Featherweight Love ๐Ÿ’• (and a Terrific Resource)

My friends know that my Bernina 570 pretty much acts as my third hand…could not live without her! But, as summer arrives and my loft gets warmer and warmer ๐Ÿ˜…, I need a solution which involves porch stitching.

I am fortunate to have inherited both my momโ€™s black Featherweight (the machine on which I learned to sew) and my favorite auntโ€™s white machine (a later and much scarcer model). If you have laid your hands on one, youโ€™ll know why folks have such a love affair with these machines. Efficient design, built to last and huge on the cute factor! Also very lightweight as the name implies, which means they can follow you anywhere…

I have pieced several lap quilts for very special people on this machine, and each time feel as if my aunt Alice is hovering nearby for a chat ๐Ÿ˜‰. Singer Featherweights do one stitch and do it beautifully!

But…there is only so much piecing I do…as most of my art quilts are free-motion quilted. And neither machine came with a free-motion foot…was there a solution?

YES! Run, do not walk, to the Singer Featherweight Shop: https://singer-featherweight.com/ for just about anything you might need for a Featherweight. I bought a new belt (easy to put on with the video instructions) which made an enormous difference…a horizontal spool pin to accommodate my Aurifil thread ๐Ÿ’œ…and a free-motion foot and little plate to cover the feed dogs.

My daily Joy Quilt Project can now move downstairs to the porch! The customer service is quite amazing- super responsive and lightning-fast shipping even in these crazy times. Their website also has lots of fun historical information about this irresistible machine :).

Enjoy the long weekend…Iโ€™ll be stitching on the porch ๐Ÿ˜‰!

Published by neonkittyquilts

Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

%d bloggers like this: