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Thread: I'm new on here, willing to learn

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    I'm new on here, willing to learn

    I came home with a 1935 Singer 221 last night, and once I get a belt and get working with it, I will be interested in learning from the experiences of others on this forum. Looking forward to it!

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    I suggest you start with https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage-antique-machine-enthusiasts-f22/how-clean-up-use-vintage-sewing-machine-videos-muv-fav-t167789.html

    That's your first step with your new machine. If you have problems or questions, ask them. Someone will likely know the answer or where to find it. Once the machine is cleaned and oiled, try it out. By then, you will be familiar with the machine and can ask some questions.

    Congrats on the machine.

    bkay


    Two popular sites for information and parts are:

    https://www.novamontgomery.com/

    https://singer-featherweight.com/



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    Welcome from Texas. I hope you enjoy sewing on your "new" Singer. Questions are always welcomed here so ask away. I don't know if you have the manual for your machine but I found the following site where can print off the PDF downloads for free. They also have a service manual for the Singer 221-1 and other manuals that might help you.

    https://singer-featherweight.com/blo...vicing-manuals

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    And you have a machine that is coveted by most quilters, so congrats on that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by themadpatter View Post
    And you have a machine that is coveted by most quilters, so congrats on that!
    I wonder why the tiny 221 is a favorite for quilters, it has to be the portable factor and I guess it's mostly for piecing? I think a lot like the 15-91 and Pfaff 30 for the actual quilting part, they do well with top stitch thread and larger bulks of fabric. There are a lot of capable vintage models though.

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    It is small, light, takes up very little room, packed up and ready to go, you can do all or most of the maintenance yourself, quiet, easily available needles, bobbins. Perhaps there are other reasons also but that is what comes quickly to mind.

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    Cute factor is high. Motor mounting is a bit of an issue though. Some foks like the color choices, also.
    "Sacrifices must be made." Otto Lilienthal

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