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    Yes please show us a picture of your new machine!
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    Happy for you that it had a nice machine and not an old saw in the case. Waiting to see your new baby.
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    So,.. she's ready for her close up. The before version at least.

    Sorry to be so long gone, 3 pages of replies! Wow! Thanks for all the well wishes for her! We got home early this morning and needed some sleep, then we had someone coming for a sewing cabinet early in the afternoon, and well, here we are, late afternoon already!

    She currently has no name. We've been using Archie comics as a theme, but I can definitely make an exception. I'm guessing I'll have to sew with her before she'll whisper it to me.

    She's a little ways away from sewing. When I found her, someone had been into the bobbin area, and the dreaded "finger" was misplaced. There's also more movement in the hook area than there should be, so I think something's been put back together improperly. Lastly, the bobbin case looks to be reassembled incorrectly, so the bobbin doesn't fit into it. All things at this point, that I feel like I can fix. She has a little rust in weird places, on the chrome, a few of the screws, the bobbincase and the bobbin winder. All replaceable pieces. I will look at her right after this post and right immediately what I can, and order what I can't. Her body however, is virtually perfect. Goddess-like one could say. Any marks you see are either fingerprints from the liberal and incorrect oiling she had before we met, or just plain dirty. She will sparkle. I know it.

    Since some people asked, her adoption fee? Including sales tax: $310. I was literally shaking when we paid for her. I felt a little like I'd just gotten away with robbing a bank! I was so giddy, but still a little shocked that I'd spent that on a machine, but I have a 222! I spent the rest of the way to Calgary composing the first post in this thread. We arrived at my aunt's house within minutes of me hitting post. I do admit it though... I may have done the "toddler dance" at least once, after we'd left the store and they couldn't call us back and say we'd made a mistake.

    Joe, it was really similar. I was turning around, looking for something in the corner of my eye, like I was missing something important. Perhaps she hadn't raised her voice yet before I spotted her, only the softest whispers.

    So, without further adieu.... I give you the lady currently unnamed:

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    You have a real talent for writing Tammi.... I felt all the tension as if I was right there with you...lol.
    She's absolutely gorgeous and many "high fives" to you!

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    Love your 222 , Tammi. Wish I could find one. My brother just got a white 221, but I haven't seen it yet. Although I had to get him a bobbin case for it. I guess someone took it out. Your letter got me so excited for you. ENJOY.
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    As somone fairly new to both the QB and quilting, and especially vintage machines what is an open arm 222? What is the difference between the 221 and the 222? Thanks.
    Now proud owner of a 221.
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    Beautiful machine. I love my 222 but I usually leave it in my travel trailer and only use it in the summer when we are camping at electricity supplied campsites. So fun to set it out on the picnic table and sew. Great price, even here in Canada. Have you had a chance to get a birthdate for her yet?

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    JBeamer---differences in 221 and 222, first is the free-arm on the 222, and being able to drop the feed dogs on the 222. 222's were more widely distributed in the UK, Canada and Australia, possibly because of patents on the free arm in the USA and were manufactured in Canada and Scotland, not the USA.

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    Thanks ewecansew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzinBumble View Post
    You have a real talent for writing Tammi.... I felt all the tension as if I was right there with you...lol.
    She's absolutely gorgeous and many "high fives" to you!
    Thank you so much! The only thing I did purposely in my story telling was to not mention it was a 222 in the title. I figured springing that surprise was almost as good as being there.

    I spent the evening resolving all of her little issues. She turns beautifully now and sews a lovely stitch, just like I knew she could. I changed the belt. It was the hook that was turning too much, so her timing was off. (when I "tested" her at the shop, I removed the needle and let her try to run. I figured if there was a timing problem, I didn't need to slam the needle into anything, and knew I could deal with timing if need be. I'd already seen the finger was out of place. I was so not going to pass her up over a "service" issue.) I fixed that. Disassembled her bobbin case and cleaned it up and reassembled and it works now. Adjusted the tensions top and bottom. She's had 4 of her 5 feet changed, I have one on order. Greased her motor and gears, gave her tons of oil. (I wouldn't normally do that, but she was turning pretty poorly) Then I ran her full out for a couple of minutes, and fine tuned everything and test sewed. All in all, she needed less than $2 in parts because of what I already had here stocked.

    Hopefully tomorrow or the next day, I'll get her cleaned up and be able to post her "After" shots.


    Quote Originally Posted by Greeter Eva View Post
    Love your 222 , Tammi. Wish I could find one. My brother just got a white 221, but I haven't seen it yet. Although I had to get him a bobbin case for it. I guess someone took it out. Your letter got me so excited for you. ENJOY.
    <<<Eva>>>
    I've never seen a white 221 in person. I'd love to know what you think of it. I heard once that when people go to places that sewers congregate that it's recommended that you take your bobbin case with you, because some people will take them. I think that's terrible! DH said even if this machine was missing the bobbin case, we would have brought it home anyway. It would just have made her a $350 machine instead. He's a keeper.

    Now that she's up and running, even still grungy, I love love love her! (even more) She sounds somehow different than the 221s I have, and just purrs.

    Quote Originally Posted by JBeamer View Post
    As somone fairly new to both the QB and quilting, and especially vintage machines what is an open arm 222? What is the difference between the 221 and the 222? Thanks.
    Now proud owner of a 221.
    Judy
    I couldn't have explained it better than ewecansew. For instance, I didn't know that about the patents. I did read though that there were only something like 2000 of them officially brought to the US, so I get why you guys don't see many of them. Though my understanding was that they were all made in Scotland, and the North American machines were all fitted with 110 volt motors at the St. Jean sur Richelieu plant in Quebec (Canada). Apparently that helped Singer avoid some taxes or import fees as well, since by that time, a sewing machine wasn't complete without a motor.

    I totally can't remember where I read / heard all that though.

    Either way, they're both great machines. And they like to congregate in herds. Congrats on starting your herd.

    Quote Originally Posted by ewecansew View Post
    Beautiful machine. I love my 222 but I usually leave it in my travel trailer and only use it in the summer when we are camping at electricity supplied campsites. So fun to set it out on the picnic table and sew. Great price, even here in Canada. Have you had a chance to get a birthdate for her yet?
    Oh my!! I'm surprised you leave her out there! I'm guessing you're in the southern part of BC,.. the colder parts wouldn't be very good for her. If I left her in our trailer, she'd be a shivering mass of paint flakes and naked aluminum in no time! I mentioned to DH that maybe as a "cheaper" vacation this year, we could take the trailer out somewhere and just "be" for a bit, rather than our motorcycle trips, or whirlwind trips to the states. (though the thought of hitting a few places for machines and fabric does sound good...) I wonder what he'll think when I bring the FW out and start sewing.

    I can't believe I forgot to post her birthday info. I looked it up last night as my aunt was fawning over her.
    Her serial number was allocated February 26, 1957. On my aunt's 3rd birthday.

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    An interesting note for you Tammi. One of the accessories for the 222K is an embroidery hoop, the Singer part number is 171074. Also there were only about 1800 free arm machines were sold in the U.S. out of about 10,000 a total estimated production. My source for the information is "Featherweight 221 - The Perfect Portable" by Nancy Johnson-Srebo. If you have a Featherweight you have to get this book. The 222K is the Holy Grail of the Featherweight world.
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    Congrats!!!!

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    Oh! It's a great feeling to find one, mine was at a Antique flea market that they put on about four times a year at Ky. fairgrounds. We haven't ever found one but my husband ask a dealer if he knew anyone who had one. Well the man said he had a couple, he could bring in the next day-could I come back? Wasn't that about the silliest question you ever heard? I now own a pristine, case and all pieces FW, even the original tube of oil(dried up) for $200!

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    I do leave her out in the travel trailer. She has weathered just fine--our weather is more like Calgary. We live in north Central BC---south of PG. I would be way more concerned with Vancouver weather--way too wet for me--I don't like webbed feet.
    The birthdate for mine is Mar. 14, 1955---EK327124 and my MIL's-now owned by SIL is Mar.2, 1956--EL179751.

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    Congratulations!!!enjoy your treasure.

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    Oh my!! I just love hearing your story.... finding a 222 is like finding a needle in a haystack! I'm still looking for one to sister up with the 221s I have. So happy for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    An interesting note for you Tammi. One of the accessories for the 222K is an embroidery hoop, the Singer part number is 171074. Also there were only about 1800 free arm machines were sold in the U.S. out of about 10,000 a total estimated production. My source for the information is "Featherweight 221 - The Perfect Portable" by Nancy Johnson-Srebo. If you have a Featherweight you have to get this book. The 222K is the Holy Grail of the Featherweight world.
    I'm looking around and keeping my ear to the ground. I've put the word out about those two attachments. I saw that they were the only ones missing out of the box (that I didn't have here in other boxes) The prices on them are nuts though.

    I had that book in my hands at one point. The only reason I didn't buy it is that most of the information I saw in it, I'd seen on the Internet somewhere, and being a computer geek, I'm pretty used to asking Google before I pull out a book.

    Nancy's book said 10,000? I read 120,000 in a FW book I had here back in January. There are 15000 in the EM series of serial numbers alone... http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_mach...l-numbers.html
    Holy Grail is exactly what I called the 222 before we found one. When we found it, that's what I said to him, after the shock wore off.

    Quote Originally Posted by chichimamma View Post
    Oh! It's a great feeling to find one, mine was at a Antique flea market that they put on about four times a year at Ky. fairgrounds. We haven't ever found one but my husband ask a dealer if he knew anyone who had one. Well the man said he had a couple, he could bring in the next day-could I come back? Wasn't that about the silliest question you ever heard? I now own a pristine, case and all pieces FW, even the original tube of oil(dried up) for $200!
    That's so funny that he wouldn't think you'd come back for it. I'd love to see a pic! I haven't had a chance to clean this one up, other than getting her sewing. I had a couple of busy days trying to earn back the money I paid out to adopt her.

    Quote Originally Posted by ewecansew View Post
    I do leave her out in the travel trailer. She has weathered just fine--our weather is more like Calgary. We live in north Central BC---south of PG. I would be way more concerned with Vancouver weather--way too wet for me--I don't like webbed feet.
    The birthdate for mine is Mar. 14, 1955---EK327124 and my MIL's-now owned by SIL is Mar.2, 1956--EL179751.
    Yeah, I used to summer in Vancouver with my mom, that sort of moisture is tough on a prairie girl. I had bad hair days the entire summer. So you don't tend to get the really hard freezes then that we do. That's what hurts them. I once saw a shed full of the old black machines, and tons of them had the alligator finish from freezing and thawing. Poor things, I wanted to rescue them all, but he wanted real money for them.

    How lucky for you to have 2 of them in the family. I think I've decided to call her Billy. Billy's serial number is EM235013 or EM236013, I'm not 100% sure,.. but I think I thought it was a 5 the night I got her. DH swears it's a 6.
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    So enjoyed reading about your find and sharing with us. We can all hope
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    Wow! This is the first time I heard of a 222 magically turning up! Great deal, great find - she will be an awesome lady to work with. What will you name her??
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    Congrats on your awesome find!
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    Ok,.. so here are her photos (with a big finger print on her arm, sorry) . I polished her up with Carnuba wax like Dave McCallum suggests, but I'm just not happy with the shine. I know she can do better, but I'm not sure why the shine isn't coming up. Every time I've polished this way, the shine seems poorer than with the oil. (I know oil will shine, but it also tends to get everywhere) Any tips would be appreciated. I've polished bikes and cars and gotten good results, so I'm not sure what I'm doing differently, besides the high speed buffer....

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    Her temporary name, Billy, doesn't seem to be sticking. I will have to think on it more. I'll try to sew on her tomorrow or the next day and see if she whispers it to me.

    She's clean and working really well. I'm a little paranoid though that her timing may be 100% wrong (per this blog post on DM's site: http://www.featherweight221.com/fwrx...90945681635231 ) but she sews, and I guess other than comparing her to a 221, I have to assume it's OK. We didn't change her timing much, only "squared it up" and tightened the set screws that were loose when she came home.

    I've been chatting with Glenn Williams about the case. I ordered keys for her, as well as a couple other things I need for the FW herd, and we determined that the case is a bit of a mystery. It should have British locks, but it has the American version of the FW locks. I'm not sure if they were changed, or what, but it's definitely a 222 case.

    He also had the Embroidery hoop and darning foot that she's missing, so I ordered it all at the same time. Boy I'm not looking forward to my CC statement this month. The important part though is she's home, healthy, happy and being used.

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