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Featherweight care and maintenance educational class

You will need to bring your featherweight in it's box (if you have it) and a small towel about 20" by 40" to put on the table and work on the machine.  The towel will protect both the table and your machine.  Remember we will be oiling and lubricating the machines and the towel will likely get dirty.  I would suggest that you dedicate one solely for working on your machine  (garage sale or thrift store towels work well.) You will receive all other necessary materials in the class which you will be able to take home after class.  

Kit included in registration contains:

Machine lube
Measurement scale
Bulb extractor
Silicon nub
Paint brush
Red felt
Spool felt
Cardboard Bottom

There will be a 30 minute break for students to get lunch, a snack or simply stretch your legs.  It is recommended that you bring a lunch.

The Singer Featherweight was introduced to the world at the Chicago worlds Fair in 1934 nearly 90 years ago.  Although these were depression times, the Featherweight  sold well and remained one of Singer's top sellers up through the 1960's.  The machine was small and lightweight and the small black box it came in kept it well protected.  It was built to the highest engineering standards of the time.  Although it does require regular maintenance, the consumer could do most of the maintenance themselves.  There are many Featherweights that have never been to a sewing machine shop. This class will discuss the simple maintenance required to keep these fine machines running for the next 90 years.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Instructor: Courtney Willis
Instructor Bio: Courtney Willis was a teacher for all his professional life. He taught high school science for 23 years before he had a midlife crisis and went back to college. For the next 29 years he was a physics professor at the University of Northern Colorado. He taught his last class at UNC in the fall of 2019. About 15 years ago with retirement looming, he got interested in antique and vintage sewing machines. After he had a basement full of sewing machines, he decided he had better learn how to use them and started quilting. He has had 3 quilts accepted for display at the Colorado Quilter's Museum in Golden. He had given presentations to quilting guilds on the history of sewing machines and featherweight maintenance. Since 2011 he has participated in History Fest twice a year at Greeley's Centennial Village where he talks to 4th graders about how sewing machines have changed our everyday lives (He has the kids sign squares and makes a different small quilt for each History Fest. He now has 20 History Fest quilts!)

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.