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Thread: what was the first sewing machine you ever used

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    I started sewing on my mothers electric Kenmore at age 8 then when I got married my first machine was another Kenmore. Upgraded every 10 yrs and finall bought my first Janome in 1995. Now have three janomes and love them all.

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    My Mom had a Kenmore sewing machine that my Daddy bought her when I was very young. I learned to sew a little on it. I learned most of my sewing from 5 years of Home Ec. My Mom got later got me a Kenmore sewing machine in a desk, maybe when I was 13 or 14. Loved that machine!!!!

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    Singer treadle in grade school, about 60 years ago.

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    My grandmothers' singer treadle in the early 50's. Wish I had that machine today. The thought of it brings back great memories of my grandmother.

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    A toy Singer. At least I think it was meant to be a toy -- must have been in the early 70s. It was white and had a red plastic case. I still have it in the basement somewhere. Wonder if it still works.

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    I learned to sew on my mom's Singer Slant 401. It was one of the first things she and my father purchased after they were married in 1949. They were a young military couple and she used the machine to sew curtains, table clothes, clothing, etc. I remember when I was little she also sewed all of my Barbie clothes. I hated them. All my friends had the newest of Barbie clothes that were in the stores, I had homemade clothes made out of scraps of fabric. Looking back, I was such a selfish child. All the time and effort she went to. On a bright note apparently all my friends loved the homemade Barbie clothes they used to "mix" them with their things and take them home. My mom caught on and used to search their cases before they left!

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    Singer treadle 1917 model 66. It was my grandmother's; handed down to my mom. She taught my sister and I both to sew. We used to take the belt off and see who could make the treadle go the fastest! Then got a Singer that I had for 30 years. Had a Pfaff; then traded up to a Baby Lock Quest that I love!!

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    (my apologies: this got longer and longer! lol...)

    I took home-ec in my freshman year of high school. The first semester was Sewing. I was So excited. Our first project was to make a sleeveless blouse that buttoned down the front, with Lots and Lots of Darts. I can't remember the brand of the school machines. But I remember how much fun it was to use them. Unfortunately, my seams were never straight and when I'd bring my work up to my teacher she'd say, "Rip it out and try again." By the end of the semester I was still Ripping and the material had grown quite fragile. I got an 'F' in that class. My only one ever. Just couldn't get the hang of it. lol...

    In 1975, when I was 24, I bought a Singer. Can't even say what kind - I had it until I bought my bernina 180, 11 years ago. I gave it to my then daughter-in-law. Over the years, I made lots of household things on that little machine including bed comforters, duvets, curtains, dust ruffles, dolls, and of course simple clothes when my daughter was little - and I made her two Satin Gowns: one when she was 4-years-old and in a wedding; and, one for her sorority in college. When I started quilting, I used it on my first quilt. Good little machine, but didn't even have a zig zag - just Forward & Reverse. And in all those years of use, I never had it cleaned; never a drop of oil. It never occurred to me. I just used it, and it worked. (I get my bernina cleaned annually!)

    I have my grandmother's Singer Treadle machine. I believe it is from when she married in 1907. I remember her sewing on it, but I've never tried. It holds an important spot in my living room, and in my heart.

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    I remember my great-grandmother teaching me to sew on her Singer 15-91 when I was a little kid.

    After she passed away, my grandmother (her daughter) inherited her sewing machine. Over time, it was stored away in her basement. My grandmother sewed (a LOT), but had upgraded to newer machines.

    My grandmother passed away earlier this year, and I inherited all of the sewing machines, including the Singer 15-91.

    I treasure all of them. The Singer needs rewiring (looks like the wire casing has dry-rotted), and it needs a few minor parts, but I bet it'll still work. In the meantime, I bought one just like it off eBay so I can learn to use it until DH has a chance to fix my great-grandmother's machine. :)

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    I was going to say a White brand but i do remember using my mothers Singer once. she had it made electric by then though.

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