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Nova's Featherweight Maintenance Workshop

Nova  is now scheduling for 2021 and 2022.  Contact Nova to arrange for a contract for your guild.Nova is the Singer Featherweight 221 expert!
Nova has other workshops available on a limited basis.  Contact Nova for information on these workshops.

There is a reason Nova's workshops always sell out.   She is the trusted leader in the Featherweight industry.    
"She is a master teacher!"    Deborah B.

Nova's Singer Featherweight 221 Maintenance Class
A Spa day for Your Featherweight™!

These fantastic little machines were so well engineered that the owner could (and should!) provide the maintenance they need.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to correctly disassemble, clean, and reassemble their beloved Featherweights. Yes, they will sew (and sew beautifully) when you are done!!  There is MUCH more to maintenance than merely oiling the machine.  This is a comprehensive workshop in which all aspects of routine mechanical maintenance are addressed - including motor, and foot controller.
                       "Tell me, and I forget,
                          Teach me, and I remember,
                                                               Involve me, and I learn."
  --- Benjamin Franklin

Nova approaches this workshop from the perspective of a Featherweight user who wants to preserve and protect their machine, but does not have an intricate knowledge of the mechanical workings of the machine. She guides her students through correct maintenance while educating them about their wonderful machines.  Nova not only teaches her students the "What" and "How", but also the "Why" of each step of proper maintenance.  "She is a master teacher!"

 Nova carries a full line of Singer Featherweight parts, supplies and products for your machine that are available at the class.

                                         Nova's class is fun
This is Nova's nationally acclaimed workshop! 

This class sells out quickly!

Happy students and happy machines!

"I have had other Featherweight classes, but nothing as informative as this!" -- Sheri - Northwest Teaching Tour

"Best class I took!"  (at Quilt Festival) -- Margaret B.

"It's a mechanics, history and sewing class all in one.  I couldn't believe the day had passed because I was having such a good time." 
Michelle P.

"I learned to maintain my machine by using _____'s (name withheld) book, but there was so much more here."   Dorothy R.

"The best thing I got out of the 'other guy's class' was Nova's name from the person sitting next to me."  Beth B.

"Nova's Maintenance Workshop is more advanced than the 'advanced workshops' I've taken elsewhere."  David B.

 "Have taken so many classes on so many subjects over my 78 years.  I can honestly say I have never been to a better class for my money!"
B. Schmidt

Nova will help you through the process step by step. 

This is a maintenance workshop designed to teach the care that these machines require on a regular basis.  

Machines that are in need of repair may not participate in this workshop until they have been repaired. 
Contact Nova to schedule repair for your machine.

Nova communicates with registered students through email.  Make certain she has a valid email for you.


If classes are posted and registration is open, then they are being held as scheduled.  If the class must be cancelled due to COVID-19, refunds will be issued or option to transfer IF you are registered for the class at the time of cancellation.  If you choose to transfer, the standard refund policy will be in place regarding the new class.  If you choose to cancel, the standard refund policy will be in place.

As we begin to return to "normal", Nova's Featherweight Maintenance Classes will resume with limited seating (seating is always limited and they sell out quickly, but this will be even more limited) and social distancing measures in place:

  • All students will be required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth while in the classroom.
  • Students will be seated with appropriate social distancing and asked to maintain social distancing when entering the classroom, during breaks, etc.
  • Students will be asked to provide their own and use hand sanitizer when entering the classroom and paper towels for drying their hands after sanitizing (NOTE: hand sanitizer will ruin the finish on Singer Featherweights).

Nova communicates with students via the email you used to register.  Make certain she has your correct email if it differs from the one you used to register.

If a class is cancelled, Nova will notify you via the email you used to registerCheck your email!  

Workshop Supply List

Singer Featherweight 221 Maintenance Class Supply List click here
Nova carries a full line of Singer Featherweight Parts that are available at the workshop.

Refund Policy

Nova will be happy to issue you a refund for a class that you have registered for, provided the registration comes directly to her (not to a guild, Quilts, Inc, etc.). 
Her policy is that a 50% refund will be given up to one month prior to the class, with no refund after that.  No 'credit' for a future class can be given due to the complexities that arise with contracts, scheduling, waiting lists, etc.  If Nova cancels the workshop, a full refund will be issued.

Switching dates, for any reason, will incur a 25% fee due to the difficulty in restoring seat availability, rosters, etc.

If Nova must cancel a workshop for circumstances beyond her control, she will notify you via email.  Check your email.

Nova has NO control over refunds, etc. when registration is through a guild, festival, show, etc.  Their policies, not Nova's, would be in place.

WAITING LISTS: If a class is full, you will be given the option of signing up for a waiting list.  You are NOT registered for the workshop at that point, only on a list to be notified if there is a cancellation.  If there is a cancellation, everyone on the waiting list will be notified at the same time via email.  The seat will go on a first come first served basis to the person who registers and pays for the workshop.

Nova is often referred to as "THE Featherweight Guru", or " The Queen" of Featherweights.  Her expertise is unparalleled.

Paducah - April 2021

These workshops are STILL taking place - even though the Paducah Show is cancelled.    

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Thursday, April 22, 2021

The 1857 Hotel
210 Kentucky Ave,
Paducah, KY  42001

Time: 9 AM - 5:30 PM                             
                     Click here to register for Paducah classes.
Don't delay.  There are only a few seats left for these workshops.

Huntsville, Texas 2020 & 2021

Location: Fabric Carousel, 1101 12th St., Huntsville, TX  77340

These workshops fill quickly, so don't delay!

Registration for a workshop includes payment for the workshop.
NOTE:  The workshop fee for Nova's Featherweight Maintenance Workshop is less in Huntsville, TX due to the arrangement she has with the Fabric Carousel, where the workshops are held.  Her expenses are less.  Her host (quilt guild, etc.) typically pays these expenses when she travels with the workshop.  Otherwise, these expenses must be "built in" to the cost of the workshop.

Nova communicates with registered students through email.  Make certain she has a valid email for you and check your email.


Spa day for your Singer Featherweight 221. This is Nova's nationally acclaimed Featherweight Maintenance Workshop. Don't delay. These seats fill quickly. You do NOT need a PayPal account to register.

Cost: $ 105.00
Spa day for your Singer Featherweight 221. This is Nova's nationally acclaimed Featherweight Maintenance Workshop. Don't delay. These seats fill quickly. You do NOT need a PayPal account to register.

Cost: $ 125.00

Nova's Teaching Travels 2019
She is truly a national teacher.

Nova's Singer Featherweight 221 Maintenance Workshop Travels 2019                                 

Click here to order Singer Featherweight Parts for your machine.
Nova is your dependable source for quality Singer Featherweight 221 Parts.

Click here to order accessories for your Singer Featherweight.

Click here to order Nova's Featherweight Cards.

These Cards are unique to Nova.  She created them for her students' and customers' benefit.
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Comments from Nova's Students

"She is a master teacher!"  Deborah B.

"Out of all the classes I have taken, I learned the most here.  I own 14 machines and used to work for a company that sold multiple brands and models.  Nova keeps the class going.  She is very organized.  Good sense of humor."  Georgia S.

"I've taken Featherweight maintenance classes from another teacher.  Nova's class was by far the most comprehensive and informative." 
Jann T.

"Your class on Monday was so informative and so well-run.  I'm a teacher too, and I really appreciate your no-nonsense and efficient, yet kind and thorough approach.  My time and tuition were very well spent. " 
N. Schmidt

"I have taken a class for featherweights before and I learned much, much, much more in this class.  You are so prepared and knowledgeable.  It was a pleasure to be here." 
S. Rex

"I have attended classes from some of the big names in the current Featherweight world and I really loved the personal attention that you gave each of your students. I had a plane to catch and you made sure that all my questions were answered before I had to dart out. I love that your husband "Pico" was there as well. It was nice that your time was not eaten up by having to pass out supplies etc.
One of the things that I really appreciated is the way you presented your products. It was obvious that you spent a great deal of time and energy developing certain products so that our Featherweights could benefit. At other classes I have taken I have felt that I was constantly being told that I had to buy their products but the why was never explained to my satisfaction.  I have also taken classes where there were no recommendations for supplies given. Your class had a better balance. You showed us a product,explained how you researched it and why you recommended it.You always told the whys and that is important to me.
Thank you again for a great class! I hope someday to be as good at teaching Featherweight maintenance as you and have the respect that you have earned."  C.L.

"Thank you.  You and your "TA" are a great team and your class is priceless.  You have the gift of teaching and generosity.  Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge and Featherweight passion with the world.  You make the world, particularly the Featherweight world a better place!"  
Diane B.

"I learned even more than I expected to learn!  I would highly recommend this class to anyone with a Featherweight."  Wendy C.

"Best instructor / class in many years.  So informative and helpful.  Thanks for having helpful tools and info for sale at the class. 
Janice B.

"The best thing I got out of the 'other guys' class was Nova's name from the person sitting next to me."  Beth B.

"You were very thorough; took time to repeat as needed, answered all our questions.  You also made class fun!" 
Valerie A.

"Everything was presented in such a way it was easy to follow along and so enjoyable." 
Judy J.

"You are the best instructor I have had - I've taken many classes from California to Chicago - you are great!!"  
Leigh C.

"It's a mechanics, history and sewing class all in one.  I couldn't believe the day had passed because I was having such a good time." 
Michelle P.

"I LOVED your maintenance workshop.  Thank you so much for opening another class in O'Fallon.
Patty T.

"The workshop I attended in Lincoln Nebraska in June was wonderful. My sister and I drove from Florida to attend. Best experience of my sewing life." 
Melissa B.

"Such a great Workshop!!! Queen of the Featherweight! Learned so much...highly recommend any class she gives."   Dana B.

"I very much enjoyed the class!  Having done corporate training for 20 years, I recognize what it takes to effectively engage, teach and respond to a class of 16 (or 60!).  I think you did a super job of providing information and techniques – and time to for us to do it ourselves.  I would certainly recommend this class to a friend with a Featherweight!"  Laurie C.

"I was in this class, learned so much, my machine runs great now and I know how to keep it running...Nova does a fabulous job sharing her wealth of information. If you have a Featherweight - sign up for this class now..."  Fran J.

Thank you for the wonderful Maintenance Class in Huntsville. 
It was the most informative class I have attended. 
Your knowledge of the Featherweight is exceptional. 
Your ability as a teacher is stupendous, and I thank you for sharing. 
You have a God given gift. 
If I retained a fraction of the information you imparted, I will be satisfied. 
I will treasure the Nova's Featherweight Maintenance Card. 
Thanks again for a delightful class."    Brenda
"Exceptional class! A born teacher with diverse instructional strategies."  International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX

"This was a wonderful class - well presented, educational, patient instructor (even with a large class)." 
International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX

"Best class @ Festival!" 
International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX

"Great teacher.  Interesting, clear, encouraging." 
International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX

"Class conducted in a very personal and interactive manner.  Made it easier to stay focused."  
H Cliff, Hockley, TX

"It is hard to conceive how much you will learn.  It is an amazing class.  I am thankful I finally got a spot and was able to attend." 
Mary Ann, Pearland, TX

"Best, most useful class I have ever taken." 
Martha, Marietta, GA

"So glad I found your class before I did anything with my grandmother's Featherweight.  I'm sure it helped me avoid costly mistakes!"  International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX

"Third time to take Nova's class. Every time I learn something new.  Extremely informative!"  International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX

"Exceeded expectations!" International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX

"This is an awesome class, I learned more than I hoped for and feel like I can do everything you taught us.  Thank you!" Ann, Scott, LA
"So impressed with Nova's knowledge of the Featherweight.  Thank you for sharing all the information."   Janie, Broussard, LA

"Thank you for bringing supplies that we could purchase onsite.  I feel very confident about caring for my Featherweight now."   Pat, Lafayette, LA
Machines from all over the country are regularly shipped to Nova for repair.  Her expertise with these machines is unparalleled.
"This class is great! Nova is extremely organized and keeps the class moving - but in a way that every question gets answered. She moves freely between each student to insure that everyone understands."-- Janice,  College Station. Texas

"Best class I've ever taken."  -- Nancy, Alvin, Texas

"Thank you for the thoroughness.  Your attention to detail is amazing and much appreciated."  -- Judy, Spring, T

"I have been sewing on a Featherweight all my life. It is what I learned to sew on. But, I learned so much in this class!!"-- Grettle, Huntsville, Texas

"I’ve been sewing on my “quiet” little machine for the past 2 days.  What a joy!  Just wanted to let you know how much I personally enjoyed your workshop.  I’ve heard nothing but raves from the 11 ladies that came from the Houston area." -- Genie,  Katy, TX

"Hi Nova, My head is still reeling from all of the information you taught in class--many thanks.  The four Featherweight cards are a WONDERFUL resource.  I will definitely use the maintenance card to keep my machines in good running condition."

I am still in awe when I sew on my machines--I don't believe they have ever run this smoothly.  Thanks again
,"   Jenelle

"Lots of info & practice with no wasted time = great class.  Lots of ways to remember how to do things."  Becky G., Lake Jackson, TX

"Great class!  Everyone who has a Featherweight should take this class."   
Judy G., Spring Branch, TX

"Definitely worth the drive from California - despite rain, snow and cold!"   
Karen J., Ripon, CA, (Drove to Huntsville, TX for workshop)

"Nova is great and not a bit intimidating.  Very approachable and extremely knowledgeable.  I will be back!"   Denise, Oak Leaf, TX

"This was the best class I have ever taken."    Robin S., San Antonio, TX

"Best class I have ever taken! Thanks, Nova!"    Pat C., Little Elm, TX

"You are one of the most knowledgeable instructors on the Singer Featherweight I have encountered.  Your tips and hints are better than any I have read or seen elsewhere."    Carl S., Slidell, LA

"Well organized, positive attitudes, clear instruction, and you keep control of your class in a positive way.  My favorite things!"    Linda P., Vancouver, WA

"This was the best use of my time and money.  I am a new Featherweight owner and this class has made me feel more comfortable with using and maintaining my machine!  Thank you for teaching it!!"    Cassandra S., Broomfield, CO

"Best class I've ever had at Festival - bar none.  I felt accomplished instructor was well prepared.  Nothing was left half done."    Connie S.,  Katy, TX

"Loved it!!   The best class ever!  I've taken it twice and still learned something new.  Nova is THE BEST!!"    Debra C., Conroe, TX

"Class was great, supplies available for purchase very helpful.  I think I will now be able to take care of my machine as it deserves to be taken care of."    Barbara C., San Antonio, TX

"I was so pleased to be able to attend the class and my machine runs like a dream now.  I had no idea there were so many parts to be cleaned with kerosene."    Kathy N., Canyon Lake, TX

"Very organized. Friendly environment.  All material we need."    Joanna, Houston, TX

"I really enjoyed the day.  You are right: it was empowering."   Karen B., Lake Jackson, TX

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