Featherweight Fanatics Archives

January 20 2000

Featherweight Fanatics
Digest of postings from Thursday, January 20, 2000

Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 05:16:36 -0500
From: Mark & Linda Heminway 
Subject: Featherweight Challenge 

HI all!
Sue Traudt informs me that we have only three entries in The 1999
Featherweight Fanatics Challenge.  We sure were hoping for a larger
response.  In case some of you had great intentions and got hung up over
the holidays, we are extending the deadline for entries until February
1st, 2,000.
In order to make it easier for anyone who might still be able to enter a
project, Sue will except entries via e-mail at :

The challenge guidelines are still posted to the FWF web site at:


Sue will post the three entries that we do have shortly, and will make
an announcement that the are available for viewing and post the web
address.  We are very hopeful that there might be more of you out there
with quilts, bears or other projects that are near completion.

Graham, looks like you are "off the hook"!  Or, is it me who is off the
hook, as I won't have to judge my peers?  Here is a quote from Graham's
comments made last year:

> How nice of Linda Hemminway to give me prior notice that she would
> personally challenge me on this one. I would remind her that  I don't get
> mad -- I get even.
> Those who regularly attend our Conventions might have seen my skill in the
> Crazy-Sewing contests. It's normally restricted to trying to set fire to
> the other competitors' work (I'm not joking)  or stealing their equipment.
> However, this sounds a particularly worthy cause and if Linda gets  25
> entries I'll personally donate a year's ISMACS subscription to the winner.
> Linda to do the judging. If the winner is already an ISMACS member I'll
> guarantee to use a picture of the winning bear in a future ISMACS magazine.
> Probably do that anyway.

So, unless 22 more Featherweight Fanatics make entries by Feb. 1st, the
highly coveted prize of one year's membership to ISMACS is not going to
be an issue.  Guess I can dust off my judging hat?
Well, I do hope that I will be hearing from a few of you that you have
something in the works!
Thank you,
Linda Heminway
Kingston  NH

From: "Mildred J. Rader" 
Subject: Singer No. 27
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 07:16:37 -0500

Friend of mine has a Singer No. 27 Vibrating Shuttle No. 2, 5 drawer
cabinet table with polished brass drawer pulls and oak cabinet.  Also has
manual which was printed in 1900.  Was in working order when it was given
to her but she has never used it and wonders what it is worth.  Anybody

I've used my Featherweight making quilts since 1987 - machine was given to
me!!  Best gift I ever had.

Millie in Bath, Maine where we finally had snow and more coming!!
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 10:35:38
From: Jake and Jacqui Van Meppelen Scheppink 
Subject: Re:  M.R. FW

Hi all:

Someone may have answered this already....I'm still wading through four FWF
digests all arriving on the same day!  We had an M.R. machine once and
someone at that time thought it was a machine that was marketed in South
America (or Central America...can't remember for sure) and that the M.R.
stood for trademark...but can't remember what language it was.  So, the
idea was that if the machine was marketed in these countries, people would
know that "Singer" was the trademark.  I don't know for sure if the idea is
correct, but it does make sense, I guess :-).

Jacqui in Canada
From: "Sabra Hicks" 
Subject: seymour?
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 09:58:45 -0600

I am new to all this vintage sewing machine stuff. Have gotten a 401 and =
500 and have a fw on layaway. I came across a Seymour Tip top ( think =
that is the name) it is in beautiful condition. Shiny and the decals are =
really nice. Has no attachments and the little sliding plate to the =
bobbin doesn't fit. probably isn't the original-she had it taped on. She =
wanted $50 but am sure I can do better. Are the attachments and plate =
available? Is it even worth it? Any help would be appreciated. Sabra

From: "Bo Davies" 
Subject: Wanted: featherweight
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 11:40:17 -0500

I want to be a Featherweight Fanatic, but I don't have a Featherweight.  =
I am looking for one. I live in Massachusetts. Can anyone help?
Thanks, Doris

Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 12:28:41 -0500
From: Paul Scholten 
Subject: 301 problem solved, and I got the 201

Hi, everybody!  Linda here.  Well, Tom from NJ emailed me about my 301
problems (light blinking on and off, and the connector slipping out of
the socket).  And he was right---the bulb was shot (replaced it), and
all you have to do is use the tiny Singer screwdriver (or one like it)
and wiggle it into the slot of each of the 3 prongs (the prongs are
composed of 2 parts each) to lever each prong open a little more.  I did
it, and the plug goes in and stays in!  Thanks, Tom!

And I just caved in (as usual) and went to the antique mall and brought
the 201 in blonde Art Deco cabinet home to live with me.  Golly, it's
gorgeous!  After some serious cleaning and waxing, it looks new.  Now to
oil and lubricate it and try it out!  Snow day today---6 inches of stuff
on the ground, so I've got a reason to stay inside and work on my sewing

Happy hunting!
Linda from Oxford, Ohio
proud owner of 14 vintage Singer machines:
2-Improved Family treadles, VS2/27 treadle, 2  15-91s (one a
centennial), 99 Handcrank, 2 128s (one a centennial), 185J, 201-2, 221,
301, 319w, 503a
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 17:41:35 +0000
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/15/2000

To Patti

Your lawnmower-speed Featherweight could have a number of problems. First,
remove the belt. this will allow you to turn the machine by hand - it
should spin freely.

If it does your problem is either the motor - these do get tired - or, more
likely, the foot control. In either case I would recommend having someone
with electrial knowledge check them out.

If the machine does not spin freely look to the bobbin area. Again, try to
isolate the problem by removing the bobbin case and base and see if this
makes a difference.

If it doesn't it suggests that either lack of lube or the incorrect
lubricant has gummed up the plain bearings on the main shafts or that the
needle bar is sticky.

To Linda re manual and Willcox & gibbs:

The standard manual will suffice for your 221-J.

I have the stitch-length lever you need for the Willcox & Gibbs. Please
mail me.

Graham Forsdyke
Purveyor of fine Featherweights to the gentry
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 17:45:46 +0000
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/16/2000

To Debbie

You clearly have a short circuit in your Featherweight.Please do not use
it. What you describe as a slight buzz can very quickly develop into an
almighty jolt.

Unfortunately  Featherweight electrics do not age well.

Any sewing-machine outlet should be able to re-wire it for you at a
reasonable cost.

To Jean re feed-dog cover

Covers for the 221 feed dogs are as rare as hen's teeth. Can supply you
with one but unlikely to get to you before your class.

Graham Forsdyke
Purveyor of fine Featherweights to the gentry
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 17:47:26 +0000
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/17/2000

To Marcia

Can supply you with a 101 manual if you can't find one more locally.

Graham Forsdyke
Purveyor of fine Featherweights to the gentry
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 17:34:26 +0000
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/14/2000

To Ann

I think we've pretty well determined that Singer machines handled by the
Mexican agent carried the MR initials.

To Kathy

Can provide you with a Model 66 manual if you cannot locate one more locally.

To Teresa re Featherweight definition:

A Featherweight is a Singer 221 or 222 portable. All have fold-up extention
tables. All are electric portables with a die-cast aluminum frame.

Graham Forsdyke
Purveyor of fine Featherweights to the gentry
From: Joyce1930
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 14:50:30 EST
Subject: Thank you

Just a quick thank you to all who answered my e-mail about the smelly 221 
case.  Got lots of different ideas - all the way from using a pool chemical, 
for algae control, to kitty litter and onward.  So far, I seem to be winning 
the challenge.  Am keeping a dryer sheet inside the case at all times right 
now and will probably continue to do so.  Sure do love my little machine!

Joyce from Texas
From: "Fran Mcgee" 
Subject: millenium calendar
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 12:45:20 -0800

I just purchased one of the millenium calendars from  Alex at Sussex =
Sewing Machines, and it is BEAUTIFUL!!!  I have to say it is well worth =
every penny, and I just LOVE it!!  If anyone has any questions about it, =
feel free to email me.

From: "McKee" 
Subject: reproduction cases?
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 21:41:55 -0600

Hi, I saw on Ebay a FW offering with a Singer new case valued at $69.  =
Are reproduction new cases available and if so where?  I wish I could =
remember which offering it was so I could email the seller.  Phyllis

From: "sywong" 
Subject: M. R.
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 20:00:21 -0800

Catching up on e-mail. Someone has probably answered this already.
I believe this stands for "Marcus Register" (sorry not sure of exact =
spelling). It means the symbol it is attached to is trademarked.
From: Anchor37
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 08:48:49 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/10/2000

Hi All,=20

I looked at eBay item #234067782 and I can't wait to hear someone else's =

opinion about the "M.R." If I had to hazard a guess I would think that =
those were the initials of the owner!

From: SWhita6apa
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 23:54:28 EST
Subject: FW Maple Cabinet #68

At one time one of the members of FWF was looking into making a set of 
measured drawings of the rare oval maple cabinet #68 for the 221 so that a 
modern reproduction could be made.  I have a friend who is interested in 
making one and was wondering if a copy of the plans could be purchased.
Selma in PA where we are freezing with our first snow in the last two years

PS    For those of us who were stung with the Sincere book offer I found the 
following web page advertising them today.


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