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Old 04-27-2011, 06:56 AM
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Hi everyone,
I'm new to this site and have been really enjoying reading and looking at all your beautiful quilts. I don't think I will ever be that good.
I do have a question. I love antiques and have two old sewing machines in cabinets. I really just bought the one at a garage sale because I had the perfect spot for it. I never really paid attention to the machine inside. Why does everyone collect these old machines. Not that I think it's silly, but I feel I am missing something else. Thanks guys. Goby
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:01 AM
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To sew on them . They have the perfect seam so sweet to use I just Love that they are all metal and think everyone is Beautiful . Just think of the memories they have made
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:05 AM
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Thanks. I guess that's easy enough to understand the excitment. I think I will open mine up and take a look. I don't even know if either one still works . I'll let you know okay. Goby
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Hi Goby!! When I joined the board I didn't own one vintage machine.
Now I have 6 or 7 :D:D
They are wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!! My Bernina has really taken a back seat and I never thought I'd say that lol
Not only do they sew beautifully, they are gorgeous (to me anyway) and so well made.
They're in a league of their own :D:D
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:07 AM
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I'm really happy sewing on a 1926 Singer 201-2.

Lots of info over at the Vintage sewing machine shop:

http://www.quiltingboard.com/virtual...jsp?vsnum=1013
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Goby another thing- check out the virtual machine section here.
I believe on page 46 or so there is a wonderful tutorial on cleaning them and getting them ready to use. Billy (lostn51) and Charlee are our resident experts!!!
It's a fun place. I've learned so much from that section.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:13 AM
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Thanks so much all of you. I can't believe everyone is actually sewing on them. I thought they were just for show. I can't wait to look inside. Thank's again. Goby
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:15 AM
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I bet it would be interesting. You know....my Mom may have an old one. I'm going to have to see. :)
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I have 2 beautiful antique sewing machines (well 3 if you count the old Morse, not so pretty). I love sewing on my 1924 singer treadle and also my 1954 featherweight. If one of yours works you will see for yourself what we are talking about. Good luck.
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For me it is a multitude of reasons: Preserving history, sentimental & function.

I believe we need to save what we can of the past. These machines represent a period of history that we will never be like again. Some of these machines come with a story (great-grandma's machine someones mom learned to sew on & passed down) or they have a story that will never be known.

I hang onto my 2 vintage machines for sentimental reasons. I received my 1947 Featherweight as a Christmas gift from Mom & Dad when I was 12 years old. Which means I have owned it 39 of its 64 years of existence! My 1956 Singer 403 was my late Mother's. I used it high school to sew all of my 4-H projects. Now that I have it at my home, it is my main machine to piece my quilts on.

I love the way both of my machines sew. They are tough, they run great & for their age - have less breakdowns that I do!

I will use both of them until they just won't go anymore. Then, and only then, will I buy "new". Well, unless I find another vintage machine that is...:)
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