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Digest of postings from Sunday, October 31, 2004 

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Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 13:59:19 -0800 (PST)
From: Jane Hall 
Subject: Run on Pads and Rust

Ann, 
Thanks for the great tip about using run on pads.  I
think I will be using them from now on.  I bet a lot
of problems are avoided that way.  One of my machines
has a little quirk where the thread gets caught in the
bobbin case once in awhile when I begin to sew.  If I
didn't have to lift the needlebar and the foot, I
don't think it would happen.

To whomever asked about how to remove rust......try
Evaporust.
http://www.callbb.com/evaporust.htm

Jane in MD

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From: Gypcdrmr2@aol.com
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 23:52:58 EST
Subject: Of and Off Topic.

Hello Fluffies,

Recently I posted about some really old Singer attachments that were sold to 
me by a friend who does a lot of flea markets. Well, luckily she has become 
quite to 'spotter' for me now. I have old Singer tracing kits and press-stud 
clamps, and the most recent find a Featherweight table with its extension for 
which she paid $15.00, and graciously sold to me for $75.00. What a gem! I'm 
doing The happy dance now. (Well, all right not kicking too high though.) Add to 
this a Singer triangular feeddog cover on the original cardboard display card, 
and I am building up a little treasure trove of museum pieces.
Machines I now have 24. Please send me the name of the medications that stop 
this lusting for machines. I love getting the old and dirty ones and cleaning 
and polishing like mad, and them oiling and lubing them and listening to them 
hum as they make perfect stitches. My only wish list is a 222K and a 301 
Longbed in any color.
There will come a time in the near future when I know I will have to thin out 
the herd, I don't look forward to that day, but hope and pray they go to 
people who will love them as much as I have.
I loved the tip about the little run-on pads and I'll be using that tomorrow.
This is a great group and I have learned so much from you all. Thank you one 
and all.
Jacque in Delaware where the leaves are falling and the colors are glorious, 
and I don't have to rake a one of them!
PS.    Look out for some more stories from Alex.
Thanks Graham for all your patience in dating the machines.

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From: MCarey1670@aol.com
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 22:28:18 EST
Subject: Re: Viking/Husqvarna manual

In a message dated 10/31/2004 11:54:40 AM Pacific Standard Time, 
FWFanatics@ttsw.com writes:
 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 
 question.
 
 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 
 repair/disrepair!
 
 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.
 

Hi, Marge and other Feathers--
I bought an older Viking/Husqvarna machine without a manual, and the 
Viking/Husqvarna Company sent me a free one.  Go to their web-site at 
http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/  and click on Customer Service/Help Desk, and I think they 
will help you.
Mary Ann in blustery Spokane, Washington 

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From: JennDevine1@aol.com
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 21:10:48 EST
Subject: Re: why is the thread catching behind the bobbin case?

In a message dated 10/31/2004 3:26:53 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
FWFanatics@ttsw.com writes:
Gib screw was difficult to loosen and need a 
replacement one.
What causes this problem and how may I keep it from happening, please 
email
me at jjvail@rbnet.com
Believe the Gib screw is part number 200596f according to my research
When you finish stitching, make sure the take up lever is at the top before 
you pull the thread.  If the machine hasn't finished the stitch, thread is 
still around the bobbin when you pull on the thread and this is what makes it get 
caught.  I'm not sure where to find a new gib screw.  Make sure you are using 
the right size screw driver for this screw, it is very tiny and can be damaged 
easliy.

Let me know if I can help with anything!

~ Jenn

http://www.designinspirations.net/
Design Inspirations
Research Triangle Park, NC

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From: JennDevine1@aol.com
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 21:04:14 EST
Subject: For Ann  all metal thread snips

In a message dated 10/31/2004 3:26:53 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
FWFanatics@ttsw.com writes:
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.
Hi Ann, I saw this and thought I'd let you know Long Creek Mills has these.  
I have 2 pair and they are great!  They don't have them listed on their 
website but they do have them in their store.  They have lots of them.  
http://www.longcreekmills.com If you click on the page called "contact us" you'll find 
their toll free number.

Let me know if I can help with anything!

~ Jenn

http://www.designinspirations.net/
Design Inspirations
Research Triangle Park, NC

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Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 19:10:07 -0500
Subject: FW care class
From: catdanccer 

Hi everyone,
Just want to tell you that if you ever have an opportunity to take a class
on the Care and Feeding of your Featherweight from Bill and Nancy Behrman,
go for it! We had a class in Grand Rapids at my house Saturday and it was
fantastic. We had a lot of fun learning about every aspect of the machines.
I thought it was very interesting to see so many different models of
featherweights "in the flesh" so to speak. When you can see them together,
you notice the details that make each style special.
Coincidentally, I had gotten the "birthdate" of my Centennial fw from Graham
a while back but I didn't memorize it.  When I looked it up again today, I
realized that it is 53 years old today!  After the thorough cleaning and all
that it got yesterday, I'm hoping it will last another 53 years.
Karen in Michigan

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From: "Gerald" 
Subject: Griper at it again
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 22:29:24 -0600

Hi folks I'm sorry I have to post like this, but Nadine thinks that all of 
you out there pointed her the monitor of this list. It sure is funny how 
they appoint them self to do such a job. I bit that's a big load on her 
shoulders, don't you. Now here's what she had to say.


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

Now Nadine, why aren't you like the rest of us on here, if you don't like 
what some one post, all you have to do is skip over it. Don't read it if it 
gets you all up in a tizzy, and up sit like that. I know there's things 
posted all the time that I don't like, but do you here me b------ about it 
no.

Now if you want to get a good discussion going about other post on here, 
let's just ask every one who don't like thing that are posted to start 
complaining, and telling every one what they don't like. Is that what you 
want to get started??

Oh one other thing did any one read where I was advertiseing about any 
thing?? If you have some thing personal about me you don't like let's hear 
about it, right here on the digest so every one can read it.

The painter of Featherweights in a Rainbow of Colors
http://home.cablelynx.com/~rambo2/Colors/index.htm
In Hot Springs, R-CAN-SAW 

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Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 19:10:07 -0500
Subject: FW care class
From: catdanccer 

Hi everyone,
Just want to tell you that if you ever have an opportunity to take a class
on the Care and Feeding of your Featherweight from Bill and Nancy Behrman,
go for it! We had a class in Grand Rapids at my house Saturday and it was
fantastic. We had a lot of fun learning about every aspect of the machines.
I thought it was very interesting to see so many different models of
featherweights "in the flesh" so to speak. When you can see them together,
you notice the details that make each style special.
Coincidentally, I had gotten the "birthdate" of my Centennial fw from Graham
a while back but I didn't memorize it.  When I looked it up again today, I
realized that it is 53 years old today!  After the thorough cleaning and all
that it got yesterday, I'm hoping it will last another 53 years.
Karen in Michigan

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From: Barbnlamont@aol.com
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 16:22:20 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 10/29/2004

I don't use run-on squares, or "sew off squares" as they're sometimes called. 
 Instead, I "sew off" by sewing small scraps together (small four patches or 
others) to later use in a scrap quilt, and I don't use a thread cutter either. 
 Just scissors.  I inherited lots of 2.5" "noodles" from my DMIL and I often 
use those to make "non-sew-off" squares. Barb in Sunny, but cold, Aberdeen, WA

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From: Jane Driscoll 
Subject: manual for Viking machine
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 15:14:15 -0600

Marge writes:

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

. . . My hubby just found my old green Viking Husqvarna sewing machine 
(CI
21A) in a storage shed on our property. . . Does anyone
know where I can find a manual for it?. . . .


Hi Marge,
Sewusa has lots of manuals for sale. They also provide free threading 
diagrams. What a nice service! Go to this web site: 
http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine_Manuals/Viking_Sewing_Machines.htm
Jane in Evanston, Illinois where the wind is blowing down all our nice 
fall leaves!

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Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 16:13:05 -0500
From: Debette@aol.com
Subject: Gerald's paint problem

Hi all -
I'm surprised to only see one response to Gerald's query of us! Does anyone else have an opinion?
I'll give mine soon. :-)

Deb

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From: RBMAT@webtv.net (Bonnie Matzke)
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 10:38:29 -0700
Subject: Singer 223 FASHION MATE

 Does anyone have any information about this  Singer?  My friends
machine,  It is a Low Shank -Blind Stitch machine.  She would like a
manual if one is available.   It is in a cabinet, no drawers , taupe in
color also these numbers 506275 . made in Canada J-C13.   
  As to using the cutter on my 221.  No I do not.  I sew on and off
fabric .   Much neater no trailing threads..   Love my 3-221,  2-301.
401 , 404,  2 -99 treadles,  Bernina 1230,  Just don't know how they
seem to find it to my sewing room..  Waiting patiently for my
Monogrammer for my 401,  which I found on e-bay.   
    Would love a chance to attend a care clinic for my Feathers ,
hopefully one will be close .  I have learned so much from this
group..Thank you all.

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 Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 10:13:25 +0100
 From: Graham Forsdyke 
 Subject: Re: Featherweight Fanatics Thursday, October 28, 2004
 
 To Bea who asked
 
 >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.
 
 Sorry, impossible to answer.
 
 Depends on  what you are getting.
 
 Folks opinion of what is considered good condition
 varies greatly as 
 you will see from looking on Ebay.
 
 Plus, how complete is the machine?
 
 How original?
 
 Has it been serviced?
 
 If so, by who?
 
 Is there a guarantee?
 
 And for how long?
 
 How will it be shipped?
 
 Will it be fully insured?
 
 Will there be a no-questions asked  full refund?
 
 Etc etc.......
 
 
 
 To Ann who wrote
 
 >Hi Fluffies,
 >
 >There has been some
 discussion..........................................
 
 
 Think you should know that a "fluffie: this side of
 the  Atlantic is 
 a very overt street-walking trans-sexual.....
 
 
 Re quilt block
 
 >
 >
 >Graham, please send a photo of your quilt block....
 I
 >really would love
 >to see it....
 
 I believe there's one on the Metropolitan Museum of
 Modern Art in NYC.
 
 I'll check with Peggy who organised the contest and
 get back here 
 with a link if one exists.
 
 
 To Missy who asked
 
 >  why is the
 >301 not
 >considered a
 >featherweight?  I
 >understand that it weighs 4 pounds more than the
 221
 >Does the difference come down to weight alone?
 
 
 Well, 4 pounds is around a 35  percent increase over
 a Featherweight 
 but the answer is that it is what Singer called the 
 models  221 ands 
 222.
 
 So the 301 isn't a Featherweight the same way a Ford
 Galaxy isn't a 
 Ford Mustang.
 
 Graham Forsdyke
 Purveyor of fine Featherweights to the gentry
 ISMACS London
 http://www.ismacs.net
 
 http://www.singer-featherweight.com
 
 Bert's Vintage Repair Book Book: 
 http://www.singer-featherweight.com/bert/bert.html
 
 
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From: "Ann Knight" 
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 09:25:37 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Re: featherweight question - TIA

On Sat, 30 Oct 2004 17:06:52 -0500, Featherweight Fanatics wrote:

  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?

 No, the name 'Featherweight' was used by Singer to refer only to
models 221 and 222.

 Thanks,
Ann

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From: "carol kornfeld" 
Subject: Drip pads
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 07:11:29 -0800
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

The FW who sells the drip pads is:  Debbie Bein 947 Orchard Street,
Peekskill, NY 10566 Tel: 914-737-5924
 
I have gotten them from her and she is prompt and has a good product.
 
Carol in Portola Valley, CA

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From: "Dave Gustin" 
Subject: Stinky oil pads
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 21:41:03 -0600

For Dutchrose and others:

The oil pads are one of the biggest sources of odor on a featherweight!
Most of the time they will almost fall off or are loose due to oil 
absorption.
I use a putty knife/scraper and get rid of the glue residue that was 
brushed on lightly at the factory.
I then wash the cover in solvent (kerosene), dry, and give both sides a 
coat of paint.
There is nothing like paint to cover a smell! I use a brand called 
KRYLON,
gloss black of course, available at Ace Hdwe. Its one of the few rattle 
can paints
that you can do multiple coats without bubbling the under layers. I also 
paint my
chipped handwheels with this paint, but that's getting into another 
story!

Another source of smell is the cardboard liner at the bottom of the 
case.
Throw away the old one after making a pattern, cut out a new one,
place a scented dryer sheet under it and it will keep your case and 
machine
smelling sweet!

Dave in Montana, where we have snowcapped mountains again!


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