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January 11 2000

Featherweight Fanatics
Digest of postings from Tuesday, January 11, 2000

From:  (Lois Frankel)
Subject: Singer ZigZags
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 01:19:39 -0500

The 401 and 500 have the most features: lots of decorative stitches,
ability to raise throatplate for free-motion, and are very strong and
durable. They use the class-66 drop in bobbin, which are easy to obtain.
For fewer decorative stitches, the 403 and 503 are good bets.

Lois Frankel
                            (cats, quilts, antique sewing machines)
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 05:27:48 -0500
From: Mark & Linda Heminway >
Subject: A very good New Year so far!

Just had to post and share with all of you!  What a week it's been for
me up here in the North Country!  I've been really having a dry spell
for Featherweights and suddenly I found three in one week!  One of them
is a Tan FW as well!  I was lucky enough to come across a Retired Singer
Repairman who really wants to clean out his house, and he had so much
stuff!  By the way, if there are any of you near Southern NH that are
looking for a cabinet machine or a nice, working portable Singer from
the 1970s or so, do e-mail me privately, I did leave a few very nice
ones behind and I'd be glad to put you in touch.
I also was thrilled to find a couple of those wonderful Mary Brook
Pickens Singer Sewing Books and tons of attachments, including an
original (highly coveted by me!) Singer Walking Foot and a Singer
Hemstitcher, Wow!  Some of these things are duplication of my own
collection, but I just couldn't resist!  I will be posting a few items
for sale that are duplicates in the near future, but I am just tickled
pink!  What a find!
Linda Heminway
Kingston NH - so far, enjoying the New Year immensely!  : )
From: EBPryor
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 07:15:40 EST
Subject: Question


Is there somewhere that I could find out when Singer changed the faceplate on 
the 221 from scroll to striated?  Also, when was the throat plate with 
measurements introduced?


Edith in Katonah
From: gough 
Subject: Singer model 222K
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 19:01:41 +0000

I have a Featherweight 222K in perfect condition. 9 on the Forsdyke scale.
It has all parts, including the original Instruction book.
I'd like to know its value and if there is a potential buyer out there. 
        Adrian Gough

From:  (Patti Parsons)
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 16:07:30 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Reproduction Singer Featherweight

I hope you can help me with some information.  I don't know who else to

I understand there is a little reproduction featherweight out on the
market that sells for about $400.00 brand new and it is exactly like the
221's.  I understand it sews perfectly like the featherweight.  

Can you enlighten me on this machine that I've heard about and is there
any quality to it really.  If so, why aren't people scarfing these up to
sew with and preserving their original featherweights condition? 

 I  appreciate a reply if I'm directing this to the appropriate person.

Best regards,
From: "maggie arlotta" 
Subject: Calendar
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 16:31:44 -0500

Oh my!! I received my Sewing Machine Calendar today Alex and am "tickled"
with it! Wonderful Job you have done and I appreciate all the work you did
to put it together.

One Happy Customer!

Maggie in NY
From: "Zoback" 
Subject: talent search
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 19:11:23 -0500

Hi all fellow fanatics!!!!!  Happy New year!!!!!   I had gotten reply's =
to the opening of my shop (hopefully late spring) and I guess I need to =
be specific.  I live in South New Jersey a small town called Woodstown =
its in Salem County.  My husband and I are adding on an addition to our =
barn so I can have my own shop rather than pay to have my stuff in other =
shops.  I am looking for quality crafters who would like to put their =
handmade items in my shop which is going to be called "Not Just Quilts". =
 So if any of you are interested there will be NO monthly rent fee just =
a straight 25% commission on each item sold.  I will be open 9 1/2 =
months out of the year from March 15th - Dec. 24th and closed the month =
of Jan. & Feb. and 1/2 of March.  I have done many quilts shows in the =
past and have done well mostly with my house quilts (my specialty).  But =
I will be making penny rugs, wall hangings, handbags  etc...  I will =
advertise in all the local papers etc...  I have been wanting to do this =
for some time and now that we have moved and are at a good location I've =
decided to "go for it".   So if you or someone you know is interested =
and a good quality crafter please email me. I really don't want the =
usual run of the mill stuff, as I stated before NO croched toilet paper =
and tissue box covers  they just don't sell !!!!!!! I would like to view =
the craft first before accepting  you can email a picture or send =
photo's.  The more variety the better!!!!!   Thanks to all who inquired =
about  "Not Just Quilts".   Thanks karen

Karen Zoback
29 Bowen Ave.
Woodstown, NJ 08098

Visit Karen's Custom Quilts at:
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 21:57:17 -0600
From: Richard DeMars <
Subject: instructions foe an electric singer machine

greetings from regina saskatchewan canada

I have an older electric sewing machine style number 3281. I am justl
learning how to sew and desperatley need instructions. Can you help
or can you tell who else I can contact. Thank you in advance for your 


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