MARCH BRINGS A CHANGE OF SEASONS ~ CHANGE OF PURPOSE, TOO!
Well, in order to be ready for our April Spring Workshops, or what I like to call FEATHERWEIGHT FEVER, I purchased a couple of Featherweight 221s from eBay and have been practicing repairs and mainenance on them. In mid-April I plan to hold a few small group (3 to 4 person) workshops on regular cleaning and oiling of these beautiful portable machines. I will repeat these so the groups can remain small. There will be no fee for the FEATHERWEIGHT FEVER workshops other than voluntary reimbursement if you need SMO (sewing machine oil) or SML (Singer Motor Lubricant) I will have some of each to share in the shop, or you can pick some up at a fabric shop of your choice, or online.
WHAT? NO WORKSHOP FEE? Yes, that is not a typo ... I am no longer in business for profit (and that's a well established truth!) My goal in re-opening the shop under its formal business name of Terry's Thoughts and Threads (I write and I quilt) is to help quilters and sewists to enjoy their machines. After all, the Featherweight was designed to be self-maintained by the owner of the machine, and you will be doing the work yourself, with guidance from your manual and a few tips I can offer.
I'll be scheduling participants who have and want to learn more about their Featherweight 221 sewing machines first, and in May will open the workshops for maintenance on other Singer and Brother machines, and ask only that you bring your manual with your machine. If you have misplaced your manual, I will have some available in the shop for the workshops, but I recommend that you find and keep your manual (or look online for a free replacement) for future reference and maintenance.
I will, later in the year, offer writers' workshops as well.) In time I will change my email address from needlesandpens to end all of the commercial messages that continue to flood my inbox for the now-closed Quilters' Quarters retail shop, so watch for that new email here at the blog.
And yes, there will be more workshops ahead in an effort to see the leftover fabric in the shop put to good use!
Winter weather has worn me out and I am ready for Spring!