Cleaning Studio and Featherweight Singer Sewing Machine

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Quilt studio getting cleaned and vintage sewing machines
Quilt studio getting cleaned and vintage sewing machines
Quilt studio getting cleaned and vintage sewing machines
Quilt studio getting cleaned and vintage sewing machines
Quilt studio getting cleaned and vintage sewing machines
Quilt studio getting cleaned and vintage sewing machines
Quilt studio getting cleaned and vintage sewing machines
Quilt studio getting cleaned and vintage sewing machines

Yesterday morning I woke up and decided I wanted to set up my new 221 Featherweight Singer sewing machine in my room. Of course that meant moving things around and trying once again to squeeze out an extra inch of space.

I discretely closed my door hoping Bob and my dad would both stay asleep until I was done but……that didn’t happen. They both think I am crazy as lately I have been doing this about once a month. It was time to move the bookcase back to the other side of the room.

I had a old sewing machine missing cords and lots of other stuff downstairs so we took the machine out of the cabinet to lighten it and then brought the cabinet upstairs. Someone told me that this cabinet style was used in Home-Ec classes.

Finally I had everything arranged and straightened…..this will work for the next month or so. I love rearranging my room. Tomorrow I’ll show you what I made with that fabric on my 15-91. I actually have three 15-91s and two of them are now set up in my room.

Once that was all done it was time to clean and oil my new 221 Featherweight. Superman must have cleaned it last as every sing screw was so tight that I had to keep taking my machine down to Builder Bob in his man cave. Thank goodness this machine only weighs about 11 lbs as I think I made 5 trips!

Lint under the plate but….I’ve seen worse. Look at the bottom of the plate, I’ve never seen one like this with the two extra things on the bottom. Does anyone know why a Featherweight has them? My 15-91s don’t.

Cleaning, cleaning…….then I oiled every part that needed it and also put some lubricant on the gears. Once that was done it was time to thread the machine. Filling a bobbin worked great, I put in a new needle and only had to adjust the tension a little bit.

What a beautiful clean little machine and….a clean studio!

I am including a couple of links for people who have vintage Singer sewing machines.

Singer sewing machine Serial Numbers


Sew Classic – No longer in business where I buy parts for my vintage machines – fast service and very helpful
The Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Blog – this site helped us remove the motor on one of my 15-91s
Singer Featherweight Facts-Myths
Vintage Sewing Machines group on FB – lots of great info

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15 Comments

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  2. OK now I KNOW you need to make that short drive to my house and help me. Look at how nice your room looks now. Your cupboards; upper and lower was what I wanted in my sewing room when we were first figuring things out, but then I changed my mind since they would stick out far enough to reduce the space in my room too much. I'm still wondering if it might work better but now I have these awesome tables so I'll probably stick with these and shelving of some kind since you know we're redoing things a bit in my room.

    I had to laugh when I read Bea's comment about the dies being stacked up like that, but then I figured you had to do that while reorganizing and I'm sure they are safely tucked away with the others on the shelf IF there was room for all of them on that shelf. LOL Does Accuquilt HAVE any dies left or are you their new warehouse Connie? 🙂

  3. Your space looks like a dream Connie! It's funny that you like to rearrange it so often. Reorganized rooms do always feel fresh and full of energy.
    The needle plate with the two thingymabobbers is normal for a featherweight. They're on the underside of both my 301 and 221 needle plates. If either of us ever learns what their function is, then we have to pinky swear to tell each other. Deal? LOL

  4. Singer City! 😀 It looks great, enjoy.

  5. Yay! Don't you feel more productive in an organized room? It looks great and I love your little machines! Enjoy the clean space! :o)

  6. Connie -I have a chance today to buy either a 1904 treadle Singer in great condition or a similar year featherweight. They are in an auction and the prices are going up to around $200 for the featherweight and $300 for the treadle. Do you think this is in the ballpark, or too much?

  7. Pine Valley Quilts says:

    A very productive day ! I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one who changes my room around on a regular basis, I'm always trying to make more room or fit more in. ?

  8. Carole @ From My Carolina Home says:

    Those little doodads on the underside of the throat plate hold the bobbin in place on a Featherweight. Wow, you had a lot of cleaning to do! Looks great now, and I'll bet you love sewing with it.

  9. Oh I love all those old Singer sewing machines! I am jealous!! 🙂

  10. teachpany says:

    The two little "bumps" on the bottom of the needle plate hold the finger of the bobbin case. Make sure you have that in place before you put the plate back on, or it won't sew. I've learned the hard way, lol. And the table is great! I hope you know about Howard's RestorAFinish. Get it at Home Depot. Rub it on the cabinet, then wax it, and it'll look like new. I love my vintage machines, too.

  11. Createology says:

    WoW Connie you have what I would call a WORKING sewing room. All organized and functional and fabulous! Your vintage Singer sewing machines are beautiful and the fact that you actually use them is wonderful. I can see how you create such beautiful fabric quilts and table runners and such. Sunshine Smiles…

  12. I need to hire you! My room is a mess. I can't lift things so I just leave it the way it is. ;-( My husband is not able to help either. Just have to leave it the way it lands. You have a great day!

  13. Oh I think you got me beat about the GO dies! I saw the stack of dies on the table, and was about to smack you around for that, then saw a whole shelf full of them too stacked side by side……. you need to fix those now so they are together- right NOW….. HA HA

  14. I hope the little Featherweight is humming along now. You have such great vintage machines.