April 1930's is my new favourite website! It is a Featherweight Specialty Shoppe and once again the kind people I've met virtually have changed my life's course. Carmon and April Henry have created a business based on their passion for the Singer Featherweight 221 & 222 machines and they specialize in all areas, from selling the actual machines, to parts, to maintenance items, feet, instructional materials, patterns, and even hands-on classes.
Their Featherweight Facebook group is over 6,300 members strong and they are the most wonderful hosts. There is always information freely exchanged, encouragement, excitement at sharing a new-found gem of a machine, and a lot of virtual camaraderie amongst those added. They attempt tirelessly to solve every dilemma we owners encounter with our vintage machines and don't tire of repetitive questions new owners invariably ask!
I was able to purchase several key items for my Featherweight, including a new LED bulb that casts beautiful light and doesn't burn like the original bayonet-type style. I replaced my drip pan liner, got a new gear and lint brush, and some vintage Singer lube. I also got a walking foot designed for the 221 and that darling pattern for the tote I already shared with you. When you receive an order from April you are certain to be delighted by the sweet packaging. Each carefully wrapped item is tied with ric-rac and the envelopes are stamped with an adorable Featherweight stamp (um, yeah...had to buy one of those too!!!!). Service is personal, prompt, efficient, and affordable. I am addicted to this on-line store!!!
April and Carmon go out of their way to advise effectively and if you don't need to buy something, they say so. That being said, if you require a part, whether it be vintage or a trusted replica, they are the perfect source. If you need something they don't carry, ask. They are more than willing to source an item and are so helpful. They are generous with their extensive Featherweight knowledge and share it openly with their customers. I cannot say enough good things about them both!
I can't believe that in a matter of a few weeks I have fallen in love with this new little addition to my sewing room and how wonderful to have a specialized shop for just that machine. It is so easy to click and order and I don't have to search endlessly for what I am after. It is reassuring to be able to order without any worry because whatever I choose will be perfect for my 221. I know exactly where to go when I need supplies and I'm pretty confident there are at least a couple more Featherweights in my future! ;) Thank you April and Carmon for being such charming people, gracious hosts, and an awesome source for all my Singer 221 (and 222) needs. <3