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Thread: Singer Featherweight

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    Senior Member Grinster's Avatar
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    I have signed up at my LQS for "The Cleaning and Care of Your Singer Featherweight Class." It is a 4 hour class that is hands on. The FW will be disassembled, cleaned, oiled lubricated. Emphasis will be on the bobbin area showing where threads collect and the importance of cleaning the needle plate area on a regular basis. They will also teach how to give my FW a protective finish and clean up a case that has an odor. It is $55. What do you think? I bought it about 6 weeks ago and have not had it "tuned up."

    I think I have attached a picture of my "Penny" named after the friend who sold it to me.
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    I would take the class, it will be a good refresher on general machine maintanance. You will take better care of all of your machines, and each will he happier!

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    Penny is beautiful. I would love to get a Featherweight.
    I think that is a wonderful idea for a class. Good luck!

    Keep us informed. I have 2 vintage Singers now, possibly getting another tomorrow. None are featherweights though.

    Penny definitely had an owner that loved her! :) :)

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    Great idea. You would pay close to that to have someone else tune it up and you learn how to do it yourself in the process.

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    I would love to have this class offered in my area. If you baby your baby it will love you forever! I have a 221 featherweight and LOVE IT!

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    What a great class. I love your sweet little Penny. She is a beauty.

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    Thanks for your responses, now I am really looking forward to the class! I will send an update on what I learned. The class is April 24th!

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    Please, Please tell us what you learned. I just bought a 221 FW after it was advertised on Craigslist. A friend is helping to clean it, but I am a little intimidated by the machine at this point.

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    Taking the class hands on would be great. Click on this and scroll down to the DVD that Dave made to help fellow featherweight owners. I got these and they are great, explains everything and is so handy when a question comes up.

    I guess you need to copy and paste to get this.
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    Go for it. Why pay for something you can do yourself?
    It will cost you that much for a tech to just look at your machine. Go for it.

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    Enjoy your class! I would take it, but $$ is tight right now. I'm not far from you, west to 2Paws. Are you in the Log Cabin Quilters?

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    To be able to maintain your own FW would definitly be worth the money. My FW case got some minor water damage when my basement flooded. The case is fine, FW is also, but there is now a slight musty smell in the case. If you find out how to clean the case of odor, I would love knowing how. I would love any info you could pass on.

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    I also have a Singer Featherweight 221 and bought it on Ebay about 4 years ago......I bid on it, and have purchased 3 of these aver the past 7 years....I moved a lot during this period and sold one each time....mad about 150 $ profit, as I was living in Hawaii each time and they don't have them there. BUT...I amNOT selling this one. One of your replies waas someone recommending DAVE the featherweight shop owner having a DVD on maintenance. I am looking it up next. His machines are beautiful, but cost about $700 or more..course, they are re-furbished.....but I loved the bidding and WINNING THE BID!!!! Gosh, I ALMOST BECAME ADDICTED :?

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    If you go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vintagesingers/
    they have a lot of information on Featherweights and other vintage Singers.

    I missed the 1916 Singer treadle FOR FREE by one phone call. I am so disappointed as I love the old machines. They have a perfect straight stitch and are great for piecing.

    Can't wait to hear about the class. Even if you didn't have a Featherweight, you would learn a lot.

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    i saw a video on featherweights on you tube.com a nice older man sell,s his video,s and walks through each step of cleaning and how to fix them wonderful video saw it and like it very much when i ever get one i,ll buy his video for sure

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    Not in the Log Cabin Quilters. I work full time and am not sure I would be able to keep up. Not sure I am ready for a group. The class is at Quilts Plus.

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    Clem if you put some bars of scented soap in your case that may help get rid of the odor. I have done that with dresser and desk drawers that had a musty odor and it worked to get rid of it completely after a while. However, it won't work overnight and I'm not sure if it will work with the type of lining that's in your case.

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    I just purchased a featherweight and would love to have a class like that in my area. I would go in a heartbeat. I named mine Prissilla as she looks do prissy. I anso excited as I am getting my grandmothers and it is the one I learned to sew on. It is a centinial model.

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    Thank you , I'll give that a try. NOthing to lose anyway! LOL It isn't bad, just "there" . I almost cried when I saw that case sitting in water, I moved real fast to get everything out and dried or drying. That was my first sewing machine, and it sure made many a thing for me, from baby clothes to leather car seat covers. No damage dome thank goodness!

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    I was given a FW and it had a terrible smell. I changed the felt pad inside that absorbs any oil drips. That helped the machine smell alot. I set the box out in 100 degree sunshine for a few days, but it was still bad. I put some deodorant soap in it recently and sealed it in a big garbage bag, that seams to have worked. I haven't brought it into the house yet, so I'm not sure, it is definately better.

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    My DH is going to take the same kind of class at Eddie's Quilting Bee for $65.00 so he can keep my Sally Sue and KC in humming good condition. I think it is a great idea.

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    Grinster,
    I think that would be a terrific class to take. I wish we had a LQS that would offer that. I only wish I had a LQS. The nearest is 100 miles away and they sell Janome. I don't think they would offer such, as they don't repair their own machines, have someone out of town do them. I say go for it. It would be worth the bucks just to know how to do it. I am in the process of trying to locate a FW. I have a Singer golden touch, a Bernina and a craft machine I bought to take to quilt classes because of the light weight, from Nancy's Notions a year or so ago, I also have my Mother's old machine a really heavy duty Singer, made who knows when, as she got it used in 1941. I learned to sew on that machine, has the bullet bobbin. But I still end up taking my Bernina to our quilting group..

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    To be able to maintain your own FW would definitly be worth the money. My FW case got some minor water damage when my basement flooded. The case is fine, FW is also, but there is now a slight musty smell in the case. If you find out how to clean the case of odor, I would love knowing how. I would love any info you could pass on.
    My featherweight case had a very musty odor. I solved the problem by putting an Odor Eaters shoe insert in the case with the machine. This particular Odor Eaters had charcoal in it, which I think helps. Anyway, it fits well in the case and even offers a little additional padding for the machine, so I've never bothered to remove it even though the smell is gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinster
    Not in the Log Cabin Quilters. I work full time and am not sure I would be able to keep up. Not sure I am ready for a group. The class is at Quilts Plus.
    I figure the $20 annual dues are worth the 10% discount you get at Quilts Plus, Viking and Fields! Sometimes they have a national speaker come to the meetings. Those can be very stimulating. But I know what you mean when working full time. I rarely attended meetings in the winter.

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    Prism, thanks for that INfo . I'm going to get Odor Eaters today and see if it will do the job for my case. I have no plans to sell mine, but have wondered jusdt how important appearance really is to buyers. My machine looks very good to me, but there are pin scratches on the bed. The case isn'T torn or anything, but it doesn"t look new anymore either. I have the manual, and another paper that came with it. That got wet in the flooding, but dried out okay, enough to be readable without difficulty , but you can tell the paper had been wet. I have all the original attachments, plus a buttonhole attachment and a decorative stitch attachment, and bobbins. I know these are "wanted "machines, and I'Ve been offered $150 sight unseen by a shop owner. I thought that was reasonable since I only paid $200 when I bought it in 1960, then I saw that comment about the $700 the man on Ebay was selling them for. NOw that is a big difference!! Any feedback on this?

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