Featherweight Care and Maintenance Workshop


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Thursday, July 18, 2024, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Gethsemane Episcopal Church with Vivian Lemmon.

Join us for an informative workshop all about caring for and maintaining your beloved Singer Featherweight sewing machine! Often referred to as the “Perfect Portable” for its lightweight design and ease of use, the Featherweight model revolutionized home sewing when it was introduced in the 1930s. Today, quilters love this machine for its portability and ease of use. This three-hour workshop will provide hands-on instruction for keeping your Featherweight running smoothly for years to come. You’ll leave the workshop confident in your abilities to care for this cherished sewing machine.

Space is limited, so register today!

Topics covered will include:

  • Basic cleaning and oiling techniques
  • Identifying and resolving common issues like tension problems, skipped stitches, motor problems
  • Adjusting pressure feet, needle plates, bobbin cases
  • Safety best practices

Bring your Featherweight machine and the following supplies:

  • Screwdriver that came with your machine
  • Sewing machine oil
  • Sewing machine grease, if you have it
  • An old bath towel to cushion your machine
  • Two colors of thread that are the same weight and from the same manufacturer
  • Scrap fabric
  • Scissors
  • Ear swabs
  • Toothpicks
  • Apron (optional)
  • Rubber gloves (optional)
  • Any other tools you use on your machine

This workshop will be taught by Vivian Lemmon. Vivian’s Featherweight journey started in 2015 when she saw one and thought it would be fun to have one to take to retreats. That led to learning how to maintain them. In 2018 she flew to Idaho to take two classes from The Featherweight Shop. She has since serviced a number of machines as well as gained more skill and a greater love for the precision of these little machines. If you have questions for Vivian, her email is [email protected].