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Featherweights, Etc. specializes in gently used or refurbished Featherweight Sewing Machines in addition to new parts and accessories for the Singer 221 and the Singer 301. Occasionally, we will have original attachments, too. Whether you are a Quilter, Home Sewer, Fabric Artist or Collector, please look at our offerings. We hope you find something you like. We have lots of things to use for your sewing projects -- new feet, bobbins, or a new nylon carrying case for your 221 Featherweight. How about a book that will help you work on your Featherweight? We have drip pads for the 221 and the 301, too. Changing your drip pad will improve the way your machine smells, too. Have you oiled your machine regularly? Remembering to oil your Featherweight (just one drop in each oil port) after each 8 hours of sewing, and using a brush to clear the lint buildup around your bobbin area is a good way to avoid those major headaches. You motor only needs to be lubed about once a year. One good tool to have is a magnifying glass. You can use it to see if you have any little thread pieces in places they should not be. (I call those gremlins.) They can cause more trouble than you can believe. How about checking your wiring? Frayed wiring on your foot control is not just a problem waiting to happen -- it can be dangerous. A little preventative maintenance will save headaches later.

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A LITTLE OF THIS AND A LITTLE OF THAT:

Safety First: Did you know that the light switch on your 221 and 301 do not control your whole machine? Nope, it just controls the light. To make your machine motor last longer (and to be on the safe side, too) plug your Featherweight or 301 (or any sewing machine for that matter) in to a power strip with an on/off switch that is also a surge protector. I keep mine plugged in to a surge protector, along with a lamp. When the lamp is off, I know my machine is off. I also have another lamp plugged in to another surge protector with my iron (which does not have an automatic shutoff) and a gooseneck lamp. When I turn that strip off, my iron is off, my lamp is off, and all is safe in my sewing room.

Hint for a stinky case: The source of the smell is most likely a mold that grows in the glue used in the construction of the case and also the old oil in the drip pad of the machine. You can try taking the machine out of the case, putting activated charcoal into an old sock (clean one, please) and placing it in the case and letting it sit open for about a week. Also, DampRid in a plastic container sitting inside the case, with the lid open or closed, will work to get rid of some of the dampness. I have also heard that leaving the case in your car while it is parked in the sun for a couple of hours will help. However, your machine should never be left in the car in the sun, nor should your box be left in the car for long periods. A light spray of Febreeze or Lysol spray can also help temporarily. Just let it air well and make sure it is dry after doing so before putting the machine in. Or, place a bar of Irish Spring soap inside the case and let it sit for about a week. Changing your drip pad on your machine will get rid of the old oil (think old gas station) smell from your machine, as will a good cleaning.

Cleaning: Cleaning your Featherweight is an interesting subject. My suggestion is to get David McCallum's book, "The Featherweight 221 and I". It has a wonderful section on cleaning. Shellac does NOT like water. We usually use sewing machine oil on a t-shirt or microfiber cloth, wrapped around two fingers. We also use q-tips, small strips of soft fabric, and cotton balls. When the surface is dusted, this is followed up with Xymol Cleaner Wax (NON ABRASIVE) on a t-shirt square. This is then followed by a coat of carnuba wax when you are certain that all the dirt and grime is removed. Of course, there is a lot of TIME and elbow grease involved. You do not get in a hurry, nor do you use a lot of pressure on the finish. It just takes a lot of patience. Remember, these machines did not get in the shape they are in overnight. They take time to clean and shine. Not all machines end up with that "show room shine" even with all of the work in the world. Some still show that they have been used, and some still show that they have been abused. If you purchased your Featherweight to use, a showroom finish is not always at the top of your list. However, if you want a machine that looks just like it was just made, you either want to contact a dealer that refinishes them, or tackle the very difficult job yourself. It is up to you.

Before starting on a major cleaning on a new to you Featherweight that you have just purchased from another source other than us or a reputable dealer, take time to remove whatever has taken up residence inside the machine. It is always a good idea to take it outside and remove the bottom and check for things such as a mouse nest if the machine has been in a less than friendly environment. Remove any nest material in a well ventilated area. Wear a mask during your first inspection, too. Some things that you find can be unsafe.

Your Foot Pedal: When taking your Featherweight to a class or retreat, please be gentle with your foot control. Do not "drop" the foot control onto the floor. Place it gently. The original foot controls have ceramic parts and are made of bakelite. These materials do not appreciate rough treatment. Also, how long has it been since you checked the little feet on your foot control? They do wear out. It makes it much easier to keep it in the proper position to sew, too.

Changing Thread: When you are changing thread, cut the thread at the top of the tension disk, then pull it out through the needle instead of pulling it back up to change it. That small amount of thread is much less wasteful than having to do a complete tension assembly overhaul.

Thread: Your top thread and your bobbin thread should match. Do not try to use two different weights or types of thread. It can result in strange stitches. This is true of just about any machine. Also, it is best to use a well wound bobbin with your Featherweight. If you have just a little thread left on a bobbin, just go ahead and pull it off and start from scratch. Don't just put new thread on top of the old -- it makes the thread wind out of balance. Yes, I have done it, too. Those multi-colored and thread-weight bobbins are in everyone's bobbin collection.

Be nice to your machine: If you have not oiled your sewing machine for a while or it has been getting much heavier use than normal, now would be a good time to do a mini tune up. Give your machine a little attention by oiling, cleaning, and replacing your needle. Never use an abrasive on a Featherweight. Check your belt, too. Featherweight belts should not have a "fringe". Your machine will appreciate it! And, remember to change your needle before starting a new project. You'd be amazed at the difference with a sharp needle!

Feet and Attachments: A Featherweight is a low shank machine and some but not all of the low shank feet are interchangeable with other machines. Just remember, the feed dogs on the Featherweight are narrow. 301's are a slant shank machine -- not a high slant shank. The feet that fit the 221 do not fit the 301.

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Quilt Sizes (From www.blockcentral.com)

Here is a handy chart to help you determine the finished size of your bed quilt and the amount of fabric to purchase for the lining. Yardage is based on 44" wide fabric. You will need to cut the lining fabric into 2 equal pieces and seam together for twin and double sizes. Cut yardage into three equal pieces and seam together for queen and king sizes.

Quilt Type:

Twin Standard Size: 63" x 87" Yardage for Lining: 5-1/4 yards

Double Standard Size: 78" x 87" Yardage for Lining: 5-1/4 yards

Queen Standard Size: 84" x 92" Yardage for Lining: 7-1/2 yards

King Standard Size: 100" x 92" Yardage for Lining: 8 yards

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ABOUT US:

Thank you to all our wonderful customers! Your feedback helps us to do a better job.

Featherweights, Etc. specializes in gently used or refurbished Featherweight Sewing Machines, and new parts and accessories for the Singer 221 and the Singer 301. Occasionally, we will have original attachments, too. Whether you are a Quilter, Home Sewer, Fabric Artist or Collector, please look at our offerings. We hope you find something you like. We have lots of things to use for your sewing projects -- new feet, bobbins, or a new nylon carrying case for your 221 Featherweight. How about a book that will help you work on your Featherweight? We have drip pads for the 221 and the 301. Changing your drip pad will improve the way your machine smells. Have you oiled your machine regularly? We have Zoom Spout Oilers and also Singer Lube to keep your machine humming along.

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If you do not see what you want or need, please contact us with your request. We will do our best to find it for you. If you are unhappy with the quality of your purchase, your money will be refunded. Shipping charges are the responsibility of the buyer. We do not ship outside of the United States. We accept Paypal.

If you have any questions, please send us an email at either featherweightsetc@yahoo.com or patti@featherweightsetc.com. Happy Sewing!

Our Specials
Bobbins, package of 6, fit 221, 222 & 301
$2.50
Walking Foot With Quilt Guide for 221
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"The Featherweight 221 and I"
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220V, Bulb for a 221 Featherweight -- European Machines
$2.25
Zoom Spout Oiler, 4 oz
$3.00
Singer Bobbins, Class 66, Metal, Pkg of 6 ea.
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Flexible LED Light Purple -- battery operated
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Flexible LED Light Red -- battery operated
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Flexible LED Light Blue -- battery operated
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Those Fantastic Featherweights DVD Set
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Spool Pin for Featherweight with Spring, Felt and Screw
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Red Nylon Carrying Bag for 221 Featherweight
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Bobbin Winder Ring for Singer 301 Sewing Machine
$0.40
SS Low Shank Center, Narrow Presser Foot fits the 221 and 222
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Klasse Sewing Machine Needles--Quilting 80/12
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1/4" Foot with guide for 221
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Song Sung Blue
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Yellow Brick Road
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Featherweight Case
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Dog Flowers:  Orchid Terrier
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Lubricant, Singer
$3.75