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Digest of postings from Thursday, December 7, 2000

Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2000 03:54:30 -0800
Subject: Broken Link
From: Kevin Quosig 

The link to "Antique Sewing Machine FAQ " appears to be broke/dead. Just an


Oh, and FWIW, I have a Tan 221 (are they as hard-to-find as the photo on
your web site would lead me to believe?) handed down to me when I left tthe
house in my early 20s (darn thing is older than I am)...and with what
limited sewing I've done to date, I wouldn't trade it for the plastic-clad,
plastic-geared machines made for household use today. I've had this beasty
punching thrad through nylon webbing and cordura for modifying backpacks,
and repairing Levis 501s...punches through it all like a charm.

It apparently had a new belt put on at some point (pinkish-clear rubbery
plastic), otherwise in very good shape. Case is a bit scuffed and the
interior cover over the hinge...some kind of vinyl or paper, is falling
apart. but it's the case that came with the unit. Nary a squeak or rattle in
the machine, runs smoothly, foot pedal works perfect, bulb is snug, etc.

I'm currently trying to collect a few accessories (zigzagger, hem foot,
etc.) to put it to more regular use making clothes for me and my girlfriend.
thank goodness for eBay.  ;-)

My sister has one too, but I think hers was colored...I seem to recall a
pale powder-blue, but I could be wrong. She recently had hers services and
uses it regularly to make clothes.

Thanks for all the info on your site, and other Featherweight Fanatics.

Kevin Quosig

From: "pittsace" 
Subject: Mystery (Sewing?)Box (OT, BUT...)
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 16:24:43 +0100

Saw a unique item at a "floh markt" (German flea market) and couldn't think
of anyone else to ask, so please be patient.  It was a handcarved box that
looked like a hybrid between a cigar box and a humidor.  The outside was
extensively & ornately carved with layers of what I'll call flat-topped
pyramids.  It had "1892" painted in script on the outside, but I couldn't
read the company name. It had hinges and a latch.  What fascinated me was
the faded emerald green padded velvet strip on top -- about two by six
inches.  It looked for all the world like a cigar company long ago had
decided to add a needleholder to the top of the gent's cigar box, so the
lady of the house would be delighted she was eventually getting a sewing
box, and not just cigars coming in to her parlour.   Naturally, the man
selling it said it was "sehr alt und super".   Wanted about 75 dollars for
it after negotiating for a while.  I decided it was way too much for more
than 25 dollars (it had a big crack in the base wood on the inside, 1892 on
the box probably means the company was founded in 1892, not the age of the
piece, etc.)  But I still wonder what the story was on this box.  Has anyone
seen anything like it, or can tell me where to look to learn more about it?

Thanks for your time,

Valerie in S. Germany (who has not seen a SINGLE Featherweight or Bernina at
a floh markt, but Pfaff treadles like crazy)

From: MBrown7141
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 12:35:34 EST
Subject: Alex and beans on toast

When I was a kid in the mid-west, we used to have navy beans on toast after 
they'd sat a few days so the liquid had thickened up.  I really loved them 
that way.  They were usually cooked up with a ham bone and scraps of ham.
    Thanks for reminding me of an old-fashioned meal!  Sometimes the simple 
ones are the most enjoyable!  
And the cat ... oh, I laughed out loud!
Melissa in CT

Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 15:41:13 -0500
From: c n 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/6/2000

.Marie L Singer
 Interesting your last name is singer and
you obvious collect singers???
I love the Trabuco Canyon area. I not just
a sewer but also a cyclist. We do a lot of
riding in that area. My grandmothers name
was Iva Della Singer
That justifies my interest in Singers .
Everyone was right. I do like the 301.I
also have a 66 or 99 . I don't know the
difference?????It sews great
but the best machine that I have is a Elna
Carina. It does everything and 
was very expensive when I bought it . I
replace my singer touch and jam with the
elna. I don't remember the year. I think
the 99 or 66 are probably just as good as
the featherweights. Just heavier ?????
They sure don't get the send off they
deserve. The elna is another great machine
doesn't get the credit it deserves.
Featherweight Fanatics wrote:

Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 09:40:06 -0500
From: Loretta Milliken 
Subject: Found a little treasure

Dear Fellow-Feathers,

     Looking for an interesting addition to your 'collection'?  I think I
found it......I stopped by Jo-Anne frabics last week (oh my!) and on the
cash register was a nice music box that was a treadle sewing machine.  It
looks like a cross between a 201 and a hand-crank.  The wheel goes around,
the needle goes up & down, the treadle peddle goes back and forth and the
thread spool even goes around.  The machine is black with a piece of cloth
under the needle with old toy machines on it, like the sew-handy. It plays
various tunes, "Sound of Music", "Love Story" and one other one I can't
remember!  It's good size for this type of thing, 6" across and about 8"
high.The machine is painted black and the treadle legs match.  The cabinet
is wood, with drawers and little gold handles (they don't open).  It's a
great little item for your 'collection' of sewing machine 'stuff'.  I love
it.  They went for around $35.00.  It's one of my early Christmas presents
from my DB.  I wind it up and it 'sews' away playing the "Hills are Alive",
makes me laugh everytime.  They had only 5 left at the one in Dartmouth,
MA.  When you see it you'll want one!

    While I'm here, Merry Christmas to All and a Very Happy,Healthy New Year!

Loretta, the swamp-yankee hanging out near the by-waters in Wareham, MA!

Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 06:50:37 -0700
From: "Evelyn (Casey) Gillette" 
Subject: Need a manual

Greeting fellow feathers from the Big Burro Mountains of New Mexico.

I received a 1936 Singer Hand Crank yesterday and am doing a very happy
dance.  However there was no manual with the machine and I don't want to
do something that would hurt Lessie through ignorance.

SO anyone out there have a manual or a source for a manual so I can
start using her?  I want to do a lot of dry camping and she will be so
great to do quilt piecing when on the road.

I also saw a singer in a cabinet in a sewing vac shop in town
yesterday.  The round table top that you lift off to use.  The cabinet
is in pretty good shape except someone has painted it, which I think
could be stripped easily and restored to original quality.  The 221 in
the cabinet needs a good cleaning and most of the decals are gone.  I
made an offer and may go back today or tomorrow to visit it again.  Oh
yes the cabinet is authentic singer with all the numbers and such on
it.  I may yet be doing another happy dance.

Thank one all for any help in getting an instruction manual and also I
will need a source for bobbins and needles if Lessie takes a special

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to each and everyone of you out there
in feather weight land.

Casey at a very cool 7000 feet up a mountain

From: JamesWFindlaySr (Jim Findlay Sr)
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 17:05:48 -0500 (EST)
Subject: throat plate

I am looking for the lined measurement throuat plate for my
Featherweight - I saw it advertised in a quilting magazine and failed to
cut it out and the magazine has found its way out of the house - can I
have some help in locating one please!  Thank you so much  Margaret

From: "ADAMS" 
Subject: HELP!!
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 18:37:15 -0600

Our new son-in-law has decided to buy his bride(our daughter) of 8 =
months,a Featherweight for Christmas.  Ok, if you have stopped laughing =
& can help this character out, send me an e-mail.  jadams1
Being a new FW owner I just happened to fall on mine.
I have been sewing since I was 11, &  I am new to FW.  Thanks so much =
for all of your stories & suggestions.  Recovering from 2 recent major =
surgeries, they are flowers in my day!

From: "Kay DePriest" 
Subject: Old treadle
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 22:46:07 -0600

Saw a REALLY old German treadle machine at an antique store in downtown =
Overland Park KS today.  This machine had a measuring tape or something =
like that along the front, very small drawer(s).  Looked like it should =
have a lid that sits on top (coffin top??), but I didn't see it.  The =
needle bar would barely move when the fly wheel was turn.  There was a =
lot of rust on the top, but you could see what the design once was.  =
Price--marked down from $245 to $199.  I thought that rather high, but =
maybe because it was so old.  Also in Johnson County, richest county in =
KS (so I'm told).  If anyone is interested, let me know and I'll try to =
get the name and address of the store.  I would think the owner would go =
down, as he had it stuck in a corner, but who knows?

Kay DePriest

Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 08:16:22 -0800 (PST)
From: Miguel Del Gusto 

Dear Sirs:

My wife currently has a Singer model 2010, which she
is going to replace.  I contacted the Singer Company
and was told that this machine is no longer avaliable.

Could you please suggest a comparable SINGER model,
which would be a comparable replacement for her 2010. 
It must have the same features and must be a SINGER.

Also please quote a price and availability for this
replacement model.

Michael P. Smith
from: Michael P. Smith
Valencia, California USA

From: "Barb. Silkowski" 
Subject: FWF 12/6/00
Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 11:01:01 -0800

Dee wrote:
     - 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.
Oooo!  I have a 1941, AG002761, with the same lining.  Is yours made of 
black courderoy too?  I haven't seen any photos of this before, and I had 
assumed that someone had put it in after purchasing it.  Mine holds needles 
in a little snap-shut pocket, screw drivers, etc.  I'll have to look to see 
which attachments are in it, although I do know that I couldn't figure out 
what some of them were. They're not in my book.

Anyone doing a survey for cases?  I wonder how many of these there are. . .

Barb. in WA (supposed to snow this weekend, YEAH!!!!!)

From: HMMQuilts
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 12:51:55 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/6/2000

In case there's any interest...a local junktique shop, called Finders 
Keepers, on Glenside Avenue (attached to the Dip and Strip, next to the 
carwash, in the same block as Primex garden center) has a New Home treadle 
with coffin top...with eastlake-style incised drawers, fancy hardware intact, 
cabinet in great condition (machine okay but removed from cabinet as 
shopowner doesn't get it...head is decorated with small flowers).  She is 
asking $150 but I'm sure that isn't firm.  

Also has some other machines including one that looks like a treadle cabinet 
but isn't...

Happy Hunting!
HelenMarie in SE PA


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