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Thread: Question about Featherweight

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    I bought a featherweight on ebay, it looks like new and sews good. It came from an estate sale , I don't think it had been used very much,the case is in perfect condition just smells musty.
    The problem I have is the peddle with the little tiny part that you push down, do you use your toe or heel. Not sure how to turn it and I think it may be sticking, when I push it all way down it doesn't stop until I push it again.
    I know a lot of you have them , I'm hopeing someone can help me. Thanks

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    I sew barefoot and use my big toe on the button. I don't think this was how the foot controll was meant to be used but it works for me. Mine hasn't ever been sticky so I can't help you there. Maybe the foot controll needs cleaning, someone here must have an answer for you. Enjoy your new baby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryStoaks
    I sew barefoot and use my big toe on the button. I don't think this was how the foot controll was meant to be used but it works for me. Mine hasn't ever been sticky so I can't help you there. Maybe the foot controll needs cleaning, someone here must have an answer for you. Enjoy your new baby!
    Thanks Mary

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    One of my featherweights has a replacement foot pedal that is just like a regular one. I really prefer using this to the original button kind since I sew barefooted too. I'm thinking of getting another so I can have both set up at one time (light thread on one, dark on the other). I think the replacement runs about $16.
    lots2do

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    I didn't like that foot control so my husband changed it to a newer style. I just store the old one in the case since I don't use it. Anyone that knows basic wiring can change it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do
    One of my featherweights has a replacement foot pedal that is just like a regular one. I really prefer using this to the original button kind since I sew barefooted too. I'm thinking of getting another so I can have both set up at one time (light thread on one, dark on the other). I think the replacement runs about $16.
    lots2do
    Thanks where did you get your replacement pedal ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoppyfrog
    I didn't like that foot control so my husband changed it to a newer style. I just store the old one in the case since I don't use it. Anyone that knows basic wiring can change it.
    Thanks I'll check into that

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    A good source for parts is http://www.221parts.com

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    There may be a short in the pedal's wiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crb45
    There may be a short in the pedal's wiring.
    It couldn't hurt to open the foot pedal and see if there is an easily solved, obvious problem inside it.

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    Thanks where did you get your replacement pedal ?

    There is a man in Florida, Glenn Williams, who sells parts for Featherweights and is very helpful.

    http://pages.suddenlink.net/joyof301s/glenn.htm

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    I use my big toe :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheelwoman
    A good source for parts is http://www.221parts.com
    Thanks for the link

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryStoaks
    Quote Originally Posted by crb45
    There may be a short in the pedal's wiring.
    It couldn't hurt to open the foot pedal and see if there is an easily solved, obvious problem inside it.
    thanks Mary I'll try that

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingmimipj

    Thanks where did you get your replacement pedal ?

    There is a man in Florida, Glenn Williams, who sells parts for Featherweights and is very helpful.

    http://pages.suddenlink.net/joyof301s/glenn.htm
    Thanks for the link

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    My repair man changed mine the last time I had it cleaned and gone over. The other one worked but had to sew barefoot and it bugged me. He told me to save it in case I ever sell it, so did.

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