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Two weeks ago we lost our home to the lightning ignited fires still burning near Santa Cruz (CA) where we've lived for 40+ years.   Weeks before the fire we often enjoyed the doe and her two fawns hanging out on the property and the little quail family of 3 who would pass through the yard with mom and dad alternating guard duty over the tiny one.   So many sewing tools, photo albums, special items brought home from distant lands are all gone and now just a memory.  I almost still can't believe it really happened; the photos we saw with only the chimney standing make it so.    

So sad I couldn't take all my beautiful "old girls" when evacuated which included a Spartan 3/4 in mint condition; two Featherweights both in beautiful condition along with their carriers; Black long bed 301 in excellent condition; and a White black machine also in great condition that looked just like a Singer model 15.  Mostly I used the Spartan which just went over jeans seams with no problem and I loved sewing on that machine.   The Featherweights were fun to take to sewing group and the sound they made when sewing was enjoyable with each one sounding a little different.   The first one I got was named after my mom as she sewed all our clothing when growing up.

I hope to one day find another little Spartan as beautiful as the one I had.  And maybe another FW.

Did manage to grab my Elna Air Electronic but only have one bobbin.   Can anyone recommend a good place to obtain good bobbins for that machine?
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I don't have any bobbins for your machine, but I just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear of your devastating loss.  How quick life can change and all we accumulated gone in the blink of an eye.  My heart goes out to you.
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Fires in the Santa Cruz mountains have claimed lots of homes and precious possessions over many years. Put Sulyman El Coyote finger cymbals out of business years back (2008). And this also unfortunately means it'll be a very wet winter - it always is after a bad fire season.
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Yes, I've been thinking how awful winter will be there if it is a wet winter.   Mudslides, trees
down, roads closed, no power for days  -- been through enough of those and must say
definitely glad we won't have to go through that.  Hopefully it'll rain an average amount and
not 100 inches as can happen on really wet years.
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Oh how heartbreaking! I'm glad you were safe.

For good or bad, I get most of my Elna parts from Ray White.

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Cfuzzy, what a sad situation. A friend lost her home some decades ago, she still finds herself looking for an item, then remembering it was lost in the fire.
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I can't imagine how heartbreaking that must be to lose your home and possessions like that.  :-/   

Do you have a stable place to stay, as of now?

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That is just heartbreaking. I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your house and all of your possessions. Maybe some other forum members in CA can help you find other sewing machine treasures.
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I'm so sorry for your loss. Will you rebuild on the old site?

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I have some extra Elna bobbins that would work for you - please pm me.

What a tragedy you've experienced and I'm so sorry to hear of your losses.
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Cari -- No idea, can't even think that far ahead.

Chaly -- That would be a wonderful gift thank you!  
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cfuzzy,  We are in Antioch, if there is anything you need or that we can do to help, please let me know.  Santa Cruz is something we consider a short drive.

I have a complete and working Featherweight in a original but shabby case that i have had my featherweight expert friend tear down for me.  I planned to paint it to match my new Miata for fun and use Miata themed decals.  Not important, just another "hey, i have an idea" when this machine fell into my lap.  I have not started stripping the pieces yet, but it is all apart.  My buddy is rebuilding the motor so it will be zippy (for a featherweight) 

I would be GLAD to strip the decals, clean and repaint it "stock" black, apply new decals, re-assemble, and donate it to your recovery efforts.  I bought the correct replacement latch component for the case but have not installed it.  You can be the one to redo the case material if you want (I was going to do the color of the interior for my Miata..lol)

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cfuzzy,

I am so very sorry for your loss.  I well know how devastating a house fire is.  I almost lost my dad in a house fire when I was a young child.  The worst thing for us was not being notified that my dad had been overcome by smoke (he was there to sign the papers for the sale of the house, scheduled to close at 9:00 a.m., but the house burned at 5:00 a.m. or there abouts).  He got out of the house, realized he didn't have his wallet, and went back into the house to get his wallet and was overcome by smoke.  A very brave and strong neighbor pulled him through a window on a mattress just as the roof caved in.  We found out about it during a news broadcast on a Tulsa radio station.  I was one of five children and, yes, it was tough.  My oldest sister and her family lost their home to a fire in 1982, five days before Christmas! 

I wish I were wealthy -- I would help all I could.  My prayers are with you and your family.  I am so very sorry for all you've lost.  Fire absolutely strikes terror in my heart and soul.  May God richly bless you.

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cfuzzy, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your home and all your possessions!  (Good grab on the Elna--I have one too!)  I hope you have a place to stay while you consider your next move.  I'd imagine it's hard to decide --rebuild or leave California.  [frown]  I have things in boxes from a week or so ago when we were darn close to mandatory evacuation.  I still had my grab it quick list from last year.  [frown]  It's getting so I feel the need to designate an area in the front room where we keep bags packed and ready to go every Summer--crates for the dogs, extra medications and food, a prize sewing machine or two, extra hard drives.... well you know the drill.  It's so sad.
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Wow, so sad.  Here in the U.K. we see all the awful news pictures but that does not bring home the individual stories. Such a horrendous thing to have to go though.    I can’t imagine having to keep ready to go bags packed etc.  Hope you are able to regroup and replace what is unreplaceable.   Stay safe.
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Steve,  oh my that is the most generous offer and I would love
it until the end of my days.  Thank you from the bottom of my
heart.   May have sent you a pm.   Most days don't know what day it is.
We are still working on making a routine to feel more normal so
no hurry.

Got word yesterday that we can go back now and see what used to be our home.
Will need to feel more ready to see that before we go up the hill to have a look.
One of the neighbors whose home survived let me know that when she returned
yesterday the doe and her two fawns that we loved seeing pass through our
property before the fire have returned and she is feeding them and putting out
water.   Hope the the quail family of three we also enjoyed survived.



 
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