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Old 07-21-2015, 06:13 PM   #1
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Quilting - Singer featherweight case stinks

OK we've had a quilting thread going here for a long time. I have a Singer Featherweight 221 - sews nicely and it's not one of the "rare" ones if there is such a thing. The problem is the case - it's OLD wood and leatherette and while it's solid I nearly puke every time I open it from the extremely strong smell. Apparently many of the old cases get this odor. I've tried everything - saucers full of white vinegar, ammonia, an oxygen generator, Fabreeze (which makes it better for about half an hour then it get bad again).

I've seen reproduction wood cases on e-bay for $79 but I'm just too cheap to buy one. Besides, a plastic one would be lighter. I can certainly make one from fabric with or without internal stiffeners for under $20 and and 2 hours labor - but I thought I'd check here before I go to the fabric store to buy the materials.

I understand that some people treasure these cases - AND that it MIGHT eliminate the odor if I steamed off the interior paper lining, sealed the wood and installed a new one. My lungs would probably collapse in the process. So this one is going into the trash unless someone really wants it. Free clothspin for your nose included.

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Old 07-21-2015, 06:39 PM   #2
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the wife said to put the case in a large plastic bag with dryer sheets and leave it for about a month. I second the motion, I worked for a home care company and when we picked up a Oxygen concentrator that had been a house with SMOKERS, we did the same thing. Yes, we preached NO SMOKING but when we left the house, the family was back at it. Use a good brand of dryer sheets.

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I second the dryer sheet idea but after that treatment, try spraying it with a couple coats of aerosol sealant or varnish. It would be a cheap experiment and if it works, great, if not, you aren't any worse off.
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Old 07-21-2015, 07:21 PM   #4
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I second the varnish thought. It would seal it, and might eliminate the odor. I bought my machine from someone who restores them, and it came with a new reproduction case. You can buy small roller bags for machines, but probably not cheaper. Try Joanns on line - you might find something cheaper when they have those good sales, or if you can get a 50% coupon on one item...

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Just wondering here, how would it be if you kept it sealed up in a plastic bag with fresh charcoal for some time before doing the new polyurethane? Of course you'd need to need make certain the charcoal didn't touch the case.

I agree about the featherweight Singers -- I used to check them out on ebay, but never did buy one.

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I have a few singer 221 feather weights don't throw that case away I will pay the shipping if you want to get rid of it , I have a centennial model year that I didn't get the top part of the case ,yours would be a nice donor
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Paula, check with these guys: Remove Odor | Eliminate Odor | Odor Remover df

They sell odor removal products that are mostly sold in the commercial market (hotels, apartments, etc). I'm looking at one of their products for a basement full of mildew. Supposed to be really good stuff.

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OK it's in the bag with many dryer sheets. Hope this works. Setting a reminder on my cell phone to pull it out in a month.

If the smell returns - it's going in the mail to the shineybullet, who asked first.
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OK it's in the bag with many dryer sheets. Hope this works. Setting a reminder on my cell phone to pull it out in a month.

If the smell returns - it's going in the mail to the shineybullet, who asked first.
Thanks just let me know if you decide to get ride of it
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From what I understand, the musty odor is quite common in Featherweight cases, I inherited my Grandmother's 221 when my mother died, a the stench from the case was terrible, I have not completely eliminated the odor, but significantly reduced it by sprinkling bakining Soda inside then setting it in the sun for about a week!
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Paula,
My wife has two and one of them smelled. She isolated the majority of the smell to the power cord. We washed it with several different cleaners and Febreezed it. It got better but never completely went away. I'll second the baking soda recommendation. It helps in refrigerators and freezers.

She will be happy to learn there is a quilting thread.

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I had 2 of them and they both stank. The smell reminded me of the rust preventative lubricant used by the military. The armory at Fort Drum smelled much the same. I wonder if the cases were treated to prevent rusting in storage.
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