"I have taught an owner's maintenance course for over 10 years and have repaired and maintained many machines since I started in 1997. There are small manufacturing defects that can be identified and corrected. I once had a white featherweight…"
"The wool wick is inside the motor case, just inside where the little silver port is. One on the top near the belt pulley and the other is on the back side of the motor. You will not see the wick unless you take the motor case cover off, which…"
"First thing that I would try is putting a little lubricant into the two ports on the motor. (Yes, lubricant, not oil. Look at your manual and see where the lubricant goes on the gears and in the motor) I had a Featherweight made in 1938…"
"I am so glad that I could help the confusion and ensure that the right stuff is used in the right place so that you will continue to be happy with your featherweights as that is part of the charm that we can still use these old machines.
I am the…"
"I, too, have the original green box with a tube of lubricant and little green can that came with my featherweight. I would not use that original, but get some fresh lubricant and oil. The lubricant is about the thickness of…"
"Ok, this is VERY important! You need Lubricant (Singer brand preferred and is available at most LQS) for the motor (two places) and the gears top and bottom spots. It is thicker than the oil because it is not oil which is a specific…"
"The only comment that I can make on the quality of the black featherweights vs. the white ones, is the fact that the black ones are gear driven and the white (pale turquoise) ones are belt driven. Wholesale suppliers have all kinds of parts…"
"Yes, I did not really think that by saying he was reputable you were implying that I could not at the same time be reputable. I just wanted to say that for someone else on this in this club that might wonder. Been working on my business for…"
"Well, I am reputable dealer of featherweights and have been doing this since the early 2000's. Glad that he helped you! There are lots of knowledgeable featherweight people around the country as we love these cute little…"
"You know, I have NEVER seen a featherweight with no lub holes. They may be out there, but I have yet to seen one and I have seen a bunch over the years! Not sure what is referrred to by the 'late model'. My is a 1964. The…"
"Well, on page 111 of the expanded 3rd Edition Nancy Johnson-Srebro does say 'that the white Featherweight motor does not have provisions for greasing'. I carry these for sale on my website and have a few in stock at the moment. …"
"Well, I do not understand!lubricant%20ports%20on%20white%20featherweight.jpg
This is a link to the photo of the lubricant portals on the left side and on the side toward you on my white Featherweight motor! You can also see the top (little black…"
No! Your motor probably does NOT need replacing! This happened to me several years ago. Either it just needed the lubricant or the wool that is in the motor is too old and hard and will not absorb the lubricant. …"
"Yes, but for regular quilting with a back, batting and a top, it would just fine! I always us a walking foot so everything feeds smooth. Think there may be something that we don't know about the machine with the motor problem. …"
"Well, I have to disagree with what you were told. Sorry is being a woman and a quilter seems to make a difference and is not as valid in my profession opinion. I have had Featherweights since 1993 and use them for quilting all the time. …"
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I'm Bridget and I live in Seaside, Oregon. I don't have a guild, quilting group or classes to participate in, so I joined this site in hopes of meeting other quilters. I can't belive how many people I've met! The site has grown tremendously since I first came here back in April and now it's sometimes hard to keep up (I probably belong to too many groups!).
I started quilting quite by accident and I was totally hooked after the first one. I made quilts for all of my family members and wanted to keep making quilts, so now I mainly make quilts to sell and donate.
Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and happy birthday!