Featherweight Fanatics Archives

August 1997

Sunday, August 24 - Saturday, August 30

Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 13:50:07 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/15 & 8/16/97

Ann said:

> Can anyone help me identify the pfaff?  SN 740044, has shiny gold 
> flowers for decorations (chrysanthemums maybe), an H on the back, the > center decoration and the silver metal plate have a crown with the
> initials GMP in the sections of the crown. 

The "H" on the back is the model name, and the most recent issue of the
ISMACS newsletter has a list of years and serial number ranges.  I can't
find it right now, though!  (Aargh!)  Maybe some other kind soul who can
find the blasted thing will help out; if not, I'll post again when I dig
it up.  But I think it's sometime around 1910...  

GMP = the initials of the founder of the company, Georg Michael(?)
Pfaff.  They are pretty machines, aren't they?

Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 16:48:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/15 & 8/16/97

Hi Fellow Feathers.  Well  I am a true sm collector now.  Just  found a 201
centenial in a desk in perfect condition.  Has buttonholer like new all
attachments and I am thrilled.  Found another 201 awhile back with a burned
out motor.  Also found 2 FW one for 20 dollars at a garage sale pretty good
condition not many attachments.  But I got one at a resale shop for $180.00
with all attachments , oil can, manual  VG condition too.  Also saw my first
tan FW and fell in love at first sight.  I have so far found 12 Fw  but only
have bought 5 of them.  One is white.  Now Dh is becoming addicted to TSM
 this could be disaster for us.  Found a 301 shortbed table with a 403
machine had to buy both to get table.  hope I did ok on price.  $85.00   
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 11:13:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Stems and Pieces

 Hi All!

Machines sighted at the Greater Columbus Expo (i.e. flea market) last weekend:

Singer Model 28 electric, SN: D728232 (1909-1910), in lift-off trapezoidal
black case (case covering similar in appearance to FW case covering). 
Condition about a 6.  No book, no attachments.  Asking: $75.00

Singer Model 306K, SN: EJ478754 (1953 -- Sorry, Captain, it's NOT a
Centennial machine (I double checked) and EJ sn is too late anyway) in
blond ash cabinet. No book, no attachments, no bobbin case.  Asking: $35.00

Domestic Godzilla in cabinet, SN: 124054.  Asking: $15.00.

And one $5.00 Godzilla Singer in an extremely beat-up cabinet that was
such a mess I didn't even bring the machine up to check the model.
                     *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *

To Graham: Re: healthy lifestyle (carrot juice, etc.) vs drinking problem.

To All: In the hope of using all of my different machines more often, I
have made myself what we trainers call a "Job Aid".  It's a 3x5 post-it
(mostly because I had them lying around) that I divided into three columns
which I labeled: Model    Needle Flat Side     Threads   . Then I dug
or less like this:

                    Model         Needle Flat Side         Threads
                    127/128          ---->>                 ---->>
                    192K             ---->>                 ---->>
                    201              >>----                 >>----
                    221              >>----                 >>----
                    401a               ^                       ^
                                       |                       |

The 401a looks a little different because it threads front-to-back. 
Anyway, most of the machines thread more or less the same way EXCEPT for
which way the thread passes through the needle which is, of course, the
really important part.  I have this post-it stuck to one of the attachment
boxes that lives on top of the machine table, within easy view for easy
reference.  You could do this on any piece of paper and tape/thumbtack it
wherever it needs to be.  Saves wear & tear on the older manuals, too.

To Priscilla: If you're still out there, e-mail me privately.  I haven't
found a Priscilla treadle, but I found something else that might interest you.

Happy stitching

Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 11:19:16 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Singer Feather weight portable Wanted

I am looking for a Singer Featherweight to work on my quilts with.  If you 
have one for sale, please contact me 

Ohio - Greater Cleveland area.

Subject: Heard of this!?!?!?
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 97 12:32:39 -0500

Howdy Everyone!!

month ago .. it's called "The Encyclopedia of Early American Sewing 
Machines" >ISNB - 0-9637916-0-5.  Anywho - there is a part on restoration 
of machines et al and the soap that they suggest using for cleaning the 
old girls, is Murphy's Oil Soap!!!  They sited it as an examplr for a 
non-reactive soap ... Reminds me of the commercial if Murphy's is good 
enough for this house - Imagine what it could do in yours ...   The 
ladies were cleaning a church 


"They're funny things, Accidents. You never have them till you're having 
them." -- Eeyore
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 21:50:02 -0400
Subject: White Rotary

My friend found a beautiful White Rotary machine at a flea market.  It is
a portable and the case is not much, but the machine is lovely - lots of
beautiful gold decals.  Does anyone have a copy of a manual they would be
willing to share (will pay for copying and postage)?  Also, there is no
bobbin.  Where can we find them?  It's a round bobbin, not a shuttle.

Thanks much. (Thanks to everyone on this list who have been so kind to
answer questions I've had in the past.  This is a great group.  Thanks
also to Sue who makes it possible.  Hope you are feeling much better.)

Subject: Message to FWFanatics List: Need Rotating Hook for Singer 319 or 306
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 97 17:59:27 PDT

Help! I am a private home-sewer who needs a rotating 
hook for my Singer 319K, also listed as a part for 
Singer 306, probably other models too.

The part number given on the broken piece is 173059, but 
old repair manual gives 173099 for the whole rotating 
hook assembly.

Thank you Mary Yohn for the suggestion that I contact 
FWFanatics. My internet search regarding my broken 
machine turned up FWFanatics at every juncture and I 
thought, gee, too bad it's not the hook for a 
FeatherWeight I'm needing. So then I post this request 
for help to alt.sewing and what happens but right away 

I have looked at some of the FWphotos up on the web and 
they sure are smart looking little machines.

I have the Singer 319, now out of commission, and my 
husband has a later version of the Elna grasshopper, 
with Elna disks. Both are green.

After my on-line search regarding this small domestic 
informed my husband that, though he might not have 
realized it, with our two vintage green machines between 
us, we're sewing machine collectors (and that there's 
lots more people like us). He said he supposed we were, 
but that he had never looked at it that way before and 
went back to sleep.
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 22:21:27 -0800
Subject: 301A

I thought I picked up a bargain this week, found a nice 301A, brown with
a short bed.  I plugged in the light, and the motor turned, so I took it
home for 35.00.   Unfortunately, I didn't try to thread it and when I
did, found the thread uptake lever is broken off.  Anyone out there
parting out a machine, and have that arm?  I'm assuming it's
replaceable...  Or maybe I can drill a hole in whats left of the arm? 
I'd appreciate any suggestions.
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 02:34:44 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Vickers sewing machines

I have just read that a Sue K. on the list was intersted in finding out
about Vickers sewing machines. I am too. I have a Vickers that has had an
electric motor added to it, but I think it was a hand crank originally
because it has a big chrome balance wheel. ( I am new to this).

It came with a box for accessories - empty - and a manual for "Vickers
All British Vibrating Shuttle Domestic Sewing Machine Type 7000"

I'm happy to copy it for anyone who needs it.

Subject: My search for a FW!
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 11:51:15 -0700

Dear FW Fanatics,
	I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful web site.  I had  emailed
bulletin board has been fantastic.  In fact, I am going to look at two FW's
for sale this Friday right in my own town.  What I appreciate most of all,
is all of the great information about FW's that I found on your web site
to being an informed consumer without even leaving the comfort of my family
room.  I appreciate all the work that goes into maintaining a web site and
just wanted to thank you.  You have been incredibly helpful!  With sincere
thanks, Cathy
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 08:44:13 -0800
Subject: FW Sighting


I purchased Roberta Carr's Video on Couture Tailoring and she uses a Black
post/WWII Model 221 for all her machine sewing on the tape!

It was nice to see the 221 instead of the TOL Bernina and Vikings for a change!

Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/18/97
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 21:22:12 +0100

To Pam

A Singer featherweight has aluminium shell  a, fold up extension tableand a
spool pin mounted on an oval plate held with one screw. Don't think any
other  Singer matches this definition.

BTW the extension table on the white/green FWs was pressed steel not alloy.

To Carolyn

Can replace the spool pin for you but it would mean sending the plate to
li' old England. No charge but for postage.

Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/17/97
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 21:22:07 +0100

To Alix

The book you are refering to is the pictorial Singer Recognition Manual. Go
to http://www.ismacs.net

To Kitty

This non-smoking campaign has got to stop.Tell you what I'll do. Last year
we had 35 Americans at the ISMACS Convention. If I get 50 next year I'll
stop smoking.

You get the point -- only those coming to the Convention are allowed to nag me.
To Renea re Willcox and Gibbs spoolholders

These are always the parts that go missing -- and very difficult and
expensive to make. It's a steel pressing on a shaft with a retaining
spring. If you just want to get it working, whittle down a pencil , stick a
fawcet washer on the end and away you go. Ok. OK it's not the most elegant
solution but it would get you sewing.

Threading diagram is at http://www.ismacs.net. Full copy  manual available

To Gina re Vickers

To add to your knowledge, the machine Vickers produced was a Frister and
Rossman type in the between-war years. The sewing-machine production
machinery went to Jones at the outbreak of WW2.

Subject: Used Machine
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 18:04:39 -0400

Hi to Sue and all FWF's.

Hope it's O.K. to ask this question to the group, but I need some help!  An
acquaintance of a friend of mine is looking for a used serger.  I have a
PFAFF Hobbylock 793  (3-thread) in excellent condition.  What would be a
good asking price for this?  

If anyone who could answer to my e-mail address, I would be most
appreciative.  I don't want to ask too much or too little!!

Best regards,
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 16:52:36 -0500
Subject: a great adventure and now some questions!


ntil two weeks ago, I had but 
one sewing machine to my name, a 15-125 that belonged to my late mother-in-law that I treasure for the 
beautiful stitches it makes and the memories it holds.  But now that I have the 'bug', I felt the need to 
expand my collection, and so my DH and I have been frequenting auctions.  Two weekends ago, we lucked into one 
of those auctions that one only dreams of!  Now that I own *6* old Singers, I have some questions that I hope 
some of you can help me with.

But I'm getting ahead of my story :-).  When we arrived at this auction, we were amazed to see about 10-12 
older sewing machines.  My DH is teaching me proper auction behavior - meaning NO JUMPING UP AND DOWN WHEN YOU 
SPOT A SM and KEEP THE POKER FACE ON WHEN BIDDING - so I did the best I could to maintain my calm exterior.  
After 'casually' looking the machines over (and referencing Capt. Dick's great little book), we choose 2 
machines which we thought we would like to take home.  No FWs at this auction, but just about everything 
else.  When the bidding started, it was obvious that NO ONE ELSE WANTED SEWING MACHINES!!  There was one 
bentwood case model that obviously held a machine, but was locked with no key in sight.  It was all I could do 
unlock' the machine by pushing the 
button where the knee lever attaches and pronouncing that 'I know how these things work, but the button seems 
to be stuck'!!!!  We bid on this particular machine - couldn't resist the urge to take it home and find out 
what was in it.  We bought it for $18 and the auctioneer threw in another portable with a broken bentwood case 
top because he couldn't get a bid on it.  In the end, we took home 3 portables, two treadles, a pinker, and 
various attachments for the grand total of $79!!!  What a great day!!!  Now come the questions. . .

The mystery model turned out to be a 128, DOB 8/27/23 in condition 5-6 with red and green decals.  We also got 
a model 27-3 in a cherry veneer treadle, DOB 3/20/1896 and a model 27 in a rectangular case, DOB 1/2/03.  I 
have attempted to contact Singer for the manuals for these with little luck.  Does anyone have a threading 
diagram for the shuttle bobbins that I might be able to purchase a copy of?  Or perhaps a legible copy of 
ave seen; it is rectangular with 
hinges on the outside, no lock, and is covered in a brown 'alligator skin' looking material.  Can anyone tell 
me anything about these kinds of cases?  The decal work on this model is really beautiful.  It's the first time 
that I have seen the sphinx!  We also had to break the stripped lock on the bentwood case to get to the 
machine, does anyone know where we can find a replacement lock mechanism?

The other models we purchased were a 15 in an oak treadle, DOB 6/6/46, condition 4, and the free machine turned 
out to be a beautiful model 99 when all the attic debris was cleaned off.  After some serious work with WD-40 
and 0000 steel wool, it runs like a charm and is in condition at least 7, DOB 8/4/25.  Can anyone give us 
approximate values on these machines?  I'm pretty sure we got some bargins, but would like some independant 
confirmation.   Also, on the machines in rougher shape, do people 'part out' machines such as 27 or 15?  They 
have the bobbin cases, bobbins, etc. all intact. 

I also purchased a Singer pinker.  It was in the original but tattered box.  Nothing but the attachment and a 
couple of wooden spools in the box.  It appears to attach to the machine, rather than be stand alone.  Can 
anyone clue me in on how these work, am I missing any additional parts, and the value of this attachment?  This 
is the first time I have seen one of these and it seems huge in comparison to all the other attachments!

Well, thank you for your help in advance and for tolerating a rather long posting.  This list has already been 
so much help to us in our search and beginning attempts at restoration.  

Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 16:08:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: WANTED

Would like to know where can locate attachments for 221-1 inherited several
years ago?  Have original book, zipper foot, gatherer, and hemmer.  Is it
possible to find adjustable hemmer, binder, tucker, multiple slotted binder,
or edge stitcher?  Have had motor replaced but still have original motor,
foot, and case.  Machine is in very good condition (one owner) and sews
great.  Use it and a Bernina 1630.  Thanks, 

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 19:38:36, -0500
Subject: SewEasy Machine

Of course I'm sure that this machine has been discussed, but until I 
have a need for the information  I simply read it with interest and 
that's all.  Well of course now that I'm asking you know that I have 
found a SewEasy Machine at a garage sale for a reasonable price.  No 
manual, No bobbin, doesn't work, (motor works but does not tranmit to 
needle, when moved with wheel needle moves.  Well only a fanatic 
would understand, Of Course I took it.  Now I'd like to know more 
about it, and try to find a manual and bobbin if I can.  I would of 
course be glad to cover cost.  I'm now trying out America on Line, 
it's sort of nice I can pick a name, it is Sewcrazy@aol.com so you 
could contact me either way or through this mailing, so we can 
educate anyone else.  Thanks if you can.  I am Sewcrazy Lady.
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 22:57:05, -0500
Subject: FW table

Hello Fellow Feathers:

A very good friend of mine is looking for a FeatherWeight table.  Is 
there one out there?  If you have one and are interested in selling 
it, please e-mail me. 
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 22:32:53 -0400
Subject: Godzilla 128 Front Slide Plate


MIL, but, unfortunately, with no attachments.  The face plate, slide
plates and other parts normally chrome are blackened - look like gun
metal.  Have seen other explanations why - and war was shortage related.

She is missing the front slide plate.  Have you seen any black (or
blued) front slide plates advertised anywhere?  Sure would hate to fix a
centennial with a chrome slide plate!!


Subject: 201
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 22:58:26 -0400

I answered an ad for a "sewing machine, $25" and found an AF model 201,
in c7 (everything nice, except for some chips around the base and a 1"
long, 1/8" wide chip/gouge in the front - I guess that makes it a 7). It
has a nicely-decorated metal plate aroud the spool pin, and the motor is
quiet and smooth. It has some exposed wires near the motor, though, so I
have to wait for DH to fix the wiring before I can use it. It came with
some of the usual attachments, plus a few bits & pkeces I couldn't
identify. It also came with an adjustable buttonholer (no cams). The
cabinet was a 4-drawer in need of a bit of refinishing. The seller also
had a 237, which I left behind.

Do the feed-dogs lower on this one? Can anyone help out with a manual?

I now have all the models that had been on my recent wish-list: a 15
(15-30), 201, 301, and 401. I guess now I should stop buying and start
fixing-up and using!

Today I *didn't* buy another 15-30 treadle in a drawing-room (i.e. fully
enclosed) cabinet. The cabinet needed some refinishing and the machine
itself was about a 5. Since I had just acquired an electrified 15-30 in
c8 (though with a fairly rough cabinet), I couldn't justify getting this
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 18:11:38 -0500
Subject: book

Hi everyone,
I forgot to mention in my post that the paper here in OKC is offering a
book containing seven quilt patterns first published in the Daily
Oklahoman during the 1920sand 1930s.  Patters include Three Little Pigs,
Roly Poly Circus and Peter Pan.The book is $24, including tax and
P&H.Any one interested send name, address,city,state and zip plus
daytime phone number.  Make check payable to:The Oklahoma Publishing
Company, Atten:Information Center, P.O. Box 25125, Okla.City, OK. 73125
I have not seen the book but my Mom cut out all the patterns for years
and I have them in a picture album.  The usual disclaimer I have no gain
Jo Ann 
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 1997 20:58:12 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Help

Where can I find the value of a Singer Little Touch and Sew, mint condition
w/ original box? Is there a price guide on the net?

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 07:35:11
Subject: Re: FW For Sale - Week Ending 8/16/97


I ran across this digest when I was looking up information on a new "old"
familuar with the Singer products since I learned to sew on a old Singer
treddle and a Featherweight.  My Mother still has the Featherweight along
wiht the card table that came with it.  I always remind her not to get rid
of it : )

value of my little model 99 that I bought.  I bought it in the Cabinet,
#49, the machine itself looks to be in very good shape.  The gold on the
bottom plate is still there.  It birthdate is September 24, 1931.  I liked
the looks of the little machine because of the cabinet and it was a smaller
size sewing head.  I am always on the lookout for a Featherweight that I
can afford.....and no I don't do much quilting, but I am a weaver who makes
lots of her own handwoven clothes.

Thanks for any info

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 20:10:59 -0700
Subject: Missing Manual

Dear FWF
	I enjoy this digest much and appreciate Sue for maintaining it!!!
I have a 1941 (same year as my FW) Singer Back-Tac sewing machine that my 
daughter is learning to sew on. It has no manual and I wondered if 
anybody could help me locate one.  The serial no. is AG091445.  It sews a 
great staight stitch but races a bit so I would like to adjust the timing 
on it.                        
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 17:23:43 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: mystery part

Hi feathers,
I have a part I can't figure out. It doesn't
have the usual foot attachment. The number
is 120427 Simanco USA. It looks like an expandable 
ruler. Each peice has a seperate part #. The other 
two parts are #28972 and #28971. It's not a tucker.
Or at least it's not like the tuckers I've seen
Any ideas what this could be used for? Am I missing
some of it? I don't see a way to attach it to the
machine or foot.
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 13:10:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Machine Info Please!

Hi Feathers:
Sue, I am glad you are feeling better.  Your recent illness and all the
messages of good will show how much you are loved and appreciated by all of
us.  I hope you make a full and complete recovery very soon.
neither of us know much about.  (The cabinet is in beautiful condition, but
the paint is not so good.)  The serial number is FR2234422, and the plate
shows a last patent date of April 18, 1911.   
Can anyone out there give us an approximate mfg date on this machine?  Also,
I am looking for a copy of a manual.  I will, of course, be happy to pay
copying and mailing charges!
Thanks for your help!
Susan B
PS  Re the bobbin case for the model 15:  The one I described on a previous
post IS for the 15.  It is the other case, with absolutely no markings and an
almost mirror-image of the "good" one, that I can't identify.  Any ideas?
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 13:22:09 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: found an old one

I've been happily treadling away on my 66 in the kitchen, making a jewel
box quilt.  I love having a machine in the kitchen.

Christine, I finished the jacket for my DIL, the librarian.  It is your
library block pattern except I didn't strip piece it.  I put on personal
things for her like a gavel, acorn, key, and kitty-cats.

I saw a wonderful old Singer in a store window and had to go back today to
take a better look.  Unfortunately the owner wasn't there.  It has the
coffin top, very ornate.  The decals are a spray of small roses and
post.  I couldn't see any flowers on the base, maybe because it was so
dirty but maybe they are worn off.  Couldn't see a serial number on it
anywhere.  I doubt if it is for sale, but I will stop again because I
would like to know what model and how old it is.

Glad you are perking again, Sue.  

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 13:25:47 -0500
Subject: Help!

Hi fellow fanatics:

I have just purchased my first Featherweight and am excited to start
sewing.  Unfortunately, its motor does not work when the belt is on and
works only sporadically when prompted by hand without the belt.  Any
suggestions?  Can something be wrong with the foot pedal?  Everything is
very clean -- no rust.  Its a 221, white, made June 1964 in Scotland and
has a green and white case.  There are a few attachments (no idea what
for), but no manual.  Where could I find the correct manual?  I would
also like to know how to do maintenance work on the machine.  Are there
books available that teach this?  I live near the Minneapolis/St. Paul
area.  Thanks for any suggestions that might help me get started.

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 15:15:44 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Seeking information

     I know this is for discussion of featherweights, but I just bought a
really great treadle machine.  The name is "Norleigh Diamond".  The cabinet
is just beautiful.  I have found out that it was made by the Davis Mfg. Co.
 But I can't find out any info on the company or dates.  I am waiting on my
library to receive a book suggested by someone I met out there in cyberspace.
  If anyone has a source of information the this company or my machine I
would appreciate any help. 

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 15:38:24, -0500
Subject: fw part...

  Does anyone have a fw they're parting out?  I need the bottom metal
plate-- the one that screws on to the bottom of the machine.  Hub says he
can make one, but thought I'd try here for an original first.

  My yard saling aunt and uncle found this one for me quite awhile back,
but it was just recently delivered into my hot little hands.

  Anyway, this machine was missing that bottom piece and the guts to the
foot pedal.   Weird.  Have replaced the foot pedal, albeit with the new and
improved version available at a service center...but still need that bottom

  Funny, the machine is in excellent condition, but the box is peeling and
SMELLS!  (Time to try all the tips I've been accumulated for the stinky
cases).  Seems like they must have had the machine out and used it, but
stored the box in the cellar or something.

  Had no attachments, but did come with the original manual, although it is
falling apart and half water damaged---smells awful--must have been stored
with the box.   Is it sacrilege to throw it out, or should I put it in a
zip lock bag and save it, just 'cuz?

  BTW, someone at one time had said that they stripped the case of the
stinky fab and refinished it, and that it turned out BEAUTIFULLY.  My hub
said it doesn't look like wood that would refinish that nicely.  Were some
of the cases made out of different woods, or does he just not know what
he's looking at with this one? g! 
Subject: Wanted
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 09:56:00 -0900

Greetings FW and old SM collectors,

I have a "wish list" of things I need: Original Singer/ISMAC parts please.
If you a parting out an old machine, perfect!

1. A need a slide plate for my 1921 66model Singer.

2. A need a slide plate for my 1941 66model Singer.

3. Shuttle bobbins for my 1919 128 model Singer.

4. Original manuals wanted:
(I have some photocopies, but need originals for treadles and better
pictures then what Singer sent me.)

1921 66model treadle/egyptian Singer,
1941 66model Godzilla Singer,
1919 128 model treadle/motorized Singer,
1929 model 101 Singer.


1.What is a "red eye" in terms of old singers or fws?

2. I am thinking of purchasing my first fw, any recommendations? I do light
sewing and hopefully soon some quilting.

3. I would like to join a quilters club (remember I just a beginner) in the
Portland, Oregon area. Do you know of any groups?

Thanks for your time.

The fresh rainfall smells wonderful today! 
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 97 12:59:21 -0800
Subject: singer touch n sew

        Desperately seek an original Singer Touch N Sew 
        presser foot/power cord. Grey, with large foot
        panel, the words "Singer" embossed on foot pedal.

        Will pay top dollar. 
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 16:25:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Normac machine

I am new to antique machines, and I picked up a Normac machine this summer
at a yard sale for $5. Works fine, and is an interesting machine with a
threading configuration that is a little weird.

The tension knob and disks are at the side, toward the back of the machine
and the take-up lever is on the side as well. Are there other machines
made this way? If so, I would love some help in threading it properly. I
think I have it right, but who knows?

Also, I have recently seen an old White sewing machine, not sure of the
vintage, but I would guess '30s or '40s. It is in a cabinet and the
machine itself has a dark wrinkly finish. Is this the godzilla finish I
have heard about? There don't seem to be any attachments with the machine,
which pops up when you open the lid of the cabinet. It is on what is
called a silent auction, where people write their bids in the book. Bids
were to start at $45 and go up in $5 increments.

Anybody know anything about this machine?


Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 18:09:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: An Apology to Someone

Hi All!

I apologize for using the list to communicate this message, but I can't
track back to the original person I dealt with.

If you are the Canadian individual who bought a copy of a Singer manual
drawn on another person's (your Mom's???) account: I apologize, I screwed up.

Our bank took it, but then the next bank up the line returned it because
it did not have a date written on it (you'd think the original teller
would/should have said something).  So the check, which is now five months
old, has been migrating around my sewing room waiting for me to write a
date on it myself (not sure that's legal), get back to whoever wrote it, or
toss it.  Whoever you are, I have the check, I intend to tear it up after
this appears in FWF, and you don't owe me for the manual.  I REALLY should
have attended to this immediately, so it's my loss, not yours.

This also gets DH off my case, who keeps saying "When are you going to do
something about that check?"

Cheers to you all!

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 18:11:22 -0600

I've been a loyal lurker for several months, and found many folks with the
same obsession as myself. In my quest for a Featherweight, I have acquired a
Singer Model 27 Treadle Sewing Machine, made in 1912, in a nice 5-drawer
cabinet; Singer Model 15-91 Sewing Machine, made in 1934 (head only); Singer
Model 99 Sewing Machine, made in 1934, in bentwood case, with accessories;
and a Singer Model 128 Sewing Machine, made in 1930, in bentwood case.

Then, while visiting Frank Smith's Antique Sewing Machine Museum in 
Arlington, Texas, I saw the perfect Centennial Featherweight, Singer Model
221 Sewing Machine.  I thought about this sewing machine every day for two
weeks, then called and asked if it was still available.  It was, and for a
large amount of money, it became mine.  Since I paid so much for this
Featherweight, and it was in near perfect condition, I knew that I would not
use it for sewing, so I continued to search for another Featherweight.   

In the process, I bought a two-tone tan Singer Model 301A (slant needle) 
Sewing Machine in a tan luggage case and also purchased a Pfaff Hand Crank
Sewing Machine, made in 1903, and was intrigued with an old Western
Electric, so it came home with me, too.

Then a month later, in a little Sew and Vac Repair Shop, I found a
well-used, little white Singer Model 221K Sewing Machine, made in 1964.  It
looked pitiful, did not have a case or attachments, but made a nice stitch,
so it came home with me. Later, the same day, in an Antique mall, I found a
Centennial Featherweight, Singer Model 221 Sewing Machine.  It looked nice,
had a good case, came with the green box of accessories, and hummed as it
sewed a pretty stitch.  I parted with several hundred dollars and it came
home with me. 

I promised myself not to buy two of the same model, but broke that promise 
on the Featherweights, then purchased another Singer Model 99 Sewing
Machine, made in 1928, that had lots of pretty gold scrollwork and came in a
nice bentwood case. Then added another Singer Model 15-91 Sewing Machine,
made in 1935, that came in a beautiful cabinet with swing open doors, with
little storage drawers full of accessories. 

Two weeks ago, while in the Dallas area, I went by the Sewing Machine Museum
again, and Frank showed me the cutest little green Sew Handy, and I left a 
down-payment on that.

model 99 treadle with a fiddle-shaped base that had a coffin case, box of
accessories and even the manual.  Also a Minnesota Model B treadle, and an
electrified Free Westinghouse in a beautiful cabinet. I didn't get them
because I'm out of space at home and was out of money at that point.  I'm
still thinking about them, though.  I do get paid next week and I could get
rid of the sofa to  make room for them.

Forgot to give personal information:  I've worked for 20 years as a
secretary at an engineering firm in Houston.  Next year, when I turn 50, I
plan to take advantage of the early retirement program, and move to a cabin
on Table Rock Lake on the Missouri side and have a little sewing business
there.  I may have to plant a vegetable garden and learn to fish.  I'll do
most anything other than getting up at 5:30, yanking on the pantyhose and
driving in traffic just to be at work at 7:00 a.m.  Anyway, that's my plan.

Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 23:33:33 -0500
Subject: Featherweight bobbin case

I need a bobbin case for a Featherweight. Does anyone have suggestions
that don't cost an arm and a leg? 
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 07:48:31 -0700
Subject: this and that

Glad to hear you are feeling better Sue. I wanted to tell all how
much I (and I'm sure other feathers) enjoyed getting together at the
S.D.quilt show.  I would really encourage those in other areas to do 
the same. It is a real treat to put faces with those you have 'met'
online. I'll get photos up on my web page as soon as I get them 
back. (If you were there and you have photos that were real good
I can use those if you like) I did'nt have too much luck finding
great stuff on vacation. The Singer bottle and can I bought never
got home. I still am trying to figure out where they got lost. :(
My father in law did give me a wonderful 401 that he had. (I seem
to be a magnet for that model)Has anyone ever seen an auto-pilot
buttonholer? I did pick up one of those. It isn't real old but 
I have never come across one of those before. 
Subject: Special Featherweight Refurbishing Seminar
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 12:50:13 -0400

Special Featherweight Refurbishing Class
At the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza IV, Fort Washington Expo 
Center, Fort Washington PA, ( Suburban Philadelphia )  9/12, 9/13, and 9/14/97.
Seminars will start at 12 noon each day. All students will receive the book "Featherweight 221, The Perfect Portable" by Nancy Johnson-Srebro and a parts kit which includes a lint brush, original design 221 belt, double lead cord, clear oil, singer lube, 10 screwdrivers, sponge brush, gloves, light bulb, rubber feet, Singer needles, black paint and spray sealer. The value of the kit is $ 75. The cost of the seminar is $ 75.

The class will be taught by Ron Spaulding, a shop owner with 25 years experience on the 221. You will actually do everything on your machine bulb, clean head, inspect and adjust or repair tensions, replace feet, to re doing the case.

Ron and his helper will direct you all along the way. Class size will be limited, so call today to reserve your seat.

For reservations and or questions call 1-610-326-5055 between 10 AM and 5 PM eastern time.
Ask for Ron or Barbara and have your Master card, Visa or Discover ready. 
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 22:51:33 -0500
Subject: Proud First Time Owner

Dear Featherweight Fanatics

        My wife has been smitten with the "bug" for a while now and has
found, much to her credit, four featherweights.  One she found by placing
an ad in the local paper.  She thought that getting an inexpensive
featherweight more than compensated her for the $3.00 ad but hoped that she
and behold there was a voice on our answering machine asking us to call her
because she had a little Singer  that fit the description in the ad in the
paper and would we please call her.  Well yes indeed we did!
        This time I made the call. June wasn't going to have all the fun.
It was my turn.  Off I went.  Found the home.  Was invited in and on the
kitchen table sat a beautiful black featherweight with the prism transfers.
Remaining calm and collected we examined the machine in great detail.  It
stitched well for a couple of inches and then made a horrible sound and
stopped.  Probably needed a new needle thought the original owner out loud.
Could be I agreed.  The box was in immaculate condition and contained not
only all the attachments but the machine's manual, a button holer with
cams, that operating manual and an oval oil can (still half full!).  I
almost gasped out loud.  As we sealed the deal she asked if I was
interested in a sewing table.  I said that it never hurt to look, full well
expecting to see a brown wood formica type.  But no, there sat a
featherweight card table with wooden legs in quite reasonable condition but
in need of a little TLC. I said that I would indeed take it off her hands
since it went with the machine.  We agreed upon a most reasonable price and
away I went.
        As is my usual ritual in the car I phoned home to see if we needed
anything and was asked -with a certain amount of control - if I had indeed
got a machine and what, pray tell, was it?  I explained cryptically that I
had purchased a featherweight and my wife was quite happy.
        Arriving home, I left the gear in my truck and sauntered into the
house.  My wife, a usually reserved, calm person marched me right out to
the vehicle and upon opening the hatch beamed.  The table was the crowning
touch as were all the other wonderful bits and pieces, not to mention that
this machine is quite likely a "9".
        The tale ends well.  After disassembling the entire bobbin assembly
and retrieving several rounds of errant thread the machine sews perfectly.
all was well.  She seemed quite relieved and told me a bit of the machine's
history. It was hers new in 1954.
        The only down side to this is unfortunately I now have the
featherweight bug too.  Where will we put them all?
        Thanks for reading my little tale.  You have to be careful who you
tell these stories to since my neighbours thinks we might be a little
touched anyway. (more than one sewing machine?)

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 23:12:12 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/18/97

Sunday DH and I were at a flea market just brousing - when we met up he told
me he had seen a machine he thought to be a featherweight!  Well, he was
right.  It was a l95l anniversary edition in about a condition 7 with a few
attachments and a case in rather nasty condition although it had all the
latches and a handle(which is more than I can say for mine).  Couldn't resist
the $225 price as I knew someone looking for one.  To make a long story
short, after trying it out at home. some cleaning, and changing the needle it
was thrilled!!!  It seems as though somewhere on this list I had seen an
address for information on maintenance on same.  Would anyone have this
e-mail address?   Any help would be appreciated.  Also, does someone have a
price on replacing the part on which the bobbin is wound.  Mine is missing
the spring in it and tends to fly off when filling.  Thanks for a great
list!!!!   KnitQ 
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 19:44:10 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: FWFanatics Anonymous

Well, I have the disease -- ie I can't pass up a nice sewing machine and feel
they all need homes lest they end up at the dump.  My husband however still
finds this all more than a little annoying although he is better (see the
Elvis fanatics, he breathed a sigh of relief and said AT LEAST I was only
into fabric, quilts and sewing machines).  Anyway, like many of you I believe
I do find new homes for many machines and don't worry so much about buying
them anymore.  

My strategy is three fold.  I (of course) buy any reasonable FW I can find
(and some unreasonable too).  I also purchase any 301 I can find at
reasonable prices.  Then it becomes a bit trickier!  I buy other Singers if
in excellent condition and especially if there are attachments and manuals
and if they are cheap.  These I sell for just a few dollars more than what I
paid for them (or in some cases what I paid for them to the penny depending
on to whom I am selling).  My favority sewingmachineguy has bought a few of
these machines and then he sells them for substantially more which is okay
with me as he offers a multi-year warranty on most of them. He gives me
special deals on the 301's and FWs and is on the lookout for me for stuff.
  I can't pass up a $15 403 or 503 and figure I can find a home for them with
a minimum of effort.  Sometimes I can get a better foot pedal and upgrade one
of "my" machines and give the replacement foot pedal away.  Thirdly, I buy
other really nice model older sewing machines  that are complete or only a
little incomplete.  I generally play with these for awhile, fix up and oil
and replace missing pieces and get manuals and then donate to several
worthwhile causes around town.  With this strategy, the machines are moving
all the time, the gas to go the the thrift shops gets paid for and my husband
doesn't get too upset.  I am constantly upgrading what I do have and keeping
the best of the best.   

I have been more than lucky the past few weeks and have found my "cheap" FW,
boxes of attachments (my favorite things) and most recently a 201 in
beautiful condition for a song.  I also found to my amazement that I must be
a toy collector too as I found that I have accumulated 8 toy machines as well
lately -- I of course lay all blame for that on Sue McClure!!  I am still not
sure if I truly am a toy collector but they do look really nice sitting in my
sewing room with my sewing machine teapots.

Sorry for the long post.  Glad that you are feeling better Sue.  FWFanatics
does cheer me up after a depressing day at work!

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 19:22:03 -0500
Subject: WANTED

I am looking for a bobbin CASE for a Singer Featherweight. New ones are
very expensive. Do you have or know of someone who has a used one that
they would be willing to sell?  I just recently bought a Singer
Featherweight. I got it inexpensively because it did not have a bobbin
case. Aren't they just a georgous little machine!! Thanks for any
information you can share.
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 12:40:29 +0000
Subject: My best find so far!!

I was in Texas for almost 3 weeks and just got back.  I couldn't wait 
to tell everyone of my incredible find!  I went to visit my in-laws in 
Tyler, TX, and of course, I antiqued with my MIL.  We were about to 
leave our last store when I suggested that we go to the upstairs level.  
There I saw a table with a door containing spools on spool pins.  The 
top was OVAL!!  I thought to myself, "That CAN'T be!!"  But it was!  
The tag said "Featherweight cabinet $145."  I didn't even bother to 
check it over!  I took the tag off, composed myself, and paid for it 
immediately.  As soon as I got back to my parent's in Dallas, I took 
it to be packaged and shipped.  It cost me $240 to ship because it's too 
big for UPS and I live in a "remote" area for trucking companies, but 
who cares?! 

The cabinet is in beautiful condition.  The veneer has come off of a
part of one leg's foot, but that's all.  I still think $385 is a GREAT
price for a FW cabinet, and I did only pay $40 for my FW and 
$10 for my FW card table.  : )  I'm supposed to get the cabinet 
sometime around Wednesday of next week.  I will take pictures of it 
using my digital camera, so I can post pictures of it on my web page 
ASAP. I can't wait to get it!!

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 11:23:10 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Question on jar found in cabinet, does it have a function?

A friend had a question regarding a jar in the cabinet of the 201 she
recently purchased, does anyone out there have an answer for her?  Her
question is as follows:  
"In the top left hand drawer there is a bobbin holder.  There is also a round
opening for a small glass jar.  The jar has a black lid that screws on.  On
the top of the lid is a hole in the lid which has a marble trapped in it.  It
appears to be some kind of one-way lid over the hole.  I have no idea what
this is for.  Do you?  Judging from the rest of the cabinet, I suspect it has
a great function...I just don't know what it is..."

Thanks for your help!
Subject: visits
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 21:00:06 -0700

Hi, all.

Well, the message with my address change finally made it, so
hopefully more of you will find me at the new address.  all my
forwards are completed.  I did lose many messages, but I think
everything is coming through now.  However, the forwarding will end
at the end of the month, and after that only the new address will

Have had several lovely visits from out of towners coming through
Seattle.  I enjoy that, so don't be shy about letting me know you'll
be in town and would like to come by.  I'm not hard to get to off of
the freeway ( I-5 ) and can send you a phone number and directions by

Managed to "repair" a FW that had the throat plate put in without
locking the bobbin case for one person, and just talked with others. 
One took home a Model 27 with the pheasant decal.

The challenge quilt is coming right along.  I hope to have the first
half-set of blocks done this week.

Captain Dick
Subject: Singer 306K
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 20:08:10 -0400

 Hi all, especially Sue. Glad to see the list is back, and I hope this is a positive indication of your own condition.

We just picked up a 306K at a local flea market, and have a few questions about it that we hope someone can help us with. I guess it's a pretty rare machine, as I haven't seen much said about it, and no one seems to mention it on their web sites.

First, does anyone have a manual (or copy) for one of these? I have pretty much figured out the controls, and we have plenty of discs, with our 328. But, there are still a couple of things I'd like to know about.

Second, is it correct to use "regular" Singer needles in this machine? I compared the one that came in it to a standard 15x1, and it seems to be the same except for the length from the eye to point. The needle that came with this machine is shorter in this regard. Is this perhaps just from excessive wear? (The regular 15x1 seems to work just fine.)

Third, are the bobbins for this thing still available? Fortunately, this 306 came with four of them, so we're not desperate, but it would be nice to have a couple more. Looks like a solid-sided 15 bobbin, but a little thinner. (Not a 221 bobbin, either. They are too large in diameter for the 306.)

Lastly, it seems to have been amateurishly rewired, and I am trying to set that right. On the motor bracket, there is a lug that seems to be for mounting one of those bakelite plug sockets. Does anyone know of a source for this, and the plug to go with it?

Right now, I have her "hardwired" with some nice black wire, and she really runs nice. Makes that same sort or rotary purring sound as the 201. And I can switch her over from zig-zag to straight stitch and back without having to mess with the tension, as seems necessary with most other zig-zags. Within the next couple of days, I'll be snapping some more shots for our website, and I'll be sure to put the 306K on there.

Happy stitching,

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 19:48:45 -0500
Subject:  Elna

I have just acquired an old, green, portable Elna.  It is the one in the
khaki metal case that folds out to make a sewing table.  It has a knee
control.  Can anyone tell me if it is the one referred to as a *lotus* or a
*grasshopper*?  I saw a picture of it on the net earlier this year but
can't find it now.
I'd like to find a picture to help identify it and know any other info
about the machine.
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 20:57:37 -0700
Subject: 237 Singer

In regards to the model 237 Singer that  "Tommy Meers" posted about - I
have one that I have used for better that 17 years.  My DH bought it as at
flea market ($20 dollars) for me to use when camping.  It even went off to
college with my oldest daughter and then came home  again when I gave her
my Universal.  Then it sewed flags for another daughter's school band
competitions for several years.  Now I leave it at a friend's house to use
on craft projects at her house.  It has truly been a workhorse for me.  

This past weekend my DH and I attended the Toy Stitcher's gathering at Faye
Beckwith's home in Nashville.  I had never been around people who
appreciated sewing machines like we do.  It was such a friendly group and
we had such a hospitable host and hostess! Meeting folks we'd talked to
from FWF and read about was exciting plus meeting new folks. Seeing all the
machines and sewing items was a real treat. Thank you for all your work
getting everything organized.

Glad to be receiving FWF again daily.  Look forward to reading all the
latest "news".

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 21:42:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/19/97

       Hi all, just had to let you all know about my latest find, my
bother-inlaw just called me , a friend had a Singer SM , there, he wanted to
sell. he thought maybe I would like it , I stared asking questions , he said
it was small in a case, the # had a J in it , the guy didn't know what it was
called, I took a chance & said I'd take it for $30.00 , well it turns out it
is a FW , I am going to pick it up tomorrw, we'l see, maybe it's a 222, Hope,
Hope!! or a Cenntenial , I hated to ask too much about it, 
   This is the first FW I've had dropped on me this way , how great! I can't
wait to see it. I'll let you all know how it looks , real soon . Mean while
keep on Searchin. 
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 23:59:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: WTB: case for 3/4 128 


Thanks for a great ListServ. I wish to obtain a case for my 3/4 128. I
have the bottom base - now in need of cover but will be happy to purchase
a complete set. Cond. not impt.- merely need one or both which will work. 

If so, thanks and plese to email me privately.

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 00:35:12 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: It is raining tredles

Told hubby that I was taking a holiday from hunting machines.  I was only
looking for a tredle and they are few and far between.  Well three just fell
into my lap in the last 2 weeks.  I was given a cabinet with no base by a
woman making a table out of the metal base.  I answered an ad threee weeks
ago and the woman took my name and number.  I told you about that one last

Now I answered an ad for a "Pedal machine, Singer, $60"  Called and her
accent was thick but I heard tredle.  The person taking the ad order typed
pedal.  Flew over there.  Lovely 1930 Singer (27 I think) with a walnut
cabinet.  Some damage to paint but not to the wood.  Brass Singer logo on the
sides and the Singer on the cross bar over the tredle.  Every part of it
there.  She also has a Domestic base with a black glass top to sell.  A lot
of the letters are broken off and the frame for the drawers are there in
metal.  No tredle or pitman so it could not be used for much of anything.  If
anyone is interested let me know.  She is going to Italy soon and took my
name and number.  She was going to look for a hand crank that she left with
family over there.

Three in a couple of weeks.......yipeee.  Now I really need to slow down.
 BTW anyone know of any place to look in Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
 No need to waste a perfectly good 2nd honeymoon just sightseeing.  Hehehehe.

Blessed Be
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 22:46:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Mystery Machine


  I just got back from a busy weekend in Nashville.  When I was at Faye and
Ralph's house, I had never seen so many sewing machines in one
place at one time.  It was incredible.  All their collections were.  There
were so many friendly people there, and such great machines to see.  And Garys' house on Sunday was every bit as interesting.  My eyes are tired from
all the looking!

    There is a huge Flea Market in Nashville the 4th weekend of each month,
and Stuart (Inge) and I went there before heading to Faye's house on
Saturday.  I saw a little brown case that reminded me of a FW case, but when
I opened it, although it did have a sewing machine in it, it wasn't like any
I had ever seen before.  It is brown (crinkle finish), and small - no fold-up
bed on the side, and is called Weld-Seam and is made by Dromann in the USA
(no city or state mentioned).  It is electric, and came with a manual and
attachments.  I showed it to a lot of people at Faye's and nobody had ever
seen one just like that.  Most people did have an opinion about it, though -
they either thought it was cute or very ugly.  I haven't heard of that
manufacturer before, and haven't seen the name in any of the books I have
seen.  If anyone knows anything about the machine and/or manufacturer, please
let me know.


Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 17:46:34 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/20/97

 I've been on the list now about for a month and love reading everything
about the older machines. I was wondering if someone out there can help me
with a machine that I was given that had belong to my grandmother. It was
 bought in 1937-have recite from the gamble store in Minn for $39.50! It'is
called The Reversew elec sewing machine. It's black and has a shuttle bobbin
and only dose straight stitch;forward and back. It has the instruction book
and tons of attachments-some I've never seen before and a small wizzard the
oz type oil can. It also came with a black carrying case and the machine sits
in a nice wood box----also has a small sewing cabinette that you can put
machine in and has a side pedal. I also have a certificate of warranty from
National Sewing machine company. I'd like to know some of the history about
it---was it popular then? 
                                      Thank you,
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 18:16:12 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: found

Recently my husband and I vacationed in Colorado and while searching for a fw
for my sons wife, I found a Instruction book for "THE NEW HOME" Model K
and I purchased it.   This is a small "ORIGINAL" book but it has no date.
  The picture of the Model K inside the book shows the bobin winder out front
and the stitch regulator, etc.   If someone is looking for such a find,
please e-mail me.   
I would be happy to sell it for what I paid plus postage.   I never found a
fw but found several other machines in and around the Grand Junction area.
  So, I am still searching for that fw.

Subject: German 201 Treadle
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 07:21:44 -0500

To Clay,
  It sounds as if your 201 treadle is jamming due to a thread tangle in the
bobbin case/hook area.  Like how a Featherweight will jam with a piece of
thread under the bobbin case base.  Remove the bobbin case/hook assembly
and see if the machine is free then.  To remove the hook, remove the large
screw with the oil hole in it and the hook will come right out.  There is
an index pin on the hook shaft so you can't put it back wrong.  Your
instruction book shows how to remove the bobbin case from the hook.  Be
careful and don't damage the two spring clips as replacements aren't
  The tension dial on your machine was used around 1940-41.  I've seen it
on 99-24s, 15-91s and even one Featherweight and they were all made in

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 07:48:21 -0500

Please help me locate me a featherweight to use at my quilting retreats
and classes.  I have been searching everywhere.  Thanks, Rhonda 
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 10:43:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Email

I am very excited to get onto the list. In the last week I was able to
acquire three sewing machines and accessories, a table, etc. for under $250.
I am not sure if they are all featherweights. I called the Singer number and
due to some of the email I have read on your archives I should send the
numbers and get accurate information.
The first one I got is black and definitely a featherweight. I call her Black
The first two letters are AL. From '54?
The second one is from Canada. It is green and came with the two-toned
plastic case. The first two letters are JD. It is supposedly from 1960. Is
this correct? It looks a lot older.
The third one is tan and came with the table with the fold out extra table
top. It is blonde wood veneer. The lady at Singer told me it is from 1935.
Made in Canada. The first two letters are SS. 
I am excited about all of them. They all work, but are in need of cleaning
and most probably oiling.
I've caught the Featheweight Fever and have started to copy all the archives
from the very first one. I've been reading them and like others am ready to
start writing my own information booklet to keep on hand.
I am a quilter also and am anxious to get Black Beauty in condition to sew my
daughter's quilt with. I am making her a 1930's replica in pink and off-white
in the Friendship Vine design from the Drunkard's Path pieces.
I could go on and on too, but I must let others get their letters on this
week. (C:
A friend of FeaFans forever, Colleen
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 09:43:38 +0000
Subject: Marguerite Sewing Machine Table


I am looking for a Marguerite Sewing Machine Table/Cabinet for a friend
who has the machine, but no table, and no access to a computer.  Can you
or the Featherweight Fan Club help?

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 11:46:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/22/97

Hi everyone,,, this is from Pam D'Alessandro in Fayetteville, NC.. (I forgot
how to add all that at the top ???)
I dropped my poor Featherweight (scared me to death!) last night and broke
off the bobbin winder... Mine is a 1936 (fancy plate) FW.... I see where I
can just unscrew the part where it is broken and then screw a new one back
I was wondering if anyone knew where I can order that bobbin part... please
email me if I am not being clear enough.... If you sell those please email me
with price and all so I can just order....thanks....)
(What I did was keep my featherweight in one of those plastic shopping bags
from food lion, and then I could pick up and just place in the black case
without getting oil or anything on my ironing board or in my case, apparently
the bag just split up the side... it was awful!!! This is a major tragedy to
me since I love this little machine so much)
thanks so much in advance, Pam 
Subject: identification questions (lengthy)
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 13:48:06 -0500

Hi, Fellow Feathers!  I've been saving up these questions for a while now,
so please excuse the "bulk" of this message. Can you give me any clues on
the following machines?

I recently bought a treadle with the name "Silent Princess" on the arm.  It
has a pulley system that brings the machine up from its bed when the lid is
opened.  It has a shuttle bobbin and a tension disk located on the left side
of the face plate.  The stand has somewhat fancy ironwork with two
"feet-shaped" pieces for the actual treadle.  The machine, which has gold
scrollwork and vines on the head, is in a nice 6-drawer oak cabinet. On the
slide plate is an engraved chart telling which needle size to use with which
fiber.  I am wondering when this machine was made and would like to know
about the manufacturer.

Also, I found a nice sm at the local recycling place.  It is a shiny black
Royal made in Japan, serial number A69533.  It is in a nice cabinet and
looks very much like a Singer 99.  It appears to be about 50 years old and
runs like a dream.

Two last questions (I appreciate your patience!):  Have you ever heard of a
Windsor sm? One followed me home from the dump over the weekend!  It is
electric but quite old and needs lots of TLC.  And, lastly, a woman nearby
is selling a Singer Genie.  Is this something I should look into?  I've
never heard of that model type before; she says it is a cream-colored,
three-quarter size machine in a portable case.

Any information you can provide is greatly appreciated!  Please feel free to
e-mail me privately if you prefer.  I will now re-lurk!  Thanks!  
Subject: OLD  OLD  ELNA
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 11:05:12 -0700

  I've got this  "antique" ELNA.  Green, heavy, uses cams, word 
"Supermatic " on the head.  Has Knee control.  Unfortunately something must
be wrong because it has one speed and that's      F-A-S-T... 	do you know
if it can be repaired ?  I purchased it through  Want-Adds . 
Any information would be greatly appreciated.  Oh,,, I  L_O_V_E  it.

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 08:52:05 -0700
Subject: Questions

Hi everyone, I have a couple of question I would like some feedback on.
We were stationed in England for 3 yrs and lived in the Cotswolds, near
Bourton-on-the-Water. While I was there I picked up a singer treadle
stand with
a singer head (1924). I had it appraised before we returned stateside
in case there would be any damage in the move. The appraisal said the
treadle stand is turn of the century. The treadle (foot pedal) part is
wooden. I have never seen this before. Has anyone else seen this?

Also, does anyone have any info on a 185 J ? Someone has told me that
there was not alot of these machines made, is this true? 

Date: 27 Aug 1997 16:11:08 EDT
Subject: Singer Drawing room cabinet #32

Hi All!  Had a question about one of our latest purchases.  We bought a
Singer Red Eye 66 in a drawing room cabinet (#32) that we haven't been
able to figure out yet.  It will have to be restored as someone has put
antiquing paint on it,
and some of the pieces have come off and need to be put back on.  I
think we did get all the wood pieces, but the *problem* is that we
haven't figured out how to raise the head!  Is there some secret latch
or something that will release the platform so we can bring the machine
up to the level of the top of the cabinet?  Any advice or suggestions on
this would be greatly appreciated!  If we ever get this up I think the
sm is in decent shape, but mainly interested in the cabinet.  TIA  from
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 13:21:53
Subject: sm cabinets

Hi All: A few long months ago I visited a web page that identified the
various Singer cabinets. I have been surfing today, and can't find it. Was
I dreaming? Does it exist, or has it been sent to outer space? Who's site
was it? Charles Law? Jim Wilson? TIA if anyone knows of a site like this.
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 16:47:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Singer Sewing Machines

I am trying to find out info on a sewing machine I just inherited from my
aunt who is deceased.

It's Singer Model 66 on the front. Serial # on motor is 7821570. On front are
the numbers AM072628.   Patented on motor is 1949.  It comes in a one drawer
stand. Would you have any idea. I don't know who to turn to. Thanks.
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 20:03:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: purchased one!

Just got an anniversary model, says 1851-1951.
Can you tell me what it is worth?
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 19:35:42 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Nancy Johnson-Srebro book!

I've decided to un-lurk for a moment to ask if anyone knows the ISBN number
for the Nancy Johnson-Srebro book on Featherweights. Also, the title of the
book too, so I can order it from our bookstore. Or if there's anyone who is
on this list who sells it, please e-mail me. I finally bought my first FW
about 3 weeks ago at a church rummage sale. It was only $100., has 2 tiny
scratches, all the attachments, manual, oil can, and the case is in really
good condition. The machine needle wouldn't move when I got it, so I took
it to my favourite sewing machine shop and they gave it a tune-up and she
purrs like a kitten now. Of course, I'm still looking for another - like
the rest of you, who can stop at only one machine?

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 97 08:53:42 +09-30
Subject: Jones machine

Hullo everyone - Leanne here.
A friend of mine has just purchased a Jones Family C.S and is 
wondering if anyone can help identify its age.
I has written on the arm "Jones" and then beside that it has 
"Family C.S" and on the right hand end of the machine it has 
"Guide Factory Bridge, Manchester. It is a treadle in a wooden 
table and has "Saverys" in the cast iron part of the frame 
inside the wooden table. 
The serial number is "B" or "R" 805460. It has a leather belt 
and he said that the machine is in very good condition - all 
the gold decals are in near perfect condition and the wood is 
great too. If anyone has any info I would be pleased to hear 
about it.
Many thanks in advance.

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 08:11:59 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: quilt tip from BFC

The following appeared on the Bernina Fan Club list.  This woman did this for
a quilt for her college son.

Gail R 

>I also used a hint that I had read somewhere. I placed a $50.00 bill 
>>under the label and when he calls home needing money (which I hear 
>>will be often) I'll tell him to carefully remove the stitches on the 
>>end of the label and SUPRISE.
>>Happy Quilting, from Betsy  
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 07:13:05 -0500
Subject: E-Mail Blues

Hi All,
Glad you're feeling better, Sue!
Somewhere in the brief time between catching up on my vacation digests and
Sue's unfortunate illness,  I wrote a flurry of posts on things
like my 115, 28, and a WW9.  About the time Sue resumed the digests, our
mail server's modem went down (and UPS has *lost*
their new modem board in transit...).  What this means is that I am getting
my messages somewhat later than late, and I have very limited sending
opportunities at the moment.  So, for those of you who responded privately
to my posts, thank you, and I will try to get back to you individually
ASAP.  I also missed the digests of 8/15 and 8/16 (I know some of you got
them because you wrote to me in response to my post which I never
saw)----so if anyone responded via digest to my queries, I also apologize
for missing your info.

I seem to have a flair for putting out a bunch of questions just before our
server goes down....
Thanks for your patience with me.
Subject: 201 (
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 21:29:32 -

I sent this last week, but I never saw it appear in the digest, so here
it is again. I'm looking for a manual for my "new" 201:

I answered an ad for a "sewing machine, $25" and found an AF model 201,
in c7-8 (everything nice, except for some chips around the base and a
3/4" long, 1/8" wide chip/gouge in the front). It
has a nicely-decorated metal plate aroud the spool pin, and the motor is
quiet and smooth. It had some exposed wires near the motor, which
DH fixed for me. It came with some of the usual attachments, plus a
few bits & pieces I couldn't identify. It also came with an adjustable
buttonholer (no cams). The cabinet was a pretty 4-drawer in need of a bit of
refinishing. The seller also had a 237, which I left behind.

Do the feed-dogs lower on this one? Can anyone help out with a manual?

I now have all the models that had been on my recent wish-list: a 15
(15-30), 201, 301, and 401. I guess now I should stop buying and start
fixing-up and using!

I *didn't* buy another 15-30 treadle in a drawing-room (i.e. fully
enclosed) cabinet. The cabinet needed some refinishing and the machine
itself was about a 4-5. Since I had just acquired an electrified 15-30 in
c8 and nice ice-cream parlor decals (though with a fairly rough cabinet),
I couldn't justify getting this one. Though DH got me a (much less
expensive) electrified 15-30 sphinx in c5-6 a couple of days later!
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 07:21:39 -0500
Subject: Need age (?value) of Pfaff machine ...

I just obtained a new machine (alas it is not a featherweight) and I was
wondering if anyone could clue me in on this (approx mfg year, value etc)

This is a Pfaff hand crank machine in a bend wood case.
The machine is primarily black with with a *small* about of good decoration.
on the backside you can see the number 11 about 1.5in tall in gold
The front has PFAFF written on it.
The case is interesting , the base that contains the machine has a small
compartment covered with a swing-type lid this compartment holds misc items
including several attachments.  The top of the case contains a pin holder.

The other interesting thing is the feet, they appear to be a hollow piece
of wood filled with cork.

the SN is 2-280514

The condition is great (I would give it a 7 on a 1-10 scale)


Date: 27 Aug 97 21:41:33 EDT
Subject: OZ Cream Polish

To Patti

Where did you purchase the OZ Cream Polish that you used on your SM?  I have
never heard of it but would like to buy some if I can find it.
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 11:22:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: An Introduction

Hi!  Just thought I'd introduce myself to the folks on this list.  I'm
Marilyn and (as implied by my screen name) I'm a relatively new mom (daughter
is 20 months) and I'm over 40 (sigh!).  I have been wanting a FW for quite a
while and started searching in earnest about a month ago.  I think I've found
one that I will be very happy with (thanks to the internet), and I'm looking
forward to becoming a member of the elite group of FW owners.  Glad to join
you and looking forward to sharing info on this forum.

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 10:48:40 -0700
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/23/97

Dear Susan,
   In reply to your question about prices of FW tables on FWF:
  I've found three in the last year, from fair to excellent condition,
and paid from $50-$174 for them. Please let your Mom know she need to
check the locking mechanisms on the folding legs to make sure they are
sturdy and won't buckle under the load(?) of a FW. Also, make sure the
brackets which actually holdl the machine are in place, and that the
insert actually goes with the table.  There are serial numbers on both
the underside of the table and the insert - they are the same number, I
suppose so Singer could keep them together during production, assembly,
   I've found several nice FW's lately, and am expecting a couple of
them to arrive via UPS today, have one here already. I don't know what
you expect to pay, or what you want on/with one, but if I can help in
your search, please let me know.
   Another quilter from IL came down last week with her husband and son,
while on vacation, and looked at one I had for sale.  We had such a good
time visiting, and I showed her how to thread the machine, wind the
bobbin, clean and oil it, etc. Even her husband enjoyed playing around
with the FW a bit. ( I do think he could have stangled me, though, when
I showed her my sewing room - Sue doesn't have one yet, and was mentally
knocking down walls in her home for her own room ).
I have a big sister, too, who always gets there before me - too bad we
couldn't choose our birth order, huh?

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 12:23:13 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Wanted: Case Handle

  I just found out about your group and hope someone can help me. I have a
1938 Featherweight in very good condition. The black case is in very good
condition except for the handle, which broke off. Does anyone know where I
could get a new one made for the case?  I lost the broken handle, so I don't
have a prototype to take to someone for copying it.   Thanks, Glenda 
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 22:37:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Serial Numbers

To Graham:  re serial numbers

Hi.  for the Wheeler Wilsons the serial numbers are: 838297.  The bed has a
slight "waste" and has a brass embossed W/W emblem in the center of the bed.
2nd machine: 291483 this bed is has a very pronounced "waste"  (It's skinny)
3rd machine: 331603 This has the same bed shape and the number "2" machine.

The Florence: 99487  This appears to have hand painted designs on it.  It is
not nearly as fancy as the one I saw on the ISMACS web site but has the
similar shape to it.  The clothe plate has the silver plating mostly gone.  I
don't know if this machine ever had a "cover" to it.

Wilcox Gibbs:  154300  This has what I think is the bronze plated legs.  It
definately is a bronze color.  Tell me more about the "bronze".  I can get a
magnet TO stick to it.

Singer:  15105008.  I think this is a model 128 but not sure.  I know that I
proabably should call Singer myself for this.  This machine is a hand crank
and the lid to it is square and very fancy.  It has handles on each side of
the lid.  In the front of the lid is some applied embossed wood.  Really

Yes, I had thought that a mans belt would work too.  I have the old one from
the Florence but it's rotton.  Looks like a string was tied to secure the 2
ends together.

P.S.  I really cheated and used a strip of material on one of the Wheeler
Wilson's for in place of the leather strap just to try to get it to sew.  The
material works but probably not for long. Having trouble getting them to sew.
 I think I am doing something wrong.

I do have an orginal manual in tack for the Florence and  a mostly complete
one for the Wheeler & wilson minus the cover.

To Everyone:  Does anyone know anything about a treadle called the "Improved
Merrell"?  It reminds me of the Damascus machine.  It has that large round
tension "button" on the face plate just the same.

Thanks Graham for you help.

Thanks for everybodys help.

Special Thanks to "Frank" and "George" for your great information.

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 14:25:58 -0400
Subject: FW Fanatics 8/23/97

To Judi 
Just to say a quick hello and glad to see another local on the FWD.
Subject: threading
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 12:59:53 -0700


re threading... I was taught, and it seems to work, that you can
generally tell which way to thread the needle by checking the last
thread guide above the needle.  the thread will go through the needle
from the side the last thread guide is on. 

Captain Dick
Subject: More Knowledge
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 12:56:52 -0700

Hi, all;  this is a long post, but I hope an interesting one.

Had a recent development that expanded my knowledge, and shows why I
find Singers so endlessly fascinating.

Some time back we had some posts about Model 15-30's with the
"floating bird" decal.  Well, I received a communication from
Jennifer Hill in Canada,  who had communicated with me about an odd
model Singer she had that was not in any of the books I have... a
Model 15-96/98.  Jennifer sent me a copy of the manual for this
machine, and a great deal more information about it.  Hers was
purchasesd new in Alberta in 1944.  It appears that the machine I
have, which I had identified as a 15-30, as well as those of a couple
of other people, are in fact Singer Model 15-96's.

There is no apparent difference between this model and the 15-30,
except it is later and black enamel rather than fancy decals.  some
models appear to have a separate metal plate around the stitch length
controller (mine does not), but there is still no reverse.  You can
see a picture of this machine on my web site... not sure if it's on
the special postings page or the sewing machine page, but it's there.

Below is the post I sent to Jennifer.  The timing of this machine is
very interesting, because it appears that Singer updated the 15-30
and brought out a "new" version, the 15-96  (manual covers
15-96/98... 96 being treadle, 98 hand crank)  AFTER they had already
brought out the 15-88/89 and the 15-91.  I fail to see any benefit to
the 15-96 when the 15-88 was available, unless there was a
substantial price difference, or perhaps the 15-88 was not offered in
Canada and the UK.

Perhaps Graham can offer some insight here?



My apologies for some delay in response.  I have been busy changing
servers and also ran into some family medical problems... all seems
to be straightened out now.

I got your packet of info on the Model 15-96/98 several days ago, but
didn't get a chance to read it until today.  Fascinating...  I have
been calling my machine a 15-30, but I do believe it is a 15-96.  I
can't tell the differences really between this and a 15-30, except
for the fact that it is black enamel rather than the older decal
decorated style, and the one pictured in the book has a little
lettered metal plate around the stitch adjustment lever.  (Mine does
not have this plate.  It's just like the older 15-30.)

Another interesting element to me is that here in the States, the
15-91 with the enclosed motor came out in 1933.  The 15-88/89 with
full reverse and lowering feed dogs came out in 1933 also.  So we
have a clear example of Singer not only continuing a style after an
updated version was out (the 15-30 here continued until 1938, even
thought the 15-88 and 15-91 were on the market), but we have them
updating the 15-30 into a new model with a still later designation,
that was still strictly a treadle/handcrank.

I'm going to post all this info to the FW's and see what other
information we can generate on this.  

I really thank you for sending the information.  I like this machine
just because of the bird decoration... now I feel even more
enthusiastic about it.

Incidentally, I suspect you will find it very helpful to disassemble
the treadle.  Usually, when I do that, I find layers and layers and
layers of old thread packed into the joints and bearings.  I pick it
all out with bent tweezers and dental picks, re-grease the bearings,
and usually they purr by comparison

Captain Dick
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 16:52:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: ? about Singer Sew-Mate257

I purchased a Singer SewMate 257 at an auction and can't find anything about
it.  It was made in France, but I don't know where to look for a serial
number.  It stitches OK, but would I appreciate some help with that as well.
 The top thread is too tight, and adjusting the tension doesn't help at all.
 Any help appreciated.  I only gave $5 for it, but I want it to stitch

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 18:38:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: FW Gathering--Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa

Hi all--

   Sue, I hope you are recovering and taking care of yourself.  Thanks for
all your efforts with the digest.

Featherweight Fanatics in the Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa area are invited
to my home in Janesville, WI for a FWF gathering on Saturday, October 11,
beginning at 11 a.m.  Janesville is located on I-90  about 40  minutes south
of Madison, about 2 hours north of Chicago, about 1 1/2 hours west of
Milwaukee.  I live about 2 miles from I-90 and about 20 minutes from I-43.
  Anyone interested in attending, please email me directly for more

Unfortunately, no good SM sightings or finds in the last couple of weeks.  I
guess that's good in a way because I have to start paying the orthodontist
for both kids, but, even if I can't buy, it would be fun to at least find
something interesting.  Maybe it's a sign that I should get busy sewing and
start making headway on the piles of fabric I already have........

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 18:38:07 -0700
Subject: Microelite Sewing Machine

Sorry if this has already appeared, but I haven't seen it in any of the
digests, sewwwww, I'm sending it again.
        Sorry if you've already read this, but I haven't had any responses.
I just purchased another small machine that is called a Microelite; I'm not
sure if it s toy or intended as a regular machine.  It was made in Japan by
the Saitama Sewing Machine Company and has a full sized foot pedal.  A metal
tag says tha it is a type 801, No. 4900 (I think).  It came in a white case
with red interior that is 12.75" wide by 9" tall by 6" deep.  The machine is
ivory colored, very plain with no decorations.  The name of it is across the
front of the head.  It is a straight-stitched machine with forward and
reverse.  The bed extension flips up for storage like a featherweight,
however instead of flipping up on the left of the sewing area, it flips up
towards the front of the machine.  The extension also extends along the
front of the machine.  With the extension down, the dimensions of this
little machine are:  11" wide; 8" tall; and 6.75" deep.  Those dimensions
excluding the extension are:  7.75" wide, same heighth of 8", and 5" deep.
This little machine if very heavy for it's size, weighing in at 10 pounds
including the case.  Also, the handwheel turns clockwise (front to back).  I
think that is threads from left to right, but that is just a guess by the
placement of the thread guides.
>        There were no attachments or instructions.  Does anyone know
anything about this machine, have a manual or directions.  I would love to
know more about it and will pay for any copies of manual if available.
>        I have also posted this to ISMACS and FWF, so when your see it
there too, just delete.
>        Thanks in advance for any/everything you can provide.
>                Judy 
Subject: Featherweight Table Find -- Need Advice
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 05:25:44 -0700

While I was at a gathering I was telling an acquaintance that I collect FW
Sewing Machines.  She mentioned that she had the one her mother gave her,
but gave it away some years ago not realizing what it was.  However, she
said, I still have the table and buttonholer.  My heart leaped!  Would you
be interested in selling it I asked.  YES she said, but I have no idea how
much they are worth, make me an offer.  She brought the table over a few
days ago--the top is in immaculate condition, there is some rusting on the
bottom.  This is where I need your help--I have no idea how much to offer
her as I'm not sure how much the table or buttonholer are worth.  Also she
has a box of attachments.  Would like some prices from you that would be
fair to her.  

Thanks all..

Sue--I hope you're feeling better, take care of yourself.  

Subject: Nashville
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 06:16:34 PDT

Hi all, what a wonderful time we had in Nashville. There were so many 
sewing machines that I thought I had died and gone to heaven. There were 
quite a few Toy Stitchers there and since I am on that digest also it 
was fun to put the faces with the names. Carter Bays collection of 
antique sewing machines was really unique but the collection of our 
hosts and hostesses the Beckwiths and the Wacks took your breath away. 
Their houses and then some were just filled with SM and very tastefully 
done I should add. The food was great also, when they talk about 
southern hospitality we recieved it two fold last weekend. It was great 
meeting everyone and glad to see you again Glenn. Not too many FWF, but 
our turn is coming someday.
For those that are asking about accessories for their Featherweight, any 
low shank accessory will do it. I find mine at garage sales, aunt 
minnies or grandmas. If your desperate you can go out and purchase them 
new at a SM shop.
We have updated our  workshop calendar on our web page check it out. 
Nancy  http://www.angelfire.com/mi/featherweightcare
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 09:14:40 -0500
Subject: wish list

Just wondering if any one out there has a white feather weight, a
pinker, and maybe a table they would like to part with?  This is my wish
list.  Not had any luck finding any of the above mentioned.
Subject: needles and oil bottles
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 21:12:55 -0700

I picked up three Singer needle packets with 20x1 size needles.  What machines do these fit?

I also found a Singer oil bottle with the logo that has the shuttle and two needles crossing over it.  The letter "n" in "Singer" is backwards.  I was wondering if many other people had oil bottles like this.

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 09:33:34 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 66

The Egyptian model 66 which we recently found (H465172) was dated June 18,
1906. It had been electrified and put into a portable case.  DH took the
motor off & was thinking that he'd like to put a hand crank on it since
treadles take so much room.
But....he discovered that it doesn't have what he called the "boss" to attach
one like the other 66's we have.  Which makes me wonder--Is that one of the
things which distinguishes the different types of 66's & model numbers, as in
66-18, etc.?

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 09:59:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 99-31

Hi all,
Does anyone know if there is a way to adapt a 99-31 to fit a regular size
cabinet?  Or, is there a way to adapt the cabinet to fit the 99?  DH wants to
purchase a 99 and put it in an empty cabinet we have.
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 11:27:17 -0700
Subject: search for featherweight

Hi, My name is Pam and I am looking for a featherweight to buy. Preferably I would like a 1953 model (it was a good year:), altho it is not absolutely necessary. I am not interested in finding one with a table, as I don't have room for it. Also, I would like to spend less than $400. this is my first on-line interaction, so I'm not sure how this all works or if I am doing this correctly. Anyway, here goes nothing.  My internet connection
is at work, so I can only respond during business hours. THanks to anyone
who can help in my search. Pam 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/26/97
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 16:59:38 -0400

Dear Jane,
    I have never heard of a Singer Little Touch and Sew.  I did get many
responses to my ad about Singer Featherweights.  If they are the same I do
have the name of a woman who sells featherweights.  She sent me a long list
of ones she wants to sell.  I can't help you any more than that.  Karen
Subject: Unusual treadle base
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 18:22:32 -0400

Maybe it's only unusual to me, being a novice, but today I saw a
Wheeler and Wilson treadle in a glass fronted fake bookcase.
Even had fake books behind the glass.  I don't know enough to
know what model but the patent dates on the throat plate ran
from 1883-1892. Anyone else ever seen one of these or was it
perhaps specially made?  The manual and an advertising leaflet
were in the door and none of the advertised cabinets looked like
this.  I found it interesting, but lack of knowledge and funds ($425)
confined it to a look and a promise.  Someday, I'll learn more...

A little later in the day, I found another FW, an AF.  I told myself 
to ignore it, having two black FWs already, and the price being
beyond my self-imposed limit of $250.  But I made the mistake
of having just a look inside and found all the attachments, plus 
a couple extras, a boxed blind stitch attachment, manual,
Vol. No. 3 of the Singer Sewing Library, and an EXTRA bobbin
case.  Knowing enough about these to figure that selling some of
the extras would put it in my price range, the savings account took
another hit.  Still searching for a white or tan one though...and a
small oil can....

Finally, have a White electric rotary machine which White cannot
date for me.  The number on the plate under the bed is 619-2736,
which they say is neither a model nor serial number.   It looks very 
much like the Class 15 White I saw on someone's homepage, but 
the faceplate is Egyptian scrollwork instead of striated.  A small plate 
near the stitch length regulator says "Made in Japan Especially for 
White Sewing Machine Corp."?? Any guesses?  I'd love to get a copy 
of the manual, but don't know what to ask for.  Thanks for any suggestions.
Lin, realizing I've bought 5 sewing machines this month....drugs
might be a less expensive habit!
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 17:46:54 -0500
Subject: Model 15-90

Can anyone tell me about a Singer machine made in 1947 that sez 15-90 on
it?  A friend's grandma is selling one...doesn't sound like a FW but her
Grandma has been the only owner and it could be a "unique" one. Thanks
for any help.
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/24/97
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 00:02:06 +0100

To Terri/Ann re Pfaff

The Pfaff dates from 1905

The model H was introduced in 1901 and ran to 1932

To Lydia re fermented carrot juice

Now that's a great idea. Could we distill it and get rid of the carrot taste?

To Renea

Try contacting White at 1-800 631 0183. I'm told than are very helpful.

Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 07:53:17 -0400
Subject: missing FW part

Hi, Feathers,

I am in the process of restoring my second FW and need a bobbin winder. I know I can get a reproduction one, but I am hoping someone out there might be parting a machine and have one available.  Meanwhile, I can always use the #1 machine to make bobbins. 

Subject: ISMACS
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 11:10:54 EDT

Would someone please e-mail me (privately) information about how to
receive ISMACS list?

I'm a new subscriber.  I own a treadle 66 made in 1924, a FW made in
1938, and a 99K portable made in 1951.  My kids shutter every time I go
to a flea market because they think I'll get another machine. Hubby
understands because he likes old cars.  I can hardly wait to tell them
about this group and the number of machines some of you have.    Love

Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 21:32:30 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: FW and table spotted

I saw a 1950's FW with table in excellent condition in an antique shop off of
I-70 near Springfield, OH for $750.00.  Now, I know th tables are rare, but
isn't that price a bit on the high side?

Diana who is very happy with her 1941 FW without a table.
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 22:42:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Need E-mail address

I'm needing to locate Julie's e-mail address or correct mailing
address. If anyone knows it or if Julie reads this, please contact me ASAP by
either telephone or E-Mail.
Date: 29 Aug 1997 09:29:16 PST
Subject: 201 feed dogs

Re:  Lowering feed dogs on 201

     Feed dogs do lower on the 201.  Tilt the head back so you can see
the underside, and look for a knurled screw (looks like the presser foot
screw) toward the left side just under the edge of the bed (vertically
in line with the tension knob).  Loosen the screw,  push the lever it
holds in place down and back, and your feed dogs are lowered.  To
reengage, pull the lever back to the front and tighten the screw.  Model
15's work pretty much the same way.

      On the very first 201 I bought for $5 at a garage sale, the feed
dogs were broken off and the throat plate was missing.  I bought new
feed dogs and plate from my sewing machine man, and to my consternation,
the fabric still wouldn't move.  I finally thought to look for a feed
dog lowering mechanism (remembering the one on my mom's 15-91) and that
fixed the problem.

     In my best Sherlock Holmes style, I suspect that someone left the
feed dogs lowered, someone else removed the throat plate to see what
could be done, pried on the feed dogs and broke them off.  Then the
machine really didn't work, and it probably sat around long enough to
lose the throat plate and have the foot pedal smashed, as well.

     I have three Centennial 201's.  All have been rescued from neglect.
 The second one I found was frozen solid from solidified oil, missing
its slide plate, and its beautiful cabinet painted blue.  Lazarus came
unstuck with the application of a teflon lubricant, hair dryer heat, and
some judicious wrenching.   The third one was in a tattered cardboard
box at the Salvation Army.  It had been  removed from its cabinet with
all its attaching parts and dumped in the box.  The first 201 I ever saw
(but didn't buy) was missing its whole bobbin assembly,   Why do people
abuse these wonderful machines???

     I love the 201's--they are so strong and sew such a nice stitch.  I
use mine to stitch the bindings on our Lutheran World Relief quilts, and
they crank right through the blankets we use for filling.

      One caveat--201 slide plates are not available from the sewing
machine parts suppliers, a discontinued part.  I have not been able to
locate a used one, either.  I may have to resort to cardboard to cover
the hole.

Subject: FW manual wanted
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 15:03:25 -0700

This week I bought a FW whose birthdate is 9/10/34!  It's in really nice shape with minimal wear on the gold and only a few small gouges.  It has a really old-style foot control and cloth cord.  The case is type one with brass latches, green lining, and green lift out tray.  It came with all its attachments in a box bottom and a manual.  The FW's decals on the front right corner turn around the corner instead of stopping at the light switch.  The bobbin winder tensioner is located on the side of the base instead of the top of the bed.

The manual that came with it is from 1941, so it shows the card table, which this machine won't fit into because of the location of the bobbin winder tensioner.  I would very much like to either buy a manual from 1933 or 1934 or trade my 1941 one for one from those dates.

Subject: Hurried question.......
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 18:01:58 -0500

Are there other Singers with red, green and gold trim, besides the "Red
Eye"?  Saw one in an auction preview this afternoon; treadle in an ugly
plain cabinet, very colorful.  Serial number unreadable.  Had never seen a
"red eye" until I pulled up picture on the Antique Sewing Machine Resourses
page so now cannot remember exactly what the one in the auction looks like.
 Sale is not until Monday, so maybe someone can tell me by then........

Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 19:04:05 -0400
Subject: New finds

Hi fellow FWF, Wanted to tell you about a few recent finds.  While in
Canada last week (picking up a nice 28 hand crank that Mike H. found for
me) I came across a really nice 15-91, the only thing being wrong is
that aggravating strip of cloth around the arm with pins scratching the
paint. Also a really nice 99 and a 128. All are in bentwood cases in
very good condition. However the 99 is missing the knee lever (I have
one I can use) and the rounded throat plate which is the black metal.
When we first looked at it,it was there but by the time we ran from one
machine to another looking them over and deciding which, if any, or all,
to buy, & getting them paid for, covered,locked and carried to the car,
it had disappeared. Didn't notice it till we were back in Mi.of course.
Does anyone have one that they would sell? If not does anyone have the
shiny metal one they don't need in which case we would need both pieces
so they would match.  The machine is 1924 so I suspect that black throat
plate is not original.
    Also, there has been much talk about the mangle in recent postings.
My neighbor has 2 of them in his basement that he is wanting to get rid
of and would be very cheap. If anyone is interested in them E-mail me
and I will find out more details for you as I know nothing about them
and only recently met him.
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 16:50:55 -0700
Subject: Canada


I would like to know if anyone can tell me of a great place to antique
in Canada?  It needs to be somewhere above Seattle, Washington in
Canada.  I am planning a one day trip and would like to spend the day
antiquing looking for sewing machines and any other wonderful sewing
items that might be waiting for me.  Any help would be appreciated.

Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 21:00:17 -0700
Subject: attachment


I purchased a large box of attachments over the weekend.  One of the
singer attachments has "SINGER NO 36806" on it.  It's a flag metal
attachments with a little wire ring on the loop end that has 2 very
tiny - what looks like little keys on it.  Can anyone tell me what
this is.  I've looked through the FWF accessories list on the web
site and there's nothing there.  

Sue, glad you're feeling better!!

Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 00:07:47 -0700
Subject: which bobbin case?

If you have a choice, is it better to replace a missing FW bobbin case 
with a new one or with an old one that was originally part of another 
FW? Thanks for any advice.

--Mary H.
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 12:30:21 +0000
Subject: Jones Sewing Machine Survey

To all owners of Jones and Federation machines:

As you will know, records relating serial numbers to the manufacture
dates of Jones machines were destroyed by the Brother company when
they took over the Jones factory.

To try to reconstruct some of the number sequences used for Jones
models, I intend conducting a survey of Jones machines. I am also
including in the survey those machines made and "badged"  by Jones for
others (e.g. Federation)

If you would like to provide information for the survey I have set up
a web page so that you can enter details of your machine/s online. The
URL is:


Included on this page also, is a brief summary of the machines
included so far. This will be constantly updated as information

Alternatively you can email me and I will send you the short list of questions about your machine/s.

Many thanks for your time and cooperation, and thanks to those people
who have already provided me with details of their Jones machines. I
have included these in the survey.

Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 22:34:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Service Manual and 221 Manual

To Ellie - If you need a copy of a 221 manual, contact Chris @ Stepping
Stones Quilts.  He also sells the Service Manual for the 221, which is
inexpensive, but one of the best investments a FW owner can make.  Hopefully,
these will help you solve your problem areas.
Good Luck!  Diane
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/20/97
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 12:46:53 +0100

To Krisi

Glad you ahd Eugene Zacharias to help with the Beckwith decision. Any
dealer who bases his price structure on the Bays book, deserves to have the
machine in stock for a very long time.

My answer to these people (and remember that it's not their fault -- they
really believe that the prices in the book are for real) is to suggest that
they ring Bays and offer him the machine at what he says is the value.
With any luck if he get enough calls he might think twice about publishing
price guides in future.

Glad you found a machine at the right price. What I'd really like to get
hold of is the first model which was operated by a piece of string -- only
ever seen one which is not surprising as shortly after it was introduced,
the company offered to exchange the Micky Mouse machine for the up-dated

Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 10:43:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/27/97

Re 306k 
I only have the manual not the machine, according to the manual this machine
uses  needles size 206x13, double needles size 306x1.  I have a 206k that
uses the same size needle and I have been using "regular" needles in it since
the 70's and never noticed a difference.
The bobbin looks the same in the picture as the one used on the 206k. They
are different than all the other Singer bobbins. I took the bobbin and the
bobbin case to the Singer store and they found the correct ones in their book
and had 2 of them in stock. 

Subject: Re: Question on jar found in cabinet, does it have a function? 
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 07:37:05 -0500

Th Quiltmouse:
The small glass jar in the left hand drawer is an ink well and what you're
referring to as a bobbin holder is the pen rest.  The Model 42 cabinet was
intended to double as a desk and the left hand drawer is where you stored
your stationary and other writing supplies.
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 09:55:37 -0500
Subject: 201 cabinet

QuiltMouse said:

> A friend had a question regarding a jar in the cabinet of the 201 she
> recently purchased, does anyone out there have an answer for her?  Her
> question is as follows:  
> "In the top left hand drawer there is a bobbin holder.  There is also a round
> opening for a small glass jar.  The jar has a black lid that screws on.  On
> the top of the lid is a hole in the lid which has a marble trapped in it.  It
> appears to be some kind of one-way lid over the hole.  I have no idea what
> this is for.  Do you?  Judging from the rest of the cabinet, I suspect it has
> a great function...I just don't know what it is..."

My 201 came in one of these cabinets, too, with the little jar.  I've
seen this cabinet referred to as one which could be used as a desk as
well (nothing new with sewing machine cabinets, if you look at some of
the more elaborate ones from the 1800's.)  I *think* the little jar is
an ink well...  This cabinet has drawers down the right side with curved
fronts, and a decorative molding across the front and down the right
side that serve as handles, and it comes in at least three different
finishes, including a blond finish.  My favorite is the darker finish
(cherry, maybe?) where the molding is stained black, like the sides of
the FW table...  mine is the in-between one -- sort of a medium walnut.

Speaking of FW tables...  I found one yesterday ($10 at an estate sale!)
-- the first I've found!  I put my white FW in it, but the bed's not
long enough, of course.  The table is the one with the black wood trim
on the sides, but with black-painted metal legs.  I guess I have to find
another black FW now...  My most recent white FW (which was also quite a
find -- in beautiful condition, both the FW and the case about a 9) is
going to find a home with my very deserving MIL, who travels a lot in
her Airstream.  Her birthday (MIL's, not the FW's) is today...

Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/22/97
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 00:02:21 +0100

To all re ISMACS Convention contest

We are still searching the world for the ultimate Featherweight to give
away as the prize in our quilting contest. We've checked out over a hundred
so far and the final choice is going to be pretty near a 10 the way things
are going.
Rules and Convention details (in London on May 8-10,  next year) will be in
the next issue of ISMACS News.

Subject: White or Tan Featherweights
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 17:20:36 -0500

I"m looking for a white or tan featherweight in good condition. Please e-
mail me
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 19:30:12 -0700
Subject: Delineator Book


I was hoping one of you FWF might know something of "THE DELINEATOR"	
book.  It's dated Jan - June 1895 by The Butterick Publishing CO.

It is a journal of fashion culture and fine arts. It contains many
wonderful pictures of 1895 clothing, arts and crafts and advertisements.
I purchased this hardback cover book at a garage sale for $3.00.  Can
anyone tell me anything about it or who I might contact regarding it.

I love the pictures and there's an advertisement for a "baby singer"
sewing machine.  It's great!!

Happy hunting....Kay
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 21:34:06 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: not a FW, but.....

Yesterday I called a # from the local radio call-in show, a lady who'd had
an old Singer in a cabinet to sell (no price mentioned).  Met her in the
alley by her sister's garage, hoping for something decent...  a 15-91 in
good condition, pretty chipped along the front edge but otherwise OK, 2
manuals, the small cabinet with only the tip-out drawer across the front,
a bunch of attachments, etc.  A few cobwebs, bunch of dust, etc.  And an
oil can in the bracket under the cabinet!  The gal asked what I thought it
was worth, I asked her what she wanted, she said $100, I said I couldn't
go that high for another cabinet machine, she asked how high I could go, I
said $35.  She said that would be fine. So it's mine!  (usually don't buy 
a machine without plugging it in...)   Anyway, it runs fine--tho I still
haven't run any fabric through it.  Figured it was worth that much for the
oil can (partially full, scraped just a little by the bracket),
buttonholer, foot pedal, etc.  Also has a seam "ripper"/needle threader
that folds up like a penknife--I never saw one of those before.

Maybe it's the end of the sewing-machine drought for me, and another fine
FW is just waiting to join my collection...  Sure helps lift the spirits--
finding a decent machine, having FWF back, knowing Sue must be on the

Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 19:50:55 +0100

Hi Feathers,
I have a type 1 black case for my FW but it is missing a tray. Does anyone
know where I can get a replacement?

Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 13:56:26 -0500
Subject: Condition?

Can someone tell me where to find the descriptions for the different
levels of condition?  I keep seeing machines described as a 'condition
4' or 'condition 7' etc. but don't understand what that means.

I went to a local junk shop Wednesday and found a Model 66-6 in a nice
cabinet with one drawer on the left and fluted legs, marked $50.00. 
While looking at it the owner walked up and said, "I'll sell you that
one for $25.00."  Of course, I bought it.  It was 'seized-up', but the
rust was only slight, the decals are 90% intact, and nothing is missing.
A light has been added, and much of the wiring still has flax on it and
must be replaced.  My husband got after it with the WD-40, and it now
works freely and smoothly.  (I know not to get WD-40 on the decals.)
What should I use to clean the outside of it?   The serial number places
it from 1926-1928.  The rust is mostly gone, after using Naval Jelly on
the removable plates.  In the drawer was a green box of attachments and
the drawer key; along with a manual for a Singer 201-2 and a manual for
a White Rotary. These are in only fair to poor condition.
The cabinet is an accordion fold type with knee lever and the veneer is
in poor shape on the top, but the piece is so nicely shaped that I may
have it re-veneered and refinished.

Does anyone have a manual for this model?  I'd love to get a copy.  I
may never use the machine to sew with, but I would like to know how to
thread it, etc.
Does anyone know what bobbins and needles it takes? (It had a plastic
bobbin in it.) Thanks.

Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/21/97
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 12:47:04 +0100

To Nadine re smoking

>  (Graham, I won't bug you about those (awful)
>cigarettes, but I hope you are not making your precious sms "breathe"
>that damaging second-hand smoke!)

Surely you've read Smithsonian bulletin 8787/T . It's the results of a five
year research program by US scientists which showed the residue of tobacco
smoke form the most perfect protective coating known to man.

Those of you who have visited the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London will
know that the Beafeaters who guard them are required to chain smoke to help
protect this national treasure.

Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 19:19:34 -0500
Subject: Lydia's "Job Aid" - FWF 8/24

Funny, I was just thinking of how I could organize just such a thing to keep
track of how to thread my various machines.  One thing I might add to the
chart would be whether the bobbin thread comes off the bobbin in the
clockwise or the counter-clockwise direction.  Maybe someone can come up
with a good symbol for it!
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 23:08:30 -0700
Subject: misc

Greetings to all. I write today to send best wishes from our North
Dakota friends, Jan Marie Gunderson and Wendy. Jan writes that someone
donated an old butter churn, the hand-crank variety, for Wendy to use.
School has begun and Jan expects that with home made butter, some mighty
good treats will be coming out of the Home Ec department...

I wanted to share a sm reference with you all. I am reading THE
AWAKENING (written by Kate Chopin and published in 1899) and found the
following paragraph: 'Madame LeBrun was busily engaged at the
sewing-machine. A little black girl sat on the floor, and with her hands
worked the treadle of the machine. The Creole woman does not take any
chances which may be avoided of imperiling her health.' There follows
numerous references to the CLATTER, CLATTER, CLATTER, BANG coming from
the sewing machine...

that's it!! Millie
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 00:42:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/27/97

201 "jar"
Now I feel really old.  The bottle is for ink. From the days when pens were
dipped or filled from larger bottles.  The marble does not belong.  I have  a
201 in the same cabinet.  The cabinet was supposed to double as a desk when
not in use for sewing.

Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 14:03:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: parts for my fw light

I have a problem that doesn't seem to be listed in any area I have found on
the Internet so far.  I have a short in my light of my featherweight.  Now it
doesn't work.  I'm looking for a new one.  I have someone here that will
replace it for me.  I believe it has shorted out and doesn't make contact
with the bulb any more.

Any help you can give me will be great.  I now have to use a separate light
to see to sew which can be anoying.  

Sew long for now and let me know if you can help.

Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 23:25:12, -0500
Subject: FW Fanatics 8/26/97

Received my digest today and what to my wondering eyes should appear, 
but my note about the SewEasy that I found.  But first let me 
apologize I gave the correct name of the machine, but not my correct 
name. I am tryingout America on Line and my CORRECT address there is 
Sewincrazy@aol.com. Again I apologize.  When cleaning up my little 
SewEasy really got to loving it.  Can't figure out what sort of 
bobbin it uses and would truely like to get that and the instruction 
manual.  It is a custe little army green machine, even smaller than 
our FW.   Though James Slaten's Book says AG Mason Mfg Co or White 
under the machine has a plate saying SK Company 1932-42 No. Burling 
St. Chicago, Il.  Was this a machine made for a larger dept. store 
chain by other manufacturers?  Well TIA for any info and would 
certainly pay for manual and bobbin.
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 20:54:26
Subject: my two cents worth.

Dear fellow featherweights; havent said too much lately never enough hours
in the day, and now have slept in today, stayed up till midnight tinkering
with a 1908 27 peacock ,pheasant decorated sewing machine the very nice
posts from Lansing gave me some simple green and am enjoying it with
caution. I am cleaning up this 27 to put in restored oak style four with
brass pulls, pretty. Have reproduced via the printer via laser photocopier
some very old and I think rare books, due to customers wanting books for
27-4,28k,etc. a big interest the instructions for the puzzle box.  Carefull
to only reproduce stuff before wwII that has no copyright of anykind. Now
am reproducing my reference catolouge in some numbers, my original purpose
is to have a copy to handle and now bag seal in a dark place the original.
This reference catolouge has a wooden binder and was a reference for
repairmen to order parts or pieces for treadle stands, tops, tables ie
featherweight tables, fw cases , bentwoods, it list and shows the hardware,
it goes from the early treadle tops which evens fifty years ago were
obslete to electric cabinets school tables and featherweight table. it
shows all hardware, it is basically just a lot of informations drawings,
numbers it is however a good reference for case, cabinets and stands,and
hardware. It is however just pictures and numbers just information and a
lot of that 230 pages. Due to the size of this thing, it will make it
expensive to reproduce somewhere in the neighbourhood of $40. to $50.us
probably including shipping. Well what do you fella fws think, I know Capt
Dick has already ordered his, just asking for some feedback yours mikeh.
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 22:40:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Nagging Graham

In a message dated 97-08-29 08:12:17 EDT, you write:

>>To Kitty
 This non-smoking campaign has got to stop.Tell you what I'll do. Last year
 we had 35 Americans at the ISMACS Convention. If I get 50 next year I'll
 stop smoking.
 You get the point -- only those coming to the Convention are allowed to nag
Hmmmm.  Another reason to go to the comvention!  ;-)
Gail R.
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 11:00:56 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: MysterySM

Hey, Feathers!

I picked up a $15.00 SM in a local thrift store after she literally begged
me to take her home. I would love to know the history of it if anyone out
there can guess-timate.
The machine is a deep powder blue, electric, and in a case. It resembles the
Universal which was a clone of the 1950's Singer Model 15 (?).  The title
"Precision Sewing Machine" runs along the top of the head, and has an
attached nameplate on the front, "Kingston."  Its belt driven and the upper
tension knob is next to where the presser bar lifter is located. There is
dial to raise and lower the feed dogs and a round dial on the the arm where
the stitches/inch, direction lever, and thumbscrew for stitch regulator are.
She probably weighs about 60 pounds. Made in Japan. Runs like a dream. So
sturdy will probably outlive my childrens children! 

Thanks for your help!    Elaine 
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 02:15:29 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Hi all!

Haven't kept up with my reading nor contributed in quite a while.  I had an
enjoyable experience worth sharing.  Have been having a problem getting my
friend's FW up and running. (I consider myself a semi-expert after having
taken a servicing class and being a FWF for about 2 years.)  We took it to
Rene Arroyo at the Singer Factory Service Center in San Carlos in the SF Bay
Area.  He took apart my tension assembly with the speed of an Indy 500 pit
crew member.  Said I had it all wrong.  And within seconds had it stitching
correctly.  Said he'd have to charge $10!   His assistant had FAXed me a
parts diagram of the FW and I found some part numbers of a few tiny screws
and metal piece missing from my lower tension.  She located the parts (which
came to under $5) and Rene installed them.  We loaded up on belts and other
Singer parts and were walking on clouds as we left the shop.  This is after
being told by our hometown repair shop that the machine would cost $175 to
repair.  Good, honest repair people are worth the drive!  Cheers!  --Mari
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/27/97
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 12:47:15 +0100

To ????

Can't place it but I noticed a question about wherther there was an old
machine price guide on the net.
The answer is no and the day some self-seeking idiot tries to put one up is
when my modem and that of many another true collector gets ripped out of
the wall and trashed.

To June

Sounds like the Grasshopper Elna. If you need a copy manual, mail me.

To Linda re Droman

Not sure here but my guess is that this is one of the hundreds of Japanese
machines which were sold in America under a variety of different names
shortly after WW2 -- rather like Morse which everyone believes was American
but were all sourced in Japan, mainly from Toyota.

To Bea re Reversesew

I have a manual for this and it's pretty obvuious that's it's a foreign
machine . No indication at all of manufacturer and  advice on buying spares
is to approach the dealer who provided the machine.  The handbook was
printed in the USA in 1937>

To Ida re Marguerite

This was made by Household and probably any Household treadle from the same
period will fit.

To Pam

I can repair the spool pin if you can't get it done more locally. Simple
job and will only cost you the postage. Mail me.

To Diane re appraisal

Any appraisal you got locally in the Cotswolds area of England would have
been a wild guess so you can assume that the treadle matches the head . I
do not know an entique dealer, auction house or appraiser in this country
who could tell the difference between a 1900 treadle and a 1920 version.

Very suspicious about the wood pedal, my guess is that this is a
replacement at some time in the past when the original cast-iron part was

To Shannon re cabinets

There are pictures at the ISMACS web site (new ones recently added)

To ???? who wrote
>Just got an anniversary model, says 1851-1951.
>Can you tell me what it is worth?

Exactly what you paid for it.

To Elaine re Nancy's book

ISBN 0-9645469-1-4

Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/23/97
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 00:02:09 +0100

To Terri J re Merrill

Believe that you might mean Inproved Merrell. This was made by the Free
Sewing Machine Co and badged up by a large retailer.

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 21:19:05 -0500
Subject: Re: book

Jerry   wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I forgot to mention in my post that the paper here in OKC is offering a
> quilt book.  It is called "Quilts from our past".  It is a loose-leaf
> book containing seven quilt patterns first published in the Daily
> Oklahoman during the 1920sand 1930s.  Patters include Three Little Pigs,
> Roly Poly Circus and Peter Pan.The book is $24, including tax and
> P&H.Any one interested send name, address,city,state and zip plus
> daytime phone number.  Make check payable to:The Oklahoma Publishing
> Company, Atten:Information Center, P.O. Box 25125, Okla.City, OK. 73125
> I have not seen the book but my Mom cut out all the patterns for years
> and I have them in a picture album.  The usual disclaimer I have no gain
> from this, just thought some of you might be interested in getting one.
> Jo Ann
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 21:48:51\
Subject: Need Help

Dear Featherweights;

I sent a message a week or so ago about a Singer model 99 tath I found in a
cabinet ( #49).  Now IF any out there could help me I would lbe tickled.  I
need to know what was the offical attatchments and accessories that came
witht he #99 when someone bought it.  Also if it has the foot pedel could
it also be made into a knee operated machine?  On the underneath of the
cabinet there are several metal brackets taht could have held something.
Does anyone know what these brackets are for?  I went to an antique store
today and bought several attatchments in the box, with the orginal manuals
included.  I got a blind hemmer, a zig-zag attatchment, a Tucker, and a
button hole attatchment. I also got about a dozen bobbins and several
gauges.  I paid $10.00 for the whold bag of stuff.  I put it on my little
machine and it all works : )

Anyway if someone would be so king as to help me I would be thrilled.
Also I saw a Minnesota treadle machine with four drawers on each side and
the pulls for the drawers were Rams heads.  IT was the finest machine I had
ever seen.  I didn't bother to ask how much he wanted for it...I knew it
would be out of my price range!

Subject: White Treadle
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 09:41:31 -0700

I need the mechanism that holds my White Rotary Treadle in the cabinet.  It
is a thumb screw and clamp system that fixes it in front.  Would anyone
have one??  or know of a source where I might obtain one??

Congratulations Sharon on your Oval cabinet.  Well worth the $$.

I've read several references to Carter Bay's book "The Encyclopedia of
Early American Sewing Machines" and would like some advice on whether it is
something I should add to my collection?  I was searching for the website
that has sewing machine cabinets and found his website: 
If you mention you saw his website the book price is reduced.  I found the
cabinets on the International ISMACS site.

Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 17:18:09 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Elna sewing machine

Hello FWFanatics,
I have been enjoying all the information for quite awhile now, thank you for
the knowledge that I have received from all of you. We recently picked up an
Elna Supermatic sm in a cabinet, unfortunately  it didn't include a book or a
foot pedal.  My DH got it cleaned up and  actually got it to sew by putting a
small screw driver in the kneebar slot!!  It is  two-toned beige and tan with
burgundy lettering, and has a very nice stitch, has been well taken care of.
  It is a free arm and can be used out of the cabinet.  Our guess is that it
is from the 50's, the cabinet is a light blond color, in very nice condition.
 My DH is quite intrigued by this machine and would very much like to find
out any info that anyone has on this sm.  Does anyone have a manual for this
machine, or a kneebar?  If so, please let us know what the cost would be.
 Thank you in advance for any information you can give us.  We both enjoy FWF
so much.
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 8/19/97
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 12:46:35 +0100

To Renea

Can supply Willcox and Gibbs needles if you can't find them more locally.

To Sally

Can't pin down your Delight. It was one of those machines sold y a large
retailer under their own name. At various times contracts were held with
Davis, National and  Free -- your machine could have been made by anyone of
these three companies.

Subject: My "tight" Deutsche 201
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 08:28:55 -0400

 Thank you, Al in Il for the info and suggestion. But, the hook assembly was
one of my first suspects, and pretty quickly eliminated, through much the
same procedure you described.
I'm afraid the problem is something more difficult to deal with, like the
"parts" 401 head I stripped down a while back. Trying to remove all the
bottom-end works, I found that one of the shafts was "frozen" in one of its
I think the 201 may have a similar problem. So, I am about to undertake a
major disassembly.
The next question is, how difficult will it be to get it all timed right
when I put it back together? The timing will definitely get messed up, as
the first thing I plan on taking apart is the connection between the upper
and lower mechanisms, so as to locate the problem.
Also, any idea what might cause one of these bearings to seize like that?


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