Saturday in the mail, I got a new book I had ordered from 221parts.com called "The Featherweight 221 and I". The guy that wrote it used to be some kind of mechanical engineer so all the drawings are great. He explains everything from how to thread the machine, oil and lube it, to adjusting the foot pedal or even replacing the wiring. Today I gave my machine a good oiling and lubing, took apart the bobbin housing to check for threads, took apart the top tensioner to clean it out, and took apart the foot pedal to see what the wiring looks like. And yes, I managed to get it all back together again and it still works! This is a great book to have if you have a featherweight. He even gives you step by step instructions for refurbishing the paint job - or repainting it if necessary. I would highly recommend it. 221parts.com has it for $24.95. I have seen it on a couple of quilt store sites for over $30.
Time to go start dinner!