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Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 10:01:38 -0700
Subject: household chemicals
From: "Juno RedLeaf" 

re febreeze or other chemicals around pets (or people) for that matter. What
IS Febreeze?? i missed that part.....why not just ELIMINATE
madison-avenue-peddled corporate chemical poisons from your life
altogether!!?!?!?!? the amount of money people spend on manufactured
"household" chemicals astounds me. if it can't be done with sunshine, fresh
air, borax, baking soda, or vinegar, let it alone! i can't visit my mother
in her own home due to all the air fresheners, cleaners, deodorizers,
scrubbers, etc..not to mention her hairspray, perfume and deodorant. instant
although i do admit i LOVE the smell of WD-40! :).....there are some
chemicals we can't avoid as sewing machine restorers, but in most cases
there are less toxic alternatives...say Citristrip instead of methyl
chloride.   and, dare i say it, i LIKE the smell of old FW cases. the
mustiness, reminds me of old things, books, houses with plaster walls and
full basements.....

From: "Vicki M. Dyson" 
Subject: New "Featherweight" Machines
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 09:52:59 -0400

The serviceman in my local shop showed me a picture of the new =
featherweight and case yesterday. It looks identical to the original. =
The case is pictured with different latches, but he said he thinks they =
are going to use the ones that look like the old ones. He says the only =
difference is the plastic gears, which will make them quieter. He had no =
pricing information yet.

Vicki M. Dyson

From: KeGaR
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 07:50:05 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/20/1999

In a message dated 4/22/1999 1:49:15 AM EST, FWFanatics writes:

> 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 know I've seen the old style wiring in some catalog recently.  It might 
have been with lamp parts.  I can't find my Van Dykes catalog right now, but 
it might have been in there.
I've also seen new lamp parts in a couple a couple of antique malls.
Gail R
in gloomy NE Wis

From: "Michelle S" 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/19/1999
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 13:27:09 +1000

HI there Feathers,
 I don't post very often but read avidly what you all get up to. I recently
found an Elna Lotus SP in an op shop for nearly nothing. The only problem is
it is missing it's lead and foot control. The lady at the local shop has a
lead but is talking mega bucks, so I know that it works. The little guy who
usually fixes my old machines says that all he needs is the machine plug and
lead....he can put any foot control on it.....it's the plug that is the
problem. It is the horizontal fitting with three prongs, the middle one is
horizontal, with a notch under, and the two ends are vertical. If anyone has
a plug like this sitting about and wants to help get a cute little machine
going again please email and we can talk turkey.

here's me being hopeful....

Michelle in Brisbane
Oz Dye~Art Fabrics
http://www.powerup.com.au/~ahillege The page has been
updated and looks great...check it out!!!

From: "Bill Mitchell" 
Subject: Febreze and Frezes
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 05:36:27 -0700

To All Feathers:

Although I would not want to experiment with my pets on the use of Febreze,
I found these two web sites stating that Febreze is okay to use "provided
you take the pets away for a few hours after its use" in your home. To be
fair, I am giving you the two web sites I found by the Verterinary Orgs that
think it is okay.



Bill Mitchell, with 4 Bishon Frezes who are free of Febreze. They don't
smoke either.

From: "Marilyn Hale" 
Subject: 401A problem solved
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 05:46:29 -0500

Hi, Feathers,

Thanks for all the good information about my 401A problems.  The last
chapter of the saga was that the thread was getting caught up in the bobbin
area.  I took the case out and reseated it about a dozen times; checked for
threads; changed the needle; etc.  Finally, someone suggested checking the
thread.  This made me wonder about the actual bobbin.  The one I was using
was fresh out of the package (3 for 42 cents from K-Mart - old but
unopened), so I hadn't really thought about the bobbin being the problem.  
I used the "new" one rather than an older, not-so-shiny one that I had been
using earler.  The "new" bobbin was the problem.  On closer inspection, it
looked pretty cheaply made, not real smooth on top.  So those three bobbins
are going in the trash, and I am using the not-so-shiny bobbin. 

Marilyn in Texas

From: MMquilts
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 09:43:01 EDT
Subject: Manuals

Hi Feathers:

	I am looking for an original 401 manual.  I have an original 101 
manual I would trade or just purchase the 401 manual.  I am also looking for 
a 319 manual and a 301 manual.  

	Can anyone help me?



From: TJanson280
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 19:34:06 EDT
Subject: Febreeze

You guys are scaring me.  I just bought a bottle of that stuff and have used 
it on my carpet where my dogs and cats go.  NOT anymore.  I'm thinking of 
dumping it down the drain.  Thanks for telling us about this.  I'd rather be 
safe than sorry.

Terri Janson (In Michigan)

From: (Lois Frankel)
Subject: Feed dog covers
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 23:07:47 -0400

I dug through my stuff and found 3 amoebas for the FW, one D-shaped
cover for class 66 machines, and one small rectangular clip-on cover.
The clip-on, however, doesn't seem to fit on any of my machines! It has
no identficiation, so it may not even be by Singer, although it looks
just like the one on Krisi's page. I measured it, and it is 9/16" wide
and 15/16" long. If this is indeed the snap-on cover for the FW, how
does it go on??

From: "Alan Pritchard" 
Subject: UPS vs. USPS
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 06:45:26 -0400

     I work for a Husqvarna Viking dealer and we have UPS pick-up every =
day. As of 4-22-99 we have not gotten notice about shipping sewing =
machines in original boxes. I ship all antique and vintage machines that =
I sell by UPS for several reasons;  insurance is cheaper and I insure =
all machines as well as cases which are packed in seperate boxes, items =
can be easily tracked on UPS' website,  but most importantly I feel that =
there is less damage by UPS.  I usually try to e-mail the tracking =
numbers to the buyer so that she(he) can watch her new "baby" travel =
across the county. =20
     Last July I received a W&G that I had bought off eBay and was =
shipped from Rhode Island by USPS. The shipper did a good job of packing =
but the machine was damaged, so I filed a claim - I received a check in =
October from USPS.  Now when I purchase a machine I request that it is =
sent UPS insured for the full amount, unless its coming from Europe or =
Canada, and offer to pay additional charges.

JP in North Carolina ~ it was in the 80's yesterday and our roses are =

From:  (Lois Frankel)
Subject: 328K vs. 221K
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 23:02:57 -0400

Pat Bergman asked about a white FW that Singer identified as a 328K. I
believe I saw on the FW survey results that a whole block of FW serial
numbers are misidentified as 328K. I have a pair of 328's, and neither
looks anything like a FW! This URL should take you to an image. It's not
linked to my website yet, so just go here directly:
http://pluto.njcc.com/~lfrankel/328.jpg. I have another one that is
beige instead of gray.

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

From:  (Lois Frankel)
Subject: EE Centennials
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 23:13:04 -0400

I have a 15-91 with an EE4... serial # and a centennial badge. The badge
looks to be on there pretty firmly, with no evidence of tampering. I
have another machine, a repainted 66, and the badge has obviously been
replaced - in fact, it won't stay on!

Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 07:56:06 -0700
From: Jim 
Subject: Touch&Sew's

Hello All
Several of you have been descussing the pros and cons of the Singer
Touch & Sew models. Especially Elizabeth in Indiana. Well here is
another story for you.
As I believe I have stated earlier it is my belief that the dumbest
thing that Singer ever did was to put them into the schools. As managers
were instructed by Singer to make them the school model any time we got
a purchase order for machines for the classrooms.
Many of the gray hairs that I have I got from the contacts with home ec.
teacher as a result of this descision.
In the latter half of 1973 Singer introduced a school model made
espressly for the classroom. It was the model 717. Singer sent a letter
to all the school districts offering them a chance to get the Touch &
Sew out of the classrooms.
If the school district would give them $1.00 and a Touch & Sew of any
model they would get a new 717 delivered to them.
I was transfered to my last store in Oct of 1973 and had purchase orders
an inch thick for these deliverys.
Yesterday I serviced 15 of these machines in a junior high school, and
after almost 26 years they are still able to be serviced and put back in
operation with a minimum of effort.
So if any of you find this model available they are usually ugly, from
use in the classroom, but they are work horses.
Thanks for listening and happy hunting. Jim Sorrell

Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 08:20:23 -0500
From: Vicki Doolittle
Subject: Febreze

OK, I have to tell my story about Febreze. I've never used the stuff
until a few weeks ago when I decided to spray my quilt with it before I
sent it off to the quilt show. I had the quilt folded in a chair close
to my dog's bed for so long that I thought it would smell "doggy" and
didn't want to send it that way. I hung it up and sprayed it with EXTRA
STRENGTH Febreze (I didn't know I bought the extra strength until I got
home). I have 3 cats, a bird and a dog, none of which seemed too
bothered by the spraying; but none of them were near the quilt at the
time either. I, on the other hand, got miserably sick and still am. I'm
not sure if it was the Febreze. I have Lupus and at certain fumes and
chemicals trigger an allergic reaction. I've been feeling well for so
long that I didn't think much about the consequences of breathing this
stuff. I can't tell you just how miserable I feel right now. I've been
trying to fugure out what might have caused this flare-up  this time
when I've felt good for so long. I'm not saying that it was the Febreze,
but reading all your postings about it sure is making me think. I'm not
going to use that again. Better to be safe that sorry. The reason it
probably affects animals is because most of them are small and it's
overwhelming for them. My dog is a Great Dane and is quite large and
maybe that's why it didn't bother him. I guess it makes sense to keep it
away from babies, and people with immune problems like me. I agree with
Beau, this is going to come up on Dateline or 20/20 in the future where
we'll get an in depth report and watch all the Proctor and Gamble
officials scurrying away from the camera.
Vicki in Third Lake, IL where it always rains on garage sale days.

From: "Karen Moss" 
Subject: State Blocks
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 14:28:32 PDT

Hello hello -- have we heard (and I missed it) who won the lottery of 
all the state embroidered blocks?  Just curious...

Karen in Tucson (where it snowed on Easter and now it's nearly 100)

From: "Beau Gales" 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/20/1999
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 08:53:44 -0500


As of this moment I have heard nothing about UPS refusing to accept antique
sewing machines, or glass ware.  We have an account with UPS, and are
shipping antique sewing machines; today we are shipping an enormous
chandelier, tea carts, etc.  This may be something an uninformed UPS counter
person said OR, perhaps it is a restriction being put into affect on items
"taken" to UPS counters for shipping.

NOTE:  I just spoke with UPS Account Service, and they stated that this
apparently was/is the situation.  There is NO restriction regarding the
shipment of items like older sewing machines, glassware, etc.  When items
are taken to the UPS counter for shipment, UPS accepts a greater
responsibility when they accept that package than they do from their account
shippers, like myself.  Therefore, if they deem a package is not packed to
their specifications they can decline to ship said package.  They do NOT
require old machines to be in their original packages, lets face it many
never had one - BUT they do require that they are properly packaged.  The
SAME goes for breakables or any other item - if they accept your package
they accept the responsibility and liability - therefore because of so many
improperly packaged items, they are being more careful as to the packages
they accept.  With breakables as with sewing machines and other items, "IF"
that counter person feels your package is not well packed they can decline
to ship it.  The issue is packing not the item.

What does "properly packed" mean.  UPS will be happy to supply you with
guidelines regarding packing.  For an antique sewing machine we use a
cushioned packing in the bottom of the box, wrap the machine in layers of
bubble wrap, support the box at all corners with corner supports so it can
with hold weight if placed upon it, and then fill with heavily wadded news
paper or a special Kraft paper which we run through a machine to infuse air
and wad at the same time.  When shipping a older sewing machine, shredded
paper and popcorn are the kiss of death, they will move and shift in
transit, allowing the machine to move and encounter damage. Naturally, we
ship the top and bottom of any older machine separately, for safety.

On newer, electronic items, like a new sewing machine, in that instance they
would prefer the item be in the original box with Styrofoam molded filling -
BUT this is in relationship to new or much newer items that are normally
discussed on this or ISMACS board.

I hope this helps explain the UPS "rumor".

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

From: "Gerald Holmes" 
Subject: Wanted 222K
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 19:50:25 -0500

Hi All

    In need again this time of a 222K that needs a major face lift.  I'm
looking for a 222K that is in bad shape that I can restore back, that's
about the only way I'll ever be able to aford one. Please help me give a
poor old sewing machine a good home.      Gerald in B-H-S,Ar.

Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 06:24:27 -0700
From: Nancine Pike 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/20/1999

To Whomever Was "Confused" About the reserve price:

Sometimes people put a reserve on something, not really knowing what the true 
is.  Negotiation should always an option.

From: Kat2bstar
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 09:50:18 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/20/1999

Oh how much pleasure you FW's bring to this young widow in south Florida  
where traffic has eased  for the season. As a winter resident I too go north 
next week so my e-mail  address will change.  Don't know the server yet.  I 
have always  looked over the older machines  but  never thought of becoming 
collector.  Last weekend saw the new imitation FW called a  " MINI"  Sure 
looked like my Fw even the case. Only asking  $ 200.   but naturally I 
couldn't ask to sew on it.  This and few other machines for sale at the new 
Flamingo Island Flea Market business on Bonita Beach Rd in Bonita Springs [in 
case you want to look]  There is also a 1921 treadle at another booth but  I 
was with a friend  that could have cared less.
 I'm looking forward to getting north to have time to sew and need a pattern 
for a quilt called   " Gods Eye "  made  with strips.   Anyone ever heard of 
it ?
        I am so happy to have the FW  t- shirt now I just need a thinner body 
to  put it on.
        As you all can tell I'm using today to get  everything mentioned at 
once.  I hope I get the ending to the  W & G Hostage story.  That sounds like 
my type of  chases.
Graham:  what does  ISMACS  mean ?     Mikah:  I will be driving around  your 
area and look forward to meeting you.    Glen Williams and his  new case 
hinges have  sure  made an impact on my life this winter.  Y'all have a good 
day while I go to the pool now  because it's already  over 80  and getting 
warmer.   Thank You

From: "Reginald O. Vigilant" 
Subject: Need a machine
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 12:55:45 -0400

I am looking for a Singer Feather Weight for my wife's birthday which is =
May 18th. Can you help?

Reggie Vigilant

From: "Hayden, Alice, DDI - Garden City"	 
Subject: RE: FW Fanatics 4/20/1999
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 07:54:08 -0500

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

I am sure that UPS is referring to factory boxes and styrofoam insets (surly
no longer in existence for FWs, et al); not the FW or bentwood cases we


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