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Digest of postings from Wednesday, December 6, 2000

Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2000 22:24:19 -0500
From: Lynn Tomlinson 
Subject: Graybar manuals

I have finally fixed/replaced various rubber elements on my old Graybar,
and now find I do not know how to load it properly.  Thanks in advance
for telling me where I can get a manual.

From: EAmstutz
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 07:20:33 EST
Subject: Treadle catalogue

To Jan,

Sounds a lot like a catalogue from Lehman's Hardware Store which is located 
in Kidron, Ohio.  We've been there many times.
Have also seen one treadle in the store and was dreadfully disappointed 
because the cabinet was made of something that looked like pressed wood.  
Guess I expected Amish craftsmanship. ;-/ Was so busy looking at the wood 
that I forgot to note the machine except that it was a Singer.

Ellen in Sandusky, OH

From: LindaBKM
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 14:49:22 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/5/2000

Dear Feathers,
Thank you all who have given me hope and valuable information either here or 
privately on tackling my grandmother's W&W.  (It may take awhile to say 'my' 
W&W).  I have offers from my Dad and Uncle in NY where the machine is right 
now to start work on freeing up the machine.  Since I am (we are) such a 
novice at this, I appreciate the great detail that all of you have given me.  
I will keep you all informed on the progress, and end result.  

Very Happy Holidays to all,
Linda in Mountain View, CA.

From: PThomp9719
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 03:31:02 EST
Subject: Amish catalog

Try Lehman's Non Electric Catalog
Lehman's Catalog

From: MMquilts
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 17:22:03 EST
Subject: Plum Crazy 221

Hi Feathers:

    I really am having a hard time dancing and typing at the same time.  
Speechless, I have never been!  I just opened the box with my Plum Crazy 221 
that Gerald Holmes painted for me.  I just cannot begin to express how 
beautiful this machine is.  For those of you who saw the picture, it just did 
not do his work justice.  This machine is still setting on the kitchen table 
just looking pretty.  The paint job is gleaming beautiful, the decals a 

Dearest Gerald, you are great!!!!!  I wish everyone could see what a 
beautiful job you did on my machine.  I will be bringing it to the gathering 
in April to show everyone.  I cannot put into words how pleased I am with 
this machine.  I will be looking for another featherweight to paint....the 
next one will be PT Cruiser red. :-)  I have a black PT Cruiser so that would 
be a waste. HA!

So, if any of you have even considered sending your featherweight to Gerald, 
rest assured you will be very, very please with the quality of his work.

As you could guess, I could go on forever but I won't.  Just had to brag on 

    Thanks,  Marsha - proud owner of Plum Crazy 221

From: DFspeers
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 16:25:43 EST
Subject: 1937 FW

I recently purchased a 1937, AF164374, Featherweight with a special cloth 
lining in the inside top of the cover. The lining has places for ,I think, 
accessories. Does anyone know what accessories are supposed to be included? I 
have owned a similiar FW, but did not record the contents.    Dee

From: "Helen G" 
Subject: Juki New Defrix oil No.2
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 07:42:16 -0500

Hi Feathers,
I just bought an old commercial serger, Juki model MO-816 and it calls =
for Juki New Defrix oil No.2.  Where can I order this oil or is there a =
substitute you can recommend?
I am anxious to start sewing on it but don't want to ruin my new =
"treasure".  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Helen FWF in New York

From: Lkcover
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 13:39:18 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/5/2000

Hi To Linda from Oxford, Ohie~  YES, Linda is a GREAT name!  I am thankful 
for your recipe for restoring the loosened veneer.  About a year ago a friend 
called me about a machine she was looking at at a flea market that was "cute" 
and cheap and pretty too. Did I want her to buy it for me? It was $25.00. 
Sure, why not!  Well, she said it was in a "case" and when she delivered it 
to me an hour later it was in a cabinet, badly warped as if it had spent a 
winter or two out in the rain.  UGLY!! But she only paid $20.00 for it 
so.............  It is a White No. 8, complete with owners manual (whew!) so 
I have a clue what to do with it to clean it up.  It has a shuttle and I have 
never worked with a shuttle before so will be a new experience.  I just 
wanted to play with it, clean it up and see if I could make it work.  It has 
been sitting in my garage for a year now just waiting for the time to work on 
it.  I had decided that if I did nothing else with it, I would just clean it 
up and use it for display at our upcoming quilt show.  NOW I have a better 
idea of how to attempt to repair the badly damaged veneer.  And at a $20.00 
cost to me, how can I go wrong?  So THANKS to Linda in Ohio for the 
instructions on how to repair the veneer.  It will be the belle of the ball 
at our show.  Oh, please come to our quilt show in Modesto, CA January 20 and 
21, 2001 at the Modesto Centre Plaza.    LINDA Cover in Modesto, CA

Subject: older treadle-type sewing machine
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 18:39:33 -0500

This message is from furndoc34     I found an old treadle =
type sewing machine, no brand name the two side drawers, one on each =
side are missing as well as the head .   the fron drawer is shallow =
maybe 4 inches in depth.  The center drawer fron is long, 12 to 18 =
inches and has a pressed design.The drawer has places for sewing needles =
and holes for something! Ha!  My name is Glenn Stoten  Any val;ue to =
this piece? Thanks

From: "Bob Stone " 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/5/2000
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 15:23:32 -0600

Last week  DW and I went to an auction near here (we live in Fredericksburg,
Texas) There was a FW came up for bids.  Itfinally went for $240.00.  It was
very clean , but no foot feed or tray.  I bought a 99K at this auction for
25.00.  My DW likes it better than the 221. I think It..   needssome
adjusting on it .I need the little rubber tire for the bobbin winder, for
the 99K
Bob Stone
From: "Helen G" 
Subject: Amish type catalog
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 07:20:16 -0500

Hi Jan,
The Cumberland General Store has an extensive catalog of "old time =
general merchandise".They are on Route 3, Crossville, Tennessee 38555 =
and have a toll free number (800) 334-4640. My catalog is old and maybe =
they're on line now? I don't know.  Their catalog is fascinating. Good =
Helen FWF in New York


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