"Nova, Thank you again....can't wait to sew with the little guy! Just FYI.....two repair shop people told me I needed a new motor......at a cost of nearly $400. One of them just tried to sew a few stitches....didn't even look carefully. I don't know about the other guy as my daughter left it with him. Worth the postage! " -- Sheri F. (Note: Sheri's machine had a thread jam, not a bad motor......)
"Good morning, Nova: It was wonderful to read about the introduction of your new product! I've placed my order and look forward to using it on my baby. I felt as though this month's newsletter was personally speaking to me since my machine was sent to you for repair -after I had paid a "professional" to clean & oil- for your assessment that my machine was not functioning properly, in part because it had been returned back to me by the "professional" completely void of lubricant! Thanks to your expertise, care & servicing, my machine is working perfectly! I feel so blessed to have found your website. Thank you again," Ethel N.
Quick note to let you know that my machine is working wonderfully. I've spent the last couple of days sewing on it. Lots of catching up to do, but such relief to know that I can count on it to perform! Add one more happy customer to your database!"
Boca Raton, FL
"Memories restored with the restoration of my mom's featherweight."
"Thanks for helping me fix my grandmother's featherweight."
Laguna Beach, CA
"Hi Nova! Both the Nova's Featherweight Maintenance Card and foot control that I ordered arrived today. I LOVE the Maintenance Card! I had so dreaded oiling the machine. With your card, oiling was a breeze. Thanks a million! I was worried about the wiring to my original foot pedal, therefore, I was glad to get the new one. Also, I am a Bernina user, so I'm comfortable with the new foot pedal. I have a feeling that I'll probably always use the new foot pedal now. Oh, I just finished making a quilt top on my 1952 Featherweight.
Thanks again for the excellent service!"
Nova's goal is to keep these fantastic little machines sewing for many years to come!
Nova's Mechanical Service includes up to 8 hours of work on your Featherweight. Typical machines require 4 - 6 hours of labor.
Cleaning of all mechanical parts of the machine
Inspection of the motor, motor brushes and proper lubrication of the motor (motor not opened)
Inspection of the electrical wiring to the foot controller and what is visible on the underside of the machine
Inspection and adjustment of the motor belt
Removal, cleaning, replacing and adjusting the tension assembly - including polishing the tension discs if necessary
Inspection and cleaning of the interior of the foot controller
Cleaning, inspection, and adjustment of the bobbin case
Sewing with the machine and adjusting for its perfect stitch
Don't miss Nova's Featherweight Maintenance Workshop. This workshop remains Nova's most popular because it empowers students to care for their own machines. Machines must be in good working order (able to sew) to come to class.
If you live a long distance away and would like to try to repair your machine without shipping it to Nova, she will be glad to assist you. Consultation services are provided through Skype with live video, email or by telephone after you have paid through PayPal. You will get up to 3 emails or one telephone visit of up to 30 minutes, or one live Skype session of 30 minutes to attempt to correct your difficulty. Consultation services are $35. Click here to subscribe to Consultation Services. If the difficulty with your machine can not be solved through the Consultation Services, and you choose to ship it to Nova for repair, 1/2 of the Consultation Fee will be applied to the repair of the machine.
Shipping Your Machine to Nova for Repair
Nova will be happy to repair your machine if you ship it to her. See the October 2013 Tip of the Month for shipping instructions. When shipping a machine for repair, do not ship the case (it just adds extra weight). Only ship the machine, bobbin case and foot controller. Pack as instructed in the Tip of the Month, only make a large bubble wrap ball around the machine and FILL the box with bubble wrap, so the machine does not move within the box.
Rewiring Your Foot Controller
Nova will be happy to help you replace aluminum wiring or damaged cord sets. As a service, she will replace the wiring for the cost of the cord set and return shipping, if you will mail your foot controller to her.
If you would like the original "S" bakelite plug (the plug that goes into the machine) put on the new cord set, Nova can do that for you. There is a small labor charge for this service.
Any machine left for more that 90 days with non-payment for repairs and no arrangements for payment to be made will be sold.
Nova Is Your Source for Quality Singer Featherweight 221 Parts