Featherweight Fanatics Archives


Friday, January 9

Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998 22:19:54 -0700
Subject: Antique Malls, Flea markets

This doesn't have a lot to do with sewing machines, but then again, I may
find one in my travels. Anyway, I'm going to be in the Seattle area around
the beginning of August (for the Pacific Northwest Quilt Show) and
afterwards travelling around the Olympic Penninsula before heading back to
Victoria. Does anyone know of and where there may be a large flea market or
antique malls or just plain antique shops in the area? Besides sewing
machines, we're interested in places that sell Fiesta dinnerware, and other
pottery, button hooks, coca cola stuff, etc. If you know of any, could you
e-mail me privately with directions.

Subject: Bernina - back tacking
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998 22:48:55 -0800


I have a great addition to the Bernina/FW discussion... I have a Bernina...
have never sewed a stitch on it!   It's a 747/707 I got when it needed a new
motor.   I got the new motor but have never installed it.   Had the thought
I might put it in a treadle.

Re back tacking, bar tacking.   I thought bar tacking was going back and
forth in the same spot with the zig zag.  In any event, if a machine doesn't
back tack, then you front tack... or use the old close stitch to long stitch
shift.   Doing as much sewing on White FR treadles as I do, I've gotten
pretty adept at the latter.   Just be sure both the bobbin and sewing thread
are the same color!

Just about finished with the quilt class book on Captain Dick's Treasure.
Pretty pleased with it.

Captain Dick
Subject: Singers and Berninas
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 1998 20:17:58 -0600

Dear FWF's,
Since becoming a fanatic this summer, I have acquire four FW's.  I learned
to sew on my mother's 301.  My first machine was a Bernina 830.  I used it
daily for twenty years.  
Now, I have given it to my mother to use (she is still using her original
301.)  I recently  purchased a Bernina Artista 180, and can only hope that
it will be as good as my old machines.  I am using one of my FW's to piece
quilts.  Am in the process of cleaning a 99 and do plan to rotate it's use 
with the FW's.
Thanks and I really enjoy the digest.
Date: Wed, 07 Jan 1998 22:21:09 -0800
Subject: Charges  for Internet

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		From  Jack 
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998 11:32:00 EST
Subject: Re:  FW Fanatics 1/5/98

In answer to the question posed, I do all my sewing on my Featherweight.  I
miss having a zig-zag, but since most of what I sew is doll clothing, I find
that the handwork I need to do to compensate is not particularly time-
consuming.  Quite relaxing, in fact.  The Featherweight collector friend from
whom I purchased my own machine makes his  suits and sports jackets on his
Featherweights.  Amazingly, the machines rarely complain.

I've often considered getting a more versatile, modern machine.  But I can't
imagine any new machine giving me the pure pleasure that I receive from this
elegant little workhorse.
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998 09:31:56 EST
Subject: Collectible?

There is a Redeye Singer with a G serial number at a local antique mall - a
Model 66?  New at this but fascinated by sewing machines after a FW purchase
recently.  This one in a dome case w/Singer logo in gold and in very good
condition.  Decals/finish on machine excellent.  Has clamp on light and a
GREENISH foot pedal (looks like someone added or replaced it).  My question
is:  would this be a desirable machine to collect at $45?  Any suggestions
most appreciated.  I read the FW Fanatics mail daily!  Thanks, Jo Ann
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998 08:05:59 
Subject: Singer Skirt Marker

Hi!  I recentlly purchased a "Singer Skirt Marker".  I had never seen one
before, and was wondering if anyone could tell me the approximate date these
were manufactured.  It has a small, rectangular, metal box that has a 23"ruler
sticking up from it.   Attached to this ruler is a plastic cup filled with
what looks to be chalk.  Attached to this little bottle is a rubber hose, with
a "squeezey" bulb on the end.  When the bulb is squeezed, it makes a fine
powder line come out of the bottle to mark where a hem is wanted.   The Singer
emblem is on the bottle of chalk powder, and "Singer Skirt Marker" is on the
metal stand.  Does anyone have one of these, and if you do, could you please
tell me when they were made?  I just thought it was cute, and would be a neat
thing for my Singer notions collection.  It will be handy to use, also!  

One more question, please.  If a handcrank is stamped Simanco with a number,
does this mean it is an original handcrank?  Are the newer reproduction
handcranks stamped with anything?

Thanks for any information regarding these two questions!

Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998 13:22:33 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/5/98

I think I did it.  I was at a swap shop today and they had the nisest looking
FW (I hope) there for sale.  The man looking it over offered the owner $200 and the owner said no $250. I asked if it worked and he said yes.  It looked brand new not a scratch on the machine and the case only has one tiny little nick on a cornor, no odor either.  It came with a box of attachments. The little medallon says 1851 - 1951on the machine itself and the serial # is AJ889844  The only things that it doesn't have is a oil can (it has the place) but only has a old tube of singer lubricant, and it has a copy of the 221 manual. What can I say I bought it.  I had bought a model 99 a few weeks ago and then found out that was not a FW so hope this is. What is the tel # for singer to get a date of this machine?   I have heard that the oil can and a manual can be purchased, if so, and anyone knows how PLEASE let me know.  I am so excited to finally get a FW to take to class. ( I hope that I really have a FW and am not mistaken again, but the 99 runs good and looks good, and I really didn't pay that much for it.
) This machine is much smaller and has the fold up face plate and is in a
small black case instead of the  bentwood.  My DH wonders why I wanted this
old machine when I have a fairly new one, along with a serger.  But told him I
just fell in love with it and had to have it.
Thanks for any help 
Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 08:21:24 -0500
Subject: machines

Hi Everyone.
    I want to stand up and counted with fellow FWF who use their Viking for sewing and not a Bernina!  I've have sewn many a mile with my Viking #1, and it has purred the whole way.  I enjoy looking at all my vintage and antique machines, including 7 FW's, two 201's and two 301's, but I always sew on my Viking. I like the idea of pushing a button and it does what I want it to do and I couldn't function without the buttonhole sensor. Put on the "P" foot and I have exact quarter inch seams when piecing a quilt top.
   Saw a Centennial 201 that looked pretty good, but someone had "improved" the case by antiqueing the lid in a horrible goldish tan color.  They left the base in the original finish.  Recently saw several more cabinets that had been made into tables - DH said he was proud of me for keeping my mouth shut about mutilating cabinets and machines.
Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 09:09:10 -0500
Subject: First time posting

HI!!!!  fellow FWFanatics,

This is my first time posting.  I joined this group the first of November.  I have sat back and read the postings and learned a lot.  During the course of learning I have purchased a 221-1 sm.  I quilt whenever I have free time.  I work fulltime so my only free time is on weekends.  But I do manage to use one of the days to quilt. 

Before xmas I constructed a full quilt using my 221.  It went together perfectly.  I was very pleased with the end result.  My little FW sews beautifully.  Before finding this group I new nothing about FW.  Now I am really hooked on collecting sm's.

I have been sewing since I was 10.  I learned on my mother's singer which I find out is a 15-91.  I was in heaven when I called her and asked what it was.  All I new it was black.  So needlesstosay I will be picking up that machine from her.  She has it in a blonde cabinet.  So my collection only consists of 221 and a 15-91.  But I am on the look out for others.  I really would like to find a treadle next.  My Dh thinks I am crazy.

Well I guess I said enough for now.  I must admit I feel alone out here because I own a Viking #1 which I truely love.  I went from a Singer touchtronic 2001 to my Viking.  I hated the singer and swore I would never buy another.  I use my Viking at home for applique and machine quilting and any other fancy sewing I would do. 

The sewing store (Smith Owens in Grand Rapids, MI) has a FWFanatics club.  Serveral of us meet once a month and learn how to maintain the 221, use the attachments, simply discuss the machine and even sew a project.  It is a lot of fun.

Well I always look forward to going to work each day so I can read my FWF mail.  It won't be long and I am retiring.  You all have a wonderful weekend. 
My e-mail address is sgriskai@post.grcc.cc.mi.us.  Would love to hear from any of you especially if any one has a treadle for sale.  Signing off from Newaygo, MI where it is rain/snow mixture.  Actually DH and I are waiting to take off for a snowmobiling trip to the Upper Peninsula soon.
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 10:05:52 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/6/97

To Pat .  Yea for Vikings.  I love the old
Singers, too, but I have three Vikings including a #1+ and have bought older
models for DDin law and DD.  Pat 
Subject: 301 Info needed
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 09:00:33 -0700

Hi Feathers!  I've been half-way looking for a 301 for a few months now. 
After almost buying a couple (a black one advertised here, that I missed
out on and a brown one I passed on), I've realized I don't know as much
about them as I should.  I know they are more heavy duty than my beloved
FW.  I know they're only 5 (?) LBS. heavier than my FW.  BUT, can I ditch
quilt on one??  Can I free motion quilt on one??  Do I want a short bed or
a long bed?  What's the difference in a 301 and a 301A??  Are any of the
accessories, other than the bobbin case interchangeable with a FW????  Like
the walking foot/throat plate etc.??

Hope these aren't too many questions  for one of  you knowledgeable FWF's
to  have the time to respond and educate me.   I get so much good out of
this group.  Thanks to you all.  And especially to Sue.  How in the world
does she do it???

Subject: Electical Manual
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998 14:53:08 -0800


most of you are aware that I was doing a restoration book, including a
wiring guide, when I suffered The Great Computer Crash awhile back.
Meantime, Mike Hulet has reprinted Singer's own wiring quide.   I got mine
yesterday, and it is a fine, fine piece of work.   Having this available has
got to be a big help to all of us who are faced with wiring these lovable
old beasts.   I have no financial interest, but I sure would recommend this
book highly.  Watch for Mike's ad on FW For Sale.

Mike has been making a real effort to get some of the old Singer stuff into
print and availability for us.   I think we all owe him some thanks, so...
Thanks, Mike!

Captain Dick
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/6/97
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 12:29:35 -0700

> custom leatherwork and corsetry 
> with thighs of steel 

Hmmm.  Was your great grandmother, by chance, a 'seamstress' in the Seattle
area? NOT!
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998 22:02:20 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 301A

I am fairly new to posting to this list, although not really new to this
list. I sure hope I am doing it right!

I just want to share with people who might appreciate this...  I answered
an ad in the paper for a "circa 1950s singer with attachments $50" and
found a 1959 (I think) 301A, ivory and light brown, that looks almost new.
It came with a manual, Singer buttonholer with manual, four extra
buttonhole templates, Singer zigzagger with manual, ruffler,
edgestitchfoot, and about five other feet in the green singer box, 16
spare bobbins, and a 1954 hardcover book called the Singer Sewing Skills
Reference Book. All in excellent shape.

The machine's motor made a kind of whining noise at higher speeds, but
after a few moments that stopped and it purrs so quietly now I can hardly
believe it. What a wonderful machine! It looks like the zigzag attachment
and buttonholer have never been used. They are such neat gadgets. I can
see why we didn't land on the moon until the early 1960s --- all the best
minds were inventing neat doo-dads for sewing machines until then.

I know I got a bargain for the $44 (Canadian, yet), and I think one of my
favorite things about the machine is the throatplate and its markings.
They are the best I've seen for a quilter, with the 1/4, 3/8, etc.
markings going both down and across. I think this one will become my
favorite piecing machine for quilts.

Any other 301 fans out there? I have yet to find a featherweight in my
price range, but I drool over one in the local Singer shop's window. They
are just so darn cute!

Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 16:39:49 EST
Subject: the good word

Hi all,
I haven't posted in a long while, but I have been on the digest pretty much
since it began more than two years ago.  I can't tell you how much I have
learned and how much I appreciate everyone's input and sharing.
I just received my birthyear FW from Robin Miller (miller5@earthlink.net).  It
arrived just as described in 9+ condition, dust- and rust-free with lots of
go-withs.  Because I had just received a damaged Singer 24 handcrank from
another vendor 2 months before, she detailed her packing procedure and sent me
the UPS tracking internet address as I anticipated the machine's arrival.
Buying long-distance is nerve-racking, unless you know Robin Miller.  I am SO
happy!!!  I recommend her highly!
I would love an original blue & white (1954-55) FW manual to complete my
treasure, if anyone has one to sell.
Thanks!  --Mari 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/6/97
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 23:32:38 +0000

To Yvonne re mising FW tray

The machine will sew perfectly without the underneath plate but will be a
little noisier  and there is a risk of surplus oil dripping from the works.
I have a spare plate if you can't find one more locally, Mail me

To Pat re Singer stools

There were quite a few different Singer stools made over the years for use
in sweat shops. Most of these were cast iron, some had back rests, some
not.  The name Singer was casty into the  single leg or on the four-way
feet. Quite collectable now, go for around $200 to collectors who want a
themed seat to go with an early machine.

Don't know the one you mention but if it's decorative as you describe, it's
more likley to have been designed for domestic use.

The slow running FW can be -- in order of ease of checking
1 Too tight belt
2 Too loose belt
3 Lack of lube
4 Thread tangled around the back of the bobbin holder
4 Faulty foot control
5 Worn motor brushes

To Terry P re sewing heavy material

About 20 years ago suddlenly there was a  big run on old vibrating shuttle
machines in England. Machines which couldn't be given away were suddenly in
demand and fetching big bucks. Seems that the leather inductry was taking
off in India and these were  considered the best machines for the job.

Not suggesting that they were better than a modern specialist machine but
the Indian makers couldn't afford these.  But clearly a 50 year old
vibrating shuttle was thought better for the job than a  much newer rotary
or oscillator which could be had for the same money.

Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 18:53:56 EST
Subject: Looking for information

My daughter made her first singer purchase today.  I have only her description
from her e-mail so maybe someone out there can help us identify it. The serial
number is AB125362.  The 4-legged wooden table has a trifold square lid that
closes over it after it is lowered.  It has a knee pedal. I believe it says
wilcox & gibbs co. on the table.  She said it's not the typical hinged lid.
There is a push button on the side that makes the lid open and this button
holds the machine up.  The machine head is just a little bigger than a
featherweight.  Would this be a 3/4 head?  There is no manual with the
machine.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.  I think I've passed
on the collecting bug to her.   TIA.     Diane 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/4/98 - Free Sewing machine Compnay
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 07:23:18 -0000

For Mary  

The Free Sewing Machine Company was established in in Rochford, Illinois in
1898. Merged with the New Home Home Sewing Machine Company in 1928. A
further merger took place in the 1930s with the National S.M Co.  Tn 1960,
the Free S.M.Co, then base in L.A. was acquired by the Japanese Janome Co.

Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 20:11:29 EST
Subject: Feather weight 

It's wonderful to find a site on these wonderful little machiens.  My
Grandmother used to spend house watching her grandmother sew on her feather
weight.  And my grandmother found one for $65 she wan't to teach me on it.
However, the bobin case is missing and it would mean the world to her to find
one.  Do you know of anyone who happens to have an extra.  It reminds her of
her grandmother and its important to me to find one.  Thank you for you time.

Subject: Model 66-6 help
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 20:05:17 -0500

Hello, all.

I am a new subscriber, (just signed up today and haven't even gotten my
first digest yet), but am I already into the list.  Have been reading the
old archives and am finding much useful information there.  

I just decided last week to start looking for a FW (or any old Singer) and
on Wed. this week called to our local radio station' Swap Shop, (buy, sell,
trade) and asked for anyone who had any old Singer machines to sell.  Well,
that evening a gentleman called me and said they had an old one in the
cabinet and what did I want it for?  I said", To use, of course!" and he
said he would GIVE it to me.  

Needless, to say didn't sleep Wed. night and went to see it Thur.  Wasn't
sure of the model, but was in cabinet with knee control and looked to be in
fairly good shape.  (for free, I'd take pretty bad shape.)  Anyhow, to make
a long story short, today I called Singer and I have a model 66-6 serial
no. AF463151, allotted on 03-27-40.  I am missing a power cord and the
wiring from the pedal (mounted inside) to the motor needs replaced, but
other than that, it seems to be in about 7 condition with the cabinet in
about a 5-6.  I can fix the veneer that has come loose and it needs a good
cleaning which may bring it to a 6-7 without a lot of work.  Boy, am I

He told me it had been stored in a barn for about 20 years before they got
it, and his wife was tired of looking at it, (it took up too much room) and
wanted to throw it away!  Boy, am I glad he called me.

It has a matte black finish (crinkle?) and all of it is intact except under
the upper arm where it has been lifted to lower and raise into the cabinet
and a tiny little bit in front of the throat plate.  I know it is not
"frozen" even without the cord, because the hand crank turns the needle
just fine, although I can tell it is a little gummy.

Ok, to the point.  How is the best way to clean and PROTECT this finish. 
It seems to come off easily and expose the shiny black underneath. And how
do I clean and lubricate the inside of the machine?  Have found a cord
already at a local Singer dealer and ordered a manual from Singer.  

Please, tell me the best way to take care of my machine.  It won't sit


Subject: singer 128-13
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998 22:31:38 -0600

Hello, My name is Jonathan, and I recently inherited an old Singer 128-13. 
It is a beautiful old machine.  This machine has an interesting story. 
First of all, I did not recieve it in it's original bentwood case. 
Actually it came mounted in a genuine Singer cabinet (no. 49).  This struck
me as unusual, because this case was intended for use with a singer 99-13. 
Whomever installed the machine in the cabinet did an absolutely flawless
job.  I did not realize that that the case wasn't original to the machine
until after some research.  I would love to learn more about my new
inheritence, and would appreciate any feedback you could give me. 
sincerely j.e.
Subject: Stuff
Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 05:31:23 PST

I love this fw site!
i also have carpal tunnel syndrome, but it was from doing do many hems, 
etc. during my dressmaking business days.  Had to learn to  machine 
blind hem, could not use electric scissors, would've been great to have 
had the new soft touch scissors then.   I also do a lot of computer & 
paper flipping work at my day job.  Had new carpal tunnel surgery & am 
much more comforable.  I find it very rewarding to do my machine 
embroidery with my BabyLock Esante & Pfaff 7570.
Regena-I, too love my Pfeatherweights & Pfaff!  I also have a Singer 
2010 & 631G.   I sold my Kenmore st stitch long ago.  I also sold my S 
treadle as I could not move it AGAIN.  Wish I could have kept it. 
 I do have a few attachments, like a zig-zag attachment, buttonholers 
for various Singers, oil cans, feet accessories, extra FW bobbins I 
collected when i was running my Singer & Fab shop.  
NEVER  use 3-n-1 oil in your sewing machine if you care anything about 
it.  It has a paraffin base & will coat all moving parts & freeze(or 
glue) that baby up in grand style!   I have had to try to free up a 
couple of those disasters & you don't want to go there!
Nice strong screwdrivers are available at Radio Shack .  They are 
longer, but very small & nicely made.
What is e-bay?
I'd say $100 was a good price for a FW, wouldn't you say?
Sounds like the motor is going out on that slow running FW, might be 
possible to take apart & clean bruses--but those motors may not be 
available anymore-are they?
A rotary type machine- hook & bobbin turns a full circle as it operates.  
Oscillating  shuttle/hook turns half-way around then half-way back, 
thereby causing more vibration, wear-n-tear & noise for the machine, 
usually affects even tension & feeding too.
I'm still looking for a tan FW-  they must be hard to find.
Subject: Bernina, Phaff, FW?
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 06:55:45 -0800

I have a couple Berninas, 1 Phaff, and a few Featherweights.  I find they
all have there purpose in life to please us.  Wouldn't give any of them up.
 The Phaff is a great machine.  It has the built-in walking foot that you
can't beat, and a built-in needle threader, which is nice, but it can ruin
your needle.  The bobbin is the pits.  It's so small you are constantly
rewinding it.  The Bernina has the wonderful knee lift, which once you get
used to is hard to sew without.  You can use both hands strictly for sewing
and not messing with your presser foot.  And it has a nice big bobbin. 
Both do a nice quilting job.  My Featherweights a cute, darling little
machines, but I don't care to sew on them. They're old and slow, like me. 
A lot of people seem to like them, but I think it's more of a status thing
to take them to classes.  You're not a true quilter unless you own a

Anyway, that's my opinion, for what it's worth.

Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 10:21:10 -0600
Subject: Machines, cats and carpal tunnel syndrome 

I've been lurking for a while and Pat 's post got me going...  I
currently have no FW's or even a Singer.  I find the older machines and
their history fascinating.  A lot of the factual information here still
goes by me, but I figure I'll pick it up.  But I have to ask why are the
original oil cans so important?  I've also noticed some of the best,
most involved web sites I've seen are on antique sewing machines!  My
husband finds it odd that people involved in the age-old art of sewing
are so heavy into computers!

Like Pat, I have a Viking #1+, which I love.  I do more embroidery than
I expected.  I am a quilter first and foremost.  I haven't needed a
walking foot; mostly I do free-motion quilting.  The large "hole" is
great for large quilts.  Because I teach a lot of classes and travel
with my machine, I bought a 12-lb, $200 White Quilter's Friend, like so
many of you do with your FW's.

I also have the 1976 Kenmore from when I graduated from college (long
ago and far away!) and a 1969 Montgomery Ward machine I inherited.  I
was planning to give these to the local 4-H office; they run OK; but I'm
reconsidering now.  I'd appreciate any comments about whether they're
worth keeping.  I don't have the model #'s in front of me.

During our Christmas phone conversation, I convinced my brother to crawl
under the cabinet of our aunt's machine that I learned to sew on.  The
machine's still there; it's a White 43 or 41.  The cabinet's being used
as a bedside table in a guest room.  It's 1400 miles away, but it's
safe.  Now, I wonder what I have to do to talk him out of it!  I also
have the "Domestic" treadle cabinet from my mom, but the machine's long

I have four "feline domestic terrorists", who think I disturb their
sewing, sewing being defined as "nesting in fabric, quilts and quilt
batting, for the purpose of shedding on them as much as possible", and
the ironing board is a great observation deck for birdwatching in the
back yard.  I also have carpal tunnel syndrome, aggravated by  holding
the rotary cutter rulers and ironing; computer usage, driving (you
haven't lived 'til both hands go numb on the wheel!) and my former
occupation as a medical research technician.  I think surgery lurks in
my future...but I haven't wanted to give up the recovery time yet.

Sorry this got so long!

Subject: What have I got??
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 20:47:09 -0600

We had to take a trip out to west central Texas or maybe that is central
west Texas to a place called Comanche to bury my husband's mother,
yesterday.  Fortunately the sun began to shine on us about Waco so it was
not a horrible day for a funeral.  Cold and windy but not raining.

However, this morning before heading back we stopped in some of the
antique/quilt/junk stores thereabouts (this is a town that has had a static
population of 4200 for over 40 years) and I acquired two machines.  One a
nice black 301 in cabinet that I had no doubts about; the other I THOUGHT
was a 201 until I got home tonight and started looking things up.  It is in
a 10 condition cosmetically (does not appear to have a pin scratch on it!)
but missing a few strategic parts -- plug in cord, needle bar clamp and
bobbin case for opener -- but I guess it is not a 201 -- tension is a
modern one with the numbers but on the back of the end plate pointing out
toward the left side -- marked made in Canada, and with a JC prefix to the
serial number. (Can't call til Monday and i'm not sure they have Canadian
model numbers??)

The bobbin is vertical, left opening slide plate and I haven't had time to
look close, but I am guessing it is a full rotary.  Light on the back is
the bakelite type slightly moveable.  Throat plate is marked with widths
which tells me mid fifties and  beyond.  Stitch lever marked with lengths,
and probably has a reverse.  It had been in a cabinet, which someone else
bought and who didn't want the machine, so I have the knee bar and the
footpedal like a FW and it will take a plug-in like a FW. Motor is mounted
high behind the pillar.  Weighs a ton.

Any help appreciated -- anxiously waiting for Charles' book to arrive! 

Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 10:11:01 -0500
Subject: Another Bernina/FW owner

Count me in!  I'm late in the "survey" but I too am a #1 Bernina fan and
since last fall a #1 FW fan.

I like to say that I was "cool" before it was "cool" to be a Bernina
owner, since I purchased my 830 Bernina w-a-y back in 1976.  It was a $650
bargain since it has stood me in good stead for hundreds of garments,
draperies and quilts, and still sews like a champ.  If I have one complaint, it's
that the machine stops dead after about a half-hour of continuous machine
quilting.  I try to look at the ten minutes I have to leave the machine
to cool down as a break from the physical tension of machine quilting.  

Since purchasing the FW, I'm in a dilemma as what machine to sew on! 
Feel like I NEED to sew on the FW to rationalize the purchase but you would
laugh to watch my right knee flopping about, expecting to lift the presser

The first project on my FW was 12, three-inch, foundation-pieced teacup
blocks.  Thought it was appropriate to use an old-fashioned machine on an
old-fashioned pattern.  Was fun to do.

Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 20:20:09 -0800
Subject: Model 99

To All:

Well, we are finally getting our "El Nino" rain in Southern California.
I trudged through the down pour to reach an estate sale. I am thrilled
with the only item of interest that I found. A little shiny silver
sewing machine oil can. The round kind, about a little larger than a
silver dollar with the spout sticking straight up. It was only .25cents.

When I arrived at the estate sale (it was a large condo complex in La
Jolla), the front parking lot was full. I looked down the long driveway
to see a group of people standing around and vans and cars parked in the
end of the driveway. I decided that is where the sale must be, so I
drove to the end. There was a police car there, as well. I pulled up
between the police car and a van to see what was around the corner.
There, I saw more people ganged arund the front door of a condo. I
figured that I would back up and park and go in. A man approached my
Jeep and said that a lady had been found on the driveway and had died.
She had a mark on her head. They didn't know if she had been hit over
the head or received the mark when she fell. Well, I finally found the
estate sale a few condos away from that one. When I arrived at the sale,
the lady running the sale said that her husband had found the woman on
the driveway, and they had called the police. I felt bad for the poor

Then, I answered a call in the classified ads for a Singer in cabinet.
I called and waited all day for a call back. A former beauty queen and
model, who is probably in her late 50s and looking real good, came to
the door and ushered me out to the garage where sat a Model 99 in a
walnut cabinet. I can recognize the different machines now; thanks to
this web site. This one is the exact twin to the one I bought last
Summer from the lady lawyer. I didn't know what I had. I thought that I
had bought a featherweight. Some informed person on the FWF figured out
that I had a model 99 by having me weigh it. The feather is 12 pounds
and the 99 is about 21 pounds. I still like them, though.
I couldn't resist it. It needs some refinishing to the top of the lid
and the wood platform where the machine rests. I think the machine head
just needs cleaning up. It needs a belt and some love, and it will be a
beauty queen, once again, like her former mom. I don't really need
another Model 99, but they are cute and interesting. The gold is in very
good condition. A little wear on the front left where the material
dragged across the metal platform. It will clean up to an 8 or 9. The
cabinet will clean up to an 8+ or 9. Lots of little parts and stuff and
two screwdrivers.
The pretty lady said, "It was my mom's machine, and I am so glad that it
is going to a good home". 
Now, I will feel bad, if I sell it. I think I will anyway.


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