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Thread: Featherweight dent

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    Featherweight dent

    Does every FW have a dent in the bed where it folds up and hits a big screw? Did the machines come originally with something to protect the bed from this happening? I now put a pad of cloth over the screw as I close it up but there is already a hole in the finish.

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    When I first got my FW I had it serviced. The woman who serviced it for me put a little felt pad on the screw so that it wouldn't damage the bed. It works great.
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    There are all kinds of nice and facy stuff for the Featherweight, solutions for everything.
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    A lot of them do. A felt pad, rubber dot etc...will work, or many people make a cover for the flip down bed.

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    I used a chunk of FMQ practice fabric to make a padded sleeve for my featherweight, I made my own pattern but there are patterns available. The sleeve goes over the fold up arm and goes under the foot.

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    I stuck one of the nonslip dots that are used under cutting rulers onto the screw to protect the bed a little.

    Also, when I made a soft carry bag to take the machine to workshops, I included a flap at the end of it that is tucked down between the flipped up bed and the screw on the machine.

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    featherweight dent

    I have made yo yo's and put a pad of cotton in them to protect my featherweights from getting dents.

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    I make a bed "cozy" for my featherweights. I fashion a bag with sturdy straps that wrap completely around the bottom of the bag for safety. That done after reading about someone carrying hers in a grocery store reusable on her shoulder and the bottom gave way . I also make an open-ended bag for the cord and pedal so I can slip it through the harp for storage without risking scratching.
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    Thanks for the photos. I don’t have a dent and don’t want one. Maybe a project to make over the holidays.

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    If you decide to make a sleeve, make it long enough to go under the foot. I did mine this way to cushion the foot when I travel and it also keeps it in place. As I said this is just a FMQ practice piece that I used and I left the bottom edge open so it could split at the bottom. I did sew on seam binding at the bottom to cover the raw edges.Name:  image.jpeg
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    Great idea Tartan! Thanks.
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    Love your ideas, Tartan.
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    baskets4moo: thanks for the pictures. I like the idea of a bag for the foot as mine seems to be too tightly squeezed on the end to fit in the tray.
    tartan: I really like the idea of putting the cover under the pressure foot, I haven't thought or heard of that idea. I actually have plans to make a bag and sleeve but am waiting for a merchant to come up from Yuma with a leather needle as I decided I would like leather on the bottom so I can set it down when taking it to classes.

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    Mine doesn't. but I don't use my FW, and I have been very careful when I have put it into the case. My 301 long bed is almost 1/2" from the body when raised. That being said I have plans to make a cover for my 301 long bed -- just in case.
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    As the new owner of an old FW, thanks for all the neat ideas for the little cover.
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