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Thread: What are your machines' names and why?

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    I'm kind of hit or miss when it comes to naming things. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. Up until recently I only had 1 sewing machine and a serger. It's getting confusing now that I have 2 sewing machines. I read a post recently that gave some inspiration, I'm debating on naming the 15-91 Billie Holliday.

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    Here goes:-

    Bernina 550qe - "Beryl" - she's named after my ex mother-in-law who was the first quilter I met

    Singer Featherweight 1952 - "Florrie" - she's named after my son's favourite soft toy

    Singer 201 adapted electric 1940 - "Elizabeth" or "Betsy" for short. Her manual had the owners name in it but the first letter was just the initial E, so I thought Elizabeth would be a good bet.

    Singer 99 hand crank 1960 - Kipper - she's my son's machine and he named her

    Singer 15 treadle - "Hope" - her original 1947 receipt is made out to a Miss Hopewell.

    Singer 15 hand crank - late 20th Century made in Taiwan - "Lucy" she's currently residing with my Mother who loves her and is named after the lady who gave her to me.

    Singer 66 treadle 1924 - She hasn't got a name at the moment, I haven't started cleaning her up so we haven't got to know each other yet.

    Bernina 707 Minimatic - my parents collected her from a charity shop yesterday so I haven't met her yet, I'll wait until I meet her before I give her a name.

    The first two machines I have owned for a while but the other six only arrived since the end of October, just over two weeks' ago! For those of you who say how addictive sewing machine collecting is I have to say you are so right! They just keep on popping up and I can't say no!
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    My 66 treadle is a red eye, so her name is Lucy (both redheads)
    My 201 hankcrank is Maggie, my grandmother's name. She let me "help" her cut out quilt pieces when I was small.
    My 15-91 is Kitty Kate, after the dear friend that gave her to me.
    My 1948 FW is Baby just because she is such a cute little thing.
    My 1936 FW is Daddy's Girl because my DH found her in an antique store and insisted I buy her.
    My 328 is named Frank (short for Frankenstein) because he looks so out of place among my other black beauties!
    My 101 is not named yet - I was just beginning to bond with her when her motor started sewing slower and slower until she stopped completely. (Maybe she's mad because she has no name)
    My modern Brother is named "my cheapie Brother" (no reflection on my real life brother)
    My modern Viking is named "the expensive one"
    My serger is not named - don't know why, just call her the serger.
    Linda
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    I have Mabel, Rosie, Lizzie{my favorite, a 1915, 127 Sphinx}, Esther, Scarlett, Sweet Baby Jane and Pandora. I have a system that I use for all my vintage machines. I use the little magnet strips , put each machines' name on paper, glue to the magnet strip and put on the front of machine. Then take another strip, put all info about machine{last time it was serviced or oiled, date of purchase, needle size and date installed, etc.} on piece of paper, then stick it on the back of machine. I also list machines' personality and YES they DO have personalities!

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    My Singer 99 is named "Grace".
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    Quote Originally Posted by mawluv View Post
    I have Mabel, Rosie, Lizzie{my favorite, a 1915, 127 Sphinx}, Esther, Scarlett, Sweet Baby Jane and Pandora. I have a system that I use for all my vintage machines. I use the little magnet strips , put each machines' name on paper, glue to the magnet strip and put on the front of machine. Then take another strip, put all info about machine{last time it was serviced or oiled, date of purchase, needle size and date installed, etc.} on piece of paper, then stick it on the back of machine. I also list machines' personality and YES they DO have personalities!
    That is a great idea Mawluv. I am going to use it.

    To tell the truth, I used to name all of my sewing machines. Now I have too many (gasp!) to name. But I do keep an Excel spreadsheet to log my sewing machines. The spreadsheet contains the same information as your magnetic strips. I think I will use both methods. Where does one purchase the magnetic strips?
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by mawluv View Post
    I have Mabel, Rosie, Lizzie{my favorite, a 1915, 127 Sphinx}, Esther, Scarlett, Sweet Baby Jane and Pandora. I have a system that I use for all my vintage machines. I use the little magnet strips , put each machines' name on paper, glue to the magnet strip and put on the front of machine. Then take another strip, put all info about machine{last time it was serviced or oiled, date of purchase, needle size and date installed, etc.} on piece of paper, then stick it on the back of machine. I also list machines' personality and YES they DO have personalities!
    mawluv,

    Love the idea of the magnetic strips. But what do you do with aluminum machines? I have several very vintage non iron machines.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkCastleDH View Post
    I'm sure that Herself will have to correct me and add ones that I've missed but here's what I can remember off the top of my head:
    Maggie - mid-50's 99, seemed like a pleasant workmanlike name
    Colette - pretty 66 Red Eye, the name conjures a gorgeous redhead in my mind's eye
    Maddie - Maggie's older sister (late 40's 99)
    Josephine - 115 with Tiffany decals, gorgeous and for some reason Napoleon's wife came to mind
    Audrey - New Home New National, petite and dark brought to mind Audrey Hepburn
    Björn - Husqvarna/Viking 33-10, a seriously husky Husky (the name means bear)
    Sven - Husqvarna/Viking 21, a much svelter husky
    Victoria - 28 with Victorian decals
    Claudette - Colette's older sister (earlier Red Eye 66)
    And the ones DH forgot:

    Adeline - our first Frister & Rossman, a German name for a German-made machine
    Leon - the Singer 13, the machine has lion-like quality to it
    Penelope - the Singer 48, the name seems to go with the frillly decals
    Genevieve - one of the New Homes, very pretty name for a machine with very pretty decals

    We have more to name, which will happen as they get cleaned up and put on display and or used. I like the idea of displaying the name on the machine. With so many and with the sieve of a brain that I seem to have, it would be a good thing to do!

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    Joe, I just use tape for the names. Then I used clear vinyl, selvaged from a package that a set of sheets came in, to sew little pockets about the size of a credit card. Put info on a piece of paper and insert into the pocket and tape to the back of machine. Caroline S, you can find the magnet strips at Walmart, craft store, and it can be cut with scissors. I also use magnets to leave notes for my grandchildren, who sew on these machines. The notes are written as though the machine is talking to them! I have a 10 year old grandaughter that loves it. She will come in and say," Did Sweet Baby Jane {her favorite} leave me a letter?" We're making some great memories together!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mawluv View Post
    Joe, I just use tape for the names. Then I used clear vinyl, selvaged from a package that a set of sheets came in, to sew little pockets about the size of a credit card. Put info on a piece of paper and insert into the pocket and tape to the back of machine. Caroline S, you can find the magnet strips at Walmart, craft store, and it can be cut with scissors. I also use magnets to leave notes for my grandchildren, who sew on these machines. The notes are written as though the machine is talking to them! I have a 10 year old grandaughter that loves it. She will come in and say," Did Sweet Baby Jane {her favorite} leave me a letter?" We're making some great memories together!!!

    What a precious idea! I love it!!!

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