Featherweight Fanatics Archives

February 1996

Sunday, February 4th - Saturday, February 10th

Date:        Sun, 04 Feb 1996 07:45:14 CST
Subject: apology for happy fingers

Hi all.
Is my face red.  I listed a mint-condition AM machine in Sat. post.  It
is an AM machine with a brand new lookingcase, a green box of
attachments(including a pink and aqua package of singer needles), and a
new looking 4X6 blue manual. The black finish on themachine is
unscratched and the gold paint is perfect.  It also sews a nice stitch.
I had intended to type a price of $425, Unfortunately, I must have
dyslexia (because I didn't notice the eror when I proofedmy note before
sending it) because I typed in $245.  It probably won't surprise anyone
that I've had very many messages (and even one phone call!) asking if
the machine was still available.  The good news is that it is; the bad
news is that the price is much more than I had typed.  I'd like to
apologize to everyone for my carelessness.  It wasn't my intention to
mislead, just to sell the gorgeous machine I was the high bidder for at
an auction last week.  MIchele 
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 1996 09:25:05 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: HandCrank

	After a cruise through spinning wheels, I see on the floor art 
deco and that always means whoa up. To my amazement it was a handcrank 
and I would call the design Native American Footballs. It is a Singer, 
has the gold, green and red art deco and stitches just like the 
featherweight. I will know tomorrow it's birthdate, but by the number I 
am thinking it's a 1909. I wanted one of the smaller ones with the daisy 
design, but haven't found one yet for sale. This is much like the 128, 
with same threading as the 66 and weighs at least 50 pounds. I can not 
believe the stitch its amazing, and I'm stitching flying geese and the 
faster I crank and get the whole body into an aerobic workout the funnier 
it becomes. Kidz have said: "This was quicker that hand sewing?" No 
manual or attachments, but there is this secret little box on the right 
side thats wood top swings out and was a storage place. I've stuck a few 
power bars in there in case I get weak.   Zsux
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 1996 13:51:18 -0500


Just wanted to let you know that the small felt pad on the bottom of your FW
is not a spare pad for the spool, nor is it to sop up grease or oil  ... it
is instead meant to act as a lock washer for the nut that holds the plate
onto the bottom of your machine.  This was necessary due to the vibration of
the FW during sewing.  Without this felt lock washer, the nut can eventually
unscrew itself and fall off.  This was Singer's low tech way of solving a
problem that today would be solved with a metal or plastic locknut.
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 1996 14:02:18 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Odds 'N Ends


Your story about letting the oil just sit and soak in on your Japanese
"Dressmaker" machine parallels what the dealer who last serviced my
machine told me.  When I took it in for servicing (which I vow to do more
than once every ten years now), I mentioned that I had tried oiling it,
but basically got no results.  He mentioned something about having to let
the oil soak in to dissolve stuff -- which is basically what you did. 
Isn't the difference a little TLC  makes remarkable?  When I got the
machine back, it didn't sound like a tank anymore!

Leslie:  Just before Christmas I pieced four blocks for our "raffle" using
a LittleFoot.  I know I had multiple thicknesses in a couple of the
blocks, but nothing that I'd call really drastic.  Anyway, the LittleFoot
worked like a charm.  If you tend to have trouble sewing over multiple
thicknesses, maybe the pressure on the foot itself is too high?

Date: 04 Feb 96 17:02:09 EST
Subject: .

to all,

thanks for all the great info ...
just bought a fw from glenn wand am very satisfied with the deal
kathe d
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 1996 20:14:24 EST

Hi group, Antique Trader Weekly has two FWs listed for sale.  "2 Singer
FW 221s, both in excellent, working condition.  1938, fair appearance
$300, 1950 very good to excellent appearance $350.  409-898-3529."  I
called and talked to the fellow.  He's a retired guy who picked these
up at garage sales, cleaned them up and is reselling them.  His DIL is
Cindy Taylor Oates from Phoenix, who's a quilt designer and she turned
him onto FW's.  Have at it, fellow Fanatics, we all know I blew my FW
budget for a while thanks to Helen!  Had a quilt class in Milwaukee
today so got up bright and early and loaded some bobbins, packed the FW
and headed out.  Got to class, plugged in the FW and POOF, the cord
blew off the plug -- blew a fuse in the shop, turned my hand and the
wall black!  Had to sew on a loaner and was very sad.  Got home and
plugged in a spare cord and it seems to run fine.  Guess we'll just
replace the plug on the old cord.  I was so worried my little friend
was ruined!   Anybody have any words to the wise on this or preventive
measures I should have taken?  All help appreciated. (Guess I'll take 2
FW's to quilt retreat next weekend, just in case.)  
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 1996 01:11:35 -0500
Subject: fwfanatics

With snow predicted for the next 3 days, I decided to go out sleuthing today.
 Hit a bunch of antique shops in a nearby town with no luck.  At one shop the
owner advised that I stop at Chic's Trading Post - more of a junk shop than
antique.  First thing I
 saw when I walked in is a plastic dishpan with a green Singer attachment box
sitting it it.  Next I see a sew of screwdrivers, a couple of manuals, etc.
 So I picked out everything I was interested in and asked for more!  Chic
said he has a sewing machine which he just took out of its cabinet.  He
proudly announced that he is refinishing the cabinet because the wood is so
nice and he can sell them easily without the machines.  He throws out the
machines.  I asked to look at the machine and it was under his workbench in
the dark - it looked like a junker.  I gave him $10 and asked for the

 When I got it out at home under some good lighting, I could see that it is
far from a junker.  It is a  model 15-91 and is quite lovely!  Unfortunately
the 'sew-er' had wrapped a piece of cloth around the thinnest part of the
body and used it as a pin cushion.  The surface under the cloth is full of
pin scratches!  The box of attachments is a disappointment - besides some
little screwdrivers and bobbins, there is one gathering foot and 3 zipper
feet!  Now, whatever would the owner have needed 3 zipper feet for???  One
more neat thing is the original sales contract.  Sold to Miss Carmen Ruggiero
for $200 plus $4 tax and $20.92 financing charge.  After the first payment,
she paid 24 installments of $6.75.  This was in August of 1950.  I spent some
time tonight polishing and cleaning and Chic's loss is my gain!  

Date: Fri, 2 Feb 1996 01:43:30 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/28/96

HELP!!  Yesterday I was offered a  white FW for $125.00. It had been used as
a school machine and the finish is badly marred on the front where a school
serial number was scratched or drilled into the finish. I was rushing and
couldn't stop to play with it. Assuming it is in good working order, what do
you all think of the price. Supposedly it will include the original case with
a lift-out tray.
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 1996 23:30:08 +1100
Subject: identification and holdiday info

I was wondering if there is a list anywhere that lists models by year  or
numbers. I have dates for all my machines however I am unsure as to what
model a couple of them are and would be really interested in having such a
list on hand for referance purposes.
I find this list really interesting  and seem to learn something everyday
and seem to be amassing quite a referance library.
I  am due to fly to Denver Colorado to visit my sister  at the end of march
we are heading East for a month travelling around going to Quilt shows etc.
indend going to the Smithsonian to see the machine collection  however can
anyone suggest  any other places to go . We will be travelling north to
Nebraska down  bypassing Chicago through Ohio over to Lancaster PA over to
The Shelburne Museum and Keepsake Quilting in New England down to DC Paducah
then back to Denver via Branson MO and, Kansas City so if anyone has any
suggestions  side trips arn't a major problem we are very adaptable! Thanks
Date: 05 Feb 96 06:22:47 EST
Subject: Singer Model 500 et al

Dear FWFanatics:

I hope you all are not being tired of hearing of our week-end lucky finds
recently, but I guess that is what this list is about too, isn't it?  This
week-end  DH and I went antiquing again, but only for a couple hours.  What do
we discover--actually DH spotted it first--but a Singer Model 500 (the rocketeer
model) in it's own large desk-style cabinet with matching storage bench; all the
accessories, cams, screwdrivers in the original tan Singer box; a 1960 Singer
buttonholer (with 9 cams, manual &screwdriver) in pink oval plastic box and the
500-manual.  Would you believe they only wanted $69 for all this, and in a nice
antique store?!  Everything is in excellent condition, obvious owned by a
seldom-sewer.  The only cleaning the head needed was to wipe away the dust from
the back of the head, because it looks to have spent most of it's 36 years
folded down into the desk.  The desk drawers are dove-tail constructed, look to
be oak, and are as clean as the day they were made.  The desk is pictured in the
1960 "Singer Sewing Library--How to Measure, Alter and Fit" booklet--inside
front cover.  Absolutely amazing, is all I can say--to even find all this, let
along the price! I am overwhelmed that such good deals are out there sometimes.
Just keep looking, and they appear when you least expect it.  

Also found a British "Bluenose Rug Hooker" from 1926...who could resist a
picturesque name like that? Still in it's original little box and just $6.  

Last week I called Singer Customer Service and found out that my little
decorative Singer 128 (Carrie) was born 71 years ago to-the-day that I adopted
her, on 1/27/25.  Incredible timing, isn't it--fate!

Date: Sat, 03 Feb 96 21:49:38 -0800

While shopping in Wal Mart today (after digging out of the deep freeze!)
I was searching for some quilt templates and what did I find?  A sewing
machine box, obviously old or a repro, that was wooden with a curved top.
Is this the bentwood one???  Anyway, being new to this, I couldn't
specifically identify what it was but on the tag it said Singer Handcrank
$110 reduced from $139.  Being curious I opended the box and saw what
appeared to be a totally restored handcrank Singer!  It had the
Egyptian scrollwork but I must say the machine itself appeared to
have been repainted and possibly the scrollwork.  Do you think that
this is a restored machine or a repo??  There was no salesperson
to help so after playing with it for a bit I continued on my way. Any
ideas let me know.  I obviously have a lot to learn.

In Phyllis' note she mentioned the tip she got on taking the foot pedal
apart if the machine lurks at the beginning of a seam.  What screw is it
that has to be tightened???  My FW needs this adjustment.

Saw the Quilter's Kitchen book the other night (with the 221 on cover).
Clever book - gotta have it.

While rummaging thru someone's street trash about 5 years ago in Bala
Cynwyd outside of Philly ( I had to; too many things were calling my name
- It was absolutely irresitable!) I came upon an old green tin (not a
Singer) with "Sewing Accessories" on it, along with old needlework (shame
on someone throwing that out, a reindeer made out of logs, and a few
other goodies)  Yesterday I pulled out the tin and found Greist
accessories that fit the FW.  I need to take an inventory of what I have
for my 2 FW's but there is a cloth guide, which I will offer you Phyllis
if I find that this is truly an extra.  It should be since I have the
original 2 accessory boxes for the FW's.  I'll let you know.

I wrote a few days ago about my treadle with Egyptian scrollwork....I
cleaned it up yesterday (snow day off!) and it looks just beautiful!  I
found that Old English Furniture Oil works wonders on bringing back some
luster on the base (as well as slate surround fireplaces).  Originally I
thought that the cabinet should be refinished but it looks great!

Any ideas on where to get the replacement for the plate that covers the
bobbin? (Is this called the throatplate??  Again I have a lot to learn.)

Thanks for all of the INSPIRATION....my machines thank you too!

Date: Mon, 05 Feb 1996 09:17:34 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 2/4/96

   Sorry to hear about your power cord experience.  I have a similiar
story.  I was servicing a Featherweight at the dining room table and
stepped on the power cord which looked perfect.  It melted my sock and some
of the skin on the ball of my foot into the carpet.  Ever since then if I
work on a machine it gets a new cord before I ever plug it in if the cord
is old.  You can take the original plug apart and replace the wire but its
easier to just get a complete new power cord from a dealer - they are still
available and usually cost around $14.00.
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 1996 10:01:39 -0500
Subject: FWFanatics

If you are looking for additional cams for your buttonholer, I have extras in
the following sizes: 5/8 regular, 5/8 keyhole, 5/16, 3/8, 1 1/16, 1/2.  No
cost.  Email me and I'll ask you to send SASE to my snail address.  Millie
Date: Mon, 05 Feb 1996 11:12:26 -0800
Subject: Featherweight Info

Any info on date of manufacture based on serial number?

Bob G
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 1996 10:47:41 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 2/2/96

Just a note to Phyllis:  the man you bought your FW machine from in
Apppleton WI was probably Harry Noe, my father in laws partner in the Singer
business.  My father in law repaired Singers &fortunately, taught his son a
little about the art.  Small world, isn't it?  That Singer store is still in
the same place, just run by different people now as both men passed away in
the 60's.

Kris, now the proud owner of a 1953 FW, same age as her!  
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 1996 13:39:53 -0500
Subject: FWFanatics

I have Singer several machines for sale.  All operational and visually
2 AM featherweights, 
a model 128, 
a model 99-13, 
a model 15-91, and 
a model 27 (comes with a wood, fold-out box of attachments!)   Tuesday (feb
6th) is it's 90th birthday!

Please email me for details, indicating interest.  Thanks.  Millie
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 1996 18:05:38 -0500
Subject: WANTED

I am looking for a featherweight.  Please respond with those for sale.
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 1996 20:28:14 -0500
Subject: Pleasant day in Pleasanton

Featherweight searchers take hope!
Your machine is out there somewhere waiting for you.

Sunday afternoon, my DH attended Gordy's class on
Featherweight maintenance at Going to Pieces in Pleasanton,
CA.  I scoured the quilt store and bought lots of books,
then went off to find some lunch and check out the many
antique stores in town.  The first store I entered did not
look promising -- lovely antique furniture and beautiful
rugs, all in the $2,000 to $6,000 price range.  However, I
decided to make a complete circuit before leaving. In the
back, among some smaller things, what to my wondering eyes
should appear but a tiny little black sewing machine.  I
drew closer and sure enough it was a FW.  I reached for the
price tag and thought I was misreading it.  I asked a
salesperson how much the "cute little machine" was.  She
said $85.  She showed me that there was a little case that
went with it and it had some accessories in it as well as a
foot pedal.  She said the machine came in the day before.  I
quickly wrote a check and clutched the machine under my arm
while I dutifully toured the rest of the store.

I drove right back to Gordy's class to show them my find. 
Eyes widened and gasps were heard when I told them the
price.  I had to pull out my receipt.  The new FW, named Al,
got a thorough going over by Gordy and my DH.  It purrs now. 
I am purring now.  Al (serial # AL193324) came into the
world on December 12, 1952.  He has all of his gold trim and
is in darn good shape for a 43 year old.  His case is larger
than our first 1940 FW, April, but he does not have a drop-
in tray.  His faceplate is striated and yet his scrollwork
is the same as April's.  

Later in the day, I prowled through a few other antique
stores and saw one other FW (not has handsome as Al) for

I had a very pleasant day in Pleasanton.  Thanks for holding
your great class there, Gordy.

Date: Mon, 05 Feb 1996 20:49:52 EST
Subject: Brewer's, etc.

For Terry (or someone else): Could you post an address or 
phone number for Brewers?
Do they sell to the general public, or only sewing machine dealers?

The reason I ask, is that I was told they have replacement motors for 
Featherweights. (For Graham , and others, the original FW motors are no longer available.)  If you have a burned out motor, the only other alternatives are rebuilding it, or finding one on a junked machine.
Date: Mon, 05 Feb 1996 21:37:37 EST

Bob, thanks for the correction on the felt pad.  (Next time I believe
an antique dealer ...)  Low tech is right.  But now I know.

Lydia, you sound sold on the Little Foot.  Think I'll try one since
quarter inch seams are one of my weaknesses while piecing.  I tend to
go wider and wider.  And I'll check the foot pressure out too.

Happy FWing, Leslie
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 1996 19:54:48 -0700
Subject: Wanted to buy - Singer Toy Machine

Hi you fellow Fanatics,

I promised a friend of mine that I would post this on the net.  She is in my
quilt group and is looking for a black Singer toy machine.  She had one as a
child, and her father sold it when she was in college.  She wants another
one.  She said it was black with a hand crank and did a beautiful chain
stitch.  I believe she had this as a child in the 1940s.  

Does anyone out there have one they might like to sell or point her in the
direction to locate one. 

Thanks in advance.  Please e-mail at above address.

Mary Sue
Date: Tue,  6 Feb 96 20:14:52 PST
Subject: In search of a throat plate...

G'Day the everyone....
I hope it's OK to ask for this on this list. Here goes - I would like to know if anyone can find for me or keep a look out for a throat plate (the front half of a throat plate, that is) for a 1915 Wertheim flying shuttle treadle. The dimensions of the missing bit are 75mm x 29mm. This is for my Grnadmothers machine which my cousin now has and looks after it very well. She is very appreciative about having the machine and it is in wonderful order.

Any help would be gratefully appreciated. Please email me and I will respond to you.

G'Day from Leanne.
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 1996 05:06:03 EST
Subject: machine facts

I wanted to save the info on my machines before I forgot, so I used 
Microsoft Works to make a database. It's very primitive since I'm new 
to computers, but I thought you all might like to see what I've done. 
The first date is when I purchased the machine, the second the date 
of manufacture, either from Singer or my guess. The price is the 
amount I paid for the machine. If anyone else has similar info on 
their collection, I'd love to see it. Sue M.

White Treadle Machine		1986(?)	$40.00	black/ gold trim in oak cabinet 
with 3 drawers on each side,includes attachments,manual,
keys	1/1/19	bought from friend in Berea,Ohio - it had been her aunts
Sewhandy	J2406	1995	$50.00	light green, no bobbin case, bobbin or 
cords, slide plate and belt from GE machine	1/1/29	bought from 
Anger's Sewing Machine Store  - Standard Co. sold to Singer in 1929, 
became FW in 1933
Greyhound (New Home)	6072	1996	$10.00	army green in bentwood case 
(both in poor shape), long shuttle bobbin, some gold 
trim	1/1/40	bought from What Not Antiques in Hudson,NY - may have 
been used on ships in WWII to mend
Singer Featherweight (Model 221)	AF743874	1996	$270.00	fancy plate, 
chrome wheel, case with leather handle and lift out tray, attachments,
 manual &key	6/7/41	bought at What Not Auction in Columbiaville, NY 
in Jan. 1996
Singer Featherweight (Model 221)	AJ631589	1991(?)	$20.00	striated 
plate, black wheel, case with plastic handle and side tray, 
attachments, broken latch	6/1/50	bought at yard sale in Clifton Park,
NY had broken bobbin case holder which engineer brother had tried to 
fix &broke
Singer 301	NA018629	1995	$100.00	black/ gold trim, no bobbin case,
cords, carrying case, attachments	5/29/51	bought from Anger's Sewing 
Machine Store in Schenectady, NY
Singer 301A	NA487675	1990(?)	$20.00	light brown, came with case, but 
not bobbin, attachments, or manual	5/29/51	bought at yard sale in 
Clifton Park, NY 
 Spartan Sewing Machine (Model 192K)	EP 093196	Fall 1995	$70.00	very 
plain black with black plastic base, says made for Singer in Great 
Britain	1/1/58	bought at antique show in Hudson NY 
Singer 401a	NB793679	1995	$50.00	cream /tan in cabinet with stool, 
includes attachments, manual, buttonholer &monogrammer	1/1/58	bought 
through ad in TU from woman in Rensaleer, NY - she was original owner 
&moving to Florida
Singer 301A	ND171304	1992(?)	$20.00	tan/ cream, came with case, 
manual(dated 1956), attachments - was very dirty,presser foot 
broken	10/8/63	bought from Salvation Army store in Latham, NY
Singer 338	EX299750	1995	$15.00	turquoise with cabinet, includes 
attachments and manual (dated 1964)	1/1/64	bought at auction at 
Catholic Church in Albany, NY
Singer Genie	354722222266	1995	$6.00	off white with plate to make 
case, no attachments or manual	1/1/75	bought from junk dealer on Rt.9 
in Schodack, NY
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 01:17:39 +1100
Subject: identification and holdiday info

I was wondering if there is a list anywhere that lists models by year  or
numbers. I have dates for all my machines however I am unsure as to what
model a couple of them are and would be really interested in having such a
list on hand for referance purposes.
I find this list really interesting  and seem to learn something everyday
and seem to be amassing quite a referance library.
I  am due to fly to Denver Colorado to visit my sister  at the end of march
we are heading East for a month travelling around going to Quilt shows etc.
indend going to the Smithsonian to see the machine collection  however can
anyone suggest  any other places to go . We will be travelling north to
Nebraska down  bypassing Chicago through Ohio over to Lancaster PA over to
The Shelburne Museum and Keepsake Quilting in New England down to DC Paducah
then back to Denver via Branson MO and, Kansas City so if anyone has any
suggestions  side trips arn't a major problem we are very adaptable! Thanks
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 11:30:23 -0500
Subject: Newletter post

Santa was very good to me! 

1) New National, shuttle bobbin, with the number  2285352  on the throat
plate.  The case is wooden, similar to the old Singers, but the ends have
what I would best describe as " cut glass" carving.  It has a hand crank that
flips around for storage, but there are holes in the base and a place on the
hand wheel for a belt.  It came with a separate box of attachments ( one of
those black ones ), and some papers that are so brittle I'm not touching them
again, but they're printed in English, French,Spanish, and Portuguese.  I
don't know if they're for the machine or just the attachments.

2) Wilcox &Gibbs , "C" shape on a small circular base, chain stitch, last
patent date 1883, not made for a hand crank. 

Help me, Help me, Help me.  What do I have?  I have heard of  Wilcox &Gibbs,
but only enough to know that they exist ( I think I saw one in a museum in
Calgary - Exhibit on Homesteaders, you know , small fits in the back of that
wagon. That kind of thing), But have never heard of the New National.

I'm new to collecting  antique sewing machines, I've drifted over from old
Date: 06 Feb 96 12:55:19 EST
Subject: contribution

To Anne-Maree,

Hope you enjoy your American visit and tour of the Smithsonian. However, be
warned, there is very little to be seen of the sewing-machine collection --
perhaps a score of machines dotted around the building, not a specific display.
Your best plan is to write to the Curator of Textiles, Barbara Janssen at the
Smithsonian, tell her which day you will be in town, stress how far you are
coming, and ask if it would be possible to view the machines. Might help if you
say ISMACS suggested you write for an appointment.

I'm sure if Barbara has no pressing business she'll take you down in the vaults
where the machines are stored and show you at least a selection.

To Mary-Sue

The toy your friend is refering to is teh Singer Model 20 which was made in two
very different styles, the first from 1914 to the 30s and the second in the
1950s. Depends on how old your friend is as to which one she remembers.

The early model sells from $100 to $150 from a specialist antique- machine
dealer such as Maggie Snell in London and are usually available off the shelf.
The later model, far commoner in the USA than England should go for $50 to $100.

A replica of the early model was produced about 10 years ago by Singer in
Turkey. Now out of production but Maggie was selling them last year at around

Graham F, ISMACS London
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 10:04:22 -0800
Subject: Seam Guide Repost

I've been reading with a shudder the requests of the last 2 days for a
screwdown seam guide.  I shudder because of what that will do to the finish
of the bed of your machine.  here is a repost of a piece I sent back in
September on how to both protect your machine, and get accurate seams.  back
then I was on AOL, hence the different Email address. 
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 1995 18:26:05 -0400
Subject: quarter inch seam guide

First, some hints that have worked for me.  earlier this year, I was
fortunate enough to take a Sharyn Craig workshop.  She sat down at
everyone's machine with a 6 in onmigrid ruler and baggie of 1 1/4"Long   3/8"
wide strips of DR SCHOLLs(sp?) white foot and shoe cushions.  NOT moleskin,
 its sold at the same place in the store but this stuff is white and sold in
pieces about 3"x4" for about 3.50.  (she cuts it up with an old rotary blade
and I would guess that she gets at least 75 pieces out of each package.)
 anyway,  she sat at each machine (regardless of the make) and with the fly
wheel slowly put the needle down right on to the 1/4" mark of the ruler, then
making sure that she had the edge of the ruler square to the machine, she put
the presser foot down to hold the ruler.  then she peeled the dr scholls
strip and carefully put it down at the rt edge of the ruler.  It works like
magic, it doesn't mark the machine, it can be easily removed and after the
initial investment, its virtually painless to remove when you don't need it.
  I don't have to watch my seams like a hawk any more.  Its wonderful.

( for my Interquilt Pals, this was sent to Featherweight Fanatics Digest,
but I thought that some of you might be interested also)

Lynda C
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 14:17:46 -0500
Subject: Wishing.....

IF there is anyone out there that comes upon the FW throat plate with the
seam allowances marked on it, or has an extra that they wish to part with for
cash or "whatever", I would love to hear from you.  While I have been using
my lovely sweetheart mostly for paper piecing, I also wish to be able to sew
the 'perfect' quarter inch seam that the local gals swear they are getting!
 I have my strip of moleskin to park in place when I am piecing, but will
confess to being a tad worn out ripping it off and then putting it back on
again after I am done paper piecing.

RE: the lady looking for the old Singer hand crank machine that does the
chain stitch - I have one, (sorry, a gift from my grandmother, so not for
sale) are they valuable?  I have it in my sewing room with some of the other
goodies I got in a general box of sewing things from my other grandmother's
estate (ivory crochet hooks, silk stocking mending kits, needle case......).

Christine - Congratulations on your wonderful find!!!!!

Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 23:27:50 -0600 (CST)
Subject: FW

Just joined a few days ago and I can't seem to get enough. There is so much
information I can't believe it.  I own 3 FW and 2 tables. I found my first
FW about a year ago at the Dallas Quilt Show and Paid $450.  Then in August my
husband found a add in the Dallas paper for FW and table for $400. Well, I
call the lady and said I would take it sight unseen.  Then October we were
at a flea market in FT.Worth and their was the sweeetness looking FW and
case that
I have ever seen. It still had the orginial belt and all the attachments
except the manual.  You won't believe the price.  Well, I paid the man his
$100.00 and took off to my car as fast as my legs could care me, before he
could change his mind. I was so proud of this find that I stop by a friends
house on the way home. She could care less about anything to do with a
needle, but I had to show her anyway.  But while I was there I was telling
her about the table and she said she had one that she used for garage sales
but couldn't understand why the top come out.  I told her that I would like
to buy it. She said if she hadn't gotten rid of it that I could have it. I
told her that I couldn't just take it for nothing. I told her how much they
were worth and she said not to her it wasn't. So I loaded up FW and table,
feeling very guilt, but so excited I could scream. So, the next day I took
her 4 t-bone steaks, that all she wanted for the table. 
                                                Thanks for listening    
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 06:04:41 GMT
Subject: Intro &New

Hi Everybody at FW Fanatics. I'm new to you chat group and in fact I just
bought my first featherweight, actually I bought two of them. I couldn't
make up my mind about either one so I just took them both.

I have been quilting for about seven years. I have a lot of UFO's and I'm
working on two tops right now. They are both of the same pattern which I
kind of came up with the design myself. One is for my daughter and the other
is for myself, but they are done in different colors. I call the pattern my
illusional star.

I don't know alot about these Featherweights and I could use some advise and
help. One is an AE 1936 and the other is an AL 1955, I'm going to try and
call the 800 number at singer to find out the exact birthing date of them
both. What I would like to know is, how do you determine the value of them,
and when you say top condition, does that mean running and looks, or what.
Someone Please Hellllllllllllllllllllp, I need some education on these.

If anyone is interested in helping me with this you can email me direct at

Happy Stitches on these cute little FW's from Pat
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 07:30:35 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 2/5/96

I've been reading the comments on beginning sewing on the Bernina fan club
and found several interesting like:"I made another horrific mistake when I
bought a Singer in the mid-70s.That machine has never worked right and I
finally gave it away." I think Singer had such a wonderful reputation that
women in the 60's and 70's bought their Touch and Sews expecting the same
quality and were so disappointed that many gave up sewing. What a sad example
of "progress" - and aren't we lucky to be finding all those wonderful old
machines that still run better than so many of the new ones. I envy all of
you who can do your own electrical repairs - every time I plug in one of my
new old machines, I cringe expecting to see a cloud of smoke (which has
unfortunately happened). I still have lots to learn obviously. I was so
surprised about the latest birthdates of my 301's - my light brown 301a has
the same exact birthdate as my black 301 and my tan &cream 301a wasn't made
until 1963! Sue M. 
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 08:29:55 +0000
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 2/5/96

I have a buttonholer for sale $25.00 plus shipping.  Shouldn't be too much.
email me 
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 08:32:45 +0000
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 2/5/96

Saw a White in a beautiful oak cabinet for $425.  Is that a good price?  I
don't have the money now anyway.  Thought I'd ask. Judy
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 20:06:48 -0500
Subject: Wanted

I am sorry I didn't tell you my name.  It's HollyI am interested in purchasing a featherweight.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.  thanks :)
Date:  Tue, Feb 6, 1996 10:24 AM EDT
Subj:  Gordy's Class


First of all, thank you, Gordy, for the wonderful class on Sunday.

To the rest of you, I want you to know what a patient, kind, and
knowledgeable instructor he is.  It was a four-hour class and we learned a
lot.  Gordy showed us some of his machines and gave us some history of sewing
machines, in general, and then we went to work.  I think every machine there
sounded better after we serviced them as he directed and helped us.

My machine sews very well which I am very thankful for but it was the most
"used" looking one there.  Gordy even wondered if it had been used in a
school.  Oh, I wish it could talk, I would love to know its history.  My MIL
brought it from a sewing machine repair man in Hutchison, KS.  I may write or
call him and ask if he knows anything about it.

I consider it my first; that can only mean there will be more in my future.
 It will be my little Raggedy Annie one but I hope to get one in better
condition sometime.

I have a 99 that I haven't really done much with because I didn't have an
instruction booklet and was sort of afraid to use until I knew that I had
oiled it properly, etc.  Gordy loaned me the instruction booklet (by the way,
Gordy, I'm returning that to you after work today), and now with the FW
Maintenance Class under my belt, I am going to "attack" it and see if I can
make it hum.

Still hoping to get a 301 from friends going to Kansas in March.  That will
be another baby to care for.

And to Sue, thanks for all you do.

Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 21:28:16 +1100
Subject: Some help please

>My sister  has recently bought  a machine it has the following etched on it  
McCaskill from Minneapolis Minn. "Rotoscillo "C292554 patents pending
1902-1913 it is a treadle  , the machine goes down into cabinet as lid
closes.Does anyone know anything about this brand of machine .This is all I
know  as I am in Australia and she is in Denver Colorado  however I thought
it might be worth asking. I am a collector  six Singers to date I am still
looking for a black FW maybe one day Ann-Maree
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 07:35:03 -0600
Subject: lodging/side trips

TO Amm-Marie  and anybody else coming to Paducah Quilt Show.
We operate a bed &breakfast in Carbondale IL, about 70 miles from Paducah.
My own handmade quilts on the beds, old quilts on the wall. I love to talk
quilts. Not right around the corner from the main attraction but not as far
as I've heard of people commuting for the show. Will send brochure on
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 1996 08:59:32 EST
Subject: Futura

Does anyone have information to share regarding a machine 
manufactured by SINGER called the "Futura"?  I came upon several 
"used" machines for sale, all comparably priced with the exception of 
this model.  I suppose the tag is what excited my attention since it 
was $100.00 more than the average machine in the the shop.  Does this 
model hold any special significance to the history of Singer's line?  
My guess would be that it's '60ish.  I don't have a blue book to 
check the value.  I passed on the "Futura" for now, but pleased 
myself with the purchase of one of those "Impala/Rocketeer" type 
machines, the 500A.  This machine carries quite a stunning presence.  
Surprisingly, it's not as heavy as it looks.  
Thanks for any help regarding the "Futura".

Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 09:30:26 -0500

 what a FW is suppossed to sound like when sewing.  I just
went through my whole maching and oiled it in all the right places and it
sound loud , kind of like a train going clicky-clack down the tracks.  Any
hints to tone her down?  Thanks, Laura
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 09:51:45 -0500
Subject: This and That

Suzanne: I love your database idea! Looks like you got some great buys as
well. I love the vicarious thrill of anothers good buys :).

Evie : I'm so jealous about your daffodils, I could cry. If the
groundhog predicted ONLY 6 more weeks of winter in MI I would jump for joy.

Lynda:  Thanks for the repost about the seam allowance trick, I bought the
stuff and I'm going to try it out on my 99. Thankfully my 301 has a marked
throat plate which is probably why I use it the most. 

To all who have successfully shipped or purchased machines which had to be
shipped: Can you tell us all how you did it? I get more nervous all the time
about buying one sight unseen due to the shipping problems others have
experienced, a broken motor? YIKES! 

Barbara: I feel like I'd like to make a trip to WalMart just to look. but I
believe these machines were discussed a while back and said to not be worth
the money at any price.

301 owners: Can someone please share with me numbers for the 301 attachments?
I bought some miscellaneous attachments sight unseen and I am trying to
identify them. I sure would appreciate any help you could give. 

Have a great day! Katy 
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 1996 09:01:57 -0600
Subject: a FW found me

Hi all,

I was minding my own business, trying to stay warm when my phone rang and a
stranger asked if I knew of anyone who would want to buy a fw!  She had her
mother's  then inheirited her aunt's and  "no one needs more than one".   I
told her yes, a friend is looking for one.  The asking price was more than
my friend had hoped to pay but was a fair price.  After some visiting she
commented that it sounded like I wanted the machine - did I really have a
friend?  I told her of course I wanted it but already have 2 and my friend
has none.  I have 3 but don't admit that to everyone and she already thought
anyone with more than one was goofy!  We arranged to meet the next day.
I called my friend immediatley with the news. (I knew if I waited there
would be 4 fws living in this house!)  She was thrilled and said she'd go to
work early so she could leave early and go along.

After checking out the machine; a 1938, not attachments, case a little worn,
gold in good shape
they agreed on a price both felt was fair and everyone was happy. 
I did find out she had found my name and number in the registration
iformation for our state quilt show.  She wants to start quilting.  We
suggested a shop and a small local quilt group in her area and will look for
each other at the state quild meeting.    I thought maybe fws were going to
start finding me by esp or something. :-)  

By the way, 'Daisy" runs great and has settled right into her new home. :-)

Jane M
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 20:04:58 -0500
Subject: Wanted

I would like to subscribe to the Featherweight Fanatics and to purchase a
machine... thanks.. 
Date: 08 Feb 1996 07:59:07 PST
Subject: FW Fanatics 2/7/96

To Evie and Gordy - thanks for the info about the featherweight class.  I can't
 wait to take it on 2/25!!
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 11:12:34 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 2/6/96

There is a book out there called Antique American Sewing Machines, A Value
Guide by James W. Slaten , published by Singer Dealer Museum, 3400 Park Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94610. In it is a chapter on dating the Singer by serialnumber
1850-1950.  Carolyn
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 10:15:29 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Model 99k


About six weeks ago I picked up one of those proverbial great deals at a 
bargain store.  A cabinet-model 99k in fantastic condition.  I cleaned, 
oiled, etc. and have sewn a little on it just to "break it in".  But I am 
a continuing victim of the engineering part of my mind, and I always like 
to work with the older machines to see just *what* they can do.  Last 
night I was into fine stitches, and I kept pushing the little 99k farther 
and farther until I was essentially doing straight/satin stitching (??).  
The stitch was much smaller than 30 per inch, but the little machine just 
kept cycling, not missing a stitch, even when I really got on it an ran 
faster, for a time, than anyone would want to sew.  I probably have too 
many machines, and I dast not tarnish the FW's reputation, but this was 
the tiniest, finest, most consistent stitch I have been able to get out 
of any of them....Now all I have to do is think of why I need to sew that 
fine a stitch!!

Subject: New FW, smelly case
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 96 09:37:28 PST

Hi there fellow FW Fanatics -

This is my first post to this list.  I've been enjoying reading
everyone's messages, and now have a question of my own.

Earlier this week I received a long awaited Featherweight, as a
birthday gift from my brothers.  My new "baby" is of the 1950
vintage, five years older than me :)  It's in beautiful condition -
it was overhauled and reconditioned by someone who specializes in
older machines, and it even came with a one year warranty!  My
brothers tell me that since the seller was a friend-of-a-friend, he
gave them a remarkably low price on it.

The problem is that the case, in otherwise beautiful condition, smells moldy.  

I know this problem was discussed at length on QuiltNet several years
ago, but not having a Featherweight, I didn't save the messages, and
the QuiltNet archives don't go back that far.  I also check the
archives for this group, and haven't found anything, so I'm appealing
to all of you.

Has anyone successfully removed the mold and mildew odors from a FW
case?  If so, please share with me.  If you mail to me directly, I
will summarize to the list.

By the way, I also am the proud owner of a Singer Model 128
(manufactured in 1925) that belonged to my mother and grandmother. 
As a child, I learned to sew on that machine.  It is in well-loved
but much-used condition.  It works fine, but much of the gold
filigree decal has been worn off, and the wooden dome case is missing
its handle and quite battered.  

				- Sari Lynn
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 12:16:12 +0000
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 2/7/96

I need more info on Sincere's book.  What does it look like? How much
should I pay for it?  Where do I even look? Do you suppose the library
would have a copy?
Thx. Judy
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 17:38:42 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Shelburne Museum


Just wanted to let you know that when we were at Shelburne about four
years' ago now the admission was $15.00 for a two-day pass.  There was no
lower cost for a single day.  We hadn't known this ahead of time and there
was no way to stay overnight and it was simply too far to drive there and
back two days in a row.  So it ended up being a rather expensive five
hours.  You might want to check on the current admission policies before you
arrive, so you can get your money's worth.

You have said you are going through Ohio on your way to Lancaster.  If you
intend to travel on Interstate 70 through Columbus, and can give me the
approximate week you will be around, I'll try to find out if there is
anything that warrants your attention.  The single most fun thing around
here is the Ohio State Fair (and I say this even as a non-native of Ohio), but
that's in August.

Date: Mon, 5 Feb 1996 22:59:33 GMT
Subject: "WANTED"

Please help, does anybody know of anybody that has a featherweight for sale.
I would like to have one in good running condition. The case doesn't matter,
I would like to have the attachments and manual but if they are not
available that's ok too.
If anyone knows of one please contact me at email pnotions@cybergate.com or
snail address, Pat Petty 2571 N. Dewey Ave. Fresno, Ca. 93722

Thanks in advance.
Pat P
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 1996 17:46:16 -0500
Subject: On a buying spree

Hi all,
    I am having major flea market withdrawl, so I have bought absolutely
everything I could find lately related to Singer,  even at non-flea market
prices.  Who needs food anyway? 
    I finally got a Singer book bank!  It is sooo cute!.  It is quite small,
only 3"x3-1.2"x1", and very heavy.  It is red leather with brass corners and
insides and embossed on the front is the Singer logo and "Singer Sewing
Machine Co."  Mine is missing the key, but DH is working on that. 
    Got a 1905 Singer calendar. It's four pages with illustrations of
"Important events in the settlement of North America" with ads on the back.
Boy are calendars pricy.
    Got advertising cards: Washington D.C., Singer Souvenirs of the Pacific
Coast - Missions, Singer Souvenirs of the Pacific Coast - Oregon (These say
Alaska - Yukon - Pacific Exposition. This isn't mentioned in any references
I've found to Expos) All 1905ish.
    And last, I got an oval pin of a lady in a circle skirt with bobbed hair,
and on the back it says " Singer Teenage Dressmaking Contest - Qualifier's

     I hope the checkbook has stopped smoking by the time the garage sales
My stepson said he wishes Singer made bass boats.
    A friend has for sale a 1948 manual for a 66-16. Good shape, but
translucent, and has a small nick out of the cover. $15 ppd. I need to know
ASAP, or I'm sending it back to him. I thought I had a 1951 66 and could use
his manual, but turns out its a 99-something.

Happy Featherweighting!
Date: 08 Feb 96 18:07:01 EST
Subject: contribution

To Leanne,

Your German (made in Frankfurt) Wertheim throat plate. If you do not get an
original please let me know and I will borrow one from an ISMACS member and copy
it. You will have to get it plated.

To Sharon,

Singer produced four chain-stitch models. Two were toys and although both
designated the model 20 were very different. First model ran from 1914ish to the
late 30s. The second model was made in the 50s and quite a lot carry the
anniversary badge.

The Singer 30 was a cast iron, claw-foot design  with very little decoration and
exposed needle-bar feed rod.

The fourth, and,I'm sorry the model number escapes me, was a very
highly-decorated enclosed design which came in a bent-wood cover and sat on a
wooden base. This last model was also produced in various forms for specialist
industrial use.

To "Sew J"

Your Willcox and Gibbs is from a very famous factory. The company was the
largest and most successful producer of chain-stitch machines. Formed in 1857,
the company was the first in the industry to use the "American System" of
manufacture in which parts were made to such fine limits as to be completely
interchangeable between machines.

First models had two pieces of moulded glass for tension but in 1875 the
Automatic was introduced and continued virtually unchanged until the company
ceased production in the 1950s.

If your machine has a number below 650,000 I can date it for you but I have not
figures after that date (1916). Most American-sold models were on treadles
although a few hand-crank geared machines were sold in the USA. W&G exported
heads only to the UK where they were fitted with hand cranks and mahogony bases.

I have no information on the New National but it might be a name used by
National after the company's merger with Free and New Home in the 1930s.

Graham F  ISMACS, London
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 20:09:56 -0500
Subject: Love your letters

Hi all just had to write and let you know just how much I am enjoying reading
all your letters. Sue thank you so much for taking the time to help us all
get our fix , so to speak,  and learn more about our sewing friends. Both
Featherweights  and human. After about a year I was able to find my own
little beauty, a 1951 anniversary model in great condition with book and
attatchments and buttonholer and case. I brought  her home and my DH spent
about 2 hours cleaning , oiling and greasing her. She must be happy because
she just purrs. I am piecing a double wedding ring quilt on her now and boy
do I love the way she sews. Since then I found a 99 and a 15 in bent wood
cases that after my DH's attention also hum along. Could this be and
addition? My husband asked me the other day when I was going machine again. I
think he is having as much fun making them hum as I am finding them and
trying them out. Little does he know that the next scouting trip is planned
for tomorrow, good lord willing and the creeks don't rise at least any more
than they are now. Elaine
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 02:37:27 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Another Featherweight Fancier

 Hello from the Great Wet Northwest.  I have been reading the list for
awhile now and really enjoying all the featherweight talk.  I bought my
machine about l5 or 20 years ago from a dear friend who was moving to an
apartment and didn't have room for it.  At that time it wasn't a
fashionable item, but I thought it was the cutest little machine and I had
to have it, even if the $50. was quite a lot.  My friend has long since
passed away, but I feel part of the pleasure of the machine, when I take
it out of its case, is remembering her.  My FW is model AD4043l5 with the
gold and blue Century of Sewing Svs logo.  I'm wondering if that logo was
just on the machine for that year or did it continue on later models?  I
have all the feet less the edge stitcher and the gatherer(which I would
like to buy). The booklet is the blue one.  The machine has the striated
face plate, but the fancier gold trim.  I have the plain throat plate, but
would rather have the accurate markings. I have a buttonholer, model
l60506, with cams, but haven't a clue how to use it.  Does anyone have a
booklet or copy of a booklet? Thanks for all your help in the many 
letters I have read.  Barbara L
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 08:19:21 -0500
Subject: Perfect Portable

Hope everyione knows about book, The Perfect Portable, by Nancy Johnson
Srebro. It reproduces manual, talks about history of and tells how to date
FW. It is published by Silver Star Publishing, RR 4,Box 413, Tunkhannock, PA
18657. Telephone (717)836-559.  It's under $10, available at quilst stores I
think. I got mine through quilt mailorder firm.
Date: Fri, 09 Feb 1996 09:08:11 EST
Subject: Motors

Hello group, there's a couple in SC who sell FW's and every once in a
while they send a list (BTW, I'll be glad to forward copies if anyone
wants to take a look, just E me your snail address).  In one of the
most recent lists Dawna indicated that the AL and AM serial numbers
have heavier duty motors than the earlier ones.  My Singer dealer says,
"Not so."  Anyone have any info they'd like to share?

I've also heard that the FW motor is not heavy duty enough to machine
quilt anything.  True or false?

Again, thanks for your advice -- Leslie
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 09:24:12 -0500
Subject: Gordy's Class


First of all, thank you, Gordy, for the wonderful class on Sunday.

To the rest of you, I want you to know what a patient, kind, and
knowledgeable instructor he is.  It was a four-hour class and we learned a
lot.  Gordy showed us some of his machines and gave us some history of sewing
machines, in general, and then we went to work.  I think every machine there
sounded better after we serviced them as he directed and helped us.

My machine sews very well which I am very thankful for but it was the most
"used" looking one there.  Gordy even wondered if it had been used in a
school.  Oh, I wish it could talk, I would love to know its history.  My MIL
brought it from a sewing machine repair man in Hutchison, KS.  I may write or
call him and ask if he knows anything about it.

I consider it my first; that can only mean there will be more in my future.
 It will be my little Raggedy Annie one but I hope to get one in better
condition sometime.

I have a 99 that I haven't really done much with because I didn't have an
instruction booklet and was sort of afraid to use until I knew that I had
oiled it properly, etc.  Gordy loaned me the instruction booklet (by the way,
Gordy, I'm returning that to you after work today), and now with the FW
Maintenance Class under my belt, I am going to "attack" it and see if I can
make it hum.

Still hoping to get a 301 from friends going to Kansas in March.  That will
be another baby to care for.

And to Sue, thanks for all you do.

Date: Fri, 9 Feb 96 09:42:40 CST
Subject: Singer Machine

Hi Everyone
Thanks for the Singer 800 number. The machine I picked up at an Estate Sale for 
$40 turns out to be a Model 15 Treadle dob 11/21/38. Older than I thought. I 
found a Singer repair man here in Austin and plan to take the machine by next 
week. I havn't tried to fit it in the treadle cabinet I have. 
I plan to shop around for a featherweight. Looking for that "once in a lifetime 
deal". Do any of the other companies carry a good small portable machine?
I really enjoy reading this net. Thanks to all for the info. I am also a 
beginner quilter and would enjoy conversing with everyone on the subject. I plan 
to travel to the Dallas Quilt Show in March. Hope to meet many of you there.
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 11:10:49 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 2/5/96

Hi..I am Anne.  I have a fw for sale for $350.00 -
plus s&H which is about $12-$15 depending on where you live.
if you want more details, let me know.  It is in great shape, I even took
it to my sewing machine guy for a check-up (that cost $35.00) 
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 11:44:17 -0500

I am looking for a bobbin case for my FW made in 1948.  When the antique
dealer took the bobbin case out to see if there was a bobbin in it, he broke
the hinged part in half.  I can insert the bobbin case and bobbin into my
machine but it isn't easy.  Please e-mail me if you know where Ii can get
one, cost etc.  My address is reedsjw@aol.com. By from Debbie
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 14:05:53 -0500
Subject: oil and grease and needles

Hello. I own a featherweight that I got a couple of years ago at a 
garage sale for $40 Canadian, l951 and in fabulous shape.  I would 
like to know what kind of needles to purchase for it. Also can 
someone tell me  if I need a special oil and grease. Thanks in 
advance.  Joanne
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 08:31:07 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/27/96

  First I will start with a request for any information on those very 
small type toy machines, even though more on the level of Sew Handy or 
Hansel and Gretel. I'm wondering if someone that knows about these 
machines, what I should look for in buying and prices. I found a bevy of 
Singer tiny machines and am very interested also wonder if needles are 
still available for them. Any help is much appreciated.


	I will start with the FW Table $200 and $40 for shipping, 
insurance, and handling. Upon viewing yesterday I noted that the legs are 
all in good condition, the black lip could be painted but it would not be 
a must. For the top though it appears to be 1/2 inch plywood in need of 
sanding and a stain.  Otherwise it looks fine.
	3 buttonholers left-2 are cam post WWII and one pre WWII. $35 and 
that includes postages and handling.	
	Again I will use abbreviations for Case-C, Manual (Original)- M, 
A - Attachments, X-Copy of Manual.
AF  - A,M,C  There is a little wear but has a very good set of attachments.
AG  - A,M,C,  Tray case, some attachments, black is a little worn $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, case 
is in great condition too, later edition scrollwork. $510.
AK  - Anniversary Model, Excellent Conditon, A,M,C, case has key, foot 
pedal case $495.
AJ  - A,C,X - The front of this machine has a scuffed, but could be 
refinished the top is in great condition. $450.
AJ  - A,C, X, This is a very good machine and was able to talk the dealer 
from 550. to $495. There are a few slight pin scratches on the black if 
you hold it up to the light, gold is perfect.
Whate FW - Motor - $115.
	Again a special thanks to those who have purchased and inquired. 
I have a special need for one of the Daisy style handcranks and can't 
see, to find one anywhere. Did though see a FW in case at an antique mall 
for $375, I was thrilled and could wait to pull it out of it's case, and 
check the lettering and condition. It was really trashed, so it appears 
that the malls are comanding a high price. Also the bentwoods there out 
there in mass, but all I've checked are missing the knee lever. Shipping, 
handling and insurance on machines is $25, feel free to e for further 
information or call. Zsux
Subj:    A Subversive Book
Date:    96-02-07 23:46:49 EST

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: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 13:07:44 -0500
Subject: Various

Hello all,
Still enjoying the list though Tax season is keeping me very busy.  I
wanted to tell you all about my latest acquisition.  It is a Morse sewing
machine.  Looks sort of like a rocket ship model.  The base is blue and the
rest of it is Tan.  I have the manual and it says that the machine was made
in Ngoya Japan at the Toyota factory there.  The book is copyrighted 1948.
I thought this was a hoot since all our vehicles at home are Toyota's - I
got some attachments with it and it does have feed dogs that drop, and a
zig zag, and also decorative stitches.  The lady that had it kept it in
pristine condition, not even a spec of dust.  I am hoping to use it for
machine quilting since the instructions are there in the manual.  If anyone
has heard of this machine, I would like to know more about it.
A week or so ago, I described some Singer 500 series advertising booklets I
had for sale and inadvertently listed them as $10 each.  They are 2 for $10
postage included.  Email me for more details  Shelley@cencom.net
I am considering selling one of my 5 fw's - I paid top dollar for the one I
am thinking of selling.  It is a AK 793498 born 8/22/50.  It is in near
mint condition with a near very good case.  There are two dings on the
inside of the case on the right side where wood is showing.  It is the
style of case with no tray but has the holder for the foot control on the
top.  It came with a later vintage oil can, a cardboard box with a few
attachments in it, a manual which clearly goes to the white model machine
(not this one) and some bobbins.  It has not been used since I have had it.
I bought it from a sewing machine store and it was recently reconditioned.
I am asking $400 plus shipping (I will have this professionally done -
shouldn't be more than $30)  For more details email me and I'll drag it out
and see if I can give more details.  It breaks my heart to part with one of
my babies but do I really need 5 and 2 of the 1950 model to boot?
Email for more details.
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 13:02:03 -0500
Subject: featherweights for sale

This is blatant advertising.
At our quilt show, March 23-24 1996 in Bowie one of our dealers will have
at least 6 featherweights for sale. All running well, various condition,
fair prices.

We are also hoping to get another vendor with unique machines for sale. 
Probably only one or two fw's, but lots of interesting machines from the
fifties and sixties. 

We are between annapolis and baltimore Md, and washington dc.  So if you
are in the area, and want to see and touch the fw before you buy - come
on down!


(qltrathart and I went to see the interesting sewing machines. The man
bought out the stock of an old dealer. He doesn't know what he has.
There was a really BRIGHT KELLY GREEN royal machine, and a 99 style -
with perfect gold made by ROthschild.  Doug said that singer made
machines for many companies, and let them put their own name on them
Is this true?  This rothschild machine is a dead ringer for a 99.
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 96 13:54:39 EST
Subject: Singer info

I made myself a little cheat sheet on Singer sewing
machines. I carry it in my purse, so that I will
have it if I come across a machine I'm interested in.
I compiled this cheat sheet from the Sewing Machine
Blue Book.

Here it is. If you notice any errors, let me know.

Singer Sewing Machines

15-class : oscillating shuttle, side load bobbin
15NL     1885 - 1890  For treadle stand
15CH     1890         Treadle
25TC     1890         Motorized. Bentwood case.
30TC     1890         Hand crank. Bentwood case.
30/86/87 1895 - 1933
88       1933 - 1941  Reverse. Treadle or outside motor.
91       1933 - 1956  Reverse. Built-in motor.

27       1899 - 1913  Treadle.
127      1913 - 1940  Electric.
128      1917 - 1959  3/4 size head.

66-class : oscillating hook, top load bobbin
66-6     1902 - 1933
66-19    1934 - 1960  Reverse.
99-13    1920 - 1953  3/4 size head.
99-28    1954 - 1957  3/4 size head. Reverse.

Rotary : rotary hook, top load bobbin, built-in motor
101      1922 - 1937
201      1936 - 1964  Reverse.

Serial Number Dates

AA  1924    ED  1941
AB  1926    EE  1947
AC  1928    EF  1949
AD  1930    EG  1950
AE  1935    EH  1951
AF  1938    EJ  1953
AG  1941    E series made in Scotland
AH  1947
AI  1948
AK  1951
AL  1953

B   1904    G   0         -    999,999  1909
D   1908        1,000,000 -  2,999,999  1910
F   1924        3,000,000 -  4,999,999  1913
H   1906        5,000,000 -  6,999,999  1916
JB  1945        7,000,000 -  8,999,999  1919
JC  1948        9,000,000 -  9,999,999  1921
K   1902       10,000,000 - 10,999,999  1924
L   1901
N   1900
NA  1951
W   1954
Y   1925

Betsy S
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 12:19:17 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 2/5/96

Hello, again!

A year or so ago while on a quilt retreat, one of the other students who 
owned 4 FWs gave the advice to buy a FW even if the motor did not work.  
She stated that she had had one rewound with great success.  Does anyone 
else have any experience with this?

I still haven't received any answers, opinions, guesses, whatever on why 
the bed of my black FW is checked (black finish is cracked like the glaze 
on an old plate).  The finish is still very smooth and I keep it polished 
for easier sewing.  I wondered if maybe it had been left in the sun (?).

Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 12:59:49 -0800
Subject: Re: Period Fabrics

When restoring or completing an antique quilt I have told you  it is best
to use antique fabric from the same period. Hickor Hill Antique's on the
web advertises such fabric and will even send you a sample. She  and other
antique dealers that have tops may be able to complete you project. One of
the greatest remarks that came out of an antique dealers mouth was "Not
everyones grandmother was a good quilter". By this he ment some tops are
just poorly done or ugly. Its ok to take apart another block or top and
make one great project.If you need only a very small amout of fabric try to
sneek in a reproduction, it might just jump out at you with to much color.
I have been known to use the wrong side of the fabric also, so the color
looks dull with age. If you can not find period fabric and you need a lot,
like for borders use a solid. You must be very careful here to get just the
right shade of color, for example the 30's green I call institutional
green, or buble gum pink.There are some re-pro's of this too.The big Quilt
shows and Antique showes are where you will run into a person that
specializes in old fabric. You may have to pay what you think is a high
price but these people spend a lot of time going to garage sales etc.
To Wendy in Portland, I have been told that there is a man in Portland that
is one of the best in the US for restoration of quilts and quilt
appraising.Maybe you could find the # in the phone book!?! Let me know.Also
every year there is a great quilt show  in Seattle (Monroe actually) called
QA (Quilters Anonymous)and  there is a vender there that has old fabric.
The reason I'm telling  you is because I think she is from Vancouver Wa. If
you know a quilt shop in Vancouver maybe you could call them.Off to help in
my daughter school.........
     OH, I am the committee for her class to make a queen size quilt to be
auctioned at the yearly art auction.  The children will paint flowers with
there fingers, I stenciled a vase on the fabric first. I did a sample and I
am soooooooo glad I did because I tryed washing it to make sure the paint
would stay bright etc. and most of it washed off. I used Ceramcoat paint by
Delta. I know Tole painters use this paint to paint on fabric. I did not
want to use the plastic paint used on sweatshirts. Whats best? Anyone tryed
this? There are 32 blocks and the School usually gets $1000., to $2000.
each year on the quilt so it has to be right.
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 13:56:57 -0700
Subject: Singer Futura

To Corinne,

I bought a Singer Futura 900 back in 1974.  It cost me $700 and was their
top-of-the-line model.  I was really just beginning to sew and was sewing
only clothing.  The machine ran well, and I never really had any problems
with it.  It had several cams with it for fancy stitching and an "automatic"
buttonhole stitch.  I didn't use the cams much, and I was never really happy
with the buttonholes it made.  I could never quite get the tension right.
But I did a lot of sewing on it and never had any problems.  When I decided
to get a newer machine (Bernina), the trade-in value was next to nothing.  I
managed to sell it privately for about $225.  That was at least seven years
ago.  When I was talking trade-in with the dealer, I was told that the top
loading bobbin was not a good design feature as it tended to wear something
out (I can't remember what).  I still have my Bernina and am on my second
New Home embroidery machine, which by the way, has the top loading bobbin
system.  I really prefer it because you can readily see it.  I bought it
from the same dealer who I talked to about the Futura and there was no
design flaw with the New Home and it's bobbin case!

Hope this helps some.  Like I said, it was a good machine for me.  I did
talk to a lady some time back who owned one and didn't like it.  Maybe she
had a lemon or maybe I was just lucky!

Mary Sue
Date: 09 Feb 96 17:14:06 EST
Subject: Beware

Hi all, from rainly England.

Noticed a post refering to the book by Jim Slaten and his Singer Dealer Museum.

The book is a joke. Full of information lifted from the Smithsonian publication
by Grace Rogers Cooper and a so-called price guide that is so far off as not to
be in the same ball park.

When the book was reviewed in ISMACS News we refused to give the publisher's
details in case anyone went out and bought it!

And, of course, there is no museum.

There is only one sewing-machine museum in the USA, in Arlington Texas. It's run
by the nicest guy in the world, Frank Smith, who eeks out a living with his

The Smithsonian displays only a small percentage of the sewing machine
collection and this is dotted around other displays. 

If you are ever in the Charlton, Mass area -- on Rt 20 just east of Sturbridge
and west of Worcester,  look in at The Simple Machine, a shop run by real
enthusiasts Cathy and Steve Racine who have a small display of antique machines.
They are experts on pre-electronic machines and the business, which is now a
Bernina agency, started with Cathy repairing treadles. Be sure to give her a hug
from me.

Graham F , ISMACS London
Date: Fri, 09 Feb 1996 18:24:28 EST
Subject: FW Data Base Idea

Just wanted to share with you how I've organized my information about 
my FWs (and other sewing machines) in my collection.  The program 
called Microsoft BOB has a nifty Household Manager component.  Within 
Household manager, it walks you through setting up a nifty little 
database about any collection you might have.  You get to name the 
categories.  For example, I have:   Machine, Date Purchased, Where, 
Price, Disposition (what I've done with it), and Notes.  Once you put 
in all your info, you can view and arrange it in different ways.  I 
have mine organized by date of purchase, but you could organize it 
alphabetically or by cost, or many other ways.  It's really VERY VERY 
easy to use &quite fun, too!

Always enjoy hearing all the news about FWs and the other old 
machines.  I'm looking for a copy of  "Machine Sewing . . . "  by 
Singer, so if anyone has an extra copy or happens across one, please 
let me know.  I have 2 buttonholers available for the FW at $25 each, 
and also 2 FWs from my collection that I am selling for $400 each, 
both in excellent condition, with cases and attachments.  Drop me an 
E-Mail if you're interested.

Date:     Fri,  9 Feb 96 13:53:12 PST
Subject:  Antique shopping

I did a quick run of the local antique arcade yesterday on my way
home from work. Sadly, the vendor with the Army/Navy needle books
was no longer selling there, so I couldn't buy them! Thanks everyone
who gave me advice on that purchase - I will keep my eyes peeled for
more interesting needlebooks.

I saw a few interesting things. One was a toy Singer, hand crank, on
a sort of one footed pedestal that was I think a part of the overall
machine. $350 !!! Out of my price range, for sure.  It was in a case
and I didn't get a close look at it, except that it looked to be in
great shape.

I also saw a skirt marking wooden yardstick on a Singer stand -
light green metal stand about 4-5 " square, looked to be 50's style.
No price on it, and I wasn't that interested.

Finally, there was an embossing "stamp" (the kind you squeeze on
paper and are left with your public library name in a circle). This
said "Standard Machine Co. Corporate Seal, Canton, Mo." Now is this
a sewing machine company? I wasn't sure. It was $40 if anyone is

Oh - I almost forgot - a great Coats &Clark display case with
sliding glass or probably plastic doors - with original thread on
wooden spools. This was something like $175. There was also a small
wooden box with a tailor's chalk logo on the outside - I didn't look
to see if there was any chalk inside.

Interesting things, but nothing really up my alley nor in my price

-Carolyn Y
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 10:24:42 -0700
Subject: Singer Futura


I remembered why the top loading bobbin on the Futura was a poor design.  It
was because the bobbin was wound right there in the bobbin case.  All the
extra winding put a stress on it, making it wear out.  It was quite
convenient though, and, like I said, I never had trouble with it.  The New
Home, of course, is not like this.  The bobbin is wound on a bobbin spool
and then inserted into the top loading bobbin case.

Hope this helps some.

Mary Sue
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 14:09:37 -0500
Subject: Toy machines and book

Ahhhhh....Clear skies, no snow, no rain, can Spring be far away?
    DH and I just returned from checking a few antique stores.  Here's what
we found.  Not bought, just found and wanted to pass along if anyone is
wanting.  First of all we found a black Singer toy machine.  Its in good
condition.  Dealer is asking $125.  Same dealer has a red Sew Mistress made
by the Geneco Toy Co.  It has the Godzilla finish.  It seems to need some oil
and TLC as she is hard to turn.  Dealer is asking $55.  The final is the
Singer Sewing Book by Mary Brook Picken for $3.95.  
   If anyone wants any of the above I can run back down and pick them up on
your say so.  I'll need to add 5% sales tax and shipping.  Jacque
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 12:54:28 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Oops

Wouldn't you know it, trying to make a good impression on my first post 
and I goofed my FW's seriel number its AK4043l5, which I believe means a 
l951 or thereabouts.  Thanks  Barbara L
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 16:23:40 -0500

Hi, all. I have a plate which is probably for a newer machine.  Hole is for
straight stitch.  Feed dog position up.  Singer part no. 174529.  Note: They
could not have made the numbers any smaller;  even with my glasses and a
magnifying glass, I am not sure of the 4th and 6th numbers.) The shape of the
plate is curved triangular.   Let me know if you can use it.  Free to first
respondant.  Millie
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 16:31:53 -0500
Subject: Tip for getting rid of musty smells

In the 1989 Kovels' Antiques &Collectibles Price List there was a tip about
musty smells.  It might work on FW cases.

"To remove the musty smell from a closed cupboard or box, try using rice.
 Parch several handfuls of uncooked rice in a shallow pan in the oven.  Then
put the pan and rice in the musty drawer.  You may have to repeat the
parching to keep the moisture and mildew from reappearing."

I'm not exactly sure what "parching" means.

Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 16:07:08 -0700 (MST)

Hi Everyone,
   I've been lurking since the beginning of the year but have decided it 
is finally time to write in and introduce myself. I own 2 FWs - an AD 
(1935) and an AF (1941), both black, with fancy faceplates. I also have a 
folding FW table with brown metal legs. I am so glad that there are so 
many others out there who share my passion for old sewing machines. Most 
of my friends think I'm pretty goofy to have more than one, so touching 
base with this group makes me feel good. :)

   I've noticed that several people are searching for copies of Machine 
Sewing: A Treatise, so I thought I'd mention another book for those who 
can't find the Pickens book. I have a copy of the Singer Sewing Skills 
reference book,published in 1955. It's actually a 56 page booklet which 
originally sold for 95 cents. The opening paragraph says: "A family well 
clothed and a home well appointed are responsibilities of every 
homemaker. To know and to recognize good construction in clothing and 
fabric furnishings largely determine how much value is bought with every 
dollar spent. Savings are greatest when sewing is done at home,if done 
well. The SINGER* Sewing Skills Course is designed to create an awareness 
of good quality workmanship and to teach the simple procedures for 
attaining better results in sewing."
  The book goes on to show how to care for and maintain your sewing machine
and provides detailed descriptions and illustrations of how to use many 
of the attachments. My FW manual has instructions on how to use the foot 
and adjustable hemmers,the binder,tucker,and ruffler, but this booklet 
has instructions on how to use about a dozen more attachments, including 
a walking presserfoot,a quilting foot, 3 types of braiding feet, and a 
zipper foot. There are also instructons on how to do various techniques
(called Fashion Details in the booklet) and a lesson at the end of each 
chapter with several different practice sessions for the student to follow.

  Being a quilter,I've never really used any of my attachments but this 
book has intrigued me so I am tempted to try out some of these lessons. 
Some of the things I find most interesting in my book are the notes the 
original owner wrote in for herself. On one page she wrote to "always put 
in decorative stitching B4 cutting material from pattern" and on the last 
page she wrote "Pressing embeds thread in material."

  One final note before I sign off - I was talking to an old sewing 
machine dealer yesterday and he told me that he mixes up his own solution 
to clean his machines. He said to mix one half parts isopropal (sp?) 
alcohol with one half parts sewing machine oil. I haven't tried this 
myself, but he swears that it works wonders for cleaning the surface of 
the machine without hurting any of the gold trim.

 Thank you to everyone for sharing all your sewing machine knowledge, and 
good luck in searching for those elusive FW bargains!

Lisa M
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 18:12:02 -0500
Subject: Singer 

I have an old sewing machine and I would like it priced, it is from 1930's
and it is black with gold braiding and a gold stamp
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 17:35:12 -0600
Subject: Mom and Dad home!

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

Gail P

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