because as the motor heats up it will wick the grease, lubricating the appropriate parts inside the motor. You will need to lubricate your motor often if you are free-motion quilting.
Red-Work, Blue-Work, Green-Work, or what-ever-color suits your fancy are going to have an entirely different meaning with the ability to embroider it on your machine. Remember the old-fashioned Friendship quilts? Take your finished quilt squares to a bridal shower and have all in the wedding party sign them in pencil or water-erasable fabric ink. Then follow their signature with your Embroidery Attachment - what a unique gift to present to the bride. Or even as a baby gift, you could use a vintage iron on transfer with the oh-so-darling prints and patterns from yesteryear and embroider a Nursery-Rhyme Quilt. My mother has one (which I hope to inherit someday) and it is one of her most-treasured possessions.
Really and truly, with a little practice, you'll be able to follow a signature in no time at all. I watched a good friend of mine do it after just a couple samples of her own name. She finished an entire baby quilt with signatures from a baby shower.
Click here to instructions on the Embroidery & Darning Foot.
LOW SHANK: fits the Singer Featherweight 222K free-arm sewing machine.
Embroidery Hoop is not included, but you can order it here if you wish to trace a name or do fancy embroidery work.