Featherweight Fanatics Archives

January 23 2000

Featherweight Fanatics
Digest of postings from Sunday, January 23, 2000

Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 02:30:32 -0800
From: A Lewis 
Subject: need manual

Hi all,

I need a manual for a White/green tinted Featherweight.
If any one has a copy to sell me please contact me.

Homer, Alaska
From: EAmstutz
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 08:13:33 EST
Subject:  FW feed dog cover

Graham writes:

> 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.

Are these any different than the cover that came with the buttonholer 

Ellen in Sandusky, OH
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 13:51:04 +0000
From: graham forsdyke 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/20/2000

To Linda re Featherweight challenge:

Looks like my money is safe but if it's an incentive for a few last-minute
entries I'll reduce the minimum number needed from 25 to 15.

To SWhita re maple cabinets and Bobby Kopf:

I don't think the plans to furnish working drawings of the cabinet ever got
off the ground. One of the folks who was working on this is producing
complete reproduction cabinets but does not supply the drawings.

The site you point to advertising the Sincere book needs to be read
carefully. It's actually posted as a warning and points out that hundreds
of people were ripped off for thousands of dollars. I promised to keep FWF
subscribers up-to-date with any progress towards recompense.

Apart from the usual promises and declarations that she is working "night
and day" to try to re-fund money, I've no knowledge that a single person
has had anything back from her other than excuses.

Graham Forsdyke
Purveyor of fine Featherweights to the gentry
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 09:37:57 -0500
Subject: darning plate
From: "Mary Richards" 

To whomever was looking for a darning plate...Ellen in Sandusky or Jean
Rabe....I teach Home Ec. at a very old middle school. I cleaned a closet the
other day and found 4 boxes of plastic darning plates. Yes, 4 boxes, not 4
plates. I have no idea if these are Singer plates or not although we now
have some singer machines. I would be happy to send these things to whoever
wants to try one. It would fit easily in an envelope. Let me
know.........mary in ohio
From: "The Professor" 
Subject: 646
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 10:44:31 -0500

Hi all.   I was blessed with a "646 Touch and Sew" over the weekend that
seems to be "dead in the bobbin area".  Is this one of the machines you guys
said to run from? I wanted the cabinet, so have no problem dumping it, but
had to check in with you first.
From: "sywong" 
Subject: Sincere Books
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 08:31:04 -0800

Take a closer look at the web page.  I think it is an effort by the web =
page designer to show off their talents. There is a disclaimer on the =
site about the seller. Doubt they are any happier with the seller than =
the rest of us.

From: SWhita6apa
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 23:54:28 EST

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

From: "Christine Thresh" 
Subject: Re: MR
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 09:46:09 -0800

I think the initials "MR" mean Marka Registrada in Spanish.

Christine Thresh
From: "Mark & Katy" 
Subject: MR initials
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 13:56:38 -0500

Graham wrote:

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

Okay, so what does the gold AP on my FW222 mean?  Any guesses? It is on =
the motor if that makes any difference.=20

Thank, Katy
From: Sharon Reese 
Subject: allergies and FW cases
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 13:24:14 -0600

Allergy season is bad here, but I'm beginning to get the sinking suspicion 
that my FW case making my sneezing worse.  In the past, I've tried a few 
things for removing or masking odors, and they didn't work.  Is anyone else 
allergic to their cases?  (More specifically, the mold or whatever that 
causes that smell)  Has anyone been able to get rid of the source of the 
problem?  Masking the smell doesn't work as I've been storing an open bar 
of Safeguard in this case.  It helps reduce the smell, but it's still there 
and the source of the smell is still there.

And I don't want to get rid of it because it's an early case that goes with 
a 1934 FW.

Hope someone can help!

From: GS886
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 14:30:03 EST
Subject: Subject:  Location of serial number on a Singer FW 221

Saw an article in today's Cleveland Plain Dealer regarding Featherweights, 
We have a 221, purchased about 1953.  I am curious to find the serial number.
The only number (other than motor) I find is on the "plate" that lifts up to 
the left of the needle area.  The bottom of this plate has "SIMANCO.USA" 
printed on it and the number "45713".  (This machine is in excellent 
condition, the carrying case is like new, the original oil can, grease tube,  
screw driver, etc., are still in the case, as are all the attachments in the 
original box, with the instruction book.  We even have the "card table" that 
holds the machine for sewing.)  The newspaper article led us to your Web 
site.  Thank you.  GS886
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 15:07:26 EST
Subject: Re: Hello

I am new to your site and I would like to say hello.  My first FW is on 
lay-a-way, so I am a newbie.  Ironically, I have had a FW Singer button hole 
kit in my possession for the last ten years and I had no idea what machine it 
worked on until I saw it on EBAY. It was given to me with a another sewing 
machine, a DeLuxe Model SWA-2000.  It has now been dusted off and moved out 
of hiding, elevated to a new status in my sewing cabinet.   Peggy
From: Heli0tr0pe
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 15:07:37 EST
Subject: Re:  FW Fanatics 1/20/2000

Dear Graham,
Thank you for the advice to get my featherweight's wiring checked.  It turns 
out that  it only tingles when the plug is plugged into an outlet one way and 
not the other (the old Singer plug is not polarized).    So I bought   a  
grounded outlet adaptor for  $.49 and  plugged my plug into that,  and now 
there is no tingle.  Do you think that's good enough?  Thanks again for your 
help.  Debbie
From: "Jacque Behler" 
Subject: Class 15 identification
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 13:40:10 -0700

Greetings all Feathers,
	Its been along time since I've written on the digest. Just been lurking in
the background reading all your great ideas and advice. I need some
direction here. My SIL has recently purchased a Class 15 machine and I'd
like to identify it closer to which model 15 it is. It seems to me awhile
back (year or two) someone had identified all the varities of 15s in the
digest, or was it on a web site? Can someone direct me to the site of which
digest? This machine is an AD and had at one time been a treadle, now
converted to electric and put into a cabinet.\
TIA for the help.
	Jacque in cold Boise, Idaho
From: "Don Phillips" 
Subject: WANTED
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 13:32:45 -0800

My machine needs a home. My sturdy black case suffered a series of =
injuries and can no longer provide the protection my machine deserves. =
I'm looking for a case that accomodates an accessory tray on top of the =
machine. My tray is in perfect condition. Please let me know if there is =
a home out there somewhere. Corey
From: "Jim Maynes"
Subject: Featherweights sell themselves!
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 15:56:35 -0600

Every January, on Martin Luther King Day (because most of us have that =
day off), the members of my church get together and make stuffed toys =
for Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.  This year is the first =
year that I have had a Featherweight to take to the gathering, so I took =
two of my three.
One of the ladies was enchanted with my little black one that I call =
"Ruby."  She used Ruby all day and asked questions about how and where =
to get one.  I had an extra Nancy book and gave that to her so she would =
have some idea what to look for in a machine.  And, I sent her the =
newsletter address.  So, it doesn't take much contact with these little =
gems to love 'em!
I started out wanting a FW and didn't know where or how to buy one.  I =
bought my first through the mail--paid way too much, but it is a good, =
reliable machine.  Then, I found this newsletter and began reading about =
all of you who seemed obsessed with obtaining more and more machines!  I =
didn't really understand why a person would want more than one!
Next, I discovered quite by accident that my brother had my =
Grandmother's old sewing machine and cardtable that went with it and he =
didn't want them.  I could hardly believe my good fortune when it turned =
out to be a mint condition FW circa 1955 with a gorgeous cardtable!
Then, last week, I spotted a beautiful white FW for sale at a local =
quilt shop.  I thought about it constantly for a week and then made an =
offer.  The lady came down to my price and I was the proud owner of =
three FW!  Now I understand how many of you feel!  I started out just =
wanting one to take to sewing classes with me and ended up loving the =
machine so much that I'd like to give many of them a good home!
Gotta go--my husband is home recovering from brain surgery and he is =
going to take the pictures needed for the FWF Challenge.  I just =
registered by e-mail with Sue.
Wishing we had snow in Missouri,
From: druwe
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 16:40:33 -0600
Subject: feed-dog breakdown

I need help.  I was at a workshop using my FW when the fabric quit 
feeding through.  After I got home, I looked it over carefully.  I 
rethreaded both the top and the bobbin (even though I did not think 
this had anything to do with the problem) and there was no change. 
 I then unthreaded it and ran it.  The feed dogs go up and down.  
They do not, however, go front to back.  What broke?  and can I fix 
it? and how?  Thanks for any help you can give me. 

Sheri in Nebraska
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 19:28:51 -0800
From: Sharon Heisel 
Subject: FWChallenge 

Hi all,
    Last July I finished a doll for the challenge.  It went to a teen in foster
care, as part of the Hero Awards given to teens who have been through an
independent living program.  But I have neither a scanner nor a digital camera.  
I have a picture, but not a 35 mm.
    Is there any way I can submit my entry?  I gave up earlier but perhaps 
there is a way around the technology.
    BTW, I'm also at a loss about how to pay my dues. Can I mail a check?  If 
so, where?
Sharon in southern Oregon
From: druwe
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 21:30:48 -0600
Subject: feeddog breakdown
Sorry about the earlier message.  I got my husband to take a look 
and he calmly informed me that it was operator error.  I had 
managed to move the stitch length to just about zero.  So, I am 
currently feeling really dumb.  The FW still hums and sews 
beautifully.  Now, if we could just train the operator --- hmmmm.

Sheri in Nebraska


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