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Featherweight Sewing Machines

I don’t know of a quilter alive that doesn’t want a featherweight if they don’t already have have one, or two, or three, or more. They are handy little workhorses and probably the best sewing machines Singer ever put out. featherweight1

Weighing in at 11 pounds, they are easily carried to workshops and retreats. And, for the most part, they are relatively trouble free. featherweight2

Unless you let them sit around and don’t use them. Then you may have trouble staring you in the face. I recently bought a free-arm Featherweight. From the outset, I had trouble getting the bed off so I could use it as a free-arm machine. Because I had so much trouble, I didn’t use it. Because I didn’t use it, the problem compounded.featherweight3

I finally took it to my favorite sewing machine repairman. He said the wrong grease had been used on the machine and caused it to bind up. He cleaned it all out and got the bed sliding off easily.

He also told me that the worst thing I could do with my featherweights was let them sit around without being used. I think that’s good advice for anyone who has and loves these old machines. So lets get our machines off the shelve and use them!