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Thread: White Featherweight

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    My husband got me a White Featherweight for Christmas and it clicks when sewing. I gave it to a friend to check out to see if she could fix the clicking and she said it is just part of how she sounds. Anyone got any suggestions ??? She sounds rough to me, but she is gorgeous for sure. Her name is Noel!

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    I have a white color Featherweight and it does make the click sound when sewing, like my vintage 15-99 and my Singer 301. It's all mechanical so that is the click clacky sound. One thing, the smooth belt really works better on Featherweight then the cobbly one. If you Featherweight came with the original white belt do not get rid of the belt. It's about as valuable as the machine. Ha.

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    I'm not a repair person....but....is it possible that the machine need lubricant??? Not oil, this is a thick, vaseline like substance...
    If you read your book, it will state where to lube it as well as oil locations....

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    My White Featherweights have a sealed motor. No lube required. The thick lube is for unsealed motors. If there are no lube openings then it is a sealed motor. Do not put lube or oil in a sealed motor. You'll ruin it.

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    Thank you Bella...I just know that the lube goes on the gears....

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    I would love to have a white featherweight. Nice gift and I love the name you gave it. I fell in love with the white one that was on the cover of the Martha Stewart magazine years ago.

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    Lucky you!!! :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Lucky you!!! :D:D:D
    yes, lucky you, enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I have a white color Featherweight and it does make the click sound when sewing, like my vintage 15-99 and my Singer 301. It's all mechanical so that is the click clacky sound. One thing, the smooth belt really works better on Featherweight then the cobbly one. If you Featherweight came with the original white belt do not get rid of the belt. It's about as valuable as the machine. Ha.
    Noel came with a black belt

    :cry: I took it to a friend that is brilliant on Featherweight machines. She said Noel is beautiful and she just has that sound. She is just fine. I only figured she would sound like her siblings...LOL. She is darling and I love her. I still can't get awayfrom using Abby (1934) She sounds sooo smooth and zips right through my mittens & some of them are really thick. As I sew through them I am constantly amazed. :thumbup:

    Thanks for your comments

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    I have two of the black Featherweights, and neither of them make that sound. It would help your machine to oil it according to the manual or every place metal touches metal. Regular sewing machine oil will do (NOT WD40 or 3-in-1 oil) but better yet is Tri-Flow.

    Cricket

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    Thanks cricket, when I took it to my friend she went through it and it is perfect. She is very knowledgable in Featherweight machines. I have spoken with others that say the "whites" just don't sound like the black ones. She oiled everything and gave it her midas touch then my husband went through my other featherweights and a tune up and they are awesome too!!!

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    I think sounds are different to everyone. What I call a
    clicky sound may sound alike a clatter sound to someone else. There are at least 9 Featherweights going at my guild workshops and they all have a different sewing sound. Featherweights seem to each have their own voice. I haven't named mine yet. Can't think of a name that fits her right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    I'm not a repair person....but....is it possible that the machine need lubricant??? Not oil, this is a thick, vaseline like substance...
    If you read your book, it will state where to lube it as well as oil locations....
    my repair man put this in the top under the spool spindle, it just screwed off and it did sound better...there was a place underneath also but can't remember where...he said its a lubricant

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    Lubricant goes on gears only. Oil goes where metal meets metal. (I am a certified sewing machine mechanic.)

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    I sure would love to see a pic of Noel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket_iscute
    Lubricant goes on gears only. Oil goes where metal meets metal. (I am a certified sewing machine mechanic.)

    Cricket
    Thank you, I thought that I wrote that it was for gears, but I must have been having one of those days....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    I sure would love to see a pic of Noel.
    If I remember I will ask my husband to help me post a picture of her when he gets home tomorrow, he is staying close to work due to wicked horrible roads.

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    wow, you have a cool featherweight, thanks for sharing

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    I would love to see apicture too. Noel is also my Bulldogs name, a pretty name!

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    Well, this is almost a year old, but I thought I'd put in my 2-bits. My late-1970's vintage Bernina made clicking sounds when I unknowingly put a Singer needle in it, which I read later is a big no-no for the Berninas. It may be that the a change of needle would get rid of the click for you. Maybe the needle was slightly bent or not all the way up in the shaft. I read somewhere that when working with thick materials some quilters lower the needle slightly. I've never tried it, and it seems it could have bad repercussions if it hits something in there that it's not supposed to hit. The click of metal on metal might be normal, but if it isn't, something could be taking a bit of abuse.

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    [my repair man put this in the top under the spool spindle, it just screwed off and it did sound better...there was a place underneath also but can't remember where...he said its a lubricant[/quote]

    There is a set of gears on the bottom of the machine that gets Singer lube too. I work on FWs too. Make sure that you don't get any oil or lube on the internal belt, that will cause it to shred eventually.
    There are holes all over the machine where a drop of oil goes.
    Sharon W.
    owner of 3 FWs

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