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!

Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: What is a featherweight?

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    53
    Blog Entries
    2

    What is a featherweight?

    I was just wondering what a featherweight was. I assume it was a sewing machine that weighed very little. Ha Ha

  2. #2
    Senior Member qwkslver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    WV
    Posts
    584
    Quote Originally Posted by tymia View Post
    I was just wondering what a featherweight was. I assume it was a sewing machine that weighed very little. Ha Ha
    Google Singer Featherweight sewing machines. You will learn all you want to know and then some. I just got one, I love it.

  3. #3
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    29,648
    Singer made a small machine with a flip down machine bed that is quite light (Featherweight). The antique machines come mostly in black but there are a couple of other colours. They can still be found on eBay and Craiglist but you have to really look for one in good shape and not too much $.

  4. #4
    Power Poster mighty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Upland CA
    Posts
    18,361
    Check them out they are wonderful little machines!

  5. #5
    Super Member irishrose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Cadillac, MI
    Posts
    6,583
    Blog Entries
    19
    The cutest little machine ever made. No, I don't have one, but I love to see them on here. Remarkably reliable considering their age.

  6. #6
    Super Member jlm5419's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    My Sewing Room
    Posts
    1,184
    Blog Entries
    1
    This is a featheweight.
    Name:  FW-After.JPG
Views: 615
Size:  1.22 MB
    jlm5419-an Okie back in Oklahoma!
    http://according-to-ginger.blogspot.com/

  7. #7
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Carlisle, PA
    Posts
    1,941
    My mom always called her featherweight an "11 pound portable" - hence.....featherweight!

  8. #8
    Super Member KyKaren1949's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Owensboro, KY
    Posts
    1,420
    The Featherweight was designed to be lightweight and portable. They weigh only 12 pounds and are ideal for retreats and workshops. They'll fit down in a small crate or you can use the little cases they came in for transport. I love that I can get my FW, tools, fabric and extension cords all in one rolling tote when I go to sew away from home. The Featherweight is well known for ease of use and being well constructed. They are almost indestructible if you take care to oil and lubricate regularly and take care of them. Plus, they're just so darned cute! I have five of them and couldn't tell you which was my favorite!!! You can also find portable "card table" type tables that were sold to use with them, as well as the rare wooden cabinet to hold them. I have been so fortunate to have one of each of the tables.
    Karen in Kentucky

  9. #9
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    1,598
    Be careful- folks call other machines "featherweight". A friend picked up a FW extension table and sent it to me. I'd of course paid for it plus shipping, only to find it was for a white plastic Singer FW II.

  10. #10
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    middle TN
    Posts
    1,105
    A small machine with a BIG following!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    864
    A Featherweight is a Singer 221 sewing machine. There are several types: black, tan, sort of green, and free-arm. It is lightweight and has an excellent feed dog system. It is a favorite among quilters. It is straight stitch only but there are attachments made to allow for other stitches. They were made for several decades. The only fault they have is that the light is located where it will burn you if you pick up or move the machine by putting your hand through it when the light is on. It is not intended for sewing leather, etc, but is excellent for piecing quilts. While I've been told that you can straight-line quilt on them with a walking foot, I don't. Other machines work better. I've found that free motion quilting on a Featherweight is an exercise in frustration. It's a good machine to take to classes. They are highly prized among quilters, so if you are lucky enough to find one, take good care of it.
    Last edited by cricket_iscute; 03-19-2013 at 03:52 PM.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    N.of Montgomery
    Posts
    423
    Blog Entries
    1
    I love mine, they are in better shape than me , LOL MIMI

  13. #13
    Super Member purplefiend's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Round Rock,Texas
    Posts
    6,134
    This is also a Featherweight. The machine on the left is my tan featherweight. The black machine is Singer 66 electric machine, not a featherweight. I'm in the center, the cute bearded man is my sweet hubby, the other lady is a friend.
    Sharon
    Attached Images Attached Images

    Last edited by purplefiend; 03-19-2013 at 05:41 PM. Reason: added text and another picture.

  14. #14
    Super Member calla's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    2,579
    Blog Entries
    7
    They are sweeties, and do come in colors, not just black. Also a free arm version.................I like the history of them especially from the 30 's a d 40's..........calla

    I should of read crickets post...........oh, and yes I do have seen a reproduction version......
    Last edited by calla; 03-19-2013 at 05:57 PM.

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.