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Digest of postings from Friday, October 8, 1999

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Date: Fri, 08 Oct 1999 19:41:55 -0400
From: Mark & Linda Heminway 
Subject: proper cleaning methods

Mike said:
> 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.

If you check out the Heminway home page at:
> http://members.ttlc.net/~mljjhem/images/seriousl.htm

You will find detail machine cleaning information.  Many FWF subscribers
have contributed over the years to making this page as complete as
possible.  Please let us know how it comes out!
Linda Heminway
Kingston NH
From: "Dixie Nichols" 
Subject: Re: Foot Control 
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1999 15:48:18 -0500

Have a question in regard to the repair of the wiring for the foot control.
My 301 has the 2 wires set coming from the 3 prong   plug in on the R side
of the machine.   The one wire goes to the electrical outlet the other to
the foot controller.  When last using the machine I noticed the wire almost
totally broke just outside the foot controller.  When I went to repair the
wire, I found the insulation covering each individual wire was cracked and
decided new wire was needed.  Now for my questions about making this repair.

1)  Part of the wire inside the  foot controller appeared to be a heat
resistant type wire.  Do I need to replace this portion with a heat
resistant wire?

2) Do I solder this onto the other wire?

3) At the other end, where the plug fits onto the 3 prongs, do those 3 brass
tubes that fit over the prongs protrude out about  1/8" or should they be
flush to the outside of the plug.

4) Do those wires go back into the plug in a particular order?

Unfortunately, I asked a friends DH about using a soldering iron and he
grabbed the unit and said he would fix it, that I didn't need to help.  I
don't think he has it together correctly and he left extra wire inside the
foot controller.  I'm afraid to plug it in before I check with this
knowledgeable group.
I would appreciate either an  answer or a web site that could tell me how to
get it together correctly.  Thanks

Dixie Nichols

Date: Fri, 08 Oct 1999 19:51:25 -0400
From: Mark & Linda Heminway 
Subject: Free motion embroidery

Gail said:
> Hi,
> 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 & 
> metallics.

I have dropped the feed dogs and done free motion quilting and
embroidery on my 201.  It took some getting used to.  I do think that
all machines have a different feel to them.  I enjoyed it, once I
adjusted to the power of the 201.  They are true work horses!  My Viking
550 has a variable three speed motor.  The 201 has two as well, fast and
faster!  : )  Once I got the hang of it, it went beautifully.  I used a
variegated Sulky Rayon.  The thread broke a couple of times, but it
would probably have done so on any machine.  I don't recall which needle
I used, but go with whatever you would use in one of the current
Try it, what have you got to lose?
My 201 is a Centennial, 1951, with a spoked wheel and a German add-on
motor.  The German motor is superb, with typical German power and
precision, just like they make their automobiles!
Linda Heminway
Kingston  NH

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