I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Pat in Virgini » Fri, 07 Aug 2009 09:41:23



A Singer FW is a joy to use. I use mine when away from home,as it is a
convenient and reliable portable. I prefer to use it for piecing, not
quilting. It would be fine for a small placemat or such, but I find it
rather slow for a larger quilt. Since my Pfaff is much quicker and has a
built in dual feed, that is my choice for quilting. HTH. NAYY.
PAT in Va


Quote:
> Well, we spent the day at a local auction and I bought a great little
> Singer Featherweight that came with the case, bobbins, more
> attachments than I've ever seen, and even the original green tin oil
> can marked 39 cents.  I paid $150 for it and got it home and gave it a
> test run.  It works like a champ!

> My question is, do any of you have one and use it for quilting?  They
> are selling good on eBay, so I"m assuming people must love them.
> There's some good websites online, so I could date mine to 1949.  Are
> they that handy for piecing....is that why they are 'hot?"   The only
> reason I knew about them was my MIL had one.  I'd be interested to
> hear if any of you have one and if you use it.  Thank you, Donna

 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Polly Esthe » Fri, 07 Aug 2009 14:04:00


Again, Bonnie.  Thank you so very, very much.  I had told my niece that she
needed an old Singer workhorse instead of a new plastic piece of junk but
couldn't be specific.  She's found 2 Singer 301s  locally and she thinks
they are 'just SO beautiful'.  Ah.
    I very badly want her to be happy with a SM.  Quilting will have to come
later.  This is a great beginning.  Polly



Quote:
> Would it be good for me to recommend a featherweight to our niece? She
> says
> she needs a machine for hemming jeans and I don't know if the FW is
> powerful
> enough to do that. I'm trying to keep her from buying an annoying machine
> that will kill any bent toward learning to sew. (We have to start
> somewhere.) Polly

Hi Polly,
As much as I love my Featherweight, I would never sew anything as
heavy as jeans on the little featherweight.  I only do piecing on the
machine.  I'd suggest a 301 or 401 or one of the workhorses instead of
the Featherweight.
Bonnie
NJ

 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Robert » Fri, 07 Aug 2009 22:58:20


I wouldn't like to force my poor baby to punch through 8 layers of
denim. Not even sure the presser foot would go up that high. Pfaff can
do it though. And so can the full size old Singer.
Roberta in D

On Wed, 5 Aug 2009 09:50:54 -0500, "Polly Esther"

Quote:

>Would it be good for me to recommend a featherweight to our niece?  She says
>she needs a machine for hemming jeans and I don't know if the FW is powerful
>enough to do that.  I'm trying to keep her from buying an annoying machine
>that will kill any bent toward learning to sew.  (We have to start
>somewhere.)   Polly

 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by edhquilte » Sat, 08 Aug 2009 00:03:26



Quote:
> Well, we spent the day at a local auction and I bought a great little
> Singer Featherweight that came with the case, bobbins, more
> attachments than I've ever seen, and even the original green tin oil
> can marked 39 cents. ?I paid $150 for it and got it home and gave it a
> test run. ?It works like a champ!

> My question is, do any of you have one and use it for quilting? ?They
> are selling good on eBay, so I"m assuming people must love them.
> There's some good websites online, so I could date mine to 1949. ?Are
> they that handy for piecing....is that why they are 'hot?" ? The only
> reason I knew about them was my MIL had one. ?I'd be interested to
> hear if any of you have one and if you use it. ?Thank you, Donna

Donna, I love piecing with my featherweight.  I have a quarter inch
foot for mine and walking foot.
Pat
 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Pati, in Ph » Sat, 08 Aug 2009 02:35:07


Polly, I would suggest a newer machine for hemming jeans. One with an
electronic foot control.
Let me explain.....
On older machines the thrust on the needle depended on the speed it
was sewing. If you slowed down, then you lost power to the needle and
had to "help" it along by turning the hand wheel.
With an electronic foot control, even on a mechanical machine, the
thrust ratio stays the same at all speeds. So you can slow down and
still get the penetrating power you need for denim and other difficult
fabrics. <G>
I would suggest checking out a White, they may still have a model they
call a "Jeans' Machine" or such. Fairly simple, mechanical machine but
with the electronic foot control.  Easy to use and designed just for
people like your niece. <VBG>
Yes, I used to sell them. But I can recommend them because in some
ways I would love to have one if I had the money and space for it. <G>
(But they are not an expensive machine, fairly low on the cost
scale.....just that money is real tight at the moment and for the
forseeable future. sigh)

Have fun,
Pati, in Phx


Quote:
> Would it be good for me to recommend a featherweight to our niece? ?She says
> she needs a machine for hemming jeans and I don't know if the FW is powerful
> enough to do that. ?I'm trying to keep her from buying an annoying machine
> that will kill any bent toward learning to sew. ?(We have to start
> somewhere.) ? Polly

 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by KJ » Sat, 08 Aug 2009 04:06:10


I love these nuggets of information from Pati!  Thanks!!

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Polly, I would suggest a newer machine for hemming jeans. One with an
electronic foot control.
Let me explain.....
On older machines the thrust on the needle depended on the speed it
was sewing. If you slowed down, then you lost power to the needle and
had to "help" it along by turning the hand wheel.
With an electronic foot control, even on a mechanical machine, the
thrust ratio stays the same at all speeds. So you can slow down and
still get the penetrating power you need for denim and other difficult
fabrics. <G>
I would suggest checking out a White, they may still have a model they
call a "Jeans' Machine" or such. Fairly simple, mechanical machine but
with the electronic foot control.  Easy to use and designed just for
people like your niece. <VBG>
Yes, I used to sell them. But I can recommend them because in some
ways I would love to have one if I had the money and space for it. <G>
(But they are not an expensive machine, fairly low on the cost
scale.....just that money is real tight at the moment and for the
forseeable future. sigh)

Have fun,
Pati, in Phx


Quote:
> Would it be good for me to recommend a featherweight to our niece? She
> says
> she needs a machine for hemming jeans and I don't know if the FW is
> powerful
> enough to do that. I'm trying to keep her from buying an annoying machine
> that will kill any bent toward learning to sew. (We have to start
> somewhere.) Polly

 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Alice in P » Sat, 08 Aug 2009 05:58:28


I call my featherweight "my baby", and I love it!  I use it when travelling
to sew-ins, etc.  It's just wonderful for getting that perfect 1/4" seam!  I
got mine from a friend whose mother-in-law had been the sole owner.  The
original receipt was still in the case, along with a soft paint brush that
she used to clean it.  The funniest thing, though, was the package of
needles marked "old needles".  I guess she thought she'd save those "just in
case"!  Mine also has a feed dog cover...useful for free motion or darning
(if anyone does that anymore).  I actually bought a new free motion foot,
but I'm afraid that doing that kind of work might be too much for the FW.
What do you think?  Has anyone used it for FM quilting?

--
Alice in PA
http://community.webshots.com/user/twosonsatpsu

Quote:
> Well, we spent the day at a local auction and I bought a great little
> Singer Featherweight that came with the case, bobbins, more
> attachments than I've ever seen, and even the original green tin oil
> can marked 39 cents.  I paid $150 for it and got it home and gave it a
> test run.  It works like a champ!

> My question is, do any of you have one and use it for quilting?  They
> are selling good on eBay, so I"m assuming people must love them.
> There's some good websites online, so I could date mine to 1949.  Are
> they that handy for piecing....is that why they are 'hot?"   The only
> reason I knew about them was my MIL had one.  I'd be interested to
> hear if any of you have one and if you use it.  Thank you, Donna

 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Patt » Sat, 08 Aug 2009 06:10:19


I know.  It's all those little things you didn't even know existed - let
alone knew anything about.  It's fantastic.  Thanks Pati.
.


Quote:
>I love these nuggets of information from Pati!  Thanks!!

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Best Regards
pat on the hill
 
 
 

I bought a Singer Featherweight at an auction today and have a question

Post by Nann » Sat, 08 Aug 2009 08:16:52


What a great deal!  What have you named her?

FW are lightweight. They sew a consistent straight stitch.  They go
and go and go and go.
And they're soooo cute!

Enjoy,

Nann


Quote:
> Well, we spent the day at a local auction and I bought a great little
> Singer Featherweight that came with the case, bobbins, more
> attachments than I've ever seen, and even the original green tin oil
> can marked 39 cents. ?I paid $150 for it and got it home and gave it a
> test run. ?It works like a champ!

> My question is, do any of you have one and use it for quilting? ?They
> are selling good on eBay, so I"m assuming people must love them.
> There's some good websites online, so I could date mine to 1949. ?Are
> they that handy for piecing....is that why they are 'hot?" ? The only
> reason I knew about them was my MIL had one. ?I'd be interested to
> hear if any of you have one and if you use it. ?Thank you, Donna