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Thread: Featherweight advice

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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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    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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    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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    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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    My case is musty too. I'll wait to hear what others advise.

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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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    Happy for you. Your DH is awesome!

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    ask billy he will know

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    oh super DH!!

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    WOW He's a keeper. Sometimes they do things and makes you stop and think "I thought I really knew him, but?"

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    Your DH is a sweetheart :D:D:D

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    If the smell can be removed Lostn51 will know how to do it. Billy knows everthing worth knowing about vintage machines.

    What a nice thing for hubby to do! I'd keep that one downstairs in case the urge hits when you don't want to be upstairs. I have machines on both floors.

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    Try a couple of charcoal briquets in a bowl in the bottom of the case and close the case up for a couple of days. Then remove the charcoal and throw in a dryer sheet and leave that in there. These are things you probably already have in the house, rather go out and buy something special.
    Nice job Hubby... :thumbup:

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    Nanct Johnson-Srebro, who wrote 'Featherweight 221, the perfect portable' advocates several sheets of Bounce in the bottom of the box, renewed when necessary, and the smell eases up. She thinks that it is mildew spores in the glue behind the lining that causes the smell, so keeping it in dry conditions helps.

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    Wow! You have your hubby trained right! :) Congrats on your new machine~

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    This is the advise given on another group, given by an expert.

    Featherweightrx: Hello to those who have a smelly case:
    There are many things that will go into a Featherweight case in a effort to kill a bad smell. A cubic foot of concrete will do well. The only thing that works to honestly kill the bacteria that causes the smell is heat. If you live where the sun shines, and I mean hot, you can use the sun. Open the case and let it sit in the sun for a couple of days, bring it in in the evening.
    I use a 200 watt light bulb (no more, no less) on a wood base so it will not fall over. I leave it in the case (turned on, silly) for 8 hours and when I remove it the smell will be gone. I lightly mist the inside with 50/50 bleach/water and when dry I put in a little cloth tube sewn up with Dove (or who ever's) anti-bacterial bar soap grated so it fits the tube nicely and compactly. This works.

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    That was so sweet of him. What a great guy.

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    Wad up newspaper and dampen with water. Stuff the case full and close up tight for about a week. When you remove the paper the odor should be gone. Ask me how I know?

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    Stuff it with newspapers.

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    This worked for me, and my case smelled so bad that I couldn't keep it in the house! Take the machine out of the case (you are going to be sewing with it, after all) and put a couple tablespoons of ground coffee in the case. I used a couple of the Senseo coffee packs (the one cup coffee maker size) but if you don't have the individual coffee packets, put a couple tablespoons of ground coffee in a filter and tie it up into a little bundle. Then I put the case in the trunk of my car. I left it in the trunk for a week, baking in the sun. When I took the case back in the house, there was no more smell, and just a slight coffee smell. Make sure the car is in the sun, so the trunk really heats up.

    Also, if it is a black FW, there is a felt drip pad in the base of the machine. Remove the bottom and remove the pad (it is probably glued to the bottom, so remove it carefully), and glue a new pad to the bottom. Rubber cement is the recommended glue for this.

    In addition, if there is any old grease on the gears, remove it with a Q-tip swab and apply new lubricant. Be sure to use the lubricant, not oil on the gears. The old grease sometimes holds the smell, so removing it and relubing the machine will help with the smell and with the operation of the machine.

    You can get replacement pads and lubricant at 221Parts.com.

    The smell is caused by a mold in the glue they used when manufacturing case and gluing the lining on the inside. You have to kill the mold or the smell will never go away. Some of the methods will help temporarily, but as long as there is any mold alive in case, the odor will come back.

    Hope this helps.

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    You lucky girl!!! I'm so jealous.....of the Featherweight and your husband...LOL My DH wouldn't have any idea WHAT a Featherweight was let alone buy one for me :)

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    A few pieces of charcoal will do the job.I put a whole bag of charcoal in my husbands jeep and it did a fine job and it really did work.

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    WOW, where do you get a husband like that. Good job. Did you get it at the flea market in Commerce City. I have never seen a featherweight there. Dang, I wish I could get a featherweight. Enjoy yours. P.S. Nice looking cattle dog also.

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    some advise fabric sheets too, sit in sun open with sheets

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