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From: Natashalot
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 21:42:05 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/24/1999

In a message dated 4/25/1999 6:03:09 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
FWFanatics writes:

<< From: GBeucler
 Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 17:21:48 EDT
 Subject: moldy smell
 Recently I saw a site that told how to get rid of the moldy smell in the 
 Featherweight case, but I can't remember where I saw it.  Can you help?      
 Gloria Beucler

A low-tech solution:  I was recently successful in getting rid of the moldy 
smell in my Featherweight case by leaving it outside, open and in the sun for 
a couple of hours three days in a row.  

A newcomer to this list and recently first-time owner of a 221, needless to 
say most happy...

Natalie Simon

From: KeGaR
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 22:55:08 EDT
Subject: Re: Singer attachment case parts

Hi Sharon,
Thanks for all the great info! I'd love to have a copy of the 'map'.  Inside 
the lid of the case there are illustrations of what can be done, but no 
instructions, map or anything like that; more decoration.
(More below..)

In a message dated 4/25/1999 12:53:28 PM EST, sharon writes:

>  I have one of these attachment cases that is also blue.  I was going to 
> ask 
>  my DH to make a copy of the one page "map" that shows where things go. 
>   Would you like a copy?  It sounds like yours may have come with different 
>  attachments than mine, but the map may help a little.  Below are answers 
>  your questions.
>  impossible to replace.  The fagoter also came with a stripper - 121252 - 
>  about 2" long with a pointy finger at the end.
>  Mine is attached to the fagoter, so look there to see whether you have it. 
>   FYI, the entire fagoter set (fagoter, stripper, and foot) is part 121255.

The stripper is missing on mine.  :-(

>  This is a gauge presser foot.  The official part number for this is 35207. 
>   I have no idea why it has the other part numbers on it.  Mine also has 
>  121717 and 35135 (maybe they're for the individual part it's inscribed on 
>  and not for the whole attachment?).

I think you're right that the different nos. are for the different parts of 
the foot.

I have the Pickens book from the 50's & I found a picture of this foot & 
figured out how it works except for the tiny part that was attached to in 
instead of a guide.  It's almost like a right toe except that it doesn't 
reach the same level as the left toe.  The part no. is 35002.  Possibly it 
was kept there so it wouldn't get lost.  It appears that it could be a 1/4" 
>  There are also 3 different size L shaped edge (?) guides, but I don't know 
>  what feet they go on.35006,35004, 35003
>  Gauges for the gauger presser foot.  Push the lever down and slide them 
>  under the black part that moves out.

>  Sharon in Taylor, TX
>  P.S. All of these feet are pictured in Singer "Machine Sewing" from the 
>  1930's with instructions for some.

That's one book I haven't found yet.  Guess I'll just have to keep looking! 
Thanks for the info
Gail R
in NE Wis.

Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 20:00:57 EDT
Subject: PA serial number

Yvonne writes>Found a Featherweight today with fold-up extension of short 
bed.  Not 
free-arm.  It is more white with a tinge of green than plain white or ivory 
and its not mint green.  Serial # is PA227102  or PA2271.2.  I can't find it 
in any of my lists.  Can anyone help me.  The serial # is stamped right into 
cast iron (or what ever you call it) bottom on left side.  The case is two 
tone green (light and dark).  Would appreciate any help identifying it. 

You will probably get multiple answers to your question, however, take a 
magnifying glass and look again and make sure it is not an
FA.  According to Srebro's book "Featherweight 221 The perfect portable, Page 
39, that would be "possibly" a 1970, and sounds like my 221K color.  There is 
also a picture in the book.  If you call Singer God only knows the answer you 
will get, re my experience last week.         
Have fun and enjoy,
PatBergman, Woodland Hills, Ca.

From: "Kim Hoyt" 
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 21:35:01 -0500

I am looking for a manual or diagram to thread a Montgomery Ward Model =
30 machine.Year is unknown.Any info. would be a big help.

From: "Fred Switzer" 
Subject: Hunting a part.

Hello from Southeast Texas where Summer is fast approaching.
    For those of you in the Dallas area, there is the big Quilt Show in =
Plano this weekend.  You can never tell what you might find at the show =
or in the shops that you visit going to and from a show.  We plan to =
visit all we can on the way.
    I am still in need of a needle plate for a 222 or jus the little =
position plate that fits on the underside of it.  If anyone has any =
ideas of where one or the other is available, Please let me know.  I =
have a freearm which is in very good condition but I need the part to =
complete it. =20
Fred Switzer
League City, Texas

Subject: Re: white, mint green or white with a tinge of green...
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 99 18:50:53 -0500
From: Lisa  


Sounds like you have a white 221 about the same age as mine.... I think 
perhaps you've misread the serial number.  Mine begins with FA.... are 
you sure that "P" isn't an "F"??  Look again.

If it's an FA, then (according to Singer) your machine was manufactured 
somewhere from 1968-70... that's what I was told.  Singer says they don't 
have any detailed records for that serial number, and '68-'70 was the 
closest they could come. 

My machine also came in a two-tone green/ivory case.  Some folks aren't 
real fond of the later white models (or tinged with green, like yours and 
mine), but mine sews beautifully and I love using it.  It's better than 
my ES model, a black 221K from 1961 (I think).

Lisa in Illinois

Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 18:40:06 -0700
From: Nancine Pike 
Subject: Confusion

Perhaps Graham is poking a bit of fun at ebayers when he indicates he is still
confused about the reserve price. When the person truly did not know what to 
put the reserve at and guessed, or had a price in mind and changed his mind 
not make a major difference. My main point is that negotiation, just as in Flea
Markets and Antique Stores etc., is always an available option when a reserve 
is not met.  Once the reserve is not met, then it is up to the bidder and 
seller to work out a compromise if one can be made.  I think we all bid on 
items hoping to
get them for less than what we think they would normally go for.  Compromising 
is a fundamental human value and should not be underestimated or considered
"nonsense".  Graham, if you go to a Flea Market to purchase something and don't
haggle the price, then no wonder you're confused!

From: STONE1946
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 16:02:01 EDT
Subject: machine

i have a singer machine and i want to sell it, can you help me find out more 
about it like how old it is and what it might be worth.
its a portable in a wood case in very good condition, it has a crank on the 
side to operate it. the serial number is 9465389
james stone

Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 10:41:01 EDT
Subject: Re: UPS Shipping

Hi Feathers,

I work for USPS.  I see the UPS delivery person for my area on a daily basis. 
 From what he has told me, and the more I read, I am convinced that UPS only 
wants the CREAM of the crop.  They DO NOT want residential delivers, so the 
charge an extra $2. to the shipping charges, for the longest time, they only 
delivered every other day, calling it "Out areas".  For our area, they have 
NO Local Phone Number for complaints or questions.  It is a toll free number, 
but 100 plus miles from here.  No real help.  They basically want BUSINESS to 
BUSINESS deliveries, and in the last 5 years have refused to ship from 
FINGERHUT, any of the MONTHLY CLUBS.  And they have raised their rates 
several times in the last two years.

Well let me tell you the Postal Service is ready and willing to handle all 
your shipping needs. We proved this during the UPS Strike.  At www.usps.com  
they offer free shipping items (boxes, envelopes, labels etc) just for the 
asking, with the proper information, can tell you what it will cost to ship 
your parcel and we do offer pickup of Priority mailings.  We have competitive 
pricing, DELIVERY CONFIRMATION, Insurance, daily deliveries to every address 
in the United States, Global Priority to various countries, as well as 
standard mail to the world.  

I am a Letter Carrier, Mother, Grandmother and Quilter, but had to speak out. 
 We have been in business for over 200 years.  

Ruth in PA

From: GCQltr
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 01:39:20 EDT
Subject: G974799 Singer 

Hi all,
While out antiquing today I found a neat old Singer portable electric. The 
only number I could find was G974799. The machine is really great looking 
with red, green and gold painted scroll work as well as an Egyptian scroll 
work on the side and on a large disk on the back. It came in a cream and 
green case (very poor condition). What did I buy for 69.00?

From: Exkayaker
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 00:00:32 EDT
Subject: 301A and auto hand SM

Really enjoying my "new" 301A, mostly because this group is so encouraging.  
First thing I sewed on him was just one seam on a backing for a baby quilt.  
Then he took off on the "stitch in the ditch" quilting - so easy and 
controllable with the slanted needle and the light in the right place.  The 
free motion quilting is something else; I will probably let the Elna do it 
since the spring loaded needle doesn't fit the 301, but it does the Elna.  
There is a plastic slant needle darning foot at a Singer dealer, but I am 
going to try some other options.  

After using tacky glue and brown shoe polish, the battered case looks much, 
much better.  The re-wired brown cord from the machine to the foot control 
was the same length as the white one from the machine to the wall plug, so I 
shortened it to half the length and now it does not tangle and it is easier 
to control.  I also put one of those little round self-adhesive felt pads 
(used on cabinet doors for quieter closing) on the left side of the machine 
so the flip up does not get nicked. 
At the flea market today, I got a tiny "Sun" automatic hand sewing machine 
for $2.  Looks like a little stapler.  It fits in your hand and does a chain 
stitch.  It actually has a regular sewing machine needle, feed dogs, and 
instructions that make sense.  Thread comes off either a bobbin or a spool 
put on an additional spindle.  Made in China.  I tried it and, much to my 
surprise, it actually works!  

Many thanks to those FWFs who sent messages.  I really appreciate how 
friendly and useful this great group is.  

Ex, etc, and sew on - FL

From: GrahamCres
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 04:46:36 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/23/1999

 To Nancy      E mail me I will send you a 201 Slide Plate 			
						For Postage only		
							Graham Cresswell  U.k.

From: "Bull & Debbie Durham" 
Subject: info on221 table
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 09:30:37 -0700

I got hold of a 221 table and I have never seen one like it could you tell
if you have.it is solid wood and has two drawers it is 16x30 and 29 in tall
with a hole in center for machine and a board that fits in there when the
machine is out. I got it from a man where I work and it has been in his
family since it was new it did have a chair but over the years it was
                                      thank you
                                 Debbie Durham

From: BATB4Me
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 04:51:46 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/23/1999

Is there anyone *here* who may collect or have info on Singer treadle 
machines.......Am trying to get age & value on what I *think* is a *special 
find*.......TIA.......LJ [in NW Fla]


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