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    Default Featherweight question

    We have a featherweight in our family with a treadle instead of a foot pedal. Is there any way to use the machine with a pedal instead? I've googled and can't find any answers. The machine isn't electic, so probably not. Thanks for any answers!

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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    To my knowledge Featherweights were always electric, never treadle. You could have a 201, 15-99 or 66, but i doubt it is a featherweight.

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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    Sure it's a Featherweight? Maybe a homemade conversion? How 'bout a pic of the handwheel end at least.

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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    There are plenty of treadle machines out there that were converted to electric. You might have to sift through a fair amount of Youtube videos and read lots of vintage machine blogs for info on how to do it, but it's possible. You'd need a Featherweight type motor that drives a belt then figure out how to fit a belt between the machine and the motor.

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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    Maybe a 99, a smaller “3/4” size machine? Easy to convert to electric if it is.
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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    If you can find the serial number, look it up on ISMACS. http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_mach...-database.html or here https://singer-featherweight.com/blo...weight-machine
    Serial numbers for Singer Featherweights are located on a raised boss on the underside of the machine. Lay your machine on its back and look on the left hand side of the main body (not the folding extension table).

    There is a group which only uses people power to sew (treadles), and they have lots of answers! http://www.treadleon.net/ Doesn't cost to join.
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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    Hi starlover
    would love to see a picture of this treadling setup,
    there used to be a switch thing that used the treadle set up with an additional motor to drive the belt,
    there is a picture in this blog post
    https://dragonpoodle.blogspot.com/20...c-treadle.html
    other wise its a featherweight motor needed to be bolted on and a pedal, belt,
    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...eDesc=0&_oac=1
    depending on which pedal style you can still use the treadle pedal to press the electric pedal, specially if get an ache in ankle,
    hope these help
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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    Thank you for all your help! The machine is at my mom's house, so I'll get a picture later. I'm thrilled to know there is a way to change to a pedal.

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    Here is a picture of one that looks just like my machine.

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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    Ah, I see, what you have there is a 66 (with Red Eye or Red Head decals). Many of these were electrified later on by adding a motor behind the pillar which is driven by a small belt. (Personally I would try treadling - once you get the hang of it you may like it! That's what happened to me, anyway. )

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