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Thread: Featherweight Light Is Hot

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    Super Member Daylesewblessed's Avatar
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    Featherweight Light Is Hot

    The light on my FW seems to run very hot. Is this normal?

    I frequently use that machine with the neighborhood children who sew at my house. We make a habit of turning off the light unless actually sewing with the machine for safety purposes just because it heats up so quickly. Being in the front of the machine, it really does present a safety hazard.

    I am interested in hearing if other FW owners experience the same thing.

    Thanks!

    Dayle

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    Does it have the right size bulb in it? Maybe that is the problem. Mine does not get hot like that.

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    Yes I have a 221 FW and the bulb does get hot.
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    I have a 2nd Degree burn scar on my right hand due to a hot sewing machine bulb. They are very hot. However make sure it's cool and check it to make sure it's no more than a 15W bulb. Any larger wattage is too much.

    Joe

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    Thanks! I will check the bulb. I didn't know the recommended wattage.


    Dayle

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    Mine gets hot, too. I haven't checked the wattage and it's the same bulb that was in it when I bought it years ago. I turn it off if I'm not actually sewing, also.

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    I believe it is just the way it is. I haven't heard of anyone coming out with the different bulb - it's the same kind they had back in the 40's & 50's. You can take it off and put on one of those LED goose neck lamps that sticks on the machine.

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    Mine gets warm but so hot as to burn. I have made sure I only out the right lite in though

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    Mine gets hot as well. Can't check bulb as it is in at present for a PAT, electrical safety check, before I take to classes with me. In UK we have become health and safety mad.
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    My Featherweight light bulb gets fairly hot but my light on my 201 gets extremely hot. These lights could definitely burn you so a stick on LED light may be the best way to go.
    Shelbie from the High County in Southern Ontario

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    I have the correct light bulb in my all my featherweights and sometimes when I am quilting get too close and YES! they are hot!
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    Yes, my light gets very hot.
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    Any incandescent light bulb gets hot, so yes, it's normal for the lights on our old girls to get hot, and you do want to be careful with them!
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    Mine does. I blistered my hand just last week on the FW light.
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    I got a really bad burn a month ago that is just now healing. The lamp gets very hot. I should be used to it, but my palm just stuck to it.

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    I'm not sure of the wattage on mine, but I ordered it from a FW place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I have a 2nd Degree burn scar on my right hand due to a hot sewing machine bulb. They are very hot. However make sure it's cool and check it to make sure it's no more than a 15W bulb. Any larger wattage is too much.

    Joe
    Me too! The scar has finally faded, but every time I use the Featherweight, I burn my wrist :-/

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    train yourself to lift the presser foot lever with your left hand.

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    I also have several tattoos - numerous FW, a 201, and a 15. There may be some from a clone or two in there too.

    Every time I show someone a machine or teach someone to sew, I tell them "Yes there's a built in light, see it works, now don't turn it on anymore, buy a good light to sit beside it."

    When they ask why, I show them my tat collection. (and then how the light from the built on one is never in the position you really want it anyway. )

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    The lights I think work the best are those mounted up inside the arm between the needle and pillar.
    The second best is the ancient machines with the light mounted up high on the front side facing away from you but angled down to the work.

    The WORST are the ones on the clones and mid sized Singers with the open bottom fixtures.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    The lights I think work the best are those mounted up inside the arm between the needle and pillar.
    Like,.. say 401 style? Probably a reason they stuck with that for so long, a 1980-90ish machine I worked on yesterday had the bulb "up there" too.

    The second best is the ancient machines with the light mounted up high on the front side facing away from you but angled down to the work.
    Do you have an example? I'm trying to picture it and not doing well.

    The WORST are the ones on the clones and mid sized Singers with the open bottom fixtures.

    Joe
    Agreed. Don't much like the ones on the left side of the needle either... I know heat rises, but it doesn't seem to with those bulbs. Always straight down onto the hands.

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    Yes, I have a 221 FW my bulb does get hot , but, I love the machine.

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