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Digest of postings from Monday, October 4, 1999

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From: "virginia hewson" 
Subject: Re: Needles
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 1999 20:54:43 -0600

I have been lurking and enjoying all the information. Now, I have a question. I have a FW 221- (circa 1955) and wondered if I can use the regular Singer needles in it. It sews great but I think the needle is dull. Also, the attachments that came with it or in a black metal box that wasn't, I think, original equipment. It is about 3 x 6 1/2 inches. Says Greist attachments inside and has a bunch of different attachments,all a little rusty. Can they be cleaned with WD40? Any information would be appreciated.
Virginia in ND
Date: Mon, 04 Oct 1999 08:51:30 -0700
From: "Mike & Patti Ives" 
Subject: Help! I have some questions...

Hello Feathers...
    I haven't posted in a bit but do enjoy reading everyone's posts. I
have a strange looking foot in a box of Singer accessories I can't tell
what it is...Number is Simanco 121441 it is solid with just a small hole
in the center. I also have a question re: machine quilting on a 301,
what type of foot would I look for to be able to do this?
    Thanks for all the help, love this group
in very chilly Spring Creek, Nevada
From: "Zoback" 
Subject: YES YES YES
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 1999 13:12:22 -0400

Hi Everybody, I said I'd post back when I got more news on the treadle that was lost in an auction house.  Well my husband called me this morning and said Tom had finally brought the treadle to work. I looked up the serial # its G842677 which puts it in the later part of 1909 its a drawing room style (by the way he described it) he said the Head is in excellent condition, I am just dying to see it!!!!!  My DH has college tonight so I even have to wait LONGER for him to get home with it like 9:30 , he said it also came with an old sewing table, not sure what that means I'll have to wait and find out tonight, I will post back right after I finally get to see this treadle!!! As many of you know I've been 
waiting for this since August and tonight I finally get to see it.  I'm very thankful for this list because you guys all know the feeling.......everyone else just thinks I'm nuts this makes 8 treadles. Thankfully I have a big old house!!!!  frish in south jersey home of the dairy cow....MOO
From: KeGaR
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 1999 14:56:46 EDT
Subject: Hamilton?

Does anyone know anything about the Hamilton?
We went to a garage sale last week advertising a sewing machine.  There was 
none in sight, but they hadn't gotten it out of the basement.  The woman took 
us down to look at it, but we passed _trying_ to be selective.  
Anyway, I keep thinking about that machine.  I'll bet it's still in her 
basement.  It was in a desk type cabinet.  It was PINK & had lots of chrome 
in the levers, etc.  It reminded me of a 50's diner or a pink cadilac!  Cool! 
 Maybe our next phase should be pastel machines; we have the mint green 185 J 
and the pastel yellow Pricilla...what else?
Gail R
in NE Wis.
From: "Bonnie" 
Subject: Oh, yes!
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 1999 14:39:37 -0500

Oh, yes!   I had that "tingle" to stop by the local thrift store this
morning.  I walked back to the sewing machines and saw a recent addition.
It was in a really beat up case but I recognized the Singer suitcase style.
In desperate need of coffee I took a quick glance inside and saw a mocha
colored machine, attachments, foot pedal, both a zig-zag and button hole
attachments, and I thought it was a 328 or 329.  It was marked $1 but that
was from a yard sale.  I took it up front and while the cashier was gone
asking about the price, I looked again and that's when I saw it...the fold
up extension bed.  A short bed, but it was a 301!  I felt like the words
"I'll pay anything" were flashing on my forehead!  I got it for $10 and am
doing the Happy Dance!  The case is demolished, but the machine looks hardly
used.  I already have it apart on my bench with many pieces soaking in WD40
to remove almost 50 years of grime.

Now I'm not superstitious but I always clean up a machine before I plug it
in and test it.  Well...they all have worked so far and I'm not about to
change my routine now!

Near but not inside Leavenworth, and still floating on air from the thrill
of the hunt!
Date: Mon, 04 Oct 1999 17:51:50 -0400
From: Cheryl Brobst 
Subject: 401

Hi to all,  I was hoping someone out there is parting out a 401A or the
like.  I need a singer foot controler for my machine.  It came with a
generic pedal which works but doesn't fit into the knee controller very
well and besides that it is ugly!  This is such a nice machine and
cabinet that I would really like to "treat" it with a new foot. Please
e-mail me if you can help.
I spent the weekend in North Carolina -- stopped everywhere looking for
machines and was shocked at the prices.  Never saw a featherweight but
Spartan for $175. and a couple of 66's for well over $200.  I must have
been in the high rent district.  I was dissapointed because I was SURE
my cheap, beautiful, complete 301 was going to be there.  Hey what's
wrong with my visiualization powers?????
Til later, Cheryl in Maryland
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 1999 17:29:38 EDT
Subject: Paint flecks

Hi All,
Well I found a featherweight, it needs some tender loving care.  The little 
dear has white paint flecks on it.  Is there a safe way to remove the paint 
flecks without damaging the black surface?  Any information is welcome.  
Thanks in advance.

LLG Quilts
From: "Jennifer L Small" 
Subject: Serial number on FW table
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 1999 19:12:58 -0400

I am interested in locating the serial number on the Featherweight folding table that I have.  Can you tell me where it is or what kind of number it should be?  Thanks, Jennifer

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