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From: MMquilts
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 13:15:33 EDT
Subject: Singer Genie

Hi Feathers:

	I went Thrifting today and saw (did not purchase) a Singer Genie.  Is 
this a good machine?  Is it worth purchasing and if so what would be a fair 
price?  There was no book or attachments.

	Any and all information would be greatly appreciated.



From: Sharon Reese 
Subject: Wanted
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 19:03:23 -0500

Attractive low shank Singer seeking hinged straight stitch foot (part # 
45321) for meaningful relationship.  Must enjoy late night quilting 
sessions, the occasional repair of baby clothes, and travel to quilt 
classes.  Must be in good physical shape - no rusty feet, please.

Sharon in Taylor, TX
P.S.  I'm willing to buy or trade.  I have a few extra feet that are 
single. : )

From: Bekibee
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 09:09:36 EDT
Subject: Made in Canada

I recently purchased a 221 and just noticed it was made in Canada.  I cannot 
find any information on those made in Canada.  The serial number begins with 
EG.  Does anyone have any information regarding year of manufacture or value. 
 It is in extremely good condition, with the case, attachments and book.
 Becky in OKC  -  Bekibee@AOL.com 

From: Contierra
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 22:45:31 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/4/1999

Dear Graham and my FW friends, You all have such helpful  knowledge, could 
you please give me some advice on my friends 221 sewing box. Her mother 
purchased it for her in Florida and mailed it to her home in 
California........IT SMELLS REALLY MOLDY.......She does not bring it into the 
house because it is not a pleasant smell. I mentioned baking soda and my 
husband said call the antique experts............
Do you have any ideas? Thanks, Linda

From:  (Lois Frankel)
Subject: 201-2
Date: Tue, 06 Apr 1999 01:14:24 -0400


If you get noth ing at all from your motor, it sounds like a connection
problem inside the motor. If the machine is otherwise in great shape,
I'd take it for repair. The 15-91 motor is supposed to be
interchangeable, so if you have or can find one of those, you should be
able to use it for a transplant, if necessary. It may be much simpler
than that, though. Good luck! I'd say a 201 (working, in good condition,
etc.) is more desirable than a 99.

Lois Frankel                 http://pluto.njcc.com/~lfrankel
     (pix of cats, quilts, and antique sewing machines)

From: "Jackie Hubert" 
Subject: Re: 20l-02
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 10:58:38 -0500

Hi Feathers:  This is my 3rd attempt to post to the list so hope I 
get through this time.  With regard to the "20l-02" I was wondering
if someone could tell me that the 02 stands for.  I have recently 
purchased this model and love the way it free motion quilts.  Would
appreciate any comments on this machine. Thanks. 
                     Jackie in SWOkla   jh@intplsrv.net

Date: Tue, 06 Apr 1999 23:44:23 -0400
From: Millie MacKenzie 
Subject: State block embroidery challenge

Greetings and Hurrah! 

I now have all 50 of the state blocks in my hand and they are truly
treasures, each and every one of them!

Betty Meers and I began this project about 1 year ago with a November
deadline and are a 'little' late getting it all done. Thanks to all the
original volunteers who completed their blocks and got them mailed to me
safely, and thanks to those who stepped in late in the effort to pick up
the slack.

That's the good news, the bad news is that I have been sick for several
weeks and have very little productivity time each day (DH has insisted
that I do some of our tax preparation during those lucid moments!) So
while I would like to promise to have all the jpgs up at my web site
really soon, I am reluctant to set a deadline for myself. I will be
announcing this site to all who emailed me about this project in the
last 12 months, and also to FWF. 

If you did a block for this project, I would ask that you send me an
email at this time to be certain that I have your correct email id.

Thanks to all who supported this effort, and more on the web site and
winner of the 50 blocks will follow. Millie

Millie In CT
NEEDLEWORK GOODIES (note new url!)

From: "Lou Jurek" 
Subject: 1938 Featherweight
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 14:18:34 -0600

If I should join the list to receive answers to the ???I'll be asking, just
let me know.  I bought a FW on Ebay and it was in much worse condition that
described but I chalked it up to my own naivte'.  I now have it pretty well
cleaned up but it has many paint chips, areas where gold and paint are
completely worn away, long gouges that are more than needle marks etc.
Several of the screwa that I have tried to remove are "frozen", the felt
that lines the bottom cover feels as tho it has been saturated in a sticky
oil/grease.  Is there any hope for restoration by me--a rank amateur?  Is
there anyone who can do this without charging an arm and a leg?  Even if
he/she does just part of it?  Thanks for any info you can give me.  Also I
bought a magnificent= white FW from Canada and The case was broken in
shipment.  Is there a source for buying a replacement?  Alternatively, can
it be restored?  It cracked across the rivets of the latch so would have to
be weight bearing again if repaired properly.  TIA Lou Jurek
mommalou1@juno.com or loujay1@worldnet.att.net

Date: Tue, 06 Apr 1999 22:04:49 -0700
From: Larry Doyle 
Subject: Zipppper foot

Hello All,
	Does anyone out there have the "Arrow Head" zipper foot for sale.  I would
like one to fit a FW.  Thank you in advance,

My kind regards, Larry

From: "Bill Mitchell" 
Subject: Wilcox & Gibbs, A Soap Opera.
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 19:56:24 -0700

To All Feathers,

Toni Anzalone, a feather from New York, came to town yesterday to help me
strangle, I mean persuade the Witch of Antiques to free up the Wilcox &
Gibbs from the shackles that it is being held in. We staked out the place
before we attempted to attack. We watched the layout. Then, after much
planning and rehearsing, we approached the antique store and rushed the door
and found a big "CLOSED" sign in the window. It was closed the day after
Easter. So, I boosted Toni up to look in the upstairs window, where the W&G
is being held captive. There it was, with no food nor water for the whole
Easter holiday. It was gasping for help and nourishment. We took some of our
left over lunch to poke through the window to feed it, when we realized that
sewing machines don't eat people food; rather they thrive on WD 40 and car
wax and stuff like that. Plus tender love and care. Well, Toni left,
disappointed that we could not rescue the W&G on the day after Easter, so we
left dejected. The W&G is still wanting some WD 40 and love and care.
Today, I went in there with my hired henchman, and politely demanded a price
on that machine.
The antique woman. Antique! She is younger than I am. Well, she said that
she would venture a guess that it had been priced at $450. and that she
would let it go for $250.
I said, "What! That old thing that has been around here for two years?"
I further said, "I would want it for alot less than that."
The antique woman said, "Well as soon as I can go through the files and find
the consignor, I will see what she will do."
So, again, our castle attack did not succeed. We have retreated and are
regrouping for another attack later on.
She said that she let a pristine and complete 221 go for $285 that had been
around there forever. "Nobody wants sewing machines around here," she said.

Toni is delightful. Her sister dropped her off in town, at the Secret Garden
Coffee Shop, a good place to meet. Can you imagine her trusting me, whom she
had never met except on FWF for the past year. I guess FWF after your name,
is the sign of "Trustworth". William J. Mitchell, FWF.
Well, anyway we went to lunch in an old historical house converted to a
restaurant ,on the ocean. It was a clear, blue sky day. She kept remarking
on how clear and blue our water is compared to the Atlantic Ocean. I toured
her around town and all view points, where you can see clear to Mexico. She
seemed to enjoy her brief visit. She wanted to see the secret experimental
room where I discover ways to clean sewing machines. Toni is really a good
seamstress. She was wearing a cotton, very creative patchwork top that she
had sewn. She has a bunch of 221s and many other interesting sewingmachines.
She is very knowledgeable and fun to talk to. She observes alot on FWF, so
we need to draw her out and get her into our interesting conversations.

Off to the planning room.

Bill Mitchell in San Diego

Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 11:04:33 +0100
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/4/1999

To  Michael Lasich re Goodrich

The situation is a little confusing.

Goodrich started in 1881 but the name was changed to Foley and Williams
four years later.
In 1924 the company re-adopted the Goodrich name and stayed in business
until the start of WW2.

To Madge re Willcox and Gibbs

Can't comment on the $80 price as you do not say whether this is a
hand-crank, , electric or just a head.

Can provide a threading diagram,  complete handbook  or even a 60-page fact
file if needed. Mail me.

Graham Forsdyke

Date: Tue, 06 Apr 1999 09:03:54 -0500
From: Mary Waller 
Subject: Thread on Thread

To add to Moonsage's info on "O.N.T." sewing thread, this is what I've
learned about thread from quilt history.

Prior to the mid-1800's, commercially made cotton sewing thread was
3-ply, or 3 strands twisted together.  It worked for hand-sewing, but it
wasn't strong enough for sewing machines and its glazed finish was too
stiff and it lacked uniformity in thickness.  In the late 1840's,
six-ply thread was made for added strength for sewing machines, but it
was too bulky and didn't work well either.  (I'd bet I'd think twice
before paying out big money for a sewing machine if there was no thread
that worked in it!)

In the mid-1860's, George Clark came up with a new twist (ahem!) on the
standard six-ply thread; his "new thread" was 3 strands of 2-ply thread
twisted together, or "three 2-ply".  Still 6-ply, but different.  The
"three 2-ply" is/was called "Our New Thread", or "O.N.T."

"Dual Duty" thread's dual role refers to its versatility as a thread
suitable for both hand- and machine-sewing.  Today's Dual Duty Plus is
two plys of cotton-wrapped polyester.  The all-cotton thread available
today is 3-ply.

Mary Waller, Vermillion, South Dakota


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