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Digest of postings from Saturday, December 16, 2000

From: "melissa taranto" 
Subject: hi
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2000 15:45:27 +1100

Hello my name is melissa i have purchesed a singer machine and wondering 
if anyone could help me find some parts.The model number is EC547080 
with a knee control.I need a knee control do you no where to find one.Do 
you no any history about this machine.                                
                            Yours Sincerly
                                      Melissa Taranto

From: "Janet Griinke" 
Subject: Alex's Book
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2000 07:46:10 -0600

Count me in on buying one of your books, Alex.  I can't think of a name 
for it though.  Keep the wonderful stories coming.
Janet in Cold,Snowy Northern Wisconsin
Have a wonderful Holiday season, everyone.

Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2000 20:38:39 -0500
From: Carla Lopez 
Subject: Janome/New Home

>> The machine and the motor are the same  shade
of green, and look like they belong together.  Are New Home and Janome 
affiliated? <<

In fact they are. New Home was purchased by Janome. I think they actually
dropped the name New Home now, and are just Janome now.

From: "jaydub" 
Subject: what a fw bargain
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 14:01:37 -0600

Hi Fellow Feathers!
I just bought a 1952-54(AL436764) black fw in 9+ condition with a bunch 
of different attachments and a zigzagger; for $180 at a pawn shop; also 
has the original case in excellent shape.  I only had to replace the 
motor belt and the cord set.  I'm doing the happy dance!  Now I have to 
explain to DH how come I have 2 featherweights. My other one is a white 
fw born in 1964 and has some rust; but still sews great.
Sharon Weaver

Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 19:22:40 EST
Subject: Plastic Featherweight

I also purchased one of these machines back in the 80's.  I think mine was 
$129. It is not good for much of anything; might be good for a child to learn 
on.  It in no way compares to the two real Featherweights!
Bonnie McLain
Medford, NJ

Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 17:14:43 -0600
From: Barbara Boyd 
Subject: ugly quilts

Linda wrote:
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

Hi Linda!
I was listening to you last winter at this site. I collected knit
remnants from friends and relatives and sewed several of these quilts.
One went to a man living in an old boxcar (on a terribly cold night),
others went to a battered women's shelter, and one went to a man in a
nursing home. I added knitted gloves, hat, and food, for the homeless
man. I thank you and so do all the other recipients. Barbara in San
Angelo - who has just returned to this list after a very busy summer.
From: Enquery
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 15:15:02 EST
Subject: Those 2 FW's

Ok, I've got the 221- running and sounding wonderful. When I opened one of 
the cases I could see that there was a broken bobbin base in there and so I 
went right away to see if it was missing in the machine. Nope it was there. 
But I couldn't get that particular machine to run quietly the bobbin case 
kept rattling, and the base seemed to catch if you tried to turn the wheel by 

So out come the two bobbin cases and I swap them out. That's when I saw that 
the smooth running machine had a Japanese bobbin base in it and it looked 
just a bit different from the bobbin base on the one that was catching in the 
other one. (I remember this rattling being a problem with a 301 my SMG was 
trying to remedy when he was selling me one and finally he gave up and just 
gave me another 301.)
The number on the bobbin base is 45827 and it has 5 notches in it instead of 
the 3 that the Japanese one has. BTW when I swapped the J bobbin base into 
the other machine the bobbin ran smoothly, but the bobbin case still 
rattled??? How's that for odd.

Graham, you were mentioning the adjustments for the foot pedal...My pedals 
both seem to get warm even before I "adjusted" them. The idea must be not to 
adjust them so tight that the contacts are too close together? I like it when 
I start pushing on the pedal and the machine begins to run in a nice slow 

Thanks all.
Oh, BTW, someone asked where the machines came from....a local thrift shop, 
and they were still in the back room :). DH had to say...oh, I need to see 
those cases! :)

Sonoma CA


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