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Digest of postings from Wednesday, October 6, 1999

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From: "Zoback" 
Subject: Pictures are up
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 08:55:36 -0400

Hi Everyone, I cleaned up my "new" treadle and took a photo of it with a Polaroid camera if you would like you can check it out below. I also included a picture of my drawing room W&G. Take a look and thanks.....frish in south jersey.


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Date: Wed, 06 Oct 1999 18:00:50 -0400
From: "M. C. Lehrhoff" 
Subject: Godzilla Stash

Dear Feathers:

I have received a missive today informing me that the Gov't SM Warehouse
is no  more:  Olfrank in Southern Ohio has informed me that: "You are
too late! I don't know what your map shows,but the warehouse was an
underground vault in Secaucas and is now covered up by the stadium.
I got them all  just ahead of the bulldozers and covered them with
paisley contact paper .What a job scraping that crinkle finish off."

As I was raised to be a lady, I don't want Frank to think I'm doubting
his word, but a few Horse Feathers fell offa his email when I read it,
and I sneezed profusely.  The poor man..I can just see him with
thousands of (what he THINKS are FW's) all covered with...ugh....paisley
contact paper...can you imagine how ugly THAT is???

However, the Road to Oz is still the only True and Authentic Godzilla FW
Secret Treasure Trove.  I didn't want to make him feel sad, looking at
all those Paisley Contacted SM's (I wonder what they REALLLY are????)
so, I politely didn't say anything to him....if there is a Missus
OlFrank, I would advise her to be very sweet to him, as this news is
probably devasting to the poor man.  Being from Ohio myself (Canton) I
can understand how he got confused.  Especially in Secaucus where anyone
can and usually is confused....all that swampy stuff...yuk...

I'm really in the mood to go out this weekend and find a True
Treasure...I'm open as to what it is, as long as it's SM, preferably FW,
related.  I have a Yen to find myself the FW cabinet, and  I wont' be
happy until I do...am I doomed to live out my life in misery?  I hope
not...so wish me luck.

Fearless FeatherWeight Fanatic, Mary in Cool but pretty NJ, the Garden

Frank D. in So.Ohio where the fall weather is super.
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 16:59:02 -0500 (CDT)
From: pickens-barger 
Subject: Government...

Funny you should be from New Jersey...I understand that is
one possible place where those little sewing machines are

There is some type of publication where you can get advanced
notice of government auctions.  

Date: Wed, 06 Oct 1999 18:13:41 -0500
From: Pamela Jablonsky 
Subject: flaking paint

> <<  re: paint chipping... Unfortunately, once the metal under
>  the paintstarts oxidizing, there's not much you can do to stop its progress 
> >>

> I was just wondering if anyone has tried a rust conversion product?  DH uses 
> it on rust on his cars where they are rusty  & swears by it.  He says it 
> stops the rust from spreading.
> Gail R
> in NE Wis.

I'm still in shock over this discussion, for I, too, have paint flaked
off the base edge of my FW;  it had been in the case on a basement floor
for heaven knows how long.  There's just a small amount of bare metal
showing, but -- good grief! -- that's going to spread and spread and
spread?  (This is sort of the Ebola virus of sewing machines.)  My sole
comfort in all of this is that I paid $30 for the machine at an estate

Any observations on Gail's suggestion?  Aluminum corrosion is probably
chemically different from rust, but oxidation is oxidation.  Might there
be a chance?  (Please, God, let there be a chance. . .)

-- Pam in WI
From: KeGaR
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 21:25:25 EDT
Subject: Davis Verticle Feed

Hi guys,
I was out & about all day after Bernina club & spotted a couple of 
interesting machines.  One was a Davis Verticle Feed--coffin top, some 
strange looking hardware in the drawer (attachments?) & a tattered manual.  
The cabinet definitly needed some TLC & there was a big patch of veneer 
missing on the top & the wood had an open crack in the spot too.
Now I don't know anything about the Davis, but there was a note on the tag 
that said "parts interchangable with Singer, Authority B____ Sewing 
Center"!!!  What do you all think about that??  I am highly skeptical.  DH 
said maybe they mean that you can use a Singer needle?
The price was $85 & it's still calling me, but we need another treadle like a 
hole in the head.
There was also a 15-97 (according to the manual) in a cabinet with the flip 
over side extension & the separate motor & the flying seagull design.  Is 
this the one that can be converted to a treadle?  I thought that was a 
different model.   That was $105.  AD851485
The other one was a coffin top New Home with plate tension & accessories.  
The cabinet needed TLC, but it was not as bad as the Davis.  Also all the 
bright parts were nice & bright.  That was $85.
The other one I saw was a  15-91 AL992136 in a bentwood case with attachments 
for $65.
All I brought home with me (so far) is a funky electric marcelle curling iron 
with the original tag on it & it works!  At least it heats up & the wiring 
looks to be in good condition.  Now if I could only figure out how you're 
supposed to use it to make waves.
Gail R
in NE Wis.
From: "Ken and Mary Ann Vaughan" 
Subject: Simanco 121441 
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 18:41:11 -0800

I believe that Simanco foot 121441 is called a quilting foot.  I have found
it great for piecing because it is 1/4 inch from the needle to the edge of
the foot, I use it a lot, almost always on my FW but it also fits on my Elna

Mary Ann Vaughan in very rainy Juneau, Alaska.  Only two days in September
without rain, and none without rain in October.
From: "Marie Drozdis" 
Subject: To Patty in Nevada.
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 22:43:07 -0700

Your solid foot with a small hole sounds like a shirring foot. If you tighten the tension and then try to sew with it and the fabric gathers up, that's what you have.

Marie, Philadelphia
Date: Wed, 06 Oct 1999 21:58:57 -0500
From: J Hollibaugh 
Subject: Cleaning up a 15-90

Hello there!  First of all I would like to thank everyone that responded to
my first query.  This forum, by far, is the best and and most friendly
source of information I have been able to find on the net.  Here is my new
problem....I decided to purchase the model 15-90(?) (I believe I read that
the belt driven models were the 90s) for my wife.  It is in pretty good
shape overall, but there are some areas that have some build up on them.
After all the reading I have done, I am still not certain what is the best
cleaner to use.  Advice I have found so far....(1) Soapy water on
everything, (2) Simple Green on the body, (3) W-40 on everything, except
the stainless steel, and (4) Alcohol on all parts.  Please advise and I
will definitely take the advice of those that respond from this forum.
Sorry for the long post.

Thanks again,

From: "Kathy Giles" 
Subject: interesting new information
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 23:33:36 -0400

I don't know if this is new information for all but it was an eye-opener for me. 
Today I was at the Salvation Army and the guys that drive the truck came in with
some furniture.  I asked if they had any sm's and they said they had one and went
to see if they could get to it in the truck.  Unfortunately it was buried and the
model they described is basically an one ton model 15 clone that was popular post
WW2 from Japan.  I asked if they get any older machines, Singers etc.  And they
told me this--Yes they have some machines at the warehouse.  No, the machines
don't always go to the thrift stores because they do not sell.  Yes, they
actually turn down treadles and older (vintage) Singers and have had to send many
machines to scrap metal places as they could not  sell.  Yes, they are usually at
the warehouse after 2:30 and I can go down there and they will show me the
machines they have.  I gave him my name and number and told him that if anyone
has a treadle that he won't take (they won't take anything not intact and working
too.)--Even if it has parts missing or the drawers are apart etc..  to have the
charitable souls give me a call.  Guess where I will be tomorrow after work  By
the way, my Singer guy is looking for a fiddle base machine with mother of pearl
inlay.  If anyone is looking to sell one, email me.

Striking gold
From: KeGaR
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 22:07:48 EDT
Subject: Needles

Has anyone tried any free motion embroidery on their old Singers?  I'm 
wondering about what needles you use.  There doesn't seem to be any 
specialized needles for the Singers made for handling the fancy threads & 
Gail R
in NE Wis.
From: KeGaR
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 22:07:47 EDT
Subject: White Rotary Buttonholer

Hi everyone,
Today in the Salvation Army in Schofield, WI I spotted a White Rotary 
Buttonholer.  It looked complete including the instruction manual, if anyone 
is interested.  I didn't buy it, so it's still there.
GAil R
in NE Wis.

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