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Digest of postings from Wednesday, October 27, 2004 

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Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 00:01:46 -0400
Subject: Glenn Williams
From: RC Mayfield 

How can I contact Glenn Williams? 



Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 18:21:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: Kathy 
Subject: Serial Numbers

I was looking at the Singer Featherweight Serial Number list. There are two AG, but no AH, which
my machine has. Would there be a typo in that the second AG is actually AH? The full serial number
on my machine is AH812732 (photo attached showing this number). Cat. 3-120 on the motor, if this
is helpful at all. I look forward to your reply.
Thank you.

From: Gypcdrmr2@aol.com
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 20:42:48 EDT
Subject: No Subject

 What a cheek, I'll have you know that the block I
made for the ISMACS
quilt contest was so highly prized that, at the
insistence of the
organizers it was=A0 auctioned separately for charity
rather than being
included in a quilt.

Come on Graham confess. Was it really so good or was it really too bad to pu
in the quilt?
Inquiring minds need to know. LOL

I do use the thread cutter, but then I still use a tea-strainer even with th
'tea-in-bandaid bags'.

Jacque in Delaware where the day was wonderful.

Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 19:53:36 -0400
Subject: thread cutter
From: catdanccer 

Hi all,
I agree with Graham that the thread cutter doesn't make the kind of cut you
need if you're going to thread a needle - but I don't thread my needle as
often as I stop sewing and take the fabric out of the machine.  Since I've
recently purchased a threader that seems to be very similar to the one that
came with my Bernina , I won't need to poke the cut end of the thread
through the hole in the needle anymore so it won't matter how fuzzy the end
of the thread is.  
And Graham if you have only one bandaid, you weren't really trying! (LOL)
Currently, I have five on my forearms - one for each puppy who all have
razor sharp claws right now :)  If you want, we could send you some
different designs of bandaids.  I have some red, white and blue ones and
some Shrek green ones. I could get some Barbie ones and some Barney the
Dinosaur ones, too.   I know there are dozens of others out there...
Karen from Michigan who is really looking forward to the FW care class from
the Behrmans this Saturday since I just might be spending a little too much
time with fourth graders lately!  

From: "Gerald" 
Subject: Problem ??
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 17:09:52 -0500

Ok folks I want to be far about this, so what do you think about this email 
I received from some one I painted a Featherweight for.
I'm not going to tell you who the person is, if they want to write in they 
can. Here is the email they sent me.

Hi Gerald -
As you might recall, I didn't have decals put on the red FW, as I was 
planning to have it pinstriped or otherwise detailed.

The detailer called today and said that when he lifted his tape, the paint 
came off. He's been detailing for over 20 years, and knows how to work, and 
knows about paint.

I am writing to let you know that I would like you to refund $250 of the 
$350 I paid you for this paint job. I wasn't satisfied with it to begin 
with, and this confirms that opinion.

I truly have no animosity toward you over this, and am not angry at all. I 
wasn't satisfied with the paint job but let it go because I had to get on 
with the project, and thought it wouldn't be any better even if I had you 
repaint it.

I'm sure you'll want to ask questions and talk about it some, so let me know 
your thoughts. My request for a refund stands, however.

Now this is what I wrote back to them.

I'm sorry you feel the way you do, as for the paint lifting,well I've never 
had that happen. I don't know what he did. The only thing I will do is to 
repaint it if I fined it was my fault.

Why was he putting tape on it any way??

Am I being far about it or what do you think.

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

From: "Elizabeth Wright" 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 10/26/2004
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 14:11:21 -0500

Regarding captive FW in a case without a key.... I'm sure that has 
happened to one of my cases in the past...  Rather than buying a key to 
open it, they pried the lock off and broke both of them.

Is there any way to remove the broken upper lock part and replace it 
with out having to buy a complete set, which includes the back hinges as 

Thanks for all your help....   Elizabeth

From: "Juell" 
Subject: Thread cutters 
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 09:54:55 -0700

Hi Feathers:
I, too, use my thread cutters.  My first sewing machine was a 99K, then I 
added a FW, and then an Elna; I use the cutters on all three.  For me, 
anyway, it's the fastest way to clip that thread.
Mary in Fiddletown, CA, where this year's enormous number of acorns is an 
indication that we can expect a very stormy winter, or so I've heard. 

From: "Robert Hamilton" 
Subject: White/Green Featherweights
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 15:17:59 -0400

 In my recent post I gave some examples of how Singer had cut costs on 
the white 221's. Apparently some people thought I was saying they 
weren't functionally as good as the black ones. I didn't intend to give 
that impression because it isn't true. I think I said "The business end 
of them (the part that forms the stitches) remains unchanged and does 
the same good job as the earlier ones." So if you have a white 221 and 
love it, keep on loving it, they're good machines.
 The point that I was trying to make was that I don't understand why 
people are willing to pay a premium price for a white 221. But I guess 
that's what makes the world go around, different people like different 
things and they can spend their money however they want to.

Bob H

From: Debette@aol.com
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 12:02:49 EDT
Subject: Jenn's 222

In a message dated 10/27/04 6:40:12 AM, Jenn writes:

> NO, I will not tell you who it was.=A0 I wrote to the seller 2 days ago, a
> it
> is a bit early to roast the guy, don't you think?=A0...
> If I am anything, it's FAIR.=A0 Do unto others as you would have them do u
> you.

Hi Jenn - The thing that has me perplexed - and I say this in complete
honesty, as I'm intrigued by this, so read it carefully - is why the seller'
s good
feedback ratings are taking precedence over the fact that he completely
misrepresented the actual machine that you actually got, and why you'd want
to do
business in the future with him after an experience like this.

There's something I'm not getting here. I'm not so concerned with who it is,

and all sensible people know it isn't Graham - I'm just... perplexed. Of
course you owe me no explanation - again, I'm intrigued by this.

Best regards,

From: PThomp9719@aol.com
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 12:31:55 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 10/26/2004

This came in an email to me and I thought it cute and decided to  share it 
with the digest.  It just seemed such a moral for quilters,  especially those 
with more projects than time!
Peggy - heading to Houston tomorrow from AZ
Sunday after church, a Mom asked her very young  daughter what  the lesson was
about in Sunday school that day.  
The daughter thought a bit then answered, 
"Don't be scared,   you'll get your quilt."

Needless to say, the Mom was very perplexed. It came and  went throughout the 
day in her thoughts. She could not figure it out.  
The next day, the pastor stopped by for tea and the Mom asked him what  the 
Sunday school  lesson had been. 
 He said 
"Be not afraid, thy comforter is  coming."

From: "Jo Reid" 
Subject: FWF green 185
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 11:27:34 -0500

BlankHi all,
On the way home from NC last weekend, I purchased a green 185 made in 
Canada.  Does anyone know where I can get a belt for this?
And Graham, can you help me out with the birthday etc. on this one?
Serial # JD 735587

Jo in Alabama

From: Debette@aol.com
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 11:54:34 EDT
Subject: Caught in the act

In a message dated 10/27/04 6:40:12 AM, Cindy writes:

>  My mother had a pretty maple
> coffee table that had C I N D...carved on it. I got caught right in
> the middle of the "D".

Yes - my mother has a beautiful sterling baby cup - with nice swirls on it
which were made by a .... Brillo pad! It was tarnished, and I wanted to HELP
. I
can still remember her expression of dismay. Or maybe horror...


From: Debette@aol.com
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 11:49:46 EDT
Subject: Thread cutter

In a message dated 10/27/04 6:40:12 AM, FWFanatics@ttsw.com writes:

> I want to be added to the list of using my thread cutter.

And I want to be added to the list of those who DON'T. The reason I don't use 
it is because I clip the threads right at the edge of the fabric. If I pull 
it out to use the TC, either the tail is too long and must be clipped later, or 
it yanks the fabric over too much to get the thread clipped at the edge.

Worth what you paid for it,

From: AlexSussex@aol.com
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 11:15:48 EDT
Subject: Alex

Hi Fluffies
Don't forget I have The Complete  Guide To Fault Finding on my website so if 
your machine is missing stitches or  the tension is out it will point you in 
the right direction. I get on average  between 1,000 and 2,000 visitors a day 
checking it  out.

From: Joyzquilter@aol.com
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 10:24:39 EDT
Subject: Posting

To Jenn who wrote:
From: JennDevine1@aol.com
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004 18:36:30  EDT
Subject: Re: How to sharpen the thread cutter on your machine

How  to sharpen the thread cutter on your FW.  I used a sharpening stone on 
1938 221.  It is a gingher brand, made for sharpening scissors but any  
sharpening stone that is flat will work.  You can find them at WalMart  in 
sporting goods department.  Do NOT buy a curved, or circular  one.

Using a magnifying glass, notice the cutter has an angled edge on  the very 
top.  Hold the flat side of the sharpening stone at the same  angle as this 
edge, matching the angle perfectly.  Move the  stone back and forth smoothly. 
Work the stone around the curve and  you'll get it done.
Thank you so much for the suggestion.  I didn't know I could  sharpen the 
thread cutter and even replaced one, which also was dull.  This  is really good 
advice and  I will definitely buy a sharpening stone and try  it.
Joy in (OvercaseToday) Phoenix, AZ

From: "Judy Howe" 
Subject: Thread Cutters on Sewing Machines
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004 21:30:31 -0700

I, too, use the thread cutters on my sewing machines.  That is, if there 
is one!  I have one 201 that I can't get the old one off.  Maybe I can 
try the WD 40 downward twist motion--or something like that to get the 
old one off.  If all else fails, try the scissors
  I'm almost half way through making a Civil War quilt to help Barb in 
Aberdeen make quilts for families of soldiers who have been killed in 
Iraq.  The blocks are easy to make and it doesn't take much fabric.  
Just offer.  Barb will let you help, too.
Judy Howe in such a beautiful state (Washington on the left coast.)

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