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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
 For Barb
 >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.....
 Graham Forsdyke
 Purveyor of fine Featherweights to the gentry
 ISMACS London
 Bert's Vintage Repair Book Book: 
From: Brentcockrell@wmconnect.com
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 
brentcockrell@yahoo.com.       Thanks Cheryl from Louisiana

Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 11:27:06 -0500
From: Topstitching by JoEllen 
Subject: FW Care Workshop

Hi, All:

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

From: Clienau@aol.com
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!  

Carole Lienau

Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 08:38:11 -0400
From: Betty Murphy 
Subject: Re: My new baby

You wrote:

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!

Hello Barb,
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 
Clydebank, Scotland.
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 
causing it.
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 
for you.
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

From: Joyzquilter@aol.com
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 10:30:49 EDT
Subject: Posting

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
From: rheaton 
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,
Pat B

No I didn't get any comments  of any kind except yours.

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