Featherweight Fanatics Archives

January 27 2000

Featherweight Fanatics
Digest of postings from Thursday, January 27, 2000

From: Moonsage2
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 01:56:50 EST
Subject: OK, who sent it!

I have three FW shivering in SC in snow.  SNOW!!  Who sent it and please come 
and get it.  Got power now but thought that the treadles were getting smug as 
they could still go in candle light.  

From: "Helen G" 
Subject: FW Odorous Cases
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 05:40:27 -0500

Hi Sharon,
There is a product called Triple Action 20 that is absolutely amazing 
for eliminating odors and mold that might just take care of your smelly 
case.  It is sold through Spray-N-Grow, they have a web site  =20
www.spray-n-grow.com.  It takes care of the worst odors imaginable,  and 
any pet owner knows what I am talking about.  I don't sell this product 
or have any financial interest in the company.  But if this doesn't take 
care of the odor, nothing will. This nice part is that it is odorless, 
no chemical smell. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
Helen FWF in New York
From: "Joan Cook" 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/25/2000
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 09:10:08 -0500

I need a manual for an Elna "Contessa" Model #84 zig-zag free-arm.
Anyone familiar with this machine?
From: "Barbara Lee Gates" 
Subject: Re: Cabinet
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 08:09:27 -0600

> Spoke.....no, begged, DH about it, and he said "perhaps".  Well, his
> official retirement is the 31st, so we will see.....

My DH could and would make one if he had the plans or an real one to work
from.... I thought someone was really getting with this project.  :-(

BJ (Barbara) in Palestine,(almost Deep east) Texas
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 09:29:27 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics  Stylist?

Anybody have any input on Singer Stylist?  We purchansed one for $25 for DD 
to use to mend and do straight sewing.  She is not "into" sewing, just needed 
a utility machine.  Is this one of the "dogs"?
Polly in CO
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 10:15:31 -0500
From: Amy Lobsiger 
Subject: Sincere Ad Web Pages

Wanted to jump in and clarify regarding the web pages that advertise/warn
against ordering the Sincere reprints.  Knowing something about KBS who
houses the pages, I assume that the order pages were done at the time
(1996?) the seller was taking all of our orders and the seller was probably
a customer of KBS who developed the order pages for her.  I assume KBS was
later apprised of what was happening and put up the warning but did not
take down the order pages.

KBS hosts several sewing/quilting/old machine/cloth doll mailing lists.

From: FW221LADY (Bridget Bevers)
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 09:06:18 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/23/2000

Hi to everyone..I too have been lurking...I would like to submit a
picture also for the FW  Contest...I  don't have access to scanner as I
am on webtv...the picture is of a small group of us who make lap quilts
for a local " old folks home" we have been doing this for three years
most of us have FW's ..we made 76 this last year and gave them to two
homes...I wonder if this would make the limit for Mr. Graham...they (the
quilts) turn out so great and the good feeling we get and give from this
project is wonderful...I also would like to know where I could MAIL my
check for the dues...can someone help in regards to this matter...I
can't stop with one FW.. I have a white one (my first) also a tan one
and three pre war with their tables(these are for my grand daughters)
also a 301 and its table for my grandson..and many other Singers  I have
the disease I have been collecting for along..long time....sorry so
windy...guess when I came in from lurking can't stop...also I am looking
for a 222 that I can make payments on doesn't have to be
perfect...thanks for letting me ramble...Bridget
From: Alice.Hayden
Subject: RE: FW Fanatics 1/24/2000
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 19:38:20 +0100

<< OK...so laugh.  No class here..don't do fancy jewelry and things.  I own
like three real pieces of jewelry and Sterling Silver?  How on earth do you
tell if a thimble is sterling silver or not? >>

hallmarks of sterling sliver or 92.5 indicate that an item is sterling silver.  
Antique experts can go into hallmarks of Germany & GB, to explain what else to 
look for.  Note that not all Mexican or German silver is sterling, (they have a 
lower silver content in the alloy).

Alice, in cold crisp windy Hicksville
From: "Velma Paige" 
Subject: quilting on 30l
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 15:28:14 -0600

To Brenda,   Congratulations for helping that many women to learn to 
quilt.   It is very rewarding.   I use my 301 to quilt with and I do use
the singer walking foot but dont know where you would find any of these. 
Mine came in a box of sewing stuff from an auction.  I had never used one
before and it is wonderful.   I do also use my 301 and my 221 for piecing
and they both are great for that.   Velma in Ok.
From: "gladys sheetz" 
Subject: greetings from Indiana
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 11:28:57 -0500

Didnt you feel guilty taking that lady's  sewing machine table???
Husbands are like that with sentimental things.

Greetings to all from cold snowy Indiana.

I am doing a patriotic/y2k quilt, attic window pattern on my 401a.
I am spending most of my time caring for my ill parents 50 mi away so spend
lots of time on  road snowy In roads.    Do find time to read the list to
see what all are doing.

Happy   hunting.    GLADYS
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 13:09:36 -0800
From: A Lewis 
Subject: Manual White FW

Hello everyone,

Re: my previous message requesting a manual for a White Featherweight (Green
Tinted), I think that I need to re-phrase my posting.

I have a White (Green tinted Featherweight) of recent acquisition, serial #
EV------, which makes it a 63/64 birth year.  It came with a copy of a
manual that looks like it belongs to a White model, on the upper left of the
copy of the manual is printed "Form K6436 (rev. 1177)"

Problem is, that when I started to Oil and Lubricate the machine, I found
that the drawings on the manual, show GEARS, under the machine (pg 47 of the
manual) and my machine looks like it is BELT driven....so I have not
lubricated that part and am wondering if there is a manual that will
enlighten me?

...also it shows that there are two GREASE TUBES to be lubricated on the
motor, and remember reading something to the effect of "not lubinricating
the motor" which I understand, but is it OK to refill the GREASE TUBES once
every six months like the manual instructs?

I also have an Elna Grasshopper #1, but when it arrived, the plastic housing
where the electric cord comes out of the machine, was partially broken,
machine runs fine, but am wondering where I can get a replacement plastic

Any help would be appreciated

Anita Lewis
Homer, Alaska

...again, I would be very appreciative for your help  
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 18:17:50 EST
Subject: Alex's prose

I think Alex should become a novelist when he's done with sewing machines as 
his descriptions of places and food are wonderful.  I could smell the 
breakfast frying up as he describes the little cafe and smell the salt air.  
Polly in Western Co
From: Lkcover
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 19:01:08 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/24/2000

Hi Bev M. on the Northcoast and the rest of you Feathers.  I am glad you 
enjoyed the recent episode of Simply Quilts that was filmed at Asilomar 
Conference Center.  I had a BREIF interview on that particular show.  It was 
actually filmed last February and we had to wait nearly a year to see it.  
Next month I will be attending my 10th conference at Asilomar and it is a 
treat I give myself every year.  I ALWAYS take my Featherweight, and because 
I do a FW maintenance workshop, I always make myself available to 
troubleshoot any possible problems that come up during the conference.  It is 
no fun to be at a sewing conference and have your machine quit.  If any of 
you have recorded that episode (#541) I am "Linda Cover - student".   Linda 
in sunny and cool central California - packing already for a week in Pacific 
Grove, CA
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 20:17:02 -0500
From: Carla Lopez 
Subject: Alex's Calender

I received my very own Millennium Calender.  It took over a month to
arrive, but it may have been because of the Holidays in conjunction with

Anyway....I'm amazed and impressed with the collection of machines Alex
has, his work putting it together. The stories are an extra bonus. Not to

forget his unforgettable literary style.  Of course, there were many
machines I've never heard of or seen before.

One other thing no one seems to have mentioned, and that is that Alex is
quite handsome too. I expected an old codger, but instead was pleasantly
surprised when I saw his photograph revealed a very handsome man.

If you have not ordered the calender yet....do it. You will be missing a
real treasure if you don't.

Thank you Alex

Carla Lopez....Wildflower Sewing Studio in Alameda CA
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 20:40:10 -0400
From: Jacque Johnson 
Subject: Refurbishing an old case.

Hello Feathers:
It has been interesting in Delaware this past week, and busy.  Fourteen
inches of snow- try getting your little dog to go out in that!  We had
the talk, you know the one about, "You will go out there and do it or I
have a minature dachshund in the wings waitting to take your bunk".  All
is well- I guess she understands that old saying: "When ya gotta go ya
gotta go"  Then the snow drifted three foot high in the driveway, and
the city snow plough came and added to that!  A touch of food poisoning,
the computer glitches, and I was ready for the funny farm.  Even though
I had ordered a new one, I decided to recover my FW case, I just didn't
have the heart to throw it away- it has all the hardware and is in
pretty good shape bu-  I just couldn't stand the smell anymore.  I
decided I would rip off all the old fabric, sand it all down, spray
lightly with a bacteriastat and a fungistat, let it dry and they spray
with a clear polyurethane to seal the wood.  After all this I thought I
will then cover it with some neat fake-it patchwork fabric, which would
also get about six coats of clear polyurethane.
Tearing of the blask fabric is a nasty smelly job, and the paint in the
fabric puffs all over the place. My onlu concern is what do I do about
the hardware on the case?  It looks like it is riveted on.  I will need
some advice on how to handle that part- and pretty quick too.  So if one
of you out there can help me to accomplish this part of the planning
proccess I would really appreciate it.

Alex I do love your stories and I hope that someone has already told you
that they should be collected and published- a-la- James Herriots tales
as a veterinarian.  You have a natural talent for writing, and you style
is warm.  Anyone out there who has read Alex's letters/stories - if you
know a publisher, or an editor- grab hold of them and talk to them.
Talent like Alex's should not be lost.  In the future your stories will
be cherished as they are now.

>From jacque in snow covered Delaware.
From: Grannys1654
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 21:00:23 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/24/2000

i deal parts from a sewing supplier if u e me i could look into it 4 u  
grannys1654  i own a shop in illinois
From: "Linda Harris" )


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