A lot of hours were spent spent cleaning and doing maintenance for the Featherweight. It just purrs now when in use. The hand crank arrived today and within minutes I was able to test it out. Talk about quiet and smooth. And such accurate stitching. If seams don't line up it will definitely be operator error. I won't be able to blame the machine!
Now to find an old stroller with springs or pneumatic tires to safely get the machine to classes without damage.
For those not familiar with the Featherweight, they weigh about 11lbs. The end folds up as above. Because this part folds DH was worried about the bolt that holds the front plate on damaging the surface. There are protective pads that can be added, but they fall off easily. So DH used shrink wrap tubing:
And here's the hand crank. It folds up so the machine can go into it's case easily.