Featherweight Fanatics Archives



Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 08:58:15 -0800 (PST)
From: Barbara Sargent 
Subject: eBay Site

Hi Fellow Feathers,

I recently bought a 221 on eBay.  The seller represented the machine to
be in "mint" condition and when I received it I was thrilled to see
that it was!

I feel caution should be exercised on any auction site as they are only
the venue to purchase, not the actual seller.  If you will click on the
seller's name on the bid form you can review a history of past
experiences with that particular seller.  Read the actual comments from
customers.  My seller's name was Fountainbleau and she was an antiques
dealer from California.  She packed my little treasure very well and I
had no glitches in finalizing the sale. 

Spring has arrived in the Ozarks and I'm off to enjoy a wonderful
afternoon of scouring the flea markets.  Happy Easter!


Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 08:23:50 -0700
From: Dorothy Daybell 
Subject: Re: Chain Stitch

Bonnie  wrote, regarding a chain-stitch attachment:

> My need for this application is to sew strips of muslin
> to the top and bottom of quilts before putting them onto a Gammill quilting
> machine [not mine :-(    ].  This would allow one to quilt all the way to
> the edge of the quilt.  A chain-stitch  will hold firmly yet will easily pull
> out when the quilting is finished.

What a good idea!  I hand-quilt small quilts in a hoop, and have been
safety-pinning strips of muslin to the edges.  I'm going to try my Willcox
& Gibbs next time.


From: "Sue McClure" 
Subject: Singer cabinet
Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 07:21:07 -0500

In reply to the question about the cabinet with the curved side and one
small drawer, sure sounds like my beloved "Art Deco" cabinet (not sure if
that's the "official" name, though?) which is one of my favorites in the
Singer line! Mine came with a model 401 machine, but think something like a
201 would "go" better, so someday have to play yet another round of musical
sewing machines!

Sue McClure, Castleton, NY

From: Contierra
Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 09:56:08 EST
Subject: Re: Fw Fanatics 3/31/1999

Good morning from the west coast,                                             
             Thank-you Jeanne and Linda for your e-mail.
Last night I saw lots of wonderful items on ebay. I would need to get a 
second job to afford all the bids I wanted to make. You are right, it could 
be very addicting. I can see it now, "My name is Linda, and I am a 
ebayaholic." It sounds horrible...
     Dear Sharon, about your new beige machine, I asked my husband about it 
and he mentioned that it might be the bearings if the wheel has them. He did 
not want to give me advice since he could not see the machine. Maybe you will 
hear from our real experts........Enjoy your Easter, Linda

From: Moonsage2
Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 02:08:17 EST
Subject: Re: Fw Fanatics 3/31/1999

Foot Control
Button up? Button down?  If it runs then it is OK.  I did notice that if the 
button was on the bottom it was a little harder.  Most use it with the button 
that runs the machine to the left and the "resting button" to the right.

Singer made a lot of cabinets.  Most of the machines that are in cabinets are 
in the ones Singer made.  The cabinets are not always interchangeable between 

Unique Sellers
My favorite is a man in Jacksonville, FL who has a store in the downtown 
area.  He opens on no time frame and if the mood hits he closes.  Has over 2 
stores stacked to the ceiling and I was in there when he decided to leave.  I 
asked about prices and he was not interested.  I told him I was from out of 
town and his reply, " well, now you have a good reason to come back."

There are dishonest sellers on eBay.  I have run into one really bad one.  
The main thing I notice is that they change their name often.  eBay is 
changing its policy regarding no deliveries and also the bidder that does not 
follow through.  A note was sent to anyone that did not have all the records 
done  and also to tell you that you are more liable for the selling and 
purchases.  They are going to toss off offenders.

If you put on a belt it needs be moved easily by the motor.  Not too tight 
and too loose will slip.  Also make sure it has not gotten oil on it and is 
slipping.  As for a squeak...oil oil oil....unless you have a machine like I 
got with a rat in it...dead rat.

eBay problems
I had 2 problems in one week.  Up until then I was not unhappy with it.  Both 
are sending me the money back but it is a bother to pack and mail.  One was a 
machine that had been painted "singer" on the front and the person was 
suckered in buying it and did not know they were taken until we talked.  The 
other was just a case of a tiny crack that I could see and the dealer did 
not.  Took a bright light.  My pet peeve is for someone to run up the price 
on you, then offer to share the items and back out.  Why bid if they are 
unsure if it is what they want?  And if you are not sure why run up the 
price?  You would not like it.  OK, my fussy attitude is out and done with 
for this month.

Only in America...can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance!

Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 8:49:00 -0500
From: Kathleen Longo 
Subject: Domestic machines

Hi Fanatics,
I stopped at a garage sale yesterday(Fri.) and was able to buy a pretty nice 
Domestic Rotary. It came with manual, attachments, oil can(tiny), extra 
bobbins, and has the bobbin case. It is in a very nice maple cabinet.It is 
black, no gold, funny looking finish(?godzilla?).
Is there a place where I can check serial # ?  
Ser. # 73X904   Model # 73(per manual in machine)
Haven't had time to run it yet, but the lady I bought it from said it runs, 
and offered tp plug it in, but I said no.Will try it on Monday.
Price $30, and she took $25. I think the cabinet alone is worth more than 

I am at work today, so if you reply Saturday or Sunday, please send to:

If you reply on Monday, please send to:

Thanks in advance for any help.

From: KeGaR
Date: Sat, 3 Apr 1999 09:29:21 EST
Subject: FWIW--free motion on Singers

This came to me today from the Free Motion list; thought some of you might be 
interested.  I have the old reprinted book of Singer art embroidery that's on 
my to do list.
Gail R
in drippy, warm, foggy NE Wis.  watching the ice go out

From: "Lawrence, Diana" 
Subject: Featherweight 221
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 10:18:50 -0500

I am looking for a good condition working featherweight, I live in South
Florida.   Please e-mail me at:

From: "Bryan & Lydia Sowers" 
Subject: Seaching for replacement part for model 221  mfg 1957
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 20:26:47 -0500

there's a broken part on the "camshaft"  If you look into the access panel
(under the thread spindle) starting from hand wheel side there is...
grommet where shaft goes to hand wheel housing, left of that is a "spacer"
about 1/2" wide it has a "fork like" part that fits over the spacer from
underneath , then a washer?, then (the part that is broken) it fits around
another "spacer" has 2 set screws that face up and a lube hole - further
left is a "winged flange" and then a toothed flange- can't see further left
than that.
Do you have any idea where I can find that broken part? (the one with the 2
set screws)
***Then if I can get my hands on the part, is there a manual that tells how
to get in there to replace it?
The machine/case/accessories are in REALLY great condition. mfg date is
9/27/57 the finish and gilt trim are perfect. My Grandmother bought it
12/1959 at a singer shop in Hempstead, NY- I have the recipt. 

I also have a 221-1 (12/08/1937) case/book feet etc that my Mother used for
years it was given to her after she married late 50s.
And a model 99 w/ "bent wood" case and knee lever mfg 11/28/1928 (I would
love to get the case restored it's in dire need of repair but still
beautiful) That machine also was my (same) grandmother's 
While I'm bragging I also have the 3 book set from 1930/32 # 1 "short cuts
to home sewing" #2 "How to make dresses" #3 "how to make children's
clothes"- "the modern Singer way. (they are a hoot)

Any help on that part for the 1957 - 221 would be MUCH appreciated, thank
you, LYS    Va Beach, VA.

While I'm begging info... I've been told that Buttonholer templates can't
be bought anymore from mfg. I have 2 buttonholers and need certain size
templates for them
I need to dig them out and inventory for exact sizes needed. Any sources??

From: Quiltingsh
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 09:14:30 EST
Subject: Featherweight

Looking to buy a featherweight in good working order for quilting use, not for
collecting. Thanks!

From: "Myra Silverstrim" 
Subject: Featherweight
Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 08:53:32 -0800

I bought what I thought was a Featherweight at an auction for $5.00.  It =
is a 99k serial number EN168566.  The case says made in Great Britain, =
but under the wheel is a plate that says made in Canada. =20

Could you give me a background on the 99k.  Is it a Featherweight?

It works great too.  As I'm writing this my husband is making a quilt on =


"To err is human, to really screw up you need a computer."

Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 12:00:00 -0500
From: Julie Shipp 
Subject: Featherweight prices

I have access to a FW that looks to be in wonderful condition.  The case is 
also in good shape, as is the electrical cord, and there are several things 
included, such as the Singer oil can, etc.  The owner purchased it here in 
Canada at an auction for $300 Canadian.  Is this a good price?  If anyone 
knows of a souce here in Ontario, please contact me at jshipp@execulink.com 
or jshipp@firestone-textiles.com.

Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 01:33:52 -0800
From: Susan Davis 
Subject: looking for a featherweight

I am looking for a featherweight sewing machine.  any help locating
sources would be appreciated.



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