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Digest of postings from Friday, October 29, 2004 

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From: "Ann" 
Subject: Thread Cutters and Run on Pads
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 19:08:40 -0400

For those of you who are "piecing" on your FW you should try using a 
little run on pad.  Sometimes they are called "sewing buddies" (too 
cute) or "sewing gobs" (not bad) but I just call them "Run on pads".  
They are little scraps about 1 1/4" square, double thickness and you run 
one through right after your last stitch and then when you start up 
again you but your next piece right up against the thing.  I hardly ever 
lift my pressure foot up, nor do I have more than 1/16" of an inch of 
thread between each quilt piece.  I chain piece most all the time.  You 
only need two little Run ons to work with but I usually have 6 or so 
floating about my machine.  You save miles and miles of thread, and your 
pressure foot never runs against the feed dogs directly either.  I use a 
pair of nice little thread snips, (all metal, I cannot find them any 
more) to clip the little lead ons free from their chains of patches.  
The little run ons help when you are feeding the pointy ends of half 
square triangles through too as the foot is lifted up a teeny bit, just 
the thickens of the run on which is, of course, also the thickness of 
the half square triangle.

Skip the thread cutter, save miles of thread and save wear on your 
machine too.

Regards, Ann
Rainy Southern Ontario -- nice for this time of the year though.  Leaves 
on the ground make the whole place look like it is paved in gold.  

From: "Marge and Lee Prewitt" 
Subject: Inquiry not concerning a FW  :-(
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 22:35:31 -0700

Hi Folks -

I know this is off topic but it is a sewing machine question and am not 
sure where else to go.  I have lurked long enough so time to post a 

My hubby just found my old green Viking Husqvarna sewing machine (CI 
21A) in a storage shed on our property that my son had left with us 
about 9 years ago before moving to Arizona.  Apparently before my 
daughter moved to Bellingham they added some stuff to it.  Lo and behold 
the machine that I figured had probably been pawned or thrown out years 
ago has been in the storage shed for the past 5 YEARS!!!!!!!  When I 
think of the hot summers here and the cold winters, I could strangle a 
couple young people!

Needless to say, I was #4973#^#^*((@!   Anyway, it is in the house, we 
have torn it down, WD 40'd it but good.  Plugged it in, the light works, 
and the machine purrs!!!  Now whether it works when we get the bobbin 
assembly and all that back, who knows.

Questions:   What is the best way to get rid of the rust?    Does anyone 
know where I can find a manual for it?  How about the cams that came 
with it?  Cam A is in machine, I need B & C.  I got the machine in 1959, 
it is green and has an open arm, I think one of the first ones they made 
but not sure of that.  It was a great machine but I "HAD" to have a 
computer one in the late 70's so gave this one to my daughter.

Any help would be appreciated.  You can email me direct at 
rockyacres@northcascades.net  By the way I am a FW lover - have my own 
and we have a half a dozen that are in different states of 

Thanks so much!

Marge from Sunny Okanogan County - Washington State - I too am working 
on the Civil War Blocks - such a nice tribute to our fallen soldiers.

Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 18:07:08 -0400


i would like to know the best way to clean the finish of the 
featherweight - i have tried car wax polish and it has created a "film" 
which i cannot buff out.  - - Please help!!!  Any tips you could provide 
would be greatly appreciated.


From: "John Vail" 
Subject: Thread
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 16:26:19 -0400

Have a FW that is catching the thread behind the bobbin housing and 
coming to a
schreeching halt.  Gib screw was difficult to loosen and need a 
replacement one.
What causes this problem and how may I keep it from happening, please 
me at jjvail@rbnet.com
Believe the Gib screw is part number 200596f according to my research

In the Blue Ridge Mts where we are finally getting a little sunshine 
after two dreary weeks
of fog and drizzle.  And the leaves are at or just past their peak and 
extremely colorful
this year.  

From: "Sue & Phil Zinski" 
Subject: Other sewing machine question
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 12:15:39 -0400

I picked up a Singer Golden Touch and Sew 750,zigzag,at Goodwill.  It was in
a nice cabinet and for under $10 I wanted to see if any of my other singers
would fit in it.  My DH thinks I should just get this cleaned up and running
and leave it as such.  I don't have a manual or any idea about this machine.
Any info would be appreciated.  pzinski@yahoo.com

Subject: Paint job dissatisfaction
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 20:48:02 +0100
From: "Thompson, Nadine" 

Firstly, I don't think publishing customers dissatisfied with your work
 should be discussed within this forum.  It is a personal dispute and
 should not be aired here for public consumption.  Secondly, we don't know
 the whole story and it is unfair to the person you are having the personal
 dispute with.  Thirdly, It would probably be better to "advertise" your
 work in the ForSale section of FWF. =0D


Nadine Thompson  |  Sr. Manager  |  BearingPoint  |  McLean, VA

Subject: Fun in North Carolina!
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 20:50:07 +0100
From: "Thompson, Nadine" 

Wow!  My sister Nancine and I took the Glenn Williams - Tony Baker
 maintenance class.  It was a BLAST!  My sister and I loved the quilt shop,
 the bed and breakfast (Blaine House) we stayed in, and the whole area. 
 Just wonderful folks.  SPECIAL thanks to Maxine for the coordination of
 this wonderful event -- what a super hostess!


Nadine Thompson  |  Sr. Manager  |  BearingPoint  |  McLean, VA

From: "Judy Howe" 
Subject: Vote
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 12:57:49 -0700

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, November 2.  --This is worth the "off 
topic" thoughts.
Judy Howe in Washington State.

From: "Judy Howe" 
Subject: Young interpretations
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 12:41:29 -0700

Dear FWF readers:
It is a cute story and it reminded me of another story somewhat like it.
  My cousin said her young son had been going to Sunday School.  One 
Sunday morning he announced that he didn't want to go back.  When his 
Mom enquired  why, he said: 
"Well, I don't want to go up there and suffer."  (The lesson was: Suffer 
the little children to come unto me.)
Judy Howe in NW Wash. state.

Peggy sent in this little story.  Thanks, Peggy, for sharing. 
  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 
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  
Sunday school  lesson had been.

 He said
"Be not afraid, thy comforter is  coming."

From: "Gerald" 
Subject: problem paint job.
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 09:38:14 -0500

OK, folks here's what I'm willing to do for this person, and this is what I 
wrote to them.

I have talked to some friends, and every one says the same thing. When he 
cut the pattern out on the machine he cut down through the clear coat and 
paint, so when he pealed the tape up came paint and all. Any way I will 
repaint your machine for you, just ship it back to me. I will not stand be 
hide it again if you have any thing done to the paint or clear coat.

I think I'm being more then fare with them, seeing some one else did the 
damge to it.

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

From: AlexSussex@aol.com
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 08:39:19 EDT
Subject: Alex

Hi Fluffies

I noted some confusion over  our Graham's. It was Graham Cresswell who 
attended the Franklin meeting. Graham  runs a shop in Nottingham, England. Smack in 
the middle of Robin Hood  country called Cresswell Sewing Machines. He has 
been in the sewing  business most of his life and knows a thing or two about 
sewing machines. He  always adds a sparkle to meetings and if you ever get to 
England he has a  few Featherweights stashed away upstairs.

Last time I was at his shop I  ended up with a boot load of old sewing 
machines and parts. Yana was not very  happy that we had to carry sewing machines 
with us on our holiday for another  week around England. I could not pass them 
up. I bought the most beautiful  Singer 24 of him and still hug it even with 
all the pills...
in  stormy England

From: "jaydub" 
Subject: thread cutter
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 07:23:07 -0500

Hi Feathers,
The only FW that has a thread cutter that works right is on my white one, 
its got a notch cut into the presser foot bar, my black FWs and my 301s; the 
thread cutter is dull and doesn't work.
I like the thread cutters on my modern not Singer machines as they are very 
sharp and have a finger guard to prevent finger slicing.
Sharon W. in Texas 

From: "Linda Heminway" 
Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 7:33 PM
Subject: answer to Gerald's question, re-send
I send this out on 10/22 and it never appeared in
the digest.... sometimes
things get "lost" in cyberspace.
 Gerald said:

 OK, I see Linda Hemingway is still alive and
 So, I'm still wanting to know what her DH did
wrong on the Featherweight
 wiring a while back??

 Ok, guys, enquiring minds need to know.....

 The FW controller is just sitting in a box of SM
parts under the work
 We had bought a new foot controller for our
friends FW and DH has not had
 spare second to work on the one that was in
question.  Sorry to keep y'all
 in suspense.
 This FW was a surprise birthday gift for our
friend, there was no time to
 spend playing with parts and wiring in the end.
The machine sewed a great
 stitch, got cleaned, oiled, and as time would
allow and off it went to
 gleeful new owner.  It was sorely overpaid for, by
the way, but she's happy
 and doesn't really care....
 I am sure he reversed the wires as Graham, Glen
William, Jim Sorrel and a
 few others had commented.... he's just had no time
to even look at it again.
 I wish we could win the lottery so poor DH would
have more time to "play"
 with his (er... my) toys.  I'd also be opening up
a wonderful sewing
 and antique quilt museum..... nice to have dreams.
 This museum would also
 house vintage fashions and have demonstrations of
how to perform old
 like tatting, spinning, candlemaking, etc. and
have reenactments and
 music regularly.  Old fashioned quilting bees
would take place with tea,
 snack, fiddle music......Ah.... my dream.
 By the way, totally off topic, but DH has an
antique Wheel Horse tractor
 that he picked up and he wants, dearly, to
restore.  It's running now, not
 very pretty and he drives it around the yard to
help him with "yard work"
 the weekends.  It's really quite the machine with
an old pull start, etc.
 He's really into it and our dream "if we won the
lottery" museum would
 probably be in a big old farmhouse and the old
barn would have old
 interesting European sports cars from mostly the
50s and 60s and all sorts
 of weird stuff that would interest people in it!
 We keep buying those powerball tickets
faithfully.... one day we'll
 hopefully announce the grand opening of that
museum, until then the day to
 day stuff takes hold of our lives.

 Linda Heminway
 (not Hemingway, neither rich nor famous) in
Plaistow NH where most of the
 fall leaves are on the ground waiting for me to
rake them when I want to

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

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