Featherweight "Club"

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

Members: 392
Latest Activity: May 23, 2019

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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 Dale Lorna Denison on January 8, 2015 at 12:58pm

WOOHOO my husband gave me a beautiful Featherweight for Christmas.  The gentleman who sold it to my husband is a sewing machine repair man and sells machines and he said it is one of the best he has seen.  He commented that the case was in excellent shape.  The only thing is, it has a musty smelled.  Does anyone know how to get rid of the smell? 

Comment by Dale Lorna Denison on November 19, 2014 at 3:17pm

I'm hoping that my husband will give me a featherweight for Christmas, it is top of my list, cross your fingers.

Comment by Kris DuBois Ferguson on October 1, 2014 at 2:09pm

I have 2 that were given to me. I haven't used them yet, but I did take them in 2 years ago & had them worked on. Mine are from the 50's.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on October 1, 2014 at 10:21am
congrats carolyn! there are a couple of excellent books on fw care plus several web sites. my first fw book that has been the "go to" fw book for many years is by nancy sebro johnson. she published a second printing a few years ago. i'm sure you'll be able to find it on ebay. another fw book author is david callum (sp) who also had a website on maintenance & repair of old singer sewing machines. have fun w your new to you treasure!
Comment by Carolyn Hoxton on October 1, 2014 at 9:07am

Ok, I can finally say, I own a Singer Featherweight, got it from Ebay, after the first two I bid on were broken, or not sold (owner didn't want to sell it for the price I bid)..anyway, got it yesterday.  At first, thought it didn't work, then got the book out, and the bobbin thread was in wrong, and I had threaded the needle from left to right, when I figured it out, it sewed fine. Sometimes it helps to read the book. I am was a nice one, and I finally can be a member of this group!  Should I oil this myself, or go pay the $100+ to have it done?

Comment by Jennifer Schifano Thomas on September 11, 2014 at 2:39pm

Oh, Congratulations, Carol!  That's lovely!

Comment by Carol Mace Burtz on September 11, 2014 at 2:31pm

A friend recently gave me a FW which is in beautiful condition, however it has aluminum wiring in the cord (flat rubber with no groove). This was done for a couple of years after WWII, but it's just not safe.  I'm happy to spend some money on a repair to get this little beauty running like a top! Found a specialist on the internet so now it's just a matter of some postage. It's only my second FW. I'm thrilled.

Comment by Jennifer Schifano Thomas on September 11, 2014 at 1:40pm

My most recent FW.  It's a 1940's model and sews better than my other two.  

Comment by Linda Pace on September 11, 2014 at 12:52pm

About the colored featherweights.   I don't have one but what I was told is:

They are stripped down to the metal, checked out mechanically and then painted,

I don't know if the paint is baked on but that you would have to discuss with the person who does this.  Yes it is pricey.  But if done right they are beautiful.  Hope that helps.

Comment by Judith Armstrong on August 18, 2014 at 5:14pm

I need a thread take up lever for a Featherweight 221, 1954 model..any ideas?


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