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Thread: Featherweight advice

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    Senior Member Rita's mom's Avatar
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    My husband took the first part of this week off to irrigate our pasture for the last time this year. After we shut off Wed. morning we decided to go to one of our favorite flea markets. While we were there we saw a featherweight sewing machine for alot less than they usually sell for around here. We made a few comments like I wonder what is wrong with it and I wonder why it is so cheap. Well to make a long story short when we sat down after dinner last night I noticed my featherwieght sitting by the TV so I asked everyone who brought my sewing machine upstairs???( I already have a featherweight) Well it wasn't my machine it was the one from the flea market! My husband went and bought it yesterday on his lunch break and had just sat it there waiting for me to notice it. Ha Ha! That is one of the sweetest things he has done in a long time, he is not one to do things like that so I was really surprised. It seems to be in very good shape and sews really well. I'm taking it in today to have it cleaned and checked out, but it seems like everything is ok with it and the finish is in great shape. I have only found one problem with it, the case is in good shape but smells awful!!! I was wondering if anyone had any experience with getting the cases to clean up and smell better? I know alot of you have featherweights and might of had this problem too. Also I was wondering, my machine has a plain plate to the right of the needle but this new machine has one that has the 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8 and 3/4 lines marked on it. Does anyone know if this came on some models or if it is an aftermarket thing maybe added for quilting? I haven't looked at that many to notice if it is something some models had. Thanks for listening :)

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    Power Poster CarrieAnne's Avatar
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    Aw, what a sweet husband! Does the case smell mildewy? Maybe spray it with Lysol and set in the bright sunshine for a day or two?

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    Power Poster sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
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    Awwwwwwwwww, that is the sweetest hubby you have!! Thanks for the story.
    Do a search here- lots of solutions for musty cases.
    I think that size plate was a later thing. Nice to have.
    Now you can have double the fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D:D

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    Nice suprise! I don't have a featherweight but I've heard that can be a problem with the cases. I have used activated charcoal to remove mustiness from a trunk we bought in the past. Might help your case, too.

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    Super Member MaryStoaks's Avatar
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    Some of the featherweights came with the marking on the plate, some didn't. It may depend on what year you have.

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    Senior Member sew_lulu's Avatar
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    My case is musty too. I'll wait to hear what others advise.

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    Power Poster dkabasketlady's Avatar
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    My case also had a musty smell and I sprayed mine with Febreze several times and set it outside in the sunshine to air out. It took me a few times doing this, but now it smells sooooo good!

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    Senior Member stpatmom's Avatar
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    Happy for you. Your DH is awesome!

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    Super Member azdesertrat's Avatar
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    ask billy he will know

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    oh super DH!!

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