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Date: Sun, 04 Apr 1999 16:06:22 -0400
From: Steve Echols 
Subject: Re: Bodines in Texas

To Barbara in East Texas.......... Never, never, ask "How much?"  Always
start with..."I'll give you such and such for it"  I have found that
this stops the tantrums and gives the owner a chance to barter with
you.  When you ask "how much" you are actually letting the seller set
his price.  Most seller's don't want to scare you away, and so will
start at a reasonable price when asked, but not all. (This sellers
asking price was actually very reasonable for today's collectors.  Even
if it was just a cannibalized machine that will be used for parts)
Also, keep in mind that when you come across a professional Pack Rat
such as you did at Bodines then you have to make quite sure that you
want the seller's item really badly.  These kind of personalities have
an overly emotional connection to their junk, and are not parted from it
too cheaply or easily.


From: "Barbara Lee Gates" 
Subject: Cover plates again
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 15:42:53 -0500

> From: "John & Nancy Tanguay" 

> Moonsage mentioned she had a feed dog cover plate .  Is this part 
> #32622?   Are they still available?

An old Singer parts list shows this as:

32622	Feed Cover Plate (flat top), for art work   	66-1, 66-4, 66-6, 66-8,
66-14, 66-16, 66-18, 66-24, 99-13, 99K28, 99-31, 185, 192K3

I don't know what this looks like, as obviously none of my machines came
with them.  Don't know about the availability of it.

The FW plate is #121309 and does not fit on anything else.  It is amoeba
shaped, black metal and is occasionally found listed on E-bay and selling
at $100 plus.

BJ (Barbara)  in East Texas

From: RTowers206
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 18:21:42 EDT
Subject: 201 Sewing Cabinet

In a message dated 4/3/99 0:50:41 AM EST, FWFanatics@ttsw.com writes:

 Hello Fellow Feathers!
 This past weekend I picked up a Model 201-2 at our local auction which =
 came in a 50's modern cabinet with rounded edges and 1 drawer on the =
 left side.   I bought it for the machine and at first thought this =
 cabinet was ugly.  Well, it eventually grew on me and I actually like it =
 now.  My question is:   I found a serial number inside the drawer.   =
 Could this be a Singer Cabinet???  Is there anyway/anywhere I could =
 check this out?
To Kate,
     Yes, you can find out by checking out Mike H's book on Singer Cabinets, 
chairs and hardware.  It lists every single part.  If you don't have this 
book, send me a few more details and perhaps I could give you the cabinet 
     Like you, I thought my 201 cabinet was "ugly".  It also grew on me, but 
needs to be refinished.  Now I am anxious to get this job done (as soon as it 
stops snowing) simply because this is one terrific SM.  Does the best 
stippling of all the SMs I own.

Date: Sun, 04 Apr 1999 17:23:34 -0600
From: Michael Lasich 
Subject: antique machine(info)

 have an antique improved new goodrich sewing machine.written on the
machine itself is foley williams mfg co.cincinnati and chicago, pat
oct.6 1891,on the metal
legs is pat 5 10 ' 75@7.8'81it has a wooden
hood(has some designs on it as do the drawers)
which sits over top of the machine
and an end board which folds up for lengthening the sewing platform,it
has three drawers on each side for storage.it also has
a long narrow bobbin.i know it is very old,i would appreciate
information on its rarity, possible value etc.thank you..
a reply as soon as possible would be  appreciated.

i also have a treddle sewing machine called humen the only
numbers i can find on it are:h 12 31 20.

Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 11:59:14 +0100
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/2/1999

To Di  re British FW case key.

Got one here you can have. Easter present - mail me your address.

Also have the spool cover screw. Same price.

Graham Forsdyke

From: MadgeTom
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 13:30:12 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/1/1999

Hi Feathers,

We went to a flea market today ( Easter Sunday) and found a Wilcox and Gibbs 
The seller wanted $80.  for it, but took $60.  
My son bought it for me as an Easter present.
I don't know much about values as far as this machine is concerned.  Did we 
do all right?  
Also,  we need a threading diagram,  can anyone help?  

Thanks so very much.  Love and Joy ... Madge in NJ

Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 12:51:43 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jeanne in Oklahoma 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/1/1999

> To Linda re ebay problems
> If you have a friend who is an ISMACS member
> ask to see the current
> magazine - has a lot about ebay
> Graham Forsdyke
So, I don't have a friend who is an ISMACS member
- where can I see the current magazine.  I looked
at the ISMACS home page - not alot there. 
Someone could paraphrase perhaps?  
I don't suffer from insanity,
I enjoy every minute of it!  :-)

Jeanne in Oklahoma

From: Moonsage
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 13:45:48 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/1/1999

Singer 201
Great buy at $45 and if the motor is not responding try checking the wiring 
for a short.  Also, have you oiled it?  

The W&G story
Those are Ogers not Witches.  They like to lurk in dark spots and take off 
price tags.

The best way to get most husbands to do something is to suggest that perhaps 
they're too old to do it.

From: "Todd or Diane Hyle" 
Subject: Vintage Sewing Machines Sighted!!!l
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 15:32:52 -0400

Hi. This is my first posting at FWF, but I love my daily mailing from 
the list.  Most of the people here seem very helpful, and it's always
informative.  I market autoglass locally in Louisville Kentucky and get 
to see alot of antique malls and shops.  I saw a 201 in the "art deco" 
style cabinet with the bench,  attachments in box and manual for $95.00. 
 Also spotted an anniversary 15-91 in "Queen Anne" style table with 
bench also, attachments and manual for $95.00 also.  I also bought a
card table for for the 400 series Singer (also fits 300 short bed).  I 
need 3- 221 manuals, 3 trays, 4 keys and a set of attachments.  I love 
the bartering system, and would be willing to help someone obtain these 
machines!    Thanks,  Diane

From: Skh2326
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 1999 21:41:55 EST
Subject: Featherweight

I recently bought a feather weight 222K and am interested in selling it, I 
bought it because I thought it was different as I already own a 221. After 
researching them I decided I would like to sell it and keep my 221. If you 
can give me any information I would appreciate it.
Thank you, Sandi


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