Featherweight Fanatics Archives

December 1995

Sunday, December 10th - Saturday, December 16th

Date: Sun, 10 Dec 1995 05:19:14 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/6/95

   I was able to spend a couple hours yesterday with the FeatherWeights I 
have for sale that are new to my grouping.  The 1938 AF does have a 
chrome wheel, straited face plate, many attachments, great case and a 
zeroxed copy of the manual. This machine is in superior condition. And 
it's bevy attachments are really a bonus. The AJ Anniversary (100 years) 
has a little blue stripe around the gold oval seal. The case has a latch 
missing but this could be replaced if one so wanted, no attachments, and 
copy of manual. The condition of the machine struck me along with the 
fact that it is an anniversary edition. That marking just held this aura 
of distinction. Finally, the AJ in perfect condition, case, layered tray, 
the manual is rectangular and blue, and attachments are included. This 
machine was seldom used, it attests to that by it's condition. Many ask 
me do I feel this machine is worth it or would I buy it. I would buy all 
three if I didn't have four children. the 38  because I want a pre-WWII 
featherweight, the Anniversay because it has collection status, and the 
AJ because it is perfect cosmetically and mechanically. They all sew 
great and would be a real iniation for the buyer who wants a 
FeatherWeight or for the collector. You can call me or e 
me privately to discuss price and manner of delivery. Zsuxxa
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 1995 11:24:24 -0600
Subject: My Featherweight

Finally got one!

Its a AJ923033, 100 year anniversary featherweight 221.  Cleaned, oiled,
adjusted.  It has its original book, and original green box of accessories,
including: foot hemmer, adjustible hemmer, multi-slotted binder, edge
sticher, gatherer, ruffler, tucker, zipper foot, guide, two-original
screwdrivers and button holer.  Quite a beauty.  Dad said that the going
rate on this little featherweight is around $600!!  But since I've got
inside connections.....well lets just say, being a daughter of a
featherweight safari hunter has its benefits!    Now, do you think I can
sew now?

By the way,  Dad says that the 301's should be rising in popularity.  Its a
little bit heaver machine, and can do a little bit more than the 221.  Its
not quite as portable as the 221, but apparently according to Dad, sewing
people really like the 301 for sewing as opposed to the 221.  Anyone else
come across
that same feeling?

Come visit my homepage, I've updated the re-digest up to the table section.
Gaileee (even have a picture of Nana Visitor and myself sipping coffee
[Major Kira on Deep Space Nine, for the non-trek people on this list])
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 1995 13:03:36 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Free Westinghouse Manual

Reading about messay sewing rooms on Quiltnet motivated me to clean up 
mine.  While cleaning I found a "Free Westinghouse" manual.  I think 
someone was looking for information on this.  My "Free Westinghouse 
machine is portable.  Please e-mail me if you are interested in a copy of 
the manual
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 1995 22:06:30 -0500 (EST)
Subject: turning the wheel

Hi, Fanatics!  I learned to sew on my Mom's converted treadle machine
(electrified by my Dad in his teens - late 1930's or so).  It had been his
Mother's , actually.  You had to turn the wheel towards you in order to get it
going, and all my life I thought that was the way ALL machines worked, until I
went and bought one of my own!  None of the machines I have now (about six, at
last count) need that step, except of course the treadle- helps to get it

Sue - feel better and thing lots of joyous thoughts.  We all really care for

Ruth A
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 1995 22:17:44 -0500
Subject: Three FW and looking

Thank you all for your great information about FW's.  I have three and you
will just die when you hear how much I paid for them.  One I found in my
office when I took my present job in 1981, no one wanted the thing.  One I
paid $35 for and one $50.  All are in excellent shape.  I also have a table
that is in good share, but not using at the moment.  I'm a quilter, use my
Bernina all the time, but have three daughters who will each get a FW when
I'm ready to part with them.

Merry Christmas from WI where the temp never got above zero for the past two
days and the chill factor has been about 40 below.  I don't mind the weather
if I can stay in my sewing room and quilt away.  

I'd love to sew more but my full time job gets in the way.  I love getting up
very early and sewing for about an hour before work.  Oh! for that retirement
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 14:45:39 +1100 (EST)
Subject: hope....

Reading about how you have found your treasured fws is keeping my hope of
finding one bright....I'm still searching and possibly may end up buying
and shipping one from the US. (After I save up some more yet!!)
I haven't had a chance to catch up on this group for a while, so please
forgive if I'm repeating information, but my Dad (King of the Garage Sales)
says that the thing he uses to clean old pushbikes etc with fragile decals
is KERO.  But please please please test in an inconspicuous place first!! 
He also says NEVER EVER EVER use dishwashing detergent on your beloved
machines, because it is too alkaline (I think that was it) and will eat the
unstable old cellulose based varnishes quicker than a blink!
Well, anyway, I got my treadle and it is beautiful but it's not a fw....

Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 05:51:15 -0800
Subject: Featherweights on Film!

While we're mentioning pictures of FWs in various publications,
it reminded me of a recent sighting of a FW in a movie!

A lovely FW appears in the movie "Kramer vs. Kramer" -- after Meryl
Streep has left home, Dustin Hoffman boxes up all of her stuff.
While going through the closets, he finds her FW and stores
it away.  Obviously, this woman was very messed up -- imagine,
leaving home for an extended period of time and NOT TAKING YOUR

I'm going down to my parents home in Southern Virginia for the
holidays, along with my two wonderful nieces (their mother will
join us, too!).  I plan to take my '55 FW with me -- I'm sure
that SOMEONE will have some mending that I can do and, if not,
I can work on MY OWN stuff!  

Happy holidays to all!

Auntie Allyn H
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 12:03:49 -0500
Subject: attachments 

Hi all,
Cleaning out my sewing room - found a Green cardboard Singer attachment box
marked 160623 For class 301 machines.  Looks like there's a ruffler in there
marked Greist and a throat plate with markings also marked Greist, also many
odd feet and attachments I can't identify.  First $10 takes it.
Subject: What Did I Buy?

Hi, fellow fanatics:

You all inspired in me a desire for my own fw.  I went to look at
a machine yesterday that turned out not to be a fw, but it was
so gorgeous, I bought it anyway.  I called Singer to find out
what model it is, but had no luck.  They told me that records
hadn't been kept on that particular serial number, except to
note that its birthdate was May 23, 1960.  Now, I just don't
believe that this machine is so young.  For one thing, it
has a centennial medallion on it.

Can anyone shed some light on its identity?  It weighs about
20 lbs. and came with a wood veneer (cherry?) case.  The face
plate has a lovely grape and vine pattern on it.  There's gold
leaf all around the top of the base, and a gold "S" design in
the middle of the bed.  It had the green box of attachments
included, and its serial number is JC169800.  It was made
at the St. Johns factory in Quebec, Canada.  Because of the
centennial medallion, I believe it was built in the late '40s
or early '50s.  Still in search of a bargain fw...
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 20:32:55 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Nothing Special

For Krisi:  I'll probably hate myself in the morning, but when you get your
magazine list together, e-mail me a copy.  Between the Columbus
Metropolitan Library and the Ohio State University Library, I ought to
come up with some of them for you.

For Susan who wrote: "My fabric stash is really obscene, I don't have that
NEED to possess more fabric right now..."

Susan: Take a deep breath and repeat after me: "Need" has NOTHING to do
with it. "Need" has NOTHING to do with it.  "Need" has NOTHING... (and so
on) until the bad feeling goes away. 

My DH won't even set foot in the sewing
room anymore -- he just stands in the doorway and shakes his head.  See
also a previous edition of the digest listing the top 25 (??) reasons to
buy fabric.  Anyone remember the date on this one, or did I read it
somewhere else.

Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 23:05:20 -0500
Subject: Old White machine

I have been lurking here for quite sometime enjoying all the different posts.
 I stumbled upon a white FW this past summer while taking my other machine in
for it's routine maintenance.  I bought it because it was so small and cute.
 Little did I know.  It didn't have attachments or anything so I'm not sure
what I'm missing.  I do enjoy it's lovely even stitches.  I also received an
ancient White treadle that belonged to my great-grandmother.  It apparently
works fine.  The machine had been sitting at my grandmother's house for
sometime now.  The base/treadle part is long gone.  That leads me to this
question.  Where do I look for a base for my machine?  If I find one, where
can I learn how to use the machine?  The bobbin is this this bullet shaped
thing.  Any comments, etc would truly be appreciated.
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 22:51:31 -0500
Subject: My Mom wants a Featherweight

WANTED: A singer featherweight. My mother has mentioned several times that
she wished she owned one of these machines. I have no idea what she is
about, but I found this page and thought I would give it a try. I guess I
want one
that is in good shape and is reasonably priced. 
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 06:29:13 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/12/95

Fanantics-Let me take this Opportunity to Wish you a very Happy, Joyful 
and Peaceful Holiday Season.  Sharon the families prayers go out to you 
during this time of recovery. I want to thank the list for not only being 
there but being supportive in the machines I have offered.  To show my 
appreciation I will be offering a limiting time only CHRISTMAS SALE, on 
the following machines. This is to proffer a chance in cyberspace to get 
what you really want/need.  I have been able to talk my bosses into 
this only through the serious art of BADGERING.
	The following I will offer at stated prices for the two weeks 
prior to Christmas, they are A-1 cosmetically and mechanically.
AJ  FeatherWeight, in perfect condition, original blue long rectangular 
manual, layered tray, attachments. Because of it's condition which I 
would consider next to flawless for it's age - $495.
AJ - Blue Plate - Anniversary (100 years for Singer) no attachments, no 
manual, but case is great and the machine is just wonderful. $425.
AF  1938- Chrome Wheel Striped Face Plate, case, zeroxed copy of manual, 
many, many attachments. This machine is in great condition - $425.

FeatherWeight Motor-For a White Feather Weight 221 $125.

Shipping and Delivery for Machines is an addditional $20. 

Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 10:12:25 -0500
Subject: Hello!!  long....

Hi Everyone,

I'm new to the list - I hadn't really planned on getting a FW anytime right
off.  I just got my Bernina in Sept so why did I need one??

DH had other ideas it seems!!!  My Birthday is next week and Sunday he took
me up to our local swap market kind of spur of the moment.  (He says he had a
feeling he'd find my present there {intution??? NAH..})  HE DID>>>> 5 minutes
after we arrived.  He must have had it in mind cause he spied the sewing
machines before I did.  I glanced over and nearly walked right by.  Then I
saw it.....

The color was wrong so I nearly missed it!!!  I have NJS's book and know they
come in black and white.  Guess what ... Tan too.  IMO she is in great shape
 maybe "mint"  I have never seen one to compare with.  

I have some questions....Does anyone here have/or have seen a FW in "toasted
almond"  (My dealer says he has seen one or two - it is definitely not the
white version)?  All I have to base my "comparison" on is the NJS book so
here are the similaritys and diffrences:  My FW looks like the late 60's
model made in GB.  It has the same rounded w/ sort of a "pleat" faceplate.
 BUT  there is a metal tag under the Singer S that labels it as a 221J.  Also
the motor plate and pedal plate clearly state Made in Canada.  NJS makes no
mention of any models made there.  Also as I have mentioned the machine is a
dark cream or light tan color unlike the GB model.  It is hard to tell for
sure in B&W but it appears to be the same shade as the "sew handy" pictured
in the book.  The case is set up like the late model US case she pictures but
my dealer says the seriel # places it as made in 1948.  It starts with a JE
prefix.  The case is in good shape all handles latches hinges solid and
functioning.  (It is tan &cream rather than black) The vinyl interior is
coming unglues along the edges tho.  It has the manuel  (says it is a 221K5)
in good shape the original box with attachments and six bobbins plus one in
the case.  All in very good condition....

I took it to my singer dealer (he has a good rep) and it is running great it
needed a belt and new rubber feet.

OK - so what do I have here??  I'm sure it can't be one of a kind--does
anyone have a similar one?  He paid $150 for it and I told him not to dicker
with the guy cause I felt it was a very fair price.

Will I be able to find bobbins??  Does it use standard machine needles?? What
about the light bulb?? (it works)  What weight thread is best to use??

Can you tell I'm excited????

Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 10:31:29 -0500
Subject: Hello addendem (short)

Hi there,

One more thing.  Would you believe that 2 hours later as we were leaving I
saw at another stall the card table they made for FW's???  I didn't buy it.
 But I'm considering going back next week and if it's still there and
cheap....(it did look like it needed a bit of work)  I could only store it
until we have a bigger home.  No place in my sewing studio for it.  (I
shouldn't complain tho - I do have a room for my sewing that is mine even tho

Should I bother with the table???

Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 13:45:00 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Belts for Treadles

Does anyone have a source for leather replacement belts for treadle 
machines.  My 8 year old son, who is an avid treadler, was pumping away 
on my Wilcox-Gibbs and the belt broke.
Speaking of Featherweights--we bought an AG with table at an estate sale 
last weekend.  We got to the sale late, so the FW must of had my name on 
it!  Now to wait for Christmas so I can play with it.

Margaret F
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 13:50:11 -0600
Subject: "Free Westinghouse" Manual

I tried to send this out on Sunday, but it may have gotten lost.  Here goes

All this talk about messy sewing rooms on Quiltnet made me get busy
cleaning my sewing room.  While cleaning, I found a "Free Westinghouse"
manual.  I think someone was asking for information regarding "Free
Westinghouse".  Please e-mail me at pca@rice.edu if you are interested.

Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 17:40:43 -0500
Subject: birthdates

I don't believe what I've just read.  I sent Singer a letter in October
listing five fws and one 99 asking for their birthdays.  I'd just about
given it up when a letter arrived today.  This in itself was exciting, but
when I saw that my very first own all mine fw was born one year to the day
before I was I could not believe it.  Yes, three of these are going to my
children when they leave home, but my very first was made for me...

staying warm and happily sewing christmas stockings,
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 18:13:02 EST
Subject: What Did I Buy?

        I also have a machine in a bent-wood case made in St. Johns, Canada
and was told the same date as you (May 23, 1960).  Mine is a model 15-91
and appears to have been made in the late 40's since it has early style
decals with a painted balance wheel and a striated face plate.  My serial
number is JC750785.  Hopefully someone will shed some light on machines
produced in St. Johns.
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 20:26:11 -0500 (EST)
Subject: eureka!

Hi, Featherweight Fanatics:

I've been, as you know, on a quest for attatchments for my 1936 FW, and today
found an old warehousy building with a sign "garage sale" on it.  Turned out I
knew the guy inside, we got chatting and he pulled out a small cardboard box
labeled "rotary attatchments.  The booklet inside is undated and has no
manufacturer on it, "Directions for using this set of attatchments."

Inside were:  four GREIST hemmers of varying widths, also a Greist binder,
edge-stitcher, tucker and narrow hemmer.  There is a piping apply-er or else it
could ge a zipper foot, with the conversion attatchment that fits all of these
above, so they'll work on the FW, no manuf. name on it.  (cording, not piping!)  
and one 	 believe is a gathering foot -- mosly solid, with a hole for
the needle.  Also one tiny lightweight foot that doesn't llook like it'll fit
the FW, and I have no idea - a "mystery foot!"

So I'm going to play and have a good time with these, in addition to the
ruffler I found last month.  I'll also check on what else he has lying around
and post to the group if anything looks promising.
Pieced another block on the FW the other day and boy did that baby sew "slick!" 
Quiet, too!  (I have dubbed her "my ol' lady" for no discernible reason)

Regards and happy stitching -  Ruth A
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 20:00:09 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics12/11/95

Dear shelley   Hope I' m the first to reply re: the attachemnts for the 301.  
e-mail me with your snailmail address and the $ 10 is in 
the mail.  Thanks Claudette
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 10:37:08 -0500
Subject: Re: 5 stages of FWFanaticism

You are absolutely right!!! What started as my interest in finding 1 FW has
begun a constant quest for old sewing machines.  My DH has more machines than
I have, even going out into the dark of night to pick up a treadle that he
saw in the newspaper.  We now have 3 treadles, an assortment of 5 old Singers
in bentwood cases (a 66, 99's, and 128's) and finally 1 FW found in an
antique shop.  She is in beautiful condition with attachments, bobbins, and
case.  We paid $275 for her and were thrilled.  We are limiting ourselves to
Singers,  preferably non-electric or FW, because our house is too small to
rescue everything we find.  On a recent trip to Vermont we found an
absolutely beautiful Wheeler &Wilson in its cabinet for $260 (attachments
available) and a Wilcox &Gibbs in its wonderful wooden box for $250.  We
were tempted but left them behind.  DH is mapping out our next hunting trip
through New Hampshire and  Vermont during Christmas vacation.  We have
learned so much from this list and agree that it is one of the best on the
net.  Thanks for all the info, and Fran, the transplant arrived and we are
working on it.  Happy holidays to all, nancy j.
Subject: Featherweightless ramblings....
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 95 19:05:38 +1200

Well fellow FWFers, I didn't manage to fit any garage sales into last 
weekend either, and it doesn't look like I'll get a chance until next 
year now BUT.....I am still looking! I found a very nice 319k this 
morning for $NZ39 (about $US26), looked like it was brand new and all 
those fancy stitch thingies on the top looked fascinating, unfortunately 
I had to pass it up because of lack of room :(. I also called into the 
library and came up with an old book called - The Complete Book of the 
Sewing Machine by Angela Thompson, circa 1980, published in the UK. It's 
a book on all makes of sewing machines most of them modern ones (for 
that era) but it does have a couple of pictures of antique machines, one 
is an early 19th century Singer and another of a very pretty early Weir 
chain-stitch machine. There's also a large close-up coloured photo of a 
Frister Rossmann and Singer buttonhole attachments. The most interesting 
part of the book is a short history of all the sewing machine inventors 
from 1750 to 1979, starting with Karl Weisenthal and finishing with 
Newhome. I intend to type it up but as it is 3 pages long it may take me 
a few days, if anyone would like a copy when it's done let me know.
This book also has close-up pictures/photos of, and in some cases how to 
use, quite a lot of different attachments.
I also found a lovely picture of an old hand-cranked Serata (?) in the 
book 'Patchwork' by Helen Fairfield.

Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 10:56:49 -0500
Subject: Nancy's good story

Congratulations to Nancy on her two amazing Featherweight finds. Count 'em,
two not one!  We should all call our old friends and ask them if they have FW
hidden away in their closets -- "just like Mummy's."

Christine T.
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 1995 07:40:19 -0500
Subject: Treadle question

Good morning everyone!

I got through to Customer service at Singer yesterday after a long sessiong
of holding. My new old machine is a model 66 - so I now know what many of you
have been talking about. She was born on March 4, 1919 which just overwhelms

This machine has been giving someone good service for ten years longer than my
parents have been alive - is that just too wonderful. What else in life gives
joy and pleasure for such a long time? This is the era of interior design that
I have always enjoyed too - could this have been designed for me? What things
to think about!

The great news is that Singer still has avilable the bobbin, slide plate and
treadle belt that she needs. Does anyone have a lead on where I might find the
feet. She has a regular straight stitch foot on but I have a feeling there
must be other interesting feet out there. It is such an odd attaching foot
too. It is almost like a quick attach for the Berninas. I found that the front
face on the cabinet pulls out and there are little pockets for other feet and
screw drivers. Comparing the height of the foot to the FW, there is no way
that it is a short shank machine. All my feet for that and my Mom's "Boat
Anchor" Singer will not fit. If there is a business source, I don't mind
paying someone else that has done all the hunting.

How exciting - a wonderful new adventure! I'll order the working parts today
from A Stitch Back in Time that you all told me about. What super friends to
share an obsession with! Have a great day! And Happy holidays!

Teresa B
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 1995 07:14:59 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/12/95

Margaret-If you need parts for Willcox and Gibbs, I'm sure they are still 
in business if I remember my history right. You may find a local dealer, 
there may be an 800 # for the company or you can call 619-282-8502 and 
order the part. I really want a treadle does yours have a sculpted top 
like some of the WG's hand cranks? Zsuxxa
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 1995 09:32:46 -0800
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/12/95

Pam - Buy the table!

Debi O 
Date:     Wed, 13 Dec 95 12:20:49 PST
Subject:  Featherweight for sale

We have for sale:
1952 Singer Featherweight
All feet and accessories
Runs very well
Excellent condition - appears barely used
Striated face plate
Original manual and carrying case, in great shape

We are asking $450, plus shipping.
Sales tax required for California residents.
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 1995 17:18:19 EST

	I'm sure all of this has been discussed before..but I'm fairly
	new to the list and I would like more info on a 99K that I got
	at an auction for $10.00....took it to the local FW guru and
	it's all fixed and polished and working.  It is so much heavier
	than the FW!  When were they made and how much do they usually
	sell for or are they not such a rarity?  Thanks for the
	response...what an enlightening group--thanks!

Date: Wed, 13 Dec 1995 18:40:16 -0500
Subject: Mixed feelings

I have had several calls in response to the ad I put up in
the post office a few weeks age, but no Featherweights. 
Monday, I received a call from a real estate fellow I know.
He said he was calling about my ad wanting to buy a
Featherweight. (The ad had a picture of a FW, but not the
name.) The guy said he had a FW and wanted to sell it, how
much would I pay? I hummed around and said it depended upon
condition, etc. He said he did not have the case for it. I
said maybe $100 or $150 after I looked at it. 

I called him yesterday and asked when I could come and look
at the machine. He said he had thought about it and he felt
he had to ask his mother about selling it. He said his
mother was in her 80s and it might have sentimental value to
her. I reluctantly agreed that he had better ask her. He
said "If she was gone, I'd sell it right away." 

Now, I know the feeling you people have been expressing in
this list.  Gulp.  I did not inquire as to her health. 

Christine T.
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 1995 20:29:10 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/12/95


Just as a sort of item of interest - my "new" FW was made in St Johns.

I'm positive.  The metal plate on machine and pedal both say St Johns P.Q.
Made in Canada......Are Canadian made machines not frequently seen???

Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/12/95

Thanks for all the great info on FW's.  I wrote a message to this listserv
but never saw it in print.  I probably did something wrong.

I have three FW's, got all for a song.  It was just dumb luck!  I sew on a
Bernina 1190S.  Use it just for quilting, no time to sew clothing.  Maybe
when I retire.  

Happy Holidays from Wisconsin--just five inches of new snow and now sleet!
Date: 13 Dec 95 17:00:00 EST
Subject: Pam's tan fw and table

Hello Pam ...
on dec. 12 you said:

The color was wrong so I nearly missed it!!!  I have NJS's book and know 
they come in black and white.  Guess what ... Tan too.  IMO she is in great 
shape  maybe "mint"  I have never seen one to compare with.  
OK - so what do I have here??  I'm sure it can't be one of a kind--does
anyone have a similar one?  He paid $150 for it and I told him not to dicker 
with the guy cause I felt it was a very fair price.

    About a week ago someone on this list was advertising a tan FW for     
sale. Yes they do exist and at $150 I suspect you got one heck of a     

One more thing.  Would you believe that 2 hours later as we were leaving I 
saw at another stall the card table they made for FW's???  I didn't buy it.  
 But I'm considering going back next week and if it's still there and 
cheap....(it did look like it needed a bit of work)  I could only store it 
until we have a bigger home.  ...
Should I bother with the table???

    I would buy the table if you think it's a good buy.  I no longer
    have the table for my FW but as I recall it was very heavy and     
sturdy and it had a piece to fit in the hole so you can use the     table as 
a standard card table--nice to have when you need an extra     table during 
the holidays.  The nice thing about the table is the     extra flat space 
you have for sewing--especially for quilts.  I
    really wish I had mine back.

Date: Thu, 14 Dec 1995 08:06:49 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/12/95

In a message dated 95-12-13 11:05:24 EST, you write:

>DH had other ideas it seems!!!  My Birthday is next week and Sunday he took
>me up to our local swap market kind of spur of the moment.

Pam, you have just lived  my dream! Congratulations and enjoy. Sounds like
you got a great deal on a rare tan one. Someday my dream will come
true....for now I have to settle for a new vacuum. Yuck! Katy 

P.s. I would definitely go back for the table. If nothing else, it seems like
a good investment. You could always get your money back.
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 1995 08:06:50 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/12/95

In a message dated 95-12-13 11:05:24 EST, you write:

>Subject: Belts for Treadles
>Does anyone have a source for leather replacement belts for treadle 
>machines.  My 8 year old son, who is an avid treadler, was pumping away 
>on my Wilcox-Gibbs and the belt broke

Call Newark Dressmaker Supply, 1-800-736-6783. They are part number N12 and
the price is $3.80.  Katy
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 00:19:55 +1100
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/12/95

Can anyone tell me where Kilbowie is please having been told my beautiful
treadle was born on the 8th May 1888 in Kilbowie  I can't find it on my
Atlas and none of my Scotish friends have ever heard of it .
I really enjoy this list and have learnt so much  from you all  thanks .
From Ann-Maree 
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 1995 08:06:50 -0500
Subject: Singer Info

In a message dated 95-12-13 11:05:24 EST, you write:

>I don't believe what I've just read.  I sent Singer a letter in October
>listing five fws and one 99 asking for their birthdays.  I'd just about
>given it up when a letter arrived today

Just an idea but is there any possibility that all  of us who have recieved
letters from Singer could somehow combine all the info we have recieved? I
have more info on this sheet than about just my machine. If they are just
photocopying old records, it would seem that we could soon have our own copy
:). Is this absolutely crazy? Am I volunteering? Maybe. Do you all think it
would be helpful? Katy
Subject: Found Some Attachments
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 95 08:28:32 -0500

A couple weeks ago I hit paydirt and found a zigzagger with extra box of
cams for $15; blindstitch attachment for $15, and green Singer boxes each
with full sets of six FW attachments for $20 each.  Having not seen the
zigzagger or blindstitcher since I saw my mom's as a little girl, I was very
happy.  And I needed the FW attachments to complete two of my FWs.

Does anyone have a copy of the book Uncoverings 1989 published by the
American Quilt Study Group?  I have nine volumes published yearly until 1988
but, of course, don't have 1989.  In it is a research paper entitled "Early
Influences of the Sewing Machine and Visible Machine Stitching on Nineteenth
-Century Quilts" by Suellen Meyer.  Besides possible good information on
machines, I would especially be interested in her bibliography.  There just
have to be more books on sewing machines out there than we have mentioned on
this list.

I now have a copy of Straight Stitch Machine Applique' by Letty Martin and
there is some information about sewing machines and very good instructions
for quilts of this nature.  Makes me wonder how many of these old appliqued
quilts were made on FWs.  I piece all my quilts on my FWs but have never
appliqued except to stitch down antique blocks onto the front of t-shirts. 
The walking foot on the FW works well for this.

While reading other papers published in Uncoverings 1985, there were two on
quilts made by the North and South during the Civil War. On the South it
said (quote): Many households had bought sewing machines before the war, but
their use was hampered by lack of proper thread.  Handspun thread was
unsuitable and imported thread very scarce. (Reseached by Laurel Horton from
"Ersatz in the Confederacy" by Mary Elizabeth Massey.)

Subject: Finding a FW
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 95 08:57:46 -0500

Well, this has been lurking in my mind for a long time and since so many of
you are restraining yourselves from asking strangers if they have FWs, I
guess I shouldn't feel too badly about posting my idea.  How about going to
Senior Citizens Centers and placing an ad on their bulletin boards? I would
offer a very fair price for sewing machines knowing that many of these
people need the money and we do want to live with ourselves after a purchase
.  So many old people are being cheated by unscrupulous crooks that it is
very sad.  I bet also that many have odd attachments and books stuck in a
drawer somewhere that they would sell reasonably. If we are honest about the
value of the items that interest us I would think that we could all benefit.
I'd make sure there isn't another family member who may want these items
before buying.  Sure wouldn't want my mother to sell her things to a
stranger.  I hope I've put forth this idea cautiously enough.  

Date: Thu, 14 Dec 1995 11:22:59 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/13/95

I have a new member of my Singer family of sewing machines - another 301. I
already have a tan one and a tan and cream one, but this was black with gold
trim, so I couldn't resist. At first it wasn't working too well, but I took
it all apart, cleaned, oiled and greased it and now it's just fine. I really
like the 301 machines for the way they run, but this one is pretty as well.
Sue M.
Date:        Thu, 14 Dec 1995 11:11:28 CST
Subject: Buyer Beware

Hi All.
I recently bought a Singer 404 from someone who had advertised on this
list.  Even though I paid $20 for shipping, it was carelessly shipped.
The pin for the thread got bent during shipping, probably because the
"case" it was in doesn't latch and the cover slipped down.  The bottom
has latches but there was nothing on the top part for them to latch on
to; the top is more of a dust cover than a case top.  Because the cover
slipped and the machine had not been wrapped in plastic, the shipping
peanuts became embedded in the gears.  After I had removed all the
plastic bits from thw bottom works, I plugged her in.  I had expected
the machine to be like my beloved 301, which is fast and "humms".  Both
the 301 and the 404 are gear, not belt driven as 221s are.  The 404 is
much noisier and very sluggish.  Not at all what I expected.  When I got
in touch with the person from whom I bought the machine, she was put out
that I was not delighted with the machine.  When I inquired about the
return policy, I was told that I would get a credit of  $125, the amount
I paid for the machine not including shipping.
I didn't want a credit.  I would not have bought the machine had I known
I could not get my money back if the seller and I disagreed on the
condition of the machine.  I didn't ask because I just assumed.  My
mistake.I'm posting this note to encourage all of you to make sure you
can get your money back if you aren't satisfied with a machine you buy
sight unseen.  You can be sure that I will ask ahead of time next time.
On the other hand, I've had wonderful experiences with this list.
Kristi Santilla sent me a buttonhole attachment for my 301 and told me
to send her $5 plus however much postage it took.  Terry from Montana
sold me a walking foot for the 301 and was waiting to cash the check
until I let her know it works (It does, and thank you Terry). Kolleen
sent me a copy of the 301 manual.  I scan my incoming messages every
morning to find this digest.  Thanks a bunch, Sue!   Michele
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 1995 11:42:59 -0600 (CST)
Subject: I've got The Fever!

Well, you can count me as one more for whom this mailing list has been
contagious.  I still have to shake my head to make sure I'm not dreaming that
I'm collecting sewing machines.  I guess it could be worse.  I wonder if that's
what's going on at the homes where you see old cars and buses piled around --
suppose someone there has this kind of fever?  

A year ago I had one sewing machine ( a wonderful Elgin portable) and had no
plans to acquire another.  Then my mom moved into smaller quarters and never
liked machine sewing anyway, so gave me her Singer portable which I promptly
stuck in the closet.  Last summer I bought a machine in a cabinet real cheaply
and since I haven't had time to do anything with it, it went to the basement
(can't recall now the brand of it).  That purchase actually came about because
I was beginning to want an old treadle machine and I did purchase one at a
garage sale a couple of months ago.  At that time, Dawn Scotting recommended
this list to me and from then on there was no turning back, as they say.  I
know an addiction when I feel it, but I haven't gotten into actively seeking
them out -- yet!

However, last Sunday, we went to the estate auction of an older couple who'd
lived across the street from me all the while I was growing up in Waterloo,
Iowa.  The man was a woodworker and auto mechanic so had gobs of machinery and
tools and all were kept in pristine condition.  We actually spent a fair amount
of money, but we brought home tons of things.  Anyway, I bought four sewing
machines -- all they had!  Here's a brief rundown -- keep in mind I know very
little about sewing machines, but I've sewn on them all my life and I plan to
learn a lot more.

1)  The woman's own machine -- a Mont. Ward in a cabinet with attachments &the
original sales slip for $61.95 including tax back in 1942.  
2)  One in a suitcase like a file box -- machine lifts out.  It is shiny black
w/lots of gold, rust, &red leaves &scrollwork and says Improved New Crown on
the head and the case says Sew-gem, Full Rotary, Gellman Mfg Co, Rock Island,
Ill.  (I am abbreviating some things here that are not abbreviated on the
3)  A Bell Sewing Machine (says that on the head in red &gold), all lime green
in color, smooth paint, with gold striping around the bed.  It has a black knob
at the right front on the bed that drops the feed dogs.  It is just set into a
base as a portable -- no cover.  It includes a gold-colored metal box with a
number of attachments.
4)  Also set into a base as a portable with no cover is a black with that
rough-type finish Dressmaster Rotary.  The motor on back says White Sewing
Machine Corp.  These latter two machines were apparently the husband's and a
couple of people at the sale thought they, or at least one of them, might be
heavy-duty machines -- for upholstery, etc.  I don't know -- they look normal.

There were two buttonholers (Greist brand?) -- both with cams and one 
w/direction booklet.  Also, I got a nice paper book called_RobinsonUs_Sewing_ 
_Machine_Service_Manual_, copyright 1958, 3rd edn.  It tells everything 
about machines older than that and names every little bump and screw.  

Now I have to figure out where to put these and find some time to really look
at, learn about, and work on them.  If anyone can tell me anything about these,
I'd appreciate it.  Our libraries here have almost nothing about old sewing
machines.  I'd like to buy a good book or two.

Jill M
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 1995 17:28:02 -0600
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/13/95

Finally got one!

Its a AJ923033, 100 year anniversary featherweight 221.  Cleaned, oiled,
adjusted.  It has its original book, and original green box of accessories,
including: foot hemmer, adjustible hemmer, multi-slotted binder, edge
sticher, gatherer, ruffler, tucker, zipper foot, guide, two-original
screwdrivers and button holer.  Quite a beauty.  Dad said that the going
rate on this little featherweight is around $600!!  But since I've got
inside connections.....well lets just say, being a daughter of a
featherweight safari hunter has its benefits!    Now, do you think I can
sew now?

Dad and Mom picked up an additional 21 FeatherWeights on their trip to Victoria,
Tx this past weekend.  Some of them are in the average category.  (He had
been selling a lot of those lately!)

By the way,  Dad says that the 301's should be rising in popularity.  Its a
little bit heaver machine, and can do a little bit more than the 221.  Its
not quite as portable as the 221, but apparently according to Dad, sewing
people really like the 301 for sewing as opposed to the 221.  Anyone else
come across
that same feeling?

Come visit my homepage, I've updated the re-digest up to the table section.
Gaileee (even have a picture of Nana Visitor and myself sipping coffee
[Major Kira on Deep Space Nine, for the non-trek people on this list])
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 95 04:05:00 PDT
Subject: WD-40

After reading the note saying NEVER to use WD-40 on your sewing machine
I nearly had a stroke, since I have gone through a whole can of it
between the 4 machines I have restored this week.

I dashed to the phone and called mylocalsewingmachineguru and asked him
if I had done something horrible.

What he said is similar to what my husband said; WD-40 is a light oil
with some solvent properties to it.  Keeping that in mind, he said to be
careful of the gold decals and belts, and be sure to clean it all off
when you are done.  He said it is fine to clean the inside of the
machines with too, as it loosens up accumulated gunk and ick, but to
make sure and oil the machine well with sewing machine oil when
finished.  He also talked to another sewing machine mechanic, who
commented that WD-40 was a lot less caustic than some of the chemicals
they use to clean old sewing machines.

My conclusions are to use it cautiously, clean well, and that it is not
a substitute for sewing machine oil.  My husband, who seems to know a
lot about oil, agrees.  He said WD-40 is a cleaner and lubricant, and
that's why it crustified the leather glove.  He wouldn't get any on the
belts either.

Date: Thu, 14 Dec 1995 17:49:31 -0500
Subject: It's raining Featherweights!!!

Hi Everyone,

Well, I went back to try and find that table.  Naturally it was not to be
found.....  Oh Well.

I did find another FW tho.  I wasn't looking I swear (well ok maybe a
little).  It is the white model made in GB.  Not in quite as good shape (DH
likes it better cause of the color tho) It has a serious scuff on the base
side under the power cord and some oxidization of the chrome on the bobbin
and stitch mechanism.  Oh and a japanese belt.  Needless to say it runs like
a champ.

I haven't decided whether to keep is and start a collection or sell it.  I
have a tan &white now I'd need to find a black one.  Or I could be less
greedy and let some other fanatic have a chance to own one.  Hard to belive 2
weeks ago I had never met one face to face now I have 2!

This being the white model and with no case or accessories what would it be
worth??  Anyone have an idea?  And how come anyone else could find a dozen
black ones and all I come accross are the other colors.  (Actually that may
be because this area is so diverse culturally - my machines may have come
from anywhere)  

I have started a jumpsuit for my toddler on my tan one.  I begin to
understand the allure.  I humms along like my bernina and feels like an old
friend.  In fact it reminds me of my mom's old '57 elna I learned on.
...something about the feel.

I'll let you know if anymore get dropped on my head  ;-}

Date: Thu, 14 Dec 1995 18:42:12 -0500
Subject: Books for sale

I have two books for sale:

White Sewing Course put out by the White Sewing Machine Company and given as
a free gift to purchasers of a White machine. I believe it is from the 40's.
Spiral bound, 150 pages, fair condition. An interesting piece of  sewing
memorablia. Price $9 shipping included.

Singer Sewing Book by Picken 1949. Hardcover, nice color picture of a woman
sewing with a 66? on the cover. 244 pages. Lots of info/diagrams/photos on
all kinds of home sewing. Lots of ideas for using all those attachments that
came in our little green boxes.  Price $18 shipping included. 

E-mail me if interested Thanks, Katy
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 08:40:14 -0500 (EST)
Subject: White ones

Thought I would reply to the person who heard that white FWs did not come
with attachments.  I bought my white one from a Pfaff dealer.  It had the
green box with it.  The dealer looked through what was in there and added
a zipper foot.  The box was rather soft from much use so the dealer put it
into a metal box for me.  I assumed that the old box of attachments came
with the FW.  When I bought my 99K from him, I asked him if there were a
manual and attachments.  He said "No" but proceded to round up some feet
for me.  One thing he supplied in the plastic box he gave me was a
quilting foot and feed dog cover.  A month later he called and said he had
a manual for me.  Turned out it was a generic 66/99 manual that was a
copy, not a real book, but he gave it to me at no charge.  

To the person who asked why not clean the finish with WD-40.  My DH says
that WD-40 gets gummy when it ages.  He uses oil and a soft cloth.

My SIL called last night about 2 ads he found.  One was a FW and one is
"an antique Singer that needs work".  Can't wait to call on these.  

I have made flyers with my first name and phone number.  Have left some
with thrift store personnel, have 2 posted at AT&T, and am intending to
post them in retirement homes.  I know I will never find a friend who just
happens to have FWs in her closet.  What luck!

Happy Holidays to all of you.

Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 09:04:26 -0600
Subject:  FW Fanatics 12/14/95 -Reply

You are probably all going to hate me and ban me from this list forever,
but I have a confession I just HAVE to get off my chest.

When I was in college (gosh, about 20 years ago), I was driving home
from work with my mom and we passed this house about a block from
our home.  Sitting in the front yard up against the house was a treadle
sewing machine.  I love antiques and watched that thing for a solid
week.  Then I finally decided to go talk to the people and find out what
they were going to do with it.  The man said it was sitting on the front
porch when they moved in the house and they didn't want it so I could
just have it!!  I was livid!

The cabinet was not that nice and the belt was missing.  I don't even
know what kind of machine it was, but it sat proudly in my home and I
used it more like a table to hold knick knacks.

Then, about 5 years ago I moved back to Des Moines, Iowa from Phoenix
and needed the money.  Plus, I knew I would be living with my parents
for a while and all my worldly possessions would be in storage and
didn't know what my next home would be like so I sold it in a garage sale
for I think $25.  I could just kick myself now -- especially after reading this
digest and about what everyone has to say about treadles.  Oh well,
maybe again some day.

I will say I have a 99k that I bought in college for the price of the repair 
-- $20 something.  I still have it and it is by far my favorite machine.  I also
have a  Singer Golden Touch (I think) that was my aunt's.  It needs a
tune-up (can anyone tell me approximately how much those cost???).  I
also have an old blue Premier (I think -- I know nothing about it as I picked
it up at an estate sale for $20, cabinet and all).  Can anyone tell me what I
might have there?  

I'm just starting to learn to quilt.  I've got the piecing down pat, but still
need to learn the hand quilting.  I would appreciate any tips on that, too! 

Thanks and keep writing.  I love reading the digests every day.  Thanks
Sue for your hard work and commitment to this.
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 12:43:04 -0500
Subject: high-shank binder

forgot to mention earlier that I have A HIGH-SHANK MULTI BINDER for sale for
$5 if anyone is interested.  No box.  It does NOT need special attachment to
hook onto machine.  It is a Singer, part no 160624.  
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 12:37:07 -0500
Subject: misc

I have for sale 2 Singer attachments, each in original green &white
cardboard box with Singer logo.  One is a low-shank hemstitcher.  The other a
low-shank zig-zag attachment.  Each $25.  Email if interested.

Also, just some comments on my limited experience shipping machines.  I take
mine to local Mailboxes, ETC. store where the fellow packs and UPS ships it
for me.  He warned me that HE is liable if he does the packing and I am
liable if I do the packing.  So it is worth the extra few bucks to have him
do it.  All six sides of the box need to be protected, not just the 4 sides.
 Also, first $100 are automatically insured.  Each item has a number also so
that it can be traced if lost.  I like that.

As for costs, I sent a fw from CT to FL (with extra insurance) for about $27.
 Sent a 99k to MT (no extra insurance) for $35. Both times I had him do the
packing.  Just to give you some idea of what it costs to ship these

Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 13:44:25 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics12/11/95

Well, I've finally got my electricity back in the house after over 72 hours.
 I know that's not a lot to some people.  But I have to admit that I'm not
prepared for that type of eventuality.  If I had a windmill and a water
tower, maybe.  No running water, no heat, nothing worked.

How I wished I had a Singer treadle machine then.  Now I think I have a
reason to really get one.  I know, I know NEED HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

My sewing machine man got another nice FW in his store, but it's going for
$495 and that's not my bargain price.  (Yes I'm still hoping). Anyroad the FW
is an AL series, May 4, 1953.  Has lots of attatchments and bobbins. The
decal's and tray top case are in excellent condition and it's just been
services and checked by the same guy that did my lovely 99, so I know it's
running good.  If anyone's interested get in touch with Len at City Sew and
Vac 707/526-2155.

 Saw a 301 for $145 though.  I was tempted.  It has a wonderfully strong
motor.  I may go back and get that one.

Glad to be back on line.  Weeee.

Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 15:35:23 EST
Subject: 185J

Yesterday I brought home a 185J.  The machine is in great shape but 
the plastic base and cover are a mess!
I am looking for a copy of an operations manual for this model OR if 
anyone thinks a manual for a Spartan would do, I would appreciate 
your reply.  Since the case is plastic, I would welcome suggestions 
for removing the apparent paint that is splattered about.
For the quilters among us, I'm passing the following along . . .

If you've got an eye for color
And a steady hand for stitching,
And you're looking for a hobby
That's creatively enriching,
You might just find that quilting
Is the perfect craft for you - -
It's challenging and practical
And just plain fun to do!
Just take a pair of scissors
And start snipping souvenirs
From your favorite scraps of fabric
You've collected through the years - -
Then plan a pretty pattern
For arranging all the patches,
Trying lots of combinations
To make pleasing color matches.
Then sew the little pieces
All together, one by one - -
You'll need a little patience,
But when all the stitching's done
You'll find that you've created
A kaleidoscopic wonder . . .
A cozy, homemade masterpiece
Just made for snuggling under!
- - by Diana Lindblom Manning

Date: Sat, 16 Dec 1995 11:12:27 +1300 (NZDT)
Subject: More featherweight ramblings....

           ###    ###
          ##  O--O  ##    Y  I  P  E  E  E  E  e  e  e  e  e  e   e    e
          #  _ ++ _  #
          #`. \__/ .'#    ------ STUPENDOUSLY LARGE SMILE!!
          #  `-==-'  #
I'm Featherweightless no longer! I'm over the moon and then some!
This morning while I was trying to fight my way out of the realms of 
darkness I heard the word 'Singer' mentioned on the radio by the bed, I 
sat up and was wide awake in one second flat! In the same sentence I 
heard the words small and light, that was enough for me, I rang the guy 
and practically yelled in his ear 'don't sell it I'll be there within 
the hour'! Believe me I was dressed and out the door within 10 minutes, 
dh couldn't believe I actually beat him to the car! 
BTW I heard it on the 'garage sale' they have on a talkback station from 
6-7am on Sat &Sun mornings, our alarm comes on at 6:30 and it was about 
2 minutes to seven when I heard the call, I hate to think he might have 
called _before_ 6:30 and I would have missed it! 
She's just so gorgeous, in excellent condition for her age, has a 
thumbnail size scratch on the top where the paint has worn off, the case 
is not in the best of condition, but she works and seems to be sewing 
perfectly (so far!). She's a black 221K1 with 5 attachements (2 the 
same) plus a seam guide, quilter guide, four bobbins, manual and her 
serial number is EH010688 (1951). He wanted $NZ125 ($US82) for her, I 
couldn't beat him down but I knew she was mine even though I've just had 
to pay out $300 for new glasses and couldn't really afford her! DH was a 
bit hesitant about paying out so much for 'another' sewing machine so 
it's to be my xmas present, *I* don't care if I never get another 
present as long as I live! Is there a kind person out there that 
wouldn't mind ringing Singer for me to find out her birthdate please?
Now to name her, this is exciting, even better than choosing names for 
your first baby! Maybe names starting with E-H, any suggestions anyone?
And I didn't even have to visit ONE garage sale......
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 18:44:01 -0500
Subject: 301?

I am dying of curiousity.  Please describe a 301 for me.  I thought it was
the "big brother"  to the featherweight, but my business partner found a 301a
and said that it looked like it was from the 60's.  She said it was tan.
 When were they made?  I thought it would be black like the featherweights (
I know they also come in other colors) but she also described it as boxy in
shape.  Then Michele described several different styles.  Are these ALL 301's
or are they variations?  I want one that is like the black featherweight only
larger - is that possible?  

Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 23:11:36 EST
Subject: Hello

Hi Fanatics!
I am looking for a button-holer and an original manual for a 
301. Also any other attachments for this machine.
Please send E-mail

Thanks, Joe
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 20:03:45 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: For SALE

FeatherWeight - Anniversary (100) year AJ, blue stripe around the gold 
oval to signify the plate. Very good comesmetically, one latch missing on 
the case, this can be repaired here though, copy of manual, and no 
attachments. This machine is a collectors item because it is an 
Anniversayr Edition. Mechanically ready to go. $425.

FeatherWeight  AF 1938, Chrome Wheel, case, many attachments, manual is a 
copy, cosmetically very nice, mechanically sound. $425.

Shipping and Handling $20.

	I will be home Saturday evening, I teach quilting on Saturdays 
and am usually home by 7 PST. I am anxiously waiting for my AB 128 long 
shuttle to arrive, can't wait to see the floral filagree work. I do have 
AA 128 long shuttle for sale, case is breadbox and in great condition, 
knee lever in case, the machine is cometically in the B+ to A- range. 
This is a 1924, grape face plate, I have this same machine and love the 
grape scroll work on this particular model. Price $400. For those of you 
have this model the knee lever is to be cherished for it is very 
difficult to get a replacement. Also I have a white FW moter for $125, 
brand new.
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 1995 11:06:03 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Greist Automatic Decorator

I was talking to my mother about her machine (not a Singer) that doesn't 
do a very good zigzag. She told me about this zigzager that a friend had 
given her. Would I like to try it out? I said sure, all the while 
wondering what could it be. When I saw the word Greist I decided I would 
give it a try. She said I could borrow It!! We'll see about that. It may 
take years to get my Piecemaker Calendar finished!!!!!  I tried the satin 
stitch last night and was surprised to see how good it looked.

Having a 15-91, 201 and 221 you can see I only get good straight stitches.

Does any one have one of the Decorators that they use alot. It shows how 
to take it apart and oil it. But with my luck maybe I better take it to 
my Singer man.

Thanks, Gail
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 1995 14:01:12 -0500
Subject: Cleanup

I plead guilty to being mechanically challenged (to put it mildly) so all of
you may have already figured out what I'd like to pass on.  I use my FW only
to quilt and I use only cotton fabric and thread.  I generate an awful lot of
lint.  This means I have to clean under the throat plate every few days.  And
as soon as you take that plate off, the bobbin case plate shifts from where
it is supposed to be.  I finally realized that if I left the bobbin in place,
it would hold the proper position.  So now what I do is clean first under the
throat plate.  Then after that is securely back in place, I take the bobbin
out and finish the job.  Makes it real easy.

Date: Sat, 16 Dec 1995 14:04:14 -0500
Subject: Antique store finds

Christmas Greetings!
I was out scouting a few antique stores yesterday looking  for machine
attachments.  I really would like to have a feed dog cover and  a quilting
attachment for my FW.  Any way,   this is what  I did find :  Singer manual
for the Stylist 513.  I think the asking price was a dollar or two.  The
others were toy sewing machines.  The first being a red “Stitch Mistress”
 made in California. This one is in pretty good condition, a little paint
chipped off the top by the hand crank.  The dealer said the price was $65,
but when I inspected it , the tag said $55.   The other a black  Singer.  It
looked pretty close to my tan toy Singer.  This one is missing the C-clamp
but has the seam gauge.  The asking price is $125.  Both machines are dirty.
 The red one looked maybe a little rusty.  Both need needles.  If anyone is
interested , let me know.  I can send you the address of the antique store or
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 1995 17:09:43 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Congratulations Dawn!

Dawn (No-Longer-Featherweightless):

I really enjoyed your announcement, and I am enormously jealous of those
of you who can manage to do such neat graphics in your letters.  By the
way, from where I sit you're ahead in the game.  My machine came with two
bobbins, period.  No attachments at all.  But I got her at a very good
price, so I really can't complain.  Since I'm on vacation from now until
after the New Year, I'm considering a trip to a relatively close
flea-market type place east of Columbus, to cruise for machine parts.  I
don't expect to find anything -- but you never know!

Keep writing, this list is a riot!

                                  _   _
Lydia P
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 1995 18:55:45 -0500
Subject: Miscellaneous

Fran said bout WD-40:

>My conclusions are to use it cautiously, clean well, and that it is not
>a substitute for sewing machine oil. 

What do you clean it with afterward, water? 

Pam, you are so lucky! I think I'd rather have another FW than the table

Darlene, about five years ago, I almost bought and then passed on an old
Zigzagger and buttonholer with boxes and manuals for $2, they also had an old
Singer machine and I am haunted that it might have been a FW but I didn't
even take the time to look because I already had a machine.  Ah, regrets...

Millie, thanks for some very good shipping info. Will keep that little nugget
of advice tucked away for future reference. 

Maureen, you do need a treadle! What else is there to do when all the power
is out? You certainly can't vacuum, cook, surf the net etc. Why I would say
you are truly industrious to want one :).

Corrine, I loved the poem and I plan to share it with my local quilting

Dawn--What can I say but good for you! Enjoy! E-mail me if you want me to
call Singer for you. Maybe there is hope for me yet....

MargeI, I believe the 301 is the big sister to the FW because it has the same
bobbin mechanism, even the same bobbin case. It does NOT look like a FW.
Sounds like your friend did indeed find a 301. Mine is black and has gold
decorations as well as the fold up bed extension like the FW but it is rather
boxy looking. Mine has a birthdate of 5-29-51. The real beauty of this
machine is in the using. It sews unbelievably well and is very quiet. Before
and even when I first owned mine, I thought it to be positively ugly but I
have since fallen in love with it and use it all the time. Don't cast it
aside because of its looks.

I love this list!!!!!!!!!!!  Katy

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