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Thread: What did you name your sewing machine?

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    I'm just curious as to what everyone has named their sewing machines? Please share your names with the message board and also why or how did you come about naming it that?

    I'm trying to think of a name for mine and I'm thinking about naming her "Florance Ida Katherine" after my mother.

    And does anyone refer to their sewing machine as a "he" ?

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    I have named my 40'/50's era Pinnock "Jasper"....so I'm guessing he is a he:). My boss, years ago, an elderly gent, was really into computers and every time his computer didn't do something he wanted it to do he'd say "C'mon Jasper". It stuck in my head, so when I started learning to machine quilt and I hit a glitch or mucked up I just started saying "C'mon Jasper", so Jasper it is. I bought a treadle at the end of last year (which Jasper is sitting on 'til I restore it). Don't know if I will name it, but if I do, I'll wait 'til I can work out its "personality". Generally I do not name things that aren't sentient beings...quilting has changed that I 'spose.

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    havent named any of my machines but I always refer to them as she or her...when and IF I get a feather weight I will definitely name it

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    1. My Wheeler & Wilson treadle is "Edna"
    2. Singer 9W is "Hannah"
    3. Janome is "Raquel"
    4. Brother is "Bud"
    5. Featherweight is "Honey"
    6. Singer 201-2 is "Esther"
    7. Kenmore is "Mama"
    8. Kenmore is "Lizzie"
    9. Singer 99 is "Bitsy"
    10. Singer 66-1 Redeye is "Tilly"
    11. Singer 15-91 is "Anne"
    12. Serger is "Mary Jane"
    13. Remington is "Remie"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    1. My Wheeler & Wilson treadle is "Edna"
    2. Singer 9W is "Hannah"
    3. Janome is "Raquel"
    4. Brother is "Bud"
    5. Featherweight is "Honey"
    6. Singer 201-2 is "Esther"
    7. Kenmore is "Mama"
    8. Kenmore is "Lizzie"
    9. Singer 99 is "Bitsy"
    10. Singer 66-1 Redeye is "Tilly"
    11. Singer 15-91 is "Anne"
    12. Serger is "Mary Jane"
    13. Remington is "Remie"
    And my poor old brother xl2600 is Bertha!!!

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    Just named my first machine. I have a Serger, Singer, Pfaff, and Bernina. Just got a Bernina 830LE so I named her Elly. :-) I will be getting two more Berninas and have already picked their names, Frances & Esther. They will be named after my grandmas!

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    My goodness! Well, here are the ones I remember off the top of my head:

    My Bernina 830 LE is Ruby (she has a red face plate and is a gem)
    My Bernina 330 is Eva
    My Brother CS4000 is Baby Brother
    My Singer Futura is Jaleesa
    My treadle is Sadie...I think...Gosh, I guess when you forget their names, you have too many...naw!

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    I don't usually name mine either..but I did name my featherweight Felicity :)

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    I recently got 2 older singers one is Ethel and the other that needs work and giving me problems? Yep luuucyyy!!

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    Stunned. am I missing something? Is my brain odd? I have never, ever thought of naming any of my machines. Probably called the Serger some unprintable things when it does not want to co-operate tho! :lol:

    Quote Originally Posted by 749janet
    I'm just curious as to what everyone has named their sewing machines? Please share your names with the message board and also why or how did you come about naming it that?

    I'm trying to think of a name for mine and I'm thinking about naming her "Florance Ida Katherine" after my mother.

    And does anyone refer to their sewing machine as a "he" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tussymussy
    Stunned. am I missing something? Is my brain odd? I have never, ever thought of naming any of my machines. Probably called the Serger some unprintable things when it does not want to co-operate tho! :lol:

    Quote Originally Posted by 749janet
    I'm just curious as to what everyone has named their sewing machines? Please share your names with the message board and also why or how did you come about naming it that?

    I'm trying to think of a name for mine and I'm thinking about naming her "Florance Ida Katherine" after my mother.

    And does anyone refer to their sewing machine as a "he" ?
    LOL..My thoughts exactly!! I have 3 non-working older machines and my new one that I don't jive with too well, so naming is not a good idea here!

    :oops:

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    My main machine is named Aurelia,after my great grandmother who was an excellent seamstress and quilter.I in herited her genes ,I think,as no one else in my family can even sew on a button.My oldest daughter has "The Needle" that she keeps around as she has three boys and must deal with splinters.It has never passed through a piece of fabric or a button.

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    I have named only my FW "Lizzie"

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    Never named my machines until I purchased my Bernina Series 8 830 machine. I call her Bertha or Big Bertha because of the size.

    mltqilt

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    My Bernina is "Bernie"
    My Janome is "Jenny"
    My Featherweight is "Flossie"
    My Gammills are "Gammie and Gabbie"
    Two Singers are "Sylvia and Sylvester" (just gave these away)

    I know....I'm not as creative with these names. I started naming them when I heard a news report that said people who name their cars take better care of them. Figured it would apply to the sewing machines, too.

    Now....to name the rest.....LOL

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    The only one I've named is my Singer 66 and it's Lucille - after my granny who was my sewing mentor and other mother.

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    I named my treadle Debie due to her owner previous owner whos passed on and my bff is debbie also.

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    Wow - some creative names! i just named my recent purchase Blue. It is a Sapphire and, well, sapphires are blue.

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    My Janome is Janette, for obvious reasons; and my fw is Velma Genevive (Genny) after my grandmother who was a quilter and my inspiration.

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    My new Designer Diamond has no name as of yet but the Big Bopper greets me when she turns on.
    My sapphire is Saffy
    Treadle is Myrtle(after my grandmother)
    The featherwieght needs named too come to think...gee I better get busy thinking up names....

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    Oh my! the only names I call my machine are not printable! and that is when it misbehaves and causes me great frustration.

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    Kenmore Vintage: Betty
    301A Singer Long-bed: Mocha Chocolata Yah, Yah
    401A Singer/Cabinet: Baby
    Janome: Naomi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tussymussy
    Stunned. am I missing something? Is my brain odd? I have never, ever thought of naming any of my machines. Probably called the Serger some unprintable things when it does not want to co-operate tho! :lol:

    Quote Originally Posted by 749janet
    I'm just curious as to what everyone has named their sewing machines? Please share your names with the message board and also why or how did you come about naming it that?

    I'm trying to think of a name for mine and I'm thinking about naming her "Florance Ida Katherine" after my mother.

    And does anyone refer to their sewing machine as a "he" ?
    It's just that these machines each seem to have their own personalities...this one is fussy about this...that one refuses to do that...can't let anything with a personality go without a name! LOL

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    My featherweight is painted Plum Crazy purple , so her name is Mrs. Peacock after the lady in the Clue game. My big Singer is Queenie , because she is the boss of the sewing room and so very beautiful. My others don't have names yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Tussymussy
    Stunned. am I missing something? Is my brain odd? I have never, ever thought of naming any of my machines. Probably called the Serger some unprintable things when it does not want to co-operate tho! :lol:

    Quote Originally Posted by 749janet
    I'm just curious as to what everyone has named their sewing machines? Please share your names with the message board and also why or how did you come about naming it that?

    I'm trying to think of a name for mine and I'm thinking about naming her "Florance Ida Katherine" after my mother.

    And does anyone refer to their sewing machine as a "he" ?
    It's just that these machines each seem to have their own personalities...this one is fussy about this...that one refuses to do that...can't let anything with a personality go without a name! LOL
    Charlee,
    I agree, that is why I name the machines. The other vintage machines I haven't had a chance to work with are patiently waiting.
    Here is my list of vintage machines that I use:

    Davis NVF #1: Penny
    Davis NVF#2: Jade
    National Two Spools: Mr. Cowboy
    Eldredge Two Spools: Melinda, she is married to Mr. Cowboy
    Singer 15-90: Jasmine
    Singer 328K: Hank the Tank
    Singer 201: Starr
    Singer 66-1: Thistle Marie
    Singer 66-1: Lily
    Singer FW 221: Heather

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