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Featherweights, Anyone?

Started by Peggy Stuart. Last reply by Joanna liguz Dec 26, 2014. 6 Replies

I have a 1950 Featherweight (Singer 221), and it's my go-to sewing machine for piecing. Anyone else here have one of these little gems? More than one?A friend had hers painted:Is this cute? The…Continue

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Comment by Michelle K on October 29, 2013 at 12:15pm

I just got a new baby, a work horse for my long arm studio... I got a 301.  Love her so far.  Trying to come up with a name.  she is the two tone tan short bed.  Suggestions? 

Comment by SouthernBelle on August 22, 2013 at 10:34am

I love my Featherweight. It's my go-to machine for classes and traveling. These machines really need to be used to keep them in good working order. I got mine from Cathy Forcino at http://www.cathylynnforcino.com/sewing%20machines.html They are in excellent to perfect condition and come with the original carrying case, accessories and original handbook. She knows how to package for shipping too...very top-notch! You have to check with her often because her machines go very quickly. Good luck!

Comment by Michelle K on August 22, 2013 at 4:52am


I got both of mine on ebay, both were in great shape, but you really have to study them, where they will be shipped from, your sellers feedback, and pictures where you can zoom in, also ask the questions that are important to you.  I wanted all vintage, there are some who referbish them to look vintage and I didn't want that.  Ask your sellers.  There are also places where you can go and look at them, some people collect them and decide at some point they have too many and sell some.  So good luck let us know what you find.  

Comment by Cora Whitlock on August 19, 2013 at 3:26pm

Hello Everyone!!!  I love Singer Feather Weights!!!  I just don't own one. Please give me some leads as to where I might start to look for one.


Comment by Michelle K on May 15, 2013 at 3:43am

Hi Lynne, Welcome!  I have tow FW's.  Aren't they the best?  I am taking one of mine to retreat this week!  She is a bute.  I would love to see pictures of them.  I still need to post pics of mine.  

Comment by Lynne on April 19, 2013 at 3:47pm

Hi,, I live outside of Detroit,, and have been collecting machines for a number of years.  I own 3 FW's,, my great aunt's Red Eye treadle, a 99, and soon a hand crank.    I also have 2 Bernina 830's from the late 70's. 

Comment by Andrea C. on September 3, 2012 at 7:09pm

Well what an experience! I am mostly done with the cleaning and oiling. I do have a question though.....how do you get the caked on crud around the edges off? I was sucessful in removing it from most of the bed and all of the body, but the edges of the bed and some areas around the needle plate just won't come off. I'm afraid to scrub too hard and accidentally remove the decalls.
What iz the go-jo non pumice that you mentioned? Never heard of it. Where can I find it?
I took pics frkm beginning to end and I must admit I am impressed, but I just want to get it as close to perfect as possible.
thanks for all the help!

Comment by oldhag on September 2, 2012 at 11:47am

I use sewing machine oil, go-jo non pumice, or shaving cream depending on the finish and always test on an inconspicuous spot first. Lots of time and cotton ball. Take the cotton ball and slowly rub a tiny area. When soiled pitch and do again. To finish I use  a good carnuba car wax and coat about 3 times to keep it smooth and shiny.To replace the missing wicks use felt. for gears I use grease as it clings better to the gears. I have afew 301's now so if you need help let me know. 

Comment by Andrea C. on September 2, 2012 at 10:05am

Found the lubricant online at joann's. Need to go pick some up. Been doing lots oc research online for how to clean it. The best way sounds like bug and tar remover for cars. And then some carnuba wax. Found this out at treadleon.com

Still open to other ideas as well.

Comment by Andrea C. on September 1, 2012 at 9:04pm

Woohoo! Just snatched up a black singer 301a at an antique shop for a haggled price of $50!!! And it came with two bobbin cases! They said it didn't work because the thread would jumble up underneath- easy fix for me. So now the tension is perfect and I oiled her up. I have a few questions for you though....where can you get some "motor lubricant" for the spiral gears? What is a good way to clean the finish without compromising the paint or gold decals? And can I just use cotton crochet thread to replace the wicks? I really need to find that lubricant so I can repack the tube in the underbody- the manual says it should be repacked every six months and the spiral gears relubed once a year. Then the bed surface is pretty grungy looking- maybe like someone had masking tape stuck to it and the residual gumminess dried on. It's kind of hard and crackly looking but I can tell the paint underneath is good. Also what do you use to restore the shine once it's cleaned? Someone said you could wax it with car wax when it's clean. I also heard that you can use kerosene or murphy's oil soap to clean it. I just don't want to mess her up! So excited!!!!!


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