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Digest of postings from Tuesday, December 20, 2000

Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 09:00:28 +0000
From: gf graham
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/19/2000

>To Joyce re attaching seam giudes to FWs

As far as I know all seam giude mounting holes and screws are the 
same size but this is a klittle-used accessory and you are probably 
trying to get the screw to enter the hole for the first time in 50 

They were pretty tight originally and the build up of dirt, old oil 
etc  can now make it a very difficult task.  I got fed up with 
continual squirting of WD40 and slowly easing the screw in and 
eventually made up a special tool to clean out the threads.

If you have a spare screw, the answer is to cut four equally spaced 
slots in the threaded part at 90 degrees to the threads. I did it on 
a milling machine but carful work with a Dremel cutting disc would 
achieve the same result. You now have, in effect, an engineer's tap 
which will clean out the thread leaving the grunge in the slots you 
made in the screw.

To  Casey who asked

>Now the cabinet was spray painted at one time.  Looks like a single coat
>that wasn't done real well.  How or should I take the paint off and
>restore the cabinet to its original glory.

This is going to depend on just what type of paint was used for the 
spray job but a good rule is to try starting with the gentlest agent 
-- denaturalized alcohol -- and work up to heavyweight commercial 
paint strippers until you find the one that works.

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

From:  (Lois Frankel)
Subject: 99 variations
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 01:38:08 -0500


Yes, your machine is probably a 99. The earlier versions of this model had the
unnumbered tension adjustment and the thumbscrew to adjust the stitch
length. Later versions had numbered tension and a stitch-length lever. I
don't know whether the changes in the tension occurred at the same time
as the changes in the stitch-regulator, but my guess would be the
tension-changes came first.

Lois Frankel
lfrankel     http://pluto.njcc.com/~lfrankel
                            (cats, quilts, antique sewing machines)

From: "Barbara Lee Gates" 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/19/2000
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 06:19:53 -0600

Apologies to all for my message to Nancy that clearly contained "for sale"
line.... a mistake in using reply to, which I don't normally do.

BJ (Barbara)  in Palestine,  Texas

From: "Cross" 
Subject: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 07:34:13 -0700

Fellow FWF's just want to say I have enjoyed all of you the past 2 =
years, I feel like you are all old friends.
Thanks for many happy chats,
In beautiful NM

From: "Bob Stone " 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/19/2000
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 16:54:45 -0600

Evelyn,  about stripping a wood cabinet..  I do a lot of that sort of thing
and have found out that to buy Dads paint stripper, it comes in qts, and
pints.  It comes with a spray attachment .  Just spray it on and let it set
for  5/10 min.  then scrub it with a stiff brush,  Get all the paint off you
can, then wash it TSP and water, be careful if it is vaneer.  Dont let 6the
water stay on too long,  Let it dry. sand gently, stain ,if you want.
finish with spray lacquer, gloss or semi gloss
Bob Stone

From: MBrown7141
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 18:34:52 EST
Subject: RE:  Tension quention 328E

I don't have an answer regarding how to correct the tension problem when 
removing a stitched piece from your machine.  However, I do have a suggestion 
to bypass the problem if you are unable to otherwise find solution.
    I do alot of chain piecing and can go for days and never lift the presser 
foot.   When I need to end a group of pieces, I sew onto a scrap, clip the 
piecing from behind it and then when I'm ready to begin sewing again, sew off 
the edge of the scrap and onto my next piece.
    Actually, this method of sewing saves time and thread also.

And to all FWF and their families:  Season's Greetings and may you all have a 
safe and blessed holiday!
Melissa in CT ... where there is hope for a white Christmas!


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