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Thread: considering giving up my zz machine

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    Super Member oldtnquiltinglady's Avatar
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    Uh oh, I ran out of space there. Needless to say I have a LARGE dedicated space for a sewing room; way out in my back yard and I don't like to go out there by myself and sometimes have a hard time getting someone to accompany me when I am in the mood to sew or quilt. And I haven't learned how to post pics yet; maybe someday, if I can get my brainy non-sewer daughter to show me how. I keep promising to teach her how to quilt if she will teach me how to do all the computer things necessary in today's world. Oh, well......
    Make every day count for something!


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    Super Member kitsykeel's Avatar
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    I have found a way to use as many of my machines as possible. I like to have projects going on all of them at one time, just for the fun of it. In my dining room I have four vintage machines in cabinets (Singer 185J, 401A, Kenmore 158.14300, and Universal) which stay open most all of the time with projects ongoing. In my sewing room I have an embroidery machine (not being used much lately), my Featherweight (great for piecing), my plastic Singer with lots of stitches, a saved from the trash plastic Brother with lots of good stitches too, a brown crinkle White Rotary ( still working on it), a shuttle Kenmore, and a vintage Morse (need to find the time to fix the bobbin winder which I took apart and can't figure out how to put back together.) I love all of my vintage straight stitch machines the best (Singer FW, 185J, shuttle Kenmore, and Universal.) I just sold my vintage Domestic at a yard sale (paid $16.00 and sold for $25.00.) There is something so special about the way the straight stitch machines sound when they sew and they always work when you need them. But I do like to have the special stitches when I am quilting wall hangings, table runners and quilts, doing applique or making doll clothes. You might want to find a way to save that zz machine, you may just regret it if you get rid of it.
    Last edited by kitsykeel; 11-05-2012 at 09:04 PM.

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    Super Member ArizonaKAT's Avatar
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    I have my 201 and 401 set to go . . . and one of my FW resides on the cutting table. (She's small enough to move around). The others are positioned so I can easily open and use them without disturbing the others (as long as the others are hiding in their cabinets.)

    I use the 201 the most for SS but wouldn't be without my 401 for the ZZ.

    Find something else to get rid of :-)

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    Super Member irishrose's Avatar
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    I would never get rid of my Elna ZZ machine. She is off the side right now, but will be put in place today to repair a dog leash. Even if you put the ZZ machine in a closet, keep it.

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    Space is an issue for many of us - for storage and actual usage of items.

    I sent three machines on their way this year. I don't miss USING them - because I never got around to using them - but I do miss OWNING them. (Singer 401A, Singer 66-?, Singer 237)

    I have four working machines and one machine that needs to be fixed still here - they are basically just clutter or doorstops when they are not in use. (Or decoration for those that have them out)

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