Sunday, December 24th - Saturday, December 30th
Subject: fran's workshop
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 95 02:01:00 PDT
I have been quiet lately, due to the rush of the season. Had to finish
up the sewing machines that are going for christmas presents, and finish
making the rest of my christmas presents.
The treadle machine is ready to go together tomorrow. I finished
staining, painting, oiling etc tonite. She is the combination of 4
different machines/cabinets. The machine is a model 66, which was
electric and I converted back. The spoked wheel which treadles use is
from the original machine (the rusty one). The iron stand is actually
from my treadle machine, which we also have apart for refinishing,
because it got done first. The cabinet is from centennial model 15 I
have. We used the drawers and top from that cabinet, and took the frame
and front drawer from the original treadle cabinet. It took A LOT of
work to make the different parts look like they all came from the same
cabinet. The centennial model 15 went into the cabinet which the 66
came out of. Anyway, when all is said and done, it looks great! My
mother will love it.
We finished rewiring the New Home I am giving to my Sister. I have
another one of those myself, and it is a great machine. It is supposed
to use rotary needles, which are shorter, but had a standard needle in
it when I got it, and works fine. Does anyone know if it hurts the
machine to have the wrong type of needle in it?
After the New Year I am going back to the basement and get MY treadle
machine refinished! Then I have that White Rotary to work on too.
I fished through my attachment collection, and sure enough, a box of
70's era kenmore attachments has the attachment foot which will work
with the Greist attachements. Lo and behold, I also have some Greist
feet that will attach to it, compliments of my next door neighbor.
What machines are High Shank? I have some high shank feet, and no
machine to fit them. I have one of those attachment holders for a high
shank machine too. The Kenmore box had one for both the high shank and
the low shank attachment holders.
Has anyone ran into any plain drawers for treadle cabinets? I still
I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday!
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 1995 05:20:02 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/22/95
The overpricing of the FW bobbin casing is rediculous. I went into a shop to
look at a FW and the owner started out with "First let me tell you a little
about them," after hearing the first two sentences of his rap I told him
wait a minute. I know all this. Just get to the machine. I wasn't rude,
just encouraging him to get to the point.
It's nice that we are as educated as we are. With what I know about Singer
machines now, I'd be hard pressed to purchase a newer machine of any brand.
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 1995 05:20:06 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/20/95
In a message dated 95-12-21 21:14:30 EST, you write:
>The longer you play with your 301, the more beautiful it will become. Enjoy!
>I know from whence I speak! Katy
I can't wait to get her in the house. My husband picked her up for me. I
kept drilling him about it, because I'm on this list and because the price
was good and I didn't want her to be gone.
I don't have a FW, but this 301 seems just the thing. The feed dogs drop,
she has reverse, a handle, a case, a fold up table like the FW. And she's a
strong girl. I'll have to think up a nice Amazon type name for her.
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 1995 08:54:19 -0500
Subject: Merry Christmas!
To all of you Fanatics everywhere-----------
Have a glorious Christmas and may you all find FWs under your tree and
attachments in your stockings!
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 1995 08:53:06 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Christmas Greetings
Just wanted to send a quick message to tell all my featherweight friends
to have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. I enjoy this digest
so much. It has really made a difference in the way I start my day.
It was touching reading the message from Shirley in Phoenix about how
sewing on a FW brought back childhood memories. I could really relate to
that. Thanks so much Shirley for a beautiful description. Merry
Christmas to Darlene my new FWFriend in my same city.
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 1995 11:05:08 -0500
Subject: Re: Service centers
I would also like to recommend my local service center, the Gloversville
Sewing Center. They are very knowledgable &carry parts for every sewing
machine every made, even the really old ones. Not too long ago, I bought a
needle for my 1870's treadle, which they had IN STOCK! I also had a FW
checked up, cleaned and a bobbin case replaced for under $100. I believe the
bobbin case was $65. I don't know how much they do by mail order, but you
could always give them a call. 1-800-336-9998 or 518-725-4919. They also
have a tremendous variety of quilting fabrics, books and tools.
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 1995 11:46:06 -0500
Subject: re:FW gift
I am giving my mom a 1950 FW for Christmas tomorrow and will be putting her
on to this digest! She is online with AOL as JScott1010@aol.com if anyone
would like to congratulate her! I have not told her about this digest
because I was afraid she would buy the machine before Christmas. She has
been looking for one for a long time to no avail--I found one over
Thanksgiving for her and at a price I could afford! It is in beautiful
condition with top tray, full of attachments, buttonholer included! Even had
the oil can and the original manual for the machine and the buttonholer! Had
the Greist ZigZagger with it but I have to admit to hoarding that piece as I
did not have one! I am sure we will be hearing from her on the digest as
another addicted Fanatic!
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 1995 07:24:30 +1300 (NZDT)
Subject: Merry Christmas
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to all, may the blessings of this day be visited on each and every one of you.
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 1995 13:10:06 -0600
Subject: my first communication over the computer-waves
This is a big moment for me. First of all because I have long been a
computer skeptic - I am a mega-people person. Second and most
importantly to all of you, because I have a FW that my mother purchased
and I now have. This is a very special "thing" to me because she died
when I was 10 and over the years I have wondered about the feeling I
have had at times that this machine was more than something mechanical.
Anyway, you get the idea. And I found the FWFanatics on my first
browsing through the vast internet network a week ago and have been
reading the newsletter ever since. This is EXCITING!!!
So now I have told you this is a special machine to me, but I would love
any of you that can to tell me more about it. I have the original
receipt in front of me - purchased March 10, 1949 in Bloomsburg PA at a
Singer store. Machine style is 221-1 with serial number AH443159. Cost
was $145.00. Also purchased was a table #312 for $28 and a buttonhole
attachment for $9.95. I have the original instruction book but other
than using the buttonholer do not know about the capabilities of my FW.
I have a full bobbin box and lots of attachments. They are a Greist
tucker, a Greist 5 stitch ruffler, Greist binder, G. edgestitcher, G.
hemmer, G. narrow hemmer, G. hemmer (another one) and another one, and
another (these are different sizes), 2 Simanco feet #121441, 120855,
Singer att's #36865, 160359 and a few other things that have no #'s or
obvious names. There...
My machine has the gold scroll in various places but I don't know what
else to tell you. Are there places you can take classes to use these
things or should I be able to figure it out with the instruction book?
I am receiving this through my husband's office but my name is Valerie
and I grew up in SE Indiana like one of you who wrote recently. Thanks
to all of you my husband and myself were digging around in the attic
yesterday with only 2 days till Christmas so you know I am excited!I'm
looking forward to hearing from you!
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 1995 12:23:39 -0800
Subject: Christmas Gift
Merry Christmas Featherweight Fondlers and IQers. I hope Santa brought each
and every one of you the Featherweight of your dreams (Especially you Pam,
I think your wish list was specific enough) I would be happy to send anyone
who sends me a Legal Size SASE a wonderful article on featherweight
maintainance. Email me for the address. Merry Christmas. Lynda
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 1995 17:48:59 -0500
Subject: Happy holidays!
I'd just like to thank all of you for the fun and informative reading. I am
so new to this interest, that I feel like I have a lot to learn and not much
to add. But I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, or Happy
Chanukah, and especially to you Sue, for making this happy bit of my day
called FWFanatics possible. My little black machine has not seen me much
during the holidays, but as soon as the new year comes, we will become
reaquainted again working on tumbling blocks. It tickles me that so many of
you feel like your old machines are the ones you want to use, and not just
for sitting around looking pretty (the machines, not you fanatics, although
I'm sure you are a very handsome group!) I learned how to sew on what I now
know is a 301A, so when I first sat down at the FW I felt very much at ease.
When I visit my parents in Idaho after Christmas, I will get a chance to
look at their antique machines, of which there are 3 or 4, plus that old
301A. And it just hit me, I can take the FW along!
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 1995 18:44:27 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/23/95
Rita was looking for a FW dated 1/29/51. Mine has that date, and should
be in the database. There should actually be *two* with that birthdate in
the database, since I corresponded briefly with someone else on the list
whose machine had that date. Interestingly enough, the two serial #s,
though both AK (if I remember hers correctly), were otherwise pretty far
apart. Anyway, mine isn't for sale; I use it to piece quilts.
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 1995 21:31:09 EST
Subject: Christmas Eve blessings to you all.
Finally finished all my baking at 9pm and caught up on 4 days of FWF
letters from you all. Just wanted to wish you all happy holidays from
beautiful, winter-y, Christmas looking MA. I've enjoyed all your
messages and learned so much from you all.
I just completed my first entire project on a FW. Just a pieced table
runner, but it came out well. The only problem was the quilting. I
put it together with diaper flannel and just stitched in the ditch with
the FW. I definitely would have done a better job on my Elna with a
walking foot. I've heard enough stories of the walking foot causing
the motor to drag on the FW that I don't want to try it. How have you
all handled this, or do you just not quilt on the FW. I did find I had
a buttonholer amongst my booty, and will sit down with that one of
these days to try out the feed dog cover and free hand quilting. Any
Thanks again to you all. Enjoy the holidays. Eileen.
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 1995 20:39:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject: RE: FW Fanatics 12/20/95
To Terry - I'm glad I'm not the only one searching for projects as
excuses to try out my attatchments! A broomstick skirt would be a great
idea... oh well, another trip to the fabric store... how about a ruffled shirt
for a little girl... Actually I want to make myself a "poet" shirt, you know,
with the huge sleeves that are gathered at the wrist, with a smooth deep cuff-
they look much better on men, unfortunately.! Could use the buttonholer, the
ruffler, and the hemmer on that one!
C'mon, folks, confess. What projects have you come up with just to try out
various features on your various wonderful machines? Could be fun to share!
Happy New Year and Merry Christmas to you all. This is such a fun list.
Thanks again to our fearless leader!!
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 1995 21:01:48 -0500 (EST)
Subject: RE: FW Fanatics 12/24/95
To the person who wrote recently, her very first over-the-waves communication,
I couldn't find your name or e-mail address, so I con't address you directly!
Anyway, congratulations for joining us and I'm glad you are enjoying this.
Three years ago, I thought that computers were IMpersonal and cold, and
couldn't imagine this kind of warm, personal relationship with about half the
globe, but computer communication has made it possible. We exchange greetings,
warm wishes, information, help, exciting updates, ideas on projects, we
advertise, complete sales arrangements, find things for one another, share
jokes and anecdotes... the list goes on and on.
I've also developed a number of very close personal friends through this type
of communication, and now also sit on a college committee for Distance Learning
because of my hobby-related computer net involvements. (They think I'm an
expert-- oh, boy!)
Most of all, it is fun. We are so very lucky. BTW, the Senate is considering
a bill to regulate and restrict the internet, in the interests of preventing or
curing the "smut" etc. out there, but it would really change the face of what
is available and how it all works, probably to our great detriment, from what
Ive been hearing. So if you want these unrestricted lists to be able to
continue you might all check with your local legislators and speak out - be
politically active! If I can find the particular bil or its' reference # I'll
share that, too.
To get back on tipic, I'm on vacation and will be back out in the attatchment
hunting mode as well as piecing several blocks I need in a hurry on my FW. It
runs like an absolute champ. I'm planning to start a quilt based on the
Quiltnet pin block, for my step-granson. All the other (4) have received
quilts from me. He's next. Thought I'd do it with black background, and then
use the primary colors - solid red, blue, green and yellow - for the computer
terminals. Sash in red, perhaps, and outer borders in the other colors. Maybe
I'll steal some fractal designs from my kids and figure out how to incorporate
Happy New year - regards - Ruth A
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 1995 22:12:23 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/23/95
AUSTRALIAN TRADE (NZ also?)
I'd like to get a copy of the new Rolling Stone magazine from Australia. I'm
also an X-Files fan and I understand the cover is a major article on the
show. I am more than willilng to trade fabric, $$$, a trip to the quilt
store, whatever. TIA
Date: Tue, 26 Dec 1995 09:02:27 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/21/95
i have an opportunity to buy a model 99 -- it actually has a plate on the
front that says model 99. but...
first the case (tan and brown luggagey looking thing, has quite a bit of wear
-- kind of threadbare.
second, no instruction books or accessories of any kind.
also, i don't know if it is working.
they are asking $70.00 (probably could get 10% off).
what do you think?
Subject: Questions for 99K Owners
Date: Tue, 26 Dec 95 09:31:03 -0500
Santa was kind enough to give me a 99k for Christmas (via another FWF
subscriber). The serial number is EK454921 and the birthdate was 4-26-1955.
I just read the copy of the manual to enlighten myself as to the differences
between a 99k and a FW. The previous owner warned me that the carrying case
was in very poor shape; I expected the worst but it actually is better than
I thought. Unfortunately the shipper packed the machine on its side instead
of upright which caused a piece of wood with the latch to snap off of the
cover. It is such a darling maroon and beige leather-over-wood case that it
is too bad that it fell into disrepair. The machine itself looks beautiful
and upon first inspection I couldn't find even a pin scratch. Although I
haven't sewn on it, it runs quietly when I push on the foot pedal. The
attachment box is in rough shape but all the attachments are there along
with a tube of lubricant in original box. My preliminary questions are:
1. The red felt oiling spot in the bobbin case area has been removed (a few
minute traces remain). Have any of you had that felt replaced? What is
going to happen if I am unable to replace it?
2. If a 99k is in a cabinet, do you remove the machine from the base of the
carrying case or does the machine head with case bottom go directly into the
cabinet?. Since the machine is attached to the base with hinges I don't
know what to think.
3. Has anyone found a satisfactory replacement carrying case for their 99k?
Are all the cases maroon and beige leather over wood?
4. Does anyone have a reasonably priced 99k manual from the 1950's for sale?
I'm sure I will have a million more questions once I begin to sew on my new
baby. And I can't wait to read about all the other machines that the rest
of you received for Christmas.
Date: Tue, 26 Dec 1995 11:03:39 -0800
A big welcome to Valerie! And congratulations to Lynda Carswell on her
winning Viewer's Choice in the Turtle's Playground Quilt Contest. I know
someone's been compiling info on the 301's but I can't see to find what
questions were being asked. I haven't called on my 301's SN, but here is
Color: Beige-no frills. Just a bit of gold around the name plate and the
emblem and the numbers on the stitch length regulator.
Extension Bed: approx. 3 inches.
Mine didn't come with a case and it looks as though it could slip easily
into a table or something. Were there other questions?
Date: Tue, 26 Dec 1995 18:55:45 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/24/95
> What machines are High Shank? I have some high shank feet, and no
> machine to fit them. I have one of those attachment holders for a high
> shank machine too. The Kenmore box had one for both the high shank and
> the low shank attachment holders.
Fran, I know the following machines are high shank, but they are all
newer. I don't know which older machines were high shank, if any.
New Home - series 500, 600, 1500, 8000, 9000
Necchi - Lydia MKA, Super Nova, 515, 542, 544, 1950, 1958
Nelco - R series
Pfaff - 1200 series
I'm pretty sure Singer only ever had Low shank and Slant.
I know Kenmore had a Super high shank, but I wasn't aware of a regular
Date: 27 Dec 95 07:27:18 EST
Subject: Post-Christmas 301-Talk, Etc.
Dear FWF Friends, I hope Santa, all your dear friends and/or your DH were very
good to you this year! I think you all deserved it, by your helpful and caring
natures displayed here in our very own world-wide Internet neighborhood. And,
Sue, we all hope Santa was especially kind to you this year, you our lovely
benefactor who gives so generously of her time and talents every day!
I have to tell you about the "old" presents I got this year, and I was very
excited to receive them! (Guess the word is out that I treasure these old
treasures.) My DH gifted me with a beautiful, black 301 Singer and a matching
301 table. Wow, what a wonderful combination! The machine came with a
buttonholer and the straight and zipper feet. The table is in pretty good
condition--sturdy but showing a little surface wear. I thought about re-doing
it, but my husband thinks I should leave it in it's current-original condition
for collector's value sake, and I probably will. I don't mind a few marks on
things which proudly show it's usefulness for the past 40+ years. Our local
Singer dealer hasn't seen many of these 301 tables over the years; many more 221
tables, he said. Then I was even lucky enough to find a 301 case at another
shop for it. A good friend just happened to find a like new-condition
slant-needle walking foot at a rummage sale recently, and she surprised me with
that for Christmas! Wow, I am such a lucky person to have the DH and friends I
have....as well as the lovely "new" 301 and all it's accessories.
A couple weeks ago I was haunting an antique store, and I spied another "blast
from the past", that I hadn't thought of for years. An old Betty
Crocker-General Mills iron exactly like the one my mother used to own when I was
first learning to sew and iron. And, it was STILL in it's original packing
carton, just like my mother used to stored hers in. It always used to strike
me as unusual that she she valued that iron enough to have kept the box all
those years, and apparently someone else had too. (Without that distinctive
aging, red and white box, I would never have recognized the iron in the antique
store.) I'm so happy to have this piece of nostalgia in my sewing room, even if
I only use it as a book-end...which would be just perfect because it is very
HEAVY for it's small size. It is pre-steam iron era, and very well made. The
only repairs I ever remember my mother making to hers was replacing the
fabric-covered cord every few years, because the fabric would wear away rubbing
back-and-forth over the edge of her wood ironing board.
Ruth Allen commented about projects we are doing to use our various attachments.
One of the most mysterious attachments to me is the ruffler, so a couple days
ago I found a 32-page booklet called "Learning and Using Your Ruffler--Basic
Instructions and Projects" by Leota Black. It is a very informative and
well-illustrated booklet on this attachment and goes into skirt projects, sewing
ribbon, adding a facing, cafe curtains, ruffling around a corner, pleating and
on and on. It cost $10 at the Bernina dealer or you could probably order it
from Leota Black at Rt. 1, Box 117, Wheeler, TX 79096.
I hope all of you are enjoying a more relaxing post-Christmas week, and maybe
even finding some extra time to sew or go antiquing or just sit back and reflex
on the good things of the past year and the good people who enrich our lives
daily. We are a lucky group of people, for many reasons, including the fact
that we have found each other to share with and that we have the rich ability to
appreciate not only the things of today, but also the wonderful things of the
past.....don't you agree!?
Happy New Year from Shirley
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 1995 09:17:50 -0500 (EST)
Subject: This and that
We got all 15 sewing machines put away before Christmas. Some went in a
closet, some in my sewing room, and a couple in the office. The treadle
is in the kitchen for all to see.
The DH ran out of machines to tinker with and started on the 201 which is
the first old machine I bought this summer for $5.00. He thinks it is the
best machine of all. It's a full rotary and runs very quietly. The
sewing machine dealer where we buy parts says the 201 will handle any
weight of fabric. My older daughter, who sews at top speed all the time,
was very impressed with it. I made it a point to show her my pretty
little 128, but it didn't impress her nearly as much. Now all the kids
have seen the FWs and know what to look for at garage sales.
I think it was Fran who was looking for drawers for a treadle. I saw some
at an indoor flea market. Email the dimensions and the number you want
and I will see if these are right. Also when Otterbein College opens up
after break, I'll be able to go to the Otterbein Thrift Store and look at
those Greist attachments they have. Maybe they are both buttonholers. I
didn't look closely. What machines take the Greist attachments? Does
anyone want me to pick these up? Tell me what you are looking for.
One of my resolutions for 1996 is to try out all my attachments. All my
life I have ignored the attachments for the machines because people told
me they didn't work very well. I did try a hemmer and I didn't have
patience with it. Maybe I needed fabric with more body. The one I'm
really interested in using is the quilting foot and feed dog cover for the
99. Has anyone really successfully used all these things?
Dawn, I'll be mailing the paper today if I can get the ice off the car and
the car out of the driveway. You are probably working in your garden in
shorts and I am wondering where my boots are.
Krisi, as soon as I can get my act together I will send you info on 15, my
May 1996 be a great year for finding FWs for all of you. I will have to
find a lot of $10 ones to bring down my ACPM (average cost per machine).
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 1995 09:42:21 -0600
Subject: Post-holiday greetings
I hope you all had a good holiday! I got a gift maybe y'all can help me
with. I got a dollhouse!!! Now I need to decorate it. So, if any of you
have patterns for counted x-stitch pictures, mini quilts, etc., etc., please
e-mail me so we can talk! Or, if you have any ideas on what I can do to
decorate it, let me know.
After reading these postings for the last couple of months, there's been
a lot of mention of Greist attachments. All along I've been wondering
"what are they talking about". Well, the other night when I couldn't sleep
and was reading some past FW postings, I happened to think about the
box of attachments that came with a sewing machine I got in an estate
sale a few years ago. I was driving to the vet to pick up my brother's
dog when I saw a sign for an estate sale. I stopped and there was a
blue (in color) Premier sewing machine in a cabinet with the fold-over lid
(I don't know what you call it!). The machine was old and only does
straight forward and backward but I could tell it was in excellent
condition and was very clean. Obviously, someone cared for it very
deeply. Although I already have two sewing machines and really didn't
need it, I just couldn't pass this up for $25!
So, when I was looking in the box of attachments the other night, lo and
behold, they are Greist attachments -- complete with a manual!! Some of
the feet are missing (scissors cutting guide, the tucker, the quilting foot
and the gathering foot). I couldn't believe it! Even the attachment foot is
Now, can someone tell me what I have? I know it must be something
after reading all your postings, but I don't know the value of it, how old it
is or the history behind it or anything. Any help anyone can share with
me would be appreciated. Also, do you know if these attachments
would fit my 99K? I had to put the 99K away for the holidays (I had to fix
dinner for the family and the meal couldn't share table space with the
99K). I haven't had a chance to get the 99K out yet so I figured I'd
probably hear from some of you before I would have the chance to get
her out again.
Thanks for your help in this. I look forward to reading from all of you.
BTW, I get this digest at work so on weekends and holidays I have to
wait a few days to read this. The other day DMC cabinets were
mentioned. If there are any more available, I would be interested (if the
price is right :-).
E-mail me one and all regarding anything I've mentioned so far today.
And I can't wait until the weather gets a little nicer (and my pocketbook
gets a little fuller of the green stuff) so I can hit antique stores, etc. to
find what I can find out there in sewing paraphernalia (Ginney, maybe
we can hit Valley Junction together this spring).
Thanks, my friends.
Date: 27 Dec 1995 13:30:13 GMT
Subject: Re: Terri's questions about 99K machines
1. I'm not sure what would happen without the red felt oiling
spot--think it's fairly important...but you should be able to
2. I would think that you would remove the 99K from the base of
its carrying case if you were going to mount it in a cabinet.
I have a cabinet mounted model 66 which has hinges, allowing it
to swing down into the cabinet, and these hinges are very
similar to the hinges that attach my 99K to its base.
3. Not all cases are maroon and beige leather. Mine (and
apparently Ellen's of today's posting) are "tan and brown
luggagey looking things"--the bottom of mine is brown, the top
is sort of a lacquered grass cloth on a wood base. I'm not
sure if replacement cases are available--it sounds like yours
could be fixed with a little careful application of wood glue
and perhaps a splint of wood behind the latch to strengthen it.
4. I never got a manual with mine, but i have a photocopy of a
1954 model 66 manual that i could copy for you--the threading
works the same way on the two machines (unlike the FW, the
bobbin drops in from the top, and the needle threads from right
to left--whichever way is opposite of FW).
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 1995 17:16:06 -0500
In a message dated 95-12-27 10:35:07 EST, you write:
> I know
>someone's been compiling info on the 301's but I can't see to find what
>questions were being asked.
Kolleen is the one working on the
301 info. Katy
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 1995 17:16:08 -0500
Ellen, In a message dated 95-12-27 10:35:07 EST, you write:
>i have an opportunity to buy a model 99 -- it actually has a plate on the
>front that says model 99. but...
>they are asking $70.00 (probably could get 10% off).
>what do you think?
It is so hard to put a value on a machine you love. I paid $40 for my 99k
with manual, cabinet, and all attachments but I would have paid more. Now
that I have had it awhile and fallen in love with it, I think I would pay
even MORE. Just don't tell my DH :). Katy
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 1995 21:08:38 -0500
Subject: misc sewing machine items
I compiled a listing of the sewing machine related items I have for sale.
Please email me if interested. First come, first served.
BUTTONHOLERS for sale: One White and one Singer.
The White buttonholer comes with 4 templates and an original manual. It
sits in a dark green unmarked 3 X 9 inch cardboard box but cover is missing.
Also missing is a feed cover plate and screw. $25 includes shipping.
The Singer buttonholer comes with 5 templates and no original manual - but
since it is designed so much like the White, I'll include a copy of the White
manual. It sits in a dark green rectangular plastic box about 4 x 9 incles
which has an attached,
hinged cover. SINGER appears in raised letters on outside lid. Included
also are a feed cover plate and a screw for attaching it. $35 includes
Singer HIGH-SHANK mulkti slotted BINDER.
For sale for $5. No box. Hooks directly to machine. Part no 160624.
Box of Greist attachments for sale:
A beautiful collection of Greist attachments in a shiny black metal box
with gold lettering (ROTARY) on top with gold squiggle around perimeter.
Inside is a purple/black marblized thick paper lining with gold printing
designating name of each attac
hment. Each attachment is secured to the box and thus is easy to locate and
does not shift in transit.
Attachments include 3 hemmers, a braider foot, a binder, a tucker, a
ruffler and an edge stitcher. These are all labed Greist. Also misc items
such as cloth guides, 2 all-metal screwdrivers, misc unmarked feet.
The box is in extremely good condition - the gold lettering is intact.
The attachments are in excellent condition also, no rust. Note: A fourth
hemmer is missing from the collection. Will sell box with contents for $40.
Box of Singer attachments for sale:
Only 4 attachments in this 3 X 5 inch dark green box with Singer name,
logo, etc. in white and orange. Box is in excellent condition. Attachments
are Singer cloth guide/screw, multi-slot binder, zipper foot and
edgestitcher. All are for low-shank
machine and attach directly to machine. $25 includes shipping.
Box of Household attachments for sale:
Sturdy box is copper colored metal and is chock full of attachments
with Household name stamped on them. I do recognize 3 hemmers, a tucker,
possibly a ruffler, a braider and 2 binders . A bobbin is about 1.25 inches
long, made of metal and extreme
ly narrow in center - looks more like a nail than a bobbin. I suspect the
bobbin will clue which machine these attachments are for! If you can use
these, they are yours for $10, including shipping.
Oil cans for for sale:
Both are the round, dome shaped, 2 inch diameter oil cans with 1.5 inch
screw-in spout poking up from center. One is stamped BROTHER on top and is
on the newer side - shiny and easy to fill. I am asking $20 for this one.
The other one is obviously much older. It is stamped SINGER on top and
shows signs of lots of useage. I have preserved it intact and have not tried
to remove the oil/residue which has collected. Nor have I removed the
screw-off spout. I am asking $
30 for this gem. Both are the cutest little things.
My dh surprised me with a new modem. So I have jumped from 1200 bps to
14,000+. What a difference!! Millie
Subject: Major 99k Help Needed
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 95 19:37:53 -0500
My new "old" 99k (1955 99-28) has a major problem. The nice person who sold
it to me paid the shipper to pack the machine in an upright position and the
shipping form was marked fragile. The shipper ignored the instructions and
laid the machine on its back. Evidently the jolts it took for the next five
days caused the machine and base to break loose from the cover. By the time
it arrived and I opened it Christmas morning, oil had leaked from all the
holes and the cover was broken. Quite a few peanuts got inside the cover,
Anyway, when I try to sew, the top thread catches in the bobbin case area in
three places. I'm hoping those of you with 99s or drop-in bobbin Singers can
help or perhaps Gordy, Al or Dale. Here is what I found:
I removed the bobbin and pulled back the slide plate. I then slowly
followed the instructions on raising bobbin thread so that I could watch the
upper thread as it went around the bobbin case area. If you look at your
99k book on page 32 Fig. 32, you will see the Bobbin Case Latch (CC). When
the top thread comes to this spot the Bobbin Case Latch is so tight against
the Bobbin Case that the thread cannot pass through this whole area without
tugging on it before I can pull it back through the throat plate.
Also on page 32 it says, "Under no circumstances must the screw EE be
loosened" on the Bobbin Case Latch. This is what puzzles me. I'm not
supposed to loosen the screw EE but that is the only way to make the
clearance needed to get the thread to pass through this area normally. I
figure the machine on its back bouncing in the U.P.S. truck caused the Latch
and Case to shake together and that thread-width clearance to disappear.
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. I won't even go into the bobbin
winder problem (yet). I've reviewed 4 months of FWF and didn't find this
problem addressed by anyone.
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 1995 21:59:30 EST
Hi Fanatics! I hope everybody survived Christmas.
I am looking for a featherweight table in good condition. If
you have one for sale, or know of one for sale,
Also, my Singer Spartan is still available. It is in great
condition. E-mail for details.
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 1995 17:37:57 -0800
Subject: Found a Centenial FW and a question (or two).
My DH and I found a Centenial FW while out browsing today. I didn't
look at it well as I received my Centenial for Christmas. Ann Quinn
is the manager of the Antique Exchange and she says it sews well. The
one thing I did notice is there is a paint chip in the front. I
believe she is asking $240.00. Ann says she will ship if requested. If
interested please call 813-321-6621 St. Petersburg, FL. I'm sure it
will not last long.
Also, we found a small portable sewing machine called "Bell". Does any
one know anything about this machine? It is tiny (between a toy and a
FW), a mint green color, and is in a wooden carrying case. Made
somewhere in the USA (forget) around 1940s?? There are attachments and
manual for the machine as well as Greist attachments and manual. The
asking price is $129.00. Could someone please tell me if this is worth
the money? I've never seen or heard of this machine before.
Also, I have seen many of you write about the 99k. I have a 99-13.
Could someone tell me what is the difference between them?
Thank you all for your help.
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 1995 20:13:22 -0500
Subject: Questions about 99s
Ragdoll (Terry) wrote about her new 99k on December 26:
1. The red felt oiling spot in the bobbin case area has
been removed (a few minute traces remain). Have any of you
had that felt replaced? What is going to happen if I am
unable to replace it?>>
Terry, I removed most of the red felt from the oiling spot
in my 99 when I was cleaning lint and other fuzzy stuff out
of the machine. It finally dawned on me that the felt was
stuck in that little spring thing for some purpose! Now I
don't know what to do either. I hope we find some answers on
this list. I'll feel pretty stupid taking it to my local
Singer repair shop and asking them to replace it.
2. If a 99k is in a cabinet, do you remove the machine
from the base of the carrying case or does the machine head
with case bottom go directly into the cabinet?. Since the
machine is attached to the base with hinges I don't
know what to think.
3. Has anyone found a satisfactory replacement carrying case
for their 99k? Are all the cases maroon and beige leather
I am puzzled, too. My machine came in a "suitcase-type
carrying case," but I don't think it was the original case.
My 99 sits in a nice oak wooden base. This was inside the
suitcase thing. The suitcase is not attractive at all -- it
is black and has little hook-like slip-in metal flanges (not
hinges) at the bottom which slip into slots before you shut
the case. There are wooden blocks here and there inside the
case. I took my 99 out of the case and found a bent-wood
top (Singer) which fits the oak base perfectly. (The machine
that was in the bent-wood case was an old wreck I'll use for
parts.) I measured my 99 and found it will not go into the
treadle cabinet I have since it is a 3/4 size machine and
the cabinet has a full size opening. I'll be haunting flea
markets looking for a 3/4 size cabinet.
I have lots to learn about 99s. I have to find a new motor
and foot pedal (or knee push) for my machine. I bought a
new slide plate bobbin cover and it came in brushed metal,
not the shiny chrome of the needle plate. I really do like
the machine, though. I paid $30 for it and I'm sure when I
get everything put together it will be one of my favorites.
(ellen b.) wrote on December 26:
i have an opportunity to buy a model 99...... ...... they
are asking $70.00 (probably could get 10% off). what do you
Ellen, I think $70 sounds reasonable if it is working well.
I got a nice present from my cousin for Christmas. She gave me shortbread in
a tin. The neat thing was that the tin is a reproduction of a 1940s Coca Cola
ad showing a woman at her sewing machine with her daughter offering her a
coke. Cousin Sylvia told me she had received the tin filled with some cookies
from a friend of hers. She took the friend's cookies out and put her
shortbread in it because she knew I liked old sewing machines.
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 1995 01:09:23 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/26/95
Regarding Ellen's and Terry's questions about the 99... mine also has the
tan and brown leather case, not the domed wood one I hear people talking
about. Since my 99 seems to be a 1954-57 model, I assume that era had the
leather cases rather than the wooden ones.
Ellen -- I'll probably never find a FW, so my 99 is the substitute and I'm
very happy with it. I don't know how much they normally run since I bought
mine at the NCJW thrift shop for $10, but that was a steal. $70 less 10%
certainly sounds reasonable to me.
Although my case is in good shape, I don't really carry it around, so I
don't care. Mine also came without accessories or a manual, but I found a
manual from another 99 that was in a cabinet. Accessories are readily
available at the sewing machine store; I bought a zipper foot for mine.
I've put my other sewing machines aside and am using only this one. It sews
nicely, although it is not especially quiet. However, I have not had it
Terry -- I saw a 99 in a cabinet and there was no case bottom. Were you
thinking of putting yours in a cabinet? I use mine with the case and store
the manual, extra bobbins, etc. underneath.
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 1995 18:15:56 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Not a FW but a 99K
Just before we drove off to the Cold North of Des Moines, Ia for
Christmas, I caught a message that a FW was spotted in Columbia Mo.
Well, I had just gotten out of the shower and about to curl my hair and
get ready for the drive but decided it was about 5 minutes before the
Salvation Army opened and the bank was right next door (an errand that
needed to be run before the trip) so I rushed right out. Turned out to
be a little 99K. Kind of gunked up and the cover plate for the drop in
bobbin was missing. I think it was priced at 50$ and came with a light
colored wood cabinet. Probably a good buy for someone with a desire for
antique singers. Since Christmas left me rather lean and I already have
a sweet little FW of my own, I went on about my errands. Did piece two
buffalo check, black flannel pinwheel snuggle quilts on the FW on Dad's
kitchen table while in DM. I love sewing on it. Better than either of
my other more modern (1973, 1993) singers. Des Moines Ladies please get
in touch. We were at christmas dinner when our neighbor (the fire chief)
ran out and got in the truck and called out that a fireman was trapped
when a roof caved in on him in a burning building. Many prayers went up
for an hour or so till we heard he was ok. So thankfulthe Fire fighter got
out alive and relatively unharmed. Dad retired two years ago from 35 years
on the department. Always scary when we knew he was at a fire.
Glad to be home and have the FW out on the table ready to finish up
Happy New Year to you all
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 1995 14:42:37 -0700
Subject: joining FWF
I think I am about to become the owner of a Featherweight right soon, and
would love to join the list. The Featherweight in question is a 1950, in
good condition (well used - with some of the gold worn off in about a
three inch strip on the front of the base - but only one owner). Black
rectangular case - original manual, all the attachments listed in the
manual plus a buttonholer in a green plastic case - no oil can, and
electrical cord needs some repair. Does $400 seem like a good price for
this Featherweight? I am also still on the lookout for other FWs as I
would like to have one with the fancy gold scroll work and with the
fancier metal plate on the head. Thanks in advance! Betty S
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 1995 13:55:12 -0800
Subject: Featherweight Fanatics Archives
Thanks again Sue for all the work you do to give us a special connection
that not everyone would understand. I had several FW's long before the FFA
and I am happy that there are others out there that like them as much as
me, as they will be taken care of. Someone once told me "no one owns a
quilt, you just have them for a while, take care of them, and pass them on
to the next person" I think of FW's the same way. I was wondering if we
were missing the "archives" part of the group? I have done much the same
as you. I'v taken a book out and I'm not sure what machine it goes to, and
put it in the wrong case. I might change machines and not the foot pedal
and now I do not know what machine it goes to. I did all this without
thinking. From now on I am going use our survey paper and keep it in the
case with each machine. If I change something so it is no longer "stock" I
will make a note of it. Is that too much work? I looked up Archives and it
said" A place or collection containing records, documents or other
materials of historical intrest. Stored memories or information".So If you
take that treadle cabnet and put in another machine make a note of what you
did much like signing a quilt with a little history about it. Then the next
owner will understand the histroy of the machine.
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 95 18:25:02 -0800
Subject: (no subject)
If someone has a featherweight for sale, I would be interested in the
details. Please e-mail at the above address.
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 1995 18:15:49 CST
Subject: FW spotted in; Quincy, ILL
While Dh and I were antique browsing today, we came upon a Featherweight
in the Red Barn Antique Mall. It is a pre-WWII model, probably a 1941
if the pub. date on the manual is any guide. Numbered upper tension
guide, manual, round oil can, loads of attachments. The gold paint is
worn in front and the black enamel had seen better days. Both latches
onthe case work, but one corner is banged up. However, the upper tray
is in wonderful shape. There are three or four extra bobbins and a
screwdriver. It was marked "$275 firm". If you are interested, the
number of the antique mall is 217-2224-8224. DH is so sweet. I already
have three black and one white featherweights, but he asked me if I
wanted to buy this one. It does need a good home, but I want a 301. If
you know of one for sale, please let me know.
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 1995 19:41:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject: need help identifying Singer
An unidentified Singer treadle is proudly displayed on page 26 of the
February issue of "Lady's Circle Patchwork Quilts". Can anyone identify
the model number of this machine?
Subject: 99k Problems
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 95 18:57:35 -0500
First I would like to express my thanks to the many people who responded to
me privately and on FWF about my problems with my 99k Christmas present. I
was feeling pretty let down but everyone's encouragement put me in a better
frame of mind.
Today I went to an antique store where I had seen a 99-13 in a cabinet for
$185. It was in really rough shape and I thought it was overpriced which is
why I ordered a 99-28 through FWF. Anyway I took a look at this machine and
watched as the needle thread passed around and between the Bobbin Case and
Bobbin Case Latch and it slipped through a thin space easily. That
confirmed to me that my 99k needs an adjustment as that space isn't there
which is why the thread won't pass through.
A local repairman said he could make the adjustment for $20 but I'm waiting
to hear if the shipping company will cover it since the shipment was insured
. Mail Boxes Etc. seems to be balking at being responsible even though they
did the packing!
In the meantime I've been tempted to loosen that Screw EE that the manual
says "DON'T LOOSEN", to try and create that space myself. Then, I just
received word from a knowledgeable member of this list to indeed "LOOSEN"
the screw but just slightly and specific instructions were given on how to
This is taking on soap opera proportions! I'll let you know how it turns
out. In the meantime someone asked the difference between a 99-13 and a 99-
28. I don't believe the 13s have reverse stitching and the 28s do. Several
people have wood covers, some maroon and linen, and some have brown and
beige. All who responded said that the machine has to be removed from the
bottom of the case before placing into a cabinet as the hinges on the
machine fit into the cabinet. The unit I saw today in the cabinet had no
Two new questions: Do any of your 99s have seam allowance guidelines on the
throatplate? Also do only the 99-13s have knee levers or do the 99-28s have
After further study of my Machine Sewing by Singer book it says about the
red felt: (Quote) On the 66 and 99 Class Machines the oscillating hook is
lubricated by oil from a piece of red felt which touches the top of the hook
. This felt wiper should be kept moist with oil at all times. (Unquote) The
repairman I called today wasn't sure he could replace it. Any comments
Lastly, several people have mentioned Singer 201s and I thought the whole
list would be interested in this quote from Sincere's History of the Sewing
Machine, copy. 1970: "Singer followed the Model 221 with the ultra-smooth
model 201, which they introduced at the Texas Centennial, in spring 1936.
The Model 201 was a full rotary, gear drive machine, with horizontal bobbin.
Improved gear ratio, and bearings, made the 201 one of the smoothest sewing
machines ever made, and it ranks at the top of the list of all-time
performers. The Singer 201 was the top of the line when sold in the model 40
Queen Anne Cabinet." And to think Marilyn said on today's FWF that she
bought a 201 for $5.00!
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 1995 21:41:45 -0500
Subject: my cool yule
Wow, here's the kind of story I never thought I would tell . . . but here
goes. In November, my in-laws came to visit for the weekend so my FIL could
go to a Gator game and an *I've been out of law school and making big bucks
forever* reunion, which left my MIL in our hands for the day. We went to
the movies (we saw "The American President" which was surprisingly good),
and while we were waiting for the show to begin, I asked my husband to ask
his mom if his grandmother had owned a sewing machine (just checking :>).
My MIL laughed (as though that were a ridiculous notion) and said no and
asked why I wondered. So I described the FW, physically and emotionally. A
few minutes later, she said something like, "Oh, you know, I think that
sounds like the little black machine a friend gave me--but it has a little
table with it, so that's not what you're looking for." My head spun around
and I said, "What kind of table?" She said, "It's like a card table, with a
hole the machine is supposed to set in." HELLO!!!! That's right, my
MIL--who's never sewn in her life but is a great needlepointer--had a FW
with a table! I immediately asked her for it (as I'm becoming brazen in my
FW-lust), and she said it could be my Christmas present if she could
remember where she put it.
Well, each time we spoke, I gently reminded her about the FW, and she kept
telling me she hadn't been able to find it--which is actually believable
given all the stuff my in-laws have in their home. So, I kind of resigned
myself to not ever getting it. Then yesterday, a package came from my
in-laws, all full of Christmas gifts, none of which looked or felt like a
FW. But in the last box I opened I found the original booklet for a Singer
221 "Featherweight"!! Apparently, she had indeed found the FW, but decided
to pretend she hadn't so it would be a surprise. Clearly, she doesn't know
FW's are no joking matter :>! She attached a note to the booklet saying the
machine looks as if it's "brand new" and that I must lead a "charmed life."
I can't wait to see it, so we're driving down to Miami to pick it up. How
we'll fit the table, the machine, and three dogs into a Honda Civic I'll
soon find out.
I'll post on the results of my expedition when I return. As I finish this
my husband walked in and added, "wouldn't be the greatest joke if she only
had the manual?" Ha, ha.
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 1995 22:43:43 -0500
Subject: New tan machine
Hello fellow fanatics!
I received my second tan 221 today and thought you all might be
interested hearing about something odd. According to Singer, both of my
machines are 221K's born 8/19/61. They are serial # ES881250 and # ES874178.
One has a riveted metal plate below the medallion that says "221K", and has
"Made in Great Britain" painted above where the foot plugs in. The other has
a riveted metal plate that says "221J" and does not say where it was made.
Both have foot pedals and motors made in Canada, however, the motor on the
British one is not the exact same color as the machine. It is slightly
pinker. Maybe they used the "K" and "J" for where they would be sold, not
necessarily where they were made.
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 1995 20:00:07 -0800
Subject: Singer 99K info
>99k book on page 32 Fig. 32, you will see the Bobbin Case Latch (CC). When
>the top thread comes to this spot the Bobbin Case Latch is so tight against
>the Bobbin Case that the thread cannot pass through this whole area without
>tugging on it before I can pull it back through the throat plate.
>Also on page 32 it says, "Under no circumstances must the screw EE be
>loosened" on the Bobbin Case Latch. This is what puzzles me. I'm not
>supposed to loosen the screw EE but that is the only way to make the
>clearance needed to get the thread to pass through this area normally.
Someone has loosened the screw EE and improperly adjusted the latch to
bobbin case spacing. Or the screw may have come loose in shipping and the
adjustment has changed. The hole in the bobbin case latch is slotted to
allow for this adjustment. You can see why Singer says don't loosen the
You need to loosen the screw EE and make more clearance between the bobbin
case and the latch. Now you can over do this because as you increase this
clearance, you reduce the clearance between the bobbin case and the
The bobbin case has a groove in one side that slides on a matching race
inside the oscillating hook. As the stitch is formed the top thread is
caught by the hook and pulled through this groove and around and under the
bobbin case. So you can see that adequate clearance is necessary for the
thread to pass between the bobbin case and the hook. You may have to play
with adjustment to get it just right.
Take the bobbin case out per page 33 and examine it carefully for rust,
burrs, anything that can snag the thread. The case should be smooth and
polished all around since the thread passes entirely around it. Be sure
and oil the machine per the instruction manual, especially the hook (red
felt). The bobbin case and the hook slide against each other, metal and
metal, and should be oiled daily.
A couple of other comments about the 99/66 models: If the red piece of
felt by the bobbin is missing, it just means you need to oil the bobbin
case to oscillating hook interface more frequently. The felt is there to
absorb some oil and provide lubrication for a longer period . The
Featherweight on the other hand doesn't have the felt so you should put a
drop of oil on the bobbin case each time you use it.
Also to clarify the needle thread direction - The 99/66 models thread
from left to right while the Featherweight thread from right to left.
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 1995 23:24:48 EST
Subject: 99K Problems
You should be able to get a replacement case from your local repair shop.
Brewer case No 111 fits perfectly and most repair people order from Brewer.
This case is white plastic but is not unattractive and is functional for
anyone needing a case for a 99k or a Spartan. Also if you need a light or
would like to have a better one than the round spotlight that comes on the
99k, Brewers light No 614 fits perfectly. This light will also fit the
Spartan if you can find a screw to fit the threaded hole in the back of the
The reason for not loosening the screw on the position bracket is because
it will lose the setting of the bracket. Since yours is incorrect you will
have to loosen it. If you do, try to set it so there is .010-.015 in.
clearance between the heel of the bobbin case and the cushion spring. If
you get it too tight you will have the problem you have now. If you get it
too loose the machine will be noiser than it should. A narrow strip cut
from a note card and used as a guage usually works for me. It should be a
loose but not sloppy fit.
A couple of you have lost the red oiling wick. It should be replaced since
it keeps the bobbin case/hook lubricated. You can cut a new felt from a
spool post felt (the new red ones are the right thickness) but you will
have to remove the bobbin case position bracket. To do this, remove the
needle plate and bobbin case and look at the position bracket. Above the
screw which the manual says not to loosen and which you will now have to
remove, is a pin. This pin is held in the machine by a set screw on the
bottom of the machine. Once the screw is loosened, the position bracket
can be pulled out of the machine and the spring uncsrewed. Cut the felt
about the width of the spring at the top, fold it over and trim so that it
can be screwed into the spring and trim so that about 1/4 in. sticks out of
the spring. Screw the spring with the felt back into the position bracket
so that when the arms of the felt are spread, one arm points to the front
of the machine and one arm to the rear. Replace the position bracket being
sure to keep the arms of the felt spread and tighten the set screw. Replace
the top spring and screw, readjust the position bracket and you're all set.
If you aren't comfortable doing this take it to a repair shop because the
machine won't sew if you don't readjust the position bracket correctly.
Hope this helps and that if any of you try it, you don't mess up your machine.
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 1995 12:25:50 -0500
Subject: information needed
I just saw your home page and wondered if you or any of your subscribers
could help me identify the age and maker of an old sewing machine that has
been handed down in my family for generations. The machine has no name
markings, only the words "patent applied for". It is black with decorative
gold and colored bronze powder designs on the bed and gold striping around
the hand wheel. The bed is approximately 6 1/2 inches long and 3 1/2 inches
wide. When the handwheel is included in the measurement, the length is 9
1/2 inches. The height of the machine is approximately 8 inches. The spool
is vertically in line with the presser foot. The machine is incredibly
heavy as well.
I have seen a drawing of a very early machine that is somewhat similar so am
assuming this machine probably dates back to the mid-1800's. How do I find out?
Any help or information would be very much appreciated.
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 1995 09:39:58 -0700 (MST)
I am new to all this about featherweights, but would like to maybe purchase
one as my mother had a wonderful Singer machine. I live in Boulder
Colorado, so if someone has one out west let me know.
Date: 29 Dec 95 15:05:52 EST
Subject: LOW SHANK ATTACHMENTS
Hello FWF's! It sounds like many of you are looking for low-shank attachments
to fit your FW's or 99K's, and I know most people prefer to buy only Singer
feet. However, if you cannot find Singer feet and just need "some" attachments,
I have a suggestion. Last March I bought a low-shank attachment set from Sears,
and the entire box of 16 pieces, manual and storage box only cost $27.99. Seven
of the feet share one "adjustable holder" ankle, just like the Greist sets do,
and those are the narrow hemmer, 1/4" hemmer, 3/8" hemmer, 5/8" hemmer, 7/8"
hemmer, binder and edgestitcher. Four other feet have their own built-in
ankles, and they are the applique foot, overcasting foot, zipper foot and
gathering foot. There is also a quilting guide, a seam guide, a scissors
cutting gauge and a stiletto for hole punching. All these feet fit my FW and
99K, since they are both low shank machines. I thought this was a very good
deal when I found them. Yesterday I was at a New Home/Elna dealer, and I
noticed in their display case several new attachments for sale, including a
couple varieties of rufflers and walking feet. So, lots of the attachments you
may be looking for are still being manufactured, and they will fit our older
machines just fine.
Happy attachment hunting..................Shirley
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 1995 20:05:51 -0500
Subject: A Franklin &other things
First, I want to say how much I enjoyed Anne's story
about her mother-in-law's little black machine. I can't
wait to read the sequel.
Thanks to Gordy and Al for sharing their knowledge
about Singer 99s. The people on this list are treasures!
Also, Gordy, my DH has signed up for your class in February.
Now, about the Franklin. Is a Franklin just one of the
thousands of off-brand machines that were made early in this
century for department stores? I seem to remember there had
been some discussion about Franklins on this list, but I
could be mistaken. I found a simply wonderful Franklin
treadle in a cabinet that looks like fine furniture. The
front of the cabinet is bowed and has decorative carvings.
When the full-top lid is opened the machine emerges by
itself on an ingenious pulley system that looks like a
bicycle chain. The treadle is completely enclosed in the
case. The machine is complete -- no missing slide plates or
other essential parts. The head is quite decorative. The
piece does not need any refinishing. The store is asking
$425. I probably won't really sew on the machine, but I do
like to have all our machines in working condition. If I buy
it this will seriously raise my ACPM (thanks for that
acronym Marilyn Root - average cost per machine). What do you think?
Other stuff -- Some of you may remember my Christmas tin
with the reproduction Coca Cola ad showing a sewing machine.
Yesterday, I found a machine that looks just like the one on
the tin. I think it is a Singer 101. It has a gear-driven
motor mounted partway inside the machine at the top of the
back of the post. The machine came with a full cabinet (no
bench) and it ran in the store when plugged in. No manual,
but I did get a darning foot and the feed-dog cover. (I will
keep my accessories in the tin.) I couldn't resist it for
$35. I could not spot the serial number in any obvious place,
so I could not call Singer's 800 # and find out the model
today. My DH and I will go get it with the truck
I called the real estate fellow who had said he was willing
to sell his FW after checking with his 80 year old mother.
He said his mom told him not to sell the machine. She gave
one to him and one to his sister when they left home.
Subject: Thanks for the Help!
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 95 18:43:19 -0500
Thank you again everyone for all the help on my 99k and special thanks to
Gordy and Al for their specific instructions on the Bobbin Case Latch and
the red felt "wick". The person who sold the machine to me offered to cover
the $19.95 a local repairman said it would cost to fix the machine, in hopes
that the shipping co. will make good on their insurance for the repairs.
The repairman knows 99s but wasn't too sure about the red felt replacement
so I'm passing on Al's instructions. I really wanted to tackle this myself
after all the good advice but was afraid that would void any insurance claim
. This way I'll have an invoice. I plan to collect all this week's 99k
advice plus glean what I can from the past four month's FWF and should have
a good volume of information on this machine. Have to admit that the bright
side to this episode has been that it forced me to learn 99s inside and out!
Imagine that and I STILL haven't sewn on one!!!
Now for a funny story. When I opened the 99k on Christmas morning, I had a
funny feeling I'd seen this machine somewhere. Last night I got to thinking
about the World's Ugliest Singer languishing away in the garage in that
beautiful oak bentwood case so once again I dragged it into the kitchen
(lots of screaming :-0 ). Somehow Godzilla had locked himself inside the
case or the case locked him in! I had to use a screw driver to turn the
lock. I then made a horrible discovery. Godzilla is the EXACT machine head
as the lovely 99k! (Excessive screaming!) I can't figure it out. Godzilla
is black, matte, crackle with no gold decoration yet the 99k sparkles in
shiny black with gold deco-like designs. Why would anyone set up an assembly
line of Godzilla's when they could look like 99s? Godzilla, though, has a
shuttle bobbin and bobbin winder so it is not a 99 or a 66. But their heads
are definitely from the same mold. [I profusely apologize to all 99 owners.]
The best part of this story is that I can put the 99k into that beautiful
oak carrying case. Even better, I have the cabinet in which the case (and
Godzilla) came and it is refinished, presently holding a FW. The base of
the bentwood case sets down in the cabinet instead of the machine fitting
onto hinges. Of course that means that the World's Ugliest Singer will now
be in the World's Ugliest Broken 99k Suitcase. They'll probably be very
I'm still convinced that the only reason I got that beautiful oak cabinet
and case for $40 is because the machine was so ugly! Do I dare take
advantage of the repairman's $19.95 special and haul in Godzilla for a tune-
up? It'll take a gallon of kerosene and a match to loosen up that baby!
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 1995 21:03:31 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 12/27/95
In a message dated 95-12-28 11:23:30 EST, you write:
>Terry, I removed most of the red felt from the oiling spot
>in my 99 when I was cleaning lint and other fuzzy stuff out
>of the machine. It finally dawned on me that the felt was
>stuck in that little spring thing for some purpose! Now I
>don't know what to do either. I hope we find some answers on
>this list. I'll feel pretty stupid taking it to my local
>Singer repair shop and asking them to replace it.
Wow, I tried to do this the other day. Glad I didn't keep trying. I
remember looking at my Spartan to see if it had the felt, no wait. I think
it was the Spartan that had it and the 99 I had didn't. I'll have to check
this out. Where did you all hear about the red felt in the spring thing?
Love this list, where else would people be able to explain spring things.
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 95 20:27 MST
Subject: Christmas FW's
This is my first communication to the newsletter, as I am completely
computer illiterate and my DH needs to be at my side to guide me through the
steps. He's the one who signed me up for this great info-letter, as he was
aware that I had been lusting after a FW for a long time. So when Zsux
advertised a FW, he e-mailed her and arranged to get it for me for
Christmas. I can't begin to explain how thrilled I was when he gave it to
me, but since you're all as nuts as I am over these little gems, I guess I
don't have to go into detail. I called right away to get her birthday,
March 15, 1949, and I didn't spend more than 5 minutes on the phone getting
it. Maybe it's because I called early in the morning, 8:30 MST, and they
weren't busy yet, or maybe the day after Christmas they just don't get too
Here in Idaho, there just aren't many FW's available for sale, I've checked
with my quilting buddies, and they agree. Those that have them are keeping
them..I can't blame them. The ones that I've seen in quilting classes have
been in the family for years, or were bought out of state.
I called Dale Pickens about getting the attachments that didn't come with my
FW, and found him to be a real fountain of info. I really don't mind
spending the money getting them through him, even though it sounds like if
I really looked I could get them cheaper, I just don't have the time to do
the garage sale thing, and I felt his prices weren't that out of line.
Besides, he's a very nice man.
Terry, I'm so sorry your 99k had such a rough time, it made me appreciate
the great job Zsux did packing and shipping my FW. Good luck on getting it
back in shape. The shipper should certainly pay up for the grief they caused!
By the way, before I close this LONG missive, although I can't do diddly on
this computer w/o DH, I want you all to know that I do all my own
keyboarding, those long boring typing classes in high school have payed off...
Thanks Sue for this great way to learn about our FW's.
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 1995 22:38:07 -0500
Subject: Buttonholer For Sale
I have another Singer Buttonholer for sale. It is part number 160506 and will
fit a FW, 99s, and the like. It is in excellent condition. It has all 5
templates and the feed dog cover. It is in the green plastic box with SINGER
in raised letters on the lid. It does not have a manual but I can send a
photocopy. Price: $29 including shipping. E-mail if interested. Thanks, Katy
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 95 21:22:28 -0500
Today didn't yield any great finds at the used bookstore or antique store
but I did find a Family Circle magazine from June, 1959 with a beautiful
full-page colored Singer ad. There are three slant needle machine photos -
full head shots - and a closeup side view of a slant needle. "The Great
Slant-O-Matic" is a 401A. It took a pair of reading glasses and the highest
power on a magnifying glass to read the model plate below the Singer
The second machine, "SLANT-O-MATIC Special" looks much like the 401A but it
takes discs. The third machine looks almost exactly like the second but it
is a straight-stitch machine, "SLANT-NEEDLE Deluxe". All three machines
have off-white all across the top including the hand wheel, dark beige
bottoms and beds and brown accents. What I want to know: Is the straight-
stitch machine a 301? It has a built-in threading chart, front drop-in
bobbin, and a gear motor drive. The front drop-in bobbin is what confuses me
because if this is a 301, how can you lower the feed dogs with a front drop-
in bobbin? Anyway, these machines from the '50s look like a Rambler 4-door
sedan! If anyone wants a color copy of this ad it would cost $3 plus
postage. ($3 is what it costs in this town for an 8 1/2 x 11)
In a used bookstore I found an old Better Homes and Garden Applique book
with a pattern for an appliqued black Model 15 Singer with lots of detail.
May have to try this. It even has gold scrollwork, silver on the edge of
the hand wheel, and a plug and cord.
Lastly I found the one and only book at our library on sewing machines
called The Complete Handbook of Sewing Machine Repair by Howard Hutchison.
The strangest thing is that he goes into great detail on Pfaff, White, New
Home and Brother but not Singer! Didn't Singer need repairs? (He He) He
does talk about Singer but nothing like the others. He has three closeups
of a Singer 319W. Never heard of it. The book is from 1980. [I couldn't
even access "sewing machines" at the library and the librarian looked at me
like I was nuts for asking. This book was listed in the "How to" book
section. Now I am checking out that section at the used bookstores.]
Thanks, Al, for the tip on ordering a better 99k light from Brewer. The FW
light is so much stronger because of its position on the front of the
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 1995 03:12:41 -0500
Subject: a Christmas story
In recent weeks I have discovered that not one, but two of my nieces are
interested in sewing and have wanted or needed a sewing machine. Lisa is
married and expecting her second child. A perfect match I thought,
especially as I could give her the fw I found in Chicago where she was also
born and raised to age 9.
Not only did she appropriately ooh and ahh, but she cut squares out of the
fabric I gave her to play with, and with the patched together thermore I
had brought with to Chicago, she made her first quilt for the baby to come!
It was hilarious to see her disappear for long periods of time while she
worked at it. Earlier I'd had her 5 year old turning the crank on Veritas
to string piece her first, very own doll quilt. Of course the family
teased us both about quilting fever.
My second niece is only 8 years old, but her mother is a sewer and I knew
that her "toy" machine had ceased to function recently. Unfortunately, she
was not feeling well on Christmas day, so she didn't come to Grandma's with
my brother and nephews.
Her 13 year old brother decided to stay the night to go downtown and look
at the lights with us. Next morning I asked if he would like to make a
quilt block. He quietly but enthusiastically said yes, so we got the scrap
box and remaining fw out and I showed him how to piece a strip block on a
pre-cut square of muslin. I pretty much left him to his own devices, being
the clever boy he is.
Guess what. Another fwf in the making. We didn't see him again until it
was time to pack up to take him home. He had finished four blocks and put
them together with a muslin back. Said he was going to make it a pillow
(which he later did). He'd totally figured out how to bring the muslin
from the back to front for binding, and left one side open to stuff.
Needless to say Matt had bonded with this fw so I gave it to him. I knew
he would share with his little sister until I could find her one of her
own. I also found out he will be taking sewing the last quarter of this
school year. And that he had stayed up until 1:00 in the morning sewing.
At my brother's house, Sarah drew pictures on muslin with fabric markers,
which she then wanted to put together into a small quilt. She pieced two
units together (on Matt's fw) before discovering one was smaller than the
other. I showed her how to fill in with strips, and she happily layered
and sewed around the edges of her new quilt--raw edges showing. It was
wonderful! As I told them all, the rules are, there are no rules! Except
Always turn your wheel towards yourself on the fw!
happy stitching to all...
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 1995 11:42:28 -0500
Don't you love it when you're writing people who know that accessories
doesn't mean scarves and bracelets! Anyway my best friend gave me for
Christmas from a junk store she visits regularly (same friend in the same
store found me a plaster bust of Elvis for my birthday!) a Singer booklet and
accompanying Darning thing. It is NOT an attachment, as it does not attach.
All it really is is a little steel hoop - maybe 2-3 inches - with a fitted
steel spring in a circle and six vicious-looking hooks. You pop the spring
off the hoop, roll up the sock, put the hoop around the hole and then fit the
spring on (just like an embroidery hoop) then rotate the hooks around so they
hold all the rolled up sock in place (like we use bicycle clips to hold a
rolled up quilt) Pretty elaboarate for a simple job. The booklet is dated
1908. The inside cover says "It makes DARNING A PASTIME and a work of art.
(yeah sure) It will not tear the stocking, nor will the darning hurt the most
tender feet" (unless you leave this contraption in the stocking!) The
instructions say once you trapped your stocking then to remove the presser
foot, slide this thing under, and lower the presser-foot-bar. Then stitch
away. Hmmm. Wonder if it worked - no mention of a darning foot and the photo
shows a naked needle. Someone was asking about this recently so that's the
rest of the story - if you want a xerox of the photo in the front of the
booklet send me your snailmail address - its pretty scarey looking.
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 1995 13:11:09 -0500
Subject: Happy New Year and adventures in antiqueland
Hi Everyone, I hope your holidays are continuing to be jolly!! I guess the
word is out in the family about the sewing machine fanatics.... we did not
receive any real machines but got 2 ornaments and a 3d copy of N.J. Srebro's
book (which will be returned).
DH and I went on a small journey up the antique trail between home (MA) and
Mom's (VT). He picked up a 99 and a 128, both in good condition with knee
levers. We stopped in a wonderful shop in Waterbury, VT and saw a treadle
machine and wonder if anyone knows anything about it. The cabinet is oak,
mission style with wooden legs, and inlaid measurements in metric. The
machine is a solid black head, plain with name Phoenix and Universa (no "l")
in gold decals. The only other adornment is a decal of a bird. The
throatplate has "syst. 1910" on the edge. The bobbin is vertical but facing
toward the machine operator rather than toward the left as the FW. Access is
through a small round hole with sliding cover under the machine. The owner
does not know anything else about the machine, we thought that it might be
German because of the metric measurement and the beautiful workmanship. We
had never seen a mission style cabinet either, it is just beautiful.
We passed up on a FW in New Hampshire... $250 with case but no attachments
and kinda worn looking. It is in a quilt shop so let me know if anyone is
interested. If the visa wasn't bursting I might have picked it up, but it
didn't "speak to me". We also unlocked the bentwood case of a 99 in another
antique shop. The booth owner bought it locked and had never seen the
machine because the key is missing. DH tried one of the keys that came with
one of his new babies and voila, the lock opened. The owner was not in at
the time so we left it as a surprise for her. We also saw 2 velvet lined
folding oak boxes in a shop, $25 for the empty one, $30 for the one filled
with attachments. Passed on those too, probably should have someone go back
and get them for us though.
We love this list and are thankful to Sue for maintaining it. Hope everyone
has great luck in the endless quest for FW's and others. nancy j.
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 1995 17:45:35 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Just Stuff
For Sheila M: In a conversation with a dealer a couple of weeks
ago she ended up showing me a book called "Antique Iron: Identification
and Value" by Kathryn McNerney (1984; 1991). This book has photographs,
brief descriptions, and current prices for at least two machines the
approximate size as what you describe. Our local library system has three
copies, so I don't think this title is especially hard to get. At least
it would be a place to start.
For Terri: Regarding your question abour front drop-in bobbins and feed
dogs. Just for the fun of it I went upstairs and checked my "retired"
Singer Golden Touch-N-Sew, which also has the drop-in bobbin. The feed
dogs do NOT drop on this machine, even though it was the top of the line
in its day. A special "feed cover plate" is supplied with the
accessories for free-motion stitching. By the way, I'm not sure of the exact
age of this machine since I got it from my MIL a long, long time ago in
galaxy far, far away, but the copyright date on the instruction book is
1970. I was rather amazed that with all of the things this machine is
supposed to be able to do, they still couldn't figure out a way to drop
the feed dogs with the front drop-in bobbin.
A request: Could someone in the group who has actually seen the Singer
"Machine Swering: A Treatise..." book post its description to the digest?
I was in two used bookstores today, and after developing a significant
crick in my neck from trying to read vertical titles two shelves up it
occurred to me that this would be lots easier if I knew more or less what
I was looking for, physically. That is, x inches high by x inches wide by
x inches thick. Did someone comment that it is spiral bound? What color
is the cover?
In the second bookstore, when I read the title and asked about which
section it was likely to be found in, the guy said something like: "That
would be in 'sewing', right back here next to 'the occult'". I was trying
to decide if this was his idea of a really bad joke or if he was just
plain wierd, and I blurted out "The occult??" in a seriously incredulous
voice. He hastened to explain that these types were together because the
majority of the titles he gets are oversized books, therefore they live
together in a bookcase with taller shelves. Live and learn, I guess...
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 1995 08:06:53 -0500
In response to Christine's inquiry about a Franklin treadle I had to share
just a little. My Franklin treadle is probably the plainest workhorse of
the lot. It is very nicely made and sews well, but no fancy decals or
cabinet. I was able to find an original manual from Bette Feinstein's Hard
To Find Needlework Books. Mine came with a manual for a Singer 127, which
is basically the same machine.
My dh who is better at researching and digesting info than I am gathered
the following information/speculation from two books I brought home from
the library; Sincere's History of the Sewing Machine and The Sewing Machine
Its Invention and Development by Grace Rogers Cooper (the Smithsonian Book)
We are guessing that White got the contract to make Franklin sewing
machines for the Sears Roebuck Catalog in 1924 or 1925. The impression is
that this was a 10 year contract. It is definately a copy of the Singer
127, as evidenced by comparison of the two manuals. Perhaps someday I will
get over to the Library of Congress and research old Sears Catalogs (this
suggestion was just made by dh).
If anyone has more information regarding Franklins, please let me know!
Subject: I Have FW Twins!
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 95 21:38:07 -0500
Today I discovered I have black FW twins born January 29, 1957. They'll be
39 yrs. old at the end of the month. Their numbers are AM659492 and
AM693833. There are 34,341 machines between the two.
I drove almost 200 miles today on Montana's speed limitless highways. Pretty
scary on those two-laners with tiny shoulders, especially with a little snow
that fell last night in some areas. Most people seemed to drive 65; 75 on
the freeways. Didn't see any of those kids driving 92 m.p.h. in Mustangs.
(Cars, not horses.) Anyway, as far as finding any machines, attachments or
FW ads, the trip was a bust. I saw a nice cabinet which included "two
heads" (??) for $400 according to the sales tag. The "head" that was in it
was creepy and I was afraid to ask what the other "head" was. I imagine
Montana has the only two-headed sewing machine on the market.
Another no-name machine w/cabinet for $145 had with it a lovely fuzzy tan
cardboard box with the silhouette of a lady's head and sewing machine. In
it was a vast assortment of Greist attachments which I wanted SO MUCH. Oh,
well. There was also a little toy machine from late 1800's for $150. Can't
believe anyone would pay that since it was covered with rust.
After re-reading Sincere's History of the Sewing Machine, my best guess is
that Godzilla is a Singer Model 128. Does anyone have one of these? E-mail
me privately if you are embarrassed to tell the rest of the list. :-} All
the pictures of Model 128's in the book were photographed in other countries
. What a thing to export!
Sheila: There is a book entitled "Toy and Miniature Sewing Machines" by
Glenda Thomas in which you may find your family's heirloom miniature sewing
machine. If you send me a picture, I might be able to identify it for you.
Christine: When the White Sewing Machine Co. took Sears, Roebuck's account
away from Davis Company, they manufactured a Franklin Sewing Machine. One
of the first Franklin Machines made from the expired Singer Class 27 patent
appears on pg. 176 of Sincere's History of the Sewing Machine (dtd. 1925).
It is beautifully ornate. After Davis lost the Sears account, Davis
eventually went out of business. (Singer did not drive Davis out of
business as someone on this list was once told.) The National Sewing Machine
Co. also mfg. a machine called Franklin.
Someone asked about a machine named Bell. While I didn't find one in the
miniature book, another book says "Bell" was mfg. by the Goodrich S.M. Co.;
White made a "Bell Bergum"; National made a "Bell Queen" and also a "Belle".
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