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Digest of postings from Sunday, October 17, 2004 

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From: Debette@aol.com
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 22:06:55 EDT
Subject: Chocolate teapots

In a message dated 10/17/04 3:26:39 PM, FWFanatics@ttsw.com writes:

> Graham, what is a chocolate teapot??!!!!?

This would be a lot like when we in the U.S. say "I have a bridge for 
sale..." In other words, it's something you'd have to be stupid to buy, which 
wouldn't work very well once you bought it. What started this conversation, anyway?!


Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 22:28:27 -0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
From: "Jo Ann H. Clark" 
Subject: Off topic

I  like this digest because I learn so much and because everyone seems so
relaxed and not afraid of posting "off-topic." I hope this digest will
remain that way.   I feel that if you don't want to read something, then
just skip over it. 

I was a member of Vintagesingers and quit posting because the moderator
humiliated and embarrassed me. I simply asked if anyone was going to a FW
maintenance class, and if so to contact me off-post because I wanted to go.
The moderator made a very rude comment about my post, meant to embarrass me,
to the whole group, and therefore I no longer felt welcome to post, and I

I hope this digest remains as friendly as it now is. I have a black FW,
Priscilla, and a white FW, Emily Jane. They are terrific! 

I also have several people powered machines that I adore. 

Jo Ann in Alabama
From: Debette@aol.com
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 22:04:18 EDT
Subject: Blackside and crinkles

In a message dated 10/17/04 3:26:39 PM, FWFanatics@ttsw.com writes:

> Does anyone know of a 24-step program for information addicts? I don't
> think
> 12 steps would be enough.=A0 I'd be willing to travel.

Darla - I think you should write a book! I would LOVE to read all about this
Whaddya say?


Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 20:33:18 -0500
From: Topstitching by JoEllen 
Subject: A little off topic, but I can't help but brag....

I am a new gramma to a new beautiful bouncing baby girl. Amanda Joann, born 
Friday afternoon. Weighed a little less than my FW, 8 lbs. 9 ozs. Jo Ellen

From: "Cathy D" 
Subject: FW, for Ann
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 22:24:43 -0400

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.

Ann, I have just taken up knitting scarfs, and would love to knit 
socks..problem is, I'm not that good yet. I can do a mean knit and purl, 
but can't get much past that..wish you were closer we could share tips.

I've been quilting a lot ...and sewing on my featherweight, no time to 
Cathy From NC

From: "Gayle DeForest" 
Subject: Hand piecing
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 19:16:04 -0700

Ann, I DO hand piece--Drunkard's Path blocks!  I find it is more 
accurate, and relaxing, than trying to use the machine on those curves!
Gayle in Sacramento, CA

From: Debette@aol.com
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 22:07:26 EDT
Subject: PS

In a message dated 10/17/04 3:26:39 PM, FWFanatics@ttsw.com writes:

> Graham, what is a chocolate teapot??!!!!?

...because it would MELT. Get it? Teapot, hot water..... 


From: Debette@aol.com
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 22:02:11 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 10/16/2004

In a message dated 10/17/04 3:26:39 PM, FWFanatics@ttsw.com writes:

> If anyone is going=A0 to Houston with a camera and feels that they could
> take
> photos of my Journal quilts please can you email me privately.=A0 Susan
=A0 in S
> CA

Sure, Susan, I'd be glad to! What does your 'name' mean, "Pkgczarina"?

PS Send me your full name separately, so I can find your quilt in the
display. I have a couple of friends with quilts in that display also. Where
do you

Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 15:50:43 -0700
From: James Sorrell 
Subject: Hello All

Hello All
Several calls recently have prompted this note. Many of us buy machines 
from Ebay and other online venues.
The seller describes the machine in such a way as to get as much for 
them as possible. I honestly dont have a problem with this as long as 
the description matches the product that you or I receive.
Here is what I am suggesting. Insist that the seller does as I do when I 
sell a machine to someone that orders online or by phone. Have them 
thread the machine and run a test sample and leave it under the pressure 
foot. This way there is no question that the machine will sew.
One lady called last  week and had purchased a machine that was supposed 
to work. It had such a bind in it that the machine would not even turn a 
complete rotation. It also had a motor problem and may need a new one. I 
told here exactly what I would do if I were her. Demand a refund!!!!
This is not right. Ask enough questions to be sure that you are not 
buying a "pig in a poke". If it, when received,is not exactly as you 
expected it to be, dont be shy and not demand your rights.
Remember that the gate that squeeks gets the grease.
As ever
Jim Sorrell
Chico, Ca.

Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 15:38:05 -0700
From: James Sorrell 
Subject: Hello All

Hello All
Three times this week I had machines brought in for service where the 
customer was complaining about irratic tension.
Here was the culprit on all three. Some of the mass produced, 
aftermarket bobbins that are offered from our distributors are not 
"regular" in shape. They seem to be "egg shaped" instead of perfectly 
round. They drag as the thread is coming out to produce a stitch.
Here is a test. When you use a bobbin that is new always put it into the 
bobbin case or bobbin holder, thread it like the book shows and do this 
test. Pull the thread and make sure that there is no restriction. If 
there is replace the bobbin.
A sewing machine must have unrestricted thread flow in order to function 
On all three machines the customer wanted the machine serviced while it 
was in the store, otherwise the problem could have been solved for $.50 
or less.
Hope this helps

Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 14:40:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: judy ryder 
Subject: tan featherweight

I recently purchased a tan featherweight at an antique sale-ES874142-the badge says 221k not j and
the case is not two-tone tan but is black.  The case is the style with the clamp in the lid for
the foot control.  The black case has a lining of black with a design on it-baskets of flowers-one
can only see the pattern when the light hits it just so.  Has it been relined?  Do you think it's
the original case?  The foot control is tan.  The machine is in good shape and runs fine-I paid
$395.00 for it.  Judy in CO

Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 13:48:33 -0700
From: ikwlt@cox.net
Subject: my newest FW

i was winning bidder on a FW that i was able to pick up locally.  it's in
OK condition and i'm going thru the clean/oil/lube process today.

the serial # is AF167102 and if graham would be so kind to let me know it's
'birthdate' i would really appreciate it.

the attributes are:  decals intact, scrolled faceplate, numbered tension,
plain throatplate, case with tray.  all of my machines so far have had a
plain throatplate.  i've heard such wonderful things about the accuracy of
singer's 1/4" on the marked ones that i'm hoping to one day get a chance to
check it out on my own.  until then i'll have to rely on the 1/4" foot for
quilting accuracy.


From: "Steve Ward" 
Subject: short posts
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 14:16:00 -0400

Regarding the issue of short postings on FWF;

For myself in particular, this summer has been exceptionally busy with 
repairs, sales, eBay stuff in general, quilt shows, plus all the other 
things that life throws at you.Since we closed our retail shop we have 
been amazed at the size and scope of the online vintage sewing market. I 
had no idea.

Long and short is this though; most online discussion groups are good, 
(especially FWF) and a valuable resource for the beginner, but for a 
merchant it's debateable as to whether they are worth the time given to 
keeping up with and responding the postings. Sad fact is that sales are 
often not commensurate with the time one invests. I know that sales are 
not the only measure of success, but any merchant who neglects their 
cash flow will not be in business for long. I truly enjoy answering 
questions and chatting about old machines, but the day is only so long.

Another discouraging factor with online discussion groups is the 
tendency of some of the members to have something to say on every topic, 
whether they are able to contribute anything of value or not. I think 
the tendencey to endlessly discuss something of minor interest or even 
off -topic hurts some too.

Take this for what it's worth, which may not be very much.


From: "LEQ" 
Subject: 301 information
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 09:57:58 -0500
I want to thank everyone for all there input on the 301. I was shocked at
all the emails of information. Everyone is always ready to help and so full
of information.

I received to pictures of 301's with different decals. I would like to know
which year the decals were changed on the 301. I might digitize both designs
and you will have a choice of designs  you want on your covers to match
which machine you have. I will announce the winner of the cover set this
coming week. You were all GREAT!
Thanks again,
Lequita Lester

From: JennDevine1@aol.com
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 09:03:43 EDT
Subject: Re: sluggish 221

In a message dated 10/15/2004 3:16:54 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
FWFanatics@ttsw.com writes:
99 percent of all slow machine problems are a result
of the belt 
being too tight.....
The belt is not too tight, I have it adjusted with the right amount of give 
on the belt

Let me know if I can help with anything!

~ Jenn

Design Inspirations
Research Triangle Park, NC

From: nitanewbern@webtv.net (Nita Newbern)
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 07:22:48 -0400
Subject: accurate seam guide

I wrote to cluttergutter.com and found out that the seam guide for the
Featherweight is called the "Accurate Seam Guide", NOT the "Tacky Seam
Guide".  They are 10.00 plus 1.25 S&H. They sound good so I am ordering
one and will let you know how I like it.  Cluttergutter.com also has
some other interesting products on their website.
Anita in cloudy upstate NY

From: "Jack&Jacquelyn McGrail" 
Subject: short digests
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 20:26:01 -0400

I guess people are really busy this fall. 

We've had very low registration for quilt classes at our local shops for 
Sept. & Oct., some really outstanding classes had zero registrants!
Are people in the US just weirded-out (whoops, 60's terminology, showing 
my age!) over the impending election? 
I'm piecing flag quilts for returning wounded soldiers (e.g., servicemen 
and women), and working on two quilts for newborn girls (granddaughters 
of my friends).
I'm also keeping very busy with presentations to garden clubs and quilt 
classes, bees, and guilds. 
I'm working on organizing my library of quilt books, making a card 
catalog for them, using an old Rolodex from my office (another life), 
organizing by title, shelving and cross referencing by topic.  
I'm catching up with my dear friend Jill, who just returned from her 
annual 6 months in the Mediterranean/Adriatic on their 50 ft sailboat. 
She brought me some great pictures of my daughter and grandson, who live 
in Slovenia. They got together in Hvar (a resort island off Croatia).  
I'm planning a trip to see them in the summer, my son is going in 
November.  I sold Jill a couple of FWs when I had an antiques shop, and 
she keeps one on their sailboat.  This summer she made some great quilt 
blocks from batiks while she was away.
I like to hear about all aspects of the lives of FWFs, and if there is a 
topic under discussion that I'm not interested in, I just skip over it.

I have a question for you all, what free motion foot do you like for the 
FWs? Brand, style, etc?  (Small circle or large, open--as in C-shaped or 
closed circle, plastic or metal ? 

I'm still interested in hearing from people about the differences, those 
that affect performance, between the 15-91 and the 201!  I didn't get 
any replies that described why one might be preferred over the other! 

Jacquelyn, in Maryland, where today I was gathering Osages Oranges (aka 
Hedge Apples), the fruit of the native US tree Maclea pomifera, which 
look like chartreuse brains, about the size of softballs.  They make 
great fall decorations, piled in bowls or baskets with mini-pumpkins and 
gourds.  It's cool and breezy and cloudy today, and there was a freak 
thunder and hail storm north of Baltimore that caused several multi-car  
and truck collisions with fatalities. Life is short, enjoy it while you 

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