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January 9 2000

Featherweight Fanatics
Digest of postings from Sunday, January 9, 2000
From: "Kay DePriest" 
Subject: Sewing Machines
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2000 23:35:45 -0600

My sis in Stockton CA just bought me a sewing machine (not FW, darn), but
still sounds interesting.  She says it has silver colored decals???  and a
reddish cast.  Just the head and she says it's very heavy.  According to the
serial # (G5682778) and the list on the net, I think it was made in 1909 or
1910.  As I'm in Kansas, it will be a while before I can get my hands on it.
In the mean time, she is getting hooked too.  If any one has any thoughts,
I'd appreciate hearing them.

Also in a thrift shop she found another very similar machine, but with
missing motor, throat plate, etc for only $6.98.  Serial # G4903308.  If
anyone one needs one for parts, it is in an outlet on Harding Way in
Stockton CA.
Date: Sun, 09 Jan 2000 06:02:57 -0800
From: Nancine Pike 
Subject: Y2K

Hi!  I have a comment on the Y2K stuff - for the last two years I and many of 
my colleagues worked diligently on ensuring we would not have a disaster on our 
hand come Jan 1, 2000 (actually, most jobs would have run the 2nd).  This 
problem was very real - we fixed billions of lines of code.  There are some 
problems that have been caused by imbedded chips that we are only JUST finding.  
Fortunately, because of a lot of effort, January 1st was just another day.  Did 
others try to make money off of it?  You bet.  But the problem was real.  So 
please, no "hoax" jokes - too many of my friends worked 60-80 hours a week for 
the last few years trying to solve that problem.

Date: Sun, 09 Jan 2000 10:12:44 -0500
Subject: elna grasshopper vs. supermatic
From: "Mary Richards" 

Nancy....I am perplexed. I have a green Elna supermatic and no book. I would
be interested in purchasing a copy of it from you. Also, what is the
difference between that and a grasshopper? For some reason I must have
thought they were the same. Thanks, mary
From: "Betty Keegan" 
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2000 08:32:23 -0900

Hi, I am fairly new to the list, and just wanted to say what a wonderful 
group of people you all are.  I answered a post from feathrwate, 
who had the most wonderful treasures for sale, at reasonable prices.  I 
purchased 2 vintage Singer sewing stools for featherweight tables.  They 
arrived, wrapped in perfect condition, with some little "surprises" 
tucked in, ie bobbins, grease, etc.  Snail mail took along tine to find 
me in Alaska and Linda kept checking with me.  I have never had any mail 
delivery handled with more care (when you live at the end of the world, 
everything you own comes via the US mail).  This is not an advertisement 
for her business (it should be, but I am not sure if that is correct) 
but she surely is a nice lady, and I am sure represents everyone else on 
this list.  DH & I wait for the postings.  He is my repair man, and is 
as interested in the list as I am.  Again thank you all, and a hapy and 
blessed New year...with featherweights in every closet.  Betty keegan, 
Wrangell, Alaska

From: "Tom and Ethel" 
Subject: Bradford sewing machine
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 1980 12:20:31 -0500

Hi Fanatics the local ladies sewing grouop was donated this bradford 
portable sewing machine. It is blue in color and is hooused in a wooden 
case which may or maynot be the original case .do any of you know where 
a manual can be purchased to identify this machine ?  Thanks in advance 
From: KeGaR
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2000 16:01:31 EST
Subject: Re: closet

In a message dated 1/9/2000 1:07:16 AM EST, FWFanatics writes:

> after I venture
>  into my clothes closet and find it. (My DH refuses to go in there, as it 
>  a virtual hiding place for sewing machines.)  I have several FW's,
>  an Elna Supermatic, an Elna grasshopper, a 66 handcrank, and a 
>  Singer 99 stashed in there someplace....

Aha!  I finally have an excuse to dump all those old clothes taking up space!
Gail Richter
in NE Wis.
From: KeGaR
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2000 16:01:35 EST
Subject: Re: 185J

In a message dated 1/9/2000 1:07:16 AM EST, FWFanatics writes:

> Is the 185J a clunker (oh, please say no!), or is it a good stitcher
>  like other old Singer machines?
>  No matter what you say, it was worth $20 to me to bring a smile to my
>  face today!

We have a couple of those, too.  The guy at the sew & vac store yesterday 
said that he just sold one for $75
Gail R
in NE Wis.
From: Beachbetty
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2000 19:55:47 EST
Subject: FWgroupie

I have been reading the FW board for a few months now.  I have been very 
curious about what everyone is saying about their little darlings.  I am the 
lucky owner of 2 FW's.  One I inherited from a dear friend who passed away, 
and the other I bought at a garage sale for $15.00.  Both in perfect 
condition.  I did buy a Singer 99, thinking it was a FW.  It looked like one 
to me, without the bottom casing.  Anyway, am enjoying reading all of your 
I have a friend who has at least 10 stashed in a closet.  She won't tell how 
many she really has, and won't let loose of any on them!!!!!!  She has been 
collecting them for at least 20 years.  


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