Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A White Featherweight - Isn't it just a paint job?

It is such a joy to have a Featherweight.  It's like joining an exclusive club.  Now, I have the sewing machine that so many quilters prize.

But, I've been finding out that the white of my machine is more than a paint job.  

Owning a Singer 66 and a Singer 15-91 has taught me how to search the web for information.  However, with the featherweight, there's information overload.  And, after sifting through that data, I'm realizing that my little machine is a bit different from other featherweights.

First, finding out its birth date is really challenging because apparently Singer did not keep good records during its production.  The one thing I know is that my machine is one of the youngest of the vintage featherweights and is from the 60s.

Of course, there's the obvious paint job that lacks most of the purty decals of the black featherweights.  But, there are other little differences.  The power cord doesn't detach which is convenient as I can't lose it.  But, this is a pain when stuffing everything into the carrying case.  I, also, found out that my "white" motor is actually the standard black motor painted white.  

I also have the original white belt that is irreplaceable.  My hubby asked if I wanted to get a black belt to use for everyday so that I could preserve the white belt.  But, I rather just be ginger with the white belt.  So, I've adjusted the motor so that my belt is as loose as possible to decrease wear and tear.

Another difference is that rather than gears and a rod, internally, my machine has another belt which is also difficult if not impossible to replace.  Note: the white belt can be replaced with a black belt.  But, I'm not sure if I would be able to replace the internal belt.  Eek.  Apparently, the internal belt doesn't usually break.

My manual is also specific to the White featherweight.  The photos in the manual depict the white machine's differences.  And, it states that my machine's motor does not need to lubricated which is an additional difference between the little white featherweight and a typical black featherweight.

Here's what my featherweight can do.   The stitching isn't perfect for a couple of reasons.  One, I'm still learning how to use the machine.  Two, the machine is still being adjusted.  Regardless, when I do everything right, this little machine is stitching beautifully.  

Saturday, June 21, 2014


Lots has been happening, but I haven't been blogging.


But, I had to share this....

I got a Featherweight.

Not the best picture.   But, here's my new power tool.

After cleaning, then oiling.  Then, realizing that this machine had to have the gunk removed from under the throat plate.  That done.  However, I then, put the bobbin assembly back together incorrectly.  Almost gave up for the evening, but, I figured it out, and the machine sews like a dream once all of that was done.   (You don't want to see my test fabric before I got the machine working properly.)

I spent a whopping $100 for this machine.  Prior to my cleaning and oiling this machine, it could have possibly been described as working condition as nothing was frozen, but it wasn't sewing a stitch.  It really just wanted some oil.  It was bone dry.  But, it also wasn't sewing right even with oil.  All of the lint/junk was mucking up the mechanism.

The color of the machine is officially Turquoise.  To me, it looks white, but it does have a green tinge.  It lacks the filigree of the black machines which is a bit of a bummer, but I'm not particularly a fan of the later filigrees.  And, this is clearly a youngun Featherweight.  It appears to have been born in 1969.

After I got it working, this machine is probably worth around $400-$500.  And, it may be more because I believe the "turquoise" machines are fairly rare.  IMHO, It's also a "purty" machine in very good to excellent condition.

Anyways, this is my new toy.

 P.S. For those who lack sewing knowledge, although the featherweight is small, it is not a toy machine.  This is a fully functional straight stitch vintage sewing machine that is highly prized by quilters because of its portability and excellent stitching.  Modern sewing machines can't make as nice of a stitch.