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Friday, January 2

Date: Fri, 2 Jan 1998 00:06:37 EST
Subject: Singer

I was trying to fix the power windows/door locks on a used (new to me) Jeep
Wagoneer we just bought for my DW.  The door panel and switches say they are
made by Singer.  Too bad they don't work as good as their FW's.  Does Chrysler
own Singer too?  DWG
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/30/97
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 1998 05:21:54 PST

Hi & happy new year to you too!
Re: your needle hitting throat plate--  are you sure your needle is in 
correctly?  It is possible to physically  get the needle in backwards on 
a 221.    The last thread guide before the needle determines which is 
the (groove side) front of  the needle.   The flat side of the shank 
goes facing the right on a 221.   Also, is the needle bent?  That may 
cause hitting of throat plate, assuming needle is inserted correctly.
How many fws do you have?  Do you have a tan model?  I am still looking 
to attain one for my collection.
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 1998 10:06:12 -0500
Subject: Sears Kenmore machines

HI all!
In response to Sue's post, Yes, I learned to sew on my Mom's
Kenmore portable when I was in about 3rd grade.  It's a great machine,
and to this day, my sister still uses that same machine.  I wonder who
actually made it for Sears?  I remember Mom getting it, replacing the
old shuttle operated New Home (still in the family at an Aunt's house,
and used regularly) with the Kenmore in the early 60's.  This machine is
pretty ugly green and has a bobbin that rather resembles a FW bobbin,
but a tad smaller.
I do use my FWs for piecing, but the machine I find I turn to the most
for machine quilting and other projects is my Viking 250.  I do find I
wonder if it's "as good" as a Bernina, but (no offense Sue) I think
Bernina people are rather in a cult type relationship with their
machines and others who own them. So, I actually wonder if I'm being
conditioned by the cult thing to think my Viking might not be as good!
I've sewn on my MIL's Bernina, and find that I like my Viking just as
much. : )
I do like to keep at least three machines set up at all times, one with
light thread, one with dark thread, and one for machine quilting.  It
seems to work the best for me!
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 1998 10:04:31 -0700
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/30/97

Featherweight Fanatics wrote:

> Hi all and Happy New Year.
> I remember that there is a simple fix for this problem...but can't
> remember
> what it is.  On a 221 or 99, when the needle hits the plate, how is
> this
> adjusted?  I have been taking these 2 machines to class for my
> students to
> use and perhaps the machine was bumped in transit.
> Thanks in advance for helping.
> Jan D

I, too, would like to know what to do when the needle hits the plate.  I
bought a machine on eBay and it was supposed to be in great condition,
but the needle hits the plate and so is not usable at all right now.
The motor is loose and I just haven't had time to do any 'mechanicking'
on it with the holidays and all.  So anybody that knows how to fix the
needle problem -- TIA.

Date: Fri, 02 Jan 1998 09:15:58 -0800
Subject: 99K

Well I finally got it cleaned and oiled, bobbin filled and ready to go!
But the tension is way way off, but I think I will need my trusty
repairman 'cause the tension on the front is really really loose...me
thinks it needs a new spring. But boy does it run smooth. Can't tell
which is smoother this one or the 301???

Another question, I would like to have a 221 in my birthyear but it is
1945 are these hard to come by? I see in Captain dick's book they have
an unusual serial number. And with it being at the end of the war years
I was wondering if they made many???
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 1998 17:22:15 EST
Subject: car wax

In a message dated 97-12-24 18:58:33 EST, you write:

>> Funny you should mention car wax. ........ 
.  DO you have a brand that you
 lilke best? >>

I'm a little behind on the digests, so maybe you received enough answers on
this already.  DH likes to use Meguires #7.  It's what a lot of people use on
show cars.  It doesn't leave a wax residue showing in the cracks.


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