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Digest of postings from Saturday, December 23, 2000

From: "Barbara Lee Gates" 
Subject: Tuff Stuff
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2000 07:37:49 -0600

Anne R asked about Tuff Stuff

> Has anyone used it on hard plastic or vinyl with success or is it
> strictly for painted metal surfaces?

I use it to clean my textured formica counter tops, have been known to use
it on the kitchen floor on the rare occasion that I get down on hands and
knees to really do the job.... the can lists what you can use it on.  And
always test first.... especially on the sewing machines.

BJ (Barbara)  in Palestine,  Texas

From: "Gerald Berbling" 
Subject:  White Serger 534 Manual
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2000 07:50:54 -0600


Would know how I can get a manual (or photcopy thereof) of a WHITE serger

Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2000 10:01:33 +0000
From: gf graham
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/22/2000

To Anne R who asked

>   I have a question about Tuff
>Stuff.  Has anyone used it on hard plastic or vinyl with success or is it
>strictly for painted metal surfaces?

It works just great  on these surfaces

To Sharon who said

>I bought another bobbin case for my fw and it won't snap in the way it 
>should. I thought it was just a problem with my 221-K white 1964, but it 
>does the same thing in my black fw.  The part number is the same. Any

Need more information here.

Is this a genuine Singer case or a reproduction?

If reproduction, it's quite possible that it's a rogue case. Return 
to the supplier and keep doing so until you get one that works.

If original Singer, check that the latch is working smoothly, that 
the bobbin is sitting flat on the face of the case -- no nicks or 
dirt.  Also try it without the bobbin, a slightly distorted bobbin 
will give the same result.

To John re New National

Seems a lot more like a restoration project than a museum piece

Youu'll find a short history of National that I wrote some time back 
at http://www.ismacs.net/national/history.shtml

For parts you have to find another machine, make them or hope that 
someone on this or the ISMACS digest has what you need

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: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 23:34:57 -0800
From: Greg & Mary 
Subject: Re: Ripp Off on Ebay

It seems there is a person who is ripping people off on Ebay. I mentioned on
another sewing list the problem I had. I was amazed not only at the amount of
people who wrote to me about this same guy, many knowing who he was before from
prior dealings, but HOW many of them had had problems with him.
I would like any and all reports of others who have had dealings with him. 
quote the problem, how he dealt with it. and the result. I will not say a  name
here, but California is where the problem is.
            Thank you
                        taking him to court and looking for MORE ammunition.
                            Greg & Mary

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 23:39:32 -0800
From: Greg & Mary 
Subject: Re: A Christmas wish 

>From Us to You, see it here:
            Greg & Mary

From: "jaydub" 
Subject: bobbin case problems
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2000 18:30:41 -0600

Hi Everyone,
Thanks to Wayne,Polly and Jim for replying to my question. It was an 
original Singer bobbin case.   I contacted the person that
I bought it from and he'll send me a different one.  Merry Holidays to 
everyone & happy New Year.
Sharon W. in Texas

From: "Ludy Link" 
Subject: FW guidelines
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2000 00:37:02 -0900

I am from Alaska and began quilting 5 years ago. I've been looking for a 
good condition FWF model 221 black portable sewing machine.  We had one 
when I was young, but once I left California for Alaska 27 years ago, 
the machine vanished. 

The purpose of this machine is to use for sewing in my quilting group. I 
also live away from home during the week and I would like to keep this 
dependable machine with me. My heavy 25 year old Viking, I would keep at 
my permanent home. =20

I see a lot of FW machines on Ebay, but if someone could give me some 
guidelines on what to look for when buying a second hand machine could 
you let me know. What other suggestion could anyone give me in finding a 
reputable and reasonable dealer or seller. 


From: "M.D.Anderson" 
Subject: My New Website
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2000 05:36:19 -0600

Hi All-
Just wanted to let you know that the website my daughter's been helping me
put together is ready to go. It's not finished yet, but it is coming
together. I'm in the process of putting up all my quilts designed in
Electric Quilt that also ended up in fabric, as well as a few of my vintage
machines, including my one (1), lonely, Featherweight, my small collection
of 40's/50's highheel pincushions, charity baby quilt info and patterns,
many, many links to sewing machine and quilt-related sites,and some silly
stuff that probably only I am interested in (like sewing machine sightings
in movies.) There are also some downloadable gift tags in case anyone runs
out this weekend. Oh - and the log cabin on the main page is my house, more
or less, rendered in EQ.
If you'd like to take a peek


Suggestions are most welcome.
Merry Christmas!
Diane in Texas

From: "Momster" 
Subject: 301 walking foot
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 23:49:54 -0800

Hello Everybody and a Happy Holiday to All,
I have been mostly lurking, but am in a real bind. I am looking for a
walking foot for my Singer 301. None of the ones my sewing store suggested
will work. What part number do I ask for and where can I get one??
I will appreciate any answer.
Mail me privately at:


From: "Patsy Wood" 
Subject: Holidays
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2000 22:19:37 -0500

Merry Christmas  and Happy Holidays to all the FWF.  I have enjoyed your
postings this past year and look forward to a new year being with the group.
Pat--- on the snowy Eastern Shore of Maryland

Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2000 13:59:17 -0500
From: "Sharon Highfield" 
Subject: Replacing gears?

Merry Christmas to all, I'm green at all of this sewing machine collecting 
and have a question. My friend had a 401A she was going to donate to 
Salvation Army but, let me have it when she learned I was going there to 
look for old sewing machines. She said the thread always broke on her and a 
repair shop told her it would be $100.00 to replace the gears. I cleaned 
and lubed it and the gears don't look bad. I tried it out and it works 
great. Have any of you heard of this (replacing the gears). It sounds 
different than my 221. I'm wondering if possibly she misunderstood the 
repair service or maybe they wanted a good deal. 
I look forward to the daily postings and wish you all the best this 
Christmas. You are a wonderful group of collectors. 
Take care, Sharon 

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 18:23:21 -0800
From: socks 
Subject: FW screwdrivers

Hi Feathers!!

A wonderful Holiday Season to all of you!!  I so enjoy reading all the posts on
this line....I look forward to it each day.

If any of you have annonized bobbins or FW attachments I sure would be willing 
buy them.  Also....I need screwdriver sets for Singer FW's - the silver  ones -
not the black ones or the small one with a black plactic handle - I need the
silver/chrome ones that were original to the earlier FW's.....sure am willing 
buy them!!

Thanks for all the wonderful stories, chats and all around wonderful



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