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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thread catching and breaking

Started by Sandra Betts. Last reply by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP Nov 2, 2017. 5 Replies

My 221 is threaded correctly, new needle correctly inserted, bobbin correct,etc,etc. She sews OK but when the seam is finished, presser foot lifted , takeup lever in highest position when I try to…Continue

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


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

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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.
Comment by carla j walton on January 8, 2015 at 3:55pm

nancy's notions also sells these....they may ship to Canada. not sure. I have a big foot.....use it for free motion quilting.

Comment by Dale Lorna Denison on January 8, 2015 at 3:47pm

Darn I just checked and these don't ship to Canada. I'll have to wait until I'm going to the states shopping again and have it shipped to my hotel.  Thanks so much for all your help ladies. 

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on January 8, 2015 at 3:20pm
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on January 8, 2015 at 3:18pm
i use one also, but think i will go back to it's regular foot. if you measure from needle hole in plate out to 1/4" ..the distance extends beyond the edge of the "little foot". i use the "scant 1/4 inch little foot". i have done all the measures w a very accurate steel draftsman ruler. so, there are some mini blocks i stitch using the little foot, for a true scant 1/4" tho, i have made a little raised edge w red electric tape. it is only on the metal plate area, not on the black enamel bed. dale, after you start getting familiar w your new treasure, you'll be surprised at how versatile & useful it is for all types of sewing, not just quilts. i recieved mine in late 60's. i made my own clothes, home dec items/crafts, curtains & even pinch pleat draperies. remodled my levi's - made them more 70's interesting and continued to repair hubs levies after we married in'80. my toddlers clothes were made on it too. everything was stitched on my strong sturdy little featherweight. until i decided to go "modern" & bought a new Necchi, which also was a major workhorse, plus it had zz & other decorative stitches & built in buttonhole maker! wow! lol i had used the singer buttonhole maker that came w my fw. didn't know modern machines had it built in. i liked going modern, but i still like my featherweight more :))
Comment by Dale Lorna Denison on January 8, 2015 at 2:27pm

Suzanne what is a little foot?

Comment by Suzanne Shepherd on January 8, 2015 at 2:20pm

Hi, Dale!  I use a "Little Foot" with my Featherweight for piecing 1/4 inch seams.  

Comment by Dale Lorna Denison on January 8, 2015 at 2:09pm

Can I use a 1/4" foot on the featherweight?

Comment by Dale Lorna Denison on January 8, 2015 at 1:56pm

Thanks, I will definitely try that.  She is beautiful that is for sure

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on January 8, 2015 at 1:35pm
congratulations. the fw is so nice to have for going to meets & retreats. so dependable, also it's a great conversation starter wherever it goes. as for the musty smell ...i would try a little open container of baking soda in the closed case. take the machine out first, of course.

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