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Digest of postings from Sunday, December 10, 2000

From: "Gerald Holmes" 
Subject: 221 Black attachments
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2000 06:26:49 -0600

   I'm on the hunt again,need some Black Attachments and Bobbins for 221.I
need to compleat out my Blackside,she just looks kinda naked with out the
black attachments.

Gerald Holmes
Restorer of Singer Featherweight 221
Don't forget about the Arkansas Gathering of sewing
machine enthusiast in Hot Springs,Arkansas April 21,2001
At Cathy's Quiltin' Square 3256 Albert Pike
Albert Pike is highway 270 west.

From:  (Margaret Chappelle)
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2000 08:51:07 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Singer 221

Does anyone have an idea of the value of
a Singer 221, which I I understand was the predessor of the Singer
This machine is in good working condition in a case with a manuel and
accessories in a case?  Lois

From:  (Margaret Chappelle)
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2000 08:59:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Singer 221

The machine referred to in the previous email has no descernible serial
number on it, but it does have an oval plate  on the unit  marked 1851
to 1951. 

Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2000 21:22:39 -0500
Subject: GOT PARTS?
From: "Jan Drechsler" 

Hi, I need some parts for a Singer 1915-17 model 15, formerly treadle, with
the open holes in the handwheel and the tension discs on the side, attached
to the face plate. It has the round bobbin case and loads from the top,
not underneath.

1. The spring which is in the bobbin winder thread guide is broken.  The
bobbin winder has the cam in front and an approximately 1 1/2 inch lever
with a groove in top which guides the thread and distributes thread evenly
on the bobbin.

2. The bed slide springy bracket underneath is broken.

3. A new screw that holds the whole bobbin winding mechanism to the head,
NOT the adjusting screw, would be great to have.

4. My original manual has crumbled and I would like an excellent quality
copy or original.

Please respond privately with part(s) and shipping amount. Many thanks.
Jan Drechsler in Vermont
Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher

From: "ADAMS" 
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2000 13:35:15 -0600

Hello Again from Musty Misery/Missouri,

This is how I get the musty smell out of sewing machines, etc.
1.  Take one clean metal trash can.
2.  Take one clean bag of fresh kitty litter and empty it into the clean metal 
trash can.
3.  Take your musky item and set it on the kitty litter.=20
4.  Take newspaper and stuff all around the item.
5.  Add more fresh kitty litter.
6.  Add uncooked coffee.
7.  Close the lid and keep it shut up for a week or more....

This works for me on the machine, box, books, and more.......Shirley Adams

Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2000 21:00:03 -0500
Subject: Lehman's
From: "Jan Drechsler" 

Thank you for the responses re an old fashioned product catalog which also
sold treadles.

Here is a summary of responses:

 'Lehman Hardware in Kidron, Ohio. This shop is in
Wayne County and caters to the large Amish community which is centered in
Wayne and Holmes counties.

The sewing machine...is a converted Singer, not a 'made as new' treadle.

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.'

Thanks, Jan

Jan Drechsler in Vermont
Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher

From: Enquery
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2000 15:25:49 EST
Subject: Alex's Adventures

If you can do this for $9.00 I will be glad to purchase a copy.  I would be 
happy to be put on your books (and pay in advance) for 10 copies and take 
them to my local SM/QS stores and insist they pander them to their public :). 

Maureen B
Sonoma CA USA

From: quiltcat (PaulaR)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/8/2000

I love the idea that  Alex's stories may get compiled into a book, and i'd
certainly pay $9 for them...but Alex, maybe you should check with your DW
first...i seem to recall she said she'd kill you if you did another calendar!

Paula (in grey, chilly, but still no snow yet Virginia)


Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2000 11:37:59 -0500
From: Marcy Lawrence 
Subject: I'm new - where to start?

I recently decided that I have to add a Featherweight to my machine
collection.  My husband doesn't understand why I would want another
machine since I recently purchased a Bernina Artista 180.  My answer to
him - "because!".

I learned to sew on a very old Singer that my mother purchased at a yard
sale for $10.00 in the late 1950's.  It was gorgeous - black with
beautiful gold decals (it wasn't a featherweight).  It had a very long
bobbin spool and the tension dial wasn't numbered.  It sewed like a
dream.  Now, here's the painful part... she traded it in for a 1969
Singer Stylist when I was in 9th grade! I can't blame Mom because she
meant well, but  I missed that machine terribly, and I tolerated the
Stylist until I was out of college and working, and bought a new

So, here I am, in a daze, trying to find out where to start.  I would
like to own a "later" model - made in the 50's...  What should I look
for?  Is Ebay a good source for machines?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Marcy Lawrence

Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2000 10:29:27 -0700
From: Sally Evans 
Subject: Repro FW tables

I friend is looking for a good repro card table for her FW. I know there's 
somebody on this list who does that, but that info has gone  -- poof -- out 
of my mind. Can somebody give me the reference?  Thanks!

Sally Evans, Tucson AZ
and my 6 Canine Companions...
Chaco,Abbey,Oso,Walter,Camille & Bailey

From: Lajohni
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2000 19:29:56 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/9/2000

I have a question for all the 222 experts.  I sew a lot of childerns clothing 
and often have a hard time fitting the cuffs on the free arm of my regular 
machine (Viking).  Is the free arm on the 222 smaller?  

From: "Peter Lally" 
Subject: wanting to find, and buy a feather weight
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 13:40:23 -0500

Hi, Im looking to find and buy a reasonably priced feather weight sewing 
machine, in good working condition. Can be reached at plally Thank 

Date: Sat, 02 Dec 2000 21:39:52 -0600
From: Becky Sunderman 
Subject: Re: Featherweight case tray

  I'm catching up on all the FWF digests, and just read your
post, below. As you can see, I'm way behind. I had total knee
replacement surgery on Nov. 28, and still can't sit at the
computer too long.
My husband and I make reproduction trays for the older, taller
FW cases.  They have the metal insert for holding bobbins,
screwdriver, etc., and are covered in black fabric, similar to
the originals. You might want to take a look at our home page
for more information, such as cost, our snail mail, etc.:
The originals are rather hard to come by. I know, because I
bought a FW which should have had a tray in the case, but
didn't. Luckily, I had another, which my DH used as a model to
make a reproduction.  Please feel free to ask about me on
FWFanatics, if you don't recognize my name. I've been a member
almost since it began, so you'll get a lot of responses, I'm
If the finish on your FW is good, I would suggest occasionally
wiping it down with the same oil you use when doing routine
maintenance on it. I use Singer sewing machine oil for both.
If the finish gets dirty, spray it with WD40 (try to avoid the
gold decals) and let it sit until it dissolves the grime.
Sometimes, when a machine is really grungy, this might take
several hours or overnight. Wipe it down really well with soft
cloths, until you have removed all the gunk and the WD40, then
use a light coat of a good car or furniture wax, one that's
non abrasive and has carnauba in it.  Again, go lightly, or
not at all, on the gold work. You'll have a good protective
coat on the machine, and a slick surface. Your fabric will
You'll probably get as many responses saying "Use" as "Don't
Use" your machine. I'm a quilter, and that's the reason I
bought my first FW. I took it to classes, seminars, across
country, on the plane, on vacation, etc. and I've used it
almost every day for piecing. It looks almost as good as the
day I bought it, because I baby it.
If you have a mint condition machine, and you bought it as an
investment, expecting to sell it for a profit, then don't use
it. Otherwise, enjoy it until you can't sew anymore, then pass
it on to another generation. They will have a machine that
will probably last until the next generation.

Happy 'feathering',

Becky Sunderman
Batesville, AR

Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2000 18:55:58 -0500
From: "Sharon Highfield" 
Subject: Featherweight case tray

Hi, I am trying to locate a tray for my Featherweight Machine
Case. Does  anyone have any leads or advice? Also, how do you clean or
care for the finish on your machine? I haven't had it very long and I'm
afraid I'm going to do something wrong. It is so cute. I was surprised with the
message that stated that they liked to be used. I don't use it very often,
is it better for it to be used than stored. When I bought it from a friend
she had it stored for about 10 years but, with a good cleaning and oiling
she purrs. I enjoy reading very message. Thank you and take care, Sharon


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