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Featherweight "Club"

An open "club" for Singer featherweight owners, wanna be owners, and enthusiasts. To also include any vintage sewing machines.

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Featherweight case

Started by Beth Byars. Last reply by Wilma Schirra-Kays Nov 30, 2016. 6 Replies

Hi. I'm new to this site and just trying to figure out how to add to or make new posts. Love my little 221 but the case is horrible so I decided to recover it. Well, having a bit of a problem getting…Continue

Anyone who also has an old Bernina sewing machine?

Started by Andrea Fleiner Apr 26, 2016. 0 Replies

Hi eveyone,I have an old Bernina 121 sewing machine. That machine was made in 1943 in Switzerland and only very few were made. the 125 is more famous because she also has a zig-zag stich, which the…Continue

FINALLY!

Started by QuilterBridget. Last reply by QuilterBridget Apr 6, 2016. 4 Replies

Well I finally got my first Featherweight!  It's in immaculate condition and I found it at an Antique Mall for $350.  I joined this group a few years ago because my dream was to have a Featherweight…Continue

FW model years - Are some years better than others?

Started by Jennifer Schifano Thomas. Last reply by Karen Harris Sep 20, 2015. 6 Replies

Does anyone know if there is an answer to this question?  I'm just curious.  I own a 1937, a 1940, and a 1951.  The 1940 model sews the best, but I have no idea if it was made better, taken better…Continue

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Comment by Diana Theiss on April 10, 2016 at 10:36pm

I have two FWs--both acquired from garage sales.  The first was a tan one and I paid only $10 for it...and didn't know for sure what I had until I could research it on the computer. It came alone in a plastic carrying case..no extras.  Then a couple years ago, I was rushing to a meeting but saw a garage sale and stopped.  And there was my 2nd one...with the case and attachments.  That one was a bit more..$50.  :>)  I have used them only once in a while...but love the bragging rights almost as much as the machines!

Comment by Diana Theiss on April 10, 2016 at 10:36pm

I have two FWs--both acquired from garage sales.  The first was a tan one and I paid only $10 for it...and didn't know for sure what I had until I could research it on the computer. It came alone in a plastic carrying case..no extras.  Then a couple years ago, I was rushing to a meeting but saw a garage sale and stopped.  And there was my 2nd one...with the case and attachments.  That one was a bit more..$50.  :>)  I have used them only once in a while...but love the bragging rights almost as much as the machines!

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on April 1, 2016 at 11:05pm
hi jeannie & welcome! i have my grandmothers fw. and tho i used it for many many years to make clothing and household decoratove items like draperies etc, i now only use it when i go to my local quiltimg meets.i use the case i side a rolling tote so i don't run risk of damage to the finish of the machine itself. the case started smelling a little musty after a number of years in closet in last home in wet, cold, damp area of california north coast ...i read about placing charcoal or bakining soda in & leave it closed. smell gone!
Comment by Jeannie Smith on April 1, 2016 at 10:10pm

Just popping in to read about everyone else's FW. I was blessed to have a friend give me one when she was moving to Europe. It is a 1937, my husband's birth year. Perfect condition except for handle on the case. I hated the smell of the case so I bought a pull carrier and use it to go back and forth to my weekly Bee. That is basically the only time I use this sweet machine.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on July 24, 2015 at 11:45am
Hi, I live in Sun City Anthem in Nv. We have a small FW group as part of our sewing club. Make fun projects as a group once per month. Have made a table runner, trivet, travel lotus bags (large and small), no binding potholders so far. Great fine. I have a 221 FW 1948 vintage. Bought on eBay in 2006 and nit used until 2014....her name is Wanderer as I do take her when we travel.
Comment by Cindy on June 19, 2015 at 12:49pm

Thank you for having me!  Just got my first FW this week an she is from Great Britian.  Hasn't been used for 40 years so I am looking forward to giving her a strip and spa treatment.  Her first task will be a PHD I am working on.  I also have a 503 Rocketeer, I am thinking of naming them Boris and Natasha! 

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on June 1, 2015 at 5:31pm
hi ruth ann & welcome to the featherweight group!! tell us all about your featherweight adventures! good i fo on feet, using, cleaning and maintenance here, be sure and read all the posts!
Comment by Beth Byars on May 23, 2015 at 9:55am

Can't wait to read all the posts! I recently purchased a 1937 featherweight and love it. The case is really bad, so I decided to recover it. I have the fabric stripped off, some of the hardware removed, but some of the parts (hinges and feet) seem so hard to get off without breaking the wood. Any one else done this and have any suggestions? Also, does the 1937 model have the black numbered tension part? Mine doesn't but all the tension discs are there and it works fine. Is it missing this or were some made without it? So glad I found this site!

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on January 8, 2015 at 4:46pm
oh ...and carla i have also used the "big foot" for years for fmq, as well as an old darning foot i found somewhere and then bought another for other machine. love the big clear lucite foot of the big foot for fmq :))
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on January 8, 2015 at 4:44pm
i buy mine fr q cataloges. little more expensive sometimes than amazon. but places like nancy's notions, connecting thread, annie's etc i have bought fr for many years. it's called customer loyalty :)). i don't rmember which one i bought my most recent ones from. my old ones were many years old, when i discovered the seam width issue using a scant 1/4" little foot on my fw, i bought two new feet. one for each machine i normally use. then i measure old (pobably 15-20 years old) feet & new feet. all were the EXACT same size. the really old little feet had both sides narrow and barely covered dogs on any machine, the modern ones have wider outside leg of foot. and that's another thing to look at when you buy feet for your fw ...the needle plate opening and dogs are a bit larger than, for instance, my janome or my pfaff, both 1990’s and newer machines. the featherweight is a "high shank" machine & accepts all the feet i used on my old necchi. the bobbins are not interchangeable tho. i special ordered mine years ago from a sewing machine dealer. i keep them seperate from all my other bobbins. here is a link i was sent for a online store where you can find parts & accessories for your new toy. even bobbins ..i haven't used the site yet as i don't need anything, but was referred to the site by a member of an antique & vintage machine forum when i was looking for manual & parts for a vintage wards zz that i had gotten at an estate sale couple summers ago.

http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/singer-featherweight-221-parts.aspx
 

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