Featherweight Fanatics Archives



From: DaEyeGuy
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 23:52:31 EDT
Subject: Need a part

Do any of you have a power cord for a Singer 201-2 (mine was born in 1951 if
that makes a difference).
if so please E me privately and let me know how much!
Susan Steele
Amherst, Virginia

Subject: dear FWF
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 98 22:44:08 -0700
From: TR Kelley 

i have a question to pose to the list. recently i listed a bunch of 
things for sale on the 4Sale list here, among them a 301 and a box of 
sewing goodies. i had over 100 emails! i am torn, as i'd like to be able 
to answer each and every one personally, but i just don't have that kind 
of time. i don't want to be perceived as rude by not answering and saying 
sorry, the model XXX is already sold. but if i don't answer something, i 
feel it's kind of impersonal and unfriendly, and this group doesn't 
deserve that kind of vibe.... what do other's of you do? a lot of the 
folks are people i've had prior dealings with, to not answer them is even 
a greater faux pas. also deeply felt thanks to everyone who send 
blessingf for my kitty, he is recuperating well, and is mad at me cuz i 
won't let him go out (vet's orders!) it's late and i am more confused 
than usual...:)

       *********** t.r. kelley ************
living anachronism, contrary heretic, cantankerous wench.
   bass player/guitar whacker/sewing machine mechanic

From: Olfrank
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 01:47:34 EDT
Subject: New Singer 15 for sale

This is a multi-part message in MIME format.

Hi All,

Just got a flyer in the LA Times that announced that the local (Torrance,CA)
Singer dealer is having a "Truckload Sale". They say they have new Singer 15
treadle heads made in Asia,for $88,00. Also  the cordless electric Mini-mender
for $10.00,Tiny Tailors for $46.00,quilting tables for $99.00steam pressers
for $199.00 as well as an assortment of 'modern"electrics. They said that they
had new treadles for the heads but did not have a price when I called.

If anyone is interested their phone number is, (310) 791-6690 or
I have no interest in this shop,just passing the info on .

Frank D in So.Cal.

Hello All,

Just got a flyer with my newspaper from the local (Torrance CA) Singer shop
that they are having a big truckload sale. One of the items advertised is the
Singer 15 treadle head for $88.00. The gal said that they are made in Asia
"somewhere". They have a treadle base and can order them but she had no price
for them. If anyone is interested their phone number is:(310)791-6690 or
530-2255. That's the AAA Sewing Machine. They also have cordless electric mini
menders for $10.00,Tiny tailors for $46.00,Steam presses for $199.00,and a
bunch of other "MODERN" machines.Also have cabinets and desks at low prices.

ISale runs from Oct.1 thru Oct.4. Don't know if this will make the digest in
time for any interested parties.

Frank D in So.Cal.

Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 23:55:33 -0700
From: Ernest Sasaki 
Subject: Metal Plate on 221

Hi Everyone,
I am hoping someone can help me with a question re one of my
featherweights.  Its a 1950's model and the metal plate on the front is
gold colored with a blue border.  It does not indicate a Century of
Sewing.  Is this a regular plate or a reproduction? I am not sure if
somewhere along the line Singer did not change the plate.  My older
featherweight have a gold colored plate not colored border.  Thanks in
advance for your help.
Aliene in Las Vegas NV where fall has begun a month early.

From: APWU351
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 08:00:33 EDT
Subject: Old news-Bobbie Kopf

Hi FWFs,
Long time ago, many of us ordered copies of the Sincere Books from this woman
and never received them. A judgment was entered against her, with the outcome
being that none of us have received either our books or monies. Earlier this
summer, I sent another letter to the Attorney General's office in AZ. Last
Friday, I received a letter back.
Here is the body of the letter:

This file was turned over to me for collection because Ms.Kopf did not comply
with the Judgment. I have reviewed the file and the financial information of
Ms. Kopf and find that Ms. Kopf does not have any assets that we can execute
against. I find at the present time I am not optimistic that we will be able
to collect any funds. This Judgment does not preclude you from filing a
complaint in the small claims court to obtain a judgment against her.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

It is signed Oksane Pierce, Judgment Enforcement Paralegal
                 Consumer Protection &Advocacy Section

I am lucky, I am only out the price of one book. I know there are lots of fwfs
that are out much more.
Just wanted to share my latest info.
Anna Braun

Date: Thu, 01 Oct 1998 07:43:45 -0500
From: robin walston 
Subject: featherweight twins

Ann in NY,
I have twin FWs also! I called Singer and asked about both machines at the
same time and the lady came back on the phone with "You have twins!!" She
was about as excited as I was. 
Now if I could just find a 1954 (my birth year) model I'd be happy. For a
little while....then I'd have to find another for some other equally
sensible reason...:)
Robin, in southern Indiana

From: DaEyeGuy
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 09:41:41 EDT
Subject: Black 301

Wrecksee...you lucky dog!
That was a great price for your black 301...esp with the manuals and
access...it is a very sought-after machine. I know I have drooled over it from
time to time.

I see the even-feed foot come up every now and then on eBay (www.ebay.com).
I'm jealous!

From: DaEyeGuy
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 09:34:52 EDT
Subject: Curved needles

Franks D,
Sounds like your needles may have been for an industrial blindstitch machine??
Susan Steele

From: Ada E Martin 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 9/27/1998
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 08:51:47 -0500

Dick,  I just bought a Singer at an auction on Saturday .  It is a portable
with a wooden case.  The top is rounded.  I can't find a serial # under
neith it.  Any ideas?  The machine is black and sorta like my feather but
the scrolling on the front is different.  It has a plack that it was redone
also but I have no idea what.  It needs a light.  It works beautiful.  Does
not have a reverse.  Thanks for your help.  Ada,Wi

From: Ada E Martin 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 9/27/1998
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 08:54:32 -0500

Captain Dick,  I forgot it also has Great Britian on it.  Ada

From: jhschwab
Subject: Even feed foot
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 10:10:22 -0400

I have a Singer even feed foot for a Singer slant needle machine.  This was 
purchased in the mid-60s.  Is there a market for this foot?


From: Amdezo
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 11:46:18 EDT
Subject: FW Birthday

I purchased a FW (my first!!!! -- but hopefully not last!) in August.  I got
around to calling for its birthdate a week ago, and guess what, today is its
50th birthday.  I wish I'd known sooner so I could plan a party, inviting all
my friend's featherweights over to "play". . . . .just wanted to share my

Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 12:14:32 -0400
From: "Chris P. Vagtborg" 
Subject: FW Fanatics 9/27/1998

Hi all...

Re: Slant needle Even Feed, aka Walking Feet... Thanks to Capt. Dick for
the "tip 'o the hat" in recommending us as a supplier of these
attachements. However, do not, I repeat, DO NOT order Part no. RWA3 or
P60448 - these are Taiwanese, and very cheaply constructed and they just
plain don't work! We carry the RWA3-J, which is made in Japan, is
manufactured for Singer and carries the Singer logo, fits properly, and
most important, works! I don't care where you buy your foot, just beware =
the ones you see in the national catalogs (Clotilde), etc. 'cause they're=

selling the wrong ones... BTW, if you buy your feet from us, remember tha=
I trial fit them to the machine model you buying it for and will guarante=
that the foot will work on your machine - I doubt if many others would
provide this service...

Re: Carnauba Wax... The finest natural wax is pure carnauba. However, the=
are many grades of carnauba. Carnauba wax comes from the Copernicia
Cerifera, a palm tree growing in the rain forests of Brazil. The young
leaves are covered with a waxy secretion known as Carnauba. The product i=
hand gathered and coupled with the high cost of shipping and exportation,=

makes it very pricey... Most off-the-shelf car waxes do not contain
Carnauba and some that do are mixed with Amino-Functional Silicones. The
best Carnauba waxes are blended, like fine Scotch, of Carnauba waxes from=

different areas of Brazil. Some give a high gloss, some repel water bette=
some last longer, etc. IMHO, the best 100% Pure Carnuba Wax available is
from a company in New Jersey called MALMS. Ph # =3D 914-764-5775. No
financial interest here, just letting you know about a truly quality
product... PS: After you've waxed your machine, wander down to your local=

musical instrument store and pick up a can of guitar wax. It's hard and
long lasting and is the perfect wax for the BED of a machine you intend t=
USE rather than look at. Your next project's fabric will literally FLY
across the bed while sewing...

Date: Thu, 01 Oct 1998 10:07:16 -0700
From: Mike &Patti Ives 
Subject: 301 problems

Hi feathers

This is not about the FW but rather the 301.

I have been having a problem with my 301 skipping a single stitch now
and then, it just skips one and then sews ok for a while. I have a new
singer needle. have tried different threads, and experimented with all
diferrent tension adjustments. Any suggestions? It is a great machine
except for that and the stitches look real good except for the skipped
Thanks for your help.
Mike Ives
Elko, NV

From: "Barbara Lee Gates" 
Subject: Slant needle walking/even feed foot
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 12:55:18 -0500

Did I miss something?   Was someone asking if there IS such an animal?  If
so, the answer is definitely yes.  I have 3 of them.  All original

BJ in East Texas 

From: Peter &Claudine Hopper 
Subject: Lock stitch
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 09:50:46 -0800

Thank you for you all to answer my question, simple technique that goes a long 
way. Thank you again. Claudine from Anchorage

Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 13:49:58 -0600
From: carol huff
Subject: Slat needle even feed foot

The good Capt wrote:
>re slant even feed foot for slant needle Singers.   have not seen a Singer
>one, though I think they made them.

Gee I just *knew* that pile o parts would come in handy . At a yard
sale I got an even feed foot, made by Singer with singer stamped on it. It
is cream plastice with a grey plastic attachment place. (clear as mud
right?). It comes in a clear plastic boc with an orange plastic insert to
hold the part. It is called  'smooth &even feed sewing machine foot'. The
only part number I could find was Style C-400 and NA6971 on the paper
instructions. It fits my 401a, which is the only slant needle I own.
It is in the Singer style font and sorta feels like a relec(sp) from the
late 60's or 70's--that burnt orange is a clue 

I have a question. Many months ago I offer a tracing of the wooden insert
for a 24 treadle. But first I need to loosen the big nut holding the
machine to the base. I've soaked it with oil and WD40 and it won't turn.
Should I keep soaking? Use something else? Use more force when turning? The
machine is a solid 8 in condition and runs great. I just think nobody ever
took it off the base before (and it doesn't seem likely anytime soon ).
Haven't forgotten you all, just am defeated by a simple nut!


Creative Clutter
is preferable to
 Idle Neatness

From: Doccorwin
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 17:30:44 EDT
Subject: Re:  FW Fanatics 9/29/1998

Dear Madge,

The Spartan is a stripped down model 99. It was made to compete with the cheap
post war Japanese imports. I've got one, and love it. it's the platonic ideal
of sewing machines - i.e., it's what I see in my mind's eye when I think
"sewing machine." And it runs well too.



From: Wrecksee
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 18:07:21 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 9/27/1998

Hi all. Has anyone ever heard of a small portable machine called a "mini"? It
looks like a featherweight singer. Black, same shape, gold stencils, fold up
bed, etc. The guy selling it said it was made by a California company?? He is
asking 165.00 for it. Please email me direct if you have information on this
machine. Thanks!!!!

Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 18:44:45 -0400
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 9/23/1998
From: susan L K

To all: for Out of Print books, after checking in your library and
reading the book and then deciding maybe you want it, try Advanced Book
Exchange on the 'net. It has the best search engine for OOP books and it
is a clearinghouse for dealers around the world. I almost bought from
someone in Australia; the exchange rate is WAY favorable right now, but
the shipping does you in (it would have been $45 US). The address is
www.abebooks.com  There are other oop sites too, but ABE is best I think.

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Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 18:59:04 -0400
Subject: Maine fabric stores
From: susan L K

In the State of Maine tourist information building at the southeast
corner of the state there are lots of brochures and one that I found (or
found somewhere else) is a guide to QUILT shops in maine which of course
means fabric stores. I recommend Busy Thimble in Litchfield which is WEST
of the Maine Turnpike. Since I'm not sure exactly where it is, give Cindy
a call. She's EXCELLENT; I got fabric from her by posting my "want" on a
quilt list and she had the fabric for about 2/3 the price of the "famous"
store, which didn't have it anynmore anyway!!! Cindy is reasonable and
has good stuff. She's into the quilt documentation so she is
knowledgeable too.
Also, Marden's is supposed to have very good buys as well, but not all
Marden's stores carry fabric,better check.  SusanLK

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Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 18:26:47 -0400
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 9/23/1998
From: susan L K

Linda Heminway's message ought to be forwarded to Ebay management. I
couldn't resist giving them a piece of my mind for their incredible
"caveat emptor" attitude when they announced that they were going public.
I wrote to them that it wasn't all so wonderful; maybe eventually all
these customers who got ripped off would come back to haunt them.
Someday, someone would get hurt bad enough that they would pursue a legal
remedy that would in fact "stick" to ebay  for making such weak efforts
to police their auction. They stand out there, like Pollyanna, claiming
that feedbay will automatically root out the bad guys !!! What wishful
thinking!!! I've heard so many people intimidated out of supplying 
negative feedback; obviously someone who is willing to do bad business
isn't going to shape up and fly right because someone calls them on it;
they just threaten retaliation and that is effective intimidation.

Date: Thu, 01 Oct 1998 16:35:09 -0700
From: T&J Wilson 
Subject: Sincere Books

I just noticed a note referring to the Sincere book mess.  I didn't get
because I never got around to ordering them.  (being slow isn't always
I remember before Bobbie came up with the idea of reprinting the books
folks use to find old copies of these books occasionally.  I was
wondering if
anyone has found any lately.  They must still be out there.
Just wondering, Taria who has found  several Pickens books,
                                      but no Sincere.

Please visit my web page at:

Subject: Re: bobbin problem
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 98 18:42:31 -0500
From: Lisa 

For Debra Silva...

Are you sure you're threading the needle properly. Remember, it must go 
into the eye from the RIGHT side, which is not what most of us are used 

Lisa in Illinois

From: PAGauley
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 22:39:34 EDT
Subject: Re: 301 case and attachments


I love learning about new things on this list, and hope someone will respond
with an answer about your case.  I just measured the exterior of my black
longbed 301's case.  It measures 20" wide (at the base), 14 1/2" tall and 10
1/2" deep (at the base).  I love my FW's for their stitch, design and
portability; but have to admit that I am very impressed with the stitch and
power of the 301.  Like some others have written to the digest, I would like
to find other attachments for it (like the darning/embroidery foot, tucker,
and quilter foot).   

A while ago, Krisi Santilla was kind enough to share her database file that
contained so many part numbers for Singer machine parts/attachments.  (Thank
you so much, Krisi!)  She obviously spent a great deal of time compiling the
information, and did an outstanding job.  Since many of us now are enjoying
sewing with our 301's, and looking for the various feet and attachments, I
hope you will find the following partial list of Singer 301 part numbers from
Krisi's list helpful.  

Part Number	Part
160623			Attachment Set, Complete
161420			Binder (Slotted)
160743			Buttonhole Attachment
160823			Darning and Embroidery Attachment
160625			Edge Stitcher
170044			Feed Dog
160626			Hemmer (adjustable)
161195			Hemmer (foot) Flat Bottom 5/64" Hem
170071 		Presser Foot (Straight Stitch)
161127			Presser Foot (adjustable) for Sewing on either right or 
left side of
needle 				for cording or slide fasteners
160687			Presser Foot (left toe) for Stitching on Edge &Inserting 
160688			Presser Foot (right toe) for Stitching on Edge &Inserting 
121615			Presser Foot Braid Guide
 51282			Presser Foot Braid Guide Screw
160690			Presser Foot for Blind Stitch Braiding
160754			Presser Foot for Braiding &Art Work
161169			Presser Foot for Gathering
140240			Presser Foot Thumb Screw
160755			Presser Foot with Extension and Graduated
160691			Quilter
161561			Ruffler
170098			Throat Plate
161226			Tucker

I remember printing out lists like this when I first joined all of you on
FWF's, and found them so helpful.  Since Krisi did all this wonderful work, it
seems only fitting to bring all of her work into the spotlight as we all learn
together.  It has probably been mentioned several times before, but finally
"sunk in" for me when reviewing Krisi's list:  It appears that the model 401,
500 &503 attachments are interchangeable (or at least the basic attachments

If my understanding of that fact is correct, there is are two 401 part
numbers: 161167 for a Presser foot for Applique and 161616 Hemmer Foot for
Chiffon or Silk listed.  For the 500 series, there are two part numbers:
161596 Darning &Embroidery Foot (plastic) and 50202 Darning and Embroidery
Foot Screw listed.

Happy sewing (and if anyone has an extra 301 quilter, darning foot [metal] or
tucker you are willing to part with, I'd love to hear from you).  I've
recently moved, and have only two machines from storage...miss the other few!!


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