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1999

April



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From: "wooden spools" 
Subject: the Vintage Singer Club
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 22:27:43 -0400

I've had a number of FWF ask me about  the Vintage Singer Club, and I think
I lost a message or two before I could respond.  I'm posting the web address
for it:
http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/vintagesingers
sometimes Yahoo gives us fits and we have trouble accessing the site, so we
also have an alternative site to post to:
http://forums.delphi.com/redeye/start/?mid=6
The Vintage Singer bunch is just as chatty as the FWF and every bit as
helpful to each other with mechanical problems with old Singers.  You'll
probably recognize a few FWF names on the member list....
I took my two FWs  to my stitch club today and pressed them into service
making quilt blocks. Cross stitchers who'd never attempted a quilt
*anything* had lots of fun making the blocks and playing with my  FWs.  :-)

Buckeye Bev



Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 18:36:31 +0000
From: bobobobo
Subject: Re: FW Fanatatics 4/26/1999

Karen to Mexico in August

          What do you need????  I will donate a couple of sewing machines, 
electric or
hand crank. Let me know, my NEW   Email is 
featherweight or use
bobobobo   or call 1-800-4000DOC

God bless you for speaking the  words of life. You are going toMexico to be a 
blessing,
and you will, but I believe you are about to receive a miracle in your own 
life. Mat.
6:33.Heb.: 13:5



From: Moonsage2
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 11:37:04 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/27/1999

UPS
There is a website for UPS and I would go there for complaints.  I have a 
great office here and prefer them.  Especially in the summer when they have 
shorts on the delivery people.  I think mine works out....he did notice that 
I send packages to myself.  



From: Anchor37
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 08:52:34 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/27/1999

I'd like to chip in my 2 cents' worth regarding UPS/USPS.

I don't have mail delivery where I live, I have to go to the post office 
everyday. The people at my local P.O. are just great, BUT--

1. When I purchased my first FW from Bob Bannen last July, I sent a money 
order to him via global priority mail. Two weeks later, Bob contacted me 
requesting payment. Lucky for me he is as gracious as he is and also lucky 
for me I had the receipt from the money order. My money order never turned up 
and it took until October for me to get my refund from the PO.

2. I purchased a FW from Irene Althaus in California. That payment was sent 
priority mail and took more than 2 weeks to travel from NY. Again, lucky for 
me Irene was as understanding as she was. 

I don't use priority mail anymore--why pay for service that you don't get.  I 
work from home and use just about every service available 
(UPS/FedEx/Airborne) and have had no problems.  BTW, both my machines 
traveled via UPS.  I tracked the packages on my computer and they arrived 
safely. 

Ann



Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 06:46:06 +0100
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/27/1999

Just 2 cents on  mailing


I get a lot of mail from the US by standard USPS and the UK service this end.

Conclusions :

Mail with a 60 cents stamp gets here in three days

Mail with a "first-class stamp" gets here in three days

Mail in special priority envelopes at $3+ takes a week.



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



From: "gladys sheetz" 
Subject: 301 page
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 10:42:39 -0500

Looks good and will help me identify the machine should I spot one.  
Thanks  Gladys  (In.)   



Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 19:20:34 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/27/1999
PAS925

Dear FW,
I am in a dilema; just learning how to sew on a worn, but well oiled feather 
weight. I am enjoying this so much so that I am now lusting for a FW 
Centennial.
I have an old treadle machine;  it has a round, brass plate marked Wheeler & 
Wilson MFG.CO, Bridgeport CONN. The (?tongue) plate reads Patented Aug, 27 
1878, May 1, 1888, July 17, 1888 and March 25, 1890. It is in a small, lovely 
cak Cabinet with very decorative brass pulls. The wheel (and needle holder) 
move freely...there's still old thread in the bobbin, althougth I'm not sure 
how to remove the bobbin.
Is this machine worth anything? Like to apply it to the cost of a FW 
Centennial!

I would appreciate any comments.

Thanks,



From: "Zoback" 
Subject: UPS
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 21:10:21 -0400

OK guys after I posted that UPS was not taking sewing machines anymore
unless they were in their original box I've gotten lots of emails my
conclusion is.....it depends on which UPS you deal with. My mom said her guy
won't take them anymore. I am rural so UPS comes to me and I have NO
problems and I can still ship them as of today which is Apr. 29th. So I told
my mother maybe the guy behind the counter just don't like her!!!!  or maybe
he just had a bad week and decided for himself NO MORE MACHINES. My mother
said there is even a sign on the wall behind the counter that states no more
sewing machines unless in orig., box.  OH well.................... Like I
said I never had to file a claim because I make sure I double box and use
yards of bubble wrap and plenty of packing tape. BTW I was getting lessons
on my "new" Pfaff 7550 and the FW in the card table is really nice its a
1941 complete with carrying case with the works even the 1.5 oz.oil can and
table for 499.00 This is in Pitman, NJ (south Jerkey)..............happy
hunting  frish where the cowtown rodeo gets on in 4 weeks YEE HAA

Visit Karen's Custom Quilts at:
http://users.jnlk.com/~fzob/indextest.htm



From: "Sue McClure" 
Subject: Portman SM
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 08:13:09 -0400

I recently bought a Montgomery Wards portable SM that looked just like a
photo in my Sincere history copy I have of a machine called a Portman, so
was interested in this info from another SM collector and thought others
might be too! Sue M.

"In the 1955 "Free SM Co. Master Catalog #3", there's
a page on the Portman, which lists it's counterpart brands, too.  They are
New Home, Free-Westinghouse, National, Compac and Montgomery Ward.  So we
know that small little machine came with 6 different names on it."



Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 04:16:51 +0100
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatatics 4/26/1999

To Alice et al re ISMACS convention in the US.


This is very much a long term plan but we hope to be able to run full-size
ISMACS conventions in the USA on odd-numbered years starti ng in 2001.
These will be modeled on the London events which draw up to 200 people from
all around the world and will include a version of the famed ISMACS auction.

Idea is that it will dot around the country with a new venue and organising
team for each event.

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



Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 15:49:08 -0400
From: Mark & Linda Heminway 
Subject: A Morse Sewing machine

HI!
A few months ago, I picked up a Morse sewing machine really cheap for
$10.00 and my husband took a real shining to it.  That is, literally
speaking, he shined it all up so it sparkles!  At any rate, he decided
it would make a great "present" for my 8 year old daughter, who is
taking private sewing lessons.  Naturally, my daughter already had
another machine, but this pretty color was irresistible to her.  It's a
really cute turquoise color and she loves it's appearance.  Today, with
no threading diagram or manual, we tried threading it up so she could
help Mommy sew.  Well, you guessed it, after almost an hour of me trying
every which way to thread this darn thing, I finally gave up.  She is so
upset!  It's "her" machine and she wants to sew with it.  There is no
reason why it won't sew, as I know my DH does an incredible job
cleaning, and working on these things.  So, my question is, does anyone
else out there have a Morse (it's got to be around a 1960ish machine)
and can I bother someone to send me a copy of the threading diagram?  I
don't feel I need a manual, but just the threading diagram will do, also
if I knew "officially" which way the needle is supposed to set it would
help a great deal.  You would help an eight year old smile. Mommy, on
the other hand, would just as soon use this as a REAL boat anchor.  I
would gladly pay your copy and postage expenses or trade fabric in
return for the favor.  Thanks, if you can help out!  From what I can
see, this machine MIGHT be somewhat similar to a Singer 15, which is
about the only Singer I don't happen to have here at the house, it's
tension is back mounted.  I really and truly can't tell if the thread
goes through the tension mechanism before the take up lever or after, I
tried both ways with no success.  There must be a special trick to it?
Linda Heminway
Kingston  NH



Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 09:48:57 -0500
From: Wendy 
Subject: UPS

I am sad to hear the incidences some of you have had using UPS. My
experiences have been very positive. I had a machine to send from
Baltimore, MD to the west coast. I brought the machine, which I had boxed
and wrapped, in to be weighed and measured so I could estimate the cost of
the shipping. The gentleman suggested that they re-wrap and double box it
so that if there was a mishap, UPS would be responsible for it. 'Right!', I
thought...'They are just trying to make more money!' He sounded very
sincere..so, we undid the packing and I had him wrap, double-box, etc. He
gave me a tracking number, which I shared with the buyer. We were able to
track the package all the way across.
Well, unfortunately, the wooden base of the machine arrived in pieces. The
machine and domed top were fine. The buyer contacted my UPS man, and he
took care of the damages. By the way, the machine was sent ground mail
instead of 3 day express.
Now, of course, when I have a machine to go, I take it there to get an
estimate of the cost and this gentleman suggests sending 3 day
express...which really hikes up the price. Due to the heavy cost of
shipping from coast to coast, I did lose 2 sales...but, I am just not
willing to ship and have anything happen to a lovely machine.
USPS is just fine, but I really don't trust myself to box up a machine and
have anything happen to it in transit.
Just my thoughts...
Wendy Rundel

Wendy J. Rundel
 



From: RewaPres
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 07:47:09 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/27/1999

Have received several messages about the USPS.   If you need additional 
information, you can write to me, or if you happen to get into the website, 
they can send you information.  All the Men and Women of the Postal Service 
have to offer is Service.  

Ruth in PA



From: RewaPres
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 07:43:59 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 4/27/1999

In a message dated 4/29/99 12:42:13 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
FWFanatics writes:

<< Febreeze >>
I believe it is time for us to put the company that makes this stuff on 
notice.  If you remember several years ago, the Quilters online did a letter 
writing campaign about Quilted Northern using Knitting needles to Quilt in 
their TV ads.  Well, this is dangerous and we should let the major companies  
ie: WalMart, BigK and the like know what it does to our pets.
Ruth


From: "wooden spools" 
Subject: the Vintage Singer Club
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 22:27:43 -0400

I've had a number of FWF ask me about  the Vintage Singer Club, and I think
I lost a message or two before I could respond.  I'm posting the web address
for it:
http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/vintagesingers
sometimes Yahoo gives us fits and we have trouble accessing the site, so we
also have an alternative site to post to:
http://forums.delphi.com/redeye/start/?mid=6
The Vintage Singer bunch is just as chatty as the FWF and every bit as
helpful to each other with mechanical problems with old Singers.  You'll
probably recognize a few FWF names on the member list....
I took my two FWs  to my stitch club today and pressed them into service
making quilt blocks. Cross stitchers who'd never attempted a quilt
*anything* had lots of fun making the blocks and playing with my  FWs.  :-)

Buckeye Bev


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