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Digest of postings from Sunday, October 24, 2004 

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Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 20:32:38 -0700
From: ikwlt@cox.net
Subject: fw auction price

check out that auction place if you want to see how much two newbies want a
FW.  item #6125890152

From: JennDevine1@aol.com
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 23:07:35 EDT
Subject: Re: Jenn's poorly refurbished 222

In a message dated 10/23/2004 5:30:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Debette 
Jenn - YES. Yes, you should be VERY disappointed, and yes, you should RETURN 
it - now, post haste, don't look back, and don't apologize!

I paid $1200 a couple of years ago for a 222 which is in pristine and 
original condition. The market is not as high now, so you should pay less. BUT you 
also got a repainted (no longer original AND they didn't tell you) machine with 
bad decals - not even worth that much. I'd pay maybe 3-400 for that (it is a 
222, after all).

Ask for a lot of your money back.

Thank you for the advice Deb.  I'll contact the seller tomorrow.  I think 
I'll just send it back and ask for a complete refund.  I do want to continue 
business with the seller though, he/she is recommended.  Thank you for all the 
advice Feathers!   

Let me know if I can help with anything!

~ Jenn

Design Inspirations
Research Triangle Park, NC

From: JennDevine1@aol.com
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 22:43:47 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 10/21/2004

In a message dated 10/23/2004 1:43:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
FWFanatics@ttsw.com writes:
From: JennDevine1@aol.com

Hello everyone,  I purchased a 222 from a very reputable seller and I know I 
will do more business with this person in the future.  But I have a question 
for everyone.  I paid $1,100 for a 222k that was rated very high in 
It arrived yesterday and I was disappointed to find that it is a refurbished 
machine.....it has been repainted....The gold filagree type decoration that 
is usually on the vertical arm, facing the needle bar, was not even applied.  
The decal for "made in Great Brittain" was placed on crooked and is so smeared 
you can't tell what it says.
Thank you for the information some have sent.  I'll contact the person I 
bought the machine from, I don't know even as I write this what I'll do with the 
machine.  Most likely I'll send it back.  It was so disappointing when I took 
it from the box.  On the other hand, the case was in great condition, all the 
accessories where there, including both keys.  

No, I won't let you know who it was because mistakes do happen from time to 
time and this is a reputable seller so I'd rather give the benefit of the doubt 
here and not reveal who it was.  

Let me know if I can help with anything!

~ Jenn

Design Inspirations
Research Triangle Park, NC

Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 17:57:14 -0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
From: "Cathy Patrick" 
Subject: Problem

    Would you be able to help me figure out why my Featherweight machine
keeps un threading its needle?
I have not used it in a couple of years,  but  now I can't get it to sew.


From: "Nancine & Matthew Pike" 
Subject: RE: FW Fanatics 10/20/2004
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 16:20:32 -0700

I read and don't usually post.  Well, Glenn and Tony's class was the best!!
I hadn't seen Glenn in awhile (use to visit him in Florida when my dad was
alive) and what a pleasure it was to meet Tony and Graham (not "our" Graham,
but -- another -- wonderful gentleman who worked for Singer "as a lad" as he
would say).  Maxine, I can't thank you enough for your kindness and
generousity for hosting these.  North Carolina is absolutely gorgeous.  It
was also great to take a class with my twin sister Nadine as we hadn't seen
each other in a year.  All in all, save up your pennies and go to this one!
It gave me some ideas for when I teach my next class in November in SoCal,
and I learned a lot.  Thanks Glenn!  Tony!! Graham!!

near Mickey Mouse, CA

Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 14:41:14 -0700
From: Anne Brennan 
Subject: Re: Free Motion Quilting

Jack & Jacquelyn McGrail wrote:

I bought a Big Foot, which is a large plastic circle that you can see through.  It's great on both
my Featherweight and my Bernina.

Anne in Vancouver, Canada, sorry that I accidentally called the Accurate Seam Guide the Tacky Seam
Guide a few weeks back . . . :(

Anne Brennan
Allegro Communications

From: "Gerald" 
Subject: Vintage Singers
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 17:12:12 -0500

OK, folks I've received two emails about what I said about V S and what who 
ever it was, had hurt the lady's feelings with there sharp tongue.

One person said there's two sides to ever story, well we have heard one 
side, now is the person that did the nasty deed going to come forward and 
tell there side of it??????

From what we have heard so far it was someting to do with Featherweight 
wasn't it ? Are they Vintage sewing machines ??

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

From: PATBERGMAN@aol.com
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 17:28:15 EDT
Subject: A loving reply about short FWF"s

OK Guys, listen up:

The price of the subscription is way, way, way far less that the privilege of 
having access to the archives this board offers.

I do not remember how long I have been a member, but this I do know for sure, 
there is a gold mine of information available there.

You won't get the instant gratification, the speed, the feeling of personal 
attention in the archives, what you will get is the results of good solid 
information, gleaned by many devoted, loyal members, including me.

Will this take your valuable time?  You bet your sweet bippy it will, but ask 
yourself this question?  How many times can one person answer the same 
question, with enthusiasm?

We are referring to a machine possible 50+ years old, that you have just 
discovered the wonders of, the mighty Featherweight.  Congratulations and welcome.

Besides solid information available in the archives you will find many 
entertaining off topic posts.  If you don't want to read them, scroll right past 

Now Off Topic:

This is my first trip out of  my bedroom into the office.  I am as weak as a 
kitten, after two major procedure's.

I needed to get off most of my other lists.  Getting off seems easier than 
getting on.

If I never see N.B.M. after midnight, or a liquid soft diet (YUCCK) again it 
will be too soon for me,

Now, five years ago, liver cancer meant you had bought the farm, now it means 
they go into the liver with a rod and cauterize the spots of cancer in the 
liver with a big CAT scan, a probe, and a wonderful radiologist.  Keep those 
prayers, off FWF please, I get them and I appreciate them

After this reduces the size of my abdomen, G-d willing I will start 
conventional Chemo. two down, one more to go.

From: "Dellana" 
Subject: smelly featherweight!!
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 11:46:06 -0700

I cannot get rid of the terrible odor coming from the 1937 
featherweight.  I have had it serviced and cleaned but it is so bad I 
cannot use it or even display it.  Any suggestions please.

From: "Jeanne DeGange" 
Subject: Smelly FW case
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 09:07:53 -0600

Joy in Arizona

What does the case smell like?  Is it mold?  Whatever it is, if you can 
stand to spend the time, I'd say position it outdoors in the sun, the 
hotter the better.  Maybe this will have to wait until next summer. At 
intervals change the position so the sun hits all of it directly for 
extended periods.  I don't see why you couldn't do this with the machine 
also--do other FWF's have thoughts on this?  It's a bother, because you 
have to keep rain off, and then keep removing any cover to let the sun 
in.  But there's nothing like hot sun for this. 
     Eventually--3 or 4 months, and maybe repeat the next summer-- I 
think the smell will subside. Then clean everything as well as you can.  
In the winter until you get the case and machine clean, put them in a 
box and then in a plastic bag, if you have to, for storage in the house, 
or in a shed or garage.  If you have a place, it would be better to 
store these under a roof but not in any packaging, the machine separate 
from the case, not in it, the case lid open.
    I have certain allergies.  I prefer acquiring things in summer so I 
can use the sun to mellow-out items if they need it, and then I do a 
cleaning as appropriate. This summer  I worked on a FW case  for a 1934 
machine that was seldom used.  It just sat, closed,  in a house all 
those decades.  The case has a strong  smell of oil, metal, the oilcloth 
the case is lined with, and I suppose whatever the case is made 
of--wood?  Too strong for me.  The case responded well to sun treatment. 
 The machine is next to mint, well worth the work
     I once bought new wool cloth to make slacks.  It took a year on the 
clothesline in all weather to get out the mothproofing (insecticide).  I 
don't do wool anymore.

Jeanne in Montana

From: PThomp9719@aol.com
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 13:39:40 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 10/22/2004
<< I don't know anyone else who has a FW. Jo  Ellen??

You sure do now !!  


From: "Ann Knight" 
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 09:31:38 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: Re: Vintagesingers

On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 12:30:42 -0500, Featherweight Fanatics wrote:

>How many of you out there belong to the Vintage singer list any way? Why 
>would the owner do some thing like this? What kind of problem does he have 
>to do some thing like that?

 This is getting blown way out of proportion. Ed Lamoreaux is a good
person who occasionally likes to kid people-powered sewing machine
users, and others; and if you're unfamiliar with his style you can
easily mis-read his intention. He does like to keep his lists on topic;
in this case he created a folder where folks could post announcements
about sewing machine "events," where those who're interested can read
them and they don't clog up the list.


From: AlexSussex@aol.com
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 13:32:43 EDT
Subject: Alex

Hi Fellow Fluffies
We all think that it is  modern shops that have a reputation for taking us 
for a ride! Read  on...

Yesterday I went to a customers house who was a sales woman for a  Singer 
shop back in the 1960's. One of her jobs was to go out to customers to  see if 
their machines just needed a quick service. She was taught to get the  machine 
back to the shop whatever or however simple the problem was. Once in the  shop 
they would give the machine a wipe over put the needle in the right way and  
keep it a fortnight before phoning the customer to tell them the machine was  
ready, with a nice big bill. 

Even a needle in the wrong way would be met  with sighs and groans and taken 
for repair. If pushed into a technical  explanation by the customer she had a 
code between her and the shop to let them  know it was something simple. When 
questioned she would answer that the GIGGLE  PIN was out of time! 

So you see it has been going on for a lot longer  than we think. I have grown 
up in this industry and am still searching for a  giggle pin. Maybe one day I 
will find one laughing under the machine.  

You live and learn. Happy voting over there, Homer Simpson gets my vote  
every time.

In stormy old England

From: "Barbara Lee Gates" 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 10/22/2004
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 07:47:22 -0500

For Clienau@aol.com

> labeled as a '1952' #15 sewing machine.   I have never heard
discussion of
> lite green 15's, is there such a thing??

Yes there is a green model 15.  Full number is 15-125.  Internally it is
just the same as the black 15-91 but the body has a slightly more modern
shape and the green color.  Singer was trying to be competitive at that
stage.  You can see a picture of one at
http://www.needlebar.com/15chart/index.html down at the bottom of the
page.  The manufacturing dates on these are from 1955 to 1958, so your
shop has guessed a little on the date.

BJ (Barbara) in almost Deep East Texas

From: "Anne Elver" 
Subject: Etc.
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2004 16:29:16 -0500


You bought a "very high rated machine".  It was not as advertised, and 
the seller is willing to make good.  You sound happy with the way the 
machine runs, and hesitant to ask for the refund.  It is a judgment call 
on your part. 

Someone else asked about publishing the names of dishonest individuals.  
I traded some patterns for fabric on the World Wide Quilting Page.  I 
sent the pattern, the person sent me a reason why she couldn't send 
fabric for a few weeks, etc.  After sending her several emails, (she 
answered a few with excuses) giving her ample time and warning, (she 
quit contacting me altogether) I counted myself out of the patterns, and 
published her name on the WWQP list and recommended others not trade 
with her.  If a person acts dishonestly, and you have given them the 
benefit of the doubt, I say publish.  You might save the rest of us 

Just my thoughts,

Anne Elver in sunny OK 

Subject: Socks
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2004 22:06:50 -0400

Here is another one that knits socks. I learned knitting when I was four years old. my grandma and
my great-grandma were instrument of my than new hobby.

In school, when I was about six or seven we learned to knit socks. From than on I had to knit
every day fifty rows and needless to say I knitted many pair of socks. I still do. I love the
crazy yarn to make those crazy sock ( yarn is dyed that it makes a pattern without actually
knitting one.)

Judy, I also have a Harrisville and have not had the time to weave very much lately.My time is
filled with quilting. I am working on two Christmas tree skirts for my girls. I have to make
always two. Equal opportunity.

Besides my big loom I have four table looms and fife spinning wheels. I did a lot of spinning in
my time. The sheep around here had to give me there fleece all the time, to keep me in wool.

However, as I said, quilting is my hobby and I have a FW a 301 and a 66-18. My FW's name is
Hannah. She reminds me on Hannah in the Bible story, Hannah was sewing a coat for hear son Samuel
every year, who was dedicated to God and ministered in the temple. little Hannah sews a lot of
quilts. She is busy as her name sake.

Greetings from SoCa We had wonderful weather today after the big rain. I like rain it is so


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