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Digest of postings from Saturday, October 16, 2004 

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From: JennDevine1@aol.com
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 23:08:45 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 10/15/2004

In a message dated 10/16/2004 5:06:11 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
FWFanatics@ttsw.com writes:
Don't forget to get your Flu' shots especially if you are at risk, and Happy 

Jacque in Delaware.
I think the flu shot was recalled, my doctor's office in no longer giving it 

(Does this qualify for gabbing and filling up empty space in the digest?  
Short or long, I don't care, just as long as I get the digest!)  

Let me know if I can help with anything!

~ Jenn

Design Inspirations
Research Triangle Park, NC

From: "Ann" 
Subject: Too Busy to Post
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 21:37:25 -0400

I for one hope everyone is too busy SEWING to post. 

Of late, I have been too busy to sew and have taken to having some stuff 
all ready, right beside my FW, Helen, so even if it is late at night 
when I finally quit for the day, I sit down and dash off a few Log Cabin 
in the Round blocks -- very therapeutic, very fun, very worthwhile 
because after a number of nights I have 30 something blocks made.  I 
listen to a nice teaching tape at the same time thus I come away from my 
sewing feeling much happier.  So, I don't have time to sew either but I 
take time to sew just because Helen gets so lonely if I ignore her for 
too long. 

I have also taken up knitting socks.  Don't everyone laugh out loud at 
once, now.  It is very fun.  It is that yarn that works up into 
something that looks like a knitted pattern.  Lots of nice sock stuff on 
the web and encouraging help from other knitters.  Now I am wishing I 
had not gotten rid of my old PONCHO.  Here they are back in style and I 
have to knit another. 

Also, who on the list hand pieces?  I always keep some to do and I have 
several full sized quilts which have been hand pieced.  I dream of 
sponsoring a class at some big quilt show for hand pieced quilts.

Well, that's it.  Chilly and rainy here in Southern Ontario but that is 
what you get in the fall.  My trees and flowers are happy to get their 
little roots nice and wet before the winter.

Remember, TODAY MATTERS.  Ann

From: Pkgczarina@aol.com
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 20:51:32 EDT
Subject: houston

If anyone is going  to Houston with a camera and feels that they could  take 
photos of my Journal quilts please can you email me privately.  Susan  in S CA

Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 19:49:09 -0400
From: rheaton 
Subject: FW Posts

Judy ask,
What happened to all the Feathers and their comments and questions.
Translation:  the daily FW digests are so short it is amazing.
Judy Howe

I think that Gerald has some good points . Also I think that
some of the other things that are keeping some from posting,
including myself, is that when someone posts a so called
"off topic" there are a certain number of individuals that
swarm all over that person like a flock of vultures on some
road kill ! Well SO WHAT  that it is considered "off topic"!
If  they don't like it then scroll pass & go on . No need to
intimidate or make someone mad. It might be interesting
to someone else. Another thing is that ,when sometimes
when a subject is brought up a lot of people want to go
on & on & on about it forever. Different views are  interesting
but after a while it gets repetitive &  boring. Then there are
the self proclaimed "experts" that seem to contradict everything.
 If someone wants to share something they should be
able to do it  comfortably whether it be about a new FW,
a quilt, a cat or dog  (which go together)  or whatever.
Lighten up people!

Remember : Those people that think that they know everything are
VERY aggravating to those of us that do.

     Thats my 3 cents worth. So I'll be waiting for the vultures to
be swooping down on me.

                 Bob,in Toronto,Ohio,that is

From: "Darla" 
Subject: Crinkle & Blackside Database - plus extras
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 19:07:17 -0400

Hi everyone! Seven years ago last month I purchased my first 221 blackside 
and saw my first 221 crinkle. To say that  I became interested in these two 
variants of the FW would be an understatement.

In an effort to learn more about them, I began keeping track of all AF & AG 
serial-numbered machines I came across at estate sales, auctions, and
antique shops on the east coast of Florida. As my little project developed, 
friends started sending me information about machines they'd seen and before 
I knew it I was accumulating data at a rapid pace. Four years ago I put up a 
website with a survey to gather even more data.

Somewhere along the way I started accumulating information on Singer's role 
in WWII.

I've corresponded with the Office of the Quartermaster General;  Army 
salvage depots;  Navy bureau of supplies and accounts;  Air Force 
engineering branches; procurement, field service maintenance and 
engineering, material distribution and disposal, supply depots, bureaus of 
construction and repair, shop equipment sections, etc. for all service 
branches ...

Where I could not convince clerks to dig through the documentation, I pulled 
in favors from friends living and visiting all over the U.S. who have 
generously given their time to look through mounds of military documents, 
maritime museum archives, the National Archives and Records history 
documents, records of war production, Lend/Lease Administration archives, 
War Production Board archives, Office of Price Administration archives, 
Department of Justice Federal Prison Industries, Federal Property 
Utilization Branch of the Treasury Department, Purchase and Contract branch 

I managed to acquire military procurement contracts, a few blackside and 
crinkle 221's, surgical stitching instruments that were purported to use the 
FW bobbin, a transcript from a lawsuit against Singer brought by the 
Civilian Production Administration, speeches from President Roosevelt, a 
copy of Limitation Order L-98 halting the production of sewing machines, and 
an untold number of black feet and attachments. I've posted a large quantity 
of the data on my website.

This morning I entered the 6,982nd machine in the database and by the time I 
was finished I was laughing so hard I could barely keep my hands on the 
keyboard. When did my interest in two machines turn into a research project 
on Singer's role in WWII that garnered enough paper to fill two four-drawer 
legal-sized filing cabinets -- four feet wide no less? I'm still trying to 
figure out the answer.

Does anyone know of a 24-step program for information addicts? I don't think 
12 steps would be enough.  I'd be willing to travel.


Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 11:51:44 -0700 (PDT)
From: graham@ismacs.u-net.com
Subject: Re: Featherweight Fanatics Thursday, October 14, 2004

To Camille

Can anyone tell me if all the centennial machines have
the scroll
face plate?

Usually the floral plate is only found on Centennials made at the 
main factory in Scotland. The US factory switched to the lined plate 

Graham F


Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 15:08:47 -0700
From: ikwlt@cox.net
Subject: twisted foot bar

yes it has been quiet on FWF.  maybe i can get some sort of discussion
going on my most current problem.

i'm working on my friend's FW. i bought a new 1/4" foot and
was passing it around for my friends to see if they liked it too. on
her machine the foot didn't set straight. the heel part of it is
right of center and the tip part of it is left of center. it even
covered up the needle hole completely! i figured her foot bar (is
that the correct term?) was twisted so i loosened
the screw and turned the bar using the new foot as an indicator when it
was in line with the feed dogs. so easy i was feeling pretty cocky,
BUT..., her singer original foot now couldn't be used as it was
terribly out of line in the opposite direction. i got out my
original singer foot and put it on, finding out that it sat crooked
(heel right, toe left) just like the 1/4" foot. i can see a very
little difference in the part of the foot that clamps to the machine
when compared side by side, but i'm wondering if someone just tweeked
that foot a bit to compensate for the twisted bar.

my options are:
1. leave it alone and she just can't use any other foot
2. figure out if there's a way to fix this problem

she'd be happy with either. i'd love to figure it out. but if it's
a huge complicated thing, i have other things that need to be done on
other machines so am willing to let this go.

suggestions? did i do the right 'fix' in the beginning or is there
something else? could i just try to tweak her foot and what would be
the best way?

thanx to all who help here. i've learned much, been able to use some
of it, but most of all have the confidence to try knowing there is
help at any time from those much more knowledgeable that i.


Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 14:33:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: Debbie Guidi 
Subject: Chocolate Teapot

Hi to all,
I have been waiting to see something more about this, but haven't.  
Graham, what is a chocolate teapot??!!!!?
Also, to say something about the Featherweight Repro's.  I have one by AlphaSew (I bought it before I knew any better, but knew it was not a real Featherweight).  Other than having to reattach the entire outside fabric on the case and one of the plastic feet on the case, I haven't had any real problems with it.  But, it does not have the oomph as far as power over my white Featherweight.  That one really wants to take off when you push on the control.
Debbie in Roselle, Il

From: "Sue & Phil Zinski" 
Subject: Short digests
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 17:24:12 -0400

>>Will Judy could it be that it's getting boring to a lot of folks, because
when ever you get something going some one GRIPS about it??
You know folks can only say so much about a Featherweight and then it's the
same old stuff over and over. <<<

I'd have to agree.

From: AlexSussex@aol.com
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 09:16:24 EDT
Subject: Alex
Hi All
I went to a customers house today to fix her Bernina machine. While I was  
working away I noticed a card on the shelf. It said, when I found Mr Right I did 
 not know his first name was always!
Gotta larf.
Alex in wet old England.
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