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    Question How many machines do you have?

    I've been reading this post for about a month. It amazes me how many machines are listed after a name, or by chance in a reply.

    I'm new to quilting... starting out with a sewing machine Brother CS6000i, and a Janome 1034 Serger. Neither is for quilting... so, what do you all have that you're proud to talk about. I need to add to my machines - one for quilting, and one for embroidery?

    Thanks for sharing!
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    i have two janome, a janome serger, and old singer that belonged to my mom that i
    inherited. i also have a bernina and a toyota. so 6 machines. oh and i have
    a janome 1600p on my long arm. the two janome are a horizon and a little one
    i think the 125 anniversary one.(to lazy to get up and look)

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    I have 7 machines and one serger. One is a featherweight and one is a treadle. Recently got a 401a which I like a lot but my favorite is my 10 year old mechanical Brother from Costco. I haven't been bitten by the embroidery bug yet.

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    I have 4 sewing machines, 1 serger, 1 embroidery machine, and one long arm and one other quilting machine that is still in its box. Just wished I had the space to have them out at the same time. LOL!

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    My machine is a Brother Dreamweaver XE. It's a combination embroidery, sewing, and quilting. It's a top of the line machine by Brother but worth every penny of it. I used to use a Brother SE400, also a combo machine but on a much smaller size. I used it as my only machine before the Dreamweaver but FMQ is hard to do on it because it's small.

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    Pfaff 2038, Viking Platinum 715, Pfaff Ambition 1.0, Featherweight, Sweet Sixteen sit down quilter.

    Love them all. The Viking was my FMQ machine till I got the 16. Ambition is my piecing machine because of the dual feed. Featherweight is on display in living romm and people admire it, although I have recently pieced a complete top with it.

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    Just two, unless you count the one my friend loaned me so that I can learn how to use it so that I can teach her..teeheeeheeee. My two are a Janome Horizon 7700 and a Juki Pearline Serger...love them both. My friends is Aa older Bernina embroidery machine.
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    How many one NEEDS and how many one WANTS and how many one HAS and how many one USES are four different questions!,
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    Singer Quantum
    Singer Featherweight
    Singer 301
    Singer 15 in cabinet with optional knee power control (love that)
    2 Janome Jems
    Brother Nouvelle1500 S

    I use them all. I bought three of them, the rest were given to me. I won the Brother quilting machine. The older Singer Quantum has the best stitch of them all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    How many one NEEDS and how many one WANTS and how many one HAS and how many one USES are four different questions!
    toooooo true! LOL

    i have .... hmmmm ...

    1. Janome MC11000SE
    2. Janome MC8900
    3. Janome MC6600P (which I'm holding for a friend who's going to buy it.)
    4. Singer (something-or-other, built in the 40s. does not work. just for show.)
    5. Singer (built in the 20s. does not work. just for show.)
    6. Brother (built in the 50s. parked at my father's house to use while i'm there. it's a bit of a tank. LOL
    7. Simplicity Quilters Classic (here until i find just the right new home for it.)
    8. White; portable model (ditto re new home.)

    so, that makes 8 that i own; two that i use; one that my friend is using/learning.

    believe it or not, there were more.
    i gave some to friends, one or two were contributed to a fundraiser yard sale.

    luckily for me (and my budget) i don't have any space for a long-arm rig. LOL

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    Right now I have three Janomes. Two are combo emb. the 9000 and the 10001, the other is a 3500 smaller that I take to classes and my quilt group when we meet. love them all and use them all.

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    I own a Bernina Artista 185 for sewing, piecing etc. a Bernina 220 for the same but much lighter and portable. I also own a Bernina serger which I use for part of the construction on my Linus quilts, a Singer Featherweight that is the same model that I learned to sew on as a child. I got it at a yard sale for $20 in mint condition. And finally two stand alone embroidery machines, a Bernina Deco 650 and a Brother PE780D. Both embroidery machines use the same format PES. My 185 is also capable of embroidery but I didn't get the module for that on purpose. I can be running embroidery projects on both embroidery machines while I am using the sewing machine or machines. I am an expert at multi tasking. I will admit that have a small fortune tied up in embroidery software. I will also admit that some of it has never been used.

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    Bearsigray definitely asked the right questions. I have three machines set up all the time because I can't find a machine that does it all for me. My Juki TL-98Q is set up with a walking foot or FM foot for machine quilting. It is fast, powerful and wonderful but it is only straight stitch. My Husqvarna #1 Plus is set up as it does multiple stitches and embroidery. Then I have my vintage 201 Singer set up with a buttonholer (I make a lot of bags, kid's clothing) and for mending DH's heavy coveralls. I also have a Husqvarna 360 Prelude with walking foot and lots of feet in a travelling case always packed and ready to go out to my quilt classes or stitching days with friends. My machines that are always set up are in cabinets and there is no way that I would consider dragging them in and out so that I could take them to a class. I also have a Singer 301 that I sometimes take to stitching days and my Featherweights. I also have a lovely 127 Singer in an fancy oak cabinet that sits in my living room looking pretty. Do I need them all? Probably not but I enjoy them and use them and don't feel one bit guilty about them.
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    22 plus one serger, and babylock crown jewel on pearl frame with CT

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    [QUOTE=Barbwork;6138379]I've been reading this post for about a month. It amazes me how many machines are listed after a name, or by chance in a reply.

    I'm new to quilting... starting out with a sewing machine Brother CS6000i, and a Janome 1034 Serger. Neither is for quilting... so, what do you all have that you're proud to talk about. I need to add to my machines - one for quilting, and one for embroidery?

    You don't need lots of machines I have my main that suits me fine for embroidery and quilting and sewing than I have my small travel machine similar to your cs6000i that you can actually use for quilting as many have. More machines just means more of them to upkeep. Just cause lots of people have lots doesn't mean you have to
    Brother XL-3500i, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D, Juki MO-2000QVP

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    3 - a Brother CS6000i which I take to quilt guild (and I think it may be on it's last leg), a Singer 9600 Quantum in case I need it (), and a Bernina 780 which is a combination sewing, quilting and embroidery all in one. I use this one on a quilt frame with the Bernina QuiltMotion and Creative Touch Pad, I'm in love!

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    I have:

    Viking Designer SE - use this one every day and love it
    Janome 3160 - this is my travel and class machine - I sew with others 2 -3 time a month and go on 4 retreats a year
    Viking Daisy - just bought this machine and I keep it set up for my friend that I sew with 1-2 times a week
    Hinterberg Voyager 17 on a stretch frame for quilting

    I feel very lucky to have all these machines and that they get used all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    How many one NEEDS and how many one WANTS and how many one HAS and how many one USES are four different questions!,
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    This is so true. Some have many machines and use them all; some do all their work with 1 machine. It's possible to quilt without a machine. Some people still like to hand piece and quilt. I personally have an antique Singer 127 that works great but I never use. I also have an older Singer serger that I only use for clothes, a Brother SQ9000 for quick little jobs, a Brother PE-770 for embroidery, a Singer 15-88 that still lives at Mom's house, and a Pfaff Quilt Expression. The Pfaff gets most of the work because it is the only one set into a table and because it has the largest harp for machine quilting. I love all my machines, and I'm glad to have them.
    Shirley in Arizona

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    just two. A Janome 6600MC and an Avante Handiquilter. I don't need anything else as I don't go to classes and such. I would consider adding a smaller machine if that was the case.
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    I didn't get a 'bigger' machine until 2010. Before that I had a small-throated, simple Pfaff.

    But, since I joined this forum, wow..

    Now I have two Pfaffs which are currently loaned out to 2 ladies--one lady is buying one of them, but the other I'm keeping as a teaching machine/loaner.

    Plus,
    1 -Janome Horizon (main one I use for sewing, quilting)
    1 - Janome 12000 (got it second hand in January--mainly use it for embroidery big things)
    1 - Janome 350E (got it second hand, use it for embroidery smaller things)

    These three are set up in my sewing room--sometimes all three are going at once.

    But I got a 1600P Janome for use on a frame my DH is supposed to make me. It is in the basement--waiting for that frame. I have used it some, just trying to get used to it.

    It's mostly the influence of this board that "made me" buy all these machines. Actually, I'm really enjoying all three that are in my sewing room. Someday I'd love to have a treadle, and learn to use it. I just don't know where I'd put it.

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    i just have tooooooooooooooooooo many

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    I only have 12 machines, only one is computerized and does have a few fancy stitches and a few "embroidery" stitches. I have no desire to have a real embroidery machine, as it is, I rarely use any of the optional stitches. Most of my machines are old Singers although I do have a Montgomery Wards(50's), Kenmores(60's), Husky(70's), and a Morse. One of these days, I'll have them all up and running and will have room to have them all set up, ready to go. I also have a BabyLok serger that has many, many miles on her, but haven't used her much since I've started quilting, but wouldn't even think about getting rid of her.

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    i have a serger, embroidery combo, two regular sewing machines, a midarm, and a treadle. they all have their purpose.
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    I have a janome jem I use for classes
    topaz 30 emb. & sewing
    quilt designer 11
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    2 tredles I do not use these

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    I gave my two treadles to my two DDs. One was my grandmother's treadle. They use them for decoration value. They don't sew with them. I stuck a new belt for each one in one of the cabinet drawers along with a copy of the manual. One day who knows, someone may want to sew on it. LOL. At least they have them safe and they are out of my house.
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