Featherweight Fanatics Archives



From: Tebev
Date: Sat, 27 Mar 1999 00:02:48 EST
Subject: featherweight facination!

Help!!! Looking for FW in verygood condition. one that I can afford.
new quilter, became facinated with FW. 

Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 05:27:05 -0400
From: Mark & Linda Heminway 
Subject: Where do all the treadle bases go?

HelenMarie said:
> Saw a bunch of little 
> cabinets made out of treadle drawers in another shop....felt like I was in a 
> graveyard!  Sad...where did all the lovely machines go???
> Rhetorical question, of course...the bases are now under tables at a local 
> tavern...probably...

So sad, I can't tell you how many things I see now made from chopped up
treadle bases!  I make sure I let the owners of the shops know that I
want the complete machines and think this is an abomination.  Please do
give feedback when you see this, in a polite way, of course.  I am so
glad I am protecting the treadles I have "in custody" at my home!  Sure
does make me want to go out and find a few more!  : )  They need my
protection!  Am I making excuses to buy more?  : )
I went shopping just last week with Janet-Lee (a fellow FWF in my area)
and in one shop we saw a table made from a Domestic treadle base and
Singer treadle drawers made into a little storage box.  I wonder where
the person who makes all this stuff is?  I'd like to visit him/her and
tell them about all of us!

Other topic:
If any members of this digest are close enough to Plaistow NH, which is
right over the state line near the seacoast in Southern NH (one hour
North of Boston), the Merrimac Valley Quilter's guild is having a show
on May 15th.  My quilt that was made for the FWF challenge and the
Singer model 28 handcrank machine it was made on will be displayed.  If
anyone would like to meet at that show and arrange for a FWF gathering
of sorts, do e-mail me privately.
Linda Heminway

From: Contierra
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 00:12:37 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/6/1999

Hi Friends, I stopped by a second hand store and saw a very sad looking 
Singer from the UK. It is a later model Singer Zig-Zag 457 (Stylist). I now 
need to find a foot pedal and plug to test it out.The # is FB716033. Please 
respond if you know about this puppy. Is it durable enough to use for 
quilting ? I also purchased a book called America's Glorious Quilts......Boy 
what a treasure.........Looking forward to hearing from you 

Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 15:52:14 -0500
From: Suzanne Anderson 
Subject: Help needed

Hi everybody,

I have a FW that ran like a dream and suddenly doesn't do anything.  The
light comes on but nothing happens when I press on the foot pedal.  I
tried the foot pedal on another machine and it works.  This doesn't make
sense!  Can anyone help?

Is there a good FW repair person in the Franklin/Chicago area that
someone would recommend?  Thanks so much.

I really appreciate your help.

Suzanne Anderson

Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 08:38:25 +0000
From: "!" 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/6/1999b

> " From:  (Lois Frankel)
> Subject: 201-2
> Mildred,
>   I'd say a 201 (working, in good condition,
> etc.) is more desirable than a 99.
> --
> Lois Frankel                 http://pluto.njcc.com/~lfrankel

 I agree BUT the 99 is a tad more portable :-) so if  you are looking for a 
machine to
take around I'd stick with a 99k , or a 221/222 but 15-91 and 201 are a better 
with more room under the arm for machine quilting. Christina

Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 18:16:05 -0700
Subject: hello friends!
From: "Juno RedLeaf" 

hoping i can still post to the list, as i need to send in yearly dues !

i am back in some form or another! i can only get send/receive email once
every week or so, so if you email me personally be patient for a reply! I've
moved out into the woods 55 miles from town and our phone line won't support
modeming and there is no local dial-up number anyway.
am still doing most of my sewing on my treadle White FR. however a really
big project coming up is sewing a canvas cover for an 18-foot Lakota tipi
and i think i'll have to bust out the Pfaff 130 for that. experimenting with
hooking it up to a vacuum cleaner motor for MORE POWER!!!!
anyone have any pet recipies/products for waterproofing canvas? havent been
buying machines, but have picked up a lot of good accessories books
buttonholers, etc. will be posting for sale......
not finding as many things in thrifts as i used to. guess we FWFs have taken
over the world after all!


From: PaulaFOH
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 06:33:22 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/6/1999b

Hi All,
          I have been reading the saga of the hostage Wilcox and Gibbs 
machine and think that we should unify and start sending letters of protest 
to the antique dealer. Maybe she will bow to an onslaught of "FREE W&G" 

Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 10:42:07 -0400
From: "Kerri E. Smith" 
Subject: Singer Sewing Machine

I recently came into contact with a Singer Portable Electric Sewing
Machine Model 128-23 with the serial number beginning AF.  I need to
find out the value of this machine today.  Please help me out.  It is in
top condition and has an oak case.  Thank you for your help.

Kerri Smith
The Pine Tree Quilt Shop

Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 09:29:55 -0600 (MDT)
From: Deborah Francis Smith 
Subject: Quilt Lady

Feathers All,
I am an owner of 4 FW and am seeking to change careers. I have taught in
the public school system for 24 years and would like to combine those
skills with my love of quilting. I want to be a Quilt Lady that goes into
classrooms and teaches different skills(history, reading, math,writing
etc.) through quilts. I would provide classroom teachers integrated
activities to do plus help with the class constructing a quilt. My
question is this: Do you know of anyone that has done this sort of "job"?
If so, what do they charge for their fee, what kind of schedule do they
have, and who are they? I would love to get in contact with someone who
has done some sort of consulting like this. Please email me any info you
have or even think you might have!!!
Thanks Feathers!
Debbie in Colorado where the the grass is getting green but the snow has
not melted from the mtn. peaks.

 Deborah Francis Smith*                              Shawsheen Elementary*

From: Contierra
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 10:41:45 EDT
Subject: Fwd: Moldy Smell

I have been thinking about trying the new product on the market called Febreeze 
for this problem. It is supposed to take bad smells out of fabric. Anybody have 
any opinion on that?

P.S. I hope this is the right address to send this to the Featherweight 
Fanatics list. If not, someone please correct me. 

Vicki M. Dyson

Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 08:30:19
From: Tim Van Meppelen Scheppink 
Subject: Re:  buttonholers for white FW's

Hi everyone:

I sent this message to ISMACS, also, so if you see this twice just skip down!

Was just snooping around on eBay and noticed two "mint green" FW's for sale
by the same person.  Wow, they sure have goodies with them.  However, this
raises a question with me.  One of them has the pink plastic oval box for
the buttonholer and the other the light green box.  I was under the
impression that the pink boxes buttonholer was for slant needle machines,
or am I wrong in this?  For those who would like to take a peak at the
photos, the eBay address is:



Also, another question I have for eBay users....I cannot for the life of me
figure out why someone would start the bidding at $25.00 when the reserve
is $600.00 or $625.00! With my logic, I would figure out that if I bid
anywhere under $600.00, I would not get that machine.  Am I missing
something here?  I'd love to be enlightened on this.

Jacqui in Canada

Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 09:14:41 -0400
From: Paula Fobare Cheney 
Subject: Abbreviations

Hi...I found this sight about six months ago and finally on Saturday got
my first featherweight...I certainly hope not my last....I was wondering
if there is a list that tells what the abbreviations are that feathers
use ...e.g.dh - is this darling husband?  Also, when I go on quilt
week-ends I see plastic see thru feet on the featherweights for the 1/4
foot...I used the mark on my throat plate and it seems to be a perfect
1/4"...what am I missing?  Thanks for the help.

From: MMquilts
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 14:41:57 EDT
Subject: 401A

Hi Feathers:

	Help!!!!!  I just bought a 401A and the motors runs really slow.  The 
machine is in excellent condition, no scratches or ickys or stains, one Tiny 
little paint chip next to the fly wheel.  I think they must have tried to oil 
the motor.  The reason I say that is because there was lubricant in the holes 
where you plug the foot pedal in!  I would love to "save" this machine but if 
I have to replace the motor, I just might have to part it out instead.  

	Any information would be appreciated.  No, I missed out on the Genie 
and found this 401A instead.




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