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    New Guy...Spankin' New...and apparently a dummy too

    New Guy...Spankin' New

    **Don't know what I was thinking...maybe I wasn't. Maybe it was a new board platform to me. Best excuse I can come up with. I wrongly made an intro post in another person's intro post. How rude am I? Copy n paste below. If moderator cares, please delete my post on PanFlute's "Pleasantly surprised in Missouri" ​intro thread.**

    Brand new old guy here. Seems every time I made a Google inquiry about my newest obsession, the QuiltingBoard came up with lots of good info. So being the smart gent I am, I signed up!

    New to sewing here, I must confess. I was way too busy with my previous 45 year career to do much anything else. Retired now and suddenly I have oodles of time to fill. Mine is a strange path to vintage sewing machines and sewing. First started out with a desire to learn some hand-stitching techniques for an old car project and motorcycle seats, etc. Then I was on to hunting for a machine to help out with other panels. First machine and it was all over!

    I currently have 4 sitting in my office in various states of undress and ,at the moment, 2 more on the way. I keep telling myself "Let's stop and finish what we got first" (I talk to myself a lot since retiring) but every time there's another popping up that just absolutely looks like it needs to come live with me.

    I have discovered how satisfying it is to take an old, tired machine and bring it back to life. And the real beauty of it is that they still work fine and probably as well as the day they were born.

    My first post here...I better stop. I could go on but I'll just sit here and talk to myself for a while as I peruse the QB's great info.

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    Welcome from South Louisiana. I only have 3 older machines and my husband is thankful. He gets to work on everything we get.
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    Welcome! Have you made any quilts with those great old machines??

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    show us some pics of your 3 new room mates!

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    You are no dummy! You may want to check out VictorianSweatshop.com, it sounds like it would be right up your alley. The people who started it and are regular contributors were once regulars on Quiltingboard.com. I do so miss checking out the QB first thing each AM and reading their posts. Joe Miller, Steve H., Macybaby, Cary in Oly, Rodney, Archaic Arcane, Miriam, and the guy who had a shop where he worked on motorcycles right alongside his wife who quilted, think he was KC in OK. When they disappeared from this forum, I felt like they had all graduated and I had been kept back. Some of them still post on here.
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    @Jane Quilter...I just posted a pair of pics in another thread of one of 'em...but shield your eyes if you are of the "do not molest the finish of a vintage machine" crowd. I will get some pics of the others.

    @Monika...no, not yet. Hey...but I have made me a new hat band for my Panama! Seriously though, I am gathering info here and I'll make the ugliest quilt ever one of these weeks.

    @Barb in Louisiana...your hubs is probably just acting like it's work. It's really highly enjoyable. He's just trying to get points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elnan View Post
    You are no dummy! You may want to check out VictorianSweatshop.com, it sounds like it would be right up your alley. The people who started it and are regular contributors were once regulars on Quiltingboard.com. I do so miss checking out the QB first thing each AM and reading their posts. Joe Miller, Steve H., Macybaby, Cari in Ole, Rodney, Archaic Arcane, and the guy who had a shop where he worked on motorcycles right alongside his wife who quilted, think he was KC in OK. When they disappeared from this forum, I felt like they had all graduated and I had been kept back.
    Hey Elnan. I'll check that out. I've been known to dabble in building a custom motorcycle or 2 myself but wasn't no quiltin' going on in my shop then. And I was a much younger boy then.



    Above is a ground-up one-off custom everything Triumph I built for a 13 episode TV show back in the heyday.



    Above is the supercharged bike that caught the eye of a TV producer in St Joe Missouri one day. :-)

    But...back to the subject at hand...


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    Wow ... those bikes are amazing. Can’t wait to see what you do with your Singers.
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    Welcome from Oklahoma. Loved your story.

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    Welcome Kik, you seem to remind me of my Uncle. Though he never sewn anything, he did love to venture into different things, master them, and then move on. He had so many talents, and still does. His newest is baking breads. I too have one of those minds that talks to itself, answers itself, and sometimes seems to non stop thinking "what if" I know there are several people on this board, under the vintage machine group which I'm sure you've already spotted, that can share all there experiences and stories too. Have fun in your new endeavors

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    Hi, KiK, and welcome to the Board. You are obviously one talented guy with an eye for gorgeous machines. The bikes and the Singer you posted are beautiful. I especially love the cranapple red bike.

    My greatgrandfather was a skilled upholsterer who made custom seat covers for buggies in the 1800s, and then transitioned to car upholstery when the Model A came along. He passed his love and gift for sewing to his daughter (my grandmother) who passed it to my uncle and some aunts, and now to me and my sister. We each own one of Grandma's machines.

    You will find that bikes have brakes, but this vintage machine collecting thing does not. Or at least the brakes are prone to failure! Whenever I'm tempted to buy another one, my internal "check engine light" comes on. (So far I have 4 vintage and 3 modern machines.)

    Please try to make something with a machine and show us.

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    KIK- welcome! Don't worry about making a mistake posting here. No big deal!
    Your machines are so beautiful!!!!!!!!!

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada!

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    welcome! beware, machines are addictive ~

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    Okay KiK, you've given me a huge dilemma....do I go for the bikes or for the sewing machines. Hummmm.....both are wonderful!!! My last bike was Ninja 1000 (way back in the day). Had to give up riding due to numerous back surgeries, hip replacement and knee replacement. Ach...what can I say!

    I, too, have a collection of older machines now. Oldest one is a treadle Singer (currently not working), 2 Featherweights, and an assortment of 1950-1970's machines. When I downsize in the next year or so, only the Featherweights will come with me (and the Janome that I use daily).

    By the way....Welcome to QB and to the wonderful world of quilting.
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    Welcome from Michigan!

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    Welcome from Tennessee.. used to like working on older cars but can't anymore. Started out looking for a machine to sew leather and got caught up in vintage machines.. 1 year later and ummmgh oh my gosh Theresa what are you doing 70 plus machines later!
    Be careful.. lol

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    Dream Quilter here, glad to have you aboard and yes this is a great site to be on. I only have two old machines and a brand new Dream Machine along with a long arm. I agree with you that quilters are the nicest.
    So good luck and dream big.
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    Boston 1954. Enjoyed your gram and the 60s Honda (160) mebbe and the pre 64 Falcon

    welcome aboard KIK, the sewing machines are easier to carry and don't make nearly as much noise as the motorcycles do. supercharger...cool.
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