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Digest of postings from Friday, December 15, 2000

From: "Gerald Holmes" 
Subject: Decals
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 19:30:28 -0600

Hi All,
Well I received an email this morning that has me bothered about my decals.
I've used some ware around 18 sets of them my self and have not had any
problems from them.In his email he says that he has used two(2) sets of them
and they booth silvered when he put the clear coat on.I have not had this
problem my self,silvering happens when air gets under the decal and it makes
the decal look silver after the clear goes on. I do know that if the surface
isn't really smooth where you put the decals it is ease to get air under the
decals.  If any one else has had this problem with my decals PLEASE email me
and let me know.

    The clear coat that I use cost me $60.00 a gallon and it is the same
stuff they use on the new cars. I will past his email in here for every one
to read,and please let me know what you think.

    Every one who has bought my decals I have either printed them out a set
of instructions or sent them the site to read or print out.And here it is.
http://interlog.com/~ask/scale/tips/decal.htm  And here is his email.  And
how about this if you have used my decals and like them please
post to FWF,and if you have used them and didn't like them please post to
FWF and that way we can all fined out what's going on.

Good morning Gerald,
Long time since we communicated.
I have decided to come directly to you based on our past relationship.
I have now installed 2 sets of your decals, 1 of the "paperclip" design and
1 of the "prism" design.
Unfortunately I had to REMOVE both sets, at a considerable time expense, due
to clear part of your decal turning gray. It's hard to explain in words but
it looks like there is air or voids between the decal and the painted
surface. Another description, looks like scotch tape that is not stuck down
real good.
The 1'st set I just figured I had not "rubbed" the decals hard enough to
insure adhesion to the painted surface.
The 2'nd set I know I had good adhesion and the decals looked good UNTIL I
sprayed the clearcoat on top of them.
As soon as the clearcoat hit the decals, the clear part of your decals
started to turn gray.
I have been using "Testors High Gloss Enamel Overcoat" for 5 years on my
decals with 100% satisfaction.
I am now convinced that the "overcoat" (clearcoat) is reacting with your
decal adhesive and results are not acceptable.
Have you experienced any of this, and if so, what do you suggest to overcome
this problem?
I also have some concerns with the size of some of your gold lines and the
dimensions of several of your decals.
The quality of your decals is good, with the above exceptions, and I would
really like to use them and recommend them, but until you can help me with
the above problems, I've installed the last set.
Look forward to hearing from you.

Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 14:18:51 -0800
From: Barbara Bara 
Subject: SM Cabinets

Can anyone tell me if Singer cabinets are serially numbered, and if so,
where the markings would be located?

I have several Singer cabinets, some of which I have been able to identify
by illustrations on the Singer Sewing Machine website.  It would be helpful
to know if there is a serial number or other mark of identification.

From: Mrgavio
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 00:41:00 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/11/2000

Alex:  sign me up, I'd love to have 3 books (1 for me; 2 for friends)  KS 
Mary - mrgavio

From: GWillie37
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 09:49:42 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/13/2000

Hi Jan,
I didn't take time to check out Capt Dick's Book on how to tell what Singer 
you have, but his book certainly is a good investment of $10 + $1 shipping if 
you're needing this information very often. I have them & could ship one ASAP.
Please let me know.
Glenn Williams
1111 N. Riverhills Drive
Temple Terrace, Florida

From: Joan Kaler 
Subject: Singer "Feather Weight"
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 07:15:20 -0700

Thanks to all who responded to my question about the white plastic Singer
"FW".  I did pass on the machine - I'm not a real fan of plastic machines
anyway - and with no way of trying it out (no power cord/foot pedal) I
decided not to take the chance on it.   The only machine I've had, until my
recent finds of FWs and a 301, has been an Elna SU which I bought new in
1977.  Thanks again everyone, you are all so helpful.

Joan, Colorado Springs, CO

From: "ADAMS"  
Subject: Happy Holidays!!
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 07:07:17 -0600

Happy Holidays!
The new white plastic Featherweights, for sale in the stores now, are 
Singers 2000 version.  I ran one and it did okay.  There is a replica 
of an old one made by someone else out there, but I am not familiar with their 
company.  My sister spent more than $3,000.00 on one of those fancy named brand 
sewing machines. (I had better not mention the name)  To bad they don't have 
laws for sewing machines, because hers always had problems.  Finally, GOD sent 
rain, her roof leaked and ruined the machine (electronics).  Now she has to use 
her FW.

From: MCarey1670
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 03:01:43 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/14/2000

In a message dated 12/14/2000 11:09:56 PM Pacific Standard Time, 
FWFanatics writes:

> 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 
Hey, Alex--
How about "Confessions of an Old Sewing Machine Guy"?  Although I hear you're 
not that old, the sewing machines mostly are. . .
Mary Ann in Spokane


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