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Digest of postings from Wednesday, December 14, 2000

Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 04:59:48 -0500
From: Linda Heminway 
Subject: Ugly Quilt web site

Hi, it was me who put up the web page address for the Ugly Quilts for
the homeless, I'm glad someone is looking!

> http://www.reese.org/sharon/uglyqult.htm

Thank you,
Linda Heminway
Kingston  NH

Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 07:47:34 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Singer Featherweight 322
From: jylim

Hi Joan
The Singer Featherweight you are talking about is just like my
Featherweight. It's white and very light weight. I bought it new in
1988. It was $ 128.00 way back then and I know it has not held up in
value. It's  noisy  and not good for much
sewing. I have to have my head examined
for a good reason why I bought it. I have a manual. If you need a copy,
let me know and I make one for you. Copy fee and postage. Any more
information I can provide, email me privately.
Jeanne  In rainy Northern Ca.

Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 09:01:58 +0000
From: gf graham
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/13/2000

To Lin who asked:

>   Is the bobbin
>case stuck from moisture/warping or also from
>too much old oil/grease?  What should I try?

Chances are it's simply a piece of thread caught behind the bobbin base.

  Remove the gib screw and pivot the gib out so that you have got 
plenty of clearance to remove the bobbin base. Use only your fingers 
to remove the base -- don't be tempted to try to lever it out. It's a 
very expensive part very fragile and original replacements are no 
longer available.

To Joan who wrote

>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.

What it is , is a rather cynical and unsuccessful attempt by Singer 
to  exploit the original Featherweight name and popularity  with a 
cheapo plastic lump.

To  AMPMousey who asked

>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!

The white machines with hard wired electrics have a different 
controller to the black models. You would need to lift or puncture 
the rubber base of the controllers to access the  closing screw in 
the base.

Once opened -- watch for the two return springs -- there is an 
adjustment screw at the top right. Very careful adjustment of this 
should provide a speed range but beware over adjustment which can 
cause electricity to continually flow and cause over heating.

To Joan who said"

>Can anyone tell me about a Singer feather weight that is plastic? 
>................................  Is this a

See answer above. And although it wasn't marketed as a toy, your 
guess gets my vote..

Graham Forsdyke
Purveyor of fine Featherweights to the gentry


new dedicated Featherweight site

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

Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 12:13:54 -0500
Subject: FW registration
From: frances barnes 

Sorry, I don't seem to have the address of the member who has been doing
this but would like to register my latest FW.  Serial #AK603465,
manufactured 10/31/1951 in Elizabeth, NJ according to the singer talk to
us email page.  I'm not on the www or the net. Thanks  Fran barnes
Ninilchik Alaska & Live Oak Florida

Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 10:40:54 -0800
From: trkelley 
Subject: expertly trained MEN!

Taria mentioned Kenmore's instruction-manual bragging about having 
'Expertly Trained Men' saying "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."
Taria, i'm with you! i'd like a few more of those under my tree! come 
to think of it i have three models around the house already the DH, 
DB and DBiL....maybe they just need a good cleaning & new batteries. 
they seem to be stuck to the couch and sluggish when they do move or 
attempt to fix things...making low growling noises.. musty smelling 

                TR Kelley/Juno RedLeaf
RedLeaf Vintage Sewing Machine Service
Old Stagecoach Road, Swisshome, Oregon
gofish   On eBay: siuslaw268

From: AlexSussex
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 15:31:47 EST

Hi all

I have had a tremendous response from so many of you about putting my stories 
into a book. What I need is a title for the book. I thought I might run a 
little competition and the winner may have a copy free. So put all your 
thinking caps on and come up with a good title for my short stories. No dirty 
suggestions please or it may end up on the top shelf at the newsagents.

I think that I will be able to publish the book at the $9 price as long as I 
get around a thousand orders. I am already half way there with around 500 so 
far, so things are looking good. Keep the orders coming. 

Now everyone lets get this title sorted out, the two suggestions I have had 
are: Tales from the Front and All Stitches Long and Short.

From: Vanderland2
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 15:18:02 EST
Subject: White plastic Featherweight

I am writing in response to Joan Kaler's question about the white plastic 
Featherweight. I have one of these. Model #322, and Singer says it was born 
in 1989. (I've named her Millie, as in "Thoroughly Modern Millie") LOL Mine 
doesn't have the case you mentioned. But has the footpetal and works great, 
but not for anything too heavy, I think. It zigzags too!  Some quilting 
friends had mentioned they'd like to have one for their RVs, so when I saw it 
on Ebay I bought it. I was the only bidder, and it sold for $35. I'll take it 
along on our summer fishing trips if I don't give it to my sister (the non 
sewer who wants a machine for occational mending.)     
My local Singer dealer pooh-poohed it when I asked him about it,
and I've heard from one other sourse that they are too light weight to be a 
very good machine. Cute though, in a plastic sort of way. Of course not in 
the same league with my (1952) black and beautiful "Aunt Agony"
Do you have this machine Joan?  Anyone else?

Nancy in NW Iowa

Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 23:28:23 -0800 (PST)
From: Barbara Owens 
Subject: Happy dance!!!

After stating that I didn't have room for more sewing machines, I found a very 
black long bed 301 at a thrift store.  It followed me home.  
Wonder if my husband would notice if I put it in the bathroom?

Barbara Owens
Houston, Texas (where it didn't get as cold as predicted - yeah!!!!)


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