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Digest of postings from Monday, December 4, 2000

Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 12:58:30 EST
From: LindaBKM
Subject: Advice please

Hi Feathers,
My 94 year old grandmother has recently given to me her mother's 1890's 
Wheeler and Wilson 9 treadle sewing machine.  It has spent the past 40+ years 
in a barn and is quite rusted.  The whole sewing mechanism in the machine is 
frozen due to rust, the needle does not move up or down, nor will the presser 
foot go up from its down position.  The foot treadle itself still moves 

The wood veneer on the table has lifted up in one place, the coffin top is in 
good shape.  I would like advice from those of you who restore old machines.

Should I consider restoring this machine?  Some of you speak of using WD40.  
Is this what this machine needs to get it free of the rust?  Doesn't rust 
tend to "pit" the metal and then make it incapable of smooth operation?

My grandmother does not want the insides changed (she thinks the antique 
value will be lost) but my thinking is that if I truly want a working 
treadle, I would have to have the inside mechanics replaced.  I am not 
interested in restoring to sell, I want to keep it, but only if I can sew on 

Advice please, either privately to my email address or through this list. I'm 
sure this problem has been faced by others, and I would like to hear from you.

Thank you.
Linda in Mountain View, CA.

From: "Tom and Ethel" 
Subject: Handicap Needles
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 07:40:23 -0500

The lady that teaches quilting at the local Senior Center asked me to  
enquire  from you nice people if you knew anything aabout Handicap 
Sewing machine needles, she  said someone had told her these existed, 
and were much easier to thread. Help if you can  Tom

From: "tresh.24" 
Subject: price
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 09:18:03 -0500

I own a model Singer Sewing Machine with the serial number as 
follows:10054026. How can I find out the value of this machine. Thank 
you , Laura

From: "Fred Switzer" 
Subject: Lost Email
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 13:27:58 -0800

    Sorry to bother everybody with this but I had been corresponding with a
lady from this list about some items on a featherweight that her mother had
bought.  It had a serial number beginning with AD.  She had asked about a
tension cover and belt. This was just in the last few days.  Thanks to the
gremlins in my computer I have lost all email since 11-25-00 and cannot get
back in touch with her.   She was looking for a specific book that had to do
with featherweight machines.  I have it and will be glad to get it to her if
she will get back in touch with me.
Fred Switzer


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