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 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 26

Thread: Featherweight Case Facelift

  1. #1
    Junior Member tjk829's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Fairchild, WI
    Posts
    153

    Featherweight Case Facelift

    I recently became the very delighted owner of a 1953 Featherweight. The case looks pretty good on the outside.. a little polish and it'll be good to go. The inside not so much... it smells, of course, and the side tray is detached. The fabric is not in good shape and I would like to clean it out and line it with something else. The problem is the foot controller bracket, it is held in with rivets. I have seen other case restorations and it looks like the bracket has been removed and reinstalled with screws rather than rivets, my question is how does one remove the rivets without damaging the covering on the exterior of the case? Any help appreciated...

  2. #2
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    35,104
    My case smelled really bad and I had to remove everything. The wood is thin and brittle so I would hesitate to remove any rivets. I think I would work the material out from underneath the rivets instead. I am going to reglue mine, sand it and varnish, eventually.

  3. #3
    Super Member Aurora's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Somewhere in Time
    Posts
    2,583
    Blog Entries
    2
    The featherweight shop has a tutorial on how to refinish the case (outside). It has been a while since I watched it and I do not remember is they did anything to the inside.
    Aurora

    "A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot." -Robert A. Heinlein

  4. #4
    Super Member Crqltr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    2,679
    Blog Entries
    2
    My brother in law found a featherweight in the addic of my in-laws house (we bought the house when they passed) one of two things in the attic (why?). It smells so moldy! Case is in the garage, machine is in the basement even the machine smells things up. I’ve tried everything. Baking soda, sealed in a bag of cat litter, washed everything. Book and attachments even smell! Any other ideas to clean up the smell???

  5. #5
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    4,165
    Crqltr, did you change out the oil pad on the machine? That was what reeked when I received my featherweight.

  6. #6
    Junior Member tjk829's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Fairchild, WI
    Posts
    153
    The video from the Featherweight shop only addresses cleaning the outside (works great too) From what I've read about the smell inside the cases it is from using the type of glue that was available at the time. That being the reason the only way I can see to eliminate the smell is to remove the lining clean out the old glue and reline the case. I did read that some people had success using heat to remove the odor but that doesn't help with the poor condition of the interior fabric. I can't figure out why the case is so damaged on the inside but the machine is nearly pristine. Other than a few surface scratches it looks great, even the decals aren't marked. Maybe they left the machine out and used the case for something else...

  7. #7
    Super Member DonnaC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Rhode Island
    Posts
    1,649
    My stinky Featherweight case is in the basement and has been for years. I have tried EVERYTHING to get the smell out and nothing worked. It literally makes me nauseous (but I'm pretty sensitive to smells). I tried using a product I purchased and it just made the machine stink too but didn't help the case. The smell on the machine has faded a little bit and I keep mine in a "Husky" bag I bought at Home Depot that is the perfect size. I really want to buy a reproduction case for the Featherweight but they are pricey. So basically, I'm no help!

  8. #8
    Super Member Battle Axe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Northeastern Indiana
    Posts
    2,296
    Blog Entries
    1
    I finally got tired of the smell and sold mine. It smelled like a bad day at my Grandmother's house, sort of an oily smell too.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Location
    Southwest
    Posts
    668
    I am trying putting coffee beans in a dish inside the case and closing the lid. I'll wait about a month to see if it helps the "smell". If not......at least it's another thing to try!

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Walland TN
    Posts
    310
    I tried everything from deer kill cleaner to coal etc. On my 301, I finally ripped out all of the fabric and sanded down as much glue as possible. I then covered the inside with polyurethane. It needs one more sanding and poly, but the smell is almost gone. Then I will decide how and what to put on the inside. I may just decoupage it.
    Maria
    Smoky Mountains of Tennessee

  11. #11
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    4,165
    Have you contacted "the Featherweight shop" to see what they recommend? I get their emails from when I was working on my case. They are extremely helpful with videos too.

  12. #12
    Super Member luvstoquilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Yorkville, IL
    Posts
    6,078
    Blog Entries
    3
    I am lucky. My two cases don’t smell bad at all. One case does need a new handle and I will get around to changing that soon.
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

    Sharon
    Yorkville, IL

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Location
    Southwest
    Posts
    668
    Someone told me that the smell is from the glue they used on the cases...either rabbit or horse glue. The smell is the glue decomposing. I'm thinking about just disguising the smell with another smell. Those "odor bubbles" sold by Yankee Candle is what I'm going to try next. They come in a jar and are supposed to be used for small areas. Right now, I'm sticking with the coffee beans, but maybe I'll try these other gel/bubble thingies later.

  14. #14
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Posts
    1,806
    I think cases go stinky from storage conditions, since not all cases have ended up stinky over the years. I'm just guessing it's not the glue on it's own. I think the Featherweight shop have found something clever, and I personally lean towards leaving the case open in a dry, heated and ventilated room. Leave it outside for a few hours on a sunny day, keep at it and it will air off. Sunlight can work wonders. I like the bamboo charcoal bags and satches they sell now, they are ideal for situation where the lid is closed. There is an old thread (or several) were we have gathered all the clever methods that have worked in cases like this. I had a very (!) musty smelly cardboard accessory box; I cleaned it lightly, and left it open on a book shelf. The worst aired off withing a few weeks or months, but it took two years before the smell was completely gone.

  15. #15
    Super Member DonnaC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Rhode Island
    Posts
    1,649
    Hate to tell you this Nora, but I tried the Yankee Candle bubbles. No effect whatsoever LOL. Except now it smelled stinky and flowery, not a good combo.

  16. #16
    Junior Member tjk829's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Fairchild, WI
    Posts
    153
    Well I took the leap and drilled out the rivets... the controller bracket came off and the handle was retained on the outside...whew..was worried about that. So now my plan is to strip out the old liner, sand off the glue and replace the lining, replace the bracket and secure it with self tapping screws to make sure that handle remains secure, not sure what I will do if it still smells since I don't want to separate it from the machine.

  17. #17
    Junior Member tjk829's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Fairchild, WI
    Posts
    153
    I think we got a little sidetracked, my main question was how to remove the rivets holding the foot controller on the lid of the case. The lining needs to be removed one way or another due to its condition and I believe that will also take care of the odor. I don't know if anyone has drilled out the rivets or not, but it worked for me and now I can replace the lining without any obstructions in the way.

  18. #18
    Senior Member trish b's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Dundee OR
    Posts
    778
    My friend who restores old cases did this. Get a light bulb, about 150 watt, put it in a small fixture from the hardware store with cord attached. Then put it in the case, close the lid and leave on for couple days in the Garage. According to him the smell is gone. I hope this helps.
    Last edited by trish b; 01-31-2019 at 06:32 PM. Reason: spelling

  19. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Location
    Southwest
    Posts
    668
    Thanks DonnaC...I won't waste those Yankee "bubbles" on the case then. I might try that light bulb suggestion. But, I will do it outside so it doesn't stink up the garage! Thanks!

  20. #20
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Posts
    1,702
    I had a case that was really stinky, but it was not a featherweight. I'm not sure it was the glue, as the manual was in it in storage, and the smell was similar to stinky old books. I tried cat litter, newspapers and coffee. That didn't work. I did not try charcoal. I left it in the car all summer (in Texas) stuffed full of newspaper and cat litter. I think it worked, as it didn't smell when I sold it.

    bkay

  21. #21
    Power Poster sewbizgirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    19,221
    I keep some Odor Eaters shoe inserts in the box and it has helped with the smell quite a bit.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/sewbizgirl
    Boom 20 Album of Blocks I made to swap https://www.quiltingboard.com/member...bums19942.html
    "The reward of a thing well done is having done it." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Walland TN
    Posts
    310
    Quote Originally Posted by toverly View Post
    Have you contacted "the Featherweight shop" to see what they recommend? I get their emails from when I was working on my case. They are extremely helpful with videos too.
    Actually, I had information from the gentleman that owned the entire featherweight entity, until it was purchased and the people in the USA were trained. The site you know was April's 1930's did not have the machines nor knowledge until then.

    The smell is indeed from the glue.
    Maria
    Smoky Mountains of Tennessee

  23. #23
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Posts
    1,702
    Quote Originally Posted by Farmhousesewer View Post
    Actually, I had information from the gentleman that owned the entire featherweight entity, until it was purchased and the people in the USA were trained. The site you know was April's 1930's did not have the machines nor knowledge until then.

    The smell is indeed from the glue.
    I understand the glue part.

    Can you explain the other part? What I got was that some gentleman owned the featherweight (factory, franchise, sales force, all?) until it was purchased (by singer or are we talking about the Featherweight shop) until the USA people were trained (in the 1930's?)

    I'm totally lost.

    bkay

  24. #24
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Walland TN
    Posts
    310
    The people at the current featherweight shop, in the USA, formerly known as April's 1930's, had little knowledge / expertise about featherweights, until they were trained by and purchased the inventory from the singer- featherweight.com. when the owner retired.
    Info I have is from the original source. So, while everyone thinks the featherweight shop walks on water, their knowledge is relatively new. Better?

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    the beach
    Posts
    608
    Shortly after I bought my FW, I took a class on how to do simple maintenance on it. The instructor pulled out the pad in the bottom of my case and replaced it. I don't recall that it had a bad smell, but it was soaked with oil (grease?)

    I store it with a full unwrapped bar of Dial soap in it, mostly to absorb any moisture, but it also makes it small like soap, not anything yucky. Maybe that would help you.

    Good luck!
    "Accomplishment is a consequence of effort" -- Michael Crichton

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

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.