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Sunday, January 4

Date: Sat, 03 Jan 1998 22:19:12 -0800
Subject: fwf digest

happy new year everyone!

Maybe this will be the year of the featherweight for me.  I fell hard 
last summer when I saw a friend demonstrating paper piece quilting at our 
state fair. She started talking to me and telling me about the adorable 
little machine she was using -- it looked like a toy.  Growing up, mom 
had a Necchi she purchased new in the '50s. My kid sister still has mom's 
machine. I always wanted a singer, so I purchased a 750 golden touch and 
sew which I still have.  We get along well and understand each other.  I 
got to a few flea markets late last summer and spotted two machines, one 
was a green toy -- I've forgotten the name.  The other looked like a 
featherweight, but had a different name.  I think I'm a latent collector. 
In the 70s, I bought a treadle while in Europe and had it shipped home.  
Yes, I still have it.  I chose it because it had a lovely green, red and 
gold thistle design on the head.  I don't have the original manual, but 
the shop keeper provided me with a new leather belt and manual for 
treadle machines!  I still have it, of course!!  I REALLY want a 
Featherweight.  It will have to be a bargain, though, as we have two 
teenagers in private school.  I hope everyone has a blessed new year.  
Happy featherweight hunting, happy quilting.  See you often on the 
featherweight digest!!!

Subject: 201 needlebar alignment
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 1998 12:30:15 -0500


My 201-2 (I think), serial # AF 986323, may have a needlebar alignment
problem.  I have your service manual, but no owner's manual.  I'm putting
the needle in, flat side to the left and threading from right to left.  

The needle rubs against the hook needle guard.  It does this both threaded
and un-threaded. The machine makes a good stitch though.  The needle bar
does not seem to be rubbing or sticking in the needle bar bushing.  There
is no visible scoring on the needle bar. Timing is set correctly.  Needle
bar height is set correctly.  I have tried several different needles, all
of which can be heard, and seen from the bottom, rubbing against the hook
needle guard.

I just got a newer 201-4 (I think), # AK538872.  I have not serviced it yet
but needles in this machine do not rub against the hook needle guard.  

Anyway, it would seem to me that it should not be doing this.  Wouldn't
this cause rapid wear of needles?

I haven't found an area in the service manual which addresses this.  It
isn't apparent to me that there is any way to adjust the position of the
needle away from the hook. 

Could the needlebar be bent?  Can you rotate the needlebar bushing to
adjust the clearance?  Any suggestions?

I noticed that the manual starts on page 26.  Is there any useful
information in the first 25 pages?

I've also noticed that the bobbin thread will occasionally jam in the
tension spring.  This happens when the tension is set correctly to make a
good stitch.  Which way Should the thread run clockwise or counter
clockwise from the bobbin to the bobbin case tension hole    It seems like
the thread pops out of the spring assembly too easily when running off the
spool counter-clockwise.

I would really appreciate your advice on this.  


Subject: Re: Sincere books complaint letter
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 98 08:43:41 -0600

Here is a repost of the letter I sent regarding the Sincere books. Feel 
free to use any or all of it.


Arizona Office of Consumer Affairs
Assistant Attorney General's Office
Consumer Protection Division
400 W. Congress, South Bldg. #315
Tucson, AZ 85701


Re: Non-receipt of pre-paid book order from BK

Dear Sirs:

I wish to register a formal complaint against BK, who has 
received and cashed my checks for the Sincere books and has not sent them 
to me.

I ordered one of the following:

              Special Offer - Set of 3  [1 of each title]
                         @ $69.95  no shipping charges

My check was written in August 1996 (as best I can recall).

Ms. K  advertised the books in 1996 on an antique sewing machine 
collectors list on the net.  I understand that she collected thousands of 
dollars and did not pay the printer to obtain the books.  All the while, 
she continued to indicate over the newsgroup that the printer delayed the 
process and was promising that the books would be out very soon.

The address to which I sent the check was  BK

Please advise me if you need additional information.
Subject: Rubbermaid Box
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 1998 18:03:00 -0500

Just catching up on all my digest reading.  If no one has answered Val

I saw the Rubbermaid Box at either Office Max or Office Depot.  If you
don't have those in your area, you might also look at Walmart or KMart. 
It's more of an office item than a building item.  Hope you can find it.

Date: Sat, 3 Jan 1998 09:47:41 EST
Subject: Free Sewing Machine Company

Dear FWF'ers:

I just acquired a Free Sewing Machine Company, Chicago, Model Number 5, in a
beautiful six drawer cabinet.  I am looking for any info anyone can provide me
about the company or the machine.  I am very new at this and don't know a
thing!  I already have seen the ISMACS and Charles Law's sites with the
pictures, but need to know about spare parts, a manual or anything that can
tell me how old it is (it is serial number G24170) and the company's history.

Thanks a million in advance........

Date: Fri, 02 Jan 1998 16:25:10 -0500
Subject: Sincere's Books

Hi everyone, its been a while since any talk on the Sincere Books does
anyone have any new info???? Thanks frish 
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 1998 22:34:12 -0500
Subject: Bobbin winding problem

Hi all,
Happy New Year and a big THANKS to Sue for keeping us up and running for
another year!

I know this has been addressed before, but can't find the info now.  What is
the problem when the needle bar continues to go up and down even when the
clutch has been disengaged, as in bobbin winding?  This is on a fw.  TIA for
your help!

Date: Fri, 2 Jan 1998 22:52:02 EST
Subject: National Sewing Machine

I recently acquired from my mother a National sewing machine.  Serial
I received no instruction book.  It is a black machine in a wooden cabinet
with a swinging door.  It has a knee controller.  It has been in my family for
about 50 yrs.  Does anyone out there have any info on this machine?  Is there
an instruction booklet available?  I don't even know how to thread it.  Any
help?  Please Email me
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 1998 09:15:20 EST
Subject: Singer 604E

Someone had asked for instructions on the Singer 604E and it was accidently
deleted before I could answer. If you still need something on it, I have the
model 620 which is basically the same thing only mine is the deluxe model
(zigzag etc.), I can photocopy the instructions for you and send them via
snail mail. I use the 604E at work so I know they operate the same way. 
Hope you haven't been waiting long.
Date: Sun, 04 Jan 1998 11:22:16 -0800
Subject: Sue's survey

In answer to Sue's question re using our Featherweight. I have several
sewing machines (don't alot of us). I use my Bernina 1230 for almost 99%
of my sewing. I use my Elena 9000 for heirloom work, my Featherweight
for classes and the cottage, and the Singer New Family treadle (thanks
to Bob  for helping me identify it) for cottage sewing. I gave my
daughter my Paff to use when she was at University.
Subject: What is a Collector
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 1998 08:44:02 -0800


Someone asked me a day or so ago if they were a collector... they had three
machines.   I responded with a line I kind of liked and thought I'd share

"A collector is anyone with at least one more machine than they really need,
just because they like it."

Busy writing like mad to complete the instruction book for the quilt class I
am teaching next month... Captain Dick's Treasure.   It's going well.
Should complete it late this week.

Captain Dick
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 1998 19:51:05 EST
Subject: Re: Looking for a 221

Hi!  This is all new to me.  My name was added to the FWF by a friend.  I had
a Singer Featherweight when in college - 1951.  It was stolen and I have
wanted one since.  I really don't know how to go about finding a good one.
Need some help!  I have just started quilting and am really enjoying it - I
have a nice new Elna which does everything I need, but thought a Featherweight
would be good for classes.  Besides, I have never fulfilled my dream of having
another one.  Any help or information would be apprreciated.  After lots of
years of teaching and working in my husband's business, I now have time to
play.  I have a Singer 500 Slant-o-matic I would like to sell.  It is in
excellent  condition - all cams, accessories and in a nice walnut cabinet.  It
is in brand-new condition.  Any advice?  Thank you.  

Date: Sun, 04 Jan 1998 18:15:42 -0700
Subject: 319W

Happy New Year to all.   Hope you all survived the holidays and on the
way to a great '98. I have just brought into the house a 319W that I had
picked up through my brother at a garage sale last spring.  This machine
was so dirty, I would not allow it into the house until today.  I have
never ever seen such a dirty machine.  I scrubbed and scrubbed to get
her look passable.  She's so interesting looking with her knobs and
levers.   I remember the digest discussing her before but didn't pay
much attention.  Could somebody tell me about this machine?  Is there a
mannual or a copy of  a mannual out there for sale?   Is this the model
that was described before as Singer's flop?  The bobbin case is very
awkward to get at.   Any info. anyone could share would be greatly
appreciated.   TIA  Jacque
Subject: NF
Date: Sun, 04 Jan 1998 20:55:33 EST

Dear Pam:

What do you mean by an NF?  New Family? Like a Singer fiddlebottom?  I
have a nice old one with the coffin lid.  Just wondering...I think it's
about 1889, but have to look it up...if this is what you're interested,
let me know...

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