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Needle size depends on the fabric you are sewing. #11 is a fine needle, for lightweight fabrics and is basic. Heavier weight fabrics, like denim, require heavier needles#14

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How do you change the stitch size for Singer Model #117 (Featherweight)

Check the singer website for a operation manual
Go to the singer website
Go to the home page
At the bottom of the page look for instruction manual--click on it
It will take you to another page
In the box put the model number (example 117) & click search
They usually have a free download

Aug 11, 2011 | Singer Featherweight II 117

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Looking for the model 117 manual, preferably free. When I hold the pedal down, the machine just hums and the needle doesn't move.

The company has different options for manuals, including hard copies and a free download.
Try this link:

Dec 21, 2010 | Singer Featherweight II 117

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How to thread a singer feather weight machine

  1. To begin threading the Featherweight, use the third photo below as a guide.
  2. Put a spool of thread on the thread spindle
  3. Pull the free end of the thread to the left across the top of the machine and hook it over the thread guide (number 1)
  4. Pull the thread down and under (from right to left) the tension discs. (number 2)
  5. Hold on to the spool of thread to create tension on the thread, and pull the thread so in puts pressure on the thin wire called the “take up spring" (number 3). The uptake spring is part of the tension knob device.
  6. Pull the thread up making sure it passes behind the metal bar thread guide. (number 4)
  7. Pass the thread from right to left through the hole in the take-up lever (number 5).
  8. Refer to photo number 4 for the remaining instructions. Guide the thread down and hook it behind the thread guide (number 6).
  9. Then hook the thread behind the next thread guide located at the bottom of the chrome face plate (number 7).
  10. Hook the thread behind the thread guide on the needle bar assembly (number 8)
  11. Finally, thread the needle from right to left.

Jan 16, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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Needle will not pick up bobbin thread

Make sure the needle is not in backwards, the flat side goes to the rear. If that doesn't help it may be out of time and needs to go to the shop.
good luck!

Jan 22, 2009 | Singer Featherweight II 117

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Singer featherweight II 117 bobbin

Class 15 bobbins should work fine. This is the most common bobbin type, any sewing or fabric store should have them.
Good luck!

Sep 09, 2008 | Singer Featherweight II 117

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My sewing machine will sew for about an inch then the thread breaks and tangles. Have changed needle, rethreaded bobbin and needle. Cannot unscrew needle plate, just twists screwdrivers.

Turned out I am an idiot and had my needle in backwards, leading to the tangling. No idea why the needle plate would not unscrew, but my superhero husband got it off!

Aug 18, 2008 | Singer Featherweight II 117

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Singer sewing machine

If you are using a threadcutter on the Left side of the machine, it may not leave enough slack when you go to start a new stitch, and as the needle decends, the thread is pulled through the eye.

Just try to pull a little more thread through before you recommence.......just why manufacturers would locate a threadcutter where it will not quite allow enough slack thread for the needle to move down for the next stitch without unthreading the needle is one of life's great imponderables.


Jan 18, 2008 | Singer Featherweight II 117

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