They will not be found to be perfect, or absolutely correct, but are provided as an aid for your use and enjoyment.
Singer Featherweights were manufactured in three different plants: Elizabethport, New Jersey in the USA; Clydebank, Kilbowie, Scotland in Great Britain; and St. You can quickly determine which plant your machine was manufactured in by looking at the serial number on the bottom of your machine. I was worried about the wiring to my original foot pedal, therefore, I was glad to get the new one.
The introduced their VS machine in the late 1870's and manufactured it with minor improvements into the early 1900's.
Should you locate and consider a White vibrating shuttle machine, be sure it has it's shuttle and a bobbin or two. Everything about the White is the reverse of the Singer...
The White FR or Family Rotary is the most common White. the handwheel rotates away from you instead of toward you, and the thread rolls off of the bobbin in the favored, or easy, direction, not cutting back over a lip as on Singer round bobbins.
One of the more common "help" calls on Treadle On is from new White owners who can't get their machine to stitch because they are trying to make it turn the same direction as a Singer.
White owned their own forests and operated their own cabinet factories, rather than contracting this out.
Unfortunately, there is nowhere near as much information on the White Company as on Singer.
The company was founded by Thomas White, who had some prior experience in sewing machine manufacture.
Anyway, I just wanted to say that I love the information on your website. It has given me confidence to get my Featherweights out and working again. I will definitely use the maintenance card to keep my machines in good running condition.
I am still in awe when I sew on my machines--I don't believe they have ever run this smoothly.
Nova teaches a highly acclaimed Featherweight Maintenance Workshop. Click here for more information about the workshop. Both the Nova's Featherweight Maintenance Card and foot control that I ordered arrived today. Oh, I just finished making a quilt top on my 1952 Featherweight. I wish to say that I am very satisfied with shipped items. The acrylic is not damaging the surface of my Featherweight. I’ve heard nothing but raves from the 11 ladies that came from the Houston area."My head is still reeling from all of the information you taught in class--many thanks.
Click here to Contact Nova for her to teach the workshop in your area. The four Featherweight cards are a WONDERFUL resource.
They were noted for having the highest quality of cabinets. Normally, the word "White" is spelled out in twig shapes pieces of wood on the front panel. This is often referred to as the "Twigs Cabinet" White Numbers/Years The White company (still in business) has some serial number records and will date machines.