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Reader's Exchange: A serge in sewing machine-related requests

It's the week for sewing machines! REX received both requests for manuals and offers of donations. Mark Vida is looking for instructions for a National sewing machine, Model No. 400B; please e-mail him at Lori Connolly also needs a manual for a Domestic sewing machine, Model No. 892295. Please write to her at 230 S Harrison St., Beverly Hills, FL 34465. If it's a machine you're after, Etta Drake-Cuthbertson has a Kenmore sewing machine in the cabinet, Model No. 11730351, that's up for grabs. Please contact her at (727) 322-0369.

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Sharon Flynn, activity director at Sunshine Christian Homes, wrote to REX to request used greeting cards. The last time her request appeared in Reader's Exchange, the response was huge. The entire card is used to reproduce and make new cards that the facility sells. The cards can be mailed to (c/o Activities) or dropped off at Sunshine Christian Homes, 5250 Whippoorwill Drive, Holiday, FL 34690. The phone number there is (727) 934-8052.

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Violet Bartakovits of New Port Richey loves music, but unfortunately she has no way to play her records. The turntable in her stereo console is broken, so she is looking for a new one, or perhaps someone who could fix hers. She would prefer a turntable that would allow her to stack the records. She would greatly appreciate any help, as she is a music lover and misses listening to her records. Violet can be reached at (727) 372-1357.

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Speaking of music lovers, Barbara Filipiak has a number of 45s, 78s and 33 1/3s with big-band tunes. If you'd like to add these records to your collection, give her a call at (727) 398-7806.

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Some things never go out of style, especially when it comes to knitting and crocheting. Geri Thomas of Largo and her granddaughter have been enjoying these activities together, and they're using old patterns from Geri's mother. Because her granddaughter finds that these patterns, which are both for clothes and household items, are a wonderful way to connect to an age gone by, Geri is looking for pre-1970 patterns/leaflets/books. She's willing to pick them up, so if you have these materials, please give Geri a call at (727) 518-7185.

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Do you have any kitchen magnets you're not using? Lucie Somers of Dunedin would be happy to take them off your hands. They may be mailed to her at 1415 Main St., Lot 219, Dunedin, FL 34698.

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If you're into crafting and looking to make a doll, V. Rudolph has Raggedy Ann and Andy patterns, red yarn for hair, and material for the body and clothing. Please call (727) 724-0834.

Thank-you note

Jean Edwards, who wrote to REX for help finding sheets for a sleeper sofa, recently dropped us a line to express her gratitude. "I want to thank the several ladies who called with very good suggestions, and particularly a very generous lady who met me and GAVE me a set that she did not need. That I never expected and am very grateful to her.''

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 33731 or e-mail Please put "REX" in the subject line. Requests will be accepted only by mail or e-mail. This is an exchange column, so we will not run items that are for sale. Readers must agree to publication of phone numbers, including area code.

Reader's Exchange: A serge in sewing machine-related requests 10/03/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 2:35pm]
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