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Digest of postings from Friday, October 22, 2004
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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 14:51:05 +0100
From: Graham Forsdyke
Subject: Re: Featherweight Fanatics Wednesday, October 20, 2004
>l. The serial
>number is EE856076.
>Perhaps someone could tell me more about it's
>"birthday" and where it
Made at the main factory in Scotland -- one of a
batch of 10,000
commissioned on December 1o, 1948
> One thing that I noticed is that the thread
>cutter on the
>that holds the presser foot might be upside down. )
Any ideas for
>moving the cutter?
If you twist (it will go in one direction far easier
than the other)
and slide down at the same time, it will come off.
Never met anyone who actually uses it.....
Purveyor of fine Featherweights to the gentry
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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 21:11:31 EDT
Subject: kenmore model117-959
Hi - I bought my mom a Kenmore portable sewing machine. The model number is
117-959. Do you have a manual. Also how old is it? My e-mail address is
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks Cheryl from Louisiana
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 11:27:06 -0500
From: Topstitching by JoEllen
Subject: FW Care Workshop
With all this talk about Care Workshops, I was wondering if anyone know if
someone offers them in or around Minneapolis MN or Madison WI. I live in
rural WI (around the Eau Claire area) and would like very much like to take
a hands on class. I don't know anyone else who has a FW. Jo Ellen
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 11:03:46 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 10/18/2004
I was antiquiing and saw a Singer machine with a 15 in a horizontal bar badge
under the traditional Singer emblem, the machine is a lite green- white like
the white/green featherweights. It has a lite green cord and foot pedal as
well and it does not appear to be repainted. It is $48 in a small cabinet and is
labeled as a '1952' #15 sewing machine. I have never heard discussion of
lite green 15's, is there such a thing?? The antique shoppe is only open until
Oct 30 and then closes for the season. Is this a machine I should run back and
purchase?? It has a zig zag attachment in the green jetson style case. Thank
you in advance for your help!
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 08:38:11 -0400
From: Betty Murphy
Subject: Re: My new baby
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
Congrats on getting your FW. Your serial number shows to have been released
on12/10/48. The "EE" indicates it was made at the Kilbowie plant in
The chatter could just be the need to run the machine and get oil into and
onto all the moving parts. But more than likely it is the thread take up
spring on the tension adjuster. If this spring is to tight it will snap
back into place as the thread gets slack during the sewing cycle. You can
take the tension assembly apart and rotate the spring one notch counter
clock wise and this should stop the chatter ...... if its the spring
About the cutter.....rub some WD-40 on the shaft and you should be able to
twist it back and forth applying a downward pressure and get it to slide
off. It will take some force to get it back on but it shouldn't be to hard
In my opinion WD-40 is the best thing to clean your "baby" with. Its what I
use on all the FW's that pass my work bench. Don't use any modern cleaner
or alcohol on your FW, it could (or will) remove the lacquer top coat or
turn it milky white.
Hope this helps you.
Featherweight Sales, Service, and Repairs
Monty and Betty Murphy
139 Springwater Trace
Woodstock, Ga. 30188
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 10:30:49 EDT
Hello feathers out there. I wrote awhile back about the odor of a
machine/case I purchased and gots lots of suggestions for getting rid of the ode de
featherweight. Tried them all. Really, ALL of them (on the machine and case
separately), to no avail. Please no more suggestions, nothing works on this
one! My question now is this...what do I do with a machine and case that is
in great condition but smells bad. I don't want to keep them 'cause they have
to stay outside. I don't want to offer them on eBay and disappoint someone.
But, I would like to get my money back, or at least most of it. Any
offers? I am not up to stripping the material off the case myself. Thanks for
your help. I love this site!
Joy in Rainy Arizona (today)
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 09:13:03 -0400
Subject: re comments
I didn't see any comments Bob, hope you didn't get any spam privately.
for the laugh Bob, very funny!
Not a vulture in Indiana,
No I didn't get any comments of any kind except yours.
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