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Thread: Oh Oh, winter is coming. Where should my machines go?

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    Question Oh Oh, winter is coming. Where should my machines go?

    I've been working on them in the garage, but it's going to get cold soon...and the car wants the garage space. Should the machines come in the house for the winter, just the cabinets, just the heads? Not sure what I should do. The couple treadles I've been using are here in the house, but there are still a few machines that haven't graduated to house status....


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    In my case I'm planning to work on machines all winter (and there are a LOT of them to work on!) so the garage is out. We currently have 4 in the basement, 5 upstairs and 3 (or 4 or 5, maybe 6? - I honestly don't remember) in transit but I plan to move them all to the basement and work on them down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkCastleDH View Post
    We currently have 4 in the basement, 5 upstairs and 3 (or 4 or 5, maybe 6? - I honestly don't remember) in transit....
    That's what I get for not really thinking about it. Make that 4 in the basement, 8 upstairs and 6 on the way (with Herself bidding on another one that we don't expect to get.) Definitely time to stop buying and start cleaning! And then there are the cabinets and cases....

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    That is easy. take your diningroom table and chairs put in storage and do your sewing in there. A Friend of mine in Minnasota puts his Harley in the diningroom in the winter. lol
    hey really the machines come first. hehehehehe
    SMILE- it will make everyone wonder what you are up to.
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    I know the lack of climate control is not good for machines and the cabinets. Hot attics are also not helpful. If you can bring them inside, do so. I've seen melted bobbin winder tires, cracks in belts and the same cracked bobbin winder tires from hot attics and the cold and then quick warming wouldn't be good for veneer wood. As a test, I put a new bobbin winder tire on a parts machine and stuck it in my hot attic over the summer. I removed it after only a few months and the new bobbin tire was all cracked and useless. I would also believe any machines with nylon parts or cams would also be affected. I often wonder if many of the cracks we see in these gears and parts are because they were stored in cold areas.

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    I don't have a garage and would not sew or store machines in it, if I had one. I would think it would not be a ggod idea to store them in a garage, temp. changes would not be good.
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    OK...into the house for them then. It's what I thought, but just thought I'd ask. Funny, I adopted a machine that had a melted bobbin winder wheel and I was wondering how the heck that could happen. Maybe everyone gets a sewing machine as a bedside table for the winter!

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    I do not know how many sewing machines I have. I quit counting at 30. All but one are in the house. Eeeeekk!!
    The one outside looks like it might be a parts machine if I can't get the needle bar freed up, but it's soaking in oil so it can wait.
    There are two treadle tops and base and two cabinets in the garage too. Just no place for them in the house.

    The biggest enemy of sewing machines is heat and wet. Keep 'em at a reasonable temperature and dry and they'll last forever.

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    I think I'm up to 16 now. I'll just sneak them in, one at a time, until they've been "absorbed."

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    Do you re-sell them after you get them all beautiful & working again? What do you do with them?

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