Featherweight Fanatics Archives

February 1996

Sunday, February 11th - Saturday, February 17th

Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 10:25:02 EST
Subject: FW Repair classes

Can anyone please post a list of repair classes, dates and places. 
Many are interested in going and a list would help.  I would be willing
to go almost anywhere.  Thanks.  Eileen
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 10:00:47 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: FW's For Sale

  This is my most current list of FW's for sale. I will abbreviate for 
Case-C, Manual-M, A-Attachments,X-copy of manual. If you would like a 
more lengthy description please email. Shipping, Handling, and Insurance 
will be $25.

AF - There is a little wear on this machine, but otherwise in very good 
condition. A,M,C, - complete set of attachments. $375.
AG - A,M,C, Tray case, some attachments, black is a little worn, gold is 
in good condition. $375.
AJ - A,M,C, Layered case, some attachments, very good condition with even 
wear. $375.
AM - A,M,C, Great Condition, complete attachments, foot-pedal case, later 
edition scrollwork. Case is also in superior condition. $510.
AK - Anniversary model, A,M,C, case has key, foot pedal case $495.
AJ - A,C,X, the front of this machine has scuffs on it otherwise top is 
fine. $450.
AL - A,C,X, - Machine is in very good condition - $450.
AJ - A,C, X, Gold is perfect, there are a few slight scratches on this 
machine but I would consider it in great condition. $495.  

FeatherWeight Table - $200, top needs refinishing, because of scratches. 
Top does seem smooth and no gouges noted. Legs are fine. $40. Shipping

FeatherWeight White Motor-never used $115.

1 Pre-WWII buttonholer -$35.
2 Post WWII butonholers- $35. (Includes Shipping)

Toy Machines- E for details.
German Garden Deco, pre WWII, 1920 Singer very good condition, Singer, 
a little rust-no needle, Gateway-needle, Holly Hobby Heather-needle, 
Little Miss (1947) rusty, Holly Hoby Electric, rusty, needle, 
Casige-needle, Kay-EE Sewmaster U.S. German Zone - needle, Black gold, 
1920, art deco German no needle.

Date: Sun, 11 Feb 1996 13:22:20 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Treadle Machine Find/Rotary Box

This post got bounced back to me twice...hope the 3rd time is a charm.

Just purchased a beautiful treadle machine by the American Sewing Machine 
Co.  The plate with patent numbers stamped on it is dated 1873.  Does 
anyone know anything about it?  It has a wonderful wooden box sitting on 
top of the machine, and uses the old, enlongated bobbins.  Wonderfully 
clean except for a worn out belt and the rubber on the bobbin winder.  
How can I date this machine and get it running?  I paid $125 in South 
Carolina (but the dealer said it originally came from Virginia--where I 
live!)   Is it possible to find an instruction booklet about this 
"American" machine?  Any help would be appreciated.

Also bought a black metal box marked "Rotary"...hoped it would have 
attachments to fit this machine or my featherweight.  E-mail me privately 
if you're interested in it.  It contains Greist Stitch Ruffler, Tucker, 
Edge Stitcher, Binder, 3 Hemmers and a few other non-marked attachments.

Barb T
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 1996 14:05:29 -0500 (EST)
Subject: purchase of a Singer

First, let me thank Yvonne for that unsolicited testimonial.  Nice to know
that my hard work is appreciated!  

Yesterday a woman called me asking if I would be interested in purchasing
her Style 418 Model 676 Singer in a cabinet, which she bought on 6/12/73 for
$229 (still has the original reciept).  I don't really want this, but I hate
to say no.  Can anyone offer me any guidance - is this a wonderful machine
and I should run right over and offer her $100, or is this a so-so machine
that I will probably never be able to resell?  It does have a zig zag
stitch, so it probably is not as good for piecing as a FW.


Date: Sun, 11 Feb 1996 13:23:49 -0600 (CST)
Subject: good weekend!

Just remember, Fanatics, this is *all your fault*!!  ;)

DH and I had to go to Lincoln for an Honor Band thing Thurs-Sat...he's a 
band director and had two students participating...the kids just happened 
to be our own so I had to go along, too.  

Nothing to do except listen to rehearsals and shop, so I dragged him to 
selected places...  I bought my second FW, a nice-looking AK that runs 
like a dream, from the only guy I'll trust any of my machines--new or 
old--with.  Probably paid too much, esp w/o manual or attachments.  I'll 
call Singer tomorrow and (with any luck) be able to share more later.

Notables also found...e-mail privately if you want more info:
	Singer Model15 in bentwood case, some attachments, includes  
		storage-type stool with black crow-bar-type dealie I assume
		is the knee-control (obviously I'm not real familiar with  
		this model!)   $75   (for sure the cord would need to be
	221 AL with case, attachments, and table--machine looked pretty 
		good, had a lot of lint, replacement foot pedal, decent case,
		no manual; didn't run the machine (in a crowded antique shop,
		and the fellow who was working couldn't find the table for
		it, so I wasn't really getting serious at that point--I did
		call back later and he'd located the table, described it 
		rather apologetically as "just a card-table-type thing 
		with a hole for the sewing machine")   ;)    $450

Also found a tan 301 in an OK cabinet, with what seemed to be two 
buttonholers, one in a cardboard box with a separate little box of 
templates, and one in a hinged dark-green plastic "Singer" box.  This was 
$75 -- is this something I should not pass up if it's still there the 
next time?  DH is having a hard time with this one...agrees the FW's are 
darned cute but wasn't too taken with the 301, esp in a cabinet.  
(Actually I'd been looking for a 301, but in the case...this one had no 
case.)  Are all 301's slant-needled?  This one wasn't too slanty, I 
didn't think, but it wasn't really straight either.  Also in an antique 
mall, so I didn't take the time to plug it in and run it, which of course 
I will do before eventually/possibly buying it.   

So, the nice 66 treadle I've been visiting will have to wait a while--my 
budget didn't really have room for even the 2nd FW!!  

Hope you all have a purr-fect Valentine's Day--

Date: Sun, 11 Feb 1996 15:08:57 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Fleetwood

Yesterday, I acquired a Fleetwood. The person selling it thought it was a 
Singer, but I don't see a Singer label anywhere on it. Its serial # is TW 
1814, and it looks just like the machine someone (sorry, I forget who it 
was!) had named "Stacey Blue." Anyway, it came in a cream-and-dark blue 
case, and is nominally portable, but extremely heavy. It's short-shank 
and threads from left to right. The motor is a bit noisy, but it runs 
great. I haven't had a chance to play with it much, yet, but it seems 
like it will be great for machine quilting. It came with a box of Singer 
attachments, including a tucker, which I didn't have before. It also 
included a Singer buttonholer (the black one). The same day, I got a 
newer Singer buttonholer - a tan one in a light green plastic case that 
looks a bit like a 1950s idea of a rocket ship.

Any thoughts?
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 1996 16:10:51 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Famous Buttonholer

Quick Question:

Can anyone tell me if a model number was associated with the "Famous"

Quick Comment:

We went up to an antique mall today.  When I asked the owner about treadle
machines, she told me they "turn them down every week on the phone", and
that they used to take them and (of course) junk the machine head and sell
the table.  Well, I left my name and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  If
we have room for two cats and a large dog, we can give a home to one
orphan treadle to save it from the scrap heap.

Date: 11 Feb 96 17:57:08 EST
Subject: Contributions

Hi all from rainly old England

A couple of comments on recent postings:

To Gail: Happy to contribute to web page -- let me know how I can help.

To Kim: Singer never made machines for other makers. The confussion arises
because many manufacturers, particularly in Germany, produced blatent clones of
Singer machines selling them as "Singer-type" or "Improved Singer System". When
I wernt through the machines that had been held in the storeroom of the old
Singer factory in Scotland there were dozens of such models and details of legal
actions taken by Singer against the pirates.

To Carolyn: I suspect that the toy treadle you saw was a fraud produced by an
enterprising antique dealer. Singer never put their toy Model 20 on any treadle.

To 1 etc who wants a price for a "black machine with gold braiding".
Only you know the price you paid for it and only you know the price that would
make you happy if you sold it. How can we help?
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 1996 18:45:14 -0500
Subject: Wilcox &Gibbs

to "Graham F "

Thanks for the info on my machine. The number on it is:  B587035 with a
little P above and in between the B and 5.  Can you recoment any Literature
on the subject?  What does "ISMACS" mean??
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 23:59:04 -0500
Subject: FWFanatics

I have mailed the cams for the buttonholers to those I responded to
positively via email.  To all others, I must say the response for those
buggers sure surprised me.  I guess it is real easy to lose one or more of
the cams.  So perhaps if other people on FWF have duplicates, you might offer
them up.  

I left my home today to go to the grocery store, but my car headed to the
indoor flea market open on Friday!  Anyways, the newspaper ad was wrong; it
was closed.  So I couldn't go home diasppointed, could I?? I sought out 2
antique stores in the area.  On
e had a tiny oil can.  At another I saw 3 machines; a New Ideal, a
Wilcox/Gibbs and a Climax.  (yes, that's what it said!)  The guy said he
usually has a lot more machines.  Gotta go back there often.  

He rummaged around and came up with a manual for a 66-18, a cookie tin
(4inches tall and 5 inch diameter) chuck full of attachments, bobbins,
bullet-shaped bobbin cases, etc.  Also another oil can and a very interesting
Singer Darner for Mending Socks.  Part no. 35776, it has no instructions, but
a picture on the box shows the darner situated under the needle with the
needle in the center.  Does anyone have a manual for this?    

The other interesting item was the pinker which fastens to the table top and
has a hand crank.  It was not a Singer brand.  The price on it seemed high,
so I though I'd first ask if anyone can give me an idea of a reasonable price
for this item.  The guy at this store does not bargain and his prices are, in
general, higher than I am accustomed to seeing.

It broke my heart to see the creations this guy's wife is proudly making.
 She takes an antique something for a base (like a metal box which said
'Sewing Machine Attachments, an old potato masher, large wooden spools about
10 inches tall).  She glues threads, needle packets, thimbles, buttons, etc.
to the base and puts a $15.95 price on it.  How sad!  He said it is quite the
rage and he sells a lot of them!

Did I mention that I came home without any groceries???

I have a HUGE favor to ask!!  I just read a FWF from a few days ago and came
upon an offensive political statement.  Could we agree now keep this list
free of all political stuff now and forever.  It is going to be a very long
year with the presidential elections gearing up and FWF is an ESCAPE..  I've
sure there are lots of other places on the Net where you can make positive
contributions in the political arena.  Let's keep FWF pure!  I've made so
many friends, I don't want to start thinking of them in terms of their
political views!!  I hope the majority is with me on this....

Date: Sun, 11 Feb 1996 20:24:32 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 2-11-96

Well, I finally have my FW story to tell.  I have one FW made in 1934 and I
love her dearly, but she is a little used, but works great- Paid $350 for
her.  After reading this column, I decided that I was an official FW fanatic
and have been on a search for more of these wonderful machines.
I went to the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea market today and after about 15 minutes
of hunting, there she was.  I ran to where she was sitting and looked her
over- An AM model in Perfect condition.  Had all the attachments, two
packages of unopened machine needles , a perfect case, and an original
manuel.  I thought I had gone to heaven.  The fellow was asked $295 for her
and got him down to $275.  I took my machine and ran with a big smile on my
face. The original tissue paper was still in the attachment box with original
lube and oil.
I got her home and cleaned off all the mold(with Armorall) and there was not
a scratch on her and she worked perfectly.  I don't think she was used much
at all.  So now I have two FWs
 and who knows where this obcession will end. Laura 
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 1996 20:55:29 -0500
Subject: Featherweights and manuals

Joyce, I was unable to reach Singer on Friday. Boy is that a busy number,. I
will try again tomorrow and see if I have better luck. I was very diappointed
at the information you were given and hope that I am able to confirm or muddy
the waters still further after I reach Singer. If it is in fact a 1946
instead of a 1941, I will pass on it and ask you to keep my name in mind if a
1941 comes into your hands in the future. I will contact you tomorrow with
any information I am able to obtain. Still hoping it's a 41, Elaine.
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 1996 22:32:40 -0500
Subject: Zigzag attachment

Hello to all.  I had to share my weekend find.  I thought I was lucky to find
a seam guide  25527 (Singer Gt Brit), Binder Foot 121464 (Singer Gt Brit),
 Adj Zipper Foot 161127 (Singer Gt Brit), and a tube of Singer Motor
Lubricant in its box.  But then - I found a small green and white Singer box
(about 3" x 4").  It was a Singer Adjustable Zigzag Attachment 121706 (Singer
USA), complete with instruction book.  The book is dated 3/47.  I also saw a
Baldwin Sewing Machine (electric portable) for $50.  It was in a red case
that lifted off the machine and base.  It looked very much like an FW and
weighed about the same.  Does anyone know anything about this look (and feel)

Date:          Mon, 12 Feb 1996 15:15:55 GMT-10
Subject:       Hand crank

My Singer Hand crank sewing machine c 1915 saved the day.   I had the 
dubious honour of fixing the school cricket pads( similar to the pads 
worn on the goalie at an ice-hockey game).  The  strap that wraps 
around the leg needed resewing and as it was through two  thicknesses 
of webbing I was unsure if my 1978 Husquvarna could do the job.
Enter the trusty Hand-crank.
As my 10yo son  turned the hand crank, I manipulated the cumbersone 
cricket pads and the needle smoothly went through the double 
thickness webbing.  We were able to work slowly one stich at a time.
 I was very happy with the end result and the stitching looks great.
I wish I had taken a photo of the two of us manipulating the bulky 
cricket pads and cranking the machine.
Many thanks to Penny at A Stitch Back in Time.  Your catalogue looks 
great.  I wish we had a shop in Australia that had so much sewing 
paraphernalia for "the older machine".
still cranking on
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 16:01:13 -0500
Subject: Re: Bobbin case

I am looking for a bobbin case for my FW -AH.  The dealer accidentally broke
off the little hinge when he was putting the bobbin and bobbin case/holder
back into the machine.  Please E-mail me. Thanks from Debbie
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 08:03:37 -0600
Subject: FS:  featherweights &stuff 2/8/96

Hello All!  I just finished my sewing course. I still have to hem and
buttonhole my garment, but that should be no problem.  The buttonhole
attachment to the featherweight makes such nice buttonholes!  I was so

My father and mother, Dale and Deloris Ps are home now.  You can call them for fw parts, accessories, or even a fw.  I've updated the homepage thanks to Nancy, and lets not forget, this list.  Its only due to you on the list who contribute thefacts about those featherweights, am I able to make a homepage on the stuff.   Thank you kindly again for the interaction.

Oh, I don't get a chance to look at my email except once every two days.
Busy household with three kids, job, and that DH!
Gail P
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 07:29:18 -0600 (CST)
Subject: White or mint green?

Hi fellow featherweight readers:

I found another one!!! :)  A few weeks ago, while browsing in a neighboring 
town's antique shop, my husband asked the owner if he had any singer portables. 
 The answer was no.  But, another customer overheard and said he had a couple he would be willing to sell.  Did we want them?  Of course we said yes, but he gave us his name and address and told us to call him in a few weeks when he would be back from his vacation.  He said that he had a white one and a black one.

Thinking it over, I decided that I wanted only the white one because I already 
had a black one.  Well, we called him and agreed to buy the white one.  When we 
arrived at his house and saw it, it was sitting on a white tablecloth, and at 
first glance the machine appeared white but after looking closer you could see 
it was definitely light mint green.  We bought it and left.  Now I want to 
describe this machine, and I want to hear if any one has one like it.  

The serial # is: FA 129936.  It has no plug at the machine end, but is wired 
directly into the machine.  The Singer S is of gold paper with a red S.  There 
is a picture of a woman sewing behind part of the S.  This machine does not look used.  It also says "made in Great Britian" on the wiring side amd also 221K. It sews the perfect stitch FW are known for.  The table extension is not as large as on the black FW.  

Is this mint green color the color of all the "white" machines?  Or is this one 
a green one?  The case is light green with ivory stitching and trim.  There is 
no tray or holder for the foot feed, which is wider than the older black models.  The face plate is marked, but not in inches.

 If any one knows anything about this machine or has one I would love to hear 
from you.

Hoping for info.

Barb K. 

P. S. The man we purchased from decided to keep the black machine for his 
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 96 09:12:26 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics

Here's how I got rid of the musty smell in my FW case.
It sounds a bit wierd, but it worked.  I got a Dr.
Scholl's "Odor Eater" shoe insert, and put it in my
FW case underneath the machine. It took a while to
remove all of the odor.

Graham - about the Singer model 20 toy machines.
I've been looking for them in my neighborhood
(Ann Arbor, Michigan) for some time. I've seen quite
a few, but none at a price that I'd be willing to
pay.  They are all being offered at $250.
Way too rich for me. Other toy machines I've seen
(usually Casige) run about $90. What prices are
other FWFanatics seeing on toy machines? Where?

Betsy S
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 08:33:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Walmart

I'm getting so tired of this winter.  But the crocus are starting to come
up and the pansies have been growing for weeks now.  They come up from
seed and it's amazing to me how they germinate in the middle of all this
cold weather.

I saw that Singer reproduction machine at WalMart this week.  The thing
that struck me was the terribly shiny finish.  Not at all like these old
beauties we are collecting.  I couldn't play with it because it was high
on a shelf.  We 5'4" people run into that all the time.

Karen, I think that checking is what happens to the finish when it is
too dry.  I don't think you can do anything about it because that finish
is the only thing that is protecting your paint and decoration.  

Have just reread an article in a March, 1978, Saturday Evening Post about
Singer and his marketing.  Actually the brains behind the marketing was
Mr. Clark.  The thinking back then is hard to comprehend now.  Men
actually thought that women didn't have enough brains to run a machine. 
And there is a sarcastic crack about the sewing machine giving the women more
time for thinking.  This is an excerpt from a book called "A Capitalist
Romance:  Singer and the Sewing Machine" by Ruth Brandon published 1977 by
J.B. Lippincott Co.  Wish I had that book.

Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 09:27:13 -0500
Subject: FW Accessory Case

I recently purchased a pre-war FW &with it came a small brown case (approx.
9X12) which had the original Singer Sewing Machine Co.-Muskegon, Mi. - 1940
purchase agreement stating the items the case included. According to the
agreement, the case had a Singer catalog # of 121872 &was called a
"Merchandise Case". The case includes items like the gatherer-121441,
Pinker-121021, Buttonholer-121795, Hemstitcher-121387, Quilter-35432,
Edgestitcher-36865, Skirt marker-121755, Singercraft Guide, etc.. My question
is:  Was this a Singer issue or aftermarket item the Singer dealers offered?
What is the value of it, and or anything else you may know about it. I
certainly would appreciate knowing. Thanks!
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 08:09:05 -0800
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 2/8/96

Hi everyone,
I wonder if everyone looks for Graham F 's posting as much as I do.
Mr. F  you are such a wealth of information and we are lucky. How did
you get interested in sewing machines? I laughed when you said there are
not very many quilters in your country, I thought you might get blasted
with E-mail. I'v always thought the origin of quilting was from England, or
at least the inspiration. An example of this would be the very popular
pattern from the 1800's, Princes Feather. I just learned the the quilters
in England call it Patchwork not quilting.
As a collector of toy machines I was wondering if you had a source for the
toy machines that would be willing to mail order? I have been looking for a
red or (and) blue Singer model 20, do you think I have a chance to find
one? I find in Washington/Oregon the Singer model 20, both models are about
$200. The word has spread and it is seldom to find a bargain.
 Way back in October when I started reading FWF my DH said " how much can
you say about sewing machines?", well we are still going I have love
hearing from everyone. Happy sewing!!
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 08:27:18 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 2/8/96

Laura-Take off the bottom tray on your machine and get into the working 
mechanism and see if thread is jammed behind the bobbin, I find this the 
usual case for clunking noises. Holly and Pat I have tried to email you 
with machines I have for sale but the emails keep getting bounced back. 
But I do have a number of machines and also "Toy Machines" all at varying 
prices. I do liquidate for collectors so have an ongoing flow of 
FeatherWeights, many collectors status, many very well kept good running 
machines. As far as packing I always try to pack for security and have 
started insuring for the cost of the machine. On the 128's, 99's, and 
66's, I crate those machines because they are just so heavy that I fear 
they would break right through a cardboard box. Zsux
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 10:10:42 -0500
Subject: WANTED

I am  looking to buy drawers for a singer tredle . 3 drawers on a side with
applique on front and sides.  The last patent on the machine is 1891.
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 23:46:44 -0500
Subject: A Subversive Book

Help save old sewing machines!  If you run across a book
called *How to Make Something from Nothing* by Ruth Stearns
Egge (1968, Coward-McCann, Inc., New York) buy it and keep
it hidden away.  This book actually advocates destroying old
sewing machines to make "decorative accessories" from the

Sample quote: "On looking for junk...don't overlook other
possibilities in wood, such as...old sewing-machine drawers,
and the domed covers from the early machines..."  "Treasures
ready for conversion [are]...wheels from sewing-machine
heads...framework for sewing-machine drawers..." 

Or, how about this quote: "Treadle Type of Sewing Machine...
old-fashioned sewing machines may soon become true treasures
and exceedingly hard to find.  At present there are still a
number of antique machines about -- in attics and basements,
as well as secondhand shops -- and their uses are multiple. 
The cast-iron legs are in demand for dressing tables or
plant stands.  The drawers, especially those with a carved
design on one side, make very decorative planter boxes....
the rack or framework into which the drawers slide...make
interesting trim.... Sometimes both the left- and right-hand
racks can be salvaged along with the drawers.... Better
still, get a carpenter to shorten the depth of the drawers a
bit; then build them into a compact little set of four to
six miniature drawers.  These are stunning when painted....
The early treadle machine had a removable box that could be
locked in place over the head of the machine.... The wall
piece [shown in photo]...was made from such a box.  It was
first sawed in two (lengthwise) and half-mounted on a

I found this book today in an antique collective.  I
snatched it up for $1.  I will keep this book safe from the
hands of those who might be out to destroy our treasures.  I
urge other FWFs to do the same.

I hope you don't take my "review" too seriously. :-)

Date: 12 Feb 96 12:01:52 EST
Subject: Contributions

To Sew J .
Your Willcox and Gibbs was born in 1913 -- proably during the earlier part of
the year. There is a hreavyweight handbook which I could copy and post to you
but all you really need is the threading diagram which I could send. Send a
snail-mail address to the e-mail number below.
ISMACS is the International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society which operates
out of London with branches in the USA and Australia. 

To Barbara 
Your American machine was made by the American Buttonhole, Overseaming and
Sewing Machine Company of Philadelphia. I can date it if the number is less than 121477. Company was active from 1867 to about 1890.I've always been surprised that more manufacturers didn't use the name.

If you're not too busy, out test team could do with some new pads -- and some
new players to put them on

To all
I missed the political statement refered to but agree that this page should be
kept for sewing machines and sewing machines only.
Plus, of course, the weather--- because it's raining in London (again).

Graham F, ISMACS, London
Subject: Searching Still
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 12:56:14 -0600

I am still looking for a FW with serial #'s between AG689391-AG709390. Any help 
locating one would be
greatly appreciated!!:)

Millie : Thank you for your comment regarding political statements. I 
couldn't agree more. Thought I was the only one who had an opinion.

Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 11:32:15 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: FW &Toys For Sale

	For some reason have had trouble posting lately, but will hope 
this one will go through.

For the FW's I will use the abbreviations C-case, A-Attachments, 
M-Manual, and X -Copy of Manual Shipping and Handling $25. Toy info 
request by email.
AF- A,M,C, There is a little wear on this one, but othersie in very good 
condition. $375.
AG- A,M,C, Layered case, some attachments, very good condition with even 
wear. $375.
AJ- A,M,C, Layered case, with some attachments, vey good condition even 
war. $375.
AM- A,M,C, Great Conditon, layered case, complete attachments, later 
edition scroll work $510.
AM -A,X,C, Very good condition, later edition scrollwork $475.
AK- A,C,M, Anniversary Model, great condition, foot pedal case has key.
AJ- A,C,X, Front of this machine has scuffs on it, otherwise top is great.
AL- A,C,X, Machine is in very good condition $450.
AJ- A,C,X, gold is perfect there are a few slight scratches on this 
machine but I would consider it in great condition. $495.
 FeatherWeight Table-$200. Top needs refinishing because of scratches, 
otherwise in fine shape. Top is smooth with no gouges which will lend 
itself well to sanding. ($40 Shipping)
Featherweight White Motor-$115.
Toy Machines
German ( garden deco) pre WWII
1950's Singer Sew Handy, Case, Manual
1920's Singer, good condition
Singer /black little rust, no needle
GateWay - Needle
Hollie Hobby Heather- needle
Little Miss (1947) rusty, no needle
Holly Hobbie Electric- Rusty, needle
Kay-ee Sewmaster, U.S. Zone Germany, 1950, great condition
Blackgold, art deco German, no needle   
 Please feel free to call or email.
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 15:31:08 -0500
Subject: new machine/nonFW

Hi, well, now I'm upgraded (or degraded) to an old Singer fanatic (OSF?).
Anyway, I had to reformat and restore all the creaking 286 in our department
lab on Friday--which takes a small lifetime.  So after I started the first
few going, I ran around the corner to get a paper.  Scanning the want ads, I
found an ad for an old Singer, table model, no fancy stitches--$50.  Luckily
the lab has a phone :>  I called and it clearly wasn't a FW--I haven't lived
that good a life.  But, I decided to check it out anyway and ran right over
after work.  It turned out to be a really nice looking 66 in a great looking
cabinet that looks like a little Shaker table when you close it.  The woman
said it was from 1953 (she was moving to Africa).  It also came with the
guide to "Singer Family Sewing Machines" that someone had mentioned
earlier--what a great little book!  Of course, I bought it straightaway,
rushed home, somehow lifted the machine en-cabinet from my car, admired it
for 20 seconds, and rushed to make my hair appointment.  A girl's gotta do . . 

Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 12:26:32 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: More Toys

 In addition to the post I forgot to add the following toy machines.

1950's variety Sew Handy-no needle, a little rust
1920's Slant needle Singer, needle, a little rust, needs oiling bad
Tan Singer, England, good condition, no needle
1950's SewHandy, superior condition, case a little peel, manual

Please e for further details. Zsuxxa
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 15:17:37 -0600 (CST)
Subject: model 115

Hi! Just got done calling the 800 Singer # about a machine I saw in an
antique shop yesterday. Serial # G5386987. The woman who helped me said it
was a model 115 ,B.D. of 4-26-17. She asked if it was a treadle. It isn't.
She said it had the motor added,then. It is in a brown and tan case. They
are asking $59 for it. I wouldn't say it is in 'bad' shape, but 'good' might
be pushing it. It has a round bobbin case and doesn't look to be rusty. The
flower designs are in pretty good shape and it looks like it would maybe
run. Since the only collectable machine I have is a FW, I'm getting anxious
to jump on the bandwagon and buy some other models. Is this a machine you
would consider worth buying, or should I hold out for better stuff, or
should this be bought and then keep my eyes open for an empty treadle
cabinet or one that has a non-working machine in it? Please HELP !!!! 
Oh, also saw a White Rotary FA3001701 for $69. It was kinda neat looking.
Was this a treadle also? Anyone have any info on this one for me?
Thanks- Jenifer :-)
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 16:59:02 EST
Subject: Toy Singer 20

I am so excited -- I just got a toy Singer handcrank at an estate
auction for $85.  Then I saw the post from someone who saw one in an
antique store for $350.  Then my boyfriend gave me an early Valentine's
present which is an illustrated guid and prices to toy sewing machines.
Life is wonderful.  I thought the machine had been put into a carrying
case that someone had jury-rigged, but it may not be.  After looking in
the guide, some of these came with little trunks and a mannequin to
dress.  More research needed.  And, finally, does anyone have a manual
they would be willing to copy, please, please -- just let me know how
much.  Thanks. Eileen in what will once again be winter-y MA, or so
they say.
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 18:44:46 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Rocket Ship


Your tan buttonholer in the "1950s idea of a rocket ship" is either a
Model 489500 or a Model 489510.  One is for regular needle (straight) and
one is for slant, and I can never remember which is which.  Mine has the
word "straight" engraved in tiny letters on the top of the metal piece
that receives the clamping screw and attaches the whole thing to the
presser bar.  If you need a copy of the manual, I can photocopy mine. 
BTY, the copyright date on my manual is: 1960.

Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 17:56:03 -0600
Subject: A Pasadena Hunt

Hello All!
Hmmm, any good shops in Pasadena California for hunting fabric, and sewing
machines?  I'm going in a month or two for a convention and I wanted to go
hunting locally.  Thanks for any information.   Gail
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 20:59:21 -0500
Subject: FWFanatics

I have been able to get both Sincere's books from my local libraries.  Also
have gotten  a really cool book by Arthur W. Smith called HOW TO ADJUST AND
REPAIR YOUR SEWING MACHINE.  1984 copyright.  Published by Silver Dollar
Press 5021 Arlington Drive North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116.  Explanations
are well done for the novice and with lots of illustrations. A chapter for
just Singer machines.  Also many pages shows parts to machines and part
numbers.  I bought 2 odd bobbins this weekend and looked them up in this book
to find part number and what machine used them.  (Anybody looking for a White
Rotary #863 or a Singer #15277?)  I do not know if the book is still in print
or available from publisher - but I think I will try I like it so much.

My weekend sleuthing yielded no sewing machines, but several other odd items.
 In  looking for oil cans, I spotted a clear jar with cork stopper and OIL in
bold lettering.  Upon closer inspection, it says SUPERIOR Sewing Machine Oil
- warranteed not to gum  - Excellent for skate oil - Herman Chemical Company,
Brooklyn NY.  There is no date, but is sure looks like it could be 100 years
old.  And the little bit of oil in it is not gummy!

I limit my searches to portable, but I came across a gorgeous treadle that I
thought about seriously.  It is a New Home with manuals, attachments, extra
bobbins, etc.  But what fascinated me is that it is set in a desk-like wood
cabinet with doors to enclose the treadle area.  It was $125, which I thought
was a bargain.  I don't even know if the machine works, but it looked pretty

I wonder when Gordy is coming to New England to give featherweight classes?

I have given Heloise's treatment of musty suitcases a few times.  Has anyone
tried it out?  I also put fabric softner sheets into the box and keep it
closed for a few days.  Airing it in the sun always is a help too.

Last summer my cleaning lady bought a book at a tag sale and left it for me
to use.  It 
occurred to me today that it is the MACHINE SEWING book by Singer!  So I
guess I can cross that one off my list of books to look for!!

I am hoping to get to Sturbridge soon and will look up THE SIMPLE MACHINE.
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 20:49:29 -0500 (EST)
Subject: American Treadle Machine

I thought I sent this yesterday, but it may have been erased by 
mistake...sorry if I'm duplicating it!

I purchased an extremely old treadle machine in excellent condition in 
South Carolina on Monday.  It has a metal plate listing the patent 
dates...the last one is 1873.  Is this machine really that old?  It is in 
a beautiful walnut cabinet, with a wooden box covering the machine 
itself.  I was so tickled to find it--paid $150.  Does anyone know 
anything about this machine?  I'd love to date it and find out how to use 
it.  It uses the long, skinny bobbins.  Should I take it to a 
"professional" to have it oiled &cleaned, or can I do it myself?  It works, 
but I have no clue what I'm doing, or even how to thread it.  Can I still 
get a copy of an instruction book for it?  Any advice would be appreciated.

Barb T
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 96 20:27 MST
Subject: Political statements

MILLIE  I agree completely, Please no political logos etc, this too is my
oasis, my haven, my little slice of heaven where my FW obsession is treated
with understanding.  No outside world please.

As DH has overhauled my new little AF, we discovered she had been stored
outside  at sometime, and had gotten some rust, which has made some of the
black paint flake off.  We were wondering if any one has tried car touch up
paint to repair that type of boo boo?  If not, does anyone have any ideas on
how to repair it?  We also had to replace the belt with one of those pink
nylon kind, is there any way to get one that would look like the original?
Or is my sewing machine repair guy telling the truth that this is it?
As DH got into the new baby, we really felt we had rescued her from a long
slow death from neglect.  The lint under the throat plate was so packed in,
it was petrified, also someone had taken apart the thread tension and put it
back together cock eyed, I was amazed it ran at all.  She's all better now
though, BTW, Armorall really did work well.

To the fellow who posted about repainting a badly beat up FW in red, blue,
or mauve, I think it sounds kind of intrigueing, although DH feels it is a
travesty.  But if it will save just one FW from the dump GO FOR IT!!!

RITA I love my 301A, it's a great machine, I'd grab it.

Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 19:36:23 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Featherweight Pin

Got my "Love My Featherweight" pin from Little Foot, Inc. today.  It was a 
birthday present to myself.  It doesn't have any writing on it, just a 
nicely detailed black FW in front of a deep red heart, about 1 1/4" 
across.  It has a tie tack back.  It has already been a conversation 
starter. I feel like a member of a secret society; if I see another pin I 
will know it is a fellow Featherweight Fanatic!  I'll have to hide it 
when in antique stores, though, or I'll give myself away.
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 19:34:04 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 2/8/96

Hi Fanatics,

Just a few lines today--have some questions.

To Elaine in Soggy Washington--I can relate.  I live in Port Orchard.  
One of our friends is waiting to see if his house slides into Colvos 
Passage in Olalla.  We have a road going out of town that slides 
everytime it rains.  The eastbound lane is gone--makes you wonder about 
the westbound.  I haven't been on that road since October.  

I also have a Anniversary featherweight.  I just had it serviced in 
Silverdale at the local sewing machine repair.  I am definitely not 
happy with it.  The stitch is better but now the belt slips and they put 
so much oil in it and on it that I have to wipe it down everytime I use it.


My mother purchased a 99K with a cabinet at a thrift shop a few weeks ago 
for $7.50.  I have cleaned it up,but the stitch still isn't completely 
right.  I will have to take it in I think.  I ordered a knee pedal from 
the Missouri Sewing Machine company in  Kansas City.  Unfortunately it 
did not fit.  They were very nice there--great help on all questions.  
Maybe one day I will find the appropriate knee pedal.  Did your machine 
come with one in the cabinet?  My mother has a Singer purchased in l948 
(15-90).  Her's has a knee pedal but unfortunately her machine is a full 
size head and mine is only a 3/4, so it won't fit in her cabinet.  If you 
find anything out or know about this pedal, I would appreciate a response.
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 96 20:45 MST
Subject: Magazine sighting

Forgot to mention that in the Feb. issue of Country Living, on page 96,
there is a picture of a hand crank Singer in the sewing room.  It looks like
it is in A-One condition.  It's fun to spot these Singers in surprising places.

Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 23:45:08 -0500
Subject: Bartlett Treadle Sewing Machine

My DH's aunt gave us a Barrtlett Treadle Sewing Machine that has been in the
family a while.  Does anyone know anything about Barlett's or where I might
find infomation?  It looks old and the mechanism's are simple.  It was stored
in a barn so I have a restoration job on my hands also.  Thanks     Sharon
Subject: Re:FW Fanatics 2/8/96
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 96 20:53:16 PDT

Re: Futura

The Futrura came out sometime after the 500a....I am not sure of the date 
off the top of my head.  It does more stitches, because it has the capacity 
to go backwards during the patternmaking.  My localsewingmachineguru says  
it is not as good a machine as the 500a or earlier machines and has no real 
signifigance of collectiblility.  It is kinda neat looking...but I like my 
500a better.

talkatyasoon! Fran
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 21:00:17 -0500

buttonholer manual.   I can send you a copy if
you like of the Singer model with cams.  I do this a lot and so ask $5 to
cover my costs.  I have lots of other manuals if you are interested.  Thanks.
Date: 13 Feb 96 06:32:33 EST
Subject: Politics &Singer Model 328

Dear FWFs, 

>>I have a HUGE favor to ask!!  I just read a FWF from a few days ago and came
upon an offensive political statement.  Could we agree now to keep this list
free of all political stuff now and forever.  It is going to be a very long year
with the presidential elections gearing up and FWF is an ESCAPE..  I've sure
there are lots of other places on the Net where you can make positive
contributions in the political arena.  Let's keep FWF pure!  I've made so many
friends, I don't want to start thinking of them in terms of their political
views!!  I hope the majority is with me on this......Millie in CT.

YES, YES, YES and thank you so much for saying this, Millie!  I SO completely
agree that FWF is NOT a place for political views.  Please, let us not turn this
great list into just another political opportunity; because it is our refuge,
our "ESCAPE" as Millie so appropriately states.  Let's continue to keep the
focus on our mutual appreciation of antique sewing machines and accessories, as
has always been our aim.  That is what has brought all together, and it is what
can keep us together.  Responsible political involvement is important in the
world, but it is not any part of what we do here, and it shouldn't become so.
The media is, and will continue to, deliver an abundance of political news daily
over the coming months, but we shouldn't be doing that to each other here.

And now, back to our vintage sewing machines--I recently found a Singer 328,
along with the manual, cams and attachments. I remember months ago that a few
members were seeking information on this model.  Does anyone still have any
questions about the 328 that my manual may be able to shed some light on?  If
so, either e-mail me directly or on the list, if you think it would be general

Date:          Tue, 13 Feb 1996 16:32:14 EST4EDT
Subject:       buying info

Hi all, I've just joined this list after reading some of the digests 
on the Webpage.  I have an opportunity to buy a 221K and I would like 
some advice.  These machines are really scarce in Melbourne 
Australia, but I have tracked one down.  At the moment it is being 
reconditioned by a Singer serviceman.  I have been told by phone that 
it is a good machine but the motor was terrible and at the moment it 
is being rewound.  As it is a long way from where I live I won't be 
seeing it until I am about to buy it.  What sort of things should I 
look for?  Are there any 'extra desirable ' features?  Is there any 
fault that should stop me from buying it?

Thanks, Jeanette
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 1996 14:02:47 -0600 (CST)
Subject: What is it??

Well after a successful auction Saturday, I came home with an immaculate 
Singer 201-2 in a walnut cabinet (Cabinet Model 42 for you Singer purists 
:-)).  In the top left hand drawer is a pencil tray and a small round 
glass container with a black cover which contains a floating ball 
device.  I could only imagine that this might be used for moistening 
fingers, but that seems a stretch.  Does anyone know what this is for?  I 
would probably call this cabinet post-war art deco.  for those of you 
that have a '40's  or 50's edition of _Machine Sewing_ it is illustrated 
there;  looks a lot like a desk when closed.  I would appreciate any 
hints on the "bottle"


A lot of us (myself included) are finding more bentwood Model 99's and fewer 
levers.  If you find yourself in this category, please email to me. I 
am trying to put together an order for some reproduction knee levers, but 
it needs to be done in modest quantity-more than just a couple.  
Estimates indicate the cost would be quite reasonable.  These will be 
tested on one of my own 99's before they are sold.  thanks for any 

Subject: Catalog
Date: 13 Feb 1996 16:11:31 GMT

Hi there Fanatics,
   Can anyone tell me how to obtain a catalog from A Stitch Back in  
 Time,-- please ?   
   Saw that Elizabeth in sunny  Wagga Wagga was enjoying its contents, 
after repairing cricket equipment with an old hand crank Singer.  What a 
lovely picture that evokes,-- with her 10 yr old son cranking the wheel.  
Thanks Elizabeth for the morning chuckle.
Date:          Wed, 14 Feb 1996 10:01:40 GMT-10
Subject:       Needles for FW's

Hi everyone,
Haven't written for a while. So better mention that I bought a
222K a few weeks ago.  It is in excellent condition. Came with
a manual and six extra bobbins in the slots.  Has the side tray
and is quite different from my 221K's layout.  I bought it from
a lady in ISMACS who had inherited one that belonged to her aunt
and didn't need/want both.  Her aunt was married to an airplane
instructor who travelled around New South Wales instructing
pilots and she often went with him and took her FW.  I thought
it was a lovely story.  Wish our machines could talk sometimes, 
wouldn't they have some interesting things to tell.

Has anyone thought about a FWF pin for our group.  I seem to be
collecting them from people I have met on the 'net and I fancy
one with a cute little FW on it.

BTW what needles do FWF's use in their machines.  Any advice
gratefully received.
Date: 13 Feb 96 19:26:27 EST
Subject: Contribution

To Betsy S

Re your question on the price of Singer 20 toy machines. Best I can do is tell
you that at a convention of toy sewing-machine collectors in Branson Mo late
last year these toys were failing to make $100 without a box and $150 with one.
I was the auctioneer at the event and my records show that at least one Singer
toy with a reserve of  $100 failed to find a buyer.
I regularly pick them up in New England at between $50 and $125 depending on
condition, box etc.
Casigi machines come in so many different varieties that a fair price to a
collector could range from $50 to $500. The one to watch for is the Number 2
easily identified as the hand crank wheel is in line with the machine (at right
angles to its normal position). Find me a nice one and I'll trade for a FW.
It's a fair rule that as you move west across the USA, antiques and collectable
get more expensive. But remember, you have to pay the dealer for his time and
expenses in going to the East Coast to stock up at the big antique shows there.

To Marilyn
The Singer book you refer to which was orgiginally published in England is to be
reprinted this year in the USA. Don't have the details but your bookseller
should be able to track it down. I'd love a copy of the Sat Eve Post article, as
it might make a piece for our magazine.  Could you please snail mail meme a
photocopy to ISMACS 158 Hampton Road, Chingford, London, E4 8NT England?

My connection with sewing machines goes back 20 years. I was collecting
typewriters and had probably the best collection extant. Maggie Snell my partner
decided she wanted into the collecting game and when we saw am 1888 Jones in a
charity shop the rot set in. 
Then there were no other collectors, at least in Britain, and within three years
we had assembled a fantastic collection. Then the second-best typewriter
collection in the world came up for sale in NYC.  I begged and eventually
persuaded Maggie to let me sell the sewing machines to finance the NYC
The sewing machines went to form the IMCA Museum in Holland and I promised
Maggie I would re-find and replace everyone of them. I did it but it took 16
years to find the last one.
Now Maggie again has the premier collection -- limited to 400 machines. About 12 years back we formed the International Sewing Machine Collectors Society which is now a world-wide organisation and I got very interested in the history of the subject. Since then, Maggie's collected the machines and I've researched the history. Makes us a good team.  Of course I knew I was stiring up a hornet's nest with my denial of UK quilting.
And, yes, there was lot of e-mail. But in my defense let me say that I had 28
messages telling me how wrong I was. 25 came from the USA, two from Australia
and but one from the UK. Perhaps I should have said there was little interest in the Internet.... I now have information on UK quilting groups and hope to get up to speed on the subject.
I hear that a TV show called the Secret Life of the Sewing Machine is doing the
rounds on PBS television in the States. Catch it if you can. The lady with the
collection is Maggie.

To Jim
Re the Singer drawers. Try Cathy Racine at The Simple Machine in Charlton Mass
(508) 248 6632

To Jenifer and all
Giving advice on whether you should by old treadle Singers -- or any other make
from this century can only be subjective.
If you like it, you want it and it's under $100, go for it.
But remember that there were litterally millions of these made  and despite the
attrition rate, there are probably tens of thousands still out there. Do not buy as an investment.
The rare, collectable sewing machines from the 1850 to 1880 period have soared
in value over the past decade. Commoner machines have barely kept pace with
inflation. The only exception to this, of course, is the FW which has found a
new breed of owner and it is this demand that has forced the prices up.

To Gail, looking for hunting grounds in Pasadena CA
The obvious place to be is the monthly show at the Rose Bowl. I got real lucky
there a couple of times. I'm not sure, but I think it's on the second Sunday of
every month. I've also found machines in Thousand Oaks but that's about 35 miles north on Highway 101.

To Betty W with oily belt problems
Take the belt off and soak it in water and detergent overnight. You might have
to repeat the process a couple of times. On no account use very hot water.

To Sharon
Your Bartlet could have been manufacturered by the Goodspeed and Wyman Co under
patents granted to Joseph W Bartlet in the 1880s under the brand name Bartlet.
However the Davis and White companies used the name  for various machines this
century and as it is a treadle, I guess it is one of them.

PS to Gail,
If I'm using up too much space here please let me know.
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 1996 18:10:23 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re:  Toys and FW's

	I know it appears that I've been a posting like a mad dog for the 
last few days, but from my end it appeared that all posts sent up were 
rejected by the server. So I just kept posting in hopes something would 
go through not know they were going through. Elaine I will keep searching 
for you 41, and I know with the preface letters they are often not right 
on the year. I've decided to go ahead and post the Toy prices because 
there is the interst and people have had to call and pay long distance 
because they couldn't email. They are high out here in CA, and the search 
is long; and they move fast. Will be checking out more on Friday when I 
can get back into the swing of work after being in sick bay with the kidz 
this week. 

SewHandy 50's version, case has a few peels, manual good condition. 
Machine is in superior condition, no rust or signs of wear even has the 
seam guide with it, also bracket. $280.
Blue KayEE-U.S. German Zone, needle, metal, $95.
Black gold 1920's art deco, German, no needle, $195.
German Pre-WWII, no needle, garden deco $195.
1920 Singer Toy, good condition, no needle $199.
Casige-needle, $115.
Gateway-needle, $88.
Holly Hoby Heather-needle $35.
Little Miss (1947) rusty, no needle, $135.
Holly Hoby electric, Rusty $35.
Sew Handy-no needle, a little rust $250.
1920 Singer - a little rust, $300.
Tan Singer-Good Condition, England $155.
No case or manual unless noted. Shipping on these will be $20 because of 
the extra packing and insurance. Prices vary from collector to collector, 
just as the FeatherWeights and I have no control over price setting. My 
picks are the Sew Handy with case and manual, superior cosmetically, the 
Tan England Singer (I would guess this to be a 50's machine). E for 
further detail. This weekend hope to have more to offer and also 
birthdates for FW's will be start becoming apart of that post. Zsux
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 1996 21:49:33 -0500
Subject: White Treadle sewing machine

Hello!  I have been reading FWF for about a month.  I have a question.
  My mother in law has a White brand treadle. Eight patent #s are listed on
the sewing bed.  U.S. patents listed on plate are March 5, 1872-1881. There
is quite a long list, as each separete date is listed.

There is a lovely bouquet of flowers painted on base of the machine (quite
ornate). The head is a bit scratched and some of the gold is worn. It is
enclosed in a beautiful oak cabinet in mint condition.  The #s 669273 are
also on the plate.  What does this number mean? Can anyone tell me something
about this machine?  How much is it worth?  Are there many around?

She bought it from some distant relative for 35$ some years ago.  I would
love to tell her something about it, so if any of you sewing machine
enthusiests could help me out I would be grateful!
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 1996 20:42:47 -0500
Subject: I found Two

Hi All,
        Thought some of you might be interested in the shopping trip Betty
and I made today.  We went to Columbus GA (about 50 miles away) to meet the
friend of a friend who owns a sewing machine shop.  We were told that this
gentleman had a back room full of old trade-in machines for sale cheap.
Hoping to find a feather weight or a 301 at a reasonable price we set off
with high hopes.
        The good news for someone out there is that he did in fact have two
featherweights for sale at what are reasonable prices compared to some that
have been listed here.  
        One of them is an AJ model priced at $279(some minor scratches on
the base) I would rate it in good condition.  However, the case is in fair
to poor condition with some of the covering material separating from the
case  bottom.
        The second machine is an AJ Centennial machine in excellent
condition. It looks brand new. The case appears to be in excellent condition
also.  He is asking $350 for this machine.
        I didn't plug either of these machines in to try them out since they
are above the price limit I have set for myself.  I refuse to pay over $150
for a machine.  That's just my limit because I know with a lot of searching
and good luck I can still find machines at or below my maximum.  We have two
        Since I am not interested in these machines for myself I asked him
if he wanted me to post them to this list and he readily agreed.  He did say
that he would negociate on both prices but he wouldn't come down to my price.
        I did buy a 401a from him for less than $50 which I thought was
great.  I had been looking for one of these Cadillacs of the Singer line for
some time.
        I hope this is helpful to someone out there who is still searching
for a featherweight 
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 96 22:21 EST
Subject: Rottweilers/FW

Yesterday when browsing at Borders I picked up the latest Carl book.  
Carl is a Rottweiler in a series of children's books who when asked to watch 
the baby for a few minutes always manages to get into a whole lot of 
mischief with the baby.  Alexandra Day, the illustrator and author of 
the books, has a wonderful talent for capturing the gentle and intelligent
nature of Rottweilers, and I always love to study her illustrations for the
detail she brings into them also.  Imagine my surprise when I spotted a
Featherweight in at least two of the illustrations.  This book is "Carl 
Makes a Scrapbook" and it is great fun (besides bringing together two of my
favorites -- Rotts and Featherweights.)  Check it out!

Date: Tue, 13 Feb 1996 17:04:33 -0500
Subject: FWFanatics

For Shelley:  last year I used a Morse for a lot of quilts.  It worked fine.
 However, when I decided that I wanted to do free motion quilting, that was
impossible as the threads kept breaking every time I tried to move fabric
toward me.  Also could not lower/cover feed dogs.  Since then I started
collecting various Singer models, so the Morse is retired!  Hope you have
good luck with yours. Millie 
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 07:46:24 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Singer Sewing Library

Would anyone like to buy a complete set of the 1930 edition of the Singer 
Sewing Library? (I don't need *2* sets!)  the volumes are:
"Short Cuts to Home Sewing-the Modern Singer Way"
"How to Make Dresses-..."
"How to Make Draperies, SLip Covers and Other Home Furnishings..."
"How to Make Children's Clothes the Modern Singer Way"
They come in a SInger slipcase that has a little wear, each book has tons 
of illustrations, descriptions of techniques, and a few nifty singer ads 
from the period.  Each book is 
approximately 65 pages.   Other than being a little "dusty" these books 
are in great shape.
Please email me if interested.


Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 10:24:25 -0500
Subject: FWFanatics


For  jl: you mention that you are looking for treadle drawers.
Well, I was at an antique store last week which has at least a dozen
different drawers.  But they are of all shapes, sizes and detail.  So could you send me your dimensions and also a picture/sketch of what the front looks like, I will go back and see if any match.  Also need to know price range.  I did not stop to see prices on drawers at shop.  Millie M

Note: offer open to others also who may be looking for drawers.

I have two copies and am willing to sell one of SEWING MAGIC FOR TEENAGERS' 
by Greist.  (1954. 6 x 8 " 37 pages.   Contains detailed description on using
a dozen different attachments. Green cover..)$15.  Millie 
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 09:03:32 -0800
Subject: Machine Quilting on a FW

Several days ago, someone asked about the possibility of machine
quilting on a Featherweight.  Well, I've done a fair amount of 
machine quilting on my '55 FW and have had no problems.

I've also got a Singer Stylist machine (from the 1960-70's era?); I
took the Singer walking foot from that machine and found it fit my
FW.  So I used it to machine quilt several smaller projects.
Obviously, I wouldn't want to do a queen size quilt with it, but
it worked well for me on some small lap quilts and placemats.  
It didn't seem to stress the motor either.

I think that using a walking foot is essential to success with
machine quilting with a FW.

Just my $.02

Allyn H
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 96 11:44:49 EST
Subject: Barb K.'s mint green FW
     Barb,  I have a machine identical to yours, mint green (in mint 
     condition), with a SN of FA 131629.  The "A" is VERY faint, and Singer 
     could not date the machine for me, but I know it must be 1968-1970.  
     Does your machine have a white belt? Mine does.  The only thing black 
     is the cord and the foot pedal.  The Singer medallion on mine I 
     believe is brass, though it could be mistaken for paper.  Check it 
     carefully.  Mine was purchased in southern Virginia.  It's a wonderful 
     machine, and the only non-black one I have found.  Enjoy!
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 11:51:41 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Dallas Quilt Show 

A couple of us from Abilene will be at the Dallas Quilt Show Saturday 
March 16. I was wondering if we could meet at the snack bar about 2pm 
and say hello. IF I can get it together I'll have a Black t-shirt on  
with the Quiltnet logo on the front. 

Let me hear from you if you have any ideas on our meeting at the show.

Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 13:24:41 -0500
Subject: purchasing a machine

I'm interested in purchasing a featherweight machine. Can't wait to hear from someone!
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 14:33:09 -0500
Subject: WANTED

If anyone has or knows the wearabouts of a TAN FW in very good to excellent
condition please let me know.  Would be willing to trade in exchange for 2
Black FW's in average to good condition.   Thanks

Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 14:38:41 -0500
Subject: Machine &Case Condition

I'm currently working on an approach to a standard grading system for FW
machines and cases.  The finished product would have photographs, etc and
would be used as a reference when buying, as well as describing your machine
and case when selling as we do on the NET.  Please Email me with
suggestions, questions or wish list that this "Guide to FW Condition and
Price" should contain.  Thanks

Bob C
Date: 14 Feb 96 17:57:02 EST
Subject: Contributions

To Quilter (huh?)

The White machine was produced from 1876 in Cleveland Ohio. the number is the
serial number. Sorry I can't help you date it as my records only go up to 1879
for this company. It's one of the few companys to survive (at least in some
form) into modern times now being part of a Japanese concern which produced
"White" machines in the 1970s. I'm not sure of the position today.
Graham F, ISMACS, London where the rumour is that it will stop raining
for the weekend (snow expected).
Date:          Thu, 15 Feb 1996 08:39:31 EST4EDT
Subject:       White Vibrator

I'm looking for information about a White Vibrator Sewing Machine 
with hand crank,  I purchased a t auction recently.  It has a manual
 Book 14V.F."Foreign"  This manual explains operation and maintenance
of the machine  in detail, but I don't understand one of the features.
The shuttle is a vibrating rather than rotary type, in that it swings 
back and forth in an arc.  The manual talks about regulating the 
"To put the Vibrator in gear, loosen thumb-screw and drop it to its 
lowest point with presser foot down, and tighten screw again.
If full vibration of presser foot is desired, let the point of needle 
go down to goods and put "vibrator in gear" as above directed.
If only partial vibration of presser foot is desired, let the point 
of needle go down through goods and put "vibrator in gear," as above 
I can't see of feel much difference betwwwn these or even when the 
Vibrator is not engaged.  Does any one know what this could be for or 
how I could check to see if everything is working correctly?

I would also like to date the machine it has a serial no 1779723 and 
patent dates 1905 and 1912 on the rear shuttle slide.  The machine 
has a very sqare head and is covered in ornate gold stylised flowers 
with green and red highlights, this is in very good continion.  It 
has both stitch length and tension adjustment.  It came with a black 
metal box labelled Vibrator, which is plush lined and fitted to hold 16 
Greist attachments.  Fortunately the manual has instructions for the 
use of all of these.  My favourite is the pintucker.

Subject: Frozen Featherweight - Horror Story!
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 21:48:49 -0600

Hello All!
On page 34 of Nancy's book she goes to describe a thread jam.  Well it happened to me!  Sewing along (as a newbie no less!) and Wham.  The little featherweight would sew no more!  Immediately I called my Dad, and he said, "Yep, it sounds like you've got some thread caught in the bobbin case."  After inspection, that was true.  He had me on the phone take my bobbin out and to woman handle 
those peculiar parts underneath the featherweight (after I unplugged it 
of course.)  After a lot of cursing under my breath, and unscrewing some 
very ting screws, I was finally able to get the culprit, that thread 
out!  After getting the assembly of the bobbin stuff back to work, I was 
able to get my little featherweight back into shape.

Dad says I probably sewed on "no material", or didn't hold my thread  
tight enough on my starter thread stitches.  The explanation in the book  
is over a page with a picture.  It covers from page 34 - 37.  If your  
featherweight gets in a jam, read the instructions, or call my DAD!!   

I'll probably have more horror stories to tell, since I am a newbie!  

Date: Thu, 15 Feb 1996 00:17:08 -0500
Subject: Improved Faultless

While out looking for other things I ran across a most wonderful looking
machine, an 'Improved Faultless'.  What first drew me to it was the cabinet.
 Oak Eastlake "ish", with two doors that swing open to reveal the treadle.
 There was no belt, but it comes with a black box of attachments AND the
original Lifetime Guarantee dated July 28 1906.  The price on it was $239.99,
you would pay that for the cabinet in most places!!

If anyone is interested, E me and I'll give the information on its location.

P.S. this is in Missouri
Subject: broken FW
Date: 15 Feb 96 07:13:35 -0600

I'm at last a featherweight owner, that's the good news.  It's broken,
that's the bad news.  Yeaterday I bought a featherweight -- I guess, it
looks like the pictures but Iwas expecting to find a model number 221 on
it somewhere.  Here's the problems:  1.  missing bobbin case, 2.  the
fly wheel does not turn around completely, the bobbin case holder hits
the underneath part of the throat plate when the wheel turns, it think,
form looking at johnson-szebro's book that the bobbin case holder is in
wrong but I couldn't get it out even after reading her directions.  3.
the base plate is missing, 4. the face plate is missing  5.  there is
rust on the throat plate , 6.  the bobbin case is missing.  7.  worst of
all,the thread take-up lever is broken off.  So, I'm seeking the
collective wisdom of this group.  Can this puppy be saved?  Suggestions
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 1996 08:16:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Information

I purchased a FW a yaRD SALE FOR $1.00.the poor thing looked as if it had been stored in a swamp.After cleaning it up I discovered tmat machanicly it was perfect,after a few adjustments the little thing just hums along.The paint is in terrible condition.My thought is to have it repainted by an automobile person,any comments.

I also cam eacross avery old GE FW size machine it is in "Good" condition it needs a cord and probably some atachments.The price is $35.00 any comments. PS I slso need a case for my FW and attachments as well THANKS, Larry
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 96 8:18:09 EST
Subject: Singers
I have a question from by brother.

He has got a beautiful old Singer that sits in a cabinet.  He says it was made 
in 1950 and is a Model 15.  It has a medallion on it that says something about 
the "100th Anniversary Model".

Can you give me some info on this machine?  I have not seen it mentioned in 
the digest anywhere.

Brenda M
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 1996 13:41:10 -0500
Subject: Old Singers seek good home

One of my housemates came home with two industrial Singer machines.  One has
a double needle.  One has a treadle. I know nothing about them except that
they are older machines and that they don't work. When we first got them a
couple of months ago, there was a vague theory we might be able to get them
fixed, using the parts from both to make one machine. It didn't happen. My
housemate is now saying that they are going to end up in a dumpster pretty
soon.  So if there is anyone out there who might want them, they are free to
a good home.  It will have to be someone in my local area however (Chantilly
VA) who can come and get them because they weight too much to ship. Reply to
Date: 15 Feb 96 10:24:00 EST
Subject: Frozen Featherweight may be contagious

Gail, I think the thread jam may be a virus.   I had the same thing happen
two nights ago.  My jam was caused by running out of top thread--just two
more inches, I know I can just sew to the end of this...  jam.

So with Nancy's book sitting right on the table in front of me--never 
thought to look up the answer--I proceeded to take off the needle plate and remove the bobbin.  Then with tweezers I removed two pounds of link and threads.
Can't figure out how it all got in there--I've only sewn three quilt tops 
since last removing the plate.  Isn't it amazing what a FW will put up with in 
terms of ineptitude?

I pulled out various pieces of the jammed thread but still it was frozen.
Then I (as you said) woman-handled the wheel screw down as tight as I
could and yanked the wheel toward me.  Unjammed.  I put everything
back together and little FW continued on her way.

Thanks for the tip--next time I will remember to read Nancy FIRST.
And the rest of you watch out--this may be a virus.

Date: Thu, 15 Feb 1996 18:59:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Magazine Reference

Hi All!

Did someone recently post a reference to a FW on a page of the March issue
of Country Living, or did I imagine that??  I've got the magazine right
next to me, and I can't seem to find anything.  Thanks!
                                  _   _
Lydia P
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 1996 21:02:25 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics

Hello fellow fanatics,

Just had to gloat (sp) a little.  This afternoon after work, I decided to 
explore some antique shops.  I found a booklet called Singer Illustrated 
Dressmaking Guide, copyright 1941 for $2.  It's nothing special but in 
perfect condition.  Just as I was leaving, I spotted a tall Singer oil 
can in a case.  I couldn't see the price, but I had them open the case.  
I was expecting them to say any price between $20 and $30 and I knew that 
I wasn't going to spend that much.  I have the smaller oil can that came 
with my machine, so it was no big deal.  Imagine my surprise when the 
said $5.00.  I snatched it right up.  It was still full of oil.  The 
bottom rim of the can has a little rust on it, but with some steel wool 
it should come right off.  Otherwise, it's in pretty good shape.  
However, I am still looking for the elusive red bank!

There was a featherweight upstairs in a case.  It was in horrible 
condition--half of the black enamel was gone, the foot on it I didn't 
recognize and he wanted over $350 for it.  I just laughed.  The lady at 
the counter said that one came in around Christmas time and was sold for 
$85.  Guess it was in really great shape with the case and all the 
attachments.  Guess you just never know.

Happy Hunting,

Date: 15 Feb 96 16:15:34 EST
Subject: Condition chart

To Bob C  and all Fanatics

Yes I believe that a system of determining condition is a great asset.
I devised one some year back for ISMACS so that members could describe their
machines in correspondence. The following is a down load of a page that we send
out as part of a starter kit to new ISMACS members:
Condition chart

Graham F 's chart is now universally used to determine machine condition,
so that when machines are described among collectors, in member's advertisements and in the auction reports, we can all have some better idea of the state of the items than good, very good or poor.
This scale takes no notice of mechanical condition. If something is broken or
missing this should be stated, not hidden behind a number.

10:  Just like the day it left the factory. Not a scratch or mark upon it. I
think I have every seen only two machines in this category.
9:   As 10 but with the small, odd scratch or wear mark evident to very close
8:  Very good used condition. All paint good; all metalwork bright. What the
average antique dealer would call "perfect".
7:  Good condition but rubbing of paint evident and some nickel plating worn.
6:  As in 7 but more wear to paint and some surface rust to the bright work.
5: The average, hard-used, ill-cared-for machine looking for someone to love it.
4:  Poor condition, chipped enamel, rusty metalwork but acceptable for a
collection if a rare machine.
3:  In need of restoration but a reasonable job for a dedicated enthusiast.
2:  Total restoration needed to paintwork and bright metal. It's a brave
collector that takes it on.
1: Spare parts only and these would be in need of extensive restoration.

This system seems to have worked well over the past 10 years and I commend it to members.

Hope the above may be of some use

To Jeanette
Your White is a little too modern for me to comment on but the "Foreign"
suggestes that it was made after the American White name was taken over by the
Japanese. Australia was a little touchy about imports from Japan for quite a
I've always understood the idea of the vibrating foot was to allow the operator
some lateral movement of the material being sewn (ie try pulling it sideways)
but I'm no expert on sewing and stand to be corrected.
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 1996 05:42:24 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 2/6/96

Can someone tell me if the 301 was made both in slant and regular needle? I
thought the whole idea was that it was a slant stitch machine, but I've heard
some references to a straight stitch one. Don't tell me I have to look for
ANOTHER 301 to add to my current three (black, light brown, and cream/tan). I
was paper piecing on the black one yesterday and just love the machine. It's
not nearly as cute as the fw, but it runs so well and I'm not afraid of
hurting it if I take it to classes like I am with the fw. Thanks to everyone
for all the great information you provide - I love this group! Sue M.
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 1996 08:06:24 -0500

Your posts are not too long. You have a wealth of knowledge and
I so appreciate your willingness to share that knowledge with the rest of us.
That is what makes this group so great.  We are all glad you joined.
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 1996 22:10:01 -0500
Subject: FWFanatics

For Daryl :  Re: knee levers.  Beware.  There are 2 kinds and I have
seen both on different model of 99's and 128's.  The knee levers look
identical except for the end that fits into the mechanism - it can be a flat
end or a circular end.  If you are taking orders, you will want to find out
which types are needed.  

How can one tell what is needed? If you look at the hole where the lever
inserts and see what looks like the bottom end of a bolt, you need the round one.  If you do not see anything to accomodate the round end of the lever, you need the flat one.  They are not interchangeable.  I tried!

I went to an antique store yesterday and saw an ancient White treadle with
manual, attachments, bobbins, etc.  The attachment box was the black tin type and it was full of the most brilliant attachments I have ever seen.  Looks like they were never exposed to either useage or elements.  The 94 year old woman who had owned the machine had passed away.  The guy was very willing to sell the attachments separate from the machine, but separation and price kept me from taking the bait.  However, if anyone is interested, let my know what you would pay and I'll go back and get it for you.

Date: Fri, 16 Feb 1996 08:54:50 -0500
Subject: Featherweight Found!

You are NOT going to believe this!!!!

My friend Renee called me today to say she walked into Central Avenue
Bargain Mart, looking for a desk.  She came across a tiny little black
Singer sewing machine.  She kept looking for it to say "featherweight",
knowing I was looking for one.  The price was $75.  She got it for $55,
because the guy didn't know if it worked.  She got it WITH THE TABLE!!!  It
has the original bill of sale inside.  Anyway, Renee MIGHT sell it to me.  I
banged my head on my desk as she was telling me all about it, dying, dying,
dying.  I told her that if she was willing to sell it to me I would buy it
for more than she paid for it?  

She told me it was made in the 1950's.  She's going to bring it over
tomorrow night so I can drool over it.  I don't know if she really wants to
sell it or if she is just going to dangle it in front of my nose.  She knows
I want one bad -- she really doesn't have a true need or desire for one,
except that she is a master seamstress and LOVES sewing machines as much as
we do.  I was thinking of offering her $100 for it.  However, I have told
her it's worth $450.  There's no way I'm willing to keep that information
from her.  


Beth G
Date:     Fri, 16 Feb 96 15:37:26 PST
Subject:  Re: FWFanatics 2/15/96

Yes, the bobbin case base is in wrong. I had the same problem when I
bought one of my fw's. The directions in Nancy J-S's book worked for
my boyfriend, although handling that teeny screw was hard. A repair
person could fix it pretty quickly if you can't manage, I would

You can buy a new bobbin case for about $55 from Dale P - his daughter is on this list and can send you his phone
number (she posts it practically every day, so just keep reading). I
bought one from him and am very happy with it.

There are occasionally throat plates for sale on this list, and
perhaps Mr.  P has one also.  I would recommend a call to him
as a start, or a trip to your local Singer repair shop.  I don't
know if you'll find a new face plate, though!

Good luck with your fw - lucky for her she's found a good home!!

Carolyn Y
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 1996 19:56:24 -0500
Subject: White buttonholer and other neat finds

 I decided to go to a antique shop today.  I had never been there before.  I
was excited to go since there were 60 dealers in the building.  There were an
incredible amount of books, so I figured I would never find a copy of the
Singer book by Mary Pickens.  

I did!  In fact there were 2 of them.  I purchased the 6$ book and left the
5$ one on the shelf.  I also managed to find a White buttonholer in a green
cardboard box.  It looked in good condition and had the manual and cams in
it.  They were asking 12$ for it, but I did not need one.

I also stumbled upon several publicaions in the 50s and 60s called American
Fabrics.  I have never seen anything like them.  They have a heavier cover
than most magazines.   They were 4.00 an issue even back then. Each issue had
fabric swatches everywhere, explaining all the latest fabrics on the market.

  Anyway, I bought one because it had  an interesting article on Singer
Machines and the women of the 50s that sew on them. Below the article is a
photo of a Singer machine.  I am no sewing machine expert, but It looks like
a featherweight.  It is white with a white suit case looking case in the
backround.  The case has some Dark trim and a white handle.  Actually it is
hard to tell if the machine is white or tan since it is a B&W photo.  I
believe the # below the gold says 301.  If this is not a featherweight, did
Singer make other portables?.  It has a metal handle coming out of the top of
the machine.
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 96 01:04:35 -0800
Subject: (no subject)

This is my first time posting a message on here. Have been a FW owner for 
one week now. And I LOVE It, I have a old sewing machine in my home that 
I'am getting fixed now because of all the info that I'am getting from this 
FW page. I pulled the head up to get a look at it to see what I had, and 
It turn out to be a 66 (Treadle). Had a repairman come to the house to 
give me and estimate for new belt, bobbin case, needle plate, tuneup, and 
cleaning for $56.00, and that price includes pickup and return. I 
though that it was a very resonable price. The repair man said not to use 
singer oil because it has wax in it. I'am not sure if he right or 
wrong,but it's something to think about.

I called Singer 1-800-877-7762 from 9am to 4pm for a manual for my 66
And there sending me one for free. Any manual before 1923 is free later 
ones there is a charge.

                             Thank You Sharon C
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 1996 06:57:27 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 2/13/96

I hope someone can help me before I resort to a sewing machine repair shop. I
was trying out a walking foot I got in a box of Singer attachments yesterday
(that's another story) on my black 301. It didn't really seem to fit well and
after sewing a little while, I got a terrible thread tangle that I had to cut
out. The problem is that now when I sew with the regular presser foot, I
still get a tangled mess on the bobbin side of the material. I tried taking
the bobbin assembly apart to look for stray threads, but couldn't find any.
Does anyone have any other suggestions as to what might be causing this?

I have to tell you all about my auction experience the other night. At the
preview I saw there were several sewing machines there (one treadle, three in
cabinets and three portables), a few Singers, none in great shape, but there
were definite possibilities. I couldn't stay for the whole thing, but heard
the next day from a friend who was there that they were sold as a group and
the only condition was that they all had to be removed that night. The sad
part is that they went for $12.50 for ALL those machines!! If only I had a
truck and a nice big storage space! My friend offered the man $5 for the 328
that was included since I'd asked her to bid up to $10 for me, so I'll be
picking that up later today. Sad story, right?? Sue M.
Date: 14 Feb 96 12:12:57 EST
Subject: FW Fanatics 2/13/96

To Betsy:

Regarding your cheat sheet on the machines, I just called and got the birthdate
s for my 3 machines (2 fw's, 1 treadle).  The treadle is a 127 with a birthdate
 of 5/19/25 but it is not electric.  I believe your cheat sheet indicates that
it would be electric????

Date: Sat, 17 Feb 1996 15:05:17 -0500
Subject: orphan foot

Snowy day so I got out all the rusty feet/attacments and the rotary tool and
have been having a great time, much to the merriment of the rest of my

The question:  I have a foot, came with a featherweight I got some time ago,
which puzzles me.  I have watched here to see if I could catch a reference
to it, no dice.  It is crudely made; I thought it was homemade until I got
it cleaned up, but now I see stamped high on the shank "SIMANCO 12463" (the
last digit is poorly stamped and could be an "8"), so I guess it's not
homemade after all.  It is steel but has a black coating.  It is open at
left top for screw attacment, appears to be a high-shank but I don't have a
high-shank machine to check it, and looks similar to a regular straight
stitch foot except for 2 things:  it is very heavy and crude, and (wierd
part) it has on the right side of foot (looking at it headon from front)
what looks to be a cutting blade which would seem to require a slot in the
throat plate.  Right "toe" narrower and shorter than the left, but cutting
blade is a part of this toe and is a shade longer than left toe.

Anyone out there with info/ideas?  Susan Jane
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 1996 15:01:13 EST
Subject: Singer Model 15

Brenda,  I bought a Singer 15-91 (portable version) 10 years ago. It is
also a centennial edition with the 100th anniversary medallion. It is a
very pretty machine and sews an equally beautiful stitch. I've used it for
piecing quilts, free motion quilting, and often used it with the ruffler
attachment for curtains and dust ruffles, etc.  I had it many years before
my featherweight and except for the fact that it weighs a ton, I prefer
using it more than my featherweight.  (Don't hate me fellow FWFs)  My
business partner and I travel the country exhibiting at quilt shows.  We
always demonstrate our products and this is the machine we use.  When we
were in Houston for Quilt Festival last fall, our van and trailer were
stolen and along with it went my beautiful little 15-91!  I was heartsick
and began a search for a replacement.  No luck, though I did pick up a well
worn 1918 99K that has been working its way into my affections lately.

Just a couple of weeks ago the police contacted us with the information
that they had recovered some of our stolen property.  Only a tiny portion
of our items were recovered, but HALLELUJAH!!  my 15-91 "Baby" was FOUND!!
She's been through quite an ordeal.  She was dropped on her head as
evidenced by the deep depressions on her case and the nasty cuts and
scrapes on it.  But she appears to have survived her concussion well.  I
put her through her paces and she's doing fine.

I have a 1933 manual for the 15-88 (treadle) and 15-89 (hand crank).  Since
mine is 15-91 (portable electric) would I be making an unreasonable
assumption that 15-90 may be the model # for an electric  in cabinet?  My
opinion is your brother has a terrific little machine.  Use her and enjoy her.
Chris in South Bend, IN where it is snowing and turning the brown back to
beautiful white!
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 1996 19:48:56 -0500
Subject: Singer Book

     I must apologize to all who E-mailed me about the Picken Singer Book.  I
tried to respond however my mail was returned.  Yes, I was swamped with
requests for the book.  It really was one heck? of a deal.  The book was
taken by the first person I spoke to about it.  I'll keep my eyes out for
another and let all know.  Jacque
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 1996 18:03:40 EST

Date: Sat, 17 Feb 1996 20:15:25 -0500
Subject: Re: FWFanatics 2/15/96

I am quite sure the post for the Country Living issue was Feb not March.
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 96 20:48 EST
Subject: sticky flywheel

I know the answer to my question has been dealt with on these pages, but 
I still have not located it in the archives.  I just got a featherweight 
which had probably been stored for some time, and it appeared to have 
been poorly maintained when it was used. (Under the throat plate was a 
clot of lint of unbelievable proportions.)  Though the machine has now been
cleaned rudimentally, it still is sluggish.  I believe she needs more oil.  
Would anyone have any suggestions as to how to free her up so she purrs?  
The greater problem, however, is bobbin winding.  I cannot get the needle to 
disengage though I loosen the flywheel.  It slows down, but it will not 
stop.  I also do not seem to get a good contact between the bobbin winder 
and the belt.  The bobbin spins around rather jerkily with poor 
results.  I could take this little queen to another shop which may 
understand featherweights more thoroughly (officially this featherweight 
has been reconditioned), but I got her so I could feel comfortable 
learning about how to maintain a featherweight on other than my original 
pristine baby.  So if this is something I can handle please advise.
Also if the problem would be that she just might need a new belt, I could 
push the shop from where she was purchased to make this correction under 
their "reconditioning."

Date: Sat, 17 Feb 1996 23:33:04 -0500
Subject: Re: FWFanatics 2/16/96

HI! All of you FW Fanatics!
I am a new member and am enjoying all of your comments soooo much!
Here is my question.

 I am the happy owner of a l936 FW.  All is well except the handle on the
case.  It has been suggested that I buy an old suitcase and use it's handle
so it still has that nice old look.  Does anyone have a better idea?

From Thousand Oaks, Calif. where, when it comes to weather, everyday is
another day in paradise!

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