Featherweight Fanatics Archives

January 22 2000

Featherweight Fanatics
Digest of postings from Saturday, January 22, 2000

Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2000 01:52:55 -0500
From: Rena McClain 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/18/2000

Featherweight Fanatics wrote:

> From: dflanagan
> Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 11:45:48 -0500 (EST)
> Subject: Waiting..
> I am sitting here anxiously awaiting delivery on 3 machines!  But first, to
> RENA, I am sure glad I am in Oregon and too far away for you to reach through
> cyberspace, I called the Hayes sewing shop after I saw the post and bought 
> 503 over the phone.  I hope it's really in decent condition, the price was
> unbelievable!  Mr. Hayes said he would ship it to me today...should be here
> first of next week.  SORRY!
> =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

Don't worry about the 503.  I was not looking for that.  I have one.  I got it
locally from an ad in the paper.  It is in great condition, all the cams, the
manual, a buttonholer, in a cabinet and 3 sterling silver thimbles in the 
all for $50.

As for the FW's, I have my name on the list there for either a tan or white FW 
when the next one(s) come in.  And I WILL call before I go up there :).

Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2000 09:51:32 +0000
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/19/2000

To Sue re Singer poster

This appears to have been taken from the well known  postcard of the 1880s

There was some bombing in the area as the chief insustry was ship building.

At the time the clock was built -- in the 1880s, it was the largest in the
world (thus the postcard).  The Singer plant suffered little in the bombing
and the clock was demolished with the rest of the factory in the 1980s.

The clock's hands were made into souvenir ash trays and the  mechanism
given to the local town council's museum/library for posterity.

Posterity didn't last too long for it disappeared less than 10 years later.
The suspicion is that it was sold for scrap.

Kilbowie where the factory was, is a part of Clydebank which is a lot
closer than the 60 to 70 kilometers you were told. Make it about 8 miles.

Graham Forsdyke
Purveyor of fine Featherweights to the gentry
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2000 08:50:36 -0700
From: Scott Hunter 
Subject: 15-90 Singer

While looking for FWs, I ran across a 15-90 that has exceptional
accessories and 99.9% books included.  It is in a nice case.  I am not
familiar with this model ... any ideas on whether I should purchase it?

I love this page and will be sending my $12!!! before the month trial
period expires!

From: MMquilts
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2000 12:20:35 EST
Subject: 222k Wiring

Hi feathers!

    I have a 222K that is 220.  I live in Missouri so my power source is 110. 
 I bought a step-up transformer.  Now that I have laid the groundwork, what I 
really need to know is...I want to rewire the power cord, from machine to 
transformer and from machine to foot pedal.  When I went to the hardware 
store to ask what wire to use for this project the wire he showed me was 
HUGE!!!  The type you would wire a house with!  Really now, isn't there 220 
wiring available in the same discrete size as the one that came with the 

    Thanks for your time.

    Marsha  :-)
From: Eggplant49
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2000 13:00:46 EST
Subject: New Subscriber

Feathers~ I am a brand new subscriber...I was given a Featherweight 221-1 by 
a friend whose parents were moving from their lifelong home. Neither my 
friend nor her mother knew who the machine had belonged to or even where it 
came from. They thought it was a toy...and since I am the only "crazy 
quilter" that they know...they gave it to me! Imagine my utter ecstasy when I 
opened the black case to reveal a pristine Featherweight!!! Even the manual 
is intact! I have always dreamed of owning such a machine, but I never hoped 
it would be possible! Apparently it was "born" in 1948 (the same year as my 
husband... 1 year before my birth... it sure has aged better!) As for sewing 
on it... it is a dream! I've pieced a quilt top smiling the whole time! 
Thanks for letting me babble. My friends and family and even my students at 
school (I teach Art grades K-8) listen patiently, but don't comprehend my 
"Egg" in NJ
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2000 17:08:38 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/18/2000
From: susan L K 

Does anyone know where to find a wood or otherwise heavy duty case for a
Kenmore 1960s heavy metal machine? I have been given this machine which
is too nice to toss, but it needs a case. It used to be in a cabinet and
the owners never had a portable case for it. They foolishly gave it up in
favor of a plastic machine that was "cheap"...doesn't even have a
buttonhole attachment...you have to sew a line the length of the machine
and then turn around and sew the other way. Seems like a DOWNgrade to me,
but some folks like "new" and "shiny"!  SusanLK

From: "Bill Mitchell" 
Subject: Featherweight Shines Upon Me
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2000 16:00:21 -0800

Hi-Ho Feathers,

I have been visualizing a table top for my fancy  antique iron single =
table pedestal. Well, I think that the Great Feather weight God heard me =
and led me to a featherweight table instead.

At about 10:00 A.M. today, I walked up to a garage sale in Point Loma =
today, the same town where I found the featherweight sewing machine a =
couple months ago. With my one eye, I spotted a card table, which, at =
first, appeared to have an uneven top, so I glanced away, and then =
looked back, again. Wow, it was a sewing machine table. The top wasn't =
uneven at all. It tricked my one eye, because it has a piece in the top =
of the table to allow a sewing machine to be placed in it.

Wow! Wow! Thought I. I asked the man, "How much is that card table?"=20
His wife corrected me by saying that it is a sewing machine table.
I knew what it is. The husband said, ""Ten dollars".
I forced a thought for a minute and said,  "How about five dollars".=20
The husband said, "Five dollars ought to do it".
So, I pulled out a fiver and handed it to him and took the table in =
His wife commented to me as I was departing, "That was my mother-in-laws =
sewing machine table, and I tried to get my husband to let me keep it, =
but he didn't want it, so we sold it."
She didn't know what kind of sewing machine it goes with.
When I got the table home, I opened up one of my featherweight sewing =
machines and popped it right into the open space, after removing the =
wooden piece. It fits, and I guess that I have a featherweight card =
table. It has a number impressed into the wood u underneath that is =
D524253. Is that a serial no. or a part number and is it a Singer table? =
Anyone know? It has a nice fruitwood top and black painted edges on the =
table. The legs are folding black iron. Very nice. Thank you, God.

Bill Mitchell in Sunny San Diego
From: "Zoback" 
Subject: new find
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2000 19:59:21 -0500

Hi fellow feathers!!!   Well my favorite Friday night auction has =
started up again after taking off for the Holiday season.  There were a =
few machines their the one I just "had" to have was a portable =
"Domestic" rotary the decals were beautiful. The bentwood case it was in =
was nice except that the wooden slide drawer on the right side was =
missing the top.  The machine free stands so I took it out of the case =
cleaned her up polished the black finish with baby oil and she is such a =
beauty and is standing proud on top of one of my treadles.  I got it for =
22.50.  There was also a Wheeler & Wilson #9 their and the condition was =
maybe a 7.  I have one of those already in the same condition but would =
love to find one is better condition. Its such a shame the decals don't =
stay nice on those.  The W&W went off at 17.50 I stopped bidding at =
10.00.  I'll tell ya what the weather was soooooooo cold everytime I =
walked outside it seemed like the weather dropped another 10 =
Well looking forward to this coming Fri. night to see what other goodies =
will be up for bid, its so much fun.
My neighbor 2 doors down had an estate sale today and called me =
yesterday to see if I was interested in his "Free Westinghouse" sewing =
machine and old fabric. I said I'd like to have the vintage fabric but =
see if you can sell the machine first.  Well I took a walk over their =
about an house after the sale started and it had a sold sign on it with =
my name (35.00) it came with a boat load of fabric and buttons and =
vintage notions.  I got the machine home and pulled it up from the =
cabinet it was in wiped off about 3" of dust and the wiring is in poor =
condition (dry rot, not real bad but cracking the machine runs etc.)) so =
I won't be keeping it its from the early 50's a straight stitcher (ugly =
if ya ask me its greenish/gray) The orig. cabinet is nice though. If any =
of you live in the south Jersey area (I'm 15min. from the Del. Mem. =
Bridge) you can have it for free along with the instr. book, attachments =
and buttonholer.  Its not worth the effort of packing and shipping etc. =
So email me if you'd like it..................frish in Woodstown, NJ =
(Salem County)
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Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2000 22:24:40 EST
Subject: So. Cal and the mention of rain

Hi All,

Only people who live or have lived in Southern California can understand what 
a mixed reaction comes with the prediction of rain.  We are basically an arid 
state.  Even the native Americans  have a name for this area, "where the 
smoke gathers".  We really do need rain.  

What we don't need is the prediction of rain, especially for Thursday, Friday 
and Saturday.  Worse yet, the prediction followed by "Sorry about that", from 
our local weathermen,er, excuse me, weatherperson.

That means very few yard/garage/estate sales.  That throws every one  into 
the thrift stores.  With the lack of sales due to the holidays, and then the 
prediction of never appearing rain, I am a truly frustrated person.

All I found today was some old handkerchiefs at 5 for a dollar.  Years ago at 
one of the gift shows (wholesale only) one of the handkerchief manufacturers 
had made a back drop for their booth out of a "quilt" made completely of 
their line of handkerchiefs.  The way they had color matched the squares, the 
lovely light fabrics made up beautifully.  Being the proud possessor of many 
hand embellished handkerchief, but not enough to make something of that size, 
I decided to augment my "stash", until I had enough to constitute another 
"round to it".  This is about the same time the supply of these at 
yard/garage/estate sales completely dried up.

Would you believe that I was thrilled to find 5 handkerchiefs and 1 white 
sheer silk kerchief great for making a wedding gown for a 1 inch scale 
dollhouse doll.  Does that give you any kind of an idea of how desperate I 
have become.

I am learning how to operate the New Home Memory Craft 6000 now that I have 
the manual.  So far I find it fascinating.  This is my first time with a 
computer machine.  My Futura 925 is manually operated, and I may sell it 
because I have never felt comfortable with it.  I was so surprised at finding 
a machine marked Singer that challenged me.  I have to use that machine with 
the manual in my hand.  Boy, was that a surprise to me.

My next goal is a black or two tone 301.  Other than that, my want list is 
almost complete.  I am still looking, and as the saying goes, if I found 
something else, I wouldn't throw any vintage machine "out of bed".  Now I am 
concentrating on accessories and fabric.  

God Bless my husband.  Last summer he spotted a full bolt of sheeting and 
because he so obviously did not know what from which, the lady sold it to him 
for, are you ready, $8.00.  This would be perfect for the back of a quilt.  
Several quilts.

Well, that is the end of my "exciting" news.  I truly hope that others have 
had better luck. If you have found something interesting, let us know that 
you have primed the pump, or am I the only person who is old enough to know 
what that means?


PatBergman, here is not sunny California.  We are having our June gloom in 


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