Meet Ella, my Singer Featherweight

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Ella, my Singer Featherweight

I have been sewing since I was a little girl, but I have never actually owned a sewing machine. When I was young, I used Granny’s. When I was older, I used Mom’s. About five years ago, I was using my sister’s and my niece’s. Last year, my Mom decided to give up sewing because it was too much strain on her eyes. With six daughters, there was no way she would be able to choose who got her machine. Being quick like a bunny, I snagged it with the caveat that I was only holding on to it and not laying claim to it.

Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross

Then one day, I saw a vintage Singer Featherweight in Heather Ross’s book, Weekend Sewing. I fell in love immediately. One day, I would own a white Singer Featherweight.

Ella, my Singer Featherweight

A several months ago, my dear friend, Sarah, came up with a brilliant idea. She decided to pool all the money from gifts she wanted to give me (a Christmas gift, a birthday gift, a thank you gift) into one fund. She invited other friends and family to join in if they wanted. Then last month, Sarah and my friends presented me with this beautiful Singer Featherweight.

Ella, my Singer Featherweight

Of course, I was floored; such an elaborate gift. I’m usually pretty bad at accepting gifts (mostly because I’m never fully convinced I deserve them, something I’m working on), but on this occasion, I was beyond thrilled. The first thing I made? One of these bow clutches by Elm Street Life.

Ella, my Singer Featherweight

I have so much to learn about my new sewing machine, but I’ve already started collecting different attachments. In a cute shop downtown, I bought a little tin box full of different attachments for only $10! As I discover what each on does, and as I learn all the ways I can use this machine, I plan to share that knowledge with everyone.

Ella, my Singer Featherweight

Oh, you may be interested in why I named her Ella. One of my favorite parts about sewing is listening to jazz music while I work. My favorite jazz singer? Why, Ella Fitzgerald, of course! So I named my Singer after my favorite jazz singer (see what I did there?).

If you know of any great Singer Featherweight resources, please let me know in the comments below. If you have a Featherweight, how did you come by yours?


  1. Yvette says:

    Oh my. I’m in love with it too! Hmm… now where can I find myself one?

    • Ginny says:

      I know, right!? If you really are interested in one, they’re all over the place, but try Esty – that’s where my friend Sarah found this one. I’ve seen them in antique stores and fabric stores, too.

      • Yvette says:

        I googled it right after I saw this and found some on ebay. Boy, the prices are really not consistent. It seems like you’d really have to do some research to make sure you are getting what you are paying for. (I’ve always been a little leery of ebay anyway.)

        You think Sarah and I can become besties?

  2. Amey says:

    Ok, little sister… I’m ready to “hold onto” Momma’s machine for a while… ;-)

  3. Sarah says:

    There’s no one who’s more deserving of her own machine than you!


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