Sandy Hicks:Course I'm not sure that being in the same class with Spud and Judy make me un-weird!
You are a charter member of the BSC club, aren't you?! ROFLOL!
Jo Ann Simmons:Thanks ladies for ensuring me I am OK!!!
Gee, Jo Ann, I'm not sure that we said you were OK <snicker, snicker>; we just implied that the weird-o's all do the same thing! Blonde Space Cadet Club is growing by leaps and bounds! :-)
Masufa, Looks right to me but know that you can put your foot up on the level part so that your insteep or even your heel makes the contact with the part that goes up and down . What ever works for you! If all else fails I would take it in to a reputable store and ask if that was an original part of if it maybe was transfered from some other machine. I have a machine from the early sixties with the same type of control on it . You should get it checked out because you wouldn't want to burn out your motor with it going too fast.! I mentioned your problem to my husband and he said that it could possibly have a short in the control foot and it could be advancing too far ahead on the reostate. Have it checked out !
P.....s I work with shoes or barefoot. K White
K, it is the right foot for the machine, my machine is from the early 60's and this foot is the one shown in the manual. I had the machine serviced right after I bought it so I think I just need to practice more control.
99.9% of the time barefoot
email@example.com:my foot peddle it the one with a little button on one side that you push to make it go I have to take my shoes off and use my toe. Then it really takes off, I have to learn more control because right now it only has one speed FAST.
You know, I just had another thought. Maybe the foot control needs to be cleaned. It may be sticking/sticky/not going because it has dirt and grime in it. I think I'd take it to a sewing machine repair person and see if s/he can clean it. It shouldn't cost very much.
I just had to share my great find today hubby and I went garage saleing and while at one garage sale I noticed this little black box with a bunch of thread all jumbled up on top so I had to check it out and what to my surprise was a 1949 black featherweight in the case with all attachments in mint condition. The lady said it had belonged to her mother and she wanted 75.00 for it I offered her 50 and she said sure. My hubby was standing there saying what do want that old thing for I could hardly contain myself until we got to the car to tell him what it was really worth. Then he starts saying things like well who are yo going to sell it to .....SELL IT!! is he nuts. I'm so excited
Congratulations on your find - and no if I had one i wouldn't sell it either... Good buy!
Wow! Ya done good, Masufa!
nice find masufa, happy quilting with your new baby. gini
gini in north idaho
Masufa, what a fantastic find. It's really hard to luck up on a FW where the seller doesn't know its value. Congrats
Hi. I am new to all of this, so please bear with me. My name is Christine, and I love to Quilt. I also love to sew, and I have....... two treadles. A Singer and a Davis. I love to use them, because they make such nice stitches, and sound wonderful. I am interested in getting a Feather Weight, but I don't know where to get one.
Hi, Christine! I welcomed you on the UFO Giveaway thread, but I'll welcome you here, too. :-)
As for the FW, sometimes you luck out and can buy them at yard sales. A friend on my quilt list found one at a yard sale this summer and she paid $10 for it! Can you believe that? Someone here, in fact I think it's earlier in this thread, found one this weekend for $50. You can look on ebay for them. I did purchase one for my aunt, but the description and what I received were slightly different. For instance, there was no mention of an order, and this one smelled like it had been in a basement for years; and there was no mention of the chipped paint. I was able to buy a little bottle of black car paint and fixed the chips. I wrote to the Featherweight guy (can't remember the URL, but I can find it if you need me to. I think it's www.featherweight221.com) and he told me he uses car paint. I'm not familiar with craigslist, but there may be something there, too.
I think I would do an internet search and see what you can find. You might also keep an eye on the classified ads in your newspaper. Sometimes they show up there, but they usually aren't listed as FW but as little sewing machines.
I know that others on this list will have great suggestions for you.
BTW, I, too, have a treadle. It was my grandmothers and has a shuttle as opposed to a bobbin if I remember correctly. Obviously, I haven't used it in 40 years!
Thank you for the warm welcomes. I will take you ideas, and really start looking around. It seems that back east is where you can find more opportunity for items of that nature. But I love antiques! I guess thats why I love quilting. So many memories with Grandma, and relatives!
I learned to sew on a treadle, with all the bells and whistles. I would love to have one now. I loved the way you could control the speed and also all the marvelous gadgets.
I have a featherwight in pristine condition. All the orginal parts, oil and even the needles. It is a dream to sew on, like you said it is marvelous for straight stitching.
Hi Christine. Don't know if I've welcomed you yet, so Welcome! I have a FW and I love it. I've been checking Craig's list for treadle machines and I have noticed a couple of FW's on there so be sure to include Craigs in your search. The good thing about finding them on Craig's List is that you can see it before you buy it, unlike E-bay. Good luck and let us know what you find.