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Saturday, January 10

Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 20:13:14 -0800
Subject: needed items

I would like to buy the following items:
Manual for minature Bell machine
Willcox and Gibbs: manual for converted electric, footpedal assembly 
including connector box that the plug going from the machine connects to.
Also extra needles.
General Electric cord - two prongs (from the back of the machine to 
Elna Grasshopper attachments box that attaches to machine and 
Elna Supermatic manual, attachments and container and any discs(if there 
are discs ohter than the zig zag one)
I also need the entire foot pedal assembly for a 20's Singer Red Eye that 
was converted from a treadle.  I only have the cord going from the 
machine.  I need the box where you plug in the machine and light and the 
foot pedal.  

I don't know   what kind of needles the Elnas and G.E. take.  I also need 
extra ones if they can't be purchased at local sewing stores.
Thank you for your help.
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 15:09:35 EST
Subject: Old Vs. Modern

Hey Gang!

Well, I've been reading about what people learned to sew on and what kinds of
machines they use most, so I thought I'd throw in my two cents worth.

I learned how to sew when I was 2 years old on my grandmother's old Singer (I
don't know what model - I can barely remember what I'm supposed to get at the
grocery store these days).  I was always supervised when I sewed on it, but
apparently I didn't have any problems (I still have all my fingers).  I used
to sit with her and do handwork as well.  Once it was established that I
really enjoyed sewing, I was given a Singer 50D for my own.  Of course, when I
started collecting machines and asked for it, I was informed it had been given
away years ago.  I just recently purchased another one - even thought it's not
"my" machine, it still evokes pleasant memories.

As for present day sewing, I no longer make clothing, concentrating instead on
quilting.  For that purpose, I use my '51 FW for the majority of my piecing
and my Elna Carina for bindings and other things I need a walking foot for.
I'm currently in the process of setting up my sewing room, so I'm looking
forward to piecing on my White treadle as well.  I also have a 301 which I
plan to put into service.  While I have several old machines which all work
beautifully, they're more for viewing enjoyment, although I do play with them
from time to time.

As far as owning a Bernina, while I think they're lovely machines and I enjoy
seeing the latest models, I would never own one.  Since all my sewing uses
only straight stitching, it would be a huge waste of money to buy one.  I
simply would never use all the bells and whistles on them.  For me, sewing on
one of the old Singers has far more appeal.  Besides, they're so pretty and
the stitching on them is outstanding.  (I'm sure my DH is breathing a huge
sigh of relief right about now.)

Also, in response to the question about quilters owning cats which was running
through here a while ago, the answer is a definite no.  We have a dog, some
fish, a few birds and, in particular, a rather rambunctious macaw who thinks
my stash is his personal playground (he loves it when I fold laundry, usually
running under the clothes and coming out with either a sock or underwear on
his head).  I always know if my color combination is pleasing, since he'll
view a quilt and either give it a kiss (positive) or back away (negative).
Everybody is a critic, I guess.  Lest you think I'm a cat hater, I'm not - I'm
simply not a cat person.

Anyway, there's my blatherings for the day.  I'm back into lurkdom.

Happy machining!

Subject: RE: What do I have??
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 11:06:13 -0600

Well, duh!  After sending off this message last night, I suddenly
remembered I had just received the Captain's book this week, checked it,
and discovered that the end mounted tension was my clue that it is a
15-something.  Most likely a 15-91; and received a message from Sue McClure
this am suggesting that as well.  Boy, do I feel stupid!!

Now to see about gathering up the various missing parts.  Going to go over
it closely this morning.

Subject: Found: Cams for ?? Machine
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 13:52:19 -0500

Hello Feathers, went to an antique mall today and the only thing I found of
interest was a pink plastic box full of gray/green colored cams.  I seemed
to remember someone wanting certain numbers of green cams.  There is a
portion of the instruction booklet in the box but nothing to reveal name of
the machine they are for.  A couple of photos had pictures of some of the
controls and it looked like a stylistic type of "V", so I thought it might
be for a Viking, but can only guess.  The top of the box just says Deluxe
ZigZag Attachment Sewing Machine.  The bottom of the box is cream plastic. 
There are 16 cams, but numbers 9 and 16 are missing.  This was only $4.50
and I thought someone will know what machine they are for and possibly need
them.  I'll be happy to mail for the $4.50 plus postage if anyone needs

Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 11:03:51 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/6/97

The most rugged machine I have found is the 500A, 401 and 503.  I sew leather
on them.  Otherwise you would need to go to an industrial modle.  You can get
walking feet for them but I do not use them.

On jeans I use a "Jeans-a-majig"  It is a smell piece of plastic that you put
behind the foot to elevate it at a seam as the foot starts onto the seam.
Then you move it to the front of the foot and it comes off the seam.  Prevents
skipped stitches and jams.

The walking foot is good on quilting and anything where you do not want the
bottom layer to feed at a different rate.  Before they were on the maket the
presser foot was adjusted for thicker fabrics and darning.  (In darning you
also drop the feed dog).

Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 20:53:56 -0500
Subject: ???

Hi Everyone, I was at the local Sat.night auction and picked up a "New
Willard"  serial# 451261 its a portable in the bentwood case very nice
shape w/ decals I couldn't pass it up for 8.00. I'm wondering if anyone
knows who made it and when. Thanks Frish in NJ anyone looking to buy a
house in Jackson??? Were moving 2 hrs. south our house is up for sale
hubbys new job is relocating us so his commute isn't so long, I can't
wait a "new" location to find sewing machines!!!
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 20:59:16 -0800
Subject: New Family

I would appreciate any infomation on how to clean the body of my New
Family. The deco's are still on it, but years of grime are on top. I
don't want to take off the deco's by using the wrong kind of cleaner.

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