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January 25 2000

Featherweight Fanatics
Digest of postings from Tuesday, January 25, 2000

From: "Bill Mitchell" 
Subject: Exactly What The Sewer Should Know`
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 22:23:11 -0800

To All FWF:

Here are some helpful hints for deodorizing the feathweight cases and 
just about everything else, including eliminating static in the thread 
before you sew. Read on, please.

Bill Mitchell in San Diego

BOUNCE...the stuff you use in your dryer:
Repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when
outdoors during mosquito season.
Eliminates static electricity from your television screen. Since
Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your TV
screen with
a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling.
Dissolves soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a used sheet of
Freshens the air in your home. Place an individual sheet of Bounce
in a drawer or hang one in a closet.
Prevents thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a
sheet of Bounce to eliminate the static cling on the thread before sewing.
Eliminates static cling from pantyhose. Rub a damp, used sheet of
Bounce over the hose.
Prevents musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce
inside empty luggage before storing.
Freshens the air in your car. Place a sheet of Bounce under the
front seat.
Cleans baked-on food from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in the pan,
fill with water, let sit overnight, sponge clean. The anti-static agents
apparently weaken the bond between food and the pan while the fabric
softening agents soften the baked-on food.
Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.
Collects cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will
magnetically attract all the loose hairs.
Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from
Wipes up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of
Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.
Eliminates odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of
Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.
Deodorizes shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your
shoes or sneakers overnight so they'll smell great in the morning.
COCA COLA To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl.
Let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The
citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a
crumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca Cola.
To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of
over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the
Coke for a sumptuous gravy.
To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into a load of
greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The
Coca-Cola will help loosen the stain.
It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

Bill, again.

From: RitaBlock
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 02:01:31 EST
Subject: dating machine

i have acquired a singer with a serial number of AA709815.  can anyone help 
me to identify what model i have?  thanks. 
From: KellarW
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 16:40:30 EST
Subject: info re: machine quilting

Hello! My neighbor and I have gotten ourselves in over our heads teaching l5 
ladies from our church how to piece a three block table runner and next week 
we'll add the setting triangles and borders.  These ladies are expecting to 
machine quilt their finished products--just outline stitch--and I'm not 
altogether sure they'll be able to.  Do some of you out there use your 
featherweights with a walking foot to machine quilt?  How about a Singer 301? 
 Is a walking foot imperative for a little project like a tablerunner?  Some 
of the ladies have little brother machines from Wal-mart and I'm pretty 
confident their machines won't stitch beautifully through 3 layers--but I do 
have one 70 year old woman in class who's piecing using the same 
featherweight she sewed her wedding gown on, and another older lady with a 
301.  I have a Bernina I could drag to class for some to use, but please, I'm 
counting on you to inform me about the featherweights and the 301--and also, 
where could I find walking feet if necessary asap.  Many thanks, Brenda
From: DBoles5691
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 21:38:07 EST

i was given my grandmothers old singer.  she bought if around 1934 or 1935.  
to this day it still runs like a champ.  i would like to know more about it.  
the only numbers i can find on it are ad711102 and cat. cr 303. any info 
would be helpful.                                                               
    thanks,  dee


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