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Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 15:57:28 -0500
From: Loretta Milliken 
Subject: Frebreeze hoax

Hello Feathers,

     I read with interest the Urban Legend page about Frebreeze. I wasn't
impressed with what was said. I was more impressed by my very healthy birds
dropping dead and the slick that the product left on everything I sprayed.
Beware of BIG companies defending themselves, they will 'protect
themselves' at all costs.  For a 'hoax' this urban legend is deadly. That's
just my 2 cents.

Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 11:08:12 +0100
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/14/1999

To Ann et al re electrical problems

Hope I didn't suggest that FW's are potentially dangerous when properly set

These machine are now up to 65 years old and so is the internal wiring.
Most insulation was rubber which given a poor connection would overheat and
simply melt and leave bare wires.

I also think it's worthwhile as Ann suggests, unplugging the machine when
it is not in use. A poorly adjusted foot controller can try to pass current
even when a foot is nowhere near it.

To Barbara

Think the "new Singer" FW you were told about is the machine previewed in
Las Vegas and Birmingham in February. I think it will retail at a little
under $400. Reports say plastic gears and terrible finish. Not actually
made by Singer.

I'm confused

Someone wrote

" - I sell on ebay, and there
>have been times when my reserve wasn't met, however, I was able to negotiate
>another price. "

Surely a reserve is the lowest price that your are prepared (for whatever
reason) to take. If you place a reserve of $100 but are prepared to take
$90 why not make this the reserve in the first place?  Like I said, I'm

From: "Nancy" 
Subject: Lancaster
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 08:55:11 -0400

What a great quilt show Lancaster presented this year. Great quilts and lots
of neat vendors. Saw a few FW Shirts so must have been fanatics there still
have to get one of those.
We also had three great FW care workshops in Montgomeryville at The Country
Quilt Shop and two filled to the brim classes at Quilt Connection in
Berkeley Heights NJ. What great hosts we had in Jersey. Chris and Jean
Biddick put us up for a week so we could do the workshop on a  weekend.
Thanks you two.
We are sad to say that once more our E-mail has done us in and we are using
a local link till the own domain that was promised in December comes
through. If you are interested in our workshops contact us at
fwfan    also note temp web address below especially if you
are linked to us.
Want to say thanks to Linda Heminway for bailing us out when we needed a FW
to take with us to PA she shipped to a friend there and we chatted on the
phone a couple of times to make sure we did it right. Thanks Linda.
Also bought a nice 301 from Karen Zoback in South Jersey and we were able to
pick it up from her there. Her and her hubby are restoring a wonderful old
house and she has some wonderful sewing items that go along with the great
machines she has collected to compliment the period of the house.
Been fun reading all the postings when we got home and good to see all the
newbies here. Never be afraid to ask a question here after all we were new
here at one time and I know I am not an expert yet! Nancy from Michigan
Traveling Featherweight
Care Instructors
Bill and Nancy Berhrman
Make note of new E-mail
New Web Page

From: "Barbara Lee Gates" 
Subject: 401 problem
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 09:29:23 -0500

> From: "Marilyn Hale" 

> I threaded the machine, started sewing, and it sews fine for about 2
> inches, then it makes a horrible clattering sound and the thread breaks. 

Try taking the bobbin case completely out again, checking in the grooves
for lint and thread, both the case itself and the base.  Then reseat the
case and be sure it is properly in all the way and make sure the black
holding spring is all the way down.  If the case isn't in completely, the
spring doesn't go all the way down flat.  Worth a try, I think.

Good luck.

BJ (Barbara)  in East Texas

Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 10:49:09 +0100
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/15/1999


I guess that UPS wanting sewing machines shipped in their original boxes
tells us quite a bit about their expertise.

Featherweights do ship better in their boxes but shipping a New Family of
something similar in a bentwood case is a certain disaster.

To Me re Wheeler and Wilson 8

This was W&Ws first straight needle machine, superb quality, far better
than the following model 9. Not a rare machine by any means. There were a
couple at the recent ISMACS auction. Hand cranks in good condition with
lids etc. Best one sold for $135. Handbook and needles are available from

To Kallie re trays

I believe that there are at least three different types of tray

1) The full width version which sits on corner pillars

2) Side tray in metal located by two screws

3) Side tray in red plastic which sits on three locations on a special

Guess you could interchange the two side ones with a little modification
but not with the full-width tray.

Graham Forsdyke

Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 21:59:47 -0700
From: Nancine Pike 
Subject: WWJD

Happily I came across a black longbed 301 with case and attachments this 
But at the same Flea Market is Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler.  They sell toy singers, 
and all sorts of Singers.  They often have their beautiful Singers on display,
altho they are out of my price range, but the price is fair.  They are a very 
couple and  I've had the pleasure of discussing our love of Singers with them.  
woman was insisting that he sell her a FW for a $100.  She offered her card, 
he refused.  She walked away, and as I greeted him she came back and accused 
of marking up the prices based on HER prices.  "You'll never sell it at that
price."  she sneered as she stomped away.  I was just appalled.  The opposite
happened to me about two months ago - I had just purchased a FW (no case, no
manual, no attachments) and a man who had been eyeing it asked the seller what 
sold it for.  Unfortunately, the man told him.  Then the man proceeded told him
how he could have gotten "so much more" for it, and pointed to me and said "You
know, you tell him."  I was just so shocked that someone would do that.    Why 
some people so spiteful?  Things are just simply worth what people will pay for


Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 01:43:36 +0100
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/18/1999

Re UPS v Post Office pricing

My two cents on this one. Not sure how prices compare in the US but on the
advice of my insurance company, I use the US postal service for the last
shipping  leg of all the Featherweights I send to America.

To Ruth re Wheeler and Wilson

Not sure which Wheeler and Wilson machine  it was in your auction but if it
was one of the early curved-needle models it was worth considerably more
than the average Singer or other treadle. If it wasn't a curved-needle
model - someone probably thought it was.

To Marilyn re rogue 401

My guess is either a poor needle or a littlie roughness in the bobbin area
somewhere. The slightest element of rust or dirt will prevent the thread
sliding around the case peoperly.

Graham Forsdyke

Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 21:48:58 -0700
Subject: need takeup lever
From: "Juno RedLeaf" 
hi feathers
i finally got local dial-up out here in the boonies, so i've been catching
up on a lot of FWmail! i've got a TWO Pfaff 130's i'm reconditioning to
sell. let me know if your interested.
also i NEED a take-up lever for a 201. my friend dropped his moving it down
some stairs. luckily the only thing that broke was the lever.

From: Mark & Linda Heminway 
Subject: Shipping machines UPS

Frish said:
> 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.

I find this VERY alarming news, yet have heard nothing about this.  Was
this information direct from UPS, Frish?  I really have been depending
on using UPS to ship many machines in the near future.  Let's discuss
what other options exist.
Linda Heminway
Kingston  NH

Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 08:35:00 +0100
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/16/1999

Re Japanese machine

My old buddie, the late Marvin Tacic in Las Vegas was closely tied up in
the import of Japanese machines atter the war.

He was connected with the Morse company which had it's hq in New York but a
secondary office in Vegas.

He told me that the bulk of the machines were Toyota but if supplies from
this company ran short, they'd simply buy what was available and stick the
Morse badge on that.

To Betty re patent dates

There are no patents for sewing machines, only for parts of them. Thus a
machine with half a dozen patented parts could legitimately have just that
many paternt dates on it. Some might refer to really important inventions
like a feed mechanism , others to simply a way of making a screw.

Check the serial number with Singer to decide which model you have.

Graham Forsdyke

Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 12:19:23 -0400
From: Mark & Linda Heminway
Subject: wiring issues!

I just got a very nice Wilcox and Gibbs portable that needs rewiring. 
My husband is very good at that kind of thing, luckily, and had great
success with my Singer 1934 Model 128, so he will be doing this for me.
My question is, has anyone found a source for cloth covered electrical
wiring (that is NEW and SAFE) for machine restorations?  I would like to
be able to have the "look" that machines like this had without the
dangers of the old wiring.  I wouldn't even dare plug this baby in right
Linda Heminway
Where is it a lovely, sunny 65 degrees in Kingston  NH

From: "Bill Mitchell" 
Subject: Wilcox & Gibbs Held Hostage
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 09:41:37 -0700

To All Feathers:

Nancine, Nancy's sister, coming to the rescue of the W & G. She is coming
down in May to handle the situation, if I haven't purchased the Wilcox &
Gibbs before then. We have a plan all worked out.
Yes, it is a visualization of good things to take place to finally land that
machine.  Nancy sent her sister to rescue me after much complication in
attempting to get a web site to store my picutres so that I could get to
selling on eBay. She is a very helpful soul. The sisters are alike in that
way. In the FWF tradition, of course.  I thank them both.

Bill Mitchell

P.S. I keep sneaking WD 40 into the machine-held-hostage, to nourish it, so
that it can endure the long wait for rescue (?) This saga had better turn
out good, so that so many FWF won't be let down.

Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 14:47:15 EDT
Subject: What do Madame Alexander dolls and Singer have in common?

Dear All,

Today I was rereading my Nancy Johnson-Srebro Featherweight book, and on page 
30 I found reference to the fact that my Singer  marked 221-K7 by the 
factory, was referred to by the company as a 328K. 
Even as I read the markings printed at the factory to them over the phone, 
the very nice young lady told me that according to the number I was giving 
her, I was wrong, so it looks like if I need to check on parts availability, 
that is what I have to ask for, even thought I wonder how many other people 
will have trouble getting the right information with out someone there cross 
referencing the numbers?

For forty years I have been a Madame Alexander Doll collector.  I was told so 
many Madame Alexander never does this or Madame Alexander Never did that, 
well, finally I got smart enough to figure out there is no such thing with 
manufacturing as "never."  The word "seldom" perhaps, but never "never".

So, make a note in your daily journal, if you ever need to get a part for a 
221-K7, ask for a part for a 328K when you call Singer.

Yours for a sane America,


From: "Beau Gales" 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/18/1999
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 11:15:53 -0500

Dear Folks,

The Febreeze story is a hoax. Please check the Mining Company's Urban Legend
page (miningcomanny.com)



June, I checked the pages you suggested, and it seems that currently the
manufacturer claims the Fabreeze story is only a "rumor."  It also denies
any problems relating to animals/birds and Fabreeze BUT, I recall about 6 or
8 years ago Johnson and Johnson had a flea spray which was supposedly making
cats and dogs very ill and killing some, and for endless months Vets and
Johnson and Johnson denied any connection between their product and pet
illness and death.  FINALLY, one of the news shows like 60 minutes did a
program, and guess what - animals had severely reacted to this product and
there were actually video's of some beloved pets in the throws of death from
its use.  As the mother of 4 "fur babies," I'd rather be safe than sorry -
I'll pass on Fabreeze for a while.

Go With God
Beau (girl type)
Admiral Possum Face Pee Pot's Antiques & Collectibles

From: "Bill Mitchell" 
Subject: Fw: Febreze Around Pets
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 01:59:25 -0700

June and Feathers,

We belong to a dog club, here in San Diego, where we had one of our choice
members, who is also an attorney, who killed her parot by spraying an Arm &
Hammer rug cleaner on the rug below the cage. She had an autopsy done on the
bird, I think, in preparation for a law suit. The autopsy showed that the
rug cleaner was the cause. I don't know if the Arm & Hammer rug cleaner has
the same zinc chloride, but I wouldn't want to test Febreze out around my
animals. All of our friends have, litteraly, thrown out the Febreze until
someone can prove that it will not kill nor make animals sick. What about
babies or, even, adults??? Perhaps we could contact the Verterinary Org in
MA who was supposed to put out that information. Anybody know of that
organization? How about the person who put out the message on FWF??

Bill Mitchell in San Diego


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