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1999

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Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 07:15:56 -0500
From: The Dougherty Family 
Subject: velcro

Linda, my first sewing machine was a 201, and I sewed everything on it from
Velcro to wedding dresses.  I bet you can get it to do the velcro without
any problem.  Is there any way you can get another 201 and just leave it
there?  They're not all that rare.

Teri Dougherty



Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 08:19:00 -0400
From: Mark & Linda Heminway 
Subject: Karen's mission trip!

To Karen Moss:
What a wonderful person you must be going on this mission trip.  I do
hope that you find the appropriate item for these women to make that
will sell.  Do they have a supplier where they can obtain fabric down
there?
I do suggest that you make up a few samples to show them before going
down there, they would understand it better if there is a language
barrier of sorts.  Good luck!
Simple things like drawstring or sling type tote bags in bright prints
with a Mexican flair come to mind as simple to teach and work on.  Also,
simple sun dresses in the same colors.  I will give it though.
By the way, your quote from Proverbs in one of my favorites, I keep a
bookmark in that passage and often re-read it.  Thanks!
Linda Heminway
Kingston NH



Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 08:43:19 -0400
From: Mark & Linda Heminway 
Subject: Re: velcro

Thanks for the information.  The sewing center that is nearby told me to
use a Jeans needle, I went through an entire package of them in one
morning, they kept breaking!  These sleeping bags are rather thick,
there are two layers of fabric, with batting in between and then the
Velcro over top.  It is to much of a strain on my FW and I will try with
a 201 this week to see if it can handle it.  I also was thinking about
an older 128.  I could always try to fire up a treadle, as maybe a
people powered machine would do the trick, but this would mean that I
would end up bring everything home to to.  The point of our group is
that we meet weekly and do this as a team, we set aside those hours to
achieve this to help others.  I really want to find a portable to do the
job.
I will try a #16 needle, I happened to pick up a package of these this
week.  Maybe that will do the trick?  Any ideas about tension settings,
etc. from anyone would be appreciated.
Linda Heminway

Jake and Jacqui Van Meppelen Scheppink wrote:
> 
> Hi Linda:
> 
> I just sew velcro on with my 12 year old Omega machine....it's just one of
> those standard, fairly simple sewing machines I bought before I discovered
> the old ones :-).  It was not a cheap machine (it was around $650.00 12 or
> 13 years ago) and it's made in Japan.  It sews velcro with no
> problem.....occasionally I'll break a needle if I hit it wrong, but I've
> always sewn velcro on with no problems.  I use a narrow zig zag stitch and
> a #16 needle and I've also used a straight stitch to sew it.  Don't know if
> that helps, but I've never had problems with it at all.  Are the sleeping
> bags really thick?  I know if I forget to put a #16 needle in, I have big
> problems.  Hope this helps.
> 
> Jacqui in Canada



Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 08:21:41
From: Jake and Jacqui Van Meppelen Scheppink
Subject: Re:  velcro

Hi Linda:

I just sew velcro on with my 12 year old Omega machine....it's just one of
those standard, fairly simple sewing machines I bought before I discovered
the old ones :-).  It was not a cheap machine (it was around $650.00 12 or
13 years ago) and it's made in Japan.  It sews velcro with no
problem.....occasionally I'll break a needle if I hit it wrong, but I've
always sewn velcro on with no problems.  I use a narrow zig zag stitch and
a #16 needle and I've also used a straight stitch to sew it.  Don't know if
that helps, but I've never had problems with it at all.  Are the sleeping
bags really thick?  I know if I forget to put a #16 needle in, I have big
problems.  Hope this helps.

Jacqui in Canada



From: "Bill Mitchell" 
Subject: Wilcox & Gibbs Held Hostage
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 15:49:38 -0700


FWF,

No progress on the W&G held hostage. I confronted the woman today. She would
rather I not go through her files to find the name of the consignor, because
she has confidential stuff in there. She probably fears that I will go see
the consignor myslef. I wouldn't do that.
I told her that I understand, but that if I get another project going, I
will not be in the market for the W&G anymore. She promises that she will
get on it.

Nancine, Nancy's sister, is coming down on May 15 to help.

Bill Mitchell in San Diego



From: "Nancy" 
Subject: FW's
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 05:42:23 -0400

We made a trip to Ohio Monday picking up the two FW's and FW table that we
just purchased thanks to positive thinking on Bill Mitchell's part. One
ended up being a beautiful centennial hardly used the other is a 1950 and
looks to be really nice also. The table is in good shape and looks like it
may be a keeper.
It would have been nice to get these machines at garage sale prices but
think we did well for the shape they are in. We are looking forward to the
next few months the ads in the paper for garage sales gets longer and even
on the road we try to stop when we stop to see what is there.
Oh yes didn't mention the one machine she included the Singer Sewing
Library. Last copyright 1930. It was a nice extra to a nice day.
Wanted to thank Rev Marlowe for the slide plate for the 201. Nancy from MI
Traveling Featherweight
Care Instructors
Bill and Nancy Berhrman
New Web Page
http://www.locallink.net/~fwfan



From: "Hopper" 
Subject: Question
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 08:25:10 -0800

Hi, everyone, has been a pleasure to be part of this group. Last =
weekend, DH and I went Garage sale hunting, didn't find anything. I did =
miss a sale the day before, ho well next time. Yesterday, we bought a =
used sewing table with the chair, the sewing machine came with it, the =
owner gave us that sewing machine. It's a JCPenney Model # 6915, I don't =
know anything about it and wonder if it's worth to give it a make over, =
I personaly like the sewing machine, the cover is metal, it's at least =
20 years old. I wanted to know if anyone of you knows anything about it =
or where can I get any information for it. I know it's not a Singer, and =
God knows I would love to find one of those treasure one day but right =
now I have this JCPenney.  Thank you and you can get in touch with me =
directly. thank you Claudine from Anchorage. Beautiful day today.



From: "Woodstock Sewing Centre" 
Subject: my two cents worth
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 22:25:18 -0400

dear fws; my apologies for anyone waiting for me to get something =
shipped out, been working around the clock my other mechanic demanded =
the world last week, the summer off till october that was the last =
straw, one weeks notice and boom, there goes my holiday and my family =
day. Well its a mom an pop sewing machine shop again. My wife and i are =
going to work our ........... off. The work hasnt slowed down and the =
shipping is behind, and the treadles still are coming in, we bought a =
parlour cabinet with a peacock and pheasant 27 last week and bought a no =
2  27 fiddle base in a walnut stand complete and a 7 drawer ornate 66 =
red eye oak stand.  I AM DOING MY best but will take two weeks to get =
caught up,=20

we bought a 631g free arm slant a matic made in germany, with the =
original box, yes save the cardboard box for 34 years, we also got a =
nice 404 school type slant a matic straight stitch in mint shape and =
also bought a couple of nice 201 treadles this week. We are running and =
running to keep up to the repairs as well, we are beat so am going to =
bed goodd night mikeh

http://www.oxford.net/~mikeh      =20




From: "BethAnn Millman" 
Subject: Re: FW Forsale wo 4/25/1999
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 13:44:48 -0400

I am interested in a fw but would like a really old one and it does not have
to be in excellent physical
condition just in running order.  A little rust is not a problem.  I really
can't afford a lot but can't really
go above $100.00 and I understand that I can get one  for less and as I said
I don't need excellent
condition just working
BethAnn



Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 09:58:59 +0100
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/23/1999

To Judith re Singer car

Yes there was a Singer automobile and not entirely unconnected with the
sewing machine industry.

One John Singer served his engineerinmg apprenticship with the Newton
Wilson Company in London, them moved to Coventry to work for James Starley
before leaving to set him his own company which initially madfe cycles
before getting into cars.

It's most famous model was called the Le Mans, a 1930s two seater built on
the lines of the old MGs.



Graham Forsdyke
ISMACS London
http://www.ismacs.net
http://www.viznoise.net
http://www.sew-sales.com



From: "Hayden, Alice, DDI - Garden City"	 
Subject: RE: FW Fanatatics 4/26/1999
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 09:27:19 -0500

Kites!  There are plenty of simple plans on the internet for kites.  And
they could be sold to tourists.  One of the best sites for free kite plans
is Pete Peter's site: http://www.win.tue.nl/cs/fm/pp/kites/plans/index.html

OK, I sew, but I'm a kite flyer/builder also.

Alice Hayden

-----Original Message-----
From: Featherweight Fanatics [mailto:FWFanatics]
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 1999 11:25 PM
To: FWF
Subject: FW Fanatatics 4/26/1999


From: "Karen Moss" 
Subject: Sewing Machines for Mexico
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 1999 10:33:34 PDT

Okay, everybody, I need some help! I am going on a mission trip to 
Mexico the first week in August, and have been praying about what I 
could really do.  I speak Spanish poorly, I am not good at sports to 
do clinics with the kids, I don't sing or play an instrument.  Well, 
to make a long story short, I received a call from a fellow church 
member the other day and she said that she had purchased a new sewing 
machine even though she had a perfectly good one, because she felt 
that was what God was leading her to do.  So she thought maybe I could 
take the machine to Mexico and give it to the women there.

Well, the area where we go in Mexico is extremely poor...so poor that 
the adults fast a couple of days per week in the summertime because 
there's not enough food to feed them and their children both.  They 
all work in the fields, but only September through May.  But they all 
have electricity.  Anyway, I now have several machines lined up to go, 
but I need ideas for what to teach the women how to make!  Ideally, 
they would make something that would be a 'tourist' item so that they 
could supplement their incomes.  They live close to a tourist town, 
one where the train for Copper Canyon goes through, so they have 
access to American pocketbooks!

And I've been promised donations of needles, oil, fabric, etc....but 
if you guys can think of anything that I just MUST take to leave 
behind, please let me know.  If I forget it, they may not have access 
-- and certainly not the funds -- to get it later.  So I am looking 
for all of your ideas.

Thanks so much,
Karen in Tucson


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