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Thread: Singer Featherweight Help

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    Singer Featherweight Help

    I was given my grandmother's Singer Featherweight and I am trying to figure out how to use it.
    I have watched a few videos on how to thread and I am pretty sure that it is threaded correctly but when I go to sew, the machine doesn't make any stitches.

    The machine seems to be in pretty good condition so I am guessing that this problem is due to operator error... Does anyone have ideas as to how to solve this?

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    welcome from the SF Bay area!

    Do you have a copy of the manual? If not they are available online free
    http://www.singerco.com/uploads/download/646_221.pdf

    Most likely reasons are needle in wrong way, threading process missing a part, or lint buildup

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    It is likely that you have the needle in backwards - the flat side goes next to the needle bar - the thread goes in the groove side. This might help: How does the needle go in the sewing machine and which way do I thread the needle?
    If that doesn't solve it we will keep working with you until you get it working - they usually don't go out of timing unless Egor was there.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Beautiful little machine!!

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    Mine has done the same to me and it took me forever to figure it out. I had the needle threaded from left to right instead of right to left. I have another machine that threads the opposite direction and I get confused ( getting old). If it is threaded left to right it will not form stitches. Also, make sure your bobbin is inserted into the case correctly. The thread should be coming off the top of the bobbin towards you. When the thread is then pulled through the slot and under the tension spring, it will be as if folded back on itself. My FW will sew with the bobbin placed either way, but the stitches are much prettier if I do it right!

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    Maybe the previous user removed the bobbin case and throat plate to clean it and didn't make sure it was put back together properly. It took me a bit when I did mine to find the reason. Luckily the 221 threads like my 15-91, but cleaning it and replacing the bobbin case was a bit different.

    Good luck!

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    The correct needle position for a featherweight: needle flat to the left and threads from right to left.

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    beautiful machine, what a super nice gift.

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    An easy way to remember: NFL (needle flat left).
    Ila

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    Like the easy way to remember how to put the needle in. Now I just have to think "football" when threading a FW and that shouldn't be that hard in my house.

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