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Thread: The Conclusion of My Featherweight Story

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    The Conclusion of My Featherweight Story

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    I received my ebay featherweight about 3 days ago with a tangled bobbin thread - I tried to unscrew the faceplate, the first step to removing the bobbin case to clear the tangle - but I couldn't unscrew the faceplate - it was too tight! So... after reading some online reviews, I brought it to a local sewing machine/vaccuum shop to see what they would charge to help me unscrew the faceplate and MAYBE clear the bobbin tangle. The lady at the shop was super nice and said, "It's almost Thanksgiving, so I'll do it for you"... and she did not charge! (My husband suggested I get her a Starbucks gift card... I'm gonna do that!) She went beyond the call of duty - not only did she clear the bobbin tangle, she adjusted the tension to test the stitch, heard something funny, changed the needle (that was very old and slightly bent), and then pronounced it better.
    She also showed me where the power receptacle (?) in the machine was cracked and a bit of plastic was missing. (See picture). It should be safe, though, right?
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    Before I put the machine away, she looked at the bottom of the machine and warned me that the wires were wrapped with something with lead in it, and that when I got home I should consider getting that wrap removed and rewrapped at some point, if I was going to do a lot of sewing. I asked her how much they would charge, and she said they would do the wrap but also a complete tuneup, at about $129 - a bit steep for my budget right now. Any thoughts about the wrapping on the wires? (they're kinda whitish/grayish on the upper left portion of the picture)
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    So, she has a nice stitch, but since there is a newborn here at my daughter's house, to be super careful, I won't really un the machine until I get back home. Attached are some pictures - it came with a case and both clasps work, only a slight musty smell, and some attachments - I'll give my guess as to what they are! Top row: binder, ruffler, edge stitcher, ???; second row: foot hemmer, ???, ??? what this piece of black plastic is!
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    Thanks for reading this long post - and for all the helpful comments to my other posts. All in all, I'm very pleased with my purchase!

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    none of your pic's came thru

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    At least you got her working! Congratulations on your new FW. I know you will enjoy her so much. I just love mine.

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    I've seen pics of several machines with the lead around the wiring. It's there for a reason although since I don't have the machine in front of my face I can't look it over and say what.

    If the plastic connector block is just cracked you could probably fix it with some super glue or epoxy if it's clean enough.

    Try the pics again and we'll be better able to judge what's wrong.

    Joe

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    I haven't had trouble posting pictures before - dunno why it didn't work this time - I'll try again - first, pics of the machine, then the cracked receptacle, the wiring, the serial number, and the feet. Hope it works!

    Thanks for all!
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    Nice machine.

    The receptacle can be replaced rather easily if needed. As long as it works I wouldn't worry about it too much.

    The lead wrapped around the wires is there to keep then out of the gears. The lead is not a problem. The fuzzy white stuff is however. Lead oxide is toxic if you ingest it. What I'd do is carefully paint the lead with shellac an leave it right there.

    Joe

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    Get her all fixed up, then give her a name. She is sure a cutie!

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    Guess what, I think I have names for my 2 machines - the 301 is "Sweetie" and the featherweight is "Cutie" ! (at least for now).

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    Another great resource for Featherweight education is Nova Montgomery. Her website is: http://www.novamontgomery.com/. My husband and I took her Featherweight maintenance class last February and she is awesome. Take a look at her site and enjoy your new baby.
    Betty, Georgetown TX

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    Thanks Betty, I hadn't seen her site before, and it's nice she's in the Huntsville area - I'm in Houston.

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    You can buy inexpensive new rubber feet for your featherweight. Good investment as it will keep it from scratching and make it level for sewing.

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    Thanks so much for Nova's site....

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Nice machine.

    The receptacle can be replaced rather easily if needed. As long as it works I wouldn't worry about it too much.

    The lead wrapped around the wires is there to keep then out of the gears. The lead is not a problem. The fuzzy white stuff is however. Lead oxide is toxic if you ingest it. What I'd do is carefully paint the lead with shellac an leave it right there.

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    I am a neophite at FW so excuse this question, but I must ask it: RE: fuzzy white stuff......do all FW have this lurking on their underside???? I have just acquired one, and when I am thru reading thru this board I am going to go down to my sewing room and turn it upside down and take a peak.......if it has this fuzzy white stuff, where do I get this shellac mentioned as a fixer-upper.......thanks for the info.............

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    Her class is a one-day, hands-on class and is worth every penny. We had a nice weekend out of town, and learned tons about Featherweights. I have *several* of the little cuties and found out from her class that I didn't know half of what I thought I knew about them. LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Nice machine.

    The receptacle can be replaced rather easily if needed. As long as it works I wouldn't worry about it too much.

    The lead wrapped around the wires is there to keep then out of the gears. The lead is not a problem. The fuzzy white stuff is however. Lead oxide is toxic if you ingest it. What I'd do is carefully paint the lead with shellac an leave it right there.

    Joe
    Hi Joe,
    With these older machines, and cabinets, are there other issues with lead? Where is the best place to find information on this? Thank you!
    Anamaria
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    Joe, are you sure that's lead? Ellie, what year is the machine? Late 40s to early 50s FWs had some aluminum wiring so it could be aluminum rot.

    What a pretty little machine. This one makes me want one - at least for a minute.

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    Irishrose - the machine is from 1950 - it's a pretty machine, and I'm anxious to get her going... but now I'm getting shy about running it and properly maintaining it!

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