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 😅, I need a solution which involves porch stitching.
I am fortunate to have inherited both my mom’s black Featherweight (the machine on which I learned to sew) and my favorite aunt’s white machine (a later and much scarcer model). If you have laid your hands on one, you’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 😉. 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 💜…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…I’ll be stitching on the porch 😉!