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“Love your Featherweight” with Kathy Farra – The Machine Lady

April 6, 2018 4:30 pm
April 6, 2018 7:30 pm


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Class Title:  “Love Your Featherweight”

Teacher Name: Kathy Farra

Class Length: 3 hours

Class Fee:  $40.00

Class Day/Time:  Friday, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Class Description:

The “Love Your Featherweight” will enable the owner of a vintage Singer Featherweight Sewing machine to have confidence when cleaning and maintaining their machine to keep it running well for years to come.  We will discuss history of the featherweight machines as well as go over the basic oiling and maintenance that is required to keep the machines in top working order.  We will also go over some common problems that are encountered with tensions and other aspects of the sewing machine. (Traditionally a featherweight tune up cost is approx 79.00, learn how to save yourself some future tune up charges.)

Level:  All levels

Registration necessary, class size limited to 15

Supplies Needed: 

A fully functioning Singer 221 Sewing Machine, power cord, bobbin case and case (if the machine needs work, please call Kathy before the class to make a repair appointment)

If it is raining the day of the class, put a plastic bag upside down over the top of the case and carry it by the handle with the bag on top and the hole in the bottom.  This will protect the case from damage from the rain!

A large old towel to put on the table to protect the table while we work

Small rags to use for cleaning the machine

Sewing Machine Oil and grease (lubricant)

Thread (light colored thread is best)

Snips to cut the thread

Needle threader if you need one

Practice fabric (plain color, white or muslin work well)  You need about 6 pieces that are 4×4 or a little bigger.  We will use these to test tension and your stitch.

Tiny screw driver (to adjust tension)

Regular sized straight screwdriver

User manual if you have one

Paper and pencil if you would like to take notes

The instructor will have oil and lubricant available to purchase if you don’t have any. She will be bringing accessories for purchase including: Books, oil, lubricant, felt pads, needles, bobbins, LED bulbs, power cords, ¼” feet, walking feet for the Featherweight, and other feet and accessories.

Materials Fee: 

No additional fees will be charged for materials, but the students may wish to purchase items from the instructor.

Homework:  Make sure that your Singer Featherweight is fully functional.  If it is not in working condition, please contact Kathy Farra at 724-453-4449 to make an appointment to have the machine serviced before the class.  We will not have time in this class to do major repairs on machines.

A 3.00 electronic administrative fee will be added for all online registration transactions.

An Admission ticket must be purchased to attend all classes

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