The Singer Featherweight (and 301) was specifically designed for you to easily service and maintain. "But where do I start?!"
Sewing Doc is ready to offer you this
EXCLUSIVE, new-style learning experience
so that you are never going at it alone!
Yes, I know there is a ton of free info out there...
but I get emails every day with people asking for clarification, where to start? If this is broken, what do I do to fix it? Is this the only thing I can use for grease? Everyday....
I started EXACTLY where you are… with a love in my heart for these old girls, and a driving, demanding desire to figure out how to work on them. I started as a hobbyist 12 years ago. I didn't plan to be a quilter, much less service machines professionally, it chose me! After I caught the quilting bug, my husband purchased my first Singer 221 Featherweight for Mother's Day... and I was in love from day one! It turned out that a local legend was teaching a Featherweight Maintenance class, and that class and that instructor's passion set me on fire! Long story short, she retired and handed off all her knowledge, skills, and teaching materials to me so that I could keep the knowledge available to our community.
I absolutely love sewing on my machines, but learning to clean them inside and out, replace broken or damaged parts, and polishing them to a sheen took my appreciation to a whole new level.
Are you excited to learn how to clean, lubricate and make repairs to your Featherweight and 301 machines? Fabulous! Because I am excited to invite you so the Featherweight Service Workshop!
Join the Featherweight
service Workshop Wait List
This isn't much of a secret: with some guidance and direction, YOU can clean and lubricate your machine yourself… and for most Featherweight and 301 machines, even the ones that have been neglected and stored in the attic for 30 years, that's all they need!
Working on your own machines saves you money (the starting rate in our shop for a mechanical machine is $82 and $125 for restoration, just for reference). If you are a collector, those bills really add up!
Knowing how to maintain your machines saves you time - for the last year, the turnaround time in our shop stayed at 8 weeks, and that was just for ROUTINE service!
Cleaning and lubricating your own machine means you'll never have to trust it with another unknown repair person and you know that it will be treated with loving care
Having proper knowledge and a guide will save you from the pitfalls of terribly WRONG information on the internet - free information is great, but not when most of it is bad
Having the knowledge to SAVE a machine that's frozen or seized up, or $50 yard sale find we all dream about, is extremely empowering and rewarding!
If you are looking for a side gig, retirement income, or a passion that can turn into a career, this is a high-demand service, and can be an income all on it's own
The best part - taking a machine from grimy to glowing is SATISFYING and delightful!
Allows you to learn the SAME PROCEDURES used in our professional service shop from the comfort of your home
We are still in the midst of a viral pandemic, and travel isn't easy, affordable, or safe in many cases. You can setup a workshop or workspace in your home and work your way through the lessons and stay set up without having to pack up and leave.
Is ready when YOU are, regardless of geography or time zone, with ON-DEMAND, pre-recorded video lessons
Whether you live around the globe from me, have a day job, work nights, have kids at home that make your schedule irregular, or anything else, the meat of this course is pre-recorded, so you can watch it whenever you want! Plus, once you purchase, you have access forever, to watch and rewatch as often as you want or need.
Offers you ongoing access to the instructor so that you never feel alone or stuck and you can get near-real-time help during live streamed Q&A sessions and monthly LIVEstream classes
While the lessons are pre-recorded, I also believe real-time or nearly real time feedback is important. Each month I will host an on-going introductory live (virtual) workshop session that will cover the basics of the course, so it'll be like a real classroom. Join once, or each month if you like. I will also host a weekly live Q&A session so that I can help you overcome any hurdles each step of the way.
Connects you to other Featherweight enthusiasts around the world so you can help and encourage each other
I'm a big believer that there is great, great value in learning within a community. Our private group will allow you to get to know and share your work with the Sewing Doc Academy alumni and fellow students so you never feel alone as you learn. We want to see your progress and shiny machines!
Encourages you to start with what you have, keeping tools and supplies minimal and affordable
Everything about the Sewing Doc Academy is designed to bring the DIY element to life, so that everyone can afford to learn this valuable skill and keep this knowledge alive. You probably have all the tools you'll need to get started, and while you may need to purchase a few cleaners and lubricants, we teach you to keep your costs reasonable.
Teaches you to clean, lubricate, and restore 221, 222, and 301 models
The Sewing Doc Academy Vintage Machine Workshop is the first course of its kind that:
We'll teach you the SDOCS method, the EXACT same procedures we use in the Sewing Doc professional service shop located in Cumming, Georgia. Here's how it all breaks down:
This might sound heavy, like a high school math class, but it's not! Here you'll start learning about the differences in the 221, 222, and 301 models, how to identify machine models, understanding the Singer serial number system, the anatomy of a machine to identify missing parts, and how to assess how much work needs to be done on your machine.
We'll start talking about tools, both the bare minimum and tools to daydream about, setting up your workspace, and we'll start removing the covers and key parts of the machine.
Overall Clean & Lube
Now the fun begins! This module teaches you good/bad cleaning materials, how to fully clean the inside of your machine, how to unfreeze it if it's seized, how to lubricate the machine, and how to handle motor brushes and lubricating ports. You'll spend more time in this area than any other.
Covers & External
We'll get the covers and parts back on the machine, we'll cover maintaining the upper tension assembly, inspect all the electrical wiring, replace the lead cord if needed, and clean and wax the exterior.
Sew & Adjust
Here you'll learn about inserting the needle properly (this can really be a problem!), how and what to test sew, adjust the bobbin tension, and balance the upper thread and bobbin tension. There will be a lot of handy information on troubleshooting machines.
This is real gold! You learn the basics and procedures in the modules, but what about REAL LIFE situations? We add 1-2 case studies to the workshop each month. In these case studies, you'll see me pull a machine from our service queue and video the entire process from beginning to end. This will help you through situations arise in the real world rather than just a controlled environment. This will be an ever-evolving library you have access to for life!
The bonus modules will be packed with so much value - remember that you only pay the class fee ONE TIME, and you have access to the updated, new modules for life! Examples of what you'll find in the bonus section include education on replacement parts and sources, buying and selling machines, advanced polishing techniques, handling aluminum rot… and on and on!
Imagine what it would be like, just a short time from now, to have all your machines up and running… and potentially that of your friends as well!
No more waiting for a service shop
No more driving hours each way if you don't have a trustworthy technician in your area
No worry while your machine is away
Instead, you will be able to clean, lubricate, and make minor repairs to machines to get them running and keep them running with legitimate skill, confidence, and PURE JOY!
The full sewing doc academy
featherweight workshop experience
[a $400 value]
You'll get access to 5 modules of quality video lessons teaching you the SDOCS method, the same method used in the Sewing Doc professional service shop:
The full range of preparing your space, tools and cleaning and lubricating materials, how to get into your machine properly, how to fully clean and lubricate your machine, put it all back together, how to handle common electrical issues, and how and where to find replacement parts
Close up videos of key parts of the machine (trust me, you'll feel like you're in the machine!)
Workbooks and reference sheets for quick reference
Bonus modules added monthly covering frequently asked questions and common issues with machines not covered in the basic modules
Case studies added monthly covering specific machines and their known issues to help you get to the root of the issue faster and with less frustration
PLUS, the private Featherweight Group [a $400 value per year], including:
8-12 livestreamed workshops covering the basics of cleaning, lubricating, and repairing your Feathereight - attend once or every time!
52 livestreamed Q&A sessions per year with me, and sometimes we'll add a guest
Workbooks and reference sheets for quick reference
The ability to ask questions and share your work in the group at any time
LIFETIME membership in the group so you're always connected with the SDA community
WHEN YOU ADD IT ALL UP, THAT'S A TOTAL VALUE OF MORE THAN $800
This amazing ON-DEMAND Course, LIVEstream WORKSHOPS, Private Group, and Ongoing Support are yours for just
$129 USD (and you are IN FOR LIFE)
That's right, for less than the cost of TWO sewing machine service fees, you can learn how to get them running and keep them running.
Remember: This is the LOWEST PRICE this course will ever cost you. As we add value to the course with case studies and bonus modules and materials, the PRICE WILL INCREASE. Bonus materials are added monthly.
Since you only pay ONE TIME and have access to EVERYTHING for life, now is the time to get in for that low price!
Who is behind the Sewing Doc brand?
I'm Andi Barney of Sewing Doc machine service and repair, and Sewing Doc Academy. I'm a master technician and I've owned and operated my own service shop, located in Cumming, Georgia, for over 10 years now. A large part of our service shop focuses on vintage and antique machines and restoration, but we are also an authorized shop for Brother, Viking, and Janome. I started just like you, curious and a little intimidated, but now I couldn't imagine my life without sewing machines!
Paul Barney (left) is our electrical, motor, and restoration specialist. Todd Barney (right) is a restoration specialist, focusing on Singer Touch & Sew machines and the Viking 6000 series and all around complex repairs. Both will be teaching workshops within the Sewing Doc Academy.
You have Questions, We have Answers....
Q: Do I have to pay a fee every month?
A: NO! You pay the class fee ONE time, and you have the on-demand videos and allllll the live participation opportunities FOR LIFE. There are no additional fees related to the class. Keep in mind that the class fee will increase as we add value, so the current class fee is the lowest it will ever be!
Q: When does the workshop end?
A: This is the best: it doesn't! It lasts forever… or as long as you need it to! There is no end or timeline for this course, so you jump in any time and come back to it any time you need to.
Q: Who is this course for? Can just anyone take it?
A: Yes! This course is for anyone interested in learning to clean, lubricate, and restore Singer Featherweight and 301 machines. Young, old, retired, people that work full-time, people that are just curious, hobbyists, people with lots of machines, people that only have one machine, people wanting side/retirement/full-time income. Everyone is welcome!
Q: I'm not good with tools, will I be okay taking this class?
A: YES! If you don't feel confident using tools, I promise, you're going to be okay in this course. I wouldn't have considered myself "mechanically inclined" when I first started working with machines, either. Many of us are, and we just don't know it yet. There is actually very little done with tools in the class. This workshop will be a source of empowerment and confidence for you, I can promise you that! In my live classes, I've had ladies insist that they bring their husband because they were too afraid of the tools, but I encourage EVERYONE to give it a try, because I promise you, you can do it.
Q: What machines are covered in this course?
A: This workshop covers ONLY the Singer Featherweight 221, 221k, 222k, and Singer 301 models. The information in this workshop DOES NOT APPLY TO ANY OTHER BRAND OR MODEL OF MACHINE.
Q: What does "hybrid" workshop mean?
A: It means this class is both on-demand (where you work at your own pace using the videos and tools available to you at any time), and scheduled livestream classes. My opinion has always been that attending a live class is great because you have guidance form your instructor, but then it's too easy to forget everything when you leave. When you do just an on-demand class, you can refer back to it anytime you want, but you don't have the guidance of a live instruction. Sewing Doc has committed to bringing its participants the best of both worlds to ensure that your journey into sewing machine cleaning, repair, service, and restoration is successful and enjoyable.
Q: If I have an issue with a machine, can I contact you for help?
A: Yes, the instructor is available during regular hours. Each week there is a livestream Q&A session, and even if you can't watch live, your question can be addressed and you can review the information in the replay at your convenience. A monthly livestream class will also be hosted each month, and this is a good time to ask questions to get you over the hump. The point of the hybrid workshop is offer you guidance throughout.
Q: Do I need any special programs or equipment to participate in the livestream parts or any part of the workshop?
A: The short answer is no. All you really need is a cell phone, tablet, or computer to view the on-demand classes and work your way through the workshop. For the livestream, you would need the same, nothing fancy. You may want to use a cell phone or tablet with a camera on it when you attend a livestream class, as you can show the instructor exactly what you're looking at on your machine.
Q: I know I'll want to attend a livestream class, but is it complicated?
A: I know most of us have had to adapt to new technology as a result of the pandemic, but many are still hesitant. We will guide you each step of the way in getting set up to work with us, and you will see that participating once or twice will put you at ease. And if you have any issues getting set up, we will be there to help you. We like to do an introductory session for anyone new to using Zoom or other webinar programs.
Q: Will this course teach me to service other people's machines?
A: The short answer is YES! The beauty of this workshop is you will, with time, learn everything about this machine from top to bottom. These amazing machines are rare in that the ONLY way for the timing to slip is if parts are installed incorrectly or someone "monkeys around" with something cause a misalignment. The service of these machines are much less complex than most sewing machines, so as you learn from this course, you will absolutely have the capability to lend your services to friends, family, and your community. And trust me, there is a market no matter where you are! The best part? You will always have access to the course material and instructor when you run into issues.
Q: I don't live in the United States, can I sign up for this course?
A: Sewing Doc is working on getting set up to open this course up for participants in other countries, so this is coming soon!