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The FW shop is good, the Henry's are good people. There's also http://www.quilters-connection.com/ Not as big as the FW Shop but I like the personal service and his Facebook page better.
I like the Singer Featherweight shop. It has a lot of neat stuff.
I also found this fellow on facebook and he has literally tons of stuff for sale. Warehouse FULL of machines, parts etc. He put videos of him bringing a truck load of machines on his FB page. Amazing.
There is a fellow in Clyde Ohio that services featherweight. Got into the business to save money from his wife needing her machines fixed etc. I think he does more than old Singers though.
He will no longer ship machines though as he had a customers machine badly damages even with a double crating.
We sewing/quilting gals are a breed all our own. LOL
Here's my sweet little Fannie Sew - 1952
Someone just told me a week ago that they make some kind of device that lets you have your Aurifil thread lay sideways when sewing. I have to find one. I love piecing with Aurifil.
Here is what they have designed for vintage Singers:
I piece with Aurafil on my FW too and upright I don't have trouble... or at least I'm too ignorant to see it.
Thanks, Judy. I need to buy one of those. I use my FW quite a bit.
I've been using my Aurifil upright also but I know it is designed to be used horizontal. I can't remember why. Such is old age. sigh............
Aurifil is crosswound on the spool.
When Featherweights and other vintage machines were invented there was no such thing as a crosswound spool of thread; all threads were "stacked" on the spool. Then for some reason the European threads came on the market as crosswound and were loaded on the machines horizontally.
(Anyone know why that was done?)
I have one of these at every machine. They are pretty handy.
The larger cones are great and I use smaller empty Aurifil orange spools inside the cones to make them not wiggle so much.
I like that they are adjustable so I can make them the best height for each machine.
I have one at every machine too, but I just made my own. I had some small clay flower pots that I painted and filled with plaster of paris. Before the plaster set I inserted a piece of metal hanger that I straightened out with a little loop at the top.