The Singer Featherweight (and 301) was specifically designed for you to easily service and maintain. "But where do I start?!"
Sewing Doc is almost 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:
Setup & Basics
Here you'll begin learning 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 also talk about tools and materials you'll need.
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 (with some plans)! 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!
What all is included in this Course?
UNLIMITED, LIFETIME access to all learning videos and matierals that teach the SDOCS method of Featherweight Maintenance
LIVE, online classes 2-3 times per quarter - attend as often as you want!
LIVE, online Q&A sessions every week to help you conquer any hurdles
Variety of Learning Materials - workbooks, cheat sheets, case studies, bonus and extended lessons - we are constantly adding new information and valuable resources
DISCOUNTS on parts, service kits, and materials through Sewing Doc
PRIVATE forum to interact with the instructor and fellow enthusiasts (non-Facebook options as well)
ONE-ON-ONE Learning and consultation available
CERTIFICATION opportunities to become a professional and offer your service to others
The Sewing Doc Academy Featherweight Service Workshop is the first course of is kind that:
Allows you to learn the SDOCS Method from the comfort of your home, the SAME procedures used in our professional service shop
We are still in the midst of a pandemic, and in-person classes and travel isn't easy, affordable, or safe in many cases. You can setup a workshop or workspace at your kitchen table and work your way through the lessons. You won't have to pack up in the middle of something and leave!
Is ready when YOU are, regardless of geography or time zone, with ON-DEMAND, pre-recoded 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 that you can watch it and follow along whenever you want! Plus, once you purchase, you have access forever to watch and re-watch as often as you want and need.
Offers ongoing access to the instructor so that you never feel alone or stuck, and you get near-real-time help during live-streamed Q&A sessions and monthly LIVEstreamed classes
While the lessons are pre-recorded and accessible ANY time, I believe that real-time feedback and assistance is important. Each month I will host a LIVE (online) virtual workshop session that will over the basics of the course, so it'll be like a real classroom. Join as many times as 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 encourage each other
I'm a big believer that there is great, great value in learning within a community. Our private group (not on Facebook) 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.
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 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 for life. 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 the on-demand course, so you jump in any time and come back to it any time you need to. Livestream classes and Q&A will end depending on the plan you purchase.
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!