Featherweight Fanatics Archives

September 1995

Sunday, September 10 - Saturday, September 16

Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 12:53:36 -0400
Subject: loving your featherweight

dear sue, please add me to this list if it gets going.  i do love my machine.
 i also have a question.  my machine seems to run more noisily than others i
have sewn with or tried.  any suggestions for fixing this?
ellen b.
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 1995 19:56:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: FW Club

Count me in.  I have a 1949 featherweight.  Was up until 3:30 this 
morning sewing on it.  (I also have a Bernina 1090 in my basement, but 
late at night, I just bring the fw upstairs.)  I was just thinking last 
night how in some other life, I must have used this machine.  It feels so 
comfortable (except that I DO have to go barefoot or I can't seem to push 
the pedal.  Not so on my Bernina.)  I was born in 1948, so maybe my 
mother let me use hers when I was a kid????  (She's been dead for 15 
years, so I have no way of knowing!)

So anyway, let me know what I need to do to join up.  sounds like a great 
idea (but didn't someone just get bounced for suggesting the same idea 
recently!!!!???) (Aren't you worried that the almighty Steve might bounce 

I'd love to find myself a zig zag attachment (where the fabric moves, not 
the machine!   Have you ever seen one?

Barb T
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 95 10:23:46 -0500
Subject: Featherweight feet

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My featherweight came with all sorts of lovely feet.  I have tried to
use some of them but because of my deprived sewing background (mostly
hand work, no training with a machine), I am clueless about how to use
them.  I did find someone who copied the pages from the original manual
for me, but the instructions assume a certain sophistication.  Would
this forum be willing to discuss actual use of the feet?  Maybe
eventually we could even get a FAQ on FW feet!  

What do you think?

Nancy C
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 13:17:30 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Featherweights


Please put me on your list for the Featherweight Fanatics.  

I have two - one a 1938 and the other a centennial - 1950 I think.  I 
also have a 99K (I didn't check the date on that).  I have a 1912 "Shoe 
Patch" machine that was advertised as a child's machine at an auction.  
It took several phone calls to discover what it really was, but it is 
really neat!  My DH takes my machines apart and cleans and polishes them 
to look as good as possible without damaging their value.

One thing that I found out at an auction is to be careful when buying a 
Featherweight that the bobbin case is still intact.  I missed buying a 
centennial edition at an auction and later someone told me that the 
bobbin case was missing - I had not even looked!  And I understand it 
costs approx. $65-70 to get a replacement.

I have two treadle machines - one made in 1898 in pretty good condition 
and the other made in 1889 (I have the original bill of sale) in 
EXCELLENT condition - the machine and the cabinet.

I also have several toy machines - the real treasure being a 1910 
Singer.  I have just started to collect the toys - my DH gave me my first 
one for Christmas.  He collects toy trains, so he thought it might be fun 
if I collect something too (besides fabric).  He actually seeks them out 
for me - it's really fun!!
Bye for now....Pat

Pat E
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 09:30:43 -1000 (HST)
Subject: Luv these FWs

This is great.  A thrill pierces my soul everytime I see a Featherweight or 
any of the old black Singers.  They were all unquestionably well made.  
Thanks Sue for arranging a meeting place for us to "talk story" about our 
cherished FWs/antiques.

> my machine seems to run more noisily than others i have sewn with or
>tried.  any suggestions for fixing this? 
>ellen b.

Ellen, it sounds like your FW needs to be lubed or the maybe the brushes
need changing/cleaning.  Try lubing first.  If you don't have the original
manual, do you have Nancy Johnson-Srebro's manual on FWs?  Do you know a
shop that services FWs?  Don't prolong the need to get it checked, and 
heed Nancy's advice on lubing.

I consider myself lucky.  The owner of Calico Cat fab shop has a Singer
201, and she gave me 2 referrals, one of whom is an old Japanese man who
services and restores old Singers exclusively.  Get this---this is all he
does and has many old parts available.  Larry's the last of a dying
breed--he makes housecalls (NO CHARGE).  If it's just normal maintenance,
he does it there on the spot.  If it's a big job, he takes it home for
fixin'.  Best part..he's reasonable and his only ad is his claim check and
word-of-mouth.  The other service guy is younger, does it only part-time,
and Larry recommends him when he's swamped.

Be sure to let us know what's causing your FW to complain.


>I'd love to find myself a zig zag attachment (where the fabric moves, not
>the machine!  Have you ever seen one? 


Hi Barb...here again, I'm lucky..when it rains it pours.  I'm sorry I lost
Mr. Pickins' phone # (address follows)..maybe someone out there has it. 
Mr.  Pickens' hobby is FWs.  He goes on FW safaris..fixes 'em, sells 'em
and has lots of attachments.  Last heard:  he had 45 of these beauties and
price ranges from $250 on up.  From what I understand, Mr. Pickens will
also be mentioned in Nancy J-Srebro's upcoming revised book on FWs.  He's a 
very nice man and loves to talk story about FWs.  His address:  Mr. Dale
Pickens;  538 Virginia Avenue;  Ponca City, OK 74601

Now for the rain that pours.  The ruffler that you speak of is one of 6 
attachments that came with our FWs.  Mr. Pickens charged me $50 for the 
original green box and all the attachments.  :-)  He was nice enough to 
send me a copy of the manual too.  My recent windfall is acquiring 2 old 
Singers..one at a garage sale (1955 Model 15) and my sister's 1947 Model 
66-6.  Both have the box of basic attachments and as far as I can see, 
there aren't any differences.  Mentioning manuals:  anyone out there have 
a Model 66?  My sister lost it.  Please email me personally: ccw@hula.net.


^_^  Since we're using our FWs for patchwork.  The Pfaff dealer over here 
sold me a seam guide ($7.95).  There are 2 kinds..the old one is all 
metal.  This one will mark your FW.  The newer one has a nylon base so 
when you screw it securely onto the FW platform, it won't 'bite' into the 
enamel cosmetic.  What I did is sew a sample of that all important scant 
1/4-inch on the Bernina.  Whenever I need to line up my seam guide for 
ptchwrk, I just whip out the sample..presto!!  Don't know about you all 
but my FW was born on Oct 10, 1938 and I dread the use of tape or Dr. 
Scholl's for seam guidance.

Apologies for such a long posting..not easy to confine FW 'talk story' to 
a few lines.

Fanatic on all old black Singers!
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 19:27:04 -0700
Subject: Re: FWFanatics Digest 9/10/95

I am a relative newcomer to quilting, and have been searching for months for
a fw.  An email pal, on the quitnet, made arrangements for me to buy one.
It is on its way as I write, and I am feeling like a kid at Xmas.  This
machine will always be extra special because of the kindness of a quilt
stranger who went way out of her way for me.  Just had to share it with
people who love fw's.  I use to have one (back in the 50's) and remember how
it handled differences in thickness of material.  Can hardly wait!!!

Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 16:59:40 -0500 (CDT) 
Subject: Re: FWFanatics Digest 9/10/95

I bought a 1954 Featherweight about six months ago, so I'm fairly new to 
the obsession.  But I must say, it sews like a dream!  I really didn't 
know what I was buying, but when I took it in to be serviced, the 
repairman told me it was a great little machine.  The only thing he had 
to do (other than servicing) was replace the belt.  (It wasn't the 
original belt, but a cheaper one.)

I'm very glad I bought it when I did because I've seen only one other 
machine for sale (and I hunt for them at flea markets/antique stores/ and 
garage sales) and it was in very bad shape.

Glad to be on this list!

Mary Jane 
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 16:01:28 -0400 (EDT) 
Subject: Re: FWFanatics Digest 9/10/95

> From: Barbara T
> I'd love to find myself a zig zag attachment (where the fabric moves, not 
> the machine!   Have you ever seen one?

	The best place to find the accessories is from Singer 
dealers/repair people who have been in business a long time. Most of my 
best accessory purchases actully come from retired Singer repairmen. In 
addition to the zig-zag attachment there is also the button-holer and a 
blind hemmer that work similarly.

Krisi S
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 1995 09:37:38 -0400 
Subject: Various FW stuff

Hello all,
I bought my first featherweight, a 1955 model in early 1994.  Since then, I
have acquired a 1953, a 1951, a 1941 and a white one which I have on layaway.
 I paid a lot for the first one, $350 and for the white one $300 but got the
rest for around $120.  Most only needed some cleaning and oiling.  In case
you didn't know, the centennial model is the 1951 machine.  It has a special
gold &blue enamel seal unlike the others which just have the gold label.  I
unwittingly sold that one to my best friend and didn't realize what it was
til later.  I sold it for what I paid for it, so it wasn't like I was trying
to make a profit on it or anything.  I also just sold the 1941 model.  I use
the other two for all of my sewing.  One I use for machine quilting, and one
for piecing.  I was really surprised to see how easy it was to machine quilt
on the featherweight.  If anyone would like more details please let me know -
it was surprisingly easy.  In regard to the advice to get your machine's
lubed - I have not had this done with my machines.  I take them to the local
singer store where I purchased the first one and the man there has been doing
this for 35 years.  He strongly recommends against it.  He explained it to me
- something about being careful not to get grease on the brushes - this will
make the motor burn out.  I am no expert by any means - but I am truly in
love with my machines which I call my "little princesses."  I don't think I
could ever sew on anything else.
Regarding the missing bobbin cases, I am told that they now go for around
$120 each to replace one.  
There is a man locally who is keeping his eye out for featherweights for me
and if he picks up any more that I decide not to keep (he saw three last
weekend going from $45 - $175) - I would be happy to sell them over the list
for those who are still looking.
So happy to find others to share my passion with... Shelley
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 1995 09:39:16 -0400 (EDT) 
Subject: Featherweights

How nice to have this group to talk Featherweights!  I have had mine only 
a few months, and I really like it.  I had to travel a good distance to 
buy it from a Singer store and paid $300 for a machine in fair 
condition.  I got home with it and threaded it (no book) and it would not 
sew.  I tried everything.  I put in a new needle.  I tried that needle 
every way except upside down.  I put the machine away the first night.  
Thought I'd wait for the Featherweight book written by Nancy 
Johnson-Srebro to arrive in the mail.  I had ordered her book the week 
before.  I tried again the next day, threading the way I thought it might 
go.  I finally got it to sew just a few stitches, until all the thread 
went out of the needle, then nothing.  I knew I was close!  Finally, got 
it really sewing right when I received the book and threaded it correctly 
and was sure I had the needle in right.  My advice to anyone interested 
in buying a Featherweight, if you do not already have one, get the book 
and read it first.

I also have a 99K that I bought from a used furniture place.  It seems in 
good running order.  It's a nice little machine, but doesn't sew as 
smoothly as the Featherweight.  It didn't cost as much.  I think it was 
$65 in a cabinet.  My husband had to rewire it.

Don't you wonder about the history of your Featherweight?  I do.  I'd 
like to know how many people had it before me.  I know the one I have has 
been well used.  I wonder if the owner/owners made quilts.

Thanks again to Sue for starting this group.  I know we are going to 
really enjoy all this Featherweight talk.  Until next time . . .

Carolyn C
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 1995 08:10:01 MST 
Subject: RE: FWFanatics Digest 9/11/95

Hello everyone...it's great to see so many familiar names here.  I have had
scouts out for about three months...one fellow did find me a FW but when
he went to collect it the bobbin mechanism was missing and it would have
cost more than I was prepared to spend to have it fixed so decided not to
take it.  Then last week he found another one for me...same price $100
Canadian...says it is in fantastic condition and doesn't want to ship it
He is the brother in law of one of my good friends and she will collect it
on the 15th...I'll be on holidays then so won't get to see it till about
the 30th...anyway he says it's in mint condition with all attachments etc.
I will be travelling through Montana, Idaho and Washington on my way
to Vancouver, B.C. so will definitely check for the FW book.  Someone
mentioned the Calico Cat...is that the one in Helena, MT?  
To Diana...I had breakfast with Theresa yesterday (I was in Calgary visiting)
and she told me the story of the acquisition of your machine...she is a
doll..this was only our second meeting but she sure goes out of her way for
In addition to the FW, I have a 1900 Singer treadle and a 1922 portable...
Will catch up on the news when I get back from holiday.
Sandra M
Subject: FW for Sale
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 1995 09:20:38 -0500 (CDT)  

I am a Featherweight user who happened to come across a machine I
couldn't pass up.  Rather than sell it in an antique store, I would
rather it go to a quilter who will really use it and appreciate it.
Here are the details--anyone who is interested should e-mail me

221b Featherweight (AL553125) complete with accessories, excellent
condition; locking case in excellent condition.  $375.00 plus
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 95 09:12:29 PDT
Subject: oil; lint; which machine is the sub?

I got my FW (1934) a few months ago and have been loving it.  I had been wor-
ried about knowing when to oil it, but it turns out the machine tells me.
When it started getting dry, the foot pedal started getting "sticky".  It
would refuse to be pushed down, then would drop suddenly and the machine
would just take off.  So I got out the oil (another story) and started put-
ting drops in where the manual said to.  When I got to the bottom (where you
can actually see whether there's oil), I found that the needle end was dry
and the motor end was still quite oily.  So I started to worry (gotta worry
about *something*) that maybe the foot pedal was having a problem all its
own.  But when I put the machine back together and ran it, the foot pedal's
"stickiness" was all gone!

My 1934 spits lint every now and then.  The manual doesn't say anything about
cleaning lint out.  How often should I do it?

The oil story:  I bought Singer machine oil from the man who cleaned my Ken-
more.  (He's a Singer dealer, but as he refuses to call the modern FW's 
Featherweights, we can be sure his heart's in the right place.)  You're sup-
posed to take off the cap, then prick a membrane inside the tip with a pin
to let the oil flow.  Well, the membrane on my tube didn't notice the pin.
So I tried a large needle, which made no impression, either.  So, desperate,
I tried a seam ripper.  The ENTIRE red section of the tube split down the
side.  And the membrane?  It was still in one piece, and about 1/16" thick
plastic.  No wonder the pins and needles couldn't do the job.

I justified my buying a FW by claiming that when the Kenmore, my main ma-
chine, is in the shop I can still sew.  The Kenmore has been back from the
fixit shop for close to a month now, and it's still in its case in the din-
ing room.  Looks like the FW is the main machine now!  But the Kenmore will
get some exercise soon:  I discovered I don't like having to reposition the
seam guide on the FW, so I'll set up the Kenmore to hem some new pants soon.

Date: Tue, 12 Sep 1995 10:04:09 -0400 
Subject: Bits &Pieces

Hi Gang!

What a wonderful topic!!!!  I truly love Featherweights, old machines and toy
sewing machines. ( Pat, you have me drooling for your little 1910 Singer.)  I
have one FW, born November 20, 1952 and three toys ( 1 Gateway- 40/50ish, 1
Straco - 60ish, and 1 Cragston - ?ish, but looks 60/70ish).  I'm really
looking for the old treasures but they are hard to find!!!  I ran across a
handcrank Singer in a rounded wooden case this weekend, but did not buy
it.... still thinking though.  I'm still looking for an older-than-mine FW
that has the pretty scroll on the face plate but I'm hoping to find a bargain
at an auction or flea market.  

By the way, I believe someone was looking for Dale Pickens phone number.  The
last number I had for him is (405) 765-6125.  His email address is
pickens@icsi.net or Pickdsn@aol.com.  This email is actually for the son of
Dale, but he'll be able to help you out.

Thanks, Sue, for arranging this group.

Also, if anyone has any old toy sewing machines they would like to part with,
they would be really happy in my home.  Let me know.

Have a wonderful day!
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 1995 21:26:48 -0400 (EDT) 
Subject: Re: FWFanatics Digest 9/11/95

> My featherweight came with all sorts of lovely feet.  I have tried to
> use some of them but because of my deprived sewing background (mostly
> hand work, no training with a machine), I am clueless about how to use
> them.  I did find someone who copied the pages from the original manual
> for me, but the instructions assume a certain sophistication.  Would
> this forum be willing to discuss actual use of the feet?  Maybe
> eventually we could even get a FAQ on FW feet!  

      Nancy Johnson- Srebro's next book on the featherweights should be 
out about April. Apparently she is going to describe in detail the 
different feet and what they do. Mr. Dale Pickens, the avid buyer/seller 
of featherweights is presently stocking up on these, assuming that 
Nancy's book will create a demand. He purchased quite a few never used, 
but original green boxes filled with the accessories recently.
      Also, did you know that the british machines came with different 
feet? And the free-arm came with a darner and darning hoop. 
      For anyone interested, Mr. Pickens also has brand new, never 
distributed manuals, I think they are dated early fifties. He got them 
from a retired repairman who had a couple hundred just lying around. 
Sorry, don't know his price. His phone # is (405)765-6125, but I think he 
is in Baltimore, MD for the next few weeks.
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 1995 06:56:08 -0400 
Subject: Intro/Ruffler/222

Hi all!

Just read the Digest of 9/11/95, and wanted to join in.  I am brand new
to quilting (sewing!) and was lucky enough to find a Featherweight on
my first call to the local Sewing Machine Hospital.  My machine was made
in Scotland in 1947.  It is in great shape (came with a 6-month warranty)
and I am using it to piece my first ever project.  When I took it out of
the case at quilting class, the other students kind of looked at me
pityingly--they had their snazzy super-duper models all set up, but the
teacher came over and oohed and awed(?) appropriately.  So far, I'm
thrilled with its performance.

Now for a very brief question: Is the "ruffler" equivalent to a zig-zag
attachment?  Any tips on how to use it?  I plan to mostly use the FW for
basic stitching, but would love to know some of its other capabilities.
Also, the FW craze doesn't seem to be that strong up here in Canada---top
prices seem to be about $300 Canadian.  Oh and one other thing, one sewing
machine guy mentioned a 222 model, same as a 221, but with a free
arm.  He has one, and wants $1000 Canadian (about $750US) for it .
Any comments?

Anne O
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 1995 09:40:14 -0400 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 9/12/95

hi all,
just to get in on the action here, i think i'll tell you about my machine.
i only have one although i bought one at top dollar a couple of months ago
and sold it for same on the internet after dh said we couldn't justify
keeping it.  now i'm sorry.
my only featherweight is a 1938 model (very early) with an older case (for
some reason i can't figure out).  i got it very inexpensively in a used
furniture/antique shop about two years ago.  it sews wonderfully although, as
i've written before, it does seem noiser than other machines i have seen and
used.  now i'm confused about whether to lube or not to lube.  more
discussion on this please.
i also found separately some attachments but have no idea what they are and
await eagerly the new fw book.
i have a treadle machine as well which i have not yet called on to find out
the year of manufacture.  hopefully will do this soon.  it too has
attachments galore that i have no idea about.
i have a bernina 1130 which is a dream to sew with, but soooo heavy.  i now
keep it set up in my home all the time, but take the fw whenever i go for
quilting weekends and to sew in the living room while i talk to dh or watch
tv.  the sewing room (yes i have a whole room to myself) is upstairs and
sometimes feel lonely.
i also use eq2 and wonder if any fw fanatics are also into that; just ordered
blockbase and can't wait to piece some of the more interesting blocks on my
fw.  by the way, the stitch it sews is just as good, if not better, than my
bernina's stitch.
ellen b.
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 1995 10:10:26 -0400 
Subject: Various posts

Hi there,
Me again, can't help jumping in on these topics. 
1)  Sticky foot control - I started having this problem when I was away at a
class, there was a lot of wet sand on the way into the building, and I
thought I had gotten some in the foot control.  BTW, the rest of my machine
is always well oiled.  Well, anyway, the foot control would stick down, or
on, and I could only get it to stop sewing by unplugging the machine and then
banging the foot control a couple of times.  Eventually I came up with the
bright idea of putting some drops of oil around the little knob on the foot
control that goes up and down.  That finally fixed it and have had no trouble
2)  Seam guides.  One of my machines has a throat plate with the markings
including a quarter inch mark.  How lucky I am.  The others do not.  I am
told that the original ones did not have the markings but when the throat
plates are sometimes replaced - they were replaced with the marked ones.  I
am not worried that this plate is not original as I am just happy to have
that quarter inch mark.  (My 1941 model has a marked throat plate that is an
obvious replacement)  You might have guessed that this is on the machine that
I use for all of my piecing.
3)  Free Arm machines.  I am told that these are extremely rare.  My singer
guy has only seen two in 35 years.  I wonder what I would use it for in
4)  Toy sewing machines.  I bought 4 different toy machines as a lot - just
to get the little black and gold singer model for myself.  Don't know
anything much about it - looks like a featherweight and I think may be called
a Sew Handy.  Of the other three, I sold the electric one called a Betsy Ross
which was in a red plaid case - still have 2 for sale.  One black iron German
hand crank with flowers painted on it and a little green metal (tin one - no
name) battery operated style.  These are for sale - if interested email me
4)  I have the original featherweight manual in FRENCH - if anyone speaks
french and would like a xerox copy - also email and I'll send to you - no
That's all for now - Love this list.  Shelley 
Subject: little giant
Date: 13 Sep 95 09:15:58 -0700 

Hi,  I saw and ad in the latest Quilters Newsletter Magazine for a new
machine that looks just like a featherwight.  They called it the "little
Giant" and the price was $299.  Does anyone know about this machine?
  I'm new to the list, a quilter and cat lover.  Currently I'm a FW
wannabee.  I'm on the list hoping to find info on what to look out for
when buying one. SInce I'm kind of poor right now I'm looking for one at
garage sales and thrift store.
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 1995 10:29:05 -0400 (EDT) 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 9/12/95

> From: Anne O 

> my first call to the local Sewing Machine Hospital.  My machine was made
> in Scotland in 1947.  It is in great shape (came with a 6-month warranty)

Anne, how do you determine if a machine was made in Scotland? By the 
serial number? I have black machines that say"Made in Great Britain", but 
these are much newer. Can you get the birthdate of machines made in other 
countries by calling the 1-800 number? 

> prices seem to be about $300 Canadian.  Oh and one other thing, one sewing
> machine guy mentioned a 222 model, same as a 221, but with a free
> arm.  He has one, and wants $1000 Canadian (about $750US) for it .
> Any comments?

My husband just spoke with a Singer dealer in Florida that just sold a 
freearm. The woman wouldn't say what she got for it, but said that as the 
buyer walked out of the store, the buyer said she would have paid as much 
as $5000 for it. The seller was more than a little upset. My husband and 
I have two freearms that we paid much less than $750 for, but apparently 
even the major Featherweight dealers don't know what to charge. We have 
heard prices up to $2000. I would grab it if you have the chance. By the 
way, I know someone who claims they got their's for $40. Doesn't it just 
make you want to cry? We have 20 Featherweights, and have only bought 
one for under $100. 

Krisi S
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 1995 11:09:03 -0400 
Subject: FW Birthdates

    Did you know there is an "800" phone number you can call to find out your
FW's "birthdate"?  I found out about this from an article in Ladies Circle
Patchwork Quilts magazine,  July 1995 issue, written by Georgene Muller
Lockwood.  You need to know the serial number on the bottom of your machine
(usually two letters A? followed by six numbers).   With the serial number
written down, call 1-800-877-7762.  Ask for Customer Relations, and tell them
you want to know the date of manufacture for the serial number on your FW.  
    I found out that "Susie" my first FW, was 'born' Jan 28, 1948 and "Betsy"
was 'born' Aug 11, 1952.  (Yes, I named my FWs and talk to them while I sew!)
  Have had Susie for over 10 years now, and just got Betsy this spring
(insurance in case anything ever "happened" to Susie! 
    Look through your FW attachments for the fabric guide.  It has a long
slot, with a thumbscrew.  You screw it into one of the two small holes to the
right of the throat plate.  Slide the attachment to adjust the distance from
the needle to the edge of the fabric guide.  Then, tighten the screw to hold
that distance.  One of my students in a Senior Citizens quilting class,
showed me this attachment and how to use it.  It sure beats magnetic guides
and masking tape!  And is easy to remove when you are doing a wider seam.  
     I bought a 6" C-Thru ruler at an art supply store, and have it stuck to
the front of my FWs with a bit of FunTac.  Then I always have a ruler handy
to check seam allowances or adjust my fabric guide.   
      I can tell when my machines need oiling as they sound different when
they run- kind of a 'clackety' sound.  When they are freshly oiled, they
'hum'.  The SInger instruction booklet that came with the machines says they
should be oiled everyday if used frequently!   I mail ordered a pinpoint
sewing machine oil tube (from Clothilde's catalog, I think).  This is much
easier to control than a large bottle.  
      I also ordered an inexpensive plastic cover to drop over my machines,
they never see the inside of their cases, unless I am off to a class!  Hope
these tips are of use to everyone- I love my FWs and now only use my lovely
Pfaff when I have to zigzag!
Date: 13 Sep 1995 09:40:09 PST 
Subject: FW Fanatics Digest 9/12/95

I am very glad this digest exists; many thanks to Sue for organizing it!!

I just bought my FW two weeks ago and am thrilled to own one. I was inspired
to get one after reading all the notes from people like you !! I bought it for
$295 plus tax and it is in excellent condition. However it had no accessories
so I am trying to get hold of them. Also I am looking for the needle plate
that has seam allowances marked on it. Any help you all can give me is much
appreciated.Thanks much.

My youngest daughter who is now ten has already laid claim to the machine to be
 passed on to her!!!
Subject: FW(s) wanted and intro
Date:	Wed, 13 Sep 1995 11:28:36 +0100

Hi all,
I've been on the lookout for a FW for a long time...passed one up last year
for $150 Cdn...bad timing $$$ wise, but I've been kicking myself ever since.
Eventually, I'd like to have several FW. One for me (I want one about as
badly as I've ever wanted anything!), one for my daughter who is finally
taking a serious interest in the quilting that I love so much, one for her
daughter, a very mature 2.5 yr old who is asking almost daily for her own
machine to sew her cherished collection of "fabics" and another, just to be
fair, for my other 2 year old grand daughter. The latter two will have to be
stored until the girls are old enough to appreciate them tho'. However, I'd
be happy with just one for now...a 1953 would be especially significant
since it's my birth year... in good working condition (I plan to *use* it,
not just admire it). I don't care if it has the attachments (I won't use
them anyway), and I can get Nancy's manual...probably will anyway. I would
like a good case tho' so I can take it to classes. Unfortunately, I don't
have mega bucks or anything even close...so I'm looking for a good deal. I'd
prefer a machine that is currently residing in Canada...they're cheaper here
and then I wouldn't have the added expense of exchange/duty/international
shipping. So if there is someone out there who has or comes across a nice
machine and would be happier knowing that it is going to a kind and loving
home where it will be lovingly used and cared for...and eventually passed on
to an equally appreciative descendant, than in receiving the big bucks you
could probably get elsewhere, please let me know. I would be ever grateful!

In the meantime, I will continue to read your posts with avid interest and
not just a little envy (I *am* happy that you have one...every quilter
should... but unhappy that I don't :-)...sigh.

Have a good week end
Sharon S
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 1995 17:40:45 -0400 (EDT) 
Subject: different model

Does anyone know anything about Model 328K made in 1964?

Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 9/12/95

I recently came across a GE Featherweight.  Same case (three latches), same
stitches, lots of accessories in a full tray like the older ones, pretty
green color.  Somewhat heavier,  though.  Is this of any interest to anyone?
 I presume it is fairly valuable as an antique but I would prefer to sell it
to a quilter.  

Date: Wed, 13 Sep 95 23:06 EDT 
Subject: Re: FWFanatics Digest 9/11/95

Does anyone know the part number of the buttonholer that fits the 
featherweights?  I saw an old buttonholer, but there was no indication on 
the enclosed information or the box if it would fit the featherweight.  I 
do have access to the part number from the box, however.

Also, was the small hemmer (the one that looks like a regular pressure 
foot with a curly right toe) one of the original green box attachments.  I 
received all of the attachments that are listed in the manual but this 
one.  I did receive an adjustable hemmer, but not this simple little guy.  
Does anyone know a source for this one foot?

Thanks for your help.  I really enjoy reading all of your 
featherweight stories and information.

Marti K
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 10:19:00 -0500 
Subject: FW Chatter

Hi Featherweighters (ahh, I feel much thinner after typing that...),

Just wanted to share an "aha" experience I had while trying to locate my
seam guide for my FW while sewing at a friend's house.  I had bought one of
those Dritz magnetic seam guides and couldn't find it so I sat there
pondering what I was going to do for the endless evening of sewing that
stretch ahead of me...well, I went to my friend's refrigerator and got one
of those business card sized magnets (from a local pizza place), cut a bit
of a pattern piece out of a magazine I brought along to get the 1/4" seam
and put the magnet down as a seam guide.  It worked very well because it's
a bit longer than the Dritz magnet and helped me line up the fabric better
as it was going under the presser foot.  The refrigerator magnet was also
weaker than the Dritz so that I felt better about putting the magnet on the
machine and not scratching the finish.

For all of you notions hunters, the Singer oil cans are going for a premium
at flea markets these days...who would have thunk it, as they say??  My
dear-old dad bought a GORGEOUS (I'm-trying-not-to-covet-it) 1938 FW in
August but it didn't come with an oil can.  He bought an oil can later for
$20 at another flea.  We've since seen the cans for much more.  Who could
imagine the fortunes of the lowly oil can would turn??

Hmmm, gotta go mess with my tension...my stitch is becoming uneven...
Have fun!

Amy L
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 08:56:46 -0700
Subject: HELP!

I have a FW which I dearly loved, but loaned to my sister-in-law, who needed
a light machine for a while (I have a few others, and the FW was the most
portable).  Unfortunately, at the time she lived in muggy Port Lavaca,
Texas, and when my little friend was returned, it had a very bad mildew
problem.  I cleaned it up, but it still has that distinctive smell :( !  I
have tried airing, sunning, crumpled newspaper, all to no end.  I am not
feeling comfortable sewing with it in its present state; always afraid the
mildew will spread to my projects, and that would be unthinkable!  Any other
ideas, anyone?  I sure hope this is curable...psb

Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 12:31:17 -0400 
Subject: Hi!

Hello all!

I'm so excited about this list!  :)  My name is Beth Roth (posting on DH's
account).  I love to sew and I'm getting the quilting fever but haven't
started actually quilting yet.

I learned to sew on my mom's FW...she received it as a present when she
graduated from high school in 1948.  It's the only sewing machine she's ever
had and she'd never part with it.  She made her wedding dress on it and a
few years ago she made *my* wedding dress on it, too.  

We vacationed back home in Illinois this summer and mom surprised me with a
gorgeous little FW of my own!!  I called yesterday and found out it was made
on August 15, 1940.  It has neat flowery designs in the metal on the left
end...I'm sure there's a proper name for what I'm talking about!  The only
attachment I got with it is the buttonholer...does Singer still sell
attachments for these?

For Marti...the model number on my buttonhole attachment box is No. 121795.
I haven't tried it yet but I'm assuming since it came with the machine it
will work on it.  The box says "For Singer lock stitch family sewing
machines"...which leads me to believe it was interchangeable amongst several

Life has been incredibly hectic since we got back from vacation so I haven't
had a chance to sew with my FW yet.  It looks like it's been very lightly
and gently used...only a couple of teeny scratches and all the gold trim is
still fresh and pretty, the belt looks original and is hardly worn.  It is
quite dusty, though, so I need to do some cleaning up.  I'm scared to oil
it...anybody got any tips on that?  Oh, it also came with a tube of oil in a
little green box...it looks like the original oil!  DH said I probably
shouldn't use it:)

Beth Roth
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 13:24:04 -0400 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 9/13/95


I own 3 Featherweights, 1938, 1941 and 1950.  I recently had the 1950 model
serviced as this is the one I am intending to sell.  I can't justify keeping
all 3 of them.  It's so hard not to keep looking and buying . . .  The first
one I bought (1941) I found at an old vac and sew repair shop.  I was looking
for a small little machine for my 10 year old daughter who asked for a sewing
machine for X-mas.  When I saw this cute little machine I thought it was
perfect, but more $$ than I had planned to spend.  The man told me it was a
"Featherweight" like I should know what that was!!  When I went to a local
sewing machine store, still shopping, I mentioned the Featherweight, they
told me to go back and buy it or they would!!  Since then I've fallen in love
with these machines and do all my piecing by FW.  Only my 1938 has
attachments, although I have a manual for the 1950 one also.  All 3 have
cases in fairly good condition.  I would be interested in buying attachments
for my 1941 machine.  I am also wanting to sell the 1950 machine.  It is not
the "prettiest" of the 3 machines but runs like a charm. I'm asking $300 for
this machine.  E-mail me if interested.  Also, has anyone done any quilting
on their FW?  I've heard various opinions on this.  I do have a walking foot
that fits, but of course can't do free motion because feed dogs don't drop.
 Would be interested in comments on this subject.

Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 08:08:18 -0800 
Subject: Featherweights in Alaska

Hi all, and Sandra, for some reason I knew you would get
on this list too...good to see you here.
Well, I have a sad featherweight story.  I live in Alaska, where
it is nearly impossible to acquire featherweights.  There are never any
for sale, and if there is, the prices tend to start at $500.00.  Anyway,
an internet friend in California found one for me.  She bought it and gave
it to my daughter who lives in the same town who was going to be coming home
to visit the end of September.  Well, things have happened, and she won't
be coming here after all. BOO HOO...I am really going to miss seeing my
daughter, but the thought of not getting my featherweight is driving me
I suppose I could have her ship it to me, but how does one pack a feather-
weight for shipping?  Do they arrive undamaged?  It is a scary thought.
I guess I could have her take pictures of it for me and just hope something
happens to get it up here soon.
It is a 1950, that's the year I wanted, it's by birth year.  I don't know
the date the machine was made yet, but I suppose I could get the serial
# from my daughter and then call in.  Does anyone else have a featherweight
from the year they were born?  I think the ultimate machine to acquire
would be one made on the day I was born.  Wonder if that could happen???
Glad to be a part of this group, talk to you all later.  I'll keep you
posted as to the  saga of the "Featherweight's Journey Home"....
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 17:04:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 9/13/95

> my only featherweight is a 1938 model (very early) with an older case (for
> some reason i can't figure out).   

I find all the minute differences between the machines facinating.I don't 
know what you mean by an older case, but the earliest cases I 
know of (early AD) had a hanger inside for the foot to hang on. The piece 
on the footpedal that gets pressed down was a knobby metal ring, not a
plastic knob. The earliest case I have (for a later AD) has a green inside 
and tray, and gold colored locks. The handles were leather til sometime
between AF &AG. And the lift out trays seem to have disappeared during the

> From: Shelley
> 2)  Seam guides.  One of my machines has a throat plate with the markings
> including a quarter inch mark.   

Most of my newer machines (AL, AM, Freearms, Whites) all have these so I 
am going to guess that they became standard at one point. I know it has 
to be standard on the freemarms because this is a very different plate.

> 3)  Free Arm machines.  I am told that these are extremely rare.  My singer
> guy has only seen two in 35 years.  I wonder what I would use it for in
> quilting?

The freearm is the perfect machine quilting sewing machine for small 
projects. It has the darning feature, which means the feed dogs drop so 
you can do free-motion. The 221's need to have the feed dogs covered with 
a plate (cardboard, etc.) to achieve this. 

> Does anyone know the part number of the buttonholer that fits the 
> featherweights?  I saw an old buttonholer, but there was no indication on 
> the enclosed information or the box if it would fit the featherweight.  I 
> do have access to the part number from the box, however.

When Singer made attachments like these they would fit all of their low 
shank machines, so over the years they changed part numbers due to style 
changes. This is by no means complete, just what I have access to:
	#121795 Dated 1941(on manual) in green box, works by adjusting 
wing nuts to appropriate length and width.
	#160506 Dated 1948 or 1951 in black, red, or green plastic 
box.Works by putting cams the right size in the bottom of the foot. This 
is the prettiest, meaning it looks like it matches the Featherweights.
	#489510 Dated 1960 in pink or green egg shaped case. Works same as 
above with cams, but is now ugly beige. Also, be sure that it doesn't fit 
a slant-needle, as the box or manual don't differentiate. The word 
"slant" is in very small letters on the metal of the foot. In fact if 
anyone wants the slant-needle one of these I will sell it for 
$5.00+shipping. As I don't have a machine it will fit on. The nice thing 
about the buttonholers is that they come with a metal plate to cover the 
feed dogs with, so you can do free-motion quilting.

Krisi S
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 95 09:28:34 PDT 
Subject: oiling; shipping; attachments box

WRT original oil:  My 1934 FW came to me with a tube of 1934 lubricant; the
seller warned me not to use it.  She said she had kept it for authenticity.
If the person/people who don't know where to oil their machine(s) send me a 
business-size sase and 50c, I'll xerox the appropriate pages in my copy of 
the manual and send them to you.  Snail mail address:  Carrie Bryan, 112 Far-
go Way, Folsom, CA  95630.  Remember to put your name, address, and stamp on 
your envelope!

WRT shipping:  I live in CA; the woman who sold me my FW lives in upstate NY.
She shipped it to me UPS and it came through in perfect condition.  She fil-
led the inside of the case with styrofoam peanuts, every little nook &cran-
ny, under and over the tray.  She then put the case in a box that was also 
filled with styrofoam.  On the UPS form she described it as "machine parts", 
because she thought it might disappear en route if she called it "sewing ma-
chine", and she insured it.  And as my cats don't take delivery and I didn't 
want the box sitting on my doorstep all day, I had her send it to me at work.
This worked out beautifully.

WRT attachments box:  My FW came with a full set of attachments but no box
for them.  Someone on this list said that they originally came in a green
box, is my memory right?  If someone has any extra boxes they'd be willing to
sell, please contact me privately:  I'd like to buy one.

Date: Fri, 15 Sep 1995 12:40:20 -0400 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 9/13/95

I'm also glad that this group was started. My featherweight story is one I'm
fairly proud of - after wanting one for some time, but not wanting to pay the
$250 or so that they were at that time, I found one at a garage sale! It was
$20, but the latch had broken off the bobbin case holder. After calling
several dealers for parts, I found a nearby man who used to be a Singer
dealer and had a big collection of old parts. I took my machine to him and he
put in a new case holder, cleaned, oiled, etc. all for $80. Mine isn't
especially old (1950, I think), but I love it dearly. My question is about
the case. Mine was obviously stored in a damp basement because it has quite a
bad musty smell when I open it. I've read that some people strip off the
black fabric so the wood underneath is exposed. I've considered doing this,
thinking it might be more attractive (I've done this with old trunks and
loved how they looked afterwards) and maybe lose some of the musty smell, but
I was concerned about how it would affect the value of my machine. Does
anyone have any info on this? Sue M.
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 1995 12:40:37 -0400 
Subject: From a true FW Fanatic

Hi all - Again -
I just love this list - so much fun!!!!!
Anyway, I recently did my first machine quilting on my featherweight and I
wanted to share my experience.  I had read on Quiltnet about loosening the
presser foot screw on the top of the machine and loosening the top tension
AND covering the feed dogs BUT I didn't do it just that way.  Yes, I loosened
the pressure on the presser foot and yes, I put the tension on top to about 2
but NO I did not cover the feed dogs.  
And it worked anyway.  I did a small wall quilt and I started by quilting in
the ditch with metallic top thread around all of the pieced buildings in the
quilt.  This gave me some practice.  Then I freeform quilted clouds and moon
rays and mountain ranges and falling stars.  And it came out wonderful.  I
did however backstitch all of the stitching lines at beginning and end just
to be safe.  I found that the little bit of traction of having the feed dogs
up actually helped me to keep the quilt moving along and I held the quilt
securely in both hands at all times.  It was fun and I might even do it again
sometime - therefore I have kept that machine set up that way - don't want to
mess up my tension adjustments etc.
In regard to oiling, I oil my machine according to the xerox copy of the
manual I received when I bought the machine.  It is also in the "Perfect
Portable" book which I don't remember who wrote, but hopefully you know what
I am talking about.  I purchased a small tube of singer machine oil for about
$2 which has a little red nozzle type tip which I find is perfect for getting
in those little holes.
Regarding attachments, I was lucky to find a box of misc feet at a yard sale
in a green metal box for $2 and all of my machines have come with some feet.
 I recently went through and sorted out a complete set which I keep with my
"best" machine.  I figured I didn't need more than one set, so passed some
duplicates on to my fw owning quilting buddy who didn't have any attachments
at all.  
Regarding bobbins, this is a new topic.  I like the old ones that came with
my first machine.  They have an extra little hole in the rim to run the
thread through when starting to wind a bobbin.  I bought a box of the new
bobbins and they don't have that little hole.  I am constantly sorting out
bobbins so I can use only the ones with the little hole, wish I could find
more of that kind.
Regarding that smell, believe me they all have it.  One case, I actually
ripped the lining out of due to the mold.  I was able to get rid of most of
it on another by washing the box out with a soapy clorox rag and leaving it
in the sunshine for a couple of days.  Also put a small bag of regular grind
coffee in there too - that soaks up odor.  My experience is that the machines
themselves only smell after being in the box for a long time and that the
smell actually comes from the box.  Leaving mine out for a length of time,
usually gets rid of the smell.
Well, that's all for today.  Maybe I'll actually get some sewing done this
weekend.  Shelley 
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 1995 13:46:28 -0400 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 9/14/95

Did I hear "a cover for the feeddogs"????  Where??? How can I get one??? - P.
S.  Kris, can't wait to hear if it works out!!

Date: Fri, 15 Sep 1995 11:52:17 PST 
Subject: 1940's FWS

This talk about wanting a FW made the year you were born intrigues me, but
as a WWII baby, I wonder what the chances are that many FWs were made then?
Does anyone have infrmation about FW war production?  Like Lucky Strikes,
I would think that Singer also "went to war."  If these references are obscure
to you, look at some old Life Magaizine ads from that period.  Just my luck,
btw, the Life Magazine published on my birthdate is vey rare because the
cover featured Gene Autry...if I could find one, it would cost me over $50!
So what about FWS?  Did Singer reduce or eliminate production to make submarines
and tanks?  Orcould I hope to find a 1943 FW?  (There....I said it outloud!)
Hope someone has info on this.
Sandy W
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 1995 18:58:38 -0400 (EDT) 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 9/14/95

> From: Amy L 
> For all of you notions hunters, the Singer oil cans are going for a premium
> at flea markets these days...who would have thunk it, as they say??  My
> dear-old dad bought a GORGEOUS (I'm-trying-not-to-covet-it) 1938 FW in
> August but it didn't come with an oil can.  He bought an oil can later for
> $20 at another flea.  We've since seen the cans for much more.  Who could
> imagine the fortunes of the lowly oil can would turn??

	Is this the tall green oil can that fits in the later cases or 
the cute little silver metal Singer can? Does anybody know if the silver 
ones came in Featherweight boxes, or if they were just used by Singer 

	Also, no one has mentioned the tables! I am aware of at least 
four variations, does anyone know of any others? There's the wood folding 
with wood legs, the wood folding with metal legs, the folding with an 
extension, and a burl maple desk type. I haven't actually seen the last 
two, just heard stories. Apparently the serial numbers on the folding 
tables can even match the serial numbers of the machines! 
  	And speaking of stories, can anyone verify either of these? 
According to more than one source, there was a contest between Singer 
dealers of some sort, where the 5 or so winners received *RED* 
Featherweights. And I was told recently that *BLUE* Featherweights were 
made in Germany. Does anyone know of a small blue machine they might be 
confusing with the Featherweight? Anyone else heard any good stories?

Krisi S
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 1995 20:11:00 -0400 
Subject: FW in Pittsburgh

Hi, everybody.

I acquired my 1934 FW in May from a woman in my textile arts guild. It
belonged to her mother and she learned to sew on it. The poor machine had
sat in a damp basement for the last 20 years and it had that musty smell
that everyone talks about.  During August, when it was above 90 degrees
every day -- hot and dry -- it occurred to me to put the case in the attic
to bake. It worked! The smell is no longer there! The machine works like a
dream; all I need is a handle. The one on the case is ready to fall off.

Anabeth D
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 1995 19:18:33 -0500 
Subject: For Sale

Hello All!  Singer Featherweights for sale! :)
My father, Dale Pickens has those neato little featherweights for
sale....various years, conditions, and some rare ones too!  My Dad
has the scoop on Nancy Johnson-Srebro next book.  She will be
explaining all about the accessories that come with the featherweights.

You can call him at 405 765-6125, or email me with your phone number.

My mom helps him out in this, and she is a fabric artist!

Gail P
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 95 23:59 EDT 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 9/14/95

A few days ago someone asked if the ruffler and the zigzag attachment 
were the same thing.  I don't think so.  I have a ruffler included in my 
green box.  Today at a garage sale a found a zigzag attachment for the 
221 and other machines.  It comes with four cams (I only got three) that 
allow you to zigzag and do some other decorative stitching.

Also I was interested to learn that you can use the cover for the feed 
dogs that comes with the buttonholer for free motion quilting.  What 
about using the walking foot on the featherweight?  Does that work also?

What is the general consensus on getting a quarter inch seam.  I have a 
AK model from 1952, and it has an unmarked throatplate.  I tried a little 
foot, but I didn't like sewing with a clear foot.  I don't want to put 
anything permanent like the adhesive marking paper or scratchy like the 
magnet or the screw in thing to avoid damage to the machine.  Maybe I'm 
being to "protective" -- do the magnetic things work OK?  How about the 
screw in devises?  In one of the mail order places I saw a curved seam 
allowance made of plastic that I thought might be a good bet.  Any advice?

Many thanks for the advice about which buttonholers may be used on the 

Date: Fri, 15 Sep 1995 23:53:36 -0400 (EDT) 
Subject: FW Look-Alike


I cannot find the message now, but someone wrote asking about the "Little 
Giant" sewing machine that looks like a Featherweight advertised in the 
October issue of QNM.  I decided to call today to ask about this 
machine.  It is a new machine and is made in India.  The man selling the 
machine has an antique sewing machine museum.  He also sells 

The man I talked with, Frank Smith, said he has been in the sewing 
machine business for 32 years.  He told me in detail the differences in 
the machine.  The new one is all metal, as the original, and "looks like 
the Featherweight."  The bobbin case is different.  It is in the same 
place, but made differently because it would be too costly to reproduce 
the same bobbin case.  The motor is different and the foot control is 
different.  It comes in a case similar to the original.  He said extra 
bobbins can be purchased from any sewing machine repair shop, it is not 
an uncommon size bobbin.  The attachments for the original will fit this 
"Little Giant."  It does not come with a box of attachments.

I am passing on this information only because I found it interesting, 
certainly not to encourage or discourage anyone about this machine.  
Mr. Smith says he has the only sewing machine museum in the United 
States.  Also, he said his most prized possession in the museum is 
Aunt Bea's (Andy Griffin Show) sewing machine, and it is still threaded 
with the same thread she left in it.  This museum is in Arlington, TX.

Have a good weekend!

Date: Fri, 15 Sep 1995 22:04:33 -0400 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 9/14/95

In a message dated 95-09-15 10:39:11 EDT, you write:

>and when my little friend was returned, it had a very bad mildew
>problem.  I cleaned it up, but it still has that distinctive smell :( !  I
>have tried airing, sunning, crumpled newspaper, all to no end.  I am no

Try a midl solution of spin and span with clorox.  It will not hurt the paint
and it will kill the mildew.  Be sure to rinse it off throughly and dry it.

Date: Sat, 16 Sep 1995 14:09:53 -0400 (EDT) 
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 9/15/95

> Also I was interested to learn that you can use the cover for the feed 
> dogs that comes with the buttonholer for free motion quilting.  What 
> about using the walking foot on the featherweight?  Does that work also?

	I bought the deluxe low shank walking foot from Clothilde, and 
haven't had much success. The feed dogs don't line up with the pieces of 
the foot, and the fabrics don't seem to be feeding at the same speed on 
the top and bottom of the quilt. If anyone has any hints/tricks to make 
them work better, or if anyone knows of a better matching foot, please 
respond to the list. Thanks.
Krisi S
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 1995 20:11:46 -0400 
Subject: My little FW's

My first featherweight was found in a sewing shop and I bought it for $125.
 The shop owner told me it was good for "light sewing and mending" but not
much else.  That machine was made on 12/5/49 and is a lovely machine.  It was
in perfect condition when I bought it (except one of the rubber feet had
deteriorated).  I replaced all 4 rubber feet.  It's finish is a matte
textured black, but the case was in very poor shape.  The bottom was all
falling out, etc.  I purchased one of those "About" cases, which are soft
sided.  The case is actually very nice, but I made the horrible mistake of
putting the tray back on top of the FW when I placed it in the soft case.
 When I carried it, the sides closed in on the FW and tray, and caused some
rubbing.  So my FW got a scratch down to bare metal on the head.  I
immediately removed the tray when I realized what happened, and felt
absolutely awful.  I did repair it with some matte black auto enamel, and it
looks OK, but it will never be the same there.  Of course, I never intended
to sell it, and intend to keep it for my use as long as both it and I live.

My daughter loved my FW and it was "just her size".  So, I decided to buy her
one and set about to find one for her.  The very next week, what should I
find at a garage sale but the little black case.  I bought this one for $25.
 This one was manufactured in 1951, and has the gold and blue seal of the
anniversary edition.  I have not called to find when it was made exactly.  It
is in absolutely perfect condition!    This one is the customary black gloss
with gold scrollwork.  The case is in perfect condition, and it has all its
accessories, including the green paper box and original motor grease tube,
and manual.  The box also contained information on the original owner and why
the machine was "retired."  Apparently, the owner clipped an article on
zig-zag machines, and then bought a 1961 pamphlet on them.  I guess she
decided to modernize!  Anyway, she's made my little girl a happy camper.  I
made her promise not to attempt to lift it or pick it up, and that I would
get it for whenever she wants it.  So, I do (no matter how busy I am).  I
figure that's the only way to ensure it's safety until she's a little older,
and stronger.

I had no idea until I read this list that some FW's were manufactured in
Scotland.  My dad comes from outside Glasgow and close family still reside
there.  I would love to own one!  If anyone has one for sale, I'd like to
discuss price.

I just love these machines.  They sew such a lovely stitch, and are great not
only to carry around to class, but to bring out for a quick sewing session.
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 1995 21:39:40 -0500 (CDT) 
Subject: Re: 1/4-inch seam

My Featherweight came with several feet, including a slender metal foot 
that makes a perfect 1/4-inch seam.  I think this machine is a 1954 
model, but I will need to check out the serial number to be certain.

In February, I received a summons for jury duty--my first summons ever, 
even though I've lived in Abilene for almost thirty years.  During the 
lunch break, I didn't want to go home because of the traffic, so I 
wandered across the street and into a little antique mall that I had 
never before visited.  (Thought I had visited them all, so this one was a 
surprise.)  And the first thing I saw as I walked in the door was a 
Featherweight sitting in a little glass case on the counter.  By the time 
the jury had been selected--and I was released--that Featherweight was 
sitting in my sewing room!  It came with the black case, green box, and 
several attachments.  Sews beautifully!

So the next time I receive a jury summons, who knows what I'll find at 
that antique store!

Mary Jane 
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 1995 20:01:35 -0700 
Subject: IT has arrived!

Now I understand why all the fuss!  My machine has arrived, and I can hardly
be away from it to write/read/eat/sleep....well you know the addictive
stages. It is a marvelous machine, with hardly a scratch and sews like a
dream. I especially love the 'old' smell of the case...not exactly musty,
but old. It makes me wonder at its history.  I have named her Lil T, after
my email pal who arranged it all, and we will do wondrous things together.


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