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 – 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