What's a Featherweight? Every quilter learns about these machines quickly! They are made by Singer and most are over 50 years old! They weigh about 11 pounds, make a beautiful stitch, and are easy to take back and forth to class. They are truly the workhorse of machines - every quilter should have at least one!
We have lots of them here at Always Quilting! I have a few black ones (one for each of my kids), a white one, a tan one, and a red one! I can't decide which one I like best. And we have a lot more - many of you have used one here from time to time. We have so many since we use them for summer Kids Camp! The kids would bring in Mom's 30 year old machine, with no manual, that hadn't been used in 29 years.....so we were spending a lot of time getting the machines up and running. Now, we just have the kids sew on the featherweights, and nothing can go wrong with them!
We love this book, Featherweight 221, since it tells you everything you need to know about how to maintain your featherweight, what some of the interesting features are, and how to use the serial number to find out how old your machine is. Author Nancy Johnson-Srebro shares loads of historical and technical information with an easy to read personal style that's been her hallmark in many articles and books on quiltmaking. You can order the book here.
And on the second Sunday of the month, we have a featherweight maintenance class, for only $5, where you can bring in your machine and learn how to clean it, oil it, and find the answers to just about any question you might have! We hope you can join us for this fun time - our featherweights all like to have playmates too and they love all the attention they get in this class with Geri!
Do you have any featherweight questions? Just let us know and we'll try to get them answered for you! And we'd love to hear the story about how you found your featherweight - on Ebay? At a garage sale? At a quilt shop? Let us know!