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Digest of postings from Saturday, October 30, 2004 

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From: KayBaranowski@cs.com
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 23:53:18 EDT
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 10/23/2004

Have been a lurking since joining about a year ago.  Enjoy reading Alex's 
stories and Graham's info is always welcome.

For those interested in sock knitting, email me off list.  I work in a knit 
shop and I think I can help you find help and sources for patterns.

Pat B -- how are you doing?

Kay in MO 

 Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 23:44:23 +0100
 From: Graham Forsdyke 
 Subject: Re: Featherweight Fanatics  Wednesday, October 27, 2004
 >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
 Your machine was one of a batch of  40,000
 commissioned on October 30, 1948
 To Jacque who asked
 >>  What a cheek, I'll have you know that the block
 >>made for the ISMACS
 >>quilt contest was so highly prized that, at the
 >>insistence of the
 >>organizers it was=A0 auctioned separately for
 >>rather than being
 >>included in a quilt.
 >Come on Graham confess. Was it really so good or
 >it really too bad
 >to pu
 >in the quilt?
 It was sensational --- the only drawbacks to the new
 technology were 
 that the staples got a little rusty during washing
 and the glue 
 melted when I ironed it but  cutting edge prototypes
 often suffer 
 small experimental set backs.
 Folk even thought the corner where  the dawg had
 chewed it added a 
 homely effect.
 To Karen who wrote
 >And Graham if you have only one bandaid, you
 >really trying!
 >Currently, I have five on my forearms - one for
 >puppy who all have
 razor sharp claws right now :)
 I still have the scar on my ear from Beckie's pup
 >  If you want, we could
 >send you some
 >different designs of bandaids.
 Don't tell me they are repainting these now......
 Graham Forsdyke
 Purveyor of fine Featherweights to the gentry
 ISMACS London
 Bert's Vintage Repair Book Book: 
From: "Janet" 
Subject: Thanks for help
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 15:50:33 -0400

I want to thank all of those who responded to my need for help with 
skipping stitches with my Featherweight. My problem was not the needle 
but the tension.
Thank you again. It is so good to be part of a groop who will answer 
questions which so rapidly solve problems.

From: "Trina Woods" 
Subject: Needle sizes
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 20:07:13 -0700


I've been enjoying all the posts since I joined just a few weeks ago.  Now
it's my turn with a question.  I would like to know what size needle is
everyone using on their Featherweights?  I have a 221K that my mom gave me
many, many years ago.  I am just starting to do machine quilting.  Any help
would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Trina in Palmdale

From: "Elisabeth Pierce" 
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 08:18:56 -0500
Subject: Answer to Gerald's question and a question myself

To Gerald who was having the problem with the buyer and the paint job:
No, I certainly don't feel you are being unfair.  You have offered to repaint
 it.  Possibly the paint itself was bad and will only show that in another
 paint job.  It's not as if you can't fix it.

Which brings me to a question for all of you Fanatics.  I purchased a Singer
 (not a featherweight) from a known dealer out west.  The reason why I chose
  this dealer was because he seemed to be well qualified as he was a former
 Singer employee.  When I received the box, I noticed that there were arrows
  drawn on it, in order to show the shippers to keep the box upright.  The
 problem was that the arrows on the box were upside down and the machine it
self was upside down when I opened the box, although the machine was packed
 VERY well in pillow stuffing.  Now, the problem with the arrows wouldn't be
  so bad if I lived out west, but I live in Northeastern Pennsylvania so th
is machine came to me 3000 miles UPSIDE DOWN.

I checked out the machine and its accessories as soon as I opened the box. 
 Some of the accessories were missing, and some, the cams, were different 
 from the ones specified in the manual.  When I began to sew with the machine,
  it made a coughing sound and the handwheel would freeze at times, freezing
   up the machine.  That same day I wrote an email to the seller, explaining
 the problems not only with the accessories, but more importantly with the 
machine.  The seller couldn't understand why the machine was acting like it
 was, even though I was clear in describing the sound and where it came from.
   The seller never offered to have me return the machine, nor did he offer
    to pick up some of the return shipping costs, even though his shipping costs
     would have been less than mine.  What do you think he should have done?
  What do you think I should have done?  I'm not a "squeaky wheel" type of 
person, but rather believe in the integrity of someone to follow through.  
Any thoughts?

Beth Pierce

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really 
love" -- Rumi

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