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SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221 AND BIG BROTHER 301

Postby quilter51 » Sun May 15, 2011 4:58 pm

Are any of you still using the singer featherweight 221 or the singer 301?
I do and still find it has the most beautiful stitch of any other machine.
And, if you put a darning foot on the machine you can do free motion quilting.
They are lovely, classic sewing machines.
And sort of restful after using a sewing computer!!
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Re: SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221 AND BIG BROTHER 301

Postby idaho » Sun May 15, 2011 8:17 pm

Hi! Can you describe the darning foot for the 221 ...I have only the reg. foot and a 1/4 in. foot
would like to try free-motion with little Betsy! Thanks.
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Re: SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221 AND BIG BROTHER 301

Postby quilter51 » Mon May 16, 2011 9:19 am

It's just a low-shank darning foot. About $6
To be sure I'd suggest taking one of your FW feet to the store with you, to verify how it attaches.
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Re: SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221 AND BIG BROTHER 301

Postby LinJoa » Mon May 16, 2011 9:30 am

I am a new owner of a featherweight 221- have only used it a little so far. I have friends who bring them to retreats all the time!
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Re: SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221 AND BIG BROTHER 301

Postby luvquilting » Mon May 16, 2011 4:10 pm

I LOVE my FW!!! I totally agree...stitches better than any other machine! I just today rec'd a walking foot and cording foot I ordered for it; can't wait to try them out! It is wonderful to travel with, as well as sewing at home. Nancy
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Re: SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221 AND BIG BROTHER 301

Postby bar7700 » Mon May 16, 2011 5:44 pm

Idaho.... Go here for a darning foot!
http://www.221parts.com/
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Re: SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221 AND BIG BROTHER 301

Postby idaho » Mon May 16, 2011 9:23 pm

Thanks ! for the link...will shop !!
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Re: SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221 AND BIG BROTHER 301

Postby quilter51 » Tue May 17, 2011 9:08 pm

They are wonderful traveling machines. I keep one at my sister's in Pennsylvania so I can piece when I visit from Alabama!
I love how easy they are to maintain. You can do 99% of the work yourself, with the book by David McCallum, "The Featherweight 221 and I".
And, if you look at pictures on my profile you will see what happens if you renovate one of the featherweight cases. Under that black leatherette fabric is a smooth wood that you can refinish.
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Re: SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221 AND BIG BROTHER 301

Postby Margo » Wed May 18, 2011 5:20 am

OHMYGOSH!! Vicki, your cases are gorgeous! I had no idea they could be that beautiful, and have a feeling that mine is going to be stripped really soon! Thanks for the inspiration!
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Re: SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221 AND BIG BROTHER 301

Postby ritzy » Wed May 18, 2011 2:59 pm

Vicki--I use my DH's tool box that he used at work for 40 yrs. He refinished it and it is beautiful. I put all my notions and little sewing things in it but I new thought about putting my thread in the top part--thanks--now I just have to have a place where I can get to it easily.
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Re: SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221 AND BIG BROTHER 301

Postby quilter51 » Thu May 19, 2011 6:21 pm

Ritzy - we must store our vintage machines in an appropriate case! It enhances the featherweight experience!!
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Re: SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221 AND BIG BROTHER 301

Postby LadybugQuilter » Thu May 19, 2011 6:46 pm

I received my Featherweight for Mother's Day 2010 and have used it a few times and love it! I took a maintenance class at my LQS (Eddie's in Sunnyvale CA) and it helped me with the oiling/lubing and general working knowledge so I'm not so intimidated by it. I agree with all of you regarding the stitching, it is beautiful! I love your cases!
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Re: SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221 AND BIG BROTHER 301

Postby florence » Thu May 19, 2011 8:11 pm

I love my FW (bought her, b/c her name was Florence!) but hadn't thought of doing free motion on it-- and those cases are beautiful!

BUT... check out what I found today at Tuesday Morning... couldn't resist!
A bit hard to see, upper right, "for age 6 and up" so I qualify!!
Put the scissors in for scale
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Re: SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221 AND BIG BROTHER 301

Postby she-quilts » Thu May 19, 2011 9:02 pm

quilter51 wrote:They are wonderful traveling machines. I keep one at my sister's in Pennsylvania so I can piece when I visit from Alabama!
I love how easy they are to maintain. You can do 99% of the work yourself, with the book by David McCallum, "The Featherweight 221 and I".
And, if you look at pictures on my profile you will see what happens if you renovate one of the featherweight cases. Under that black leatherette fabric is a smooth wood that you can refinish.


I only had read about putting on new fabric. These are beautiful!! I have the 221 & me book and want my dh to fix my 2 machines up. However, we redid the basement this past winter so I may have to wait until after harvest to get him working on the machines. He thought it would be fun.

Your cases are beautiful! Thanks for telling us about this! :)
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Re: SINGER FEATHERWEIGHT 221 AND BIG BROTHER 301

Postby PosyP » Fri May 20, 2011 3:33 am

florence wrote:I love my FW (bought her, b/c her name was Florence!) but hadn't thought of doing free motion on it-- and those cases are beautiful!

BUT... check out what I found today at Tuesday Morning... couldn't resist!
A bit hard to see, upper right, "for age 6 and up" so I qualify!!
Put the scissors in for scale
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I want one! 8)
but only if the sewing is as good as the larger one, I bought a small battery sewing machine for fun and to see if it was any good, on the box it said 'Sew like a Professional' - well I am a professional, but I couldn't get the darned**** nusiance to sew a decent seam for love nor money :evil: It is no longer taking up valuable stash space in this house!
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