Featherweight Fanatics Archives

December 1997

Sunday, December 14 - Saturday, December 20

Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 01:24:30 -0800
Subject: Standard SewHandy manual

I found a manual at a shop today and did not realize till tonight when I
gave it a good look what I had!  This manual is for the Standary
'Sewhandy' machine which is the precursor to the FW....

Subject: Prices of FWs
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 1997 22:30:37 -0500

My son lives in Atlanta and goes to a monthly flea market there.  This week
he saw close to a dozen FWs, but all were in $400 price range.  Today at
our flea market here in Jacksonville, saw a FW about a 4 or 5, in homemade
wooden case, no accessories or manual, and dealer wanted $200.  He asked me
to make an offer, but I told him we are too far apart.  Yet, if they're
going for $400 in Atlanta, maybe that wasn't a bad buy.  Dealer was "wise,"
he had removed bobbin case until machine was sold!

Date: Sat, 13 Dec 1997 22:02:07 -0500
Subject: SMUR

Hi again,
If anyone is traveling through central Indiana to either Chatanooga or
Atlanta and would like to be a Santa's helper on the SMUR, please e-mail me
ASAP.  Thanks!

Subject:  needle sizes
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 1997 16:24:54 -0000

Dear Feathers,

What size needle does a Singer model 12 take?  I was showing off my machine to a friend and broke the one and only needle I've ever had for this machine.  Also,  what size would a # 27 take?

Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 08:34:23 EST
Subject: Minneapolis Gathering

Thanks to Susan & SewBear for organizing the Featherweight get together!  It
was great getting to meet everyone, talk "shop" & see what everyone is doing &
their goodies!  Susan has a wonderful room & view for her sewing.
We decided to drive straight back last night.  We drove out of the clouds &
"the moon on the breast of the new fallen snow gave" ...a nice clear, dry,
bright, moonlit drive back to Packerland.  (Old fallen snow actually.)  So
that portable, electrified Damascus with the great decals & price is still in
the antique shop, in case anyone is interested.  You better hurry; we plan to
go back next week & look at that light again & might not be able to resist it!

Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 08:30:48 -0600
Subject: Question on restoring cabinets

Terri? or anyone else,
I have discovered the turpentine/ linseed oil and find it's a miracle for
removing years' worth of accumulated (now yellowed) wax when applied with
00/ 000 steel wool.  I like to "fine-tune" with Howards Restore-A-Finish
using a fine steel wool.  Is there additional advantage to using tung oil
after this treatment?  Is it found in Home Depot and do you apply with fine
steel wool or just a soft rag?  I do seem to feel that some of my wood looks
"bare" after I'm finished removing the "gunk".  I've also been wondering if
I'm supposed to use Feed-n-Wax AND Paste Wax.  If so, is there a waiting
period after using Feed-n-Wax before you paste wax?  I know that I wait
awhile after the linseedoil/turpentine treatment.  The waiting period I use
is when it no longer stinks!  TIA.
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 09:50:54 EST
Subject: What is a FW?

I joined this list recently.  What is a FeatherWeight?  Thank you....Luecella
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 10:40:00 EST
Subject: Recent Finds

Well, it seems inevitable that I have a 201 of my very own.  After finding and
selling the last 201 I found to Terri J in Michigan, I didn't think I would
want one of my own.  However, over Thanksgiving went to my sisters in Penna.
She had told me months ago that she had found an old filthy Singer sewing
machine and got it for me.  I dreaded what I would find.  Happily, it was a
201 in nice condition --  may need a new foot pedal and she got it for free --
thrown in with some coins she was buying.  I think I am meant to have one of
these beasties and will probably put in one of my existing cabinets after a
massive cleanup.

I also found a 401 head without power cord or foot pedal.  Tested with my
current 401 stuff  and it works just fine.  It was also really, really filthy.
Where would I go about getting the power cord and foot pedal for this one?
Singer still sell them?  I would like to give this machine to my niece who
happened to mention that she wanted a sewing machine.
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 12:01:25 -0800
Subject: Re: FW Case Odor

Hi FWF's

Heloise's helpline in the July, 1997 Good Housekeeping addressed musty luggage.
1) Air outside in sunshine (sun kills mold.)
2) Fabric softeners sheets and a couple of bars of soap  (I have used Irish
Spring in our motor home closets.)
3) Fill case w/ crumpled up newspaper to absorb odor - change every few day
for awhile.
4) Fill plastic container (with holes) with activated charcoal purchased at
pet store
Steps 2-4 can also be used when storing luggage or FW case. 
Nothing new here but since we are always getting new FWF's I thought it was
worth mentioning.

Sure do enjoy this digest and those great stories about the never ending
search for that prize sewing machine, some of which are heartbreaking!

Happy Holidays to you all,

Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 15:34:19 -0600
Subject: Singer FW 221

I saw a FW-221 for sale in great condition, around a 7-8, w/ case for
$350.00. Is this a good deal??????

I want to purchase some old Singer, FW and accessories(Oil can,Manuals)
Who can see me some. I have CASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 14:03:32 -0800

Somewhere sometime I read a message about using a Rubbermaid box as a
carrying case for the FW. I believe it was suggested that this could be
found in bldg supply store.  I have not located one and cannot find the
info in any of my files altho I am sure I saved it. Could whoever sent this
info please reply? I take my FW everywhere I go because it is so light
weight and doesn't take much room. I do travel some with DH and welcome
this opportunity to do quilt piecing while he is out doing business.  The
machine and case were in primo condition but the case is getting a ding on
one corner and this really concerns me after all I have read here. Thank
you all for your input and assistance. I have learned so much and really
appreciate the time and effort from all that goes into the
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 21:55:23 +0000
Subject: Pfaff 91

Somewhat off topic, but can anyone suggest where I might find infomation
on a Pfaff 91, that I picked up today (two pounds at a car boot sale,
how could I say no? ). I really need the manual and wiring
instructions for the foot pedal.

TIA David
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 11:18:02 EST
Subject: Rust

 >My main
>question concerns the handwheel which is so badly worn/rusty I can't tell
>if it was once black or shiny (nickel?)  I'd really like to clean this
>machine up 

Hi Feathers!
DH has had very good luck using Simichrome for this.  You can usually get it
at motorcycle shops.
Gail R.
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 21:57:50 -0500 (EST)
Subject: spotted a Framklin trdel

Spotted a Franklin treadle sewing machine in a tiger oak cabinet,six (6)
drawer. In real good shape. The man is not on the net. The price is $500.00,
plus shipping. If anyone is interested e-mail me.
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 22:03:58 EST
Subject: Re: FWF 12/10/97  FW with Egyptian face plate

I don't have a FW yet, but I do have 3 Centennial machines:
 a 201-2, SN AF445020 made 12/28/48 with a scrolled faceplate, 
a 99k, SN EG362747 with a fancy faceplate that is different than the scrolled
faceplates I've seen on the 201 or FW 
a 15k, SN EF086618 with a striated faceplate - this one says Made in Canada,
motor says St. John's, P.Q. but Singer at the 800 number said this was a
machine made in Kilbowie, Scotland. The serial number would indicate that it
was made in Kilbowie, but it definitely says made in Canada across the front.
I have not found any pattern to the use of scrolled/striated faceplates on
Centennial models. I've only come across about 6 Centennial machines, though. 

Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 23:12:21 -0500
Subject: pinking attachment for featherweight 

On Thanksgiving, my four year old daughter opened a drawer at her
grandmother's house and pulled out a box marked "singer ball bearing
pinking attachment no. 121021 - I have an old featherweight from my
grandmother circa 1928? and would love to use this part.  There is no
manual and no other parts in the box.  Please e-mail info.  I  also have
a buttonhole attachment for a featherweight and am willing to exchange
for hand held pinking attachment. Looking forward to your response.
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/12/97
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 08:38:54 +0000

>To Sharon  re ISMACS /FWF meeting
>I'll be in the USA end of Jan, beginning of Feb but  ISMACS and FWF
>members are  already all invited to  meet up in Las Vegas where I will be
>trying to dispose of the Marvin Tabic collection. I'll be posting a
>long.lomg list --there's well over 100 very shortly.
>It's a pity these things have to clash but I have air tickets ready
>booked. I am quite sure many folk would have liked to attend both.
>Can I suggest to everyone that  we check out with ISMACS American
>representaive Sharon  before issuing dates
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 11:21:24 +0000
Subject: Meiow!

Re: Paint Spatters

Those small dots of white paint on SM covers do seem to be a 
universal phenomenon. Certainly true of machines here in the UK.

In a related vein, I have lost count of the number of SM collectors 
who keep cats. Is "cattophilia" a required personality trait for SM 

BTW I must admit to providing lodgings for four feline friends 
myself  :) 

Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 09:36:28 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/12/97

Do you know anything about  the Necchi Bu-Mira machine, date around 1953?  I
have my mom's.  Linda
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 10:43:48 -0500
Subject: Oakland Museum

Well guess it's up to me to check it out, seeing as I'm so near the Oakland
"Museum" . I'll do it on this week. The problem is he's only open in the
afternoon after 2:00 PM. His Berkeley store is open in the early part of
the day.

In looking in the Oakland Yellow Pages there's no advertisement of a museum....so where is it advertised there is one? All I've heard about it
is from word of mouth. 

I've driven by the place a number of times, but from the window there's no
indication of anything much being there. There is a Singer sign.
 I'll check out the neighborhood & the place. Okay everyone?

Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 22:08:02 -0500
Subject: Hand Crank Singer

Hello Again,

Lucky day, I found a hand crank singer in a wooden dome case today at my
local antique store today.  I will have to call Singer tomorrow (Monday) to
gets its birthday and model.  It is in excellent shape, showing little use
but has some chips in the paint on the edge from handling.  I would say a
eight on the GF scale for the machine and a seven for the case because of
chips in the wood on the edges.  The tension disks are on the side of the
machine attached to the cover plate.  When you pull off the cover plate the
tension assembly comes with it.  There is also a stitch adjustment knob on
the front of the machine.  Without the hand crank I would say it looks like
a 66 machine but I will wait let you know what I hear from Singer.  I could
not find a match in the Carter Bays or the James Slaten book.

Last count 3 Singer treadles, 1 Davis treadle, and now 1 Singer hand
crank...and one FW with table.  Where do you sign up for Sewing Machine
Anonymous meetings.

Oh yes I almost forgot, serial number is R447711.

I was also told by the saleman that "you can tell the machine was made in
England because of the grain of the wood and because it has two (2) spool pins."

Bye for now.... Merry Christmas everyone, have a safe and happy holidays...

Subject: Oregon gathering date change
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 08:31:22 -0800

I totally forgot about the SM sale at Marvin Tabic's in Las Vegas, which is the same date (January 31) that I had scheduled the Oregon ISMACS/FWF gathering.  I'm thankful that Graham reminded me about it, so people who want to go to both events can.  (I'm also thankful that Captain Dick can reschedule, too.)  I have decided to reschedule the Oregon gathering for Saturday, February 21.  This should give people who attend both some time between events.

The details again: I'll be hosting a gathering on Saturday,February 21, probably 11:00 until everyone leaves (plan on having lunch here).  Come and bring pictures, unusual SM stuff others would like to see, and things you want to trade/sell.  If you have a friend who likes old SM's but isn't on the internet, bring them too.  I don't have as many SM's as Captain Dick does, but I do have a FW cabinet. : )

If you think you can make it (even if you aren't sure), please let me know.  I'd like to get an idea of how many to expect.  In mid January and early February, I'll email the digests again and send complete details with directions to whomever has told me they think they can come.

Subject: 301 manual
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 21:16:24 -0800

i have a 301 manual in good condition.  If anyone wants to make an offer plz
do so.
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/13/97
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 21:01:09 +0000

To Frank re Willcox and Gibbs take up

This is not the easiest thing to remove -- or replace for that matter.

It's simply pushed into a hole in the head. At the factory they had special
tooling for this job. If you try to tap it in there's a real danger of it

To get it out is a matter of levering with the greatest of care. On some
machine there is a small recess for this purpose to the rear of the pin.
Don't try heating things to make removal easier , this would destroy the
temper of the spring. I've made a set of tools for the job and without them
it's a case of the utmost care.

To Kay

These reproduction toys flooded the UK market a year ago. Quality is not at
all bad although there are no decals on the base for some reason. Price is
certainly not unreasonable.

Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 07:48:23 -0500
Subject: to re-wire or not re-wire?

Expert advice needed:

I have a electric portable W & G in shiny bright condition.  All gold
decals, gleaming chrome, att. in boxes, nice case, etc.  My question is:
the wiring is stiff and inflexible, looks fine but is brittle.  I like
using this machine and want it to be in working condition, but if it's
re-wired does it lower its value?  I'm not interested in selling, just
don't want to make a mistake.  Can one find this old type of wrapped
cord for restoration projects?  TIA to anyone who can help.

Subject: Web Page Changes at last
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 18:44:19 -0800


finally sorted through the problems and all the new software wrinkles till I could make changes in the web pages.   I just posted the quilted Christmas tree to the Special Postings page...  too late to do anyone any good this year, but the idea is great for next year.   Also posted my Christmas stories... "Alleycat Christmas"  and "The Village".   Hope you enjoy.

Captain Dick
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 14:27:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: RE.fwfanatics 12-14 correction Franklin sewing machine

The price on  the machine mentioned above should have been $250.00 plus
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 14:19:52 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/12/97

Hello feathers, I would like to find a shuttle for a 27-4 for my dear
daughter-in-law for Christmas.  Thank you G. W  for the bobbins and
belt, and to Singer for the manuel.  It is a long bullet-type shuttle.  Please
email me ASAP.  Would also like to locate a puzzle box with attachments.  Pat
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/11/97
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 21:01:38 +0000

To Nadine re National

I wrote a short history of this company a few months back for ISMACS News
and this will eventually make it to the web site (we have a rule about
letting subscribers have a six-months strat on material)

However if you e-mail me your strete address I'll send you a photocopy --
don't tell the committee.

That number you found is the serial number. However I do not believe that
any records to  sort dates from numbers has survived.

Re that ficticious museum

I'd vowed not to mention this again but can't resist telling you one last
You will recall that I warned against anyone trying to visit as the museum
didn't exist and that it was not in the part of town you would want your
children to walk.
I've had a lot of mail and the various excuses the  owner makes could fill
a book but the one I loved was "The museum is closed this week as I've just
been mugged."

Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 13:07:09 EST
Subject: 101 Cord

Hi All,
We have been looking high & low for the cord to the 101 that we got a couple
of months ago and can't find it.  I would have sworn that we got one with it.
DH can't remember & we had so much misc. stuff in the back of the van on that
trip that who knows?
Anyway, does anyone have a spare one or know what we can use for it.  DH
hasn't officially given up yet, but I'm getting impatient.
Subject: Photos of Elnas
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 22:59:42 -0500

To Jack  

If no one else has written to you, you may see photos of the Elna
Grasshopper and the Supermatic on the Sawvers homepage at


Also, you may go to Bob Campbells web page, which is one of the links on
the Featherweight Fanatics Homepage.

Good luck--these are interesting machines.

Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 11:49:17 -0500
Subject: 401A update

Hi Feathers,
Just an update and a thank you to all who encouraged me to get the 
401 A.  My mom was able to get it today and is giving it to me along 
with the card table for her 301.  

Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/10/97

Question - Where is Cynthia England located.  Does she do lectures and
workshops and if so what would her prices be.  I am a member of a quilt guild
in New England and we "import" speakers from time to time either just to our
group or to share with other local guilds.  TIA for any information you may
have.   Nancy

Nancy, here is the address for Cynthia England's web site.  Re: workshops -
I'm pretty certain she still does them.  I've read about them recently in
Quilters Newletter.  I am currently the workshop chair for my quild and we, too
bring in one "Nationally Known" quilter once a year and two "less well-known"
(sometimes a nationally known local - we have lots of talent here in Ohio).
Expect to pay for Ms. England's plane fare (to & from), her lodging & food.

To bring down costs for Judy Mathieson who is coming to our guild in the Spring, we are splitting the cost with a guild in Cleveland.  She is also staying with the 1997 Workshop Chair (I'm really the 1998 chair) so that we won't have to pay for a hotel.  We are driving her to Cleveland for her workshop in Cleveland, and then Cleveland is driving her back for her lecture on Monday.  Sounds like a lot of trouble, but well worth it to have the opportunity to work with a wonderful teacher.  The actual cost of the workshop varies (mostly by how well known the teacher is).  Usually you book a teacher 1 - 2 years in advance.  Hope this info helps.  From Meg :>)

Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 19:08:01 -0500
Subject: Singer 128 or 127?

Hi Fellow Feathers,
I have been busy acquiring some nice Singers since last I posted.  I am
a bit confused though as to what my last one is.  I thought it was a 127
with Memphis Decals but when I called Singer with the serial number
G0316959, I was told it is a 128.  The width across the base is 12".  It
is an electric model with a shuttle bobbin.
I am having fun cleaning it up and I like the red, green and gold
decals,  Is it okay to use WD-40 to clean the surface?
I have also bought a nice 15-90 in cabinet with matching seat.  Also a
Spartan which I like.  
Thanks for you input.

Happy Holidays!
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 18:42:18 EST
Subject: Scottish Centennial

In a message dated 97-12-15 01:56:58 EST, you write:

>> No, I didn't get a "frankie" as someone lovingly called it!  This rare
Centennial Featherweight is discussed in >>
I have changed the name of my "Frankie" to "Princess" I called Singer, which I
had not done before because I had intended to use this machine as a parter or
restoration piece, and found out that my machine with the EF serial number was
made July 19 1950 in Clydsdale, Scotland, the motor was made in St. Johns,
I heard from another FWF and we compared differences between the US Centennial
and the Scottish Centennial and our machines both have the scrolled faceplate,
the stitch length plate and the thread guide (next to the light switch) just
like the1930's machines. 
The light switch for our machines is on the bed like the rest of the other
The other unusual Centennial I have is all black except for the spool holder,
throat plates and face plate and three of the six attachments are black.
I have moved Princess from the bottom of the display case to the top sitting
comfortably between her white and tan sisters.
Just goes to show you, if you are going to collect something, better research
it thouroughly, I have NJS OLD book.  This would have been a shame if I had
parted her out.~Phys  
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 21:44:58 EST
Subject: Singer Model 28 Knee Lever

I was told to contact this forum for anyone who might have a knee lever for my
Singer Model 28.
My machine is portable cased with a motor speed controller mounted in the
wooden base to the right of the machine.  The knee lever slips into a hole and
would seem to hang down to be pushed by the knee.  It has a wooden curved top,
has a shuttle bobbin, and only sews forward.
I am in the process of restoring the machine for use but of course it will not
be operational without this knee lever.
Any help or leads is appreciated.
Subject: New subject and new project. 
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 23:31:45 -0500

Dear fellow featherweight fanatics; I always seem to have my two cents
worth, but busy times make the mouth more tired. I like the most of us,
tire of the stress of the holidays but not the holidays. I have embarked on
a new project , the reprint of a 21 page electricial service manual issued
by singer service in the forties, it explains how motors work,  explain the
differences, explains maintenance show wiring diagrams and explains the
differences from 221  motor to a 301. list the singer motors in cat. no
showing what motor should on what machine. I good little 21 page service
manual for singer motors. the period is right when most collectors would
want it to be talking all about 221, 66, 99, 15-90, 201, 1200 sewing
machines and showing how they are wired, a must have for the restorer
wanting to know how to rewire a damaged wiring singer sewing machine. e
mail for more info, have printed up fifty so far and have already shipped
out a few. yes price $10. including shipping.  Think this will be a good
item for a lot of the people restoring their own sewing  machines. mikeh
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 00:42:58 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/12/97

To Captain Dick,

Applause, Applause on your restoration book.

Subject: oregon FW gathering
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 97 21:59:31 -0800

re sharon's oregon fwf/ismacs get together: count me in!  she has 
a beautiful old victorian house in the lovely town of corvallis, and when 
i saw her sm collection last year i was amazed at the scope and condition 
of her sm's i think this will be a great opportunity, and encourage 
everyone to participate!!!
i know i haven't participated much in the digest larely but i am still 
here and loving sm's although after my divorce, my collection is very 
small. i have recently received some very interesting paperwork, 
brochures and records from an old retired "SInger man" in California who 
contacted me in reference to that article i wrote last year for THREADS 
magazine. will post details when i get it all sorted out.

Subject: Card tables
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 05:34:30 -0500

I was looking through the info I got from Mike H. (I bought his book with
info on SM cabinets, etc) and noticed a section on folding card tables
(they're called Utility Combination Tables here). According to this, they
were made for more than just the FW and 301 (think this was too early to
include the one for the 401). There's one pictured for the Class 99 machine,
Nos.99-24 and 128-23 machines, 221-1, and regular 221 (as well as the
extension tables for these). The 221-1 table looks like it has very thin
metal legs, while the ones for the 221s look much thicker (looks more like
MY tables). The legs on the table for the 99-24/128-23 look wooden - more
like the ones on my OTHER FW table. There are lots of parts numbers listed
here - I'll have to try to compare them to some of my tables sometime and
see just what I HAVE! Sue 
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 14:52:25 EST
Subject: "rare" Singer?

Have a question - came across a picture of a Singer 115 on the web last night
- does anyone out there know anything about it? The owner refers to it as a
"rare" Singer.
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 16:54:13 -0800
Subject: admiral sewing machine

hello,i have a admiral machine that was built in occupied
japan,serial#a104675,i am tryin
to get it's value and any other information i can find,it is in good
working order
Subject: singer 29-4
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 23:07:49 -0500

Would anyone out there know how much a Singer 29-4 industrial leather
sewing machine is worth?  My friend has one he would like to sell but has
no idea what to ask for it.  It is a treadle machine and is in perfect
shape.  I know this is a little out of the ordinary but I'm sure someone
out there is knowledgable about this one. 

				TIA,  Tina
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 11:40:17 -0800
Subject: Singer model 24 - connection

I have taken a jpg of the connection used in my model 24. I am looking
for another one for the other wire. If anyone has one, please let me
know. JPG is at:


Thanks, Millie
Subject: Busy Day... FW Found Me
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 18:41:48 -0800


Busy, busy... Christmas is rolling over me.  Also, Ann got behind in her work because two of the people who work for her can't... one got a job and one had carpel tunnel surgery.  So.... I got to spend a couple of days of slavery in her shop.   However, virtue is it's own reward, as they say.   This morning I got a call from an estate sales guy who keeps my card handy... would I like to come out and check out a FW in the current estate sale he is setting up for the weekend.   I would.   It's a very nice 1949/1950 (AJ), in good clean condition.   A couple of scratches on the bed by the needle, but all the gold there, accessories on hand, book, an oil can, some other goodies in the tray.   Handle is missing from the case, but that's the only real flaw.  Don't need another one and not sure what I'll do with it, but he gave me a fair price on it, so it came home with me.

My Christmas tree is getting lots of great reaction.   A very satisfying  project.   If you haven't taken a look, go to the Special Postings page on my site and check it out.   Start one now and you can have it done for next year!

Captain Dick
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 10:30:12 EST
Subject: Blackside Featherweight

I recently bought a rare black-side featherweight from a wonderful woman on
eBay auction.  The serial number is AG011265.  It has a black Egyptian
Scrollwork plate and a black handwheel and presser foot.  It is in excellent
shape with hardly any scratches and the gold decal is rubbed only on the front
of the bed in front of the presser foot.  Also, the stitches per inch setting
is engraved on a plain black plate, not the usual thin metal plate with the
stamped silver markings.  I just thought everyone would like to know about
this rare WWII era featherweight.
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 11:37:18 EST
Subject: Handcrank Singer

There is a Singer sewing machine with a hand-crank at our local antique mall.
It has a nice wooden box case. It seems to be in fairly good condition with
one exception: the back part of the two piece throat plate was STOLEN while it
was at the mall. Is it possible to get a replacement? How can I find out what
model the machine is? 

And, finally, she is asking either $95 for it. Does this sound like a
reasonable price?

Subject: Meiow!
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 09:22:54 -0800

To Alan: Cats are vital to SM collecting and quilting.  Everytime I bring a new machine home, both my cats sniff it throughly to make sure it passes their tough requirements.  So far, they've accepted them all. : )  My cat Spot helps my sewing by standing guard duty on top of the SM cabinet or by reminding me that I need to take a break by jumping into my lap.  He is also my fabric and quilt tester.  (One word of warning: do NOT let kitty stand on your cabinet while you're using your rotary cutter.  Spot once suddenly stepped right onto my cutting line and came within an inch of disaster.)

Enough about cats.  I could go on for days... : )

Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 12:21:13 EST
Subject: Say it ain't so Joe!!!!!

Cats required?
Cats are required for collecting......My 4 Doxies are most excited and that is
not a good idea.  Does haveing one clean his paws in the window every morning
count?  He cleans and my doxies bang their noses on the window barking and
getting the window quite...well you use you imagination.  Every morning then I
get to clean the window....it is to the floor as so are the doxies.  Only need
to clean the first 10 inches.  They cannot get any higher than that.

Is it a 12 machine (instead of steps) program?

1 spool if by land, 2 if by English?
Gotta disagree with the dealer...I have American made machines that are 2
spool pins on the top.  

What is behind cabinet no.3?
Slaten, Carter-Bay, Oldtimer and the others are not really that helpful in
determining what Singer you have.  I have found 2 sources that are.  Captain
Dicks that has a chart even I can follow and the book put our by ISMAC.  The
Captains is for this century mostly and has the differences listed.  Some are
very hard to tell from another style.  Now as for the difference between
different modles of the same type like 15-91 and 15-89.  It may be tredle and
electric.  That is not as available.  Where the chart is not a help is photos.
The ISMAC book, while not a great professional job is terrific for seeing what
you are looking for.....but it does not point out the differences as the chart
does....so I use both.  The new one by Bill I am looking forward to seeing.
It is more of a reference on other modles and Singer from what I have
heard.....If I was not so skiddish I would have oredered blind..but now I must
wait for the second mailing.  Lots of the ones who were brave and ordered have
given positive feedback.  The rest of the books are coffee table books.
Pretty and fun to look at....not a reference for the person who needs to see
SMAA like myself.  Now before I get flamed by the authors...I own all of them
and do no feel that they are anything but terrific books (Slaters is not
strongly in this group) and I sit and look at them more than a 15 year old boy
with a Playgirl magazine.  Use them for what they are and if you are investing
or collecting you need to learn that all is not true that is printed.  (Hay
Captain I sould get a royality as much as I talk about your book....)

To rewire or not to rewire
If you are using a machine and the material around the wires comes off you
must rewire.  (Brittle can last a little longer on the motor)  What I do is
put up the power cord if it is removeable in a sealed containor (Keeps the
ozone out that makes it dry rot) and use a common cord that is modified for
the machine.  If you have a common plug I use one on all of the machines.  The
woman that wrote in about the appliance cord fitting the 201 is correct...it
does.  Then when my DH has an estate sale the cords are all marked for which
machine they belong with and the serial # of the machine...he only knows 2
different machines..."not another portable and damn heavy".  I think he may
know the FW.  Go to the thrift and estate sales and look for the round cord
(not flatted) on appliances,  they are great and cheap...local thrift throws
them out if the appliance does not work.  (They let me have them free)  You
can get new wire at a store that sells supplies to repairmen....but that is
not as fun as the other way.

The 101 and 201 will work on the 2 prong appliance cord.....try them.  Waffle
or electic cooker both are common to this.  I bet you have one in the kitchen
now.  The cord does not determine the amount of current (if too small it will
melt but appliance cords are safe).  If you are overweight then you cannot sew
and eat if you use it!!

27 or 28
The 27 and 127 are shuttle.  The 28 and 128 are rotary round bobbins.

There are two types and both are hard to find.  I have 4 machines and one each
of the kneebars for them to share.  One of you mentioned that they were trying
to have the flat one reporduced....any word on that?  The other option for a
temp fix so you can restore and use it until you find a K/B is to wire a foot
pedal with a controller straight to the motor.  The newer footpedals that are
generic will work.  Bought an empty case to get one for 2.  worked until I got
the K/B.

On the rewire book does it show how to re-wire the motors?  That is what I
need.  I have one that is for replacing the motor and how to tell them apart
but not on the tech. part.

Glad you are back on track with the restoration book.....when can we order.

Blessed Be and a happy Yule
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 19:11:19 EST
Subject: Charles Law's Book

Another happy customer here!  I received my book in the mail yesterday and I
am quite pleased.  After a quick skim through it appears to be comprehensive
in it's coverage of American antique/vintage machines, thoughtfully written
and with lots of photos and illustrations.  A very nice addition to my sewing
machine library-in-progress.

Thank you, Charles, to your dedication and time to make this book available.

Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 20:17:23 -0800
Subject: Blue FW 221 Instruction Book

We have a blue FW 221 instruction book that reads on the front cover.
Instructions for using SINGER Electric Sewing Machine Model 221, The
Singer Manufacturing Company.  It has 56 pages and is the larger size
41/4"X6".  It also has the big red singer emblem.  Does anyone know if
this goes with a certain machine? Year, color etc.  Appreciate any info. 
  Thanks and Happy Holidays to all of you who contribute to this digest
as it is so much fun and interesting to read.
         Steve & Carolyn 
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 18:09:57 EST
Subject: Need Help/Info


I still need someone to help me determine the value of my black Featherweight.
It is a 221 in excellent condition.  All accessories including an oil can with
led cap.  Have original manual and case is in good condition.  Can provide
serial numbers to whomever can help me out here.


Subject: Charles Law's book
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 06:32:42 -0500

Had to write some words of praise for Charles Law's new book - haven't
really had time to sit down and look through it as carefully as I'd like
yet, but DID spend some time with it yesterday and am just AMAZED at how
much info he has included! He has copies of sections of the manual for all
Singer machines as well as from many other companies - including impt. info
like threading and oiling! And there are SO many wonderful pictures that it
will be a BIG help identifying future "mystery" machines! Hard to believe he
could do all that in such a short time - GREAT job, Charles! Also have to
say it was lots of fun looking for names of those who had sent in the
various pictures - and be able to admire their wonderful machines! Talk with
you again soon. Sue  
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 17:31:31 EST
Subject: Re:  FW Fanatics 12/11/97

Thanks for your great newsletter it is good to hear about other sewers
stories.I have one for you I just bought a old machine from a auction I paid
30.00 for an old Feather Weight 221 Machine, with  AL 938368 stamped on it, do
you have any clues to it's Born On Date?
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 08:35:27 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Cat ownership and sewing machines

> Alan  wondering how he can dislodge
> the sleeping cat from the top of his nice, warm monitor without it
> landing on his keyboa....*&^%$^!!??!.

At least yours doesn't try to sleep on the keyboard.  One of ours (the one
that also likes to turn on the stereo) prefers to create lengthy
compositions of her own on the computer -- or at least to make it beep
incessantly when the keyboard buffer gets full...

I have noticed that, in keeping with their practice of deciding whether an
object is a worthy one by sitting on it, my cats love to sit on my sewing
machines.  One of our Feline American dependents (trying to be politically
correct here) prefers the New Home treadle in the oval cabinet for the
outward curve of the top, on either side of the fold-out leaf.  It
accomodates her, er, greatness better than the standard Singer treadle
table. (This cat resembles the picture of "The Favorite Cat" that hangs
somewhere in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Of course, she believes that
it's a portrait from life.)  The others are less discriminating -- if I
bring it home, and it's not green, they'll call it good and sit on it. 
(The dislike of green machines seems to be pretty universal -- except with
me! -- around our house.) 

David  said:

> Last count 3 Singer treadles, 1 Davis treadle, and now 1 Singer hand
> crank...and one FW with table.  Where do you sign up for Sewing Machine
> Anonymous meetings.

You found us already...

Sewhappy said:

> ... I thought it was a 127 with Memphis Decals but when I called Singer
> with the serial number G0316959, I was told it is a 128.  The width
> across the base is 12".  It is an electric model with a shuttle bobbin.

> I am having fun cleaning it up and I like the red, green and gold
> decals, Is it okay to use WD-40 to clean the surface? 

The 128 is the 3/4 version of the 127, and is about 12-1/2" across the
bed.  (The 127 is a couple of inches wider.)  If you've got green and red
in the decals, though, that's not the Memphis set.  The Memphis decals are
several shades of gold, and the main motif is a Sphinx (usually at least
one in the center of the bed, and at the top of the arm next to the
balance wheel.)  I suspect you might have a decal set I've seen on a lot
of 128s from this period -- red and green and gold flourishes.  Don't know
the name of the decoration, but it's a pretty one.

WD-40 is okay, as long as the clear coat's not damaged.  Test it first,
before you spray down the whole thing...

Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 06:45:56 -0700
Subject: items of interest

Happy holidays everyone, may I add a few itmes of interest. The person 
some of you have mentioned in Oakland of the SW Museum as cantankerous 
is putting his attitude mildly, I'd call him downright rude. When I 
started getting interested in collecting some featherweights, I called 
and left a message, which he promptly returned the next day. However 
when I asked about prices and types of machines, he asked me if I was 
comparison shopping. I told him I wasn't sure that this was all new to 
me. His reply was, "lady, don't waste my time!" and hung up on me!!! I 
am 62 years old and no one has hung up on me since highschool days! What 
a joke.  Anyway, for those of you searching for One Drop in the east bay 
of CA, thanks to another fanactic in the area, I started searching the 
houseware shelves in Safeway. None were found in Walnut Creek, Laffette, 
or Alamo, BUT The safeway store in Moraga carries it. I was happy! 
	I want to clean the outside of a couple of my sw carrying cases. does 
anyone have a suggestion or than Armorall? (sp?) I,d sure appreciate an 
	Back to candy making and gift wrapping. Merry Christmas and Happy New 
Subject: MIsc.
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 08:58:37 -0800

First, and this is several days overdue, many, many, many kudos to Charles Law on his book.   This is just plain an outstanding piece of work, and I can't recommend it highly enough for anyone really interested in these old machines.   Most of the books that have been done earlier have concentrated on the very oldest machines, which really aren't what we go out and find.   Charles hits the ones we are all asking about here on the list regularly.   So many pictures, and maintenance/threading guides.  Thank you, Charles.

Also, good on Mike H. for the electrical book.  I'm looking forward to it.    As you all know, this was the main reason I started on the aborted restoration book.  Status of that is on hold, till into the new year.

Last, I need some help/guidance.   I picked up a nice FW, but as is so often the case, it's sluggish... I'm quite sure there is thread behind the bobbin race, as I pulled a couple of small pieces out with tweezers.  However, even following the instructions in the FW book, I can't get the bobbin race out.  I have removed the little screw, at 5 o'clock, dropped the retainer, and seemingly short of major brute force (!!!!) the bobbin race doesn't want to come out.   Have not done this before (not a problem on my treadles!... did get a piece of 1/2" rope behind the bobbin race on one once, and that slowed it a little bit  :>)    ).   ANyway, jokes aside, am I missing something?   Any advice appreciated.   This is a really nice little machine, and running quite well, I just have the feeling it out to run a little faster.

Captain Dick
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/15/97
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 20:54:16 +0000

To Clara, re museum, who wrote
>In looking in the Oakland Yellow Pages there's no advertisement of a
>museum....so where is it advertised there is one?
It's advertised in the book  on the title page, on the copyright (that's a
joke) page, in the list of museums given at the rear of the book and ,
here's the kicker, on the page that invites the reader to submit details of
any machines they own.

Plus he has used the "museum" line in advertisments soliciting  machines.

I look forward to your museum-search report . Be careful.

To David re R series Singer.

This was made in the UK late 1904/early 1905.

Sounds like a late version of the 12K from your description.

The salesman's idea of telling the British machines from the "grain of the
wood"  has some truth to it but it's not infalable as Singer would switch
wood supplies from one manufactory to another depending on supplies and

Many thanks to Sharon and Dick for switching their meeting so as not to
clash with the open-house at Marvin Tabic's shop in Las Vegas during the
first few days of February. I will be trying to sell over 100 machines in
just a few days. All proceeds will go to the estate. A list of machine,
condition and prices will be posted to the FWF sales list for this coming
It will also be archived from the ISMACS Home page at http://www.ismacs.net
 The list also gives details of how to reach me in Vegas.

If we get a large number of collectors on any one day we'll have a
mini-meeting on the spot and certainly spend time together at the shop and
dining in the evenings. Come fo one hour of four days (I understand there
are other attractions at Vegas).

To Jenny re Willcox and Gibbs re-wiring.

Re-wiring an old electric machine would not lessen its value unless it was
a truely historic item from the 19th century ( and that would probably be
12 volt d/c anyway).

Vintage radio suppliers are good for cloth wrapped cord. Search the net.

To all re ISMACS convention

Just a word of warning. Hotel spaces are fast disappearing . Will do have
overflow hotels of course and no-one will be turned away but to all my
special friends, plase let Sharon know as soon a s possible   None North Americans should contact me

No need to send any money just yet but to be sure you are in with the
in-crowd please get your reservation booked.

Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 11:42:29 -0700
Subject: RE: Cattophilia

Alan, I think it might be fun to do a survey on this 
one! I fancy myself to be a collector (though still 
in the small collection stage) and am a cat 
person, too. I have several Persians and one
black domestic.

Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 16:23:13 -0500
Subject: Re: reproduction sewing machine

> Subject: reproduction sewing machine
> Hi,
> Has anyone purchased the reproduction toy machine from Stepping Stones
> Quilts.  Just wondering about the quality and all.  The picture looks
> nice.

     I just got my TSM from Stepping Stones (the $69.95 special,
right?).  It is a hefty machine, and comes with a little plastic box
containing a plastic oil bottle, screwdriver, extra needle, and
instruction booklet.  The machine sews nicely for a TSM (note that I am
particularly unsuccessful at getting TSMs to sew).  The decals are
sloppily done, as is the paint job.  The instructions are very badly
     Having said that, I would purchase this TSM again.  All in all, I
think it is a nice little machine.  I'm not at the point in my TSM
collecting where I feel comfortable spending over $300 dollars on a real
Muller in this condition, so this was a nice compromise.  I also wanted
an "older looking" TSM that wasn't beat-up; all of my real pre-1930's
TSMs are rusty as all heck 8^0 .  Another happy coincidence is that the
needle is the same as those Groz-Beckert's I posted about a few weeks
     I was pleased with ordering from Stepping Stones.  Despite all
their qualifications about "may not be able to deliver before
Christmas", I got my machine about a week after I phoned in the order.

Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 21:08:11 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/15/97

To Alan Q who said "In a related vein, I have lost count of the
number of SM collectors
who keep cats. Is "cattophilia" a required personality trait for SM
collecting?  BTW I must admit to providing lodgings for four feline
myself  :) "

Here  at my house are two cats and one Cairn terrier who loves to chase them.

Subject: British 221K1
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 14:31:28 -0000

I have 2 of these British centennial FW's that have recently been
discussed. They both have the EG serial number: EG 711191 & EG 435623. The
light switch is to the right of the light; the scroll face plate has the
extra scroll work next to the thread holder on the right.
	The 2nd came with the manual (in tatters) which calls it a 221K1; it is an
identical machine with the first so I assume it is also a 221K1.
	I bought each from  separate local sewing  machine repair shops. 

Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 08:45:34 -0700
Subject: Re:  "rare" Singer?

>Have a question - came across a picture of a Singer 115 on the web last night
>- does anyone out there know anything about it? The owner refers to it as a
>"rare" Singer.
>Sehoy in TN

The 115 was Singer's first full rotary hook design first produced in 1913
(FWIW, I gleaned this tidbit from Slaten's book - it fits with the age of
most of the 115s I've seen).  I don't suppose any machine produced in this
century by this company could ever be considered "rare".  I know this model
is seldom discussed on this digest, but there are a lot of them out there.
I see them all the time around here, so maybe the company's marketing
efforts tended to be regional.

Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 08:22:12 -0500
Subject: Glue question

I used a suggested cleaning method of washing the inside and outside of
my FW case with liquid Dial antibacterial soap, followed by a silicone
vinyl protector treatment.  Now I'm ready to glue down the top inside edges of
the case.  

What kind of glue should be used to re-tack down the dog-ears on the

Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 23:04:43 -0600
Subject: Re-post on Dressmaker SM

Hi All,

Some time ago I sent an inquiry to the list about a Dressmaker SM I
found, it had a sales tag on the cabinet that said it was a Singer but I
could not find Singer on it anywhere or a number that should have been
on the bed I would think.  The motor also had Dressmaker on it.  My
computer went down shortly after I sent this so if anyone had
information and sent it I missed it.  If you have any information would
you re-post to me privately.  TIA!

Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 11:46:22 EST
Subject: sewhandy

Could I get a copy of it?  If you sell it let me know.

Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 11:58:10 EST
Subject: Re:  Simichrome

My Dad the clock and watch collector swears by Simichrome for ALL metal
polishing.  Little residue, and a tiny bit goes a very long way. You can get
it in high end hardware stores and some jewelry supply houses too.  

Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 10:03:48 EST
Subject: Electric Singer 201-2 in console

I have my mother's 201-2 in fine working condition.  Can't decide what I
should do.  We are moving, and don't know the value.  How can I find out?  It
was manufactured on June 23, 1946.  Console is not in real good condition, but
the sewing machine itself is and does beautifully.  
Can you help me put a value on the machine, and advise as to what I should
do----keep it or sell?  I don't need the money, but I don't want to hold on to
something if it makes no sense to do so.
Help!!!  Carolyn
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 08:11:58 -0800
Subject: Wilcox and Gibbs

Fellow Feathers.
I just purchased my first Wilcox and Gibbs machine yesterday. It is a
motorized version, with the motor also being made by WG.Can someone help
me date this m achine? The serial # of the machine is A698023 and the
motor is also numbered #31003. If you would be so kind please e-mail the
information so I wont chance not reading the posting when the
information is shared. Thanks  Jim
Subject: Meiow
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 08:09:38 -0800

Alan wrote:  >In a related vein, I have lost count of the number of SM collectors who keep cats. Is "cattophilia" a required personality trait for SM 
collecting?  BTW I must admit to providing lodgings for four feline friends
myself  :) 

Alan, I do believe that "cattophilia" is a required trait for SM
collecting.  For a long time I had more cats than sewing machines, but
lately my sm collection has outpaced the kitties.  While I am on the
Internet, Precious is always curled up in my lap.

Time to fess up, I guess, came home with 5 sewing machines from a recent
trip to Southern California, including the "Baby Bernina" that I had been
searching for for so long, it is a model 125 and resembles the Elna
Grasshopper in size and shape, even has the folding knee control, tho it is
a zig-zag machine.  Also found a Bernina Nova, a white FW and a late model
66.  The last machine is my first toy, a Sister made in Japan.  Resembles a
Singer 401 in shape of the head, it is either electric or hand crank.  Any
one ever hear of this brand?  My guess is that it is from the 50's to 60's.
 It is cute and the base has a little drawer for accessories.  Now I can
see why people collect toys, they take up a lot less room.

Subject: Dead Motors
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 09:40:04 -0500

Hi Feathers,

My DH and I would like to know if anyone out there would be interested in having your original motor refurbished.  We can turn the armature and put in new brushes.  This will repair most motors.  If there is enough demand, we might also be able to rewind the armatures.

I know that I would prefer to have the original motor that came on my machine rather than a replacement. 

Please send us an e-mail and let us know if you need this service.  If the responce is positive, I will post another spot on the "For Sale".

Delightfully sunny and warm in Mid-Indiana.

Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 14:29:52 EST
Subject: FW Tables

To: Sue and all Feathers:

In a message dated 97-12-19 02:06:27 EST, you write:

>> The 221-1 table looks like it has very thin
 metal legs, while the ones for the 221s look much thicker (looks more like
 MY tables). >>

It looks like some important information has evaded me concerning the Singer
FW's Folding Utility Tables.  The extent of my knowledge is that there were
two models, the first version model 308 (between 1935 and 1938), and the later
version, (around 1960), model 312.  It was my understanding that functionally
they were the same and the  difference was a change in the insert's locking
mechanism.  The 308 used a flat metal piece that rotated into slots,and the
312 uses a simple spring clip.  (from NJS's new book)

Were there other differences to accomodate the earlier 221's (Series AD and
early AE) front mounted bobbin winder tensioner?  I always thought these
machines didn't fit into the opening of either of the tables comfortably at

Can anyone, please enlighten my sadly lacking knowledge about the FW tables?
I'd like to know, should I ever come across one for sale, if it's the right
one for my various Black FW models.  

Thank you,
Subject: spotted!
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 97 12:53:42 -0800

out selling small antiques to raise holiday cash the other day, i spotted 
a treadle HOWE machine with a coffin top. machine looked to be in about 6 
condition, missing the slide plates and shuttle. the shuttle ran in a 
straight line perpendicular to the bed of the machine. never saw one like 
that before. also there was a singer 99 in a bentwood case, condition 8. 
i didn't catch the prices on either, but they are at FifthPearl antiques 
in Eugene oregon if anyone is interested.
i still haven't had a chance to post all the data that the old singer guy 
sent...it was a notebook with all his notes on features and dates of 
machines, and a lot of old sales brochures from 1951, lots of Centenary 
hoopla. some of the stuff i'll keep, but there may be some stuff i sell 
as well.
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 18:06:15 -0500
Subject: Happy Holidays

Hello Feathers and Friends,

Just wanted to thank all who purchased from me in the 1997 season. I
hope your wives are thoroughly surprised and happy with the 221's.

Best of the holiday greetings and may 1998 offer the best to ALL.

Warm regards,
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 12:05:13 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/14/97

Machine needles
Go to http://www.ismacs.net/  and scroll down to Singer.  There is a pop up
menu that will have the needle option at the bottom of it....and a lot
interesting things besides that.  Choose Needles and you will know what needle
you need.

I use a cleaner like Murphy's for the surface dirt...then a little tung and
turp on a cloth.  Anytime you use steel wool or sand paper you are removing.
I have seen restorers use it but they are very careful.  The person using this
will be into the wood way before you think.  Then a tung coating...very thin.
I want it to look restored, not new.  I wax with car wax on the head to
protect the gold and jappaned finish.  I do not clean it to the point that it
looks new....just restored.  The decals are visible and the black shines with
the lovely patina on the cabinet.

FWFanatics has a home page with the options to see FW machines.  So does the
address I listed for needles.

FW in 1928
Sorry to burst you bubble but they were introduced in  the 1933 World's Fair.
Some older  machines made by singer was put in the same case and could have
been sold prior to that date.  Funny the risk taken by Singer...introduce a
new concept for a machine during the depression.  (Taken from sewhandy company
he bought in 1929)  It was what was needed...small portable and could be moved
with the family.  Only 25 per cent of the nation was out of work...the others
had to be careful with their money as no one felt totally secure.  1929 to
1941 really seperated the strong business from the weak...not the good
machines from the bad.  

Blessed Be in this wonderful Yule season
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 1997 00:49:28 +0000
Subject: 401 Bobbin area

While cleaning the 401g I bought recently I found the round area below
the bobbin case contains a quantity of either shredded felt or feltted
lint. Is there meant to be a felt wick in this area like that in the
185k or 99k ?

Thanks David.
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 20:27:59 -0800 
Subject: Needles for model 12


The model 12 takes the needles in the # 23 Boye needletubes.  This is a
thin, perfectly round shafted needle 1 and 7/16 inch long.

for everyone else who owns a Model 12/NF machine:

The thesis is DONE!!  I'm getting back to work on the  12/NF research, so
if you sent me information, and I haven't gotten back to you with dates or
whatever, I apologise, but I'll be taking care of this over the next couple
of weeks.  If you have a NF, and I don't have it in the database, this is
the time to contact me and get the survey questions.  The more machines in
the database, the more statistically significant the results will be.  The
results will be posted here and on ISMACS (or at least a short version
will),  with the full version available later.  This may actually end up
being a book.  I'm finding some really interesting things about this

Subject: My wooden nickels worth today.
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 1997 07:53:49 -0500

Dear featherweights fanatics; here we are winding down to xmas and it sure
has been a mad rush with orders for our book, trying to get them out for
xmas. I have down my best sending them airmail but some of the cheques only
arrived on friday. I wouldnt hold my breath that they arrived before xmas
but at triple of the cost of regular mail, I have done my best.  Now its
sat, dec 20 anything from here on will be sent regular because it just
impossible even with airmail to arrive in time, the best hope is that there
from the ukraine and they celebrate xmas in january. 

I have had several older electricians look over the electricial service
manual and they all have given it high scores as easy to understand and
what people need to rewire and check over their old singer sewing machines.
 It was written for sewing machine mechanics and salespeople to learn and
understand about electricity and the sewing machine. 

I think it will be a big seller and it just is something needed because
everyone has a 99k that needs rewiring or a 221, or want to know how to
test a connection or what a motor requires in maintenance. It is really
helpfull book and it truly amazing what just is lying around in those 2 or
3 old metal filing cabinets in my workshop.  The one electrician figures
the manual is around 40 odd years old. 

My goal is too write a repair manual for just these old singer sewing 
machines, this will be working on in holidays recently found some stuff
from my master he actually wrote notes, drew diagrams how to repair and
adjust certain models, some of these notes are from 30 years ago. He has
been dead now four years and we just found some of the notes last month. I
am planning to put in booklet form and add and organize it., it is only
about old machines and stops at new zig zags. in 50s. He left me all his
stuff before he died so this is mine too.  We also have a another catoulge
like the cabinet case one but with sewing machines and it shows the
machine, and on the back is a blown diagram showing it in pieces and part
no for every piece, looking into reproducing that as well for the home

I know some people think some of my large books are expensive but we have a
small print shop print in small quanties like 5 at time, this is expensive
but keeps us from getting over our heads into debt. Basically one of those
just in time things, we keep four or five in stock, now this is that big
230 page book and make more when we down to 2, the smaller ones are more
affordable we also pay more to get a higher quality job easier to read and
therefore understand. 

Well I am sorry for being so long winded and I have two featherweight left
the week before xmas expecting a fellow Canuck from Nova Scotia to come for
one this week next. 

Well merry xmas to all fellow fanatics, and a happy new year. mikeh 

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