======================================== Case Information for the Featherweight ======================================== Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 17:04:15 -0400 (EDT) From: Kristina Santilla email@example.com 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 AJ's. ---------------------------- Date: Tue, 26 Sep 1995 11:08:54 -0500 From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Featherweight info Saw the item about clips in the FW cases. There are two types of FW cases one with the lift out tray and one with the tray fastened to the left inside wall. Both types have a clip which takes an oval shaped oil can. Also on the inside of the tray are some little hooks. These are for hanging the Singer screwdriver, which is formed from heavy wire and looks something like a button hook. I've found both items in antique shops usually the oil can is pricey and the screwdriver can be found in the "smalls" box with button hooks and bottle openers. ---------------------------- Date: Wed, 4 Oct 1995 11:15:54 -0400 From: DLanton@aol.com Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 10/3/95 Karen Nantz was asking if anybody knew of the FW carrying cases....Well, I just bought one manufactured by C & L Enterprises. It's a padded nylon case with a double zipper. It also has a zippered front pocket for foot pedal, book, etc., plus heavy duty handles and a detachable padded shoulder strap. It comes in red and black, costs $55 plus $5 shipping/handling. I really like mine and would highly recommend it. Their address and phone number is as follows: C & L Enterprises P.O. Box 289 Quincy, IL 62306 Phone: (217) 222-8910 Fax: (217) 222-6053 Hope this helps! ---------------------------- Date: Thu, 5 Oct 1995 13:20:57 -0400 (EDT) From: Marilyn Root email@example.com Subject: Soft Case^?^? Someone was asking where to get the soft case made for FWs. I found an ad in the current QNM. The price is $55 plus $5 s & h. The address is: Jean S. Lyle P.O. Box 289 Quincy, IL 62306 Phone is 217-222-8910. ---------------------------- Date: Fri, 6 Oct 1995 01:35:02 -0400 From: LyndaQults@aol.com Subject: Carrying Cases I just got back from spending the day at PIQF including 4 straight hours of "white-gloving"I was disappointed to only see 3 or 4 featherweights for sale. None of them were very exciting and the least expensive was $450. There were 2 tables for sale, both with metal legs , priced at 400+ incredible. only one of the machines was scroll faced. But the intereesting thing that I did find was the "About case. It's a pack cloth padded case with full zipper designed to open like a bakery cake box so that you dont have to lift the machine up to get it out of the box. It is also sized so that if you have an older case, it too will fit inside the carrier. My AG machine case fits, but my AM case does not. The carrier also has a belt inside to hold your featherweight securely if you do not have a case. The carrier has 2 pockets suitable for books, but not for the foot pedal, but thats no problem,because with the extension folded up in the normal carrying position, there is room to put the footpedal safely on the base of the carrier. It also has a shoulder strap as well as handles. I liked it so much that I bought one even though my cases are in good condition. I figure that when i travel I can use the extra protection for my treasure and I know that the shoulder strap will come in handy. Now, after that glowing review, believe it or not, I am not related to the manufacturer. I just thought that this was a great product that you might like to know about. The carriers come in 3 colors, NAVY, PURPLE AND BLACK, and cost 56.00 the 800# is 441-9168. Please remember that it will not fit the AM and later cases, but if you have a machine with no case, this just might be the solution for you. Lynda ---------------------------- Date: Fri, 6 Oct 1995 12:44:09 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Gordon D. Jones) Subject: FW's and other Singers Didn't get this posted yesterday, spent the day at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, CA with my Wife. This is one of the biggest and best of the quilt shows. Lots and lots of beautiful quilts. The "best of show" was won by a lady I know, who teaches at the same quilt shop I do. Her prize is a new Bernina of her choice and some cash. While I was there, I ran accross another case for Featherweights. This looks like a well made case, it has soft padded sides, and a stiff bottom with lots of pockets for accessories. Comes in Navy, purple, and black and sells for 55.95 plus shipping. Can be ordered from: A'BOUT P. O. BOX 2294 MT. PLEASANT, TX 75456 1-800-441-9168 903-572-4109 I also bought an oval Singer oil can for my FW. ---------------------------- Date: Sat, 7 Oct 1995 21:35:42 -0400 From: Silkeee@aol.com Subject: re: About Case This case was described in todays (10/6) digest, and is the case I chose to replace my FW case cause the bottom was falling out. I really like it. I had the opportunity to compare it to Jean Lyle's case while at the Lancaster show and felt that it was a better case because of its heavier construction and padded sides. While a very nice case, Mr. Lyle's seemed more like a square bowling bag with only one layer of material on the sides. They were approximately the same money, so I chose the About case. I've been very pleased with it. Just remember NOT to put your little tray in it on top of the machine. Margaret ---------------------------- Subject: FW Case Keys Date: Sun, 15 Oct 95 1:10:38 -0500 From: Terry Sampson email@example.com -- [ From: Terry Sampson * EMC.Ver #2.5.03 ] -- Several of my FW's were missing the keys to their cases so I took one of the keys to a locksmith and he was able to pretty closely match the key. A FW key cannot be "cut" from a blank key. These keys are ordered from a catalog and come pre-cut. Both locksmiths in my town had the same catalog. One had the keys in stock for $1.00 each; the other had to order them and said they would arrive in four days (I'm in Montana). The only difference: The original key is about 1/3 thicker than the new key. Because of this the new key fits like one of those cheap keys in children's tin banks, but it works . Ask for Ilco T60 (that's ilco T60). Take your box with you to make sure it works. Both locksmiths asked to see my box. If anyone else has info on keys I'd like to know about it. I have two styles of cases. ---------------------------- Date: Wed, 8 Nov 1995 09:27:56 -0500 From: Calypsew@aol.com Subject: Replacement cases & FW Prices Last Christmas, DH purchased a very nice replacement case for me and my FW, because I take her to classes and wanted to keep my original case in good condition. He purchased it at the Pincushion Boutique in Davis, CA for $75. It is a wooden case, the size, shape and weight of the original. The number for Pincushion Boutique is 916-758-3488. Everytime I take my machine out with this case, other owners ask me about how to get one. I am sure the cordura bags are nice, too, but this case is as classy as FW. ---------------------------- Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 16:54:55 -0800 From: Lisa Yee Estrada firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: wooden replacement case for Featherweights Ricki (Calypsew@aol.com) wrote: > Last Christmas, DH purchased a very nice replacement case for my > FW, because I take her to classes and wanted to keep my original > case in good condition. He purchased it at the Pincushion Boutique > (916/758-3488) in Davis, CA for $75. It is a wooden case, the size, > shape and weight of the original. Every time I take my machine out > with this case, other owners ask me about how to get one. I am sure > the cordura bags are nice, too, but this case is as classy as FW. I just called Pincushion, and they do not sell these anymore. However, they are going to find out if they can get them in stock or let me know who makes them (someone in southern California). Also, the $75 was a markdown. She believes the original price was between $125 and $200 (!!!). I'll let the list know more when I get a call back from them. Do any of the southern California list members know about this? I was hoping that this would be my Christmas present but at that price... ---------------------------- Date: Mon, 20 Nov 1995 16:34:47 -0500 From: email@example.com (Kim Mehalick) Subject: interesting things I learned at the singer line today 2. The Singer customer service gave me the name of a man in Kansas(?) Andy Fields. His number is 913-566-3788. He makes both a reproduction wooden case, and a reproduction table. His cases are wooden, with a handle and painted black. They sell for $55 plus shipping and handling. The reproduction tables are $198. They have wooden legs with black enamel trim and the top is a natural birch top. I have not seen his stuff, but would love to know if anyone has seen his case, and if it is worth the money. ---------------------------- Date: Fri, 01 Mar 1996 11:05:08 EST From: BXTJ10A@prodigy.com ( ALTON DAVIS) Subject: Featherweight Case Handles If you need a handle for your Featherweight case a possible source might be your local music store. We have a music store which sells instruments to the local high school and they have a guy who repairs the instrument cases. He comes in once a week to pick up broken cases and leave the ones he's repaired. He didn't have any handles but let me look through his catalogs and I found some made of leather that are very close to the originals. The only problem was that he rarely orders from that company and their minimum order was $50.00 so I now have 3 extra handles which I will sell for $12.00 ea. if anyone needs one and can't get it locally. He also had latches which work just fine but don't look like the originals. Al in IL ---------------------------- Date: Mon, 18 Mar 1996 20:36:35 EST From: FRXV68A@prodigy.com (MR J JOSEPH HURRAY) Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 3/18/96 Hi Fanatics- For anybody that may not have a carrying case for their featherweight, I can supply black foreign made cases that are very similar to the original case. They are leatherette covered and have key-locking latches. Pretty good quality for the money and quite sturdy. $36 plus shipping. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information. ---------------------------- Date: Tue, 11 Jun 1996 17:33:29 -0400 From: TJanson280@aol.com Subject: Featherweight's black box Hello Fellow FWF's! I just wanted to tell everyone what I had done to my "black" FW box. The carrying box that came with my FW machine was totaled out. A real mess!!! It had sat in a mildew basement for a long time by the looks and SMELL of it! PHEW!! Anyway, the black cloth was very loose and barely attached on the edges only. Amazingly enough though, both the latches and handle were intact. I've heard that a few people have refinished the wood underneath, so I gave it a whirle. After ripping (holding my nose at the same time) the mildewy black cloth off, I had to re-glue most of the box. It had come apart all over. The bottom was out and the lid fell off, along with a lot of places on the sides. Each side of the box is made up of about 4 sections of wood in varying widths and then glued together. The corners are "finger jointed" (notches that interlock together with the other side corners). This helped in the re-glueing process. After glueing, I sanded it well and stained it with "Min-wax" puritain pine color, painted the inside with black paint, then varnished it. WellAhhhh!!! I now have a beautiful wood stained box for my FW to reside in. It really does look nice and smells a whole lot better too! It's not "black" anymore but heck, it's still my FW box, and now usuable. So don't give up hope if your FW box is a disaster. I'm here to say "What's underneath is just as beautiful (if not more!)" :))) -------------------------- Date: Sun, 06 Dec 1998 07:23:51 -0500 From: Mark & Linda Heminway email@example.com Subject: Re: smelly machine Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Cheryl said: I have a featherweight that I love but my family thinks it smells.
If I have had it out during the day and put it away before husband comes home, he says he can still "smell" that machine and I haven't even told him I was using it. > > This weekend my 12 year old daughter and I are going to a quilt camp and I > want her to enjoy the sewing time - how can I make my featherweight smell > "fresh"? First, leave the machine out of it's case for awhile. Most of the machines pick up the odor from their cases, I believe it is the glue used in the cases that creates that lovely smell. Put the case with an opened box of safeguard soap in a sealed plastic bag aside for at least three weeks. Then, if you want to to eliminate the odor from the machine, take off the plate from the bottom of the machine. You will find a felt like gasket under that plate. Take it out and trace it onto an old pizza box or other similar cardboard. Cut out the new replacement gasket and put it in place of the felt like one. The felt like material can absorb odors and make the machine smell badly, also the spool felt can absorb odors as well. You can get replacement spool felt discs at any Singer dealer. Once you have replaced these felt items, and leave the machine out of the case for a few weeks, the machine's odor should go from strong to mild and possibly nonexistent over time. This idea was suggested to me a long time ago by the late Dale Pickens and it works like a charm. I have tried so many methods, in the past, to get my case to smell better, including airing outdoors, activated charcoal, baking soda, fabric softener sheets, baking soda, cedar, etc., etc. and nothing works like the safeguard soap - no other brand seems to do the trick. BTW, the odor won't leave completely, but I keep the opened box of soap in my case all the time and it is just "ok" with that. I only put the machine in the case to transport from one place to another, then it is taken out immediately once I am at my destination. One other thing, I saved the original felt gasket from the underside of my FW, the pizza box remains in place. I sealed it in a zip lock bag (so it didn't smell up other things) and just left it. I didn't want to discard any original parts to my machine. Linda ------------------------ Date: Wed, 8 Oct 1997 14:32:48 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Lynn Laughrin) Subject: FW case odor I have been following the trail of FW case odor and offer these hints from my experience. I too am highly allergic to molds and have a violent sneezing and shortness of breath when opening the FW case, so I am pretty convinced that white powdery stuff is mold. My guess is that in the history of these FW cases that most were stored on the floor of a dark closet until needed. Not likely that the original owners kept the case in a dry, airy place for too long if the machines were originally purchased for mending. (we make much better use of them nowdays!) POSSIBLE SOLUTION: I wiped the inside and outside of my FW case with Lysol and put it in the sun to dry. This was not too effective since in near the beach in SO CA near it is never really "dry". Baking soda had only minimal effect and did not get rid of the odor. BETTER SOLUTION: So I came up with the following for mild mold cases based on a theory about glue. 1.Keep the FW case in a dry upstairs room, up off the floor, with lots of air circulation. Never in a dark closet or on the floor. 2. Place GEL SILICATE packages in the case when it is closed. I got several in boxes along with new shoes. These little packages absorb the moisture inside the case. So far, the odor is greatly reduced and no new white mold has grown on either the inside or outside of the case in 2 years. The odor is very slight and I can live in the same room with the case. 3. Perhaps those of you who have had success with other remedies live in dryer climates for at least part of a year. Near the beach we experience dampness and fog daily so there is no way to get the case completely dry, but providing the gel silicate bags seems to do a pretty good job in creating a better environment for the inside of the case. It might be better for the machine too as it would cut down on moisture trapped inside and prevent rust to machine parts. This is just a guess, but I think the GLUE used in the case construction is the reason why FW is the culprit. My case has a vinyl cloth on the inside and that would certainly trap moisture between the box and the cloth. Hide, rabbit skin,animal hoofs and blood are often used in woodworking and to "paper" or size canvas. I remembered that in art class we learned to prepare rabbit skin glue/sizing for our oil paint canvases. Each can of dry crystals came with a gel silicate package inside and we were instructed to keep the glue crystals in a dry place. Our instructor told us that rabbit skin glue (and I would guess this is true for hide or hoof glues too) tends to mold easily. This type of glue is effective in sealing the linen canvas from the paint oils and in drawing up the canvas tight to the frame. It occured to me that perhaps these older FW cases might be made from pressed cardboard, wood or pressed sawdust and they may have used this cheap and effective glue. All the hide glues are still used in industry and for woodworking, although there are better glues available today. The glue crystals, prepared with hot water, will deteriorate quickly and mold when cooled--they must not have been stabilized with an agent to prevent molds. It is highly likely that these cases were made with animal glues, but even if wheat paste glues were used, the result would also be mold formation. Anyway, that's my two cents worth. Hope it helps. --Lynn Lynn Laughrin (email@example.com) ---------------------------- From: Sue Arnold firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Soft, padded FW Case Hi, I just returned from a 5-day weekend (the best kind) with my mini-quilt group. Four of us transported our FWs by plane. In order to cut down on weight I put mine into a Rubbermade File box (they fit perfectly), but the handle is VERY uncomfortable. As I plan to take my machine away for weekends often, I'd love to locate one of the soft padded cases I used to see for sale at big quilt shows. I apologize if I could find this quickly looking at the various web sites, but if they're still available and someone could let me know where. . .I'd certainly appreciate it. I haven't kept up with the list for months, so I'm sorry to ask if I should know where to look. BTW, I had a wonderful time piecing on my FW--hadn't used it for years--since I got my Bernina 1130, I guess, but it's heavy!