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Thread: Featherweight questions

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    Featherweight questions

    I just acquired a Featherweight (yeah!) the gold emblem on the front does not say 221, the owners manual says it is a 221-1 rotary hook, is there a difference? Also where do you purchase your Singer oil? and I have not seen any posts about greaseing the motor, does that need to be done? Thanks for your help!

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    grammaC,

    The model # does not appear on the badge. Some of the later machines might have had a model # on them but I'm not sure the FW's did that.

    Your's is a 221-1 rotary hook. Lift up the drawbridge on the end and watch the bobbin hook. Rather than oscillate back and forth it rotates round and round.
    I get my Singer oil at JoAnns fabric stores. I got my last batch of Singer motor lube (grease) at JoAnns but they no longer carry it. Sew-Classic http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/ does carry it for $3.95 per tube I think. I'll be getting my next tubes from her.
    Yes you do need to lube the motor with the Singer lube. Depending on how much you use the machine you either lube it once or twice a year.
    Sew-Classic also sells Tri-Flo oil and grease which I really like. It's a synthetic product that works very well. The grease is not for motors though, only gears and forks the like.

    Joe

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    Oil anything that moves and grease the gears.
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    Thanks Joe, it is great to have someone so knowledgeable on this site!

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    You can download manuals for free that show you exactly where to oil and where to grease. Just remember .... never put oil in the motor.... only grease. I love to hear the machine hum once it has been oiled and greased..... it just loves that TLC.

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    This book is a very handy reference for Featherweights. I highly recommend it. It saved me a trip to the repairman a couple of times.

    http://www.amazon.com/Featherweight-.../dp/0964546922

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    http://www.featherweight221.com/fwrx...ructional.html

    I also have this book, Featherweight 221 and I. Yes, it is more $$ at $35.00. Can I say it paid for itself 2 times over, just yesterday. I had a thread stuck behind the bobbin case holder. With Dave's book I was able to take out the Gib screw and get the stray thread out, (and and tiny piece that has been this past year that I have my FW).
    I know if I had to have it fixed by a repair guy it would have cost me at least twice what I paid for the book.
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    Congrats and enjoy!
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