"Today, while working on my winter wonkies, the lcd touchscreen on my sewing machine died :-( Not sure when I can replace it - they are so expensive! I am afraid I will have to drop out of the swap. I am so sorry, especially…"
"Thanks for the explanation Pat. I wish I could see your work in person so that I could get a better feel for your technique! I have tried Steam a Seam 2 but have had less than good luck with it. Perhaps because I don't always…"
Susan that is an awesome quilt, I'm glad you posted it. I also was shy about entering in our county fair, but my quilt shop owner encouraged me a couple of years ago and I have since won several red and 1 blue ribbon---keep up the good work
you are most welcome, susan. i worry sometimes about some of the 'gerneralities' drifting around here and other great places to hang and visit and learn. don't usually comment about them ...but after reading your note...decided to add my two-cents worth to the issue of basically pampering the sturdy little fw by 'not putting too many miles on'. even the motor if maintained properly should be good for a million miles or more :)). be sure to look up the david callum..mc callum ??? site...he is full of useful info.i use zapmeta..has always been better than google...i think it still is. so here is a page for all things featherweight 221. it includes a site which has available for sale the book by nancy johnson sebro, a blog about the care and maintenance. one where you can download a copy of the owners manual.
i sometimes have to giggle a bit. after sewing on my machine for over 40yrs, using it ...appreciating it's versatiliy and sturdyness....and lightness when i started going to quilting seminars and group meets. all of a sudden my little work horse is a little 'treasure' and featherwts seem to have become the most sought after of the old machines...even it there are others that are more technically better...more stitches etc.
oh well. i will continue just to appreciate my 'gift' from gramma, and use it till it goes on to one of my grdaughters. i hope :))
hi susan. just read the note that you sent to the featherwt group. don't see it in any of the discussions. so sharing my thoughts on your query here. my fw was used by my gramma to make most of my clothing in fifties. i inherited it fr her estate in late sixties. i used it extensively for many years. i sewed much of my clothing. moved a lot...made a lot of curtains custom fitted table cloths, draperies ...you name somthing that can be sewed on a sewing machine and i did it with my little fw. then early 80's i decided for sewing the sweatshirt type materials and other knits - making clothes then for both my son and i, plus married a construction guy and we continued my love of relocating ...often .. moving...a lot, i was all that time still making clothing and household articles. bottom line --- i have read many comments in the fw group re: not wanting to "put too many miles" on their machines. these little machines ...in fact probably any machines made before we started building them out of plastic gears, shafts etc...would hold up to a lot more "miles" than the machines manufactured in recent years. they are all metal, they are tough. the finish is called japan black. is sturdy but should be treated with a bit of respect...ergo-good if you have the case. when i fist started using mine many years ago, i had not been taught the care and maintenance of sewing machines and was always having timing issues with my fw. a kind, older repair guy...wrote a note [which is still in the case] and put it in with my machine when he finished fixing it for me....again. :)) his note explained about tension setting and needles - sizes for diff fabrics and little things that basically are basic rules for use ...well for any machine. go on the net...search featherwts. you can find the yr yours was made...info on singer site, david...i think the last name is mc callum...not sure...but when you search fw his site will be there among all the others. he specialized in older machines. i have his book on the care and maintenance of featherwts also the book by nancy johnson-sebro. both books excellent...and tho care & maintenance is purpose of both...both have diff approach and lots of historical trivia re: these remarkable ...sturdy .....will run forever machines. enjoy...you have a treasure.
added note...like any mechanized piece of equipment...if it is not used it will deteriorate. anything with moving parts...electrical components....need to be run. just like a car...the lubricants can settle and pool, there are a host of issues ...so use it...you won't make it last any longer by not using it. and i have avoided using any 'cleaning' products on mine...the beautiful gold leaf trim is gold leaf for real and fragile. many well used machines ...including mine to some tiny bit..but i have seen some that the leaf is completely wiped off in wear areas of the body. careful of storage...moisture can cause damage to the japan black finish.
and use it. mine outlived gramma...and it is going to outlive me :))))
.......and welcome to My Quilt Place and the fw group.