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Digest of postings from Wednesday, December 13, 2000

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From: "Linda Harris" 
Subject: Another FW question
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 00:16:15 -0500

Here's a new (to me) problem I've encountered
with a FW.  A dealer called me to look at one
which he admitted he'd bought without realizing
the needlebar didn't move.  Some Tri-Flow fixed
that, so I guess it was just really old, solidified
oil/grease?  but the bobbin case is still stuck solid.

There's a lot of mildew on the cords, but no
rust on any of the inside metal.  Is the bobbin
case stuck from moisture/warping or also from
too much old oil/grease?  What should I try?

Lin in FL
linharris

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Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 10:36:52 -0500
Subject: Re: model number of 15
From: "Jan Drechsler" 

> How can I tell the model number of a singer 15 which I own?  Here are a few
> details:
>
> Singer made in 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.  It has no reverse and the serial number is G 2635506.
>
> I found an attachment list which indicates it may be a 15-30.  What are the
> major visual or obvious differences between the 15-30's, the 91's, and the
> 86 models?  Hope to get some good feedback about this.  Thanks so much.  I
> love this list.
>
> Jan
>
> --
> Jan Drechsler in Vermont
> Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher
> http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/bobmills/jan.html

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From: Joan Kaler 
Subject: Singer "feather weight"
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 06:46:04 -0700

Hi 

I saw a white plastic sewing machine that has "feather weight" written on
it, and wonder if anyone could tell me what it really is.  It does not
resemble the original Featherweight, other than it is approximately the same
size - minus the fold up extension.  It has a handle in the head, (like the
301).  It resembles a "modern" sewing machine, but I was confused that it
was noted as a feather weight.  Is this a toy?  There was no instruction
book, nor foot pedal, so I do not know if it works,  The case was in was
soft-sided - like a bowling ball case - with the name Singer embossed on it.
Thanks for your input.

Joan, Colorado Springs, CO

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From: DAZ0302EZ
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 23:38:42 EST
Subject: manual

Hi , I just purchased a Singer 221-1.  I am so excited.  I registered at the 
other
site to become a member for 1 month trial.  Please send me the manual.
DAZ0302EZ
Thank You Debra

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From: AMPMousey
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 11:49:05 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/12/2000

how do you adjust the foot pedal on the feather weights to get the slower 
stitch?  My little white featherweight really wants to gallop when I would 
like it to trot!

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Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 09:35:09 +0000
From: gf graham
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/12/2000

To Maureen re Featherweight queries

Quite often Singer machines turn up with heads made at one factory 
and motors made in others  -- nothing unusual about this and no need 
to worry that the motor has been swapped at a later  date


The white powder you've found is from the lead housing used to 
protect the lighting wires running up the arm of the machine. Singer 
did this for a while  at  the US and UK factories. Nothing to worry 
about -- just clean it off every 20 years or so.

Graham Forsdyke
Purveyor of fine Featherweights to the gentry
ISMACS London

http://www.ismacs.net
http://www.sew-sales.com

new dedicated Featherweight site
http://www.singer-featherweight.com

Diary date. Don't miss the first-ever ISMACS USA convention in 
Lowell, near Boston, on September 8-9, 2001

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Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 12:14:51 -0600
Subject: Ugly Quilts
From: Mary L Marino  

Hi Feathers,
Would the person who put  up the web site for the Ugly Quilts for the
Homeless please send me the web address and any other information please?
 I deleted the message before I copied the address! You can e-mail me or
post on the Digest-which ever is easier for you!
Thank you, 
Mary

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Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 09:27:50 +0000
From: gf graham
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/11/2000

To Diane who said

>
>The paint and finish is flaking off the edges of my featherweight extension
>table.    What would
>be the best way to be able to cover this area to prevent further damage, or
>should I search for a replacement fold-down extension.

Suggest you fit another extension leaf to make the machine useable-- 
easy enough to come by -- but keep the original one so that the 
machine maintains its integrity

Graham Forsdyke
Purveyor of fine Featherweights to the gentry
ISMACS London

http://www.ismacs.net
http://www.sew-sales.com

new dedicated Featherweight site
http://www.singer-featherweight.com

Diary date. Don't miss the first-ever ISMACS USA convention in 
Lowell, near Boston, on September 8-9, 2001

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From: JPPOLLY
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 18:03:25 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/11/2000

I LOVE fruitcake and will fight for my share.  Chocolate fruitcake is the 
best.
Mrery Christmas all and may you find a FW under your tree!
Polly in Co.

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Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 11:32:13 -0800
From: taria  
Subject: Funny stuff

Hi Feathers,  I just picked up a bag of assorted sewing machine
'stuff'.  In the bag is a Kenmore manual from about 1961.
On the back is a list reasons to buy their brand.  One of the
lines reads:  'Expertly Trained Men'
I don't know about their machines but a few expertly trained
men sound pretty handy to have around ; )  Bet they could have
sold a few of those.
Boy have times changed!
Happy Stitching!  Taria
--
Please visit Taria's Sewing Machine & Quilting Page:
http://www.hughes.net/taria/highdesert/index.htm

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From: "Esther Norbut" 
Subject: Thrift shop finds
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 22:6:39 -0800

Hi Fellow Feathers,

I saw three sewing machines at a thrift shop today in the north side of Los
Angeles.  All were in cabinets.  One was a Singer maybe a 201? or 99?  It
had a drop-in flat bobbin.  One was an Eldridge Rotary.  The third, in the
best cabinet, was labelled 'Broadway'.  It had a manual without a name. 
This zigzag machine is aqua/cream with all sorts of controls on the body
including buttonhole.  The prices ranged from $20 to $30.  

If anyone is interested I can tell you where to find them.  I  have all the
machines that I care to have but I can't help looking at what is out there.

--- Esther Norbut
 

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From: Joan Kaler 
Subject: Singer "feather weight"
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2000 15:26:03 -0700

Hi

Can anyone tell me about a Singer feather weight that is plastic?  I saw one
today.  It does not resemble the original Featherweights, but is about the
same size - minus the fold up extension.  It has a handle in the head, (like
the 301), is small like the Featherweight, but it is all plastic.  Is this a
toy?  There was no instruction book, nor foot pedal, so I do not know if it
works,  The case resembled a soft-sided bowling ball case, with the name
Singer embossed on it.  Thanks for your input.

Joan, Colorado Springs, CO


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