Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2
Results 26 to 38 of 38

Thread: Do you quilt on your featherweight?

  1. #26
    Super Member Mary O's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Friendship,Wi.
    Posts
    1,011
    I have a featherweight,my sewing repair man suggested not using a walking foot on her.Too much strain on the machine.Just use her for classes......
    Mary

  2. #27
    Super Member Candace's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outer Space
    Posts
    9,839
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    Looking at them side by side, I do not see a difference. I'm not really sure what you mean about part being too wide. Can you explain it better?
    Look at the width of the feeddog teeth on the walking feet. The one from April's is the only walking foot I know where the width of the walking foot is narrow enough to engage the FW feed dogs. The ebay one is too wide. Yes, it will fit your machine and yes, it will move some fabric, but it won't work in conjunction with your FW feed dogs to move the fabric in the manner walking feet are supposed to. Walking feet are supposed to match the width of the feed dogs in your machine. Also the one from April's matches the shape of the FW feed dogs and the other one does not. Maybe someone other than Aprils carries that brand, but I've never seen it elsewhere.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  3. #28
    Senior Member littlesurfer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Palm Coast, Florida
    Posts
    553
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Sorry, but the width of those feeddogs on the walking foot look too wide for a FW! If you look at the one at April's site, you'll see how narrow her FW walking foot is, and how the foot has "off-set" teeth. The one you posted a link to looks to be just a generic, low shank walking foot and if the feeding teeth are wider than the FW feed dogs, it's not going to feed the quilt properly through the machine.
    Jenny from sew-classic.com has a walking foot that fits the Featherweight.
    Lynn

  4. #29
    Super Member Candace's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outer Space
    Posts
    9,839
    Quote Originally Posted by littlesurfer View Post
    Jenny from sew-classic.com has a walking foot that fits the Featherweight.
    Yes, but again, the one sold on her site is wider than the FW feed dogs. The Jenny site one is modified so it fits the machine, but still doesn't mesh with the feed dogs. April's is the only one I know that has one specifically that fits the width of the FW feed dogs. I have no affiliation with the April site...just a heads up to those who are looking for a FW walking foot that does what it should.

    All of the other walking feet on the market "fit" the FW but they don't actually work as they should..except for the one on April's site:>

    Does this make sense or am I just yodeling in the forest? LOL.
    Last edited by Candace; 12-13-2011 at 02:33 PM.

  5. #30
    Super Member katier825's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    7,160
    Blog Entries
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Look at the width of the feeddog teeth on the walking feet. The one from April's is the only walking foot I know where the width of the walking foot is narrow enough to engage the FW feed dogs. The ebay one is too wide. Yes, it will fit your machine and yes, it will move some fabric, but it won't work in conjunction with your FW feed dogs to move the fabric in the manner walking feet are supposed to. Walking feet are supposed to match the width of the feed dogs in your machine. Also the one from April's matches the shape of the FW feed dogs and the other one does not. Maybe someone other than Aprils carries that brand, but I've never seen it elsewhere.
    I see what you are referring to now. I had already ordered the one on ebay, but it is returnable. If it's not right, I'll get the one from April's site.

    I have seen differing opinions from people about whether or not the Featherweight can handle quilting. My gut tells me yes because they are still going strong after 60+ years. Would today's machines last that long? I seriously doubt it! They are built so well, they probably could handle it, maybe not for extended periods of time, but for the few hours a week of quilting I do, it's probably fine. I have sewn with mine for 8-10 hours on the weekends and never had a problem. I do keep it oiled and frequently remove lint. Anyway, I did email April and ask her opinion on the subject. She says she agrees with me and she has used hers for quilting many times. I'm sure there are many people that want to preserve the condition of their machines. I didn't buy mine as a collection piece; I bought mine to be used, and it is a pleasure to sew on it! For me, it's more of a workhorse than a delicate piece of machinery. But she's a beautiful workhorse! If I ever work her to death, I will surely replace her with another one.

  6. #31
    Super Member Candace's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outer Space
    Posts
    9,839
    Motors are what would burn out and those can be replaced. I agree quilting with a walking foot is probably not going to harm your machine unless it's on the verge of going out anyway. I guess if one is o.k. with long periods of FMQ and possibly having to replace the motor...but I'm with you. I USE my machines and I agree that that's what they're there for.

  7. #32
    Super Member lovelyl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    SW Ohio
    Posts
    2,103
    Blog Entries
    6
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    I see what you are referring to now. I had already ordered the one on ebay, but it is returnable. If it's not right, I'll get the one from April's site.

    I have seen differing opinions from people about whether or not the Featherweight can handle quilting. My gut tells me yes because they are still going strong after 60+ years. Would today's machines last that long? I seriously doubt it! They are built so well, they probably could handle it, maybe not for extended periods of time, but for the few hours a week of quilting I do, it's probably fine. I have sewn with mine for 8-10 hours on the weekends and never had a problem. I do keep it oiled and frequently remove lint. Anyway, I did email April and ask her opinion on the subject. She says she agrees with me and she has used hers for quilting many times. I'm sure there are many people that want to preserve the condition of their machines. I didn't buy mine as a collection piece; I bought mine to be used, and it is a pleasure to sew on it! For me, it's more of a workhorse than a delicate piece of machinery. But she's a beautiful workhorse! If I ever work her to death, I will surely replace her with another one.
    I agree with you on using the machine! Although I love the looks of it, I bought it to use! In addition to keeping it oiled, make sure to lubricate (not oil!!!!) the motor. I think it is recommended to lube the motor every 6 months - check you manual and it will tell you for sure.
    Happy FMQ on your beautiful FW!
    Linda
    Linda
    There may be times we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. - Elie Wiesel

  8. #33
    Junior Member joycet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    238
    I too have always been told not to quilt on a featherweight. They weren't meant for long periods of sewing like that...the motor speeded up. If you want a work horse get a Singer 301. Keep you featherweight to piece on and fmq on a 301!!! My opinion only!!! LOL

  9. #34
    Super Member katier825's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    7,160
    Blog Entries
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by joycet View Post
    I too have always been told not to quilt on a featherweight. They weren't meant for long periods of sewing like that...the motor speeded up. If you want a work horse get a Singer 301. Keep you featherweight to piece on and fmq on a 301!!! My opinion only!!! LOL
    I don't have a lot of spare time, so I wouldn't be quilting on it for long periods of time. I would be using it for smaller items, probably largest would be a baby quilt, if that. I do have a nice Singer 201 that was given to me, but I don't have space to keep it set up. I hope to someday...it does sew beautifully.

  10. #35
    Super Member katier825's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    7,160
    Blog Entries
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    I decided to get the foot I saw on eBay. The price was decent, $15.95 with free shipping. They have more if anyone is interested.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/380157329078...84.m1423.l2649
    A note to follow up. I received this, but it does not line up properly. Fortunately, they do allow returns and I will be sending it back. I've already ordered the one from April 1930's website to replace it.

    Thanks for the comments on this!

  11. #36
    Super Member Candace's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outer Space
    Posts
    9,839
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    A note to follow up. I received this, but it does not line up properly. Fortunately, they do allow returns and I will be sending it back. I've already ordered the one from April 1930's website to replace it.

    Thanks for the comments on this!
    Yup, that's how they all are...except the one April sells. I only wish they sold one for the 301's that lines up with the feed dogs:<

  12. #37
    Super Member katier825's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    7,160
    Blog Entries
    3
    The foot from April's fits perfectly! Thanks for recommending it!

  13. #38
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    47
    I am a new FW owner and was reading your post. When you say you do not cover the feed dogs does that mean you take the throat plate off?

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.