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 Dana Wegner on June 21, 2011 at 6:24am
Thank you, Phyllis, for recommending this group.  I know I will enjoy it.
Comment by Grandma Sal on June 20, 2011 at 10:40am

My Featherweight dates back to 1936.  It is in excellent shape and stitches like a charm.  The one I gave to my sister is a 1949 and she named it after me.  My 1936 is Hattie, named after my grandmother.

When you are cleaning your Featherweight and you take it to the point of removing the plate that covers the feed dog, a common issue is not getting the bobbin casing back in the right position.  There is a little finger type protrusion from the casing unit (not the bobbin itself) that needs to slide into the slot on the plate. It is a little tricky the first time you try to get it back together, but once you understand how it goes together, it's pretty easy.  It will go together with this in the wrong position, not in the slot, but it will not stitch unless the bobbin casing is aligned properly.  More than once that has been the issue when someone has brought their machine to my husband with "can you look at my machine... it won't stitch".

Comment by Phyllis A Friloux on June 20, 2011 at 9:00am
Genny is giving me fits! I still haven't been able to get her to stitch yet. When I took the tension apart to clean it I didn't have very good references on how to get it back together (I took pictures but they only helped a little). Talked with a man at NQA who took me through it so I finally got that fixed over the weekend. Still wouldn't stitch. It hit me yesterday that the needle might be in wrong and sure enough it was. Fixed that and tried to stitch; thread got stuck in the bobbin case. Took bobbin case apart, got thread out, now bobbin case won't go back together properly. At this point it was 10:30 pm and I still needed to shower after working my 12 hr shift. So before I beat on Genny I decided to put it aside for another day.
Comment by Christine Groendyk on June 19, 2011 at 8:34pm
Hello, Everyone! I have a lovely 1948 or 49 FW. I have taken apart as much as I dare on her and have cleaned her so she runs like a top. I plan to remove and replace her decals and make her all shiny and smooth on her bed. She is such fun to sew on. I don't use her as much as I did when I first got her on eBay, but she is still a prized possession.
Comment by Siobhan on June 19, 2011 at 11:12am
I have a very well used featherweight called Dixie.  I bought her at a yard sale when I was in college and she has traveled the world with me.  I love the fact that she is so easy to maintain.  A bit of cleaning a bit of oil and off she goes...
Comment by Pam Bellis on June 19, 2011 at 11:03am
Good morning. I just found this group here. I have 2 featherweights. A black "Centennial" and a whitish/greenish one. The black one came with everything. The white one only has the machine and a couple of bobbins. I bought them a few years ago. I love them. They are great little sewing machines. There is an antique store that I go to occasionally that sometimes has featherweights for sale. I've seen them ranging from $200-$400 when they have them. I'm always tempted to get another one even thought I don't need it. I love all the old Singer sewing machines.
Comment by Grandma Sal on June 19, 2011 at 10:37am
I have had a Featherweight for 4 or 5 years now.  I have bought a few for friends and in January of this year I bought a second one for myself.  In May I gave the second one to my sister.  All of my FW have been purchased on eBay.  Regarding the green and white case and white machine... those were manufactured for the UK and/or Canada.  Same as the US ones otherwise.  I take mine to my quilt meetings because it is such a hardy machine that being jostled around in transport does not affect it.  My husband sometimes goes to our quilt meeting to have a maintenance session and everyone brings theirs in to have routine maintenance.  I wouldn't want to be without my Hattie.
Comment by Phyllis A Friloux on June 19, 2011 at 9:53am
Most of you have read about my fw acquisition; I scoured craigslist listings for all over Ohio until I found one offering the machine with the table for $300. I paid $250 cash. Both are in great condition but I cannot get the fw to make a stitch. Either the timing is off or the needle is not the correct height. I found a local Singer repairman who will tune her up for $39! So she is taking a little trip on Tues. Mine is named Genny after my grandmother Velma Genevive who was a quilter and my inspiration. What do you call yours?
Comment by Phyllis A Friloux on June 19, 2011 at 9:36am
Margie, you are the lucky one! White fws are much less common, and therefore, more expensive to acquire now a days. And yours has personal history attached which makes it even more of a treasure!
Comment by Margie Wells on June 19, 2011 at 9:24am
I got a featherweight 4 years ago. It had belonged to my mom and when she died my dad let me buy it from him. I have a friend in the auction business and pays attention to things like that and he said he had never seen one like mine. It is in a green and white case and the machine is a white Singer Featherweight Model 221. I was working night audit at a motel and took it to work everynight and in my spare time I made my 3 oldest grandkids quilts on it

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