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    Super Member cashs_mom's Avatar
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    I currently have 5 plus a serger. One is my main machine that I use for all my garment construction. One is my mom's old 301a that I learned to sew on and have recently resurrected for it's awesome straight stitch, one is my Rocketeer that my husband bought me because I was so enamored of them. There are a couple others that I don't use and should get rid of but just haven't. Its okay to have something just because you like it. You don't need a reason sometimes
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    I have less than 12 but more than 2. My Viking D1 is now my basic piecing machine, my new Brother I have at one end of the cutting table mainly for attaching long borders and binding onto the quilt (keeps the weight from hanging over), a Babylock embroidery machine (its a combo but I just keep it for embroidery), 2 sergers, one for just a 3thread and the other for everything else and then of course the quilt machine. So I guess that makes 6 machine.
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    Two.

    I have a 1954 Singer 301A (with the larger flip down table). Just got it recently, have not used it yet.
    A new Laura Ashley Brother. It was on sale. I used it for the Weird Al concert blanket quilt, but outside of that I've just used it for sewing.

    So far I've only hand quilted (outside of that Weird Al quilt, which was too thick to easily hand quilt). I might get one more machine (one to keep at work, two to keep at home), but will wait for the right one.
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    I sometimes wonder why I have so many myself, but...My main machine is an Elna Quilt Queen Pro (love it), a Singer H74 for a travel machine (computerized by not extremely expensive); my Mom's inexpensive,lightweight Singer (don't know model) that isn't computerized and I've saved so that the g-kids can use(her ancient, heavy Kenmore with cams for different stitches went to my son); I also have a treadle (Singer) just cause it reminds me of my Mom sewing in the bathroom (only place with space!) on one when I was little, I also have an industrial ConSew heavy duty machine that rarely gets used but it sure is nice for upholstery, etc. I also have my 2nd machine, a very heavy Deluxe that is all mechanical, and then the Gammill long arm.
    I think most of us that have more than one machine either have several because of different uses or just because we like the machines!

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    I have 20-something machines, I've sort of lost count. 22 or 23, I think. Almost certainly not more than 25.

    Four are modern machines that I've bought brand-new over the years, starting with the simple Kenmore I bought when I was 19. One of those 4 is an embroidery-only machine.

    A couple more are machines I inherited from my grandmother (including an industrial Pfaff that is an awesome and slightly terrifying BEAST, I love that thing).

    The rest are mostly machines from the 50's & 60's, that I bought mostly because I think they're awesome. I do have a few that are older, including a hand-crank Singer 28 from 1899 and a few are from the 20's-40's. The oldest machine that I use on a really regular basis is my Featherweight, it's from the 40's. I have mostly Singer but I like a lot of the Japanese zig-zag machines so I have a few of those too.

    I keep 4 or 5 machines set up for use at all times, and tend to rotate the older ones through so they all get some love. I try not to let them sit for very long without getting put to work. I have four "students" - friends who are beginner sewers that come over to work on sewing projects and I try to help them along - having several extra machines set up makes it so they don't need to bring their own machines if they don't want to and helps me keep my various machines limber. Plus I like introducing young people to vintage machines! (2 of them are in their early 20's.)

    Kind of funny, some of you might relate - the first time my house sitter came over, she surveyed my sewing room (which is in the living room) and looked at all the machines set up and asked me, "So, how many people work here?" She seriously thought I was running a sweat shop out of my living room! LOL!

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    I now have to change my answer. My husband bought me a Featherweight for my birthday. One more to add to the herd.
    Patrice S

    Bernina Artista 180, Singer 301a, Featherweight Centennial, Rocketeer, Juki 2200 QVP Mini, White 1964 Featherweight

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    I have 3 different model of brother embroidery machines. Then there is my 1905 Singer treadle and a 1921 White, it has the strangest tension set up I have ever seen. Both of these machines are in perfect working order. I have a Kenmore machine that is about 20 years old, then my surger. I have the Juki that I am using as my all-purpose machine right now and then I have a 1500se Brothers machine that is on my Grace Quilting Frame. That is a total of 9 machines currently. I just gave away 3 machines. One went to someone wanting to learn to quilt. The other 2 went to students at the local high school who wanted a machine at home to work with while learning to sew.

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    I have 18 machines: one Singer 50D (chain stitch machine) I used to sew my clothes on during high school; a Pfaff 362 my parents bought me for high school graduation; a Bernina 1530; a Bernina serger; a Bernina embroidery machine; three Featherweight 221s; one Featherweight 222; a Singer model 20 (chain stitch); three Singer model 66s (ages from 1918 to 1951); four Singer 99s; one 1951 Singer 201-2; and one 1950 Singer 201K. All of the machines work, although some I use more than others. I've become obsessed with collecting the vintage Singers since seeing and acquiring my first Featherweight last September. I just love the look of them and the simplicity of the way they sew and can be maintained.
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    2 singer, pfaff,viking, white serger

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    I have 3 at the moment. When we moved I had to sell my grandmother's treadle machine (which is the one I learned to sew on). That broke my heart. I now have a janome 6600 that I love and that is my main sewing machine and I just bought a feather weight from a friend and haven't gotten a chance to even get it out of its case yet. I also have a pfaff that I had out of the box only once as I just love my janome. Would like to sell my pfaff as I won't ever use it. I guess we can only sew on one sewing machine at one time so I don't need any more.

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    I have 6, none of which is newer than 1996! I have my original 1976 Viking that I use all of the time; 2 working duplicates in case I need spare Viking parts; my mom's 1958 Elna Supermatic with all of the cams that I learned to sew on, and a working spare with cams for parts; and my least favorite, a 1996 Janome. I love the older heavy machines with all metal parts. They will sew thru many layers with ease, don't move around on my desk when I sew, and do not have to be reset every time I turn them on. They are old workhorses like me and do anything I need them to do.

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    Lets see...Husq Lily, 3- Singer 30l's, Husq SE and Designer EPIC, 1901 Singer, Standard Treadle, Babylock Sashiko, Singer Repro featherweight 160, Husq Felting machine, White Serger.
    The only ones that aren't used is the 1901 Singer and Treadle but I do use all the others and when I have sewing buddies over they don't have to bring machines.
    And yes it's addictive esp finding a great deal on a vintage machine...Always have my eye open for Vintage machines any brand in working condition when antiquing.

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    I am also one of those who said they would never have more than one machine. Well I have a Janome 6600 that I adore for quilting but it's a behemoth dropped into a table. When I broke the spool pin taking it out at a class, I bought a more lightweight Brother Sew/Embroidery machine also to take to classes. Then I sewed on a Guild Member's Featherweight so now I'm in search of one of those lol. Maybe a serger at some point..,
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    Hi all, just joined the group. I actually have 12 machines. 5 of them are actually antiques (Singer treadle, Singer Featherweight, Singer hand crank, and 2 1940-1950 British children's toy hand cranks that really sew); 4 of them are embroidery (kept moving up to larger hoop sizes as I learned); and three are various sizes and brands. I love sewing machines, LOL.

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    welcome laaddis!!

    I answered way back when, things have changed.
    I've sold five machines and bought one so now have

    Eversewn 30 for the RV

    Janome 8900
    Singer 404
    Singer 66 treadle. all four in cabinets and are set up and in use.

    And a lovely white rotary in a little cabinet that will move on when I find someone who needs a good straightforward machine. I've learned less is more for me.

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