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Featherweight 221 - The Perfect Portable®: And Its Stitches Across History, Expanded Third Edition by Nancy Johnson-Srebro


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And Its Stitches Across History, Expanded Third Edition

Author: Nancy Johnson-Srebro
Pages: 220
Page size: 81/2" x 11 1/2"
Publisher: C&T Publishing
Cover: Soft
Item Code: 4HG0652
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."The many who are fortunate enough to own a Featherweight sewing machine possess a true American treasure. Most are still whirring away in sewing rooms and seminars across the country, others are valued for their comparative rarity and they enjoy "collector status." Treat them with honor and love. Without a doubt, they are symbols of the last generation of American craftsmanship!" -Nancy Johnson-Srebro

Featherweight history at your fingertips

  • Enjoy an entertaining look at the history of the Featherweight sewing machine
  • Expanded third edition updated with the latest research
  • Packed with photos, stories, and handy information • Learn to date and troubleshoot your machine
  • A fun read for quilters, Featherweight owners, and history buffs

About the Author: Nancy Johnson-Srebro is an internationally known quilt teacher, lecturer, and show judge. A prolific author, some of the books Nancy has written include...Measure the Possibilities with Omnigrid; Endless Possibilities using NO-FAIL Methods; Rotary Magic; Block Magic; Block Magic,Too!;and Stars by Magic. An upcoming quilting book with C&T Publishing Inc. will be released in 2006. Nancy's works and methods have become standards for rotary cutting and precision piecing of quilts.

Her first edition of the Featherweight book (1992) helped this wonderful machine become better known and appreciated around the world. She lectures and teaches extensively, sharing her love of quiltmaking and the Featherweight 221 sewing machine with quilters across the country.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Featherweights stitches across history9  
Chapter One: Perspectives 10Chapter Eleven: Fact or Fiction?80
What it wasn't and what it was;Why its called The Perfect Portable; Today's renewed interest in this classic portable sewing machine My thoughts on Featherweight legends and myths: magnesium 221; red, green, blue and brown-colored machines 
Chapter Two: The Beginning12Chapter Twelve: Featherweight Carrying Case87
The Standard Sewhandy and its prophecy; the Great Depression and its effect on sewing machines; Sewhandy variants by Ossan and General Electric; Singers acquisition and modeling; the Featherweight's debut in 1933 Early and late black U.S. cases; British carrying cases; prototype for the 221J case and the 221J case itself; musty odor problem; carrying case latches and handles; repairs and maintenance, carrying case keys 
Chapter Three: Featherweight Name17Chapter Thirteen: Featherweight Tables and Cabinet100
What's in a name; what it means to me; other "Featherweights"; the White Sewing Machine Company's Featherweight Utility "Card" Table and extension set overview; early and late variants; Early American Model 68 Cabinet; utility table repairs 
Chapter Four: Design Features18Chapter Fourteen: Common Machine Problems108
Pluses and minuses of the Sewhandy; what was kept and what was added; improvement details; the result -our Featherweight machine  Common setup errors; fixing a sluggish machine; thread jamming and repair; foot controller problems; end play check; motors; position finger location; needle thread tensioner assembly; tension myths; "feet" replacement 
Chapter Five: Production History23Chapter Fifteen: Machine Cosmetics125
Black, beige and white machines; color legends; the Canada connection; manufacturing sites; model variations; machine similarities and differences; rising and falling demand; was it The End? Leaving it original; professional refurbishing; paint touch-up, machine waxing; face plate polishing  
Chapter Six: Birthdates!35Chapter Sixteen: Parts and Accessories128
Dating your machine; Birthdate definition; serial number assignment; series prefix letters; date tables; how many machines were made? What's available today; the changing scene 
Chapter Seven: Other Manufacturing Changes41Chapter Seventeen: The Future131
Design improvements over time; also -changes to the face plate, gold trim decal, bobbin tensioner, seam allowance gauge, needle tension adjustment; electrical and motors; other subtle changes The future of the featherweight Model 221
Chapter Eight: Finding a Featherweight 52Chapter Eighteen: Looking Back132
How I got started; some personal experiences; tips on finding a machine; current values; likely future demand Some thoughts on the machine and its owners 
Chapter Nine: Free Arms and Gremlins!59Chapter Nineteen133
My long search for the Featherweight Convertible; machine design features; Free Arm sales figures; how many 222K's were made? Partial Reprint of a 1947 machine Manual; attachment instructions 
Chapter Ten: Limited Editions65Third Edition Supplement184
Rare variants: 1934, 1936, 1939 special editions; black crinkle finish; blackside machine; Centennial models -U.S. and British; 221K5 black finish; Bureau of Indian Affairs Contract; blue-tinted 221K7 Personal Machine Diary218

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