Dating your singer featherweight
See this tutorial for information on how to remove your old feet and add the new ones.
My Featherweight's tension was a little off, so I took apart the tension mechanism.
Singer Featherweights are incredibly popular, due to their small, light frame and stitch quality, so there's a ton of information out there on these wonderful little sewing machines!
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a percentage if you make a purchase using these links. I only link to things I like and use, and the proceeds help me to run this blog. There are lots of Featherweights for sale on e Bay and elsewhere online, but I think it's best to see the machine in person if you can.
Similarly, someone had taken apart the handwheel and put it back together incorrectly.
If you go to wind a bobbin and your needle bar keeps moving up and down, rather than disengaging, your handwheel needs adjustment.
I recommend keeping all of your parts in a tray or dish, so you don't lose any of the smaller pieces.
Once you've cleaned out the feed dog area, move on to the area behind the face plate.
Here's a list of all of the posts related to Featherweight maintenance from the Singer Featherweight Shop.I've seen lots of Featherweights for sale, but I wanted to get one that was in relatively good condition, with its case and accessories.You can buy replica cases and find the original accessories if you keep an eye out, though, so don't be discouraged if you find a machine without its case/accessories.There's a good tutorial on how to dissemble and reassemble the tension unit here.Many Singer sewing machines have similar tension mechanisms, so this knowledge will translate to a bunch of different machines, too.
In this post, I'll show you how to check over your new Singer Featherweight sewing machine to ensure that everything is in good working order.