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Digest of postings from Monday, October 25, 2004 

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From: "Annette Kingery" 
Subject: OSMG
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 17:24:28 -0500

Hi, I usually just "lurk the list", and I really enjoy it!  But now I
have a question;  does anyone know of a reputable OSMG in the San
Antonio, TX, area?  Just moved here this summer, and don't know who to
Thanks in advance!

From: "Janet" 
Subject: FW problem
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 22:54:08 -0400

My Featherweight has begun skipping stitches. Can someone tell me how to 
correct this problem.

From: "Cathy D" 
Subject: cutters
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 23:08:58 -0400

Graham said he had never met anyone who actually uses the thread 
I'm hoping I'm not the only one who does???? .....

Graham, you have met another person who uses it all the time, the thread 
cutter on the machine. I  couldn't find sissors quickly the other day 
and remembered the cutter on the machine...and cut my YARN on my sewing 
so you are corrected., and probably knew you would be.

Cathy, NC

From: Debette@aol.com
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 21:34:52 EDT
Subject: FW care class

In a message dated 10/25/04 3:24:59 PM, FWFanatics@ttsw.com writes:

> Hi All....just completed a class with Tony, Glenn and Graham.

GRAHAM was there??? We didn't know THAT!

From: "Linda Barton" 
Subject: removing the oil pads
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 20:22:55 -0500

How do you remove the old pads inside the oil pan? I've ordered new ones 
but need to know if there's an easy way to remove the old one. This is 
one obvious source of bad odors!

Thanks for all the good advice for this novice.
Linda, the nomad

From: "Linda Barton" 
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 19:27:38 -0500

I'm going by the information at 
that there were Singers manufactured in Queretaro, Mexico (as well as 
around the world.)  But perhaps the machines being  manufactured there 
were some types other than 221s. I heard somewhere that there are other 
types of Singers......

I will give anyone the name of the bad seller if you'll email me. I'll 
post it if it's proper to do so.

I would like to know how to sharpen the existing thread cutter as it's a 
lifelong habit to try to whack that thread there. I hate having to stop 
and pick up a snipper.

Here's my opinion to Jenn about the 222. Get your money back since you 
can and hold out for one that will make you happy. Life's too short to 
sew on a tacky featherweight when there are pretty ones.

Linda, the nomad

From: "Gayle DeForest" 
Subject: Thread cutter
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 16:59:07 -0700

I never use the thread cutter on any of my machines!  I guess it's just 
a habit to reach for the scissors!
Gayle in Sacramento, CA

From: patbback@netnitco.net
Subject: FW Fanatics 10/23/2004 thread cutter
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 18:37:26 -500

Karen in Michigan wrote:

"Graham said he had never met anyone who actually uses the thread cutters.
I'm hoping I'm not the only one who does????  "Admittedly they are in a slightly awkward
position but I do use them. Does anyone else? I can't believe I'm the only one!"

Karen you beat me to the punch (posting), my thoughts exactly.  No you're not the only one using
the thread cutter.  I generally use the thread cutter if there's one on the machine I'm using.
Don't think we're alone.

Let's ask Graham how often he sits down to a sewing machine and actually sews something?  (Graham:
testing the stitching of a machine doesn't count)  Quite frankly I doubt that he's gotten into
piecing and quilting.   Maybe we could talk him into making a "blankie" for his dog Beckie?  How's
that for starters?   

Pat B in Indiana

Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 16:34:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: Snyder 
Subject: Re: FW Case odor

Hi Joy-
I'm not a FW expert by any stretch of the imagination, but is the case the biggest "odor
offender"?  I'm not sure I am clear from your post that the machine is terrible also.  Do you want
to keep it? I mostly read about the cases and other absorbent parts being the culprits. One thing
that crossed my mind was to replace it and the drip pad with new reproductions.  Then I'd set
aside the original case.  You could sell it later if you wanted and included it with the caveat
that the one case is a reproduction and you will include the original for the buyer if they are
inclined to have authentic parts and accessories.  If they don't want it, I'm sure a FWF might be
interested in the case.

From: diquilts@comcast.net
Subject: FW Class
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 23:19:17 +0000

I was there (Franklin, NC) for the class on Friday.  Great class!  Had a wonderful time and
learned LOTS!  Glenn brought a tan FW, which came home with me.

Those guys are so helpful, knowledgeable, patient, and funny.  Thanks to Maxine for setting this

Di in TN 
TN Treadler 
"Motor? I don't need no stinkin' motor!"

From: "LEQ" 
Subject:  Free FW cover or 301
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 17:15:42 -0500

Hi Everyone,
Thank you again, for all those that responded to my email for information
regarding the 301. This was very hard! But to keep it very fair,
Barbara Duckert was the first to respond with measurements and a picture of
the 301 bed design. She will have a choice of a Featherweight cover or the
301 cover with whatever she would like to have embroidered on the front
I made a decision to give another FW cover as a gift because of all the
effort this person gave, to help me. That cover set will go to Athea
Kennedy. Thanks again to all the wonderful FW Fanatics members who went out
of there way to help.
Best Wishes and God Bless,
Lequita Lester

Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 14:03:20 -0700
From: ikwlt@cox.net
Subject: wanna dance?

OK, anyone want to dance with me?  i'm happy dancing even tho the skies are
grey.  a nice delivery man rang my bell this morning and delivered my
anniversary (27th) present from DH.  i now have a FW 222 from graham that
was 'born' a mere five days before me!  it is beautiful and there is no one
i'd feel as comfortable buying from than graham.  it came well packaged and
is just like he described on his website.  i've already written to graham,
but have to share this with all of you too because you'll understand.

i was telling DH how most people might think it a bit weird to get a new
machine and not put it to right to work, but i spent the first hour or so
just opening up the bottom, turning the handwheel to watch the inner
workings, taking off the bed to see the freearm, dropping the feed dogs;
you know, the 'technical' stuff!  the manual is kinda different too, with
english descriptive wording and a sewing section showing making caps and
such.  that all was fun, but i did then put it back together to actually
sew with it.  nice and smooth, and a perfect stitch, singer FW quality.
wednesday i'm hosting my quilt group and can't wait for them to check it
out too.

watch out snoopy, i'm dancing!

Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 11:47:45 -0700 (PDT)
From: Susan Lovett 
Subject: Bobbin will not hold setting

Help!  My daughter will adjust her bobbin tension on her featherweight (using the little
screwdriver) and it the stitch will sew perfectly for 2 widths of 44"material then it goes awry. 
susan in Alaska
Subject: Franklin FW Care Class
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 12:13:27 -0400
From: "Brenda Crumpler" 

I just have to say Thank you to Tony Baker, Glenn Williams, Maxine Ramey
and special guest Graham for providing a wonderful FW Care Class in
Franklin, North Carolina. It was so well organized - Maxine is the best!
She didn't miss a detail. Glenn and Tony provided us a wealth of
information in a fun format - and we learned a lot. As soon as I got
home I cleaned and serviced another of our featherweights - and it was
so neat to do it with confidence.

It was such a pleasure to meet other FWF - you really are a wonderful
Brenda Crumpler in NC

Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 09:40:46 -0400
Subject: Maintenance class in NC
From: jeanlester 

Many thanks to Maxine and her group that set up the workshops and gave 
us food!!!  It was a great experience!

I took apart pieces that I didn't know came apart and found (and 
handled) pieces smaller than a pencil lead.  It was certainly in depth 
learning and entertaining.   I'm not sure how I lived without knowing 
the stuff that I now know (and will hopefully remember).

Thanks Tony, Glenn and Graham (not Forsdyke)!!


From: BJoBethke@aol.com
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 05:20:46 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 10/19/2004

The knitting craze has found it's way west to California.  We are making 
scarves in between the quilt projects.  I was taught to knit when I was in college 
and was a counselor at a girls camp on Cape Cod.  The girls taught me.  I was 
supposed to be teaching them drama.  I learned a lot more from them.  As an  
outsider from Oklahoma who couldn't swim or even "ride a horse" as they 
expected, I was somewhat of an oddity.
What wonderful memories.   Betty

From: BJoBethke@aol.com
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 05:13:45 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 10/19/2004

Bob, thanks for the thoughtful critique of the white featherweight.  Those 
were facts that I didn't know, although I have one.  I will cherish my black 
ones a little more.    Betty

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