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Digest of postings from Thursday, October 28, 2004 

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Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 21:27:27 -0400
From: Betty Murphy 
Subject: things

Hello all,

On the thread cutter issue.......We don't really use it because it doesn't 
make a clean cut and you would have a long tail to cut off anyway. I do a 
lot of chain piecing and need to cut right at the material.

Dull thread cutters.......You can buy replacement cutters and one will last 
a long time......just change it out once it gets dull.

On EBay buying........I have had my share of hassles.........reading a 221 
description saying that the machine is "perfect, just like new, looks like 
its never been used, mint condition" and then looking at the pictures and 
seeing chipped places or paint missing. "Beautiful gloss black finish" that 
is so dirty that it looks gray. Manuals laying on the deck so you can't see 
pin scratches that are really more like gouges.
Then there is always what happened to one of our fellow 
Feathers........bidding on a item and then opening the shipping box and 
finding something different. Oh yeah they may offer a full refund but you 
have to pay for shipping and insurance both ways so that's $50 to $70 that 
you are out and these bogus sellers know that your not going to send it 
back and be out that much money.
I had one woman sent me something other than what was described and it 
arrived with the bobbin winder broken off along with other damage. I gave 
positive feedback but said that she needed to learn to pack for shipping a 
little better. She then gives me neutral feedback, says I'm rude and says 
that I could have at least said that I "got a great deal".
Like the old saying "You pays your money and you takes your chances".

Enough boring you for now.
Thanks for the interest from those of you who have contacted me about 
buying FW's and those who are asking tech questions.

Featherweight Sales, Service, and Repairs

Monty and Betty Murphy
139 Springwater Trace
Woodstock, Ga. 30188

Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 16:09:35 -1000
From: "Bea" 
Subject: white 221 and cost

I am new to this nice  group  and so I hope I'm not being rude by asking
anyone who knows...what is the highest I should be willing to pay for a
white 221 in good condition???  I have no idea what I'm really doing.  I
just got a black one without knowing what I was really doing except that 

I WANTED one (ebay), and it turned out very lucky for me..the lady was a 
good honest and respectable person.  I hear that I was REALLY lucky!???  Asking
so I can learn about these things. Thanks and aloha from Hawaii.=0D

From: "Anne Elver" 
Subject: Thread Cutters
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 20:44:45 -0500

Hi Fluffies,

There has been some discussion of who uses the thread cutters and who 

If you like them, but have a machine without one, some of the sewing 
notions catalogues now have a small one you can add to the side of your 
machines to use.  Has anyone tried this one?

Add me to the list of users.

Anne Elver in cloudy Oklahoma

Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 17:35:17 -0700
From: ikwlt@cox.net
Subject: answered?

>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
did this get answered?  i've just taken out an old stinky oily pad (just
pulled it out), but it appears from left-behind brushstrokes that it was
glued in.  i'm not sure if that's how it was originally done or if someone
along the way thot it a good idea.  a part of the pad is still stuck behind
and i'd like opinions as to the best way to remove it.  i haven't yet
gotten to that part of this filthy machine so would appreciate if answers
are posted to all.  also, i got the replacement pads from the gal who
originally developed them (debby?) but don't have the info anymore.  once i
use this one i'll need another for future use and i believe she is/was on
this list.  anyone have any leads?

i don't use the thread cutters only because they are so dull.  now that i
know how to sharpen them i'll do that and get back in the habit.  for my FW
sewing i've been using scissors, but with my bernina i use the cutter.

about the ongoing discussion of the 222 -- if i remember right the purchase
price was $1100.00.  i'd get a full refund and check out graham's website
for an 'as advertised' 222 and go for it.

and one more thing.  i just received a stinky, dirty 221 that i am
carefully going thru.  the grease for the gears is hardened and has been
put in places where it shouldn't have.  it's a tedious process but i figure
i'm learning with each new machine.  to remove old lube from the motor
tubes, i've been using a dental tool and just sticking it in, scraping
against the edges, and then bringing out whatever i can get loose.  is
there a more efficient way?  since i've never been inside a motor i'm not
sure what is WAY in there and i don't want to do any damage.  at the same
time, i want to get out as much old stuff as i can.  i believe someone
suggested pipe cleaners before and want to double check that route and also
see if there's a better way.

thanx for all the good info and support.

From: "Elizabeth Wright" 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 10/27/2004
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 10:30:49 -0500

Graham, please send a photo of your quilt block.... I really would love 
to see it....

I don't use a thread cutter or snips.  As a matter of fact, I don't cut 
the thread at all ....  I use a small piece of 'extension' scrap fabric 
that stays under the foot 'til I begin sewing again.....  then I cut the 
quilt block from the scrap....


P>S>  To the one who bought an expensive 222 (not quite perfect) should 
have bought one from Graham Forsdyke!!!  They are ALWAYS perfect...... 

From: "Tim" 
Subject: Thread cutter removal
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 09:41:17 -0500

Thread cutters will come off easily if you turn them only clock-wise 
looking down.
The other direction makes them hold on tighter.

They are a lot easier to sharpen when off the machine.


From: JennDevine1@aol.com
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 10:30:07 EDT
Subject: Re: Poor perplexed Deb 

In a message dated 10/28/2004 10:19:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
FWFanatics@ttsw.com writes:
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,
Go sew something and I'm sure you'll get over it.  

Let me know if I can help with anything else!

~ Jenn Devine

Design Inspirations
Research Triangle Park, NC

From: "Missy Story" 
Subject: featherweight question - TIA
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 08:47:21 -0500

Hi...   you seem like the woman to ask but why is the 301 not considered a featherweight?  I
understand that it weighs 4 pounds more than the 221 but I've read lots of other positives about
it (can drop feeddogs, bigger motor etc)

Does the difference come down to weight alone?


-Missy Story
The Design Story
ebay seller ID: let.it.go.4.good

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