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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Something Smelly ---

And I LIKE it!

Not that I like “ALL” things smelly --- but antique featherweight case kind of smelly I can live with!

To me it just smells "old" but not bad --

((hopefully my grandkids will say the same thing about me when I'm 80 something..LOL!))

I received an email from Marky last week saying that she had a featherweight case that she had tried to de-fragrance-itize to no avail.  And the smell bothers her, and she didn’t want to put her featherweight back IN the case because she’d finally gotten it to the point that it didn’t smell LIKE the case anymore ---

Would I like to adopt her case?  Did I have a use for it?

YES!  I have been one case short because the white 1964 featherweight I bought came without a case – when I picked it up in the antique mall in Twin Falls, Idaho more than 12 years ago,  it was in a plastic file folder box.  I transferred it to a portable soft sided cooler with a shoulder strap and front pockets which has worked really well ---but it’s nice to have a case for it should I decide to ever sell it.

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I know the white featherweights came with a green/cream case ---but any case is better than no case!

The bracket for the foot control is there – no tray, but guess what?  I have a tray on the broken case that had no lid that came with Missy the Magic Bus…..and that can go with THIS case!

There are cases enough to go around.

Right now, Doris is the case-less one because I used HER case to take Missy the Magic Bus in to get her timing adjusted….

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Doris in the case!

I put Doris in the new case to try it out ----voila!

Case closed!

PS ---anyone up for Quilt-Cam tonight?  I’ve got guys here doing the front and back doors, but that will be long done by the time 9pm Eastern rolls around.  Not sure what I want to work on yet, but I’ll grab something…

39 comments:

Valerie said...

Sounds like a game of musical cases there! Have you ever tried OdorZout? I'm not affiliated in any way, just have had good luck with it. It is safe around pets and has no odor of it's own. I used it on my FW case and lots of other smelly things.

mtrquilts said...

Love your little crocheted spool pad on your thread holder. What a wonderful idea! I think I need to make some.

Marlene R

Liz in KY said...

My FW case doesn't smell bad, but it does smell like an old machine - a little like oil, I guess. I don't mind because my machine truly is part of the family, and this is one of those imperfections that we just accept. My grandmother bought it new and my mom inherited it when my grandmother passed away, then used it to sew my wedding dress and the bridesmaids' dresses. Now it's mine.

Looking forward to QuiltCam tonight! Do you still want pictures of pets helping us with our quilts?

Frugal Queen said...

Oust, give it a spray of that! I've been looking out for a feather weight here in the UK, they seem so very rare and really expensive. I shall keep looking though.

joyce g said...

Quiltcam? Heck yeah!

Vic in NH said...

Although I haven't tried it, I've heard that enclosing smelly items in a large plastic bag with several charcoal briquettes inside and leaving it for a week works, too. Place the briquettes onto a few crumpled pieces of newspaper to keep it from dirtying anything like a quilt block.

Kim said...

Quiltcam..I'll be there :0)!
I just caught up with my 6 inch Randy blocks so I'll be working on my red and white just takes two blocks that I have already kitted-up :0). See you then........DH is in Europe so I'll enjoy your company

Happy Sewing,
Kim

Jane said...

Please pass along a pattern if your come up with one!

Susan Torrens said...

I currently have custody of my husband's grandmother's featherweight, and it is in a black case like your picture!

Debra Anger said...

awesome i should be back from a christmas dinner would love to pop in and see you!
love the case just so you know i have used febreeze on skunk smell from the cutting mats and it got it out...try squirting with febreeze
very nice of Mary to offer you this case but I am sure you deserve it too.

Joen Perkins said...

Yes I will be there. can't wait. I tired today so may do nothing but knit. Hard day already, trying to get customers quilt finished. hohummmmmmmmmm. then its on to my things.(doing the happy dance.)

















Judy Snider said...

Hi Bonnie
If the case is really smelly, try putting a piece of Dial soap in the case.

It works really well on smelly quilts!!!

Judy S

Sharon said...

If the "smelly" is bad, just throw in a fabric softener sheet!

Sandra Henderson said...

Marky and I feel the same way and have the SAME situation!~ I would have / will send you mine if you want another... or bring it to my next workshop with you. I just can't handle it. My sinuses drive me batty. Need to have surgery and can't be DOWN, so never did. I digress... lol

YES, YES and YES on quiltcam!~ just what I need tonight!~

Sandra Henderson said...

OOOOOHhhh me too!~ missed that!~ way cool! I have a spring that was given to me to put on to take up space on the spool holder. I need to get another. Any other substitute ideas? Never know with all you brilliant peeps out there!

SubeeSews said...

I also think the smell is not bad at all. My Sissy had a bad smell but as soon as I replaced her felt pad the spoiled odor went away and just a machine oil smell was left.
I saw a fix that used a bare light bulb and really "cooking" the inside of the case.
XOXOXO Subee

sew lucky said...

Oh Yeah ! quilt cam :) I'll be there . I think I'll be sewing Easy Street 4 patches .Maybe you can bring the 2" squares bin ???lol

Sandra B said...

12 midday Aussie time and I wouldn't miss it. Much fun!

Bev said...

Bonnie, I am so excited! Went over to a friend's house today and she mentioned something about having tried to sell a featherweight and no one called. Asked her what she wanted for it and it was in a low ball park for excellent condition-I now have a Featherweight machine and her check will not bounce-it is my Christmas present to me for being a good mom, grandma and all around decent person this last year! :D Hey, I am worth it and then some! Yea for me! Happy dancing on cloud 9!

Mary said...

Bonnie, I had a smelly 301A case. I put a slice of bread in a bowl and poured vinegar (white) to soak up the bread. I put it in the case and let it sit for several days. After removing the bowl I let the case stand open for a couple days. It doesn't smll brand new, but the offensive smell is gone. Mine mostly smelled of age and mildew.

Carolyn Sullivan said...

I have several FW all of the cases smell. I have used fabreeze, Basement deodrizers. I haven't tried soap, or Oust.
My best is to just leave the case open. Mine aren't Mildewy, but just have an ancient smell of oil, dust, age.
My DGT said it smells like an old person's house.LOL I'm an old person! LOL

The Beaton Path said...

I see UK ones on eBay for a decent price. Check there. : )

The Beaton Path said...

Yes, I've done both of those and they work. : ) I used Dave's method.

The Beaton Path said...

The gross smell actually comes from the horse glue that was used in the case (yuck) AND the old oil pads in the machines. No amount of Febreeze or anything else will work if you don't replace the old oil pad and then "bake" and spray the inside of the case with bleach (yes, mist it, don't soak it, after it has baked (a 100 watt bulb inside).

The Beaton Path said...

Bonnie,
Not trying to be a Kiljoy, but I'm not sure the tray will fit in this newer case. I became a FW collector a few years back and have more than I care to admit of many different years and styles. The tray "sits" on corner "brackets" in the older models. This case is from the '50s until end of production and does not have the tray supports. This one originally came with a metal tray attached to the side that would have been next to the oil can bracket on the side that is shown. The replacements can be found though (I purchased one off of eBay).

Valerie said...

Wow! Good for you. So glad you got a good price. We all deserve a FW--we make the best use of them piecing our quilts. I'll bet our FWs are happy to be making us so happy. Merry Christmas to you!

Valerie said...

Yep, that's what I thought when I saw that picture. It's like mine. The tray is metal, not removeable, and just fits in the space beside the folded up FW bed. It holds the bobbins all secure in a line, and the green cardboard box of accessories fits right in there, too, on it's side. I store a button-holer in the space down below that little metal tray.

Patchwork Penguin said...

How do you know if you have the 221 or 222? Mine has a short wide tray... was thinking of getting the extension table for hubby for Christmas :)

Sarah Martin said...

Oh yay! Yes! Quilt cam tonight!! : )

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

Don't ya just love it when you have spare parts a plenty! Might be back for quilt cam, I have lots of sewing to do. After I press all 56 Ohio stars for Orca Bay that I stitched together last night.

Margaret said...

Hi Bonnie! Delighted to be back again with you this evening. I'm hand-stitching blanket stitch on a fused applique wall hanging -- a Christmas gift in the cute 'Veggie Cats' patterns. This one is 'Avocato'...you can guess what it looks like. All my FG units for Easy Street are finished. I'm ready for Clue 3! :-)

Margaret in Alberta, Canada

Kathy M. said...

Deboning shirts. Found an 8XL shirt! That's a lot of material. It's a purple plaid.

stitchedbyme said...

Bonnie, Sometimes I put you on my computer and my tablet so that when you are reading and answering questions and the ad starts, I just switch to which ever one the ad is not on. I seem to get them more on my tablet more than on my computer.
~June in AZ

stitchedbyme said...

Bonnie,
Since you are sewing 4-patches tonight, could you show the process of spinning the seams? I am getting ready to sew my Easy Street twosies into 4-patches.
Thanks.
~June in AZ

Can'tstopQuilting said...

First time watching you on quilt cam! Sew fun! Love your vintage brother machine!

Ruth Ann said...

I've dropped a few of those little silica gel packets that come in new shoe boxes. Read somewhere that might help. I don't mind the "oily" smell. Reminds me of something from my childhood...maybe the whetstone and oil my dad used to sharpen pocket knives and my mother's favorite kitchen knife. The little packets seemed to have made it a little less strong.

Pammy said...

I have a featherweight , in Grand Rapids for sale - with case. Proach1015@yahoo.com

KyLaura said...

Enjoyed watching you last night. It was my first visit. I have had a bar of Safeguard soap in my Featherweight case for years and it works nicely. I read about that years ago when doing research about Featherweights. Seems to stay fresh for a long time. I even put a bar in my undies drawer! Remember reading that Safeguard works better than any other soap. I believe it!

Merry Perkins said...

I have a small travel candle (scented) that I store in my case with the Featherweight when not in use. It took all the musty smell out of the case. I learned to sew on a Featherweight and am now teaching my 3 year old granddaughter to sew on it too.