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!
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.
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!
Own this workshop for life!
Lifetime access to ALL on-demand video lessons and course modules
2 free, private consultation session with instructor
Lifetime access to private community support
Lifetime access to all future bonus and expansion modules added to the on-demand course
Who is Sewing Doc?
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 13 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 for life.
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 the on-demand course, so you jump in any time and come back to it any time you need to.
Q: Who is this workshop 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: If I have an issue with a machine, can I contact you for help?
A: Your enrollment does include a specific allotment of private consultation with the instructor via Zoom, email, or chat. An email address will be provided for you when you need to schedule a time. If you need additional consultation outside of what your plan offers, Sewing Doc Academy offers a reduced rate when needing to schedule a consultation.
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 causes a misalignment. The service of these machines is 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!