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Digest of postings from Saturday, December 30, 2000

Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 18:09:54 -0500
Subject:  E-bay Scam 
From: "Jan Drechsler" quiltdoc

Warning for e-bay users:
 Cnet writes about a scam that involves an email message
>     ostensibly sent by eBay to its members, notifying them of
>     a "registration problem."

Jan Drechsler in Vermont
Quilt Restoration; Quilting teacher

From: "Gerald Holmes" 
Subject: BAD GUY in Ca
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 19:38:52 -0600

Well I'm back,I want to Thank every one who has emailed me about the BAD
GUY. A lot of you say I should post his name and email address,and then
there are some who say no,don't do it.So what should I do?? If it was your
money what would you do??? I really think he had it in mined to do this all
along. I wonder if his wife is enjoying her Christmas present???

Lets hear from you on FWF what I should do,Lets see how many want me to post
his name or not,so please write in so every body can see how many good guys
are out there.

Gerald Holmes
Restorer of Singer Featherweight 221s,in a rainbow of colors.
Don't forget about the Arkansas Gathering of sewing
machine enthusiast in Hot Springs,Arkansas April 21,2001
At Cathy's Quiltin' Square 3256 Albert Pike

Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 16:13:21 -0800
From: Larry Doyle 
Subject: Wilcox and Gibbs Manual

Hello after a loooooong time.  Hope every one holidays are full of fun and
good cheer.  I am in need of an original manual for a Wilcox and Gibbs
Silent Electric Sewing Machine.  Should any one be able to help please
contact me.  Thank you,  Larry
"Laughter is the broom that sweeps the soul"

From: "Gerald Holmes" 
Subject: Wanted Manual FW
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 16:52:33 -0600

Hi All,
 On a better note today,does any one have a FW Manual that has this picture
on page 5 http://users2.ipa.net/~rambo2/FW%20Manual.jpg If so would you sell
it???I need one.

I'm still working on some thing for my Bad Guy out there in Carmel,Ca.
Another name he dropped on me was Fred S down in Texas,He was really big on
dropping names.I hope none of his bad habits rub off on the people he said
he did business with.

Gerald Holmes
Restorer of Singer Featherweight 221s,in a rainbow of colors.
Don't forget about the Arkansas Gathering of sewing
machine enthusiast in Hot Springs,Arkansas April 21,2001
At Cathy's Quiltin' Square 3256 Albert Pike

From: "A. Buehler" fwquilter
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/29/2000
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 17:25:52 -0500

Gosh, Gerald, what you just told us makes me feel sick to my stomach.

I wish I knew something to tell you that would help but I don't. I sent a 
quilt out to be machine-quilted about 6 years ago and never got it back. 
After a bit of telephone discussion on patterns, the lady suddenly became 
unavailable. I called, sent registered letters, reported her to the Better 
Business Bureau, and my husband even called the police in her town (!!! He 
is really a piece of work!!!). I gave up but probably should have pursued it 

After all this time it still makes me feel sick. This was certainly a whole 
lot less money than you are dealing with, but that issue of honesty, trust, 
and decency is also important.

I hope you are somehow able to settle this to your satisfaction.
Best wishes,   Amy in NJ

Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 21:56:17 +0000
From: gf graham
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/29/2000

To Gerald re Bad Deal

The warning sign here was the guy saying he would put a check in the 
post the next day --- if he had honestly been that anxious to get a 
present for his wife in time for Christmas he would have offered to 
pay by plastic which is easy for anyone in the US to accept via the 
various on-line services -- no need for merchant accounts.

The fact that he didn't clearly meant that he intended to check out 
the goods first which, of course, gave him the opportunity to start 
messing with the price.

If you'd like to mail me the details, I'll let you know if the guy 
has any previous form

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: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 15:33:12 -0500
From: "Mary C. Lehrhoff" 
Subject: Book Name

Dear Alex: How about:  Stitching Across The Water?  (as England was 
referred to in the earlier colonist days!  What ever you call it, it will 
be a hit!

Mary in Snow Bound New Jersey, the first Big one since 1996

From: "Dick & Peggy Hostetler" 
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 13:55:27 -0500

Happy New Years to each and everyone - did not get the Centenial in my 
stocking but looking for one!  I love the feathers and sewing on them 
and look forward to reading the postings each day!  I think that they 
are great and the sharing information and stories makes for great 
thoughts (past and present).

I also purchased a FW from Glenn and it is great - very pleased with the 
machine.  Nice person to deal with and helpful with sharing information. 
 Thanks Glenn!

A wonderful and prosperous New Year to each and everyone!

Peggy H.
Sarasota-a nice cool day.

From: "the Carsons" 
Subject: Bad deals
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 09:01:58 -0800

For Gerald,
    You hit the nail on the head when you asked, "are there any lawyers out
there".  I've not been burned by this guy, but enough people have that I
know who he is.  Maybe if everyone who has been taken by him takes him to
small claims court, he won't have time to cheat anyone else.
    Joe, in Vancouver, WA

Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 10:28:00 -0500
From: Ellen Lee 
Subject: eBay

I "watched" Featherweights on eBay for several weeks before I entered
the bidding process. I found that several sellers were exceptionally
responsive to questions. However, there was one dealer whose feedback
record was excellent but who absolutely refused to answer questions that
I asked about the machine he was listing and who was arrogant and rude
in his responses. Needless to say, I did not bid on the machine, but I
was amazed that it went for a high price. Questions he refused to answer
were not unreasonable: year of manufacture and attachments included,
whether it had been cleaned and oiled. I was disappointed and frustrated
to find that I could not enter feedback on him because I did not buy
from him. I eventually bought a Featherweight that turned out to be a
fine machine at a good price, listed by a seller who gave honest, candid
answers to all of the questions I asked in a series of back-and-forth
emails. She even located a zipper foot that was not among the FW's
attachments and did not charge extra for it. I can't stress enough the
importance of communication with the seller before one places a single
bid on anything as expensive as a Featherweight, but I am an
enthusiastic supporter of eBay.

From: Dcable1116
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 10:23:41 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/29/2000

To Gerald:
I'm certainly not a lawyer and I have no good advice to give you about the 
situation with the FW but I can offer you my condolences.  Chances are even 
if he ever did return the FW it wouldn't be packed properly and goodness 
knows what shape it would arrive in.

Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 07:01:15 -0800
From: taria 
Subject: Ebay, etc.

Hi Feathers.  I havn't had a chance to keep up really close on the
digest but have noticed a lot of chatter about Ebay when reading
this morning.  I love Ebay and have had many transactions, buying
and selling.  I have had one bad experience with a bad check.  I
should have waited until it cleared to ship and then I would have had no
problems.  I think people tend not to read listings and ask questions.
Millie was right in her list of ways to make sure a seller is ok.  When
you are buying anything that is old and you can't see or touch it you
have to really be careful.  You can find items on Ebay that would be
impossible to find otherwise.  I do wonder about the seller who lists tons of
sewing machine items every week.  Many go without ever being bid on.  I guess
he just buys  wholesale, lists the stuff and anything he makes is ok.  Not
sure what his game is otherwise.  Kind of odd.  For Gerald who got stung on
the 'need in a rush' machine I would suggest you sign up for PayPal.  You
can use it for other than auctions and payment is quick and sure.
Wishing  you all a happy new year.
Happy Stitching!  Taria
(ebay user 'winkoo' )
Please visit Taria's Sewing Machine & Quilting Page:

See my new Siberian Cat at:

From: "John Daly" 
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 09:46:22 -0500
Subject: To Gerald re BAD DEAL

You ask if there's a lawyer out there.  Well, it may tell you 
something that I now work as a software engineer, but I remain a 
member in good standing of the Florida Bar so that does make me 
a lawyer.  Hope that won't make you think any less of me if we 
meet at the Gathering in April :-).  

You're in Arkansas and the buyer is in California (or did you, 
heaven forbid, mean Canada since ca is the domain for our 
Northern neighbor), so you really have to consult someone who's 
licensed in one of those states.  But the problem is the same as 
anyone faces when dealing across state lines whether over the 
internet, by mail, or phone.  It's probably going to cost more to 
pursue a legal solution than it's really worth.  You might try a 
phone call to the clerk of court in the county where he resides and 
see what sort of dispute resolution methods they might have.  If 
you know any local lawyers, a firmly worded lawyer letter will 
_sometimes_ work wonders.

Speaking as a collector rather than a lawyer, I've bought, and 
occasionally sold, sight unseen for over thirty years. I started with 
the old Hobbies magazine in a time when even phone calls were 
unusual.  Most transactions took place at the speed of U.S. Mail.  
And every once in a while an ignorant or unscrupulous person will 
come along to spoil your faith in the human race.

But for the most part, I've been really pleased at the honesty and 
fairness of the vast majority of people with whom I've dealt. Even 
when it's been my mistake, we've been able to work it out.

There may not be much which can be done about this transaction, 
short of going to Calfornia and suing the b*****d.  But don't let it 
sour you on people.  You were nice enough to try to accomodate 
this fellow.  Try to keep this positive attitude.  The next 100 people 
you talk to really will put the check in the mail.

Good luck. Wish I could offer something more helpful.


Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 08:47:45 -0500 (EST)
From: Karen MacDonald 
Subject: Ebay buying

Only thing to add to the list when checking feedback
is to see if the feedback is for buying or selling.

The unnamed *BAD* seller we all know, buys a lot of
stuff as well, I believe to cancel out their negative

If you don't just look at the number, but check the
comments, you'll see many, many feedbacks are for
buying, not selling.

Karen MacDonald
Ontario, Canada


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