Featherweight Fanatics Archives

January 1996

Sunday, January 21st - Saturday, January 27th

Date: Sat, 20 Jan 1996 13:28:52 -0600
Subject: FeatherWeight page updated 1/20/96

Hello!  Thanks for Nancy S for more updated information for the
featherweight home page.  Basically Nancy takes the featherweight facts out
this daily email list, and puts them into categories (Like Dating your
featherweight, Attachments, Mildew, etc...)

I've updated the homepage to reflect the last two months categories.  I've
added a couple of new sections that I had not had the time to include on
the original homepage.  Come take a look, appreciate feedback.
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 1996 10:30:26 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Treadle Belts

I have read so many posts lately about people who have found a treadle
for sale but were unsure whether to buy it because they weren't sure
if they could find a belt.  When I first got mine that was my first
fear.  In fact I used an old raggedy belt forever because I thought
it was the only one the machine would ever have.  Treadle belts are
still really easy to find and most (at least in my town) sewing
machine shops still carry them.  You probably can't find them at
chain fabric stores, but any dealer who services machines should have
them in stock.  Hope this answers some questions.  I have several
machines but am still really partial to the treadle.  I look at it
as a piece of history that I am happy that I can still keep in use.
My latest baby, Ruby, is getting more and more presentable.  The
stitch is almost right. Now I just have to figure out why she roars
instead of purrs.
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 96 13:38 MST
Subject: history of our machines

Sue M.  I also think it's a great idea to record the details of our
machines, as important as labeling our quilts.  Since November when I owned
1 measly Bernina, to today, where I own 1 Bernina, 3 Singers, and 1 toy
Signature,  I have done the following to do just that.  I record all the
info that I think might be important on a 3 x 5 index card, then I put it
into a zip lock sandwich bag, seal it locking out all the air, fold the
plastic around the card and tape it somewhere on the machine or case where
it won't get in the way, and it's still easy to get to.  So far I've taped
it to the inside of the cases, but maybe on the bottom would be do-able too.
Any one have any other good ideas?

BTW in my neck of the woods, we call them garage sales, or yard sales, isn't
it amazing what we learn on this digest??

TERRY  I had just sent for those Singer sewing machine address labels when
you first posted the info on them.  They're so cute!  Does this mark the
notice of the outside world to new interest in sewing machines?  I hope not,
the prices will be going up.

Date: 21 Jan 96 15:52:16 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/20/96

Hi folks,

Just a line on British-built Singers.

The "K" suffix means that the machine was built in Kilbowie, Clydebank, near
Glasgow, Scotland -- Singer's largest plant outside of New Jersey.

Don't know where the idea of white machines came from. There are Singer
Featherweights aplenty in Britain (no-one does quilting so there is no demand
for them) and I have yet to see a white one. Singer's UK catalogues list only
black machines.

Beware the Sincere book. It contains quite a few errors.

Best wishes

Date: 21 Jan 96 17:01:55 EST
Subject: Singer Artifacts

Dear FWFanatics:

Yesterday DH and I went antiquing or junking (hard to tell the difference
sometimes) in a couple small, rural towns outside Phoenix,  and we hit Singer
memorabilia paydirt!  No kidding; we found more Singer artifacts in a couple
hours than several months of searching in Phoenix produces.  Especially a lot of
Singer-published books, and at very reasonable prices...prices many of you post,
and I only drool over until now.  

My new treasures includes one of the Singer green/red/white oval oil cans in
very good condition, except that it's missing the threaded cap that fits on the
spout.  Can someone please tell me what to look for--is it a small metal or
plastic cap; what color--red or black or metallic or what?  Thanks very
much--I'd appreciate knowing what to look for to replace it with.  BTW, it's the
first Singer oil can I've ever actually seen--just b/w photos in manuals,

We found 12 of the Singer "American Song Birds" trade cards, all in excellent
condition and all different from one-another, for $30.  Already have those
treasures in an album!
Then came attachments:  4 boxes for a total expenditure of $25, and they are a
Singer Blind Stitch Attachment #160616 with manual.  A 1934 Singer Hemstitcher
#121072, also with manual, replacement throatplate and a large open-handle
Singer screwdriver.  A Singer green/red/white box (in great condition) with 7
miscellaneous feet.  Last  is a 1956 Greist (made for Sears) buttonholer with
several cams, feetdog cover and manual.  One funny note I have to add is that
the elderly gentleman who owned the repair shop probably thought I was
half-crazy wanting all these old attachments, because he positioned himself
firmly between me and his stash, so I couldn't get as good a look at everything
he had as I would have liked.  :-}  But, I can understand his
thinking...probably doesn't get many shoppers like me exclaiming over all "that
old junk" like I was doing; probably none, by the extent of his inventory of

Then came several Singer books.  The greatest find being a set of four Mary
Brooks Picken books, dated 1926-1929 titled "How to Make Dresses the Modern
Singer Way", "How to Make Children's Clothes the Modern Singer Way", "How to
Make Draperies, Slip Covers...the Modern Singer Way" and "Short Cuts to Home
Sewing" also by Singer.  These books were originally priced at 25-cents each,
and I got them for $2 each--great price, considering their excellent condition.
Found two of the small spiral-bound "Singer Sewing Library" books on belts/hems
and sewing for girls, that have GREAT color photos of the Singer model 401--$2
each.  The 1953 edition of Mary B. Picken's "Singer Sewing Book" (gray with
turquoise/gold lettering) for $7.  "Dressmaking by Singer"--more 401 sketches,
$5.  Then came some more-modern Singer publications--a 3-ring binder book
"Singer Dressmaking Course in 8 Easy Steps--The same famous course as taught in
Singer Sewing Centers", published 1961, $6.  Lastly, in 1969 the "Singer Sewing
Book" author changed  to Gladys Cunningham, and the whole look of the book
changed, too, but retained the same title.  I found the 1969 and 1972 editions.
Wow, that is more Singer books than I ever thought I would find and at such good

One more thing I couldn't resist for $3 was a 5x10" compartmented wood tray
(shadow box looking) with 25 wood spoons of thread--various
sizes/shapes/colors/brands.  It also has a very antique-looking (gray)
needle-sharpening "strawberry" in the box.  Once I dusted it, it makes a nice
sewing room decoration, standing on edge on a shelf.

I just had to share my good news with all my FWF friends; because you, if nobody
else, will understand  my excitement.  What fun!!

Date: Sun, 21 Jan 96 17:34 EST
Subject: Featherweight buttonholer

Today I decided to check out a local antique show with 75 dealers.  Our 
area doesn't seem to have a lot of old sewing machines at antique stores 
so I thought this might bring some new fodder into town.  I saw a pretty 
nice looking Singer 66; missing a belt, but otherwise looking very 
spiffy, it was priced $125.  The dealer was quick to offer it to me for 
$100 when I showed initial interest.  I also saw a small very heavy 
portable perhaps converted -- a Singer, but model was not identifiable to 
me due to the limited skills I possess.  I also saw Singer thimbles for 
sale (plastic) $3 a pieces -- nice range of pastels.  I was making my 
last perusal when I spotted that little black Singer featherweight.  It 
was $425, but had had heavy use, some of the gold worn off, and some 
parts on the tension had been replaced.  The dealer had taken it to be 
overhauled and serviced before offering it for sale.  I had to pass, 
since my own FW is in such perfect condition, I'm pretty persnickity.  I 
indicated an interest in attachments, and the dealer said she had some in 
her van, which she then got while I watched her booth.  She came back 
with two cardboard green boxes of Singer attachments.  I didn't go 
through them too thoroughly because I have these attachments and the 
bobbins in the boxes were not 221s.  I think they might be able to be 
used for 221's though.  The bobbins in the boxes were the kind with the 
curved top and bottom, if you know what I mean.  The third box was a 
plastic green thing, acutually looked quite new.  The bottonholer inside 
however, looked older.  It is black and white, clearly marked Singer and 
has six different sized cams for different sized bottonholers.  I decided  
to go for it, especially when she said she would take $10 instead of the 
initial $15 she offered.  I cam home and immediately referred to our list 
of attachments to see if it was a buttonholer that would fit the 
featherweight.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, it was.  It is a 160506.  I got it 
mostly for the feeddog cover,and for sentimental reasons, because I 
already have a buttonholer that fits the featherweight and my trusty 
little 227 Singer.  But I'd like to learn a little about it and maybe try 
it out.  Does anyone have a manual or direction sheet they could copy for 
me for the buttonholer 160506?  I also got a few odd and ends in this 
plastic box -- a mini screwdriver, another foot with a curved right side 
(what is it?) and a thingie that looks like it would hold the oil can 
inside the featherweight case (has prongs and a bottom and two holes to 
put screws into to attach to case.  Anyway, I don't think I would have 
done any of this if it hadn't been for you folks on this list.  I have 
gotten alot of vicarious enjoyment from your successful hunts, and now I 
have one to share with you.

The dealer still has the featherweight and boxes of attachments in 
Delton, Michigan. Told her I'd post the information in case someone would 
be interested.  No affiliation here.  Just happy to have relieved her of 
the buttonholer.

Date: Sun, 21 Jan 96 21:19:52 -0800
Subject: Machine in Bentwood Case

>While at his shop, he showed me a machine in for repair-- an  
>absolutely gorgeous old ornate Singer in a portable bentwood case.

Hi Deborah and everyone else,

Did you ever find out what this was?  I think I may have seen one  
of these today in an antique shop; it was a Singer, fairly small, in  
a really nice bentwood case that said "singer" in gold on the  
outside.  I wasn't sure what it was, and since I'm looking for a FW  
I didn't buy it (I already have another old machine, a Free  
Westinghouse, am housing my MILs Babylock, have a serger that  
collects dust and a Viking I inherited, which is what I sew with; my  
house just isn't big enough for much more!).  It looked like it was  
in good condition, had attachments, and was $125.  I'm having  
second thoughts, but would like to know what this was.  Anyone?

Lydia M
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 1996 22:34:34 EST
Subject: Intro

Hi group, I've been lurking for the past couple weeks and really
enjoying the digests.  Thanks to Sue for maintaining this great list!

By way of introduction, I live in S WI on a small horse farm with my DH,
horses (of course!), dogs and parrot.  In addition to the animals, some
of my interests are cross stitching, quilting and antiquing. 

Let me tell you how my FW obsession began.  My father lived about 4
hours north of me and I was back and forth several times a month while
he was ill (the last 3 - 4 years).  So I know every antique shop
between here and there.  I began collecting Red Wing crocks years ago
and since I was always shopping, my sister said, "Why don't you start
looking for a little sewing machine like Grandma had?" Wasn't real sure
what it looked like (as kids she was the one who sewed, I tore around
the countryside on horseback!) but ran across a cute little machine in
an antique mall and called her.  When I told her the whopping price --
$79, she screamed, "Don't put it down!"  I bought it and took it home
for her.  Then I became interested in quilting and decided I had to
have a FW of my own.  Then I decided I had to have one Featherweight
each AD through AM, and the collection began!  My AE has a birthdate of
6/11/37, AF 8/15/40 and AL 10/14/53 (thanks to Gailee's list!).  Many
letters to go, as you can see!

Thanks for helping me realize I'm not the only one!  Leslie
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 1996 23:02:16 EST
Subject: Another Godzilla!

Well, I am well on my way to having an inventory of what dh and I 
have been picking up at garage sales the last couple of years.   I 
pulled the domed cover off one - and there lurked a Godzilla!  Serial 
# is an AK, so I think he's a 1951.  And, it has the centennial 
emblem!!  Also the nasty stucco finish, and a manual stating proudly 
that it's a Model 128-23, a presser foot and 3 bobbins.  It promised 
to behave if I let it out for awhile, and rewarded me by sewing 
beautifully.    Then I dug into the 15-90, Serial EF, I think 1949, 
Clydebank Scotland.  In a lovely cabinet with a stool.  I've pieced 
several quilt tops on her, and she is a joy.  But, in the stool, I 
found a Simanco screwdriver, a green cardboard box full of attachents 
(box label says for Class 301 machines),  a #16056 complete 
buttonholer in the green plastic box, a manual for 15-90 and a manual 
for 15-91.  Also some old needle packs, etc.   The 99K has an EK 
serial number that I can't find a date for, 2 bobbins, no manual, but 
sews nicely.  The Singer head in our entry way is model 3124380, 
patented USA, Aug 2nd, 1892.  Then there is a 1924 AA Singer in a 
domed case with a spindle wood handle, knee control, and a scrolled 
face plate - but no manual - anyone have one?  And my treadle, a 1903 
Singer with a fiddle base, lovely green and red scrolling, a one 
drawer base, with a domed oak top, but no manual.  And the mysterious 
Mercury, deluxe model 1953.  I saw an identical machine on Personal 
FX from occupied Japan, called an American.  And I think the 
Fleetwood machine is a very close relative.  Does anyone know 
anything about any of these three?  There is another Singer at my 
parents summer place, that I use for quilting, but it will be another 
month before I can get to it for identification.  I know it's in a 
cabinet, with stool, and its green.  And last but not least, my two 
fw's, one with a table.  They are my pride and joy, use them 
constantly.  I would like to thank all of you on this board for all 
the great information, and my dh no longer thinks I am losing my mind.
  There are others out there with the same obsession ( I think there 
for awhile he thought I was really losing it!)
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 1996 18:35:31 -0500
Subject: Re: Welcome to FW Fanatics!!

  I have a question for you and others out there in computerland.  I recently
bought a FW and I have been going to lots of antique stores in nearby
towns(now very good antiqueing here is Calif) and I have seen lots of old
sewing machines(s0me treadle) in great old cabinets(tables) and wondered if
the FW would fit in any of these cabinets.  Maybe one that Singer makes?
 Thanks, Laura
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 09:05:15 EST
Subject: Greist Attachments

Hi All,
   I found the sweetest Greist attachment the other day.  It's called the
Automatic Decorative Zigzagger and came in a green and blue box.  It's the
same size and shape as the Singer blind stitch attachment except it's red
rather than black and has 6 tiny discs which snap to the side to change the
stitch pattern.  It functions surprisingly well and produces the most
beautiful and delicate patterns you ever saw.  The instruction book is
dated 1957.
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 10:25:45 -0600
Subject: Singer 27 Manual

Hello all,

Was someone looking for a copy of the Singer 27 Treadle machine manual?
Was someone looking for a copy of the Singer 27 attachments manual?  If so
please E-mail me
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 11:58:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Singer pinkers

I have one of these and I LOVE it.  It's the one that DOESN'T go on the machine
itself.  I bought mine for some trifling price (less than five dollars, as I
remember) in my favorite goodie/antique shop, WOODY'S GOODIES on Signal
Mountain, in Tennessee (where I live, needles to say!)  A friend of mine 
mounted it on one end of a board about 18 inches by 2-or-3 feet.  It's a 
hand-crank thingy, with a removable pinking blade.  It does a beautiful 
wavy-line edge, which looks very elegant as the edgrruffle
around a pillow--Very "Mario Buatta", doncha know?
What I need now is a source for the little removable blades!  They are round,
like a very small rotary cutter blade about an inch wide.  Any ideas?

Would Mr. Pickens or Gordy have any ideas?  

Betty S
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 1996 06:33:37 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: FW Collections

  Unused collections are wonderful to me. I love to see them all lined up 
in a row next to their boxes. In my mind they are like cartoon characters 
calling out to be morphed into The FW Story. It's museum like to me 
because collections show the progression of the machine and I'm not just 
into the Anniversary Model although it does hold a passion, I like the 
pre-war, post-war, scroll plate, striated plate, avante guarde scrolling 
of the later years and begin to emerge myself in the history of it all. 
I'm always amazed at the ones I find that look like they never been sewn 
on as compared to those that have really been used. A costume designer 
wanted to get a machine she had been given one in the early 50 for a 
college grad present from her Dad. She wanted a well worn one, because 
she said that those perfect ones had not been used and not useing them 
causes lock up of the gears. That made me think on those unused models I 
get I need to get in there and let the lube slowly work back into the 
gears. Look at me talking like a mechanic....mechanics what do you think 
about the unused machine and oiling and lubing first. Anne you do sound 
like you've found a breadbox machine I have two 128 S long shuttles in my 
collection and one has good wiring the other is scary. Dad said I needed 
a soddering gun and a spool of wire.  Make sure the knee lever is in 
the top of the case, because those are very difficult to find. Judy, 
congratulations on a great find, if you look at the bobbin case there is 
a little screw that can be turned to adjust the bobbin tension, it should 
pull out easily, but not stream out. Anne, I too circle the county and 
the state in my hunts, You have what I call a foot pedal case the foot 
pedal goes in the lid and insert it from left to right, starting from the 
far right. It will push right in there and is really great for storage 
and I do prefer it for my on the road machine used in workshops. the 
little box is for the attachments. Finally, to come full circle, I 
thought it would be fun to have a FeatherWeight Quilting Workshop where I 
provided the machines and all that came got to use them and do a pieced 
project. TTYL Zsux
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 1996 17:21:48 -0500
Subject: sears catalog copies

I haven't yet received the copies of the Sears catalog from Dawn, but then
I only started getting mail again yesterday (Tuesday).  Here's my snail
mail address, although I don't know how much postage you need to include

Susan R

Zsux--I'm so glad you have enlightened us on both the history and
pronunciation of your name.  I find it amusing that I received a nickname
from an old german friend who had too many Susans in his life. Being fourth
behind Sue, Susan, and Susie, I became Suechen, which was then shortened to
Suech (which is pronounced much the same as Zsux).

: ) susan
Subject: FW Attachment &Parts List
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 96 12:31:54 -0500

	I've procrastinated in typing this list because I didn't know how to
combine it with the one I published in October. And, while this list comes
directly from MACHINE SEWING by Singer, I am working from two copyright
dates of the same book and sometimes the same foot on one list has a
different name and number in the other book.  My book's copyright is 1950;
my other source is a photocopy of a list from a book published before 1950
which Krisi sent to me.  Obviously if they changed, improved and added feet
during this time period, what must they have done between 1950 and 1970?  
	Therefore, I am limiting this list to what I actually find in these books. 
Please refer to my October 31, 1995 list in the FWF Archives for numbers
that Krisi, I and many FWFanatics found on the attachments that accompanied
our beloved FWs.  Between the two lists you should be able to identify most
of your feet.  A word of caution: Don't assume like many of us have, that if
you have a low shank foot that it will fit a FW.  MACHINE SEWING covers
Model 15s, 24s, 66s, 99, 101, 115, 127-128, 201 and 1200, and 221.  Early
model 15s do not take the same Foot Hemmer as later model 15s but that early
model 15 foot will fit the FW!  But then, often the same attachment will be
listed for ALL the machines and models.  I'd be interested in hearing an
explanation for this!
	The first number listed below will be from MACHINE SEWING copyright 1950;
any second number is from the previous edition. By 1950 six attachments came
with FW, but the earlier book only lists five attachments. I'm typing it
straight from the book including column headings. For your future treasure
hunts, I've included things that don't actually attach to your FW such as
Bias Cutting Gauge, Hand Pinker, etc. so you will know that they are out
there. Also, freearm FWs are not mentioned and probably weren't made prior
to 1954.  Look on the Oct 31st list for those part numbers.

published by Singer Sewing Machine Co., 1950 &earlier - (Terry S and
the FWFanatics of the World Wide Quilting Page)


Binder, Multiple Slotted  160359, 121464
Edge Stitcher 36865
Gatherer  121441
Adjustable Hemmer  35931
Foot Hemmer  120855
Ruffler  120598
[Note: Some earlier machines did not include edge stitchers or gatherers but
did have tuckers 36583 according to these sources.]


Braiding Presser Foot  36067
Blind Stitcher  160616
Blind Stitch Braider  121614
Buttonholer  160506 
Corder - Left Toe  15429
Corder - Right Toe  125035
Cording &Slide Fastener Foot - Adjustable  121877
Darning Foot Spring  121094
Embroiderer - one thread  26538
Embroiderer - two threads  35505
Feed Cover Plate  121309
Flange Hemmer [Note: There is no flange hemmer for a 221, 101, 24, or some
15s but #36333 fits other low shanks.]
Gauge - presser foot with adjustable guides  121718, 35207
Hemstitcher &Picoter  121387
Quilter  35932
Shirring Plate  121170
Singercraft Guide  121079
Singercraft Fagoter  121255
Tubular Trimmer  35985
Tucker  36583
Underbraider  121547
Zigzagger  160620, 121638


Belt Hook  25027
Belt Punch  120616
Bias Gauge  25525
Cloth Guide  25527B
Cording Attachment 26399
Darner, Large-flat work  26088 (however the earlier book says 36088)
Darner-for stockings  35776
Finger Guard  121151 (attaches to presser foot screw for machines having
needle threaded right to left)
Material Gripper  121318
Needle Threader - Universal  121632
Needle Threader and Ripper  121634
Oil Can  120862 (supplied with machine)
Pinker, Machine Operated  121021 (cutter w/28 teeth  120993
Pinker, Hand Operated  121379 (same cutter number as above)
Pinker Cutter - 28 teeth  120993
Pinker Cutter - 42 teeth  121143
Pinker Cutter - No teeth  121242
Screwdriver, Machine large  25537 (supplied with machine)
Screwdriver, Tension small  120378 (supplied with machine)
Skirtmarker 160439
Skirtmarker Yardstick  121713
Skirtmarker Yardstick Base  121714
Stiletto  25539


Bias Cutting Gauge  25525 (fits on tip of scissors; early answer to a rotary
cutting wheel!)
Clamp Stop Motion Screw  51350ZB
Cloth Guide Thumb Screw 50053B
Hemstitching Attachment  120687 (evidently different from Hemstitcher listed
Key  124428
Motor Lubricant  190613
Rubber Ring (for Bobbin Winder)  15287
Spool Pin  2007
Tension Disc   2102
Throat Plate Screw  691A
Zipper Foot 121877
[Also listed are irons, folding or travel iron and sewing stools.]
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 22:09:47 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/13/96

Hi everyone,  DH had the day off today so we ventured on over to Sturbridge
MA in our never ending search for FW's and others.  We stopped at some group
places and almost croaked when we saw a little 99 in its bentwood case with a
price of $250!!!.  This machine was pretty but we have some that are prettier
and we have never seen one so expensive.  We did not look closely to see
where the solid gold parts might be, we were too shocked.  We usually pick
these up for $45-70.  DH paid $99 for a handcrank , our most expensive
machine except for our 1 FW.

I have a question, how do you clean up the ironwork on the treadlebases?  Can
you put water on them or some other substance to protect them from rust?  We
have 3 treadles and a couple of them are pretty grimy.  I dusted them off
with a dry cloth but they are still dusty looking.  When it warms up I'll
take them outside and really work on them. TIA  Nancy J.
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 16:59:47 -0500
Subject: New Machine

Hello all,
I bought another Sewing Machine today (not a FW for a change).  It is made
by Federal.  I went by the Salvation Army just for fun and there was this
really beaten up" sewer" green case with a shoelace for a handle.  I opened
it up and there is this 25 lb monster sewing machine in there but clean as
a whistle with a tin box of accessories and underneath it all, the manual.
It is big and ugly and very fifties looking.  They had another machine
marked $50 in a cabinet and it was really BAD looking and this one was not
priced.  I was wandering around and saw a girl coming out of a back room
and asked her if they had any more machines in the back.  When she returned
and told me no, I asked her about the "Green Machine."  It cost all of $10.
I took it and brought it to the office.  Much to my surprise it runs
perfectly and  it has zig zag, and the feed dogs lower, and the manual
identifies some of the feet and it does do machine quilting, hemming,
binding, darning and all that fancy stuff.  It looks as if almost all the
feet are there.  The special prize was the quilting attachment.  I think
maybe I will keep this for machine quilting because I really feel like the
machine quilting I do on the Featherweight is a strain on that little
motor.  This thing I won't worry about it.  I guess it is true that one
man's trash is another's treasure.  I wish I could find a better carrying
case for it, or maybe one of those old cabinets.  I'll have to keep
looking.  If anyone has ever heard of this machine or has another like it,
I'd be happy to hear from you.
Date: 22 Jan 96 16:57:18 EST
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/16/96

Hi all

A couple of points arising from today's mailings:

Jane M. 
If you would like to send me a snail-mail address I'll get something on the
Clemens Muller factory to you.

Janet D.
 Have very little on the Standard Company.
It was formed in 1884 and was swallowed by Simger in the mid 1930s All that's in
my files is a clearly scaled-up woodcut of the factory in Cleveland Ohio and a
copy of a six-page letter from Standard Co to the French Thomonier Company in
April 1915 quoting prices for the various models and add ons.No handbooks I'm
afraid. If you would like a copy of the above please forward your address. 

It's still raining in London

Graham F, ISMACS
Date: 22 Jan 96 16:57:25 EST
Subject: FWF in ISMACS?

Would like some feedback on an idea ISMACS secretary Maggie Snell and I have
been kicking around for a few days.
ISMACS is a society for those collecting old sewing machines and in the early
days we concentrated on the pre 1900 stuff on which  we have some expertise.
Then the collecting of later toys exploded and we now devote a section of our
40-page magazine to these.
Our brief is to serve collectors and we now ask whether there is enough interest
and enough varied information out there to warant a special section on FWs.
Our thought is to simply start with a page or two per issue and she how she
Problem is that neither MS nor I have any knowledge of these machines and we
would need some input from Fanatics.
Would anyone out there like to pick up the ball and write us something on just
what is so special about this sewing machine and perhaps a piece on the
different models and what to look for and what to avoid? We have the facility
for printing good quality photos and reproducing pages from adverts and
instruction books.
For the record ISMACS address is 48 Nightingale House, Thomas More Street,
London E1 9UB England. Tel 171 488 0474  Fax 171 481 9097. E-mail as at top of

Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 18:31:44 -0500
Subject: Greta H

I've mislaid your e-mail address.  Please contact me.  We need to get
together in Lancaster.  Anyhow, I owe you lunch.

Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 20:51:34 EST
Subject: just an idea

Dear Friends,
In addition to keeping a personal inventory of various machines, I 
suggest taking the throat plates, especially our beloved FW's, and 
having them engraved with the manufacturing date/year and your name.  
I've gone beyond this and have personally photographed all machines 
and keep these handy in a small plastic album that I carry with me 
everywhere.  It's quite the conversational piece.
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996 09:26:59 -0500 (EST)
Subject: American

Leslie mentioned seeing a machine called an American.  Last summer they
had an auction just a few houses down the street.  I spotted the sewing
machine before the auction started and went to see what it was.  It said
AMERICAN in big gold letters and in smaller letters, "made in Japan". 
They couldn't give that machine away.  Couldn't get a bid and finally put
an exercise bike with it and got $5.  

Someone asked how to clean up the ironwork on treadles.  There is a
product called Extend.  (I'm not sure that's how it is spelled on the
can.) It is made for touching up rust spots on automobiles so that the
rust doesn't spread.  What it does is mixes with the rust and changes it. 
It also turns black.  So that is what the DH used on the iron on our
treadle. It looks so much better.  It isn't shiny.  Just a flat black

Saw an ad for an auction on Friday that will include a FW.  Guess we will
pass on that as the dealers come to auctions and prices go sky high.  We
will keep looking in thrift shops.  

Subject: Model 99
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996 10:24:31 -0600

I cannot believe how addictive this group is. I started reading this 
digest three months ago. Since then I have purchased three machines. A 1904 Model 15 in great condition. (I had the machine gone completely through. Although I have not had a chance to sew on it, it appears to work very smoothly. The cabinet had been refinished.); a 1932 Model 99K, and
a 1940 FW.

While looking for a FW I came across an absolutely beautiful Model 99K. 
This one is a hand crank made in 1932.  I am assuming it was made in Great Britain. Am I correct in that assumption? I haven't seen many postings on the hand crank machines. I think it is so neat! I haven't quite figured out how 
you turn the crank and guide the fabric. But then I have trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time. Mastering this will be good for my coordination :)

The manual has the owner's name on it - Miss Herdman. She even made 
herself a note about which way to turn the stitch knob to lengthen and shorten the stitches (counterclockwise was anti-clockwise). It came with key, manual, attachments in the green cardboard box, bobbins, oil can, needles. Most of the needles were made in Great Britain. Some are even in the green paper envelopes. There were even small  pieces of cloth for cleaning. The case and machine are in excellent condition! There is a little  wear on the scroll work in the 
front of the machine. It also came with a needle threader.

It has the drop in bobbin. I am having difficulty removing the bobbin 
case. Five thumbs per hand could be my problem. I have read the instruction book several times. I may end up getting my DH involved. He's an engineer. Surely he can figure this out.

Since I bought this machine I have seen several. None of them in the 
excellent condition as this one and all of them considerably more 
expensive. Texas must not be a very good place to locate "great buys" in 
sewing machines of any kind. I have only seen one or two under $100 and 
they were in terrible shape. All of my shopping has been at antique

Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996 07:52:53 -0900
Subject: Pinkers and Machine Sewing book

Hi all,

I also have one of those Singer hand pinkers.  My brother found it at a
garage sale several years ago and bought it for 50 cents just because it
looked old and neat to him.  Then, when he found out I was interested in old
sewing items, he sent it to me last Christmas.   We should all have brothers
like this. I'd never seen one before and thought about mentioning it on this
digest when lo and behold, here come two digest members who have one!  

This is probably a long shot but it never hurts to ask.  If anyone has an
extra one of the Teacher's Textbooks on Machine Sewing by Singer, and is
interested in selling, I would be interested in purchasing.

Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996 12:19:33 CST
Subject: Treadle

This is my first post to the list, and I have really been enjoying all the
info here.
Last Saturday (my birthday) DH dragged me to the home of a buddy from work.
Turns out this guy goes to estate sales, and reportedly had a treadle machine
in his garage from some time ago.  So we go into this rickety old garage,
and he starts digging under all this junk, and lumber and stuff, and tucked
back under a shelf there is this old cabinet.  I guess he thought we were 
just interested in the base, because I had to ask him to open it so I could
see the head.  I was covered in beautiful decals, all red and green and gold.
The ones on the base were pretty scratched up, but the head was lovely,
discounting all the frost!  The only problem was the cabinet.  It was pretty
damaged on one side, the veneer all peeled up and some chunks of it missing.
Now, I am not real informed on these machines, so I don't know if this was 
a deal or not.  I belive it had a drop in bobbin, but it had a piece of 
strapping tape across the plate and I couldn't get it off to see.  It will
probably need a belt, but it may only have needed adjusting.  He wants
$45.oo for it.
What do you all think?  Am I passing up a fabulous deal, or is it not worth
the trouble.  I want to actually use the machine, but I don't know enough
about refinishing the cabinet to know if I can make it presentable.  It will
have to live in the living room.  Your input is appreciated.
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 15:23:32 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Singer treadle machine

Kim wrote:

i have not yet decided about the wilcox and gibbs machine. It would
>seriously impact my machine budget for the year. But it is
>a beautiful treadle.  If you are interested in the machine,
>and live near Washington DC write me. I'd love it to go to a 
>fanatic, instead of being used as a plant stand!

I just wanted to say that the Treadle Machine I wanted from my DH friend
went to the lady as a plant stand.I tried and DH tried to get it, but it is
no use. It layed in an old garage for who knows how long, and than cleaned
up and used as a plant stand....
How can someone do that. Especially when they know someone (me) that would
love to have it, and would use it as it was intended to be used...a sewing

Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996 14:51:21 -0500
Subject: minnesota ads

I saw on yesterday's digest that my message from January 11 was posted. 
Guess it got lost.

I have the ads.  I've sent out to Gordy and another person (forgive me)
who's name I forget and of course the envelopes are hiding in a very safe

If you missed it the first time, these are xeroxes of advertisements of the
Minnesota treadle (and one hand-crank) plus assorted cabinets and
accessories from the Sears catalog.  There's about 13 or 14 pages worth. 
Send me your snail mail address and 3 stamps and I will send you a copy.

Susan R
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996 15:27:01 -0500
Subject: Re: Belts and knee levers

My dealer here in Kansas City has the belts for treadles.  When I was in his
shop last week I asked about the knee levers for 99K.  He had one of his
employees go upstair where they store ALL the parts you could want. He was
gone maybe a minute and came back with two that he could put his hands on
immediately.  Call him and he has an 800 number.     Kirk at 1-800-257-4989.
 I asked him if it was okay to post his 800 # and he said that is what it is
far.  I also saw several green boxes and lots of attachments for the FW and
301A, etc.  Give him a call, no affliation just a very good dealer in the
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996 17:29:53 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Buttonholers

Dear Folks:

In yesterday's digest, Marti  recounted how she bought a
buttonholer #160506 and was looking for a manual.  So I checked my Singer
buttonholer manual and found out that my buttonholer is either a #489500 or
a #489510 (the #489510 is what's listed on Terri's October attachment list).
My first question is: will a copy of this Singer manual do Marti any good
since we don't apparently have the same model?  My second question is: can
anyone briefly summarize the differences between the three FW buttonholers
(#121795, #160506, and #489510)?

Terri, thanks for the updated attachment list.  You must be psysic! 

On other thought.  Earlier someone had mentioned that she had been warned
not to use cheap polyester thread in her FW.  My experience is that you
don't want to use cheap polyester thread in any machine.  I bought some
"bargain" spools a number of years ago, and I still have most of them
because they fray and break very easily in my machine.

Subject: Spelling Error, 99s, White FWs, Muller
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 96 20:02:28 -0500

	Nothing like spending a morning typing a long boring list of parts,
correcting a misspelling in the title of the list, and then having it print
out WRONG.  Ugh.  On yesterday's 221 parts list, please take the 'ass' out
of ASSESSORIES and change it to ACCESSORIES so I don't look like a donkey
with my name under the title!  I have horrible visions of this list ending
up on other web sites with the typo.  Thanks.
	LAURA: You wondered if your FW would fit any of the cabinets you are seeing
in antique stores.  I adapted a cabinet that held a 3/4 head Singer.  The
Singer was in the base of a bentwood case and this whole unit fit into the
cabinet.  In other words there were no hinges holding the machine.  I
removed case and machine, bolted two 2x4s down in the opening of the cabinet
, and the FW was perfectly flush with the top of the cabinet.  You can fill
in the remainder of the opening with a wood cut-out. I cut styrofoam to fit
the opening, covered it with shiny black tape and it matches the machine
	NANCY J: I've seen 99s going for as high as $300 in some cities!  Quilters
are looking for them in some areas as much as they are looking for FWs.  
	ABOUT THE F.W. Muller Co.:  [Quote from Toy and Miniature Sewing Machines
by Glenda Thomas] Friedrich Wilhelm Muller of Berlin, Germany, established F
.W. Muller Hardware Factory in 1868.  A few years later, he started
producing toy sewing machines.  In 1887, the Muller model No. 1 was built. 
Some of the models were offered for just a few years, while others were made
for 40 yrs.  Production ceased during WWII, but resumed after the war.  The
factory closed in 1979. [End quote.] It goes on to say that many machines
were exported and sold by U.S. companies.
	"A Stitch Back in Time" in Texas carries the book F.W. MULLER TOY SEWING
MACHINES by Peter Wilhelm, 32 pgs., text in English and German.  Call them
at 1-800-352-1174.
	GRAHAM: You said>>Don't know where the idea of white machines came from>>.
	 I have a darling "white" Singer Featherweight EV977100 and 221K is printed
on the machine.  It also says Made in Great Britain on both the machine and
the motor.  While similar to a black FW, the flip-up bed is shorter and
there are no gold designs around the bed of the machine.  When I hold a
sheet of white paper up to the machine, it could be suggested to have a mint
cast to it but the carrying case if definitely a mint green and cream.  
	Also, LOTS of people are quilting in England!  There are quilt shops in
Bath, Kew Gardens, and several other places, at least one quilt magazine is
published in England, and I believe the author of a water-colour quilt book
is British.  The shop in Bath opened about 18 months ago so perhaps the
craze is just catching on over there. If the quilters over there aren't
buying FWs yet, maybe we should all hop a plane and head over the pond and
stock up! :-D

Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 01:20:12 -0500
Subject: FWFanatics

Today was the day that I met my first 301 - and I certainly can see why it is
called the Mother of the FW!  This one however is tan in color, not black.
 But it sure does still a beautiful stitch!  And the carrying case is another
suitcase look-alike.  In fact, the owner said she sent her son to camp with
the case as a suitcase so that he would not mess her good luggage. This woman
also owns a FW and a 401.  She said she cannot sleep at night cause her
health is deteriorating and she worries about who will get all her jewelry,
collectibles, sewing machines, etc.!
     By the way, this is not the proper forum for a Brother machine, but she
has one which was never ever used.  The foot control petal is in its original
plastic covering.  It is a free-arm model, lots of attachments, manuals.
 Portable.  The "case" is just some plastic stuff which snaps around sides
and top of machine.  She is asking $65.  I would have bought it - it is in
such pristine condition - but have no use for it.  Oh, by the way, she told
me that a man called to ask about the machine and she would not give him the
time of day because she cannot imagine a man wanting to sew!  I guess she
figured he was after her 76 year old body!

After that venture, I browsed some consignment shops and found 2 cabinet
model 99-13's (I think).  No carry cases for them.  Anyone wanting to come to
CT to pick them up, email me for name/address.  They will go pretty cheaply
as the owner wants them out of store.

I have been busy learning all about a Singer model 128 I bought and also
cleaning it up.  It was rather a mess.  Now it runs like a charm and I am
ready to send it on its way to a loving home.  It looks a lot like the 99-13
model.  It has the bullet-shape
d shuttle, grape leaf silver face plate,bread-box case, knee-lever. 

I also have for sale attachments, buttonholer, zigzagger all for class 301

Email me for other particulars if interested in any items.

I'd like to share my recent quilt-related episode with you!  It was time for
the annual Fish &Game club dinner.  Last year I donated a quilt I made
(pheasant blocks) and it was given out as one of the door prizes.  This year
I made another quilt (fish blocks) which I finished an hour before it was
time to leave for the dinner!  The MC decided to upgrade it from doorprize
status to top prize of the raffle!  I was thrilled and was called up to
present it to the winner.  Made me feel so good to have that work so
appreciated!  I enjoy making qullts for men because most are made to appeal
to women and children.  I have such a collection of wildlife squares in
anticipation of many future quilts for men!

All for now.  Millie
Date: 24 Jan 96 07:08:10 EST
Subject: 301 Table Description

To Lydia P - On 1/16/96 you asked me describe my Singer 301 table.  Sorry,
Lydia, that it has taken me this long to get back to you, but I am just getting
caught up on a couple Digests I received late.  Anyway, I will describe this
table to you, as best I can.  You sound like you are familiar with the FW table,
so I will start by saying that it is very similar, but the main difference is
the size of the cut-out to fit the 301 machine.  Oh, and it fits the 301 with
the SHORT bed extension, not the long one.  The top measures 31.5" square.  Like
the FW table, it has painted metal legs with a wood top.  The work surface is a
varnished, natural wood finish. The apron is painted the same tan as the 301A
machines (I would call it more of a taupe shade), but it is mitered at a slight
in-ward angle, whereas, my FW table apron is straight-sided.  And, the legs are
also painted the same tan color.  I could not spot a Singer part number on it,
but I might just have missed it.  It does have the same kind of hardware
underneath as the FW table, so I do think it is a Singer product and not just
home-made.  Hope this helps you spot one someday! 

I had no idea that Singer also made tables for the Golden Touch &Sew - what an
interesting idea that they might have made tables for several of their machine
models!  Does anyone else have any input on that topic that we could compare?
That would be another good topic for FWFs to explore.

0Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 09:34:59 -0500
Subject: for Lydia

I have both a 121795 buttonholer and a 489510. Both come with a feed dog
cover and screws.  The 121795 feed dog cover is significantly smaller in
length, but the width is the same for both buttonholers.   The 121795 does
NOT come with cams.  There are adjustable ruler sections for setting the
desired width and bight of the buttonhole.  Then you turn a knob to advance
the foot section ruler to its farthest point, hit the pedal and watch your
buttonholer appear.  The 489510 comes with drop in cams, but again you turn a
knob to set the beginning of the buttonhole.  They really don't look much
alike.  I used to have a 121795 back in the dark ages when I owned a Spartan
(longer ago than I like to remember).  I have one again.  I can work out the
settings for the buttonhole size as I dimly remember the routine.  What I am
in need of is the instructions for lubing the buttonholer.  If anyone can
help, I'd appreciate it.

Marti if your buttonholer has cams, I have a manual that I can copy for you.
 If not, we both need the same thing.  Should I run across it, I'll let you

Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 09:36:19 -0500
Subject: White treadle

A friend has a white treadle that needs a welding repair.  Her DH says he has
taken all the screws he can find out and the cabinet will not come off the
iron base.  I don't have a White and haven't had a chance to look at this
one.  Is there a secret to getting the cabinet off the base?  Please help.

Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 09:44:17 -0500
Subject: knee levers

I wanted to point out the fact that the knee levers are not all the same.  I
have one which is round at the end.  Another is flat in same area.  Both on
99-13 machines.  Millie
ate: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 13:23:04 -0500
Subject: New to Featherweight

HELP!  I just recently joined FWF due to my interest in these machines.  I
don't have a single one as of yet and am searching the bargain stores and
garage sales looking for one.  No luck as of yet.  However, after reading
the digest for the last few days I have discovered that there are many
different models, types, etc..  My only "in person" exposure to the
Featherweight is that it is small, lightweight, black, and wonderful.
Therefore, I am wondering if there is a book or printed literature that
someone can recommend to me so that I can bone up on all the Featherweight
machines and products that were produced.  


Beth G
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 14:00:30 -0800
Subject: FWFanatics

Following the publication of the parts list for the Featherweights, I
identified several of the original accessories that accompanied my mother's
purchase of her AJ series 221 in 1950.  I have the machine, the buttonholer
complete     in its green case with all the templates, a hemstitcher and
picoter, binder, ruffler, blind stitcher, edge stitcher, adjustable hemmer,
clothguide,and foot hemmer.  I also have a feed dog cover plate #121392.
Does anyone know if this is for free-motion quilting or darning?  In
addition, I have a part #160845 and a 121893.  Can anyone id either of
these?  Lastly, and this may be toughy,  I have a complicated part with no
number.  Its about 4 inches across (meaning perpendicular to the feed dogs).
It has to rulers that run parallel to each other, each measuring in
increments  0-8, the front ruler having larger increments than the rear
ruler.  There are also two set screws that adjust each of the rulers
independently.  There is a weird lever attached to the front.  What is this?
My mother doesn't remeber what this does either.

Thanks in advance for any info anyone can give.

Susan P
Date: 24 Jan 96 17:11:50 EST
Subject: FWs

Hi folks

Some comments on presvious postings.

Yes your 99K was made in Scotland -- the K is the give away.  Hand-crank
machines were more popular in Europe where houses tended to have less room than
in America and a greater percentage of hand cranks were produced here, many
being shipped to the USA where treadle-manufacture was the regular line.

I had always assumed that the coloured FWs were very rare or even a figmet of
legend. Certainly not my area of expertise. I have contacts that works in the
Singer plant in the 50s and will make enquiries and report back later.

Your treadle machine in the garage at $45 could be a bargain or a waste of
money. Some treadle models can change hands between collectors for many hundreds
or even thousands of dollars whilst others are regarded as so much junk. What
make was it, you didn't let us know?

Beware confusion between FW Muller and Clemens Muller. The former made virtually only toy machines in steel sheet and cast iron whilst Clemens Muller produced ony domentic and industrial models. Few FW Muller toys had the maker's name upon them but just about all carried a serial num,ber on the stitch plate which is unuisual for toys. If the number is preceeded with "No", large N, small o and with the top of the o raised to the level of the top of the N then you can say it is a Muller with a fair degree of certainty. 

Just a word in defence of the antique dealer. Put yourself in his position. He
buys a machine hoping to make a profit -- that's how he earns a living. But it
doesn't sell. He keeps it, perhaps for years, with his money tied up and not a
serious buyer in sight. He's got two choices. He can either turn his shop into a museum and stop eating or cut his losses and go the garden table route. 
Date: 24 Jan 96 23:14:12 EST
Subject: FW for sale

Hi Fellow Fanatics,
	I have a 1938 scroll-face Featherweight for sale. It's in near-mint
condition, cosmetically and mechanically, and comes with case, key, manual, oil
can, old needles, large screwdriver, lots of attachments and bobbins. The price
is $450, plus shipping, which will probably be about $23. Thanks to this forum,
I was able to intelligently find and buy a 1913 White treadle the other day, so
I'm thinning my FW collection. Please e-mail if you're interested.
	Sherry G
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 1996 08:05:56 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/23/96

In case anyone is interested, yesterday while at my Bernina club, I saw that
the dealer has a black 301 for sale for $199. Sounds like a good deal to me,
but I already have three 301's, so if anyone wants more info, let me know. I
didn't look the machine over at all or find out what comes with it, but the
dealer's real close so I can easily learn more. The body was a little
scratched up, but that's all I noticed. Sue M.
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 1996 08:01:09 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Buttonholers

Someone asked anbout the differences in Singer buttonholers, and why all 
the different part numbers.  I hope this clarifies some of the questions:

Part Number 160506
This fits our favorite FW's and several other straight shank machines.  
Many were produced through the 1940's.  Thet are typically black with 
white trim, a white knob, and usually come in the soft plastic boxes that 
are green, black, or sometimes maroon (black and maroon are less common).

Part Number 160743
This is visually similar to the unit described above, but it fits slant 
machines and was built for the 301 in the late '40's.  I have used them 
successfully on a Model 600 and a Model 744 (both slant machines).  These 
are less common than the unit above.

Part Number 489500  (or 489510)
These were produced in the very late '50's and into the '60's.  The first 
number fits straight machines and the second fits slant machines.  They 
can be identified by their plastic (not metal) covers, and come in 
several colors, usually beige.  Many of you will identify this version by 
the oval or bullet shaped hard plastic box.

Part Number 381116
This is billed as the Professional buttonholer.  It fits slant machines 
of the 401 series and up.  It is a more "modern" design than those above, 
and it comes with plastic, not metal cams.  One feature is the ability to 
make round eyelets that are made similar to traditional shaped eyelets.  
These units were made in Great Britain.  There are two variations to 
accommodate the magnetic needele plates that were used on some 600 series 

...Hope this answers some questions.

Date: Thu, 25 Jan 1996 08:20:01 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Selling Buttonholers

I don't think any of us can have too many machines, but I have managed to 
gather too many buttonholers, so I have two for sale.  These are both in 
very nice condition, and I have cleaned, oiled and lubed them.

They are both part # 160506 which fits the FeatherWeights, Model 66, 99, 
and some other straight machines.  Both come in the original soft plastic 
boxes with 5 cams for different size buttonholes, the feed dog cover 
plate, mounting screw and manual (one original manual, one photocopy, 
first come/first served).

I would like $25 each (I'll pay postage for them).  Please email me if 
you are interested.

Date: Thu, 25 Jan 1996 10:21:27 -0400
Subject: Quilting in England

In reply to Graham F's comments that "no one quilts in England", he
should check out the "Quilters Guild". They have been very active in Great
Britain for almost 20 years and I believe that there membership is well over
1,000 members. They have done a quilt registry project and produced a
wonderful book to document the quilts that they registered. I have taught
and lectured several times in England. The Chichester Quilters and the
London Quilters Guild rate among the very best.Quilting is alive and doing
very well in England!!
Cheers and thanks to all who contribute to this list.

Barbara R
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 1996 10:05:08 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/24/96

Dear Kilda:  If you send your smail address I will sent a copy of the 
instructions for your 121795 Bottonhole Attachment.  My manuel is in a state of 
permanent crinkle. . .dry and very fragile. so when I copy it, I'll do one for 
you.		Claudette
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 1996 09:06:54 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Lot's of good stuff!

Hi, everyone!

I've been reading all of your news for nearly a month now and I feel as 
though I have tons of new friends, both human and mechanical!  I have a 
little white FW221K which states "Made in Great Britain" on a small brass 
plate on the machine.  Its number is EV784613, DOB 3-3-64.  Its a beauty, 
like new, but doesn't have any attachments or a book and is in the light 
green and beige case.  My black FW, AM172861, DOB 6-10-55 sews like a 
dream, has a complete set of attachments and the original book.  The 
decals are in great shape.  I do have a question though.  The bed of the 
machine is checked like the glaze on an old plate.  What causes this?  I 
hope it wasn't abuse in the early years.  It has a very good home now though.
I also have a FW table which belonged to my mother; she got rid of the
machine, but kept her table.  She's now passed it on to me.  Yay!!

In reading about the very old machines, I've decided to make a confession 
on-line.  In the late seventies I purchased a singer treadle because of 
the perfect oak case that it was in.  I have never used it as a plant 
stand, but it instead served as an end table in the living room.  The 
decorative drawers and carving on each end are beautiful.  I remember 
pulling it up a couple of times and knew that it worked, but hadn't 
looked at it in years.  After the inspiring letters I've read I thought 
about my old machine and pulled it out.  It's a 66-1 in very good 
condition.  The decals on the bed are worn, but the others are great.  I 
have the original book and all of the original attachments in the 
original box.  They include a hemmer, an adjustable hemmer, binder, 
ruffler, quilter, tucker, underbraider, bias gauge, a ruffler shirring 
plate, the original wooden needle case, an extra leather belt (the one on 
it is still good). There are also two screwdrivers, two wrenches, and two 
stilettos.  The locks all work on the drawers and I have the key. The 
original box of attachement sold for $5.00.  A little copper oil can is 
also there.  The DOB is 4-10-12.  She's a beauty and she has come out of 
her cocoon.  She was very clean and I have oiled and polished her and plan 
to piece my next quilt on her.  I am only the second owner she's had.  I can't 
believe she stayed hidden for so long, but I certainly am reveling in my 

I have the latest "Colorful Images" catalog and will list the info for 
ordering the Singer mailing labels.

	Item name and number:  Stitch in Time   Q09

	Individual Set:  144 labels all the same image
	$6.95 per set, $5.95 for two or more
	Order toll free at 1-800-458-7999 24 hours a day 7 days a week
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I am looking for a couple of FW's for my girls.  The hunt is on.  Hope I 
have some luck.  I missed a couple of good ones last week.

Thanks for all the good times.  "Talk" to you soon.

Date: Thu, 25 Jan 96 11:07 GMT+4473956:00
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/24/96

My boss recently came across a book of sewing machine attachments at an 
auction.  The are called Genuine Greist Sewing Aids Special Set No.IV
in a Gold Box.  Can anyone tell me anything about them?  They are in great
condition.  What types of machines do they fit? When were they made?  Thanks
for any help.

Joanne D
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 1996 11:16:35 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Treadle Belts

Some of us have been discussing Treadle machines, so I thought it might 
be appropriate to send this along.  I have a Davis Vertical Feed, a 
Singer Model 27, and I will probably be buying a near-perfect Model 66, 
all treadle machines (these are in addition to my other "electrics").  If 
you live near a dealer that stocks older parts, you may be able to buy 
the leather drive belts for your treadle.  If, like me, you do not, you 
might want to get in touch with me.

The leather belting material and the special belt hooks are available, 
and I will be making new belts for my machines soon.  If you would like a 
new belt and are not able to get one locally, please email me with your 
type of machine, and I will send you the particulars.  I will be able to 
sell them at a pretty moderate price and the postage will be very minimal.

Date:     Wed, 17 Jan 96 16:00:32 PST
Subject:  Canibalizing treadles

Janet - what a horror that antique shop visit must have been! I'm
torn between advising you to give ol' "let me show you what I can do
with an old treadle" NONE of your business -- or urging you to
rescue as many sewing machines as you can from his evil clutches!!!

About the old Sears catalogs - the used bookstore in town has
several reprinted issues - I think 1902 and 1907 and 1908. The early
one has the Minnesota's but also two other machines - one was
Burkhardt, I think. I forget the other.  The 1907 and 08 catalogs
only have the Minnesota machines, which have quite ornate cabinets.
I know the business school library has some original old Sears
catalogs, and I'm tempted to look at later years (1940s and 50s, for
example). Anyway, if anyone wants me to pick up the reprinted
catalogs for them, email me privately and I will check prices and
send to you for the cost plus postage. (they are thick so the
postage might be high)

Krisi, thanks for sending me the birthdate of the '52 FW, just in
time for me to fold a print out of the email and stick it in the
case to go to the person I sold it to, who is now signed up on this
list! It went to a good home.

-Carolyn Y
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 1996 20:28:01 EST
Subject: 121795 Buttonholer

Haven't posted for a while, but I read faithfully and thank you all for
the great information.

I have a manual for 121795 Buttonholer and if anyone wants a copy, send
your address via e-mail and I'll send it to you.  Lubricating:"a drop
of Singer oil or Singer motor lubricant to" the following points:
Looking from the front right towards the buttonholer, 3 places -- large
wheel behind the screw at center, on top of wheel; toothed wheel; and
towards the front below and to the front of the toothed wheel.  Looking
from the left, 4 places -- front and back of word Singer, top of wheel
with wing nut on side and below that wheel near the plate. "Wipe dry so
as not to stain the work."   The book also contains part numbers for
all the pieces of the buttonholer.

Subject: Tucker and Throat Plate
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 96 19:13:39 -0500


I cannot identify your part #160845 or #121893.  My MACHINE SEWING book only
covers parts up to 1950 so perhaps these parts were manufactured after that.
 They could have the same name as parts on my list but were changed a bit,
thus a new number.  I have several feet that are essentially the same but
each has its own number.

The large contraption with the two measured scales is called a tucker.  It
is for making tucks lengthwise in the fabric and then also crosswise over
the lengthwise tucks if desired.  All of my lists have the #36583 listed for
that foot.  Sometimes numbers are inside the area that screws onto the
machine but I do have feet with no numbers so that's possible, too.

Your throat plate #121392 goes with your Hemstitcher and Picot Edger.  That
is the throat plate for a 221.  In order to use that Hemstitcher with other
models, you would need a throat plate specific to that machine. There is a
guide on the last page of the instruction manual with a list of plate
numbers corresponding to machines.

Hope this helps!  Terry
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 1996 20:51:22 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 1/23/96

I'm hoping someone can help me.  I have a model 66 with a problem.  The main
shaft that runs down the center of the machine head is bent.  I have all the
parts that go on it (I think).  Does anyone know if I could get the shaft
replaced.  I didn't pay much at all for the machine and the scrollwork on it
was too beautiful to pass up.  I would hate to have to scrap it!

Date: 26 Jan 96 18:01:08 EST
Subject: Electric motors

Hi all,and I hope the anniversary break was wonderful.

I've been asked by quite a few Fanatics to track down FWs in the UK but I need
some help please on the question of FW electric motors.

Are these still available as spare parts in the USA? If so what is the price?

Reason for asking is that FWs over here were fitted with 240-volt electrics
which would make them run, if at all, pretty slow on 110 volts.

Only other alternative is a small transformer but could a true FWFanatic live
with that?

Your help would be appreciated.

Best wishes Graham F ISMACS 
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996 18:39:06 -0500
Subject: Buttonholers for sale

Well, back at last with my buttonholers.  I really want to get rid of these.
 I'm asking $3 apiece.  I have one of each of these unless noted in
   1. Greist Products rotary buttonholer.  Complete with manual (coypwrite
1956) 5 templates. Manual claims one can embroider with this.
   2. Kenmore buttonholer manufact. by Greist.  No manual.  5 templates.
 Looks rather older, brown in color. Guessing same vintage as above.
   3. Sears Kenmore buttonholer. Low bar, center side attaching.  Looks
rather 60s or 70s.  Complete in white plastic case with manual.
   The remaining buttonholers are newer made by Greist.  Manual copywrite
date is 1966.
    4. #3 Greist buttonholer.  Top clamping.  Fits:  Kenmore (49,71,76), Free
Rotary, Free-Westinghouse, New Home(rotary), Stratford, and most machines
made by Free and New Home Sewing Machine Company. I have 2 of these.
    5. #7  Greist buttonholer. High shaft. Left needle position zig zag and
automatic machines.
    6. #7Z  Greist buttonholer. High shaft. Left needle postiton zig zag and
automatic machines. I see no difference between these two #7 attachments
expect for the color of the attachment and manuals.  The box designates one
as #7 and the other #7Z.  I have 2 of these.
    7. #8Z Greist buttonholer.  Low shaft. All Pfaff machine except models
139, 239,1221 and1222.  
    8.  #10Z  Greist buttonholer.  Most Pfaff high bar machines except 1200
series dual feed.  This is the only buttonholer to include 13 templates.
    Lastly, are you boared yet?  I have one package of additional buttonhole
templates.  This adds on the the normal 5 templates that usually come with
the buttonholer.  I will sell this package for a quilters fat quarter.
   I hope you all find something in this list of buttonholers you can use.
 Sorry, I don't think any of these will fit our esteemed FW.  Let me know if
you can help out. 
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 1996 20:49:33 -0800
Subject: Featherweights

I just found you.  What a wonderful digest.  I enjoyed reading September 
10th where I learned that I have a centennial model 1951.  I just 
purchased it at an antique faire.  I was looking for one, and it just 
jumped out at me.  In fact, it is so new looking, I thought it was a 
"repo."  What I would like to know is:  There is a metal "thing" on the 
top of the case it came on the inside.  I would like to know goes there. 
 I have ordered the Nancy.... book.  Anyway, I am thrilled to know that 
you exist.  I got the info on the Viking Page.  If anyone knows the 
answer to my question, you can e-mail me  

Thanks, Jan
Date: Sat, 27 Jan 1996 07:39:13 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: For Sale

	Here is the new revised list of what's for sale in FeatherWeights.

AF - Attachments, Case, Manual, a little wear on gold. $395.
AG - Att. Case, and Man. black in front shows wear, god is fine $395.
Ah - Att. Case Man, good condition, a little wwear on black and gold, but 
very reliable stitcher. $475.
AJ - Att. Case, Man, Key, great condition  $495.
AJ - Just the machine, good condition, scuffed front lip, but otherwise 
cosmettingically fit, copy manual $450.
AJ - Att., Man., Case, a little wear $425.
AM - Att., Man, Case, great condition, late edition scrollwork $550.
FeatherWeight Table - $200.
Buttonholers- 2 post war, 1 pre war $35 (included postage and handling)
Manuals - Copies FeatherWeight , 99's, and 66 (e for details)
There will be a $25 shipping and hanlding and that will include insurance 
for the machine. In addition, I will now be swatching out the machines 
myself and giving them a good run before they go out the door.
Call or E for futher details. Zsux
Date: Sat, 27 Jan 1996 09:28:36 -0500
Subject: Some ramblings

Greetings again!
   I have a few concerns about a featherweight I recently bought and am
having alittle buyer's remorse. Please, please quit throwing things at me!
 Really I do like this little one, I think she needs me. I just think I might
have paid too much for her, but she is a centennial and different from my
'49.  This little gem came with a case, no shelf, no attachments, and no
manual.  But no problem, I can handle that.  What bothers me is this:  I
brought her home and began to clean her up.  I noticed first that the bed
felt alittle rough.  Rough like something like rust is on her but none can be
seen.  I tried cleaning this off with mild cleaners but no go.  I began to
move along an clean up her dimmed medallion and a bit of the blue band flaked
off.  This area is around the right side above the light switch.  The light
switch has lost some of its black paint on it.  I'm suspecting that maybe at
one time someone had spilled some strong thinner or something on the
medallion and switch causing the paint to be loosened.  Should/could I
repaint the blue on the medallion and the black on the switch?  What do you
think has happened to the bed to make it so rough?  Maybe she has acne. Can I
find a replacement for her missing side shelf?  Her birthdate according to
Singer is August 8, 1950.
    Anyway moving right along.  Susan--- You mention you have a hand crank
machine.  What does the crank look like?  Is it detachable?  In the drawer of
the Franklin cabinet I recently bought was an iron crank looking thing.  It
looks like it may screw into something. Is this a crank to a sewing machine?
 Should I hang onto it of toss it?
I guess I shouldn't toss anything but why hang onto everything?
    Betty --- I was so surprised to hear your 128 has the stitch lengthener
on the bed.  I thought the 101 was the only model that had that feature.  The
things we learn.  BTW, I absolutely LOVE my 101.  I kinda stumbled onto this
machine at Christmas.  DH paid $5 for her at an antique shop.  She had no
case or anything, so I had to put her into my Singer cabinet.  I had a 66 in
there since '72.  This 101 is THE quietest and smoothest machine I have ever
seen..  She's tops on my list.
   Terry in Montana---  One more thing, the cabinet I just put my 101 in
sounds exactly like the one I have.  I really like my cabinet,  I've never
seen another like it.  I do not have a portable foot pedal though.  Up in the
cabinet on the back wall is attached an outlet into which is plugged the
sewing machine and its light.  The outlet is wired to the Singer motor
attached at the top of the ironwork.  My Singer iron piece is my control to
run the machine.  I don't have a knee press. Sounds like we both have the
same cabinet but alittle different version.
   Well, its late in the afternoon here as it write this, I guess I should
think about coming back to the real world and feeding my family some dinner.
 Any ideas?  I enjoy reading this so much and hearing your advice.   Jacque

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