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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    ~laffin~ Don't look to me for help Iris, I'm on the same slippery slope!! ;)

    Damascus was made for Montgomery Ward, I believe in the twenties, but don't quote me on that. I do know they were made for MW, but am not sure on the dates.

    Where are the pics??? :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    I have a question for Glenn.

    I know that you really like your 66, but I'm having a heck of a time getting used to her. The VSM shop insisted I buy a zig zag foot for the ideal 1/4 inch. I swear it's wrong. I can't keep a steady 1/4 inch seam and I don't know if I'll ever piece on her. Do you have any hints? I do not want to put tape or other adhesive on her. Scared it'll ruin her beautiful finish.

    The other question I have, how can you FMQ on a 66 if you can't drop the feed dogs? Is there a plate that goes over it? The guy I got the machine from insisted that you can just remove the feed dogs, but I'm worried that will cause damage to the machine if I don't put them back in right. What would you suggest?

    Thank you. I love looking at the pics of your newest acquisition. You've been such a supporter of the 66's I'd hate to see you start using a different machine. :)
    I do not recomend the zig zag thing. I let the pressure off the foot and use the darning plate cover that fits over the feed dogs. Then you canFMQ all day long. You can buy this attachment at http://sewingmachine221sale.bizland.com/store
    I Use the seam guide that screws into the bed. I put a ruler wth the needle on the 1/4 mark and adjust the seam guide to 1/4 and it work fine because the edge of the fabric is guided by the guide. I hope this helps. You can buy this at the same place as above.
    Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    I have a question for Glenn.

    I know that you really like your 66, but I'm having a heck of a time getting used to her. The VSM shop insisted I buy a zig zag foot for the ideal 1/4 inch. I swear it's wrong. I can't keep a steady 1/4 inch seam and I don't know if I'll ever piece on her. Do you have any hints? I do not want to put tape or other adhesive on her. Scared it'll ruin her beautiful finish.

    The other question I have, how can you FMQ on a 66 if you can't drop the feed dogs? Is there a plate that goes over it? The guy I got the machine from insisted that you can just remove the feed dogs, but I'm worried that will cause damage to the machine if I don't put them back in right. What would you suggest?

    Thank you. I love looking at the pics of your newest acquisition. You've been such a supporter of the 66's I'd hate to see you start using a different machine. :)
    By the way I really don't anything can replace my like for the 66

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    Hello everyone, I am new to this topic site and vintage... Just got a new/old FW 221 ss # AG.... Anyway, she came with no attachments... I am looking at purchasing some I saw on ebay... But... Not sure if ALL attachments are the same for ALL 221 featherweights? Any help or advice you have will be greatly appreciated!! thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sede_Mae
    Hello everyone, I am new to this topic site and vintage... Just got a new/old FW 221 ss # AG.... Anyway, she came with no attachments... I am looking at purchasing some I saw on ebay... But... Not sure if ALL attachments are the same for ALL 221 featherweights? Any help or advice you have will be greatly appreciated!! thank you.
    low shank attachments will fit

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    So am I correct to assume that if it says "low shank for 221 Featherweight" ... I would be safe ? thank you very much :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    I want to show you guys another of my new ladies. Her name is Little TX Jan.
    Glenn
    Glenn that machine is drop dead gorgeous!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sede_Mae
    So am I correct to assume that if it says "low shank for 221 Featherweight" ... I would be safe ? thank you very much :-)
    For the most part, yes. I do know that my sister has our mother's FW, and the ruffler in that case does NOT fit the machine...

    In most cases tho, any vintage low shank attachments will work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste
    Well, phooey! I called about the featherweight posted on here earlier, http://sacramento.craigslist.org/clt/2656346068.html , and she said someone had clued her onto it's value and changed the price to $200 or best offer by - Sunday?.

    Was worth a 2 1/2 hour one way drive at $100. . .
    Now why do people do that! They just can't stand the idea of someone getting a really good deal. The way I look at it is if the person selling the machine doesn't do the research to find out what they have, then they deserve what they get - unless that person is somehow impaired - then that is a different situation!

    Nancy

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    We have all enjoyed seeing Glenn's beautiful restored machines. I'm here to show off one of mine tonight. She started off being called a "boat anchor" because the man that had her thought that was all she was worth. I wanted to see what I could do with her. When researching her manufacturing date, I was told she is actually a rare White Rotary machine, made September 10, 1903. When White began to make their Rotary, the serial number was completely numbers. The slide plate was a rectangle. These were made for only 8 years. They have a different bobbin case that is quite rare and an extremely rare wooden hand hole cover. As luck would have it, my machine has her bobbin cover and the only piece of her cabinet that I have is the wooden hand hole cover. The later White rotary machines were called White Family Rotary, and their serial numbers all start with the letters FR. They have a different slide plate that is called a tee shirt shaped plate.
    When I found out what a treasure she was, I decided to just leave her damaged decals and restore to as good a natural state as I could. Now I am looking for a White cabinet where she can hopefully sew again. She can't be beautiful, but she can sure shine.

    Texas Jan
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