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    Unhappy ok, I did it now! Help!

    I have a feather weight singer maybe 1955, in good shape.

    The light burnt out, tried to change it, problem it does not screw out, it has to turn up a little and pull out.
    This did not work for me, the light broke off, I used small pliers to pull the metal part out no luck.
    The metal part is broken and near even with the socket in the machine, The light over case will not come off.
    I just keep making it worse. Any good ideas out there?
    There are days when nothing seems to go right, I also jamed up my other sewing machine it had to go to the shop
    I am glad it is under warrenty.

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    get the little book about caring for your featherweight. Not sure of the title but is by Nany Johnson-Shrebo

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    Will do, thanks. That little green book it came with is not much help. It is a 221 feather weight from my mother in law.

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    When I had a problem with my featherweight, Jim M. from this board referred me to the following web site: http://thefeatherweight221factory.com I'm sure you can find the information you need to fix your machine on this site.
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    There is a tool that fits into the broken socket and as you squeese the handles it grips the inside of the socket and you can turn and twist it out. Your bulb is a baounet. (ok I totally didn't spell that right.) Point being you push in and then turn.

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    In the old days they told us to use a slice of raw potato when the bulb of a light broke. On the FW 221, you are suppose to press in the light bulb and turn it to the left and it should pop out - I know there is a cover - but maybe you could carve te raw potato so it will fit. Just a thought.

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    You can also use a cork to get broken bulb out!

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    I did the same thing. I had to take it to my local repairman. He was so nice. For the cost of a bulb, about $3, he changed it for me. Just safer. Most sewing machine shops will do it for you.

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    There are several Yahoo groups for Featherweights, I can't remember them off the top of my head but you could do a search.

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    next time 1. get a 1 in. di. vinyl tubing cut about 2 in. on the end cut some slits You can push it on the light bulb and it helps to take the bulb on and off. or 2. get duct tape 5" long 1" wide wrap around bulb leave tail as handle for leverage push on end of bulb with finger and take in and out bulb that way (it is a little hard to get tape off the new bulb. That's why I like the vinyl tubing best

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    All good hints on getting it out. Make sure it is UNPLUGGED when you try any of them. If you have a small set of needle nose pliers you may be able to get them in there to grab the base of the filiment to push and turn.
    Lisa

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy View Post
    In the old days they told us to use a slice of raw potato when the bulb of a light broke. On the FW 221, you are suppose to press in the light bulb and turn it to the left and it should pop out - I know there is a cover - but maybe you could carve te raw potato so it will fit. Just a thought.
    Yep, that's what I still do if needed.

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    thanks so much! I went to my Ab sew & Vac they had the little tube tool for .99 it worked great!

    I am going to look for the book also. Next I going to the the feather weight factory 221 on computer
    thanks again!

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    what about a magnet ,a strong but thin one so you can turn the broken part some and pull it out just a throught
    we can make our plans but the out come is in god,s hands nellie diaz

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    Sorry to hear of your trouble. My suggestion is what I have done when lights have broken off in thier socket I use a cut potato and push it into it and the turn and get it out. I do not know if you have enough room to do that in this case.

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    One thing you could try: Fill the hole with poster putty and then insert a pair of needlenose pliers, open them up and turn the blob of putty, the broken piece should turn with the putty, then pull all out at one time. On my FW the cover turns and come off from the base.
    Last edited by BellaBoo; 10-13-2012 at 09:30 AM.
    Got fabric?

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    Dave McCallum sells a light bulb kit to help remove the bulb. Here is a link to it...scroll down almost to the bottom of the page:

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

    I highly recommend his book, "Featherweight 221 and I". It has just about any information that you need to know to take care of your FW, it's easy reading and the drawings are detailed and easy to see (as opposed to the pictures in the manuals).

    ETA: Have you looked over the section on this forum for Antique and Vintage sewing machine addicts...ooops, I meant enthusiasts? You'll find lots of help from the people who hang out in there... http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...thusiasts-f22/
    Last edited by cabbagepatchkid; 10-13-2012 at 05:37 PM.
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