Featherweight Fanatics Archives



From: "Marilyn Hale" 
Subject: 401A, etc.
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 21:13:56 -0500

Thanks, feathers, for all the great information that you have provided,
both through individual e-mails and postings, regarding my non-zigzagging
401A.  About the only time I have to tinker with sewing machines is on the
weekend.  I can't wait to tackle this project, armed with so much good

I believe it was through FWF that someone mentioned an elderly sewing
machine repairman with lots of knowledge and spare parts in Sweetwater,
Texas.  A friend of mine who lives in Sweetwater would like to get in
contact with him.  Does anyone remember this post?

Thanks, Marilyn in Texas

Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 09:00:11
From: Tim Van Meppelen Scheppink 
Subject: Re:  customs duties

Hi all:

Someone wrote on one of the four digests we received yesterday about paying
customs duties if buying from Canada.  This would likely refer to sending
by UPS.  We have shipped almost all the packages we have sold to the USA by
Canada Post and no one has ever had to pay customs duties.  The only time
someone paid duty was when we sent by UPS...these were two handcranks in
bentwood cases and so they were packaged in four boxes.  Duty was charged
on each box not on each sewing machine!

Jacqui in Canada

From: "Zoback" 
Subject: UPS
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 10:04:47 -0400

Hi All, I was just informed by UPS that as of April 19th they will no 
longer accept sewing machines for shipment unless they are in their 
original box. Also they aren't accepting any glass items either they say 
their loosing money by so many people filing claims.. I guess you can 
only use them to ship pillows and quilts for now on.  I know I will have 
to charge more for shipping being that I'm gonna have to use the post 
office now and they have always been alot more than UPS.  I know I never 
had to file a claim because I always double boxed my machines and never 
had a problem with anyone.
 Just thought I'd pass this info. to those who use UPS to ship their 
"used" machines...........frish in south jersey.

Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 10:57:38 +0100
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/10/1999

To all re ear ly Centennials

Since casting doubts on Di's 1948 Centennial, I've now received mail from
another FWF this time with a 1948 Centennial from the American factory.

So here we have 1948 two machines with Centennial badges from both main

Yet I have in stock very high number EF and AJ machines which are not
badged as Centennials.

I really can't see Singer introducing Centennial badges for an anniversary
which was over two years off. And then going back to normal ones before
introducing the special badge again. Nor, now knowing the history of the
two machines involved, do I believe that they were doctored to improve
their status.

So we are left with only one real conclusion - that Singer dated machines
out of order - perhaps to allocate numbers which had not been used on
another assembly line for a different model.

It's all very confusing and throws even more doubt on the accuracy of the
Singer numbering/dating system.

Hair-tearing time

Graham Forsdyke

From: Mark & Katy 
Subject: RE: EE Centennial Machine
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 09:46:48 +0200

Have been lurking mostly but had to jump in here. Graham wrote:

>To Di re EE Centenial

Not sure how to put this but I doubt any EE machine ( produced April 1947
to February 1949) is really a Centenial.  From the number I'd guess yours
is likely 1948.

Not trying to disappoint you, of course, but I think you have a
non-Centenial machine to which someone has added a Centenial badge at some
time.  I certainly have had many EE and EF machines with the normal badge.<

I agree it is important to keep records straight but I have a one owner 
(previous to me) 99K Centennial machine with the serial number EE 633 779. 
Singer gave it a date of July 15, 1948. Very early indeed for a Centennial; 
 however, it is in fantastic condition with absolutely no evidence that the 
badge has been tampered with. If it had been, it would have had to occur 
before it was purchased as a brand new machine. Any other EEs with a 
centennial badge floating around?

Katy in France

Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 13:00:53 -0500
From: GrandMel 
Subject: Questions?  Wheeler & Wilson #8

I am lookin gfor basic information on the Wheeler & Wilson #8?  How hard
to find are these machines?  How hard to find are "parts"/"attachments"
for this machine?  I have a chance to get one in a cabinet that looks
very plain but very good (coffin top included).  Would you pay $65 for
this machine?  It has nothing "extra" with it and no paperwork.  I am
not so sure that I want to venture into the Wheeler & Wilson market but
if someone is desparate for this machine along the way and I don't
decide to keep it..might be good trading material!  lOL  However; if it
is like the rest of my "acquisitions" it will never leave this house
once it enters.  Anyhow; if you can help me out with information on this
machine, I would be most grateful.  By the time you read this, this
machine will probably already be established in my home...>Can we say
bathroom?  I think that is about the only room in the house without a
machine.  Hmmm...guess I better think hard on this one.


Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 22:59:09 -0400
From: "L. Omar Henderson" 
Subject: featherweight lookalike

I have 2 lookalike featherweights...that weigh a ton...but cute...one is a
999k-EK 949115 with a brown bag in very good condition also a 99-24 AG
239842 with domed case, table and extention table..also in good to great
condition..all are sewing beautiful...does anybody know anything about
them..thank you..Sharon

Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 22:54:30 -0400
From: "L. Omar Henderson" 
Subject: featherweight lookalike

Perhaps you can help me?  I have a heavy 99K ----#EK 949115 looks like a
featherweight but not....It has a brown canvas bag---also I have a 99-24
lookalike with domed case, table and extention table.. could you help me
with information and approximate value...all run well and are in good to
great condition...thank you ... sharon

From: KallieKY
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 19:10:59 EDT
Subject: broken case handles

He Feathers,
I haven't had much to say until now. . .I've just been "listening."  I sure 
have learned a lot.  Thanks to all of you.  Now to make up for some lost 
time. . .I have 2 questions and a story.

First question.  the handle on my 1936 FW finally gave way.  Is there a good 
way to repair this?  I've heard of people NEVER using their handles to avoid 
this happening, but that seems silly to me.  Handles are for carrying, aren't 

Another question. . .are there orphan trays out there needing a good home?  
Do they fit in all of the cases?  Sure would like to have one.  My friend's 
FW (which she got at a garage sale for $50, and it looks like it had never 
been used) has one and I get sooooo jealous everytime I see it.  Oh well, 
thou shalt not covet thy friend's FW accessories. . .

Now the short story.  I bought a beautiful 128 (or so Singer tells me - it 
doesn't look anything like any of the pictures I've found) from 1924 on eBay. 
 It's drop-dead gorgeous, looks like its brand new.  Very ornate with grapes, 
leaves, and vines on the front plate and the plate on the back.  The bad 
news. . .it wasn't packed very well (OK, it was packed very badly) and it was 
DROPPED (I'd say more than once) during shipping.  The wood bottom is 
kindling.  My husband thinks he can rebuild it from the pieces-parts, but 
what a shame.  If you get any machines that need to be shipped - make sure 
you ask how it will be packed. . .live and learn.

Kallie in Indiana (where the daffodils should have little quilted winter 

From: TJanson280
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 18:11:51 EDT
Subject: Having so much fun


It's been a while since I have posted.  I've been having  a lot of fun sewing 
on my new handcrank machines.  The Singer 201K is so nice to use.  I put on 
the walking foot and machine quilted with it.  No puckers.  Of couse, I did 
baste it a little more than usual because I knew I was going to machine quilt 
it.  What fun!  

Does anyone have a reasonble priced 301 stitch plate for sale?  I just bought 
another 301 and it is missing.  Also need a bobbin case but I can get that 
locally from a friend for $50.  It's the better made reproduction one but 
seems to work just as good as the original.  I have been sew busy using the 
handcranks that my 301's are getting jealous.  I just bought a New Home 
machine too that looks just like an Elna Grasshopper only grey and uses a 
foot pedal instead of the knee bar.  Does this "disease" ever stop?  Oh, so 
if it doesn't.  I'm having fun and that's what it's about. Does anyone have a 
manual they could copy for this New Home?  I would pay for it.  I am 
wondering if it has the same oiling requirements as the Grasshopper does.

Happy Stiching!

Terri Janson (In Michigan where the soil samples are pouring into our lab at 
work!   Spring is our busy time and we are swamped!) 

From: "Zoback"
Subject: "New" featherweight
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 16:50:48 -0400

Hi fellow feathers, I have a question for those who have purchased the 
new featherweight called the "Quilter's Mate" It looks just like the 
orig. but I am very interested in the way it sews. Is it as reliable as 
the FW?? I know thats a hard ? because it just came out. Is the metal 
used in the new FW "good" metal  I mean like the little "Bell" machine 
the metal was really brittle they used a very soft metal in those, or is 
this really a quality machine?? The price is 349.00 which is the going 
rate for a decent FW. and also are the parts interchangeable with the 
orig. FW? Like the bobbin case for example? I know the repro. bobbin 
cases don't just snap into the machine you have to hold out the little 
leaver on it and then let it go when you insert it into the machine. Any 
info. would be great and thanks frish in south jersey..........Thanks 
sorry for being such a critic but the engineering on the orig. FW is 
just plain brilliant and the fact that I have one from 1936 that runs 
like its still brand new , I can't see the new one being as good.

From: Exkayaker
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 20:58:27 EDT
Subject: 301A and Elna Super           

Recently signed up for the newsletter after reading some archives and finding 
them very interesting and educational, but I'm still Featherless.  Got a lead 
on two FWs but found out that the owner had just traded both of them in for 
one Brother.  

To cheer myself up after that, found a 301A in a slightly distressed case for 
$15 at a thrift shop.  Thought it would be good practice cleaning and 
rejuvenating it before getting a 221.  It came with foot control, bobbin, old 
lube tube, instruction book, re-wired, but no accessories.  Tried to clean 
the 301, but very little to clean - a couple of threads in the bobbin 
assembly.  Just one little dust bunny in the bottom pan. "Cleaned" it anyway 
and followed instructions as to oiling and lube.  It sews like a charm.  The 
301A is in beautiful, little-used condition.   Wouldn't have known about this 
machine if it were not for the FW archives.

My older Elna Supermatic has been in constant use since 1954 and I am very 
happy with it, but would like a lighter weight machine for traveling.  In a 
1954 Elna brochure, there was also a model without the automatic "brain" 
called the Transforma.  

Of all the attachments I have, none fit the 301a.  Just bought 5 bobbins at a 
local SM shop; then went to fabric store (closing out) where I got the rest 
of their bobbins (12) and a slant needle zipper foot - all with 40% discount. 

Ex, etc, and sew on, in (dry) FL

Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 23:27:15 +0100
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: kittyboxer

Message to Kitty re scam

Have tried to mail you about this but am told that relaying is denied.

To F Quinn

Have tried to respond to your mail but am told that access is denied.

Graham Forsdyke

From: MCarey1670
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 13:48:53 EDT
Subject: Singer 306 disc part numbers

Doug Marlow recently asked about discs for a 306, but I tried to answer him 
directly and it bounced.  If he (or someone else) can let me know what the 
part numbers are for the disc series that fits the 306 machine, I can check 
my stash to see if I have some.  The number that I need is the Singer/Simanco 
part number which has 5 or 6 digits.
Bye for now--
Mary Ann in Spokane 

From: Ahcfwc98
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 14:51:09 EDT
Subject: Posting to FWF List

Hello everyone,

I enjoy the list immensely.  First time I've tried to post to it though--hope 
it works.  Graham is oh so right about electrical problems with FWs.  I left 
one of my FWs just plugged in, not turned on, and went to my downstairs 
sewing room one day to hear a sizzling noise and found a very hot foot 
controller.  It could have caused a fire in my house had I not just happened 
to go down there.  So, my recommendation to my friends is to ALWAYS unplug 
your FWs when you stop sewing, even for a little while, and, especially, when 
you leave your house.  

Ann in Morgantown, WV

Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 15:34:48
From: Tim Van Meppelen Scheppink 
Subject: Re:  feed dog cover plates

Hi everyone:

Have a different question for you today.  I looked at (I think it was!)
Sharon Reese's web page yesterday to check out an amoeba shaped feed dog
cover plate.  Since we were sorting out buttonholers which we have sold, I
noted the rectangular feed dog cover plate that came with the buttonholers.
 Then we also have one of those little rectangular plates that just fit
perfectly over the FW's feed dogs.  While emailing back and forth with one
of the ladies that bought a buttonholer, the question came up whether you
could do free motion quilting with the buttonhole cover plate.  My first
reaction would be, "I doubt it...it doesn't seem like it would work", but
I've also never tried it before.  It seems that the fabric may get caught
on the edges of the plate.   That plate on Sharon's web page looks like it
would be intended for embroidery or free motion quilting.  Does anyone know
what these various shapes were originally intended for?  It has nice
rounded edges.   And, if they are interchangeable?  What about that cute
little cover plate?  

Looking forward to learning about feed dog cover plates.

Jacqui in Canada

From: Fritz906
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 11:21:21 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/10/1999

               To BOB, I have two Singer 306 machines , love them , you are 
right , they are great work horses , great for Quilting, ect. Happy sewing  
Sandy in Okla

From: "Swanton, Nancy" 
Subject: New FW
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 08:49:00 -0700

Hi Folks!

To Shirley who wrote:
> I don't want to do anything that will ruin the machine before I start.
I think you should just send it out to me and I'll check it out for you Hee

Nancy in malibu, CA

Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 13:32:08 -0500
From: Wendy 
Subject: Re: Febreze and your pets

I recently received this information and thought I should pass it on. I
have 6 cats and a dog and this was sent to me recently...several times.
Wendy Rundel

>  For Your Information.....Please pass this on to any of your pet loving
>  friends!
>  Febreze, a new product that is used to get odors out of
> fabrics, has been causing deaths and illness in dogs, cats and birds.
> There have been multiple instances reported in the past few weeks of
> dogs, cats and birds dying after Febreze was used anywhere near them.
>Some dogs have only gotten very ill as well. Febreze contains zinc
>chloride, which is the culprit.
>  If you have recently sprayed your pet's bed with this
> product, please wash
>  it until you get all of the Febreze out, or get your pet
> new bedding. Also, if spraying your furniture, keep pets off.
> Please pass the word along to your friends so we can
> prevent further deaths.
> 		> >
 This was a notice from the Veterinary
> Emergency Center in Needham, MA.

Wendy J. Rundel

From: "Barbara Lee Gates" 
Subject: Last call for the Texas Roundup
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 12:42:06 -0500

This coming Saturday, April 17th in Round Rock Texas.  If you don't know
about it, and want info, contact Marie at Pjabbers.  Capt Dick is
coming from Washington, and who knows who else will show up.

BJ (Barbara)  in East Texas

Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 11:40:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: Barbara Sargent 
Subject: New FWs

Hello Fellow Feathers,

This may be old news to some of you but I was in a quilt shop in the
Ozarks yesterday and the owner of the shop told me that Singer will be
reintroducing a new line of repro FW machines available in May or June
of this year.  Was told they will sell for $400-$500. For the same $$ I
would rather have one of the oldies but goodies.

Regards...Barbara, Houston, MO

From: njhealth
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 16:52:48 +0000
Subject: Happy, Happy, Happy (not one of 7 dwarfs!!)

Just had to share that I went back the sewing machine shop today to 
put money down on the Pfaff 130.  when I got there the machine was 
ready to go.  However, the cabinet was not in the shape that I 
thought it had been when I first saw it.  The veneer around the edge 
of the top was chipped in a couple of places and the chair that 
pulled out was loose in a couple of joints.  Nothing major but it 
made me think twice and I decided that I really didn't want to get 
into a lot of other machines.  So I bought a nice used cabinet for my 
Singer 306 and left but not as light hearted as I was when I went in 
to make the big buy.  

Decided to stop at the Singer dealers in town.  He has felt disks for 
your thread spools that are heavier than the other guys (like I need 
an excuse to visit both places in the same day!).  I went in and 
found a box of old button hole templates, an original manual for a 
singer buttonholer and a disk for my 306 and a foot for my 301 and a 
Walking foot by Singer for my 301.  He wanted $5 for all of this plus 
the felts that I needed.  As I was leaving he asked if I had seen the 
301 Mocha Long bed that he had taken in on trade.  I turned slowly so 
as not to appear overly anxious.  There was a beautiful (not a 
scratch in sight) 301 long bed.  Case in great condition.  Asked how 
much he had to have...told me $49.95.  I offered him $40 cash and he 
took it!  Felt uplifted and rewarded for my decision to not stray 
from the Singer Collection unless it's an exceptional machine.  The 
Pfaff just didn't cut it but if I had bought it I wouldn't have had 
the money for the 301!!!!  Hurrah (or Alleluia) depending on you 

Rev. Mr. Doug Marlow
Church of the Holy Family

From: "gladys sheetz" 
Subject: dreaming
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 14:28:47 -0500

If Bill can have dreams come true  I better start dreaming about machines.
I don't even have a FW  but do have a 401 that sews great and a 15-91 etc.
Gladys  (In.)  

Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 23:34:55 -0700
Subject: 404 anyone?
From: Marcia M Hischier 

Hi feathers, I've recently aquired a Singer 404--no manual of course---
with a lever on the front that raises and lowers the throat plate.  Why? 
This SM doesn't do a zig zag does it? Boy does it run fast!  Thanks for
the help!  Marcia in summery SLO  :)

Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 21:50:13 -0700
From: Nancine Pike 
Subject: Ebay

Just a comment on the frustration of some who don't know the reserve and wish
others would start at the reserve price on ebay - I sell on ebay, and there 
have been times when my reserve wasn't met, however, I was able to negotiate 
another price.  There are times I buy and the reserve isn't met and we 
negotiate.  That makes that person happy and me happy.  So the reserve as a 
starting point may not always be a good idea.  (I honestly think some just 
don't know what they have and price it too high.)     Even antique stores (most 
of them, anyway) will take a 10% off an item's price - but only if you 
ASK.....(and I ask for a discount a lot!)

From: "gladys sheetz" >
Subject: 401A
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 14:37:19 -0500

Just courious how many 401 owners are there lurking on the list.
I know this is a FW list.......
Gladys  (In.)   

Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 13:58:51 -0600
From: "Nancy Pieper"
Subject:  Febreeze

Hi, Feathers ... after all the discussion of Febreeze being used -=20
especially one recent one about the dog being sprayed with it, I
felt I had to jump in. I'm not one to believe every rumor about a
product I've heard about, but this one bears checking, in my
humble opinion (I'm an animal owner/lover).

There was a notice circulated through my office from the Veterinary
Emergency Clinic in Needham, MA regarding this product. They
stated that Febreeze contains zinc chloride and has been attributed
to causing deaths and critical illnesses in dogs and birds, with
multiple instances of deaths when the product has been used near
animals.  I have now heard this from two different veterinary sources,
and was planning to do research on the internet as soon as I had
a moment, but perhaps others who have animals would be
interested in checking this out, too.  I use this product but am now
being extremely cautious until this rumor has been confirmed or
dispelled. I have several beautiful Persian cats, a gorgeous black
household pet cat, and a wonderful little Lhasa Apso.

Again, don't mean to be an alarmist, but suggest caution until
it's safety is confirmed.

Nancy in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Subject: Re: buttonholers
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 99 06:44:34 -0500
From: Lisa  
Wanda said:

>You are absolutely right about the rockateer buttonholer case
>colors.  The green was for the slant-needle machine. 


I have never owned a slant-needle Singer, but in college had a standard 
low-shank model.  I also bought a buttonholer (at the same time as I 
bought the machine).  I had the green case model, and it worked fine.  
Both the machine and the buttonholer were purchased from the local Singer 

I'm pretty sure it's the pink case that has the unit for slant-needle 

Lisa in Illinois

Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 05:39:07 -0400
From: Mark & Linda Heminway
Subject: abbreviations

> Can't think of any others I see on the FWF list.  If you have specific 
> abbreviations you're wondering about, let me know!
> Lisa in Illinois
Lisa and all:
A few of us use SMG for "sewing machine guy", or guru!  Used, in
particular to refer to older Singer dealers who know the machines we
love and will on them with reliability!
Linda Heminway
waiting for allergy season to die down a bit in Kingston NH - ah-choo!

Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 04:25:29 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/10/1999
> Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 11:33:03 -0800
> From: sakimball
> Subject: Replacement Seam Guide
> Hello:
> I've been lurking on the list for several weeks
> now while doing some
> research on featherweights.  I believe I saw
> reference to an after
> market seam guide and would like to know how to
> obtain one.
> Steph
Steph, if you're talking about the little guide
that will screw onto the bed of your machine, I
use one that was with my much newer Singer.  Fits
perfectly.  Has a nylon (?) washer under the
screw to minimize scratching the bed.  Someone
said their's made a mark anyway - so I use a bit
of felt under that.  Works like a charm.
I don't suffer from insanity,
I enjoy every minute of it!  :-)

Jeanne in Oklahoma

From: "Zoback" 
Subject: Problems with s l o w  machines
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 07:39:48 -0400

Hi All you feathers, I've been reading the digest and it seems to me alot of
folks have been having problems with really slow or sluggish sewing
machines. I solve that problem by simply blow drying them on hi/hot.  for
instance if you have a slow 401 take off the top part (2 screws) and run the
machine while you have the blow dryer on hi/hot it will loosen all the
grease that has gotten hard through the years and suddenly it will take
off!!!!!!!!!  Hope this helps I know I've done this a number of times, then
you can clean and relub.  frish in NJ.

From: Tecsews
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 04:08:16 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/14/1999

Hello, I just purchased a Singer hand crank sewing machine,in a rectangular 
wood base with a  rectangular section for holding attachments{?}with a lid.
To the lift of this built in sectiion is about a 4 inch slot with rounded 
edges. The rounded cover  has a wooden handle and attaches at the right side 
by hinges{?}. It also has a lock. No key or attachments. The bobbin drops in 
. The stitches are regulated with a knob to the upper right of the Singer 
Brass label. The floral design looks like tulips. The colors are green 
,yellow and red. there is also a small border around the base and partial 
large center floral design on the base. The tension dial does not have a 
numerical dial.The serial number is E5811540. 
  It seems that maybe it was a convertable portable machine. The reason I 
think this is because of the slot on the base. I think it could be converted 
to a treadle machine. The machine can swing up and be taken out of the wooden 
I thought that I would share this information with you . I am going to call 
singer ,hopefully in the morning to find out what model it  is. I hope that I 
can get a manual for it . I did sew on the machine. I t cranks very smoothly 
and the stitches are great. thanks in advance for any  information.

From: Tecsews
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 04:22:12 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/14/1999

Hello Again, I gave info on a Singer Hand crank and realized that I wrote the 
wrong serial letter. It is F5811540. From what I have seen on the FWF page it 
could be a 99KS or Maybe 99K13. Now I am really curious. Thanks.

Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 08:52:34 -0600
From: rigrat
Subject: 221k

>From all the info i have gathered on the various featherweight sites.My
serial # EM599074 black featherweight with made in great britian written
on it,paperclip decals.221k plate below singer emblem with the black
surround: should be white not black and belt???driven. The only belt
that i can find on it is the one from the motor to the wheel.And the
rest of it is definately black.I have opened the botton and looked under
the spool pin plate and all i see is gears...where is this other belt
supposed to be???Which is better the belt driven or the gear???Help...
The motor that is on it is a singer,CAJ6-8  S.S.AU61-11-8 .The machine
has a light with the light switch on the light...Jo in alberta

From: "Barbara Lee Gates" 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/12/1999
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 08:23:55 -0500

For J.C. Elliott		

#121387 is not a pinker, but a hemstitcher.  Can't answer your question
tho.  These did come with different throat plates to fit different
machines.  The one for the FW is the tough one to find.

> *) these and numerous other accessories came in a 8 1/2'x 11 1/2" box 
> fitted for the accessories. On the latch is "Eaglelock Co. - Terryville, 
> Conn. USA" - was this kit made available by Singer?

Sounds like it might be the very pricey (these days) accessory kit that
shows up on ebay every once in a while.  I have never seen one in person.

BJ (Barbara)  in East Texas

Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 09:18:23 -0500
From: Gerrie Barosso 
Subject: Visualizing

At 12:09 AM 4/14/99 -0500, you wrote:
>From: "Bill Mitchell" 
>Perhaps a Kosovo style
>aerial bombing would make her  want to come to the negotiating table? We
>could enlist the British, Graham, and drop old derelict (1 rated) sewing
>machines and parts from various countries on her.

>snip from another message of Bill's<

>became the top lister in La Jolla in real estate, using this technique. It
>really works. Sometimes I forget and bring it out again. It works every
>time I work on it. Try it, you will like it.

Well, Bill, follow your own advice. ;-)  Do it to get at that W&G you want.
 It sure seems more pleasant to be visualizing the machine in your house
than visualizing bombs exploding in someone's store or people being hit on
the head with sewing machines and parts.

Gerrie in MN

From: "Fred Switzer" 
Subject: Semi-Annual Treasure Hunt
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 10:06:58 -0500

Howdy Feathers,
    For those of you who live within several hundred miles of 
Warrington/Round Top, Texas  , If you didn't make the semi-annual 
antique/flea market/ craft show this Spring, you missed a very good 
show.  If you were hunting featherweights, the pickings were slim.  If 
you were hunting toy machines the hunting was very interesting with more 
this year than the last several years.  Sewing items such as lace 
bobbins, needle holders, thimble holders and clamp on pincushions and 
yarn winders were all there if you could spend the time to look. =20
    Although the featherweights were not in abundance, there were some 
prizes.  I wandered into a booth that featured only featherweights and 
featherweight tables.  I almost missed something I have been looking for 
for several years.  There on a table was a little black machine that 
somehow didn't look just right.  Also a young lady was in the booth 
looking at the machines seeking to  purchase one for sewing quilts.  As 
I lifted the tag and glanced at the price $600, I started to move on 
when the gentleman behind me said, " It is a little high but it is a 
Texas Centennial machine.  I looked back and sure enough, there was a 
RED band around the singer badge and the Texas Centennial inscription 
was there.   Here was the machine that I had looked for everywhere and 
had missed buying another by about 15 minutes a year ago. ( another 
story)  The young lady in the booth moved back toward the machine 
although she had paid little attention to our conversation.  My wife, 
custodian of the checkbook, had moved along to another booth and I told 
the man, " I want the machine".  Ok he said just as the young lady moved 
back to the machine and asked, " is this machine in good shape?"  " 
Sorry, the machine was just purchased by this gentleman" he told her and 
she moved to another machine.  By then I had my wife's attention and had 
the checkbook and pen out and was writing the check.   Wow, what a find, 
and actually it was the second find. The previous day I purchased a 
featherweight cabinet.  The bottom of the legs need a  little veneer 
work but the rest of the cabinet is in good condition.  To make a find 
like these is a real longshot so I thought I better go and buy a lottery 
ticket.  I bought it, but seems my luck has run out.  I didn't win the 
lottery, but I did make a couple of finds I won't soon forget.  Just 
goes to show you that when least expecting, something good can happen.  
Now to find  the  $5 Singer 222 and the $10 godzilla featherweight. =20
                                 Fred Switzer
                   Across the Lake from the Space Center
                              League City, Texas

Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 09:02:37
From: Tim Van Meppelen Scheppink 
Subject: Re:  reserve prices on eBay

Hi everyone:

Thanks so much for everyone's input on the reserve price question I had.  I
think some of you, however, misunderstood my question.  I agree that you'd
start the bidding lower, even if you have a reserve price in mind.  But,
the two machines that I saw for sale, the lady posted the reserve price at
the bottom of the description of the machine!  So, everyone knew what the
reserve price was right away.  And then the bidding started at $25.00.
That's what really made me wonder.  But, I can see the point someone made
that if eBay charges percentages of starting bid, etc. that could make a
difference.  Just makes me wonder why someone would reveal a reserve price.
  Thanks to all the helpful people who gave me lots of new information.
You sure learn a lot on this list.  I've learned more in the last couple of
years than I did when I was in school :-).

Jacqui in Canada

From: "Barbara Lee Gates" 
Subject:  Subject: Re: Green FW's & buttonholers 
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 08:39:52 -0500

> colors.  The green was for the slant-needle machine.

Sorry, but its the other way around.  The slant needle BH came in the pink
jetson box, and the maroon pebble box.  The low shank BH came in the green
jetson and green pebble.  Have heard of a black pebble that I think
predates the green, so it is probably a low shank also, but don't have one.
 Now, every once in a while you will find a pink or green jetson with the
wrong BH inside..... guess someone mixed them up.

BJ (Barbara)  in East Texas

From: "Barbara Lee Gates" 
Subject:  Subject: Featherweights From Heaven
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 08:35:32 -0500

> This is an unbelievable story. Stop now and go to the next message if you
> don't believe in divine guidance.

I believe, I believe!!  

But a couple weeks ago, on Thursday night, I dreamed I found a freearm FW
at a garage sale for $400.  The next morning the feeling from the dream was
so strong that when I rushed out to the sales, I stuck $400 in my jeans
pocket, just in case.  It didn't happen that day, but the feel still
prevails.... and I am visualizing!!

BJ (Barbara)  in East Texas

From:  (Mary Anne Randall)
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 21:51:17 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/10/1999

A local dealer has a Singer #500 (tan) for sale. It appears to be in
very good shape cosmetically, has attachments, manual, case and has been
serviced. He is asking $300 but that's negotiable. I think he'd take a
reasonable offer. No affiliation, yadda yadda. Let me know if you're
interested. (I feel like I'm trying to find a good home for a kitten or

Mary Anne
Sunnyvale, CA


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