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From: RTowers206
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 16:04:43 EDT
Subject: 1/4" seams

     Have been reading about the various methods FWFs use to achieve perfect 
1/4" seam allowances.  As you know, there are many 1/4" feet on the market, 
but still, each SM has to be checked separately for accuracy.  I believe the 
needle on my 201 is preset at the factory in the 9 o'clock position thus 
requiring a minor adjustment in my seam allowance. 
     Since I have made garments most of my life, I became very dependent upon 
a seam guide.  So, when I want perfect 1/4" seams for quilting, I use both a 
1/4" foot AND my seam guide.  My favorite is the one with a nylon circular 
base (no. 161172).  This came with my 328K in 1965 and has never scratched 
the bed of the SM.  However, as a precaution against scratching my FW when 
using a seam guide, I simply insert the guide screw into an extra spool pin 
felt circle before anchoring it  tightly to the machine.  This works well 
with both the above seam guide and the FW seam guide no. 25527.  
     Hope this tip helps other quilters who are afraid of scratching their 
FWs but still want perfectly pieced quilts.   And do hope you are all 
enjoying the arrival of Spring.

From: Moonsage2
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 13:05:58 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/6/1999

Touch and Sew
When I have problems like you described with the bobbin the first thing I 
replace is the bobbin.  Not with another used one but a new one.  The bobbin 
will stretch and get wider on the post.  Makes it too tall to sew right.  
Tighten the older ones good and then if that does not work get a new one.  I 
have a plastic gear one and with care and good oiling it is still going 
strong.  I use it a lot for chain stitching.

Sellers have to provide more information now than they used to do.  That does 
not stop them from coming on in another name.  I look for the feedback to 
have dates over a period of time.  If all the notes are new and close 
together then I am not accepting it as valid.  You can also get a history of 
the names changes but that does little to see if it is a dealer that 
constantly changes their names and accounts.  If I am spending a small amount 
I may bite, but over $5 I get picky.  If I really want an item I call them 
and talk with them.  Then I can better think it out.

eBay change
One good change on eBay is now you can reply to a feedback left on your name. 
 If it is a negative you have the right to reply and that is printed with it. 
 Some dealers and buyers like to use the negative to harm others....this will 
help.  Not a fix.  

eBay general
While I prefer to look for my own machines, the thrill of the hunt.  I do 
enjoy the site.  It is not perfect but I have only had one person to be a 
real problem as a seller.  I was contacted by several other buyers and found 
her to have used 5 names under separate set up accounts.  She had not mailed 
out items.  eBay did contact her and they got their stuff.  Is she back on, 
probably, but I watch my bids and know more about the persons before I bid?  
I may get bit again but the same can happen locally.  Not perfect but still 
the best thing to come along lately.

Oil it and then run it without the needle for a minute.  It makes an awful 
noise when dry.  It does not sew as quite as the Singers due to the fiber and 
metal belt.  Unusual looking but fits into the gears really neat.  For free I 
would play and try to get it going before I sent it into a shop.  Mine was a 
mess until the oiling.  they mark all holes with red that you oil.  Also open 
the left end and oil and "joint."  Clean out the front area under the feet.  
There is a part there that is essential that you keep it oiled.

A patch for chocoholics

 Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight. --Phyllis Diller

Date: Wed, 07 Apr 1999 11:34:22 -0500
From: Swede 
Subject: Help with Necchi

I'm having a problem with a Necchi, can anyone help?

It appears to be threaded correctly, have adjusted the bobbin tension,
and the needle is in right but the top thread is *way* too loose--it
leaves huge loops on the back even when turned as tight as it will go. I
even tried loosening the bobbin tension, although I don't think that is
the problem. I really think that I am threading it wrong, because
sometimes when I go to unthread it to try again, it seems to have pulled
itself very tight inside the tension regulator knob. And sometimes the
little tension wire gets stuck on the hook thing to the left of it.=20

I have the top tension turned up as high as it will go, and the bobbin
tension slightly on the loose side, but the bobbin thread still lies
flat on the back. It isn't exactly taught...I mean, it isn't puckering
or anthing, but the bottom thread is just lying straight along the
fabric with little loops of the top thread holding it in place. It is
better with straight stitching than with free motion, but still not

Another thing I noticed while scrutinizing the machine is that the
needle, on its way down into the hole, hits a curved metal bit that
bends it about an eight of an inch to the right. This seems weird to me
to, but I don't know that it isn't the way it is supposed to work.

Any suggestions?

=95=A7=95 Children have more need of models than of critics..

Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 13:03:19 +0100
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/6/1999

To Myra re broken part

Just re thought what you said and have now decided it's the cap from the
connectinmg rod which runs through the pillar. You might get away with
simply replacing the cap but chances are you will need the rod as well as
both parts were jig-bored together. Can supply if you need.

To quilt writer re needle clamp locating screw.

This is still available and your local sewing machine outlet should be able
to order it from Pd Sixty (a trade-only source) . If you hit problems mail

However, not sure how this can cause the timing to get out of kilter.

To KS Mary

Can provide the FW motor brush screw cap your friend needs.

To explorer

My guess is that you still have some thread caught. Take the case apart
again - I'd advise doing it the Singer way - a lot easier (see the hand
book) than the Srebro method.

To Lee re Wi zard

Wizard sewing machines were made by both the Davis and the Standard companies.

Graham Forsdyke

From: Wexford6
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 08:36:37 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/6/1999

Hi all, My sister's Featherweight has a small  (1/4" ) paint chip in the bed. 
The machine is in great condition otherwise. I think this paint chip will get 
worse if it's not repaired. The guy she bought it from said the value of the 
machine will lesson if she fixes it. Is this true? 
If it's proper to fix this, what's the best paint? Thanks so much for all of 
the great info. FWF's.                                                   Ali

Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 11:08:37 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/6/1999

I am looking for a manual for a Singer 237.  My brother-in-law got it from a 
friend but
of course there is no manual.  Thanks in advance.
Stephanie from OH

Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 08:48:17 -0500 (CDT)
From: "http://www.icsi.net/~pickens" 
Subject: looking for a lovely manual.

Hi Everyone!
Mom gave me her "old" Pfaff 1069 TipTronic Sewing
machine.  I'm looking for a manual or a copy of
a manual.  I've gone the usual routes...like to
a Pfaff dealer...but no such luck!  This machine
is about 15-20 years old maybe.

Anyway, if you have a manual, or can make a copy
of one, I'll pay you the money for the copies,
or if you like I'd exchange a 1/4" patchwork foot
for your featherweight.

Thanks in advance for your responses.  Gail
in Victoria, Texas, where I already have GREEN

Gaileee's Featherweight Website | 
Church Site | http://www.icsi.net/~pickens/jwumc.shtml
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Date: Wed, 07 Apr 1999 20:52:48 -0400
From: Nadine Thompson 
Subject: British key

Someone had asked for assistance to obtain a 'british key' to her
featherweight box....I need one too!  Is there someone out there who has
Pretty please?

NT - the quilter!

Date: Wed, 07 Apr 1999 13:15:41 -0400
From: "Susan M. Grabousky" 
Subject: 201 Sighted

    I spotted a 201-2 today at the Tables to Teapots store in Acton, MA.  It 
was in a #42 cabinet (I didn't see the stool), and had a manual, buttonholer, 
zig-zagger, and a box of attachments.  It was in about C5-6 condition 
cosmetically; I didn't check if it ran.  The price was $65, but may be less if 
it's been sitting there for over a month.


From: "Carol Evans" 
Subject: Touch n Jam bobbin
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 14:20:21 -0700


Having used a Singer TnJ for many years, the problem you describe is what
happens after a while, the permanent solution is to replace the bobbin case.
As a temporary measure, try pressing down on the bobbin button while winding
the bobbins.  The problem is due to wear, the bobbin button is not fully
staying depressed.  Also after winding the bobbins make sure that the button
snaps up to it's higest position.  Closing the slider is supposed to trigger
the lever to raise the button, but again wear causes it to malfunction.

Try to find a new bobbin case mechanism and I think you will solve the
problem and she will have a machine that she can use for a while.  Since it
is one of the plastic geared models, it isn't worth spending much $$ on
repair, and she would be better off trading it in on a better machine.  When
my TnJ developed this problem in the 80's, I bought a Bernina sewing
machine, because I was told the parts were not available to fix the Singer.
After moving to No. CA, I found a service person who had the parts and
restored my TnJ, but frankly since sewing on a Bernina, I don't ever want to
return to the Singer.
Carol in the Redwoods
(^..^)  purrrrrr...........

Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 23:11:55 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/6/1999

DH brought me home another FW plus a table that a customer of his had and 
when he told that I loved those machines they sold it to him for $100.00 for 
both of them.  That's make # 6 and I only paid for this one and my White one 
and also have 2 other tables that people gave me.  When I first saw one of 
these machines and wanted one I looked high and low before I found my first 
one than I found this list.  I am working on a lady that has a 401A with a 
table that goes with it that is as close to new as I have ever seen one.  Can 
anyone give me any information on the 401A

Pegi Lynn

From: "phyllis cross" 
Subject: Help
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 19:34:19 -0600

I have just purchased what I thought was another FW. The manual is for a
15-91. It looks just like my FW that has a plate that says 221.The # on
this one is AJ803775.I am trying to get two complete ones for my
granddaughter. Any help would be gratlly appreciated. I am really enjoying
all the information on the web. Happy I joined.Any FWs in southern NM?
Would love to hear from you.


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