Thanks to two very generous and kind folk in the sewing machine community, my Centennial featherweight stitches. I must thank Deloris Pickens (http://singerfeatherweight221.blogspot.com/ ) and Glenn Williams (http://pages.suddenlink.net/joyof301s/glenn.htm). They helped me out with two very important parts: the needle plate and the hook. I cannot say enough about how kind and generous these folk are. When I posted on one of my yahoo groups that I had purchased a featherweight at an auction and it was lacking the bobbin case base position bracket, Mrs. Pickens emailed me and offered me a needle plate complete with the position bracket. What great good luck THAT was. I also received an email from another group member who directed me to Mr. Williams. I emailed him, and he called me back. At first I thought that the bobbin case base was the problem. Mr. Williams sent me one promptly when I ordered it. I swear my check and the bcb crossed in the mail. When it turned out to be the whole hook assembly, no problem. I emailed him that I was returning the bcb. He emailed me right back and offered to take my complete faulty hook assembly, the bcb he sent me in exchange for a complete and functional hook assembly. Now how about that? I sent his bcb back to him along with my complete faulty hook assembly and I KNOW that the new complete hook assembly and my parts crossed in the mail. Today I received the new parts and I was able to take a stitch with Glenda Dee (wonder why I named her that?) today. OOOOHHHH I love this machine. No wonder everyone wants one. What a nice, straight, stitch.