If you're Featherweight motor has a slow start or sounds like it's working too hard to get going, don't assume something is wrong with the motor. Try loosening the motor screw and raising the motor until the belt is lose enough to grab and turn the hand wheel (but not so lose that it has trouble engaging). Beware of lower quality belts which can lead to frustrating issues with slipping.
Choosing a design for an heirloom quilt can be daunting, but so rewarding!
This vintage quilt was made by my Great Grandma Peveto circa 1930. The design is "nosegay," It was pieced entirely by hand and the bouquets are all hand appliqued.
The photo below demonstrates the transitions between heavy and light quilting designs. A double layer of batting was used to enhance the applique and all seams were ditch quilted. Approximately 80 hours were invested in this queen size quilt project -- very much worth the time!
The back reminds me of ice cream cones and is its own work of art!
After discovering an interest in vintage machines mostly inspired by members at my local quilt guild, I bought a couple of Featherweights in Wichita, Kansas and Dallas, Texas. I initially thought I needed to take a class on refurbishing, but could never seem to fit it into my schedule.
A quick online search revealed a place in Idaho that provides free video tutorials with step-by-step instructions for refurbishing and maintenance. Their shop carries replacement parts, handy squirt bottles and other necessities.
If you are interested in buying a refurbished Singer Featherweight, please visit https://www.FoxtailQuilting.etsy.com to check availability. If there are no active listings, inquiries regarding machines in progress may be sent to info@FoxtailQuilting.com
*Renaissance Micro-Crystalline Wax Polish is what I use on my APQS longarm rails. I've read that it's less abrasive than other waxes. You can see from the photos that it worked very well on the outside of this Featherweight machine.