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January 26 2000

Featherweight Fanatics
Digest of postings from Wednesday, January 26, 2000

From: mima
Subject: Looking for Mikeh
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 09:16:36 -0500

 I received the photo of the machine but somehow deleted your message with
your address and details. Please contact me privately so we can "talk."
Thanks, Judy
From: "Ray & Dot Ponnath" 

Hi to all you FWF's.
I need HELP.  What can I do to get the grimy look off one of my old =
FW's?  I
have been working with sewing machine oil, but it doesn't seem to be =
phasing it.
I sure would like to bring her back to her original shine.  Please, can =
help me! ! !
Dorothy in rural Bland, Mo. (central Mo.)
Click here for Free Video!!

From: captndick
Subject: Treadle On 1999 People Powered Challenge
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 09:13:00 -0800


Just a reminder... For those who have not visited the 1999 Challenge
display, it is at


Note:   link should work, but if not, try dropping the "htm".   If all else
fails, go to the Treadle On Home Page at www.captndick.com, from the index
page go to The Quilt Shop, then click on 1999 Challenge.

Voting closes on January 31.   If you have not seen the exhibit and voted
for your choices, please do.   There is a lot of beautiful work, all done on
treadle and hand crank machines.   Those who use and love these old machines
will really appreciate this show.

Captn Dick
Email:  captndick
Captn Dick/Treadle On  Web Site:  www.captndick.com
Ballard Southern Railroad Web Site:

Address:  2631 NW 95th St.; Seattle, WA 98117
Phone:  206-784-0883
From: SewBear2
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 13:14:45 EST
Subject: Wheeler & Wilson Survey
Hi Feathers,

Christoph Schmidt (ISMACS) is doing a survey of Wheeler & Wilson machines, in 
order to more acurrately, date & get model numbers of these machines. I've 
added a copy of this survey below, so if you have a WW & are interested in 
becoming part of the survey, send your information to:

         cfs (Christoph Schmidt)

Annie in Mpls.MN
W&W Survey Information

From: Christoph Schmidt 

Wheeler & Wilson Data Base:

Domestic ------Industrial-------
Model number (if known):
Serial Number:
Last patent date:
Treadle----- ,   hand crank------,    head only-------
Where found:
Any information on original purchase date/location:
Any information on the machines history:
Original instruction manual/copyright date or other:
Distinctive features of head:
For pre-8 models:
    Shape of base:
    width at narrowest point:
    silver plating(Y/N):
    glass presser foot(Y/N):
    connecting rod for feed open or covered:
    Other things that seem important:
For #8 model:
    description of stitch length regulator
    description of bobbin tension
    shape of head (I know there are some differences in the lever arms
     and the fly wheel, but I have to figure that out as we go):
For #9 model:
    bobbin holder with flip-up latch (Y/N):
    Other :
For other models:
    Whatever seems important:

Treadle or base characteristics:
cast iron legs---
drawing room cabinet---
describe type, kind of veneer etc:
coffin top---
flip-up parts on table, side----, back-----

for pre-8 models, type of cover and drawer arrangement on top of table:

for handcranks: describe type of box and type of handcrank (several
different ones out there):

Your Name or email (optional, so that I can fill in information that I
haven't thought about asking for yet)

jpeg picture of machine and base would be phantastic!

From: "Swanton, Nancy" 
Subject: 201 Differences
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 12:06:23 -0800

Hi Fellow Feathers,

Being the new proud owner of a 201K Singer Centennial,
I am curious as to the differences (if any) between the 201K
and the 201?

Is one or the other more desirable? 

Nancy in Malibu CA
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember amateurs built the ark -
professionals built the Titanic.
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 17:53:07 -0500
From: Barbara Bara 
Subject: Attachment for 301

I am looking for a blindstitcher, preferably with manual, for a Model 301.  
From: Cmsorra
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 20:48:11 EST
Subject: featherweight 221

  Could you tell me if a featherweight 221,or 221k which one is better?  
thank you, chris


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