Featherweight Help Needed

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Thanks to my wonderful husband, and the magic of the internet, we were able to order a new cable to hook to the foot pedal for my Featherweight and get everything installed.  My husband is magic with electricity, and machines of all sorts.

featherweight pedal rebuild

However, I still haven’t gotten to do any sewing with my machine. It’s horrible, I know.  My new problem is something I’m just not smart enough to know how to fix, and it’s not really in my husband’s area of expertise, at least not until he reads the manual.

When I attempt to sew, I’m getting big knots of thread balling up under the plate, and in the fabric, and the feed dogs lock up.  I took some photos and am hoping that some of you wonderful ladies in the sewing community can help me figure it out.

thread nest on fabric

thread nest under machine

Seriously! Any help would be greatly appreciated!


  1. susan on December 31, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    do you have a manual? i would use it to make sure you are putting your bobbin in correctly. also, the bobbin itself has tension. if you take it out and grasp the thread tail with one hand and lightly “bob” it. they tension should make the bobbin just slide a wee bit downward. if it flies down, you need to adjust the bobbins tension

    • Andrea on January 1, 2014 at 1:12 am

      The bobbin definitely slides down. I’ll be looking at the bobbin tension.

  2. Sharon Carbine on December 31, 2013 at 11:57 pm


    First think of your problem as a generic sewing problem instead of a Featherweight problem.

    Here are two videos to view:
    (1) “How to Fix a Thread Jam.” http://www.howcast.com/videos/512590-How-to-Fix-a-Thread-Jam-Sewing-Machine.
    (2) “How to Troubleshoot Bobbin Problems.” http://www.howcast.com/videos/512589-How-to-Troubleshoot-Bobbin-Problems-Sewing-Machine.

    If the tips in those two videos do not solve your problem, research similar topics in Google. I bet you will find a lot of helpful links. You could also research relevant topics at http://www.youtube.com.

    Good luck!

    Sharon Carbine

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