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Featherweight Fanatics A Service of Sue Traudt's Valley Brook Botanicals

Digest of postings from Thursday, December 28, 2000

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From: HMMQuilts
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 21:54:27 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/26/2000

Linda isn't the only one who used a Singer table to advantage during the 
hollydays!  My 301 table served as the childrens' table in our dining room 
for Christmas dinner...we have two 5-year-olds who enjoyed their candlelit 
dinner in the corner by the big window, while the three littlest were in high 
chairs and the 11 adults gathered round the old oak table (with all the 
leaves in it that we thought we'd never use!!!).   Miss 301 is back in 
service with the two tone shortbed, now!  

Our Christmas was filled with love...and four generations of our families!

Hope all you feathers have a wonderful new millenium...

HelenMarie

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Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 10:01:19 -0800
From: Bonnie Kucera 
Subject: Thank you!

Dear Kind Folk:

You are all the greatest.  I had no idea I'd get so much help, and so 
promptly, with my questions!   I now strongly suspect my 10-year-old 
neighbor's machine is a 99, although I have yet to explore the 
websites...no time today.  But her bobbin is definately a "drop in". 
Also, she does not have a flip up extention on her machine, although 
otherwise it looks much like a featherweight.  Also, I now know I was 
very wrong, probably, to have changed her needle position putting the 
flat part towards the back...Anyway, I am now confidant that we shall 
soon have her with a  manual in hand, as well as an efficient sewing 
machine humming happily away!  Many thanks to you all!

- Bonnie

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Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 11:05:12 -0500
From: "Chris P. Vagtborg" 
Subject: FW Fanatics 12/27/2000

Hi All, Happy New Year!

>For Lois Frankel, about aftermarket bobbin cases< My experience is
that the Taiwanese cases (the inexpensive ones) do not fit very well
in the bobbin case base and have to be machined to fit. The Japanese
cases (more expensive) *do* fit properly. All the cases we sell are
checked for proper fit and tested with 100% mercerized cotton thread.

>For Sharon, re: 401 gears< Again, in my experience, the 401 would
never need a gear change, as they are made of metal. Gear changes
are for plastic geared machines starting with the Touch 'n Swear in the
mid 60's...

Chris, on St. Simons Island, GA, where it's raining and 54deg...

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From: "Hayden, Alice, DDI - Garden City" 
Subject: RE: FW Fanatics 12/27/2000
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 09:25:06 -0500

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Georgia,
You can e-mail Singer:  TalkToUs@SingerCo.com

They often take a few days to respond, but they do eventually.  The AC
Singer machines must be late 20's or early 30's.

Good Luck,
Alice in sunny but frigid Hicksville

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From: mima
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/26/2000
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 08:42:46 -0500

Its Glenn WIlliams and he is the best.
gwillie37

Judy

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Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 09:56:44 +0000
From: gf graham
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/27/2000

To Jan re rip-off sellers:

who said:
>If a chronic problem exists on e-bay with a seller of sewing related
>products, it would be a service to mention the name/e-mail address of the
>individual.  You need not slander the individual, but could simply state
>that the transaction was unsatisfactory.

ISMACS digest moderator Dorothy Brumleve and I have spent a lot of 
time attempting to devise a formula to cover this situation. The 
problem, in simple terms is that simply stating that a deal was 
unsatisfactory and naming the other party is not enough. You have to 
get into the detail of why, otherwise someone could get blamed for 
something beyond their control.

Take the simplest case: Buyer does not receive the good paid for and 
names the culprit.

I can only answer for the ISMACS digest but in this case we would not 
want to publish this as, however well-known and upright the buyer is, 
it's simply a totally unsubstantiated allegation and quite possibly 
the seller has a perfectly reasonable explanation.

To my mind the publisher of the digest would be accusing the seller 
of mail fraud -- not a position I'd want to defend in court without 
any first-hand evidence to back it up at all.

ISMACS has intervened a few times for members to resolve differences 
but it's something better done on a one-to-one relationship.

Yes it would be great for the digests to crusade against rogue 
sellers as watchdog groups and newspapers do but, believe me, they 
don't do it lightly and then only after teams of lawyers have sifted 
all the evidence.

A case at point. A few months ago I sold an item on ebay. Never 
received the check and therefore did not send the goods. The buyer 
found his check had been cashed . Now at this stage he could have 
written to digests etc naming me as a rogue seller.

Had he done so I would have considered taking action against him and 
any digest publisher simply to defend my name and protect my business.

The answer to the riddle was that a mail bag had been stolen and any 
checks in it appropriated and somehow fed into a shell account and 
then quickly  withdrawn. The FBI caught the thief.

Legally making an allegation about someone who can be identified is 
very tricky ground.  When we blew the lid on the Bobbie Kopf scam a 
few years back it was only after accumulating sufficient evidence and 
an admission from the culprit herself.

Graham Forsdyke
Purveyor of fine Featherweights to the gentry
ISMACS London

http://www.ismacs.net
http://www.sew-sales.com

new dedicated Featherweight site
http://www.singer-featherweight.com

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

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Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 09:24:00 +0000
From: gf graham
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/27/2000

>To Bonnie re 221? problems


  You can check whether the machine is indeed a Featherwqeight by 
phoning 1-800 4SINGER with the number.

But if it has a fold-up extension to the bed  chances are that it is.

The needle flat needs to be on the left and the needle threads from 
right to left.

Check out the manual at http://www.singer-featherweight.com. The 221 
manual should cover your machine



To Lois re after-market bobbin cases.

There are at least three different brands of after-market bobbin 
cases available for the 221/301.

I'd expect any dealer to check tension adjustment on any of them 
before sending out to customers. But remember that if you change the 
thickness of thread used in the bobbin it might be necessary to 
adjust the tension setting.

I've no commercial interest here as I sell only original Singer parts 
but my suggestion would be to play safe and place your order with one 
of the FW dealers that you know from this and the ISMACS digest.

Graham Forsdyke
Purveyor of fine Featherweights to the gentry
ISMACS London

http://www.ismacs.net
http://www.sew-sales.com

new dedicated Featherweight site
http://www.singer-featherweight.com

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

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From: "jaydub" 
Subject: Glenn Williams
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 00:46:35 -0600

Hi Feathers:
I have ordered several parts for my white FW from Glenn Williams in =
Florida and have had great success.  I bought an original=20
fw bobbin case from him, the first one didn't fit the machine and he =
sent me another that works just fine.   Feel confident ordering parts =
from him.
 His email is:GWillie37
Sharon W. in Texas.

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From: "jaydub" 
Subject: fw guy
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 00:39:37 -0600

Hi,
Glenn Williams is the fw guy in Florida. His  email is: =
GWillie37
Sharon W. in Texas

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From: Barbara254
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 01:32:13 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/27/2000

I live in California and often sell items on eBay. I agree with Jan Dreshsler 
that it would useful to know which seller has been a problem. I would 
certainly hate to be mistaken for someone else! BTW, I am a lurker here and 
rarely write, but I think this is an important issue. We can do each other an 
important service by recommending and not recommending various eBay sellers.

Barbara in California
junkbug

In a message dated 12/27/00 9:53:36 PM Pacific Standard Time, 
FWFanatics writes:

> Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2000 22:15:12 -0500
>  Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/23/2000
>  From: "Jan Drechsler" quiltdoc
>  
>  To Greg & Mary re rip off on E-bay:
>  
>  If a chronic problem exists on e-bay with a seller of sewing related
>  products, it would be a service to mention the name/e-mail address of the
>  individual.  You need not slander the individual, but could simply state
>  that the transaction was unsatisfactory.  Those that wrote to you need to 
be
>  sure that they keep those problems in his rating/comments, even if he/she
>  changes e-mail address.
>  
>  Telling us the sellers state makes me wary of all California dealers who
>  deal in sewing items and is a disservice to all the state's honest sellers.
>  I just can't play guess who.
>  
>  Many of us on the FWF list use e-bay for selling and purchasing of diverse
>  sewing interests such as quilting, antique textile collecting, buying 
books,
>  fabric, machines, sewing collectibles, and buying new or older quilts.  You
>  could in neutral language save FW friends from what you and the others have
>  experienced!
>  --




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