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Digest of postings from Wednesday, October 20, 2004 

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From: "LEQ" 
Subject: Chocolate Teapot/swap meet
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 18:20:29 -0500

I may be getting in on this without knowing all that was said but have read
a couple of postings asking "What is a chocolate Teapot. I use to have a
Chocolate Pot. It was very tall and slim with cups and saucers for 6. I was
told that the British used it for Hot Chocolate just like the small teapot
for tea. Well, needless to say I never used it and decided to sell it. It
was made of a nice china. I'm just country and prefer my Hot chocolate in a
large mug.
Hot and muggy down in Louisiana!

Just asking! Would anyone be interested in having a get together in
LOUISIANA. If so let me here from you and if there's enough people willing
to travel to Rosepine. Middle of the State. I will plan for it come spring.
This is a very beautiful area. I have 18 acres and there is nice
accommodations, food, etc. camping sites or you could plan to stay on my
land and enjoy some good old southern hospitality.  GREAT FOOD. We could all
share sewing machines stories, sewing retreats, camp outs/cookouts, great
fellowship, sewing machine trading/selling are whatever. Let me here your
ideas!!!  There is also a retreat center with very nice cabins, large
fellowship hall, dining that could be rented. It's just a thought. Usually
all the events are so for away. This area is 3 hours from Houston, Tx., 6
hours from Mississippi, 4 hours from Ark. line,  What do you think!!!!!
Lequita Lester

From: "Maxine Ramey" 
Subject: feeling sentimental
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 21:58:22 -0400

Hi everyone, 
I, too, am enjoying the digest. It's so true that this wonderful little sewing machine not only is
a delight, but it has brought many people into my life that otherwise I would have never met. I
hosted a series of care classes here in Franklin, NC, last May, with Glenn Williams and Tony Baker
teaching. We are beginning another series tomorrow morning. Glenn, Tony and I spent the better
part of the day preparing for everyone. That's not to mention all the other days gone into
preparation, and Glenn and Tony packing up their shops and bringing it all up to North Carolina!
The payoff for us is that we make instant friends and are able to put faces with many of your
names. We are looking forward to doing that again this week. And I've made two great friends in
Glenn and Tony's wives. Tomorrow we're going to sew together while Glenn and Tony are working! 
Maxine Ramey 

 Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 14:40:15 +0100
 From: Graham Forsdyke 
 Subject: Re: Featherweight Fanatics Sunday, October 17, 2004
 To Jo Ann who wrote
 >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
 >maintenance class, and if so to contact me off-post
 >because I wanted to
 >The moderator made a very rude comment about my
 >meant to
 >embarrass me,
 >to the whole group, and therefore I no longer felt
 >welcome to post, and
 Sorry you were so poorly treated --- it's very
 unlikely to happen 
 with the good folks here..
 To Jim who wrote.....
 >Here is what I am suggesting. Insist that the
 >does as I do when
 >sell a machine to someone that orders online or by
 >phone. Have them
 >thread the machine and run a test sample and leave
 >under the
 Just for once we are going to disagree. there's one
 seller who does 
 exactly as you suggest. And, curiously, when there a
 back view of the 
 machine, the test sample has been moved around so
 that it's more 
 prominent at the rear.
 Once the buyer removes the sample you can see all
 the missing decals 
 and other damage that it was hiding.....
 I also knew a dealer who, when trade was slack pould
 run up a whole 
 batch of test sample swatches on a Featherweight and
 then simply put 
 one under the foot of whatever machine he had just
 Jim said:
 >  Some of the mass
 >aftermarket bobbins that are offered from our
 >distributors are not
 >"regular" in shape. They seem to be "egg shaped"
 >instead of perfectly
 >round. T
 And the worst of these are those marketed in Singer
 To Judy who wrote
 >I recently purchased a tan featherweight at an
 >the case is not two-tone tan but is black.
 >Do you think it's
 >the original case?
 Sounds right to me.... Your machine was one of a
 batch of 10,000 
 commissioned on August 19, 1961.
 To dutchrose who asked:
 >i was winning bidder on a FW t........
 >the serial # is AF167102 and if graham would be so
 >kind to let me know
 >'birthdate' i would really appreciate it.
 It's February 15, 1939 --- one of a batch of 20.000.
 To Jean who wrote:----:
 >The belt is not too tight, I have it adjusted with
 >right amount of
 >on the belt
 Sadly it's impossible to gauge correct tightness by
 the amount of 
 give on the belt.  The only way to do it is to start
 with the belt 
 too slack and then , a tad at a time, tighten it
 until it fails to 
 This can result -- depending on the belt - when it
 was made, who made 
 it, how much previous use etc--, in give of anything
 from 1/8 inch to 
 a full inch.
 Graham Forsdyke
 Purveyor of fine Featherweights to the gentry
 ISMACS London
 Bert's Vintage Repair Book Book: 
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 16:44:37 -0700 (PDT)
From: Nancy 
Subject: What we are doing

Have been having some problems getting the digest on
our comcast address so now we are using an old yahoo
address that I am glad we kept.
Bill and I are enjoying quality time with two of our
three grandsons while mommy and daddy work.
We also have taken our son Brian on to help Bill with
our service and repair business here in SW Michigan.
He is getting pretty good but working full time and
trying to learn a new trade takes time.
We also moved a son, daughter-in-law and third
grandson to Fl last August still trying to get through
that move.
I still remain cancer free and am doing great has been
a long haul but the prayers of God's faithful people
sure have meant a lot.
We are still doing FW Care workshops not quite as much
or as far from home but still do enough to keep us
busy. The last one for this year is scheduled for
October 30 in Grand Rapids on October 30 anyone in the
area that is interested in attending the class E-mail
me at fwfan@comcast.net or fwfan@yahoo.com Nancy
FW Care Workshop
Bill and Nancy

From: "arnold" 
Subject: address needed
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 16:32:56 -0500

Can someone provide Mr Christensen' address.  He lives in UT and sells 
kits for the reproduction  No. 68 cabinets.Thanks....Wayne Arnold

From: patbback@netnitco.net
Subject: FW Fanatics 10/16/2004 FW Posts
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 19:37:07 -500

I'm reposting since I didn't see this earlier, sorry if it is a duplicate.

Bob Heaton in Toronto,Ohio, wrote [in part]:

"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."

I didn't see any comments Bob, hope you didn't get any spam privately.  Thanks for the laugh Bob, very funny!

Not a vulture in Indiana,

Pat B

From: Anchor37@aol.com
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 19:04:09 EDT
Subject: Re: Finding time to sew

Hello All, 
I've given my Centennial FW a workout lately--which was good for both of  us! 
I've finished the curtains for my son's room that  I have been trying  to get 
to since Memorial Day. They look great and my FW rose to the  challenge. I 
had one thread jam that I was able to handle without batting an eye  thanks to 
Bill and Nancy's FW care class. I've changed the needle and oiled and  lubed in 
preparation for the living room curtains. The World Series will  determine 
when they get done! 
Game 7 of the ALCS is on in an hour. Got to go walk the dog and get the  kids 
in pajamas before the first pitch! 
Amawalk, NY
From: "Darla" 
Subject: Singer Surgical Stitching Instrument information
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 19:37:59 -0400

Carolyn wrote:

   "... I was particularly interested in your mention of surgical stitching
   tools that used FW bobbins.  A little more posting on that subject might
   interest other Feathers."

More information on the stitching instrument can be found on my website as 
well as numerous pictures including an image of the 221 bobbin and stitching 
instrument bobbin side-by-side. There are also six advertisements from 
1943-1947 from the Journal of the American Medical Association.


I've included the information here, also:

Just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, Singer engineers had completed a 
ten-year program culminating in the development of a surgical stitching 
instrument. An advertising campaign introduced the instrument to the medical 
profession in the early months of 1942.

The instrument used the basic stitch-forming principles of the sewing 
machine, and Singer proclaimed that it had several advantages over hand 
suturing including speed and variety of stitches.

Singer demonstrated the instrument throughout the United States and Canada 
at medical conventions, hospitals, and individual doctor's offices as well 
as through a series of sound films. Doctors were known to have taken the 
instrument with them when entering military medical services.

There appear to be two models of the instrument: for general suturing, a 
right-handed (A3) and left-handed (A4) model and for delicate suturing a 
right-handed (A11) and left-handed (A12) model. Additionally, models A3 and 
A4 were available with a steel (#17226) or bakelite (#17246) handle.

Although similar in design and appearance, the bobbins for the Singer 
Surgical Stitching Instrument and the Featherweight 221 are significantly 
different in size.

The Surgical Stitching Instrument's bobbin is smaller than the Singer 
Featherweight 221 bobbin. The Singer Featherweight bobbin diameter measures 
.865"; the Surgical Stitching Instrument bobbin measures .620".

The foreword of the Singer Surgical Stitching Instrument catalog, copyright 
1942 by the Singer Manufacturing Company reads:

     The Singer Sewing Machine Company takes pride in presenting its 
Surgical Stitching Instrument for the advancement of surgery.
     Developed in close cooperation with the surgical profession, this 
instrument is the result of extensive research and is constructed with the 
same craftsmanship that has distinguished Singer Sewing Machines for almost 
a century. Clinical trials have definitely proved its success and 
practicability under the most difficult operating conditions.
     Its flexibility and ease of manipulation simplify the formation of many 
new continuous and interrupted stitches. Its usefulness is limited only by 
the ingenuity of the surgeon.


From: "Jack&Jacquelyn McGrail" 
Subject: quilts for soldiers
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 19:07:49 -0400

My quilt guilds are working on quilts for wounded soliders (servicemen 
and women) returning from Iraq (and Afghanistan).  I adapted a pattern 
from the book 'Patriotic Little Quilts' to make flag quilts with 8" 
blocks.  The quilts finish to about 42 x 52, a good lap quilt size, and 
could be made bigger.  Email me for a picture and cutting instructions.  
I quilted one with large stars, I drew a 5-point star about 9" wide, cut 
it out of template plastic, and started tracing it one the layered 
quilt.  I planned on placing one star on each flag block, but I started 
placing them off-center, and wound up covering the whole quilt surface 
with the motifs, including the sashing and borders.  It looks really 
nice!  The quilts are distributed to the soliders at Andrews Air Force 
Base, when they come off the plane, whether they are going to a hospital 
here in the DC area, or to other military hospitals around the country.  
They don't have enough quilts!  Jacquelyn, in MD 

From: "Sue & Phil Zinski" 
Subject: Piecing curves

I went to a local quilt show and what do I see but a vendor piecing on a
beautiful white Featherweight!  Of course I had to stop and talk to her and
she was piecing curves from a book called "Crazy Curves" by Elisa's
Backporch.  She used only 2 pins and it came out beautifully.  They are
basically Drunkard's Path.  I got the book and template and will be glad to
let anyone interested know what I think of it ( pzinski@yahoo.com)
I also asked if she had ever been to a maintenane/know your Featherweight
type class and she said they had a someone that does that kind of class and
would contact her about setting one up.  When I hear from her and have the
info I will post it.
It cold and dreary upstate NY

From: "Jake and Jacqui Van Meppelen-Scheppink" 
Subject: busy/hand piecing
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 18:45:00 -0400

Hi all:

I sent this post yesterday, but it didn't show up on the digest today, so
I'll resend it...hopefully, it doesn't show up twice :-).

I've actually been keeping up with the digests lately because they're short
:-).  Life has been really busy for us as well.  Can't remember if I posted
this to this list or not, but DH, Jake, has gone back to University for two
years to obtain his Bachelor of Education.  He hopes to teach High School
Sciences and Maths.  He got his BSc 26 years ago, so this is a challenge!
The University is an hour and a half driving away from our home, so we've
rented an apartment and live in two places.  That gets a little confusing at
times...the worst thing is clothes!  You have to make sure you have the
right clothes in the right places at the right times for the right weather
conditions LOL.  We do have three FW's in our apartment and I've used one of
them.  Jake hopes to service the other two as soon as he's finished with a
big paper he has to write as well as an oral presentation next week.  I've
taken a pile of UFO's along and am acutally getting some things almost
finished.  I am working on a 30's reproduction quilt from blocks exchanged
at our Canadian Sewing Machine Collector's gathering last fall.  I'm down to
the binding, but can't find the right purple or yellow to finish it.  I need
to find a shop with 30's reproduction prints...think I found one on the
internet yesterday that's not too far from here.  It was actually featured
in the fall Better Homes and Gardens Sampler!  Imagine that :-).

Ann, I'm working on a handpieced grandmother's flower garden. I bought a
bunch of 30's or 40's era blocks at one of our CanSew auctions a few years
ago and am putting them together with white hexagons cut from a pile of
vintage white cotton fabric that I found at the thrift shop.  I have it all
together except for one more row of white hexagons around the two long
sides.  Then I'll have to decide how it's going to get quilted.  I'm
thinking of leaving it til I can save up some money and have the local Amish
ladies handquilt it for me.  I'd never get it finshed if I handquilt it :-).
I'd be VERY interested in a handpiecing class if you ever have one...it's
not far for me to drive to Shakespeare!

Jacqui in Hamilton, ON at the moment

From: "Gerald" 
Subject: Still wating
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 15:58:17 -0500

OK, I see Linda Hemingway is still alive and kicking.
So, I'm still wanting to know what her DH did wrong on the Featherweight 
wireing a while back??

The painter of Featherweights in a Rainbow of Colors
In Hot Springs, R-CAN-SAW 

Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 11:41:29 -0700
Subject: Looking for additional discs for Singer Style-O-Matic 328
From: Barbara Penn 

    I did a search on the web for discs for the Singer Style-O-Matic 328(I'm
still using the one I bought as a new bride in 1963.) and it led me to your
archive for Jan 14 to 20 1996 where there was a message from a lady named
Millie who was offering for sale a box of discs (cams) for this machine. I
have the discs that originally came with my machine, but am trying to find
others that were available for purchase long ago that I now wish I had
bought . I am specifically looking for discs #4, 7, 8 , 11, 12, and 14-30.
If Millie or anyone else has these particular discs I would be very
interested in purchasing them. I am also interested in buying two
accessories--the edge stitcher and the tucker--that were optional
accessories for this machine if anyone has them.If you don't know anyone who
has these, perhaps you could recommend a source I could contact?
    By the way, I share your love of old machines. My elderly machine, used
by 3 generations of our family and used by me to make my wedding dress, is a
1911 White treadle machine. I know this is a mere baby compared to some. My
mother used it to sew many a bridesmaid's dress and for many an Atlanta
society matron until she was in her 80's!

Happy sewing!

Barbara Penn
Palmdale, California 

From: "jean potocki" 
Subject: roadside 500a 
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 14:40:01 -0400

Since there isn't much going on here on the digest thought maybe I would 
post about my roadside find. 

Went to a yard sale in August, almost didn't because it was off the road 
I was on and I was wanting to get home.  But decided to make the detour 
to do a quick stop at the yard sale.  When I got there the tables were 
all empty and no one was outside.  But as I passed I noticed a Singer 
sewing machine sitting at the curb with some other trash. So back I went 
and up to the house to ask about it.  The lady said it had been her 
mother's and I was welcome to it.  She said her mother said it didn't 
work but she didn't know why.  So it sat in my garage since then, but 
the other day I got it cleaned and oil.  The only thing I could find 
wrong was it needed a new needle.  It cleaned up very nicely.  It is a 
very nice machine.  And to think I almost passed on it to go home and 
work.  This was much more fun.

Does anyone know if the cams from some of the other machines like the 
503 603 etc. would fit this machine?TIA, Jeanne in lower thumb area 
Michigan where it is gray and chilly.

From: "Barb Brummond" 
Subject: My new baby
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 14:24:02 -0400

My husband surprised me with a FW for my birthday!  I had to have the foot
control rewired and took it in for a cleaning and inspection....so today I
finally was able to use it for the first time.  I couldn't be more pleased.
I've never owned a FW before, but I was always hoping to discover one at a
yard sale for $25.  But DH just went to EBay and voila.

The machine seems to sew real well with a small amount of  "chatter", but I
think this would be considered normal.  The serial number is EE856076.
Perhaps someone could tell me more about it's "birthday" and where it was
"born".  One thing that I noticed is that the thread cutter on the shaft
that holds the presser foot might be upside down.  The thread cutter doesn't
cut the thread and the cutter doesn't seem to match the picture in the Nancy
Johnson-Srebro book.  (I just got the expanded third edition....I have lots
to study up on.)  Any ideas for moving the cutter?  I don't want to force it
and it seems very tight......I can turn it around the shaft, but not move it
up or down.

What do you recommend for general surface cleaning?  I don't have a name for
her yet, just my Baby.  How did you arrive at names for your babies?

I'd love to hear any recommendations for the care and keeping of my new
baby.  Thanks!

From: "J.and M. Trout" 
Subject: OFF TOPIC: 185 J information request
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 09:54:11 -0700

Would some kind person please help? I bought a green 185J machine without a 
Are 221 feet correct for this machine?
Thanks! Joan

 From: "Roberta Anson" 
 Subject: OSMG
  Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 07:15:23 -0400
 Hi Fanatics
     I'm in need of a OSMG in the central part of NC.
  Anywhere from Greensboro, thru Burlington ,
 Hillsboro, Chapel Hill and Raleigh.. That's the Rt
 40/85 corridor or anyplace N or S of it.    Sure
 hope there's one out there  Thanks Roberta
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 05:05:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: William Bishop 

Darla, I think your research on Singer's role in WWII sounds very interesting.  My husband tells
me that when he attended West Point in the late 70's he used industrial singers to repair
While I was at my friend's house, she pulled out two old machines.  Neither were singers but she
is interested in knowing some of the history.  One was a red toy machine. Markings include: 
CASIGE, Cesch. M. 1470 and Made in Germany, British Zone.
The other was a portable black with gold detailing.  Markings include Monarch Deluxe, 23352662 and
1952 Jaysan.
I appreciate any information you may have.

From: "carol kornfeld" 
Subject: FWs and EBay
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 21:43:33 -0700

Noting Jim Sorrell's warning on Ebay purchases, he is so right!  Though
I have bought FW on Ebay I always ask questions. Many, many times
sellers have not replied and I cross them off the list! If a seller
hasn't the courtesy to answer a question, regardless of the number of
bids, I would not have confidence in the seller.  I also ask about
packing and shipping.  I would prefer seeing before buying but,
unfortunately, that is not always possible.
Carol in Portola Valley, CA (raining today!!!)

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