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    Super Member jitkaau's Avatar
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    Four - but would like more.

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    Well, each one of mine has a different function. I'll admit I have more than one embroidery machine.

    When I upgraded to my 8200 I traded in my old Brother. The dealer told me not to because if I did I wouldn't be able to sew while the 8200 was embroiderying. He was right, so I bought a machine that just sews. My granddaughter has her own machine. Then I bought the Innovis 4000 and what I could get for the 8200 wasn't worth selling or trading. I have 8 granddaughters that some day might use them. A friend was clearing out her house and had an 8500 she gave me.
    So that explains all the sewing/embroidery machines.

    But, I have a serger, coverstitch, embellisher and blindhemmer. They all do something different. So I'm noting really hording machines. They all have a different function. And believe me, at this time of year I've usually got all three embroidery machines working and sewing on the other ones.

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    I only have 1 simple one no fuss, and a serger. For now it's ok with me.

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    I am not even sure how it happened but I have a Jamone that I have had now close to 20 years now that until just a few years ago I use most of the time. Once in awhile I would use my 1905 Singer Treadle machine just to keep it in good running shape. Then I bought my serger, (New Home).
    Then something happened.... I decided to try my hand at machine emboridery so I bought a Brother Embrodery Machine, then I traded a quilt I made for myself for another one giving me 2 different model Brother Embroidery machines. My daughter decided I needed a small machine that did nothing but embroidery so she bought me another machine she found at a garage sale. (I think that is 6) I then found a beautiful antique machine at a garage sale that I just had to have. My daughter who knows my love of sewing and sewing machines found 2 more vintage machines and gave them to me for Christmas a year ago. (now we are up to 9). And this summer I got a Grace Quilting Machine system with a Brother 1500s. So unless I missed one somewhere there are 10 sewing machines in my home. All of them are in working order and ready for use at any moment. I can and do sew even when we have power outages. The 4older machines (1905, 1928 ,1931,1960)work just as good as the other machines. I still am not sure how it happened but I do use them. I forgot to mention that I gave 2 sewing machines away over the years) For me different machines work better for different types of sewing. I love them all. Julia

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbeadit
    We collect sewing machines because we like them, all older mechanical ones. I do have several sergers and other machines only one new long arm and hope that is all of those I get.lol WE just love sewing machines.

    I just love that little "Grasshopper" machine........... I have one too, dont see them often. Do you use yours? Mine sews perfectly,,, as good as a featherweight!

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    I just counted ---8. But I do have two houses.
    an old treddle, used for a table
    my Singer touch and sew purchased new in 1964
    an old Montgomery Wards in Florida
    Viking Scandanivia 200 to take to guild, etc
    Viking Scandanivia 300, small emboidery/sewing, going to FL
    Viking Platium 955e embroidery/sewing
    HQ 16 mid-arm for quilting
    Singer IZEK which my grandchildren use because you can control the speed to keep it slow.

    Five of these are used almost daily, the three old ones are just because I like them.

    Jean

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    i have 15 machines all but two of them are vintage singers.

    i like them for the art work and history behind them. many people collect antiques and vintage items and this is along those lines.

    i buy them, restore them, and display them - even though they all work i never use them.

    i have an 18 inch for frame quilt and a juki f600 for piecing and these are the only machines i use.

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    5 and love each of them!!

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    I don't know what's happened to me in the last year, but I've become completely smitten by any old sewing machine that has a certain sound. It's a soft purr, or hum, or even a soft clicking that speaks to me. She can look like she's been dragged behind a tractor from this county to the next, but if I put pressure on the pedal and she has that sound, I NEED her. I can't explain it.

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    forget to add the serger, which is still in the box!, have to find a place for it.
    I moved my sewing stuff to the living room, since the small bedroom I was using , just was not big enough...... :P
    I have lots of room, but it is not arranged very well,need some help on that. :wink:

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    I have one Janome and love it, reading the thread made me have a look at sergers though and think I will keep an eye out for a cheap one as would like to have a go making clothes at some point.

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    Same reason they climb Mt. Everest. They are there, they are neat and they do wonderful things. I was up to 5, traded 3 in for a Bernina so am down to only 3. Not bad for someone who down sized and went from half a basement sewing room to a 6X6 closet and part of the guest room.

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    i have four machines and one serger. i have an old montgomery ward one i never use. it is in the closet with a cover on it. i am not in to old machines.

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    I started out with my singer 327 that I bought for myself on layaway in 1961. Used that for years and years. Made my first quilt on it (flannel - what was I thinking?). then son bought a dinky Brother mechanical and asked me to make drapes. I said if I could have the machine. I LOVE that machine. It is about 7 years old, bought in Costco. Couldn't think why I would need another one. Then at a garage sale found an Elnita vintage machine, very heavy, with vertical bobbin and dropped feed dogs, for $10. Sews great. Went to an antique store and fell in love with a singer treadle class 15. Had to have it. Made a vintage apron and scrap quilt on it. Went to an estate sale on a lark and lo and behold, a singer class 66 in a cabinet on half price, for $18.75. Quilted the scrap quilt on it. I had my heart set on a featherweight and looked and looked, bid and lost, looked and looked and then came across one in a flea market/antique mall in an old supermarket. With bobbin case. I keep that one out to look at, but also made a small quilt on it and take it to quilting class. I love all of my machines for various reasons. My go to is the dinky mechanical Brother which will sew on anything, can do fmq and is not fussy about thread. I keep looking to see if anything else will cross my path.

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    At my house at is "not ask and I will not tall." but as long as my boys are having fun looking for old machines for me, who am I to stop them. oh a 14 at last count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doris.meek13088
    I have a commercial grade Singer machine that I use for all of my regular sewing including constructing my quilt tops.
    I have a Juki TL-98Q that my DH gave me for our 25th wedding anniversary with my Gracie setup. I can't imagine wanting or needing any other machine short of a long arm.

    I have seen many posts showing people buying many machines. Why? I understand hording fabric, magazines and even patterns but machines? I understand two so I don't have to move one back and forth off the quilting frame.
    10 I THINK LOL

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    I have two modern machines: one embroidery and one "cheapie" I bought to take to class along with a serger. THEN, I started looking for a treadle because I think they are beautiful and love the history behind them. So, now, I have one 66-1 treadle, one 115 treadle head looking for a base, one 201 hand crank (my favorite), two featherweights and a 328. My DH and I love the history and beauty of them all. We were recently gifted DH's great grandmother's 127 treadle, but it is in sad shape. It has been in a barn for 20+ years but after seeing some of the miraculous restorations here on the board, we think the machine and irons can be saved. The cabinet may not be able to be saved. I use all of them, especially the featherweights and the 201. I rarely use my modern machines unless a class project requires a special stitch.
    So, I guess we are just collectors and the items we happen to collect have purpose.
    Some people collect shoes - how many can you wear at once? To each his own. I am enjoying my collecting just like others enjoy their shoes, stamps, or whatever! Give a vintage machine a try!

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    I have 5 sewing machines. I started out with the Viking #1+ and then bought the Designer 1. I wanted to keep both machines so that I could sew on one while the other one was embroidering. Then I bought the Juki to do frame quilting with. When I replaced the Juki with a Nolting Funquilter, I decided to keep the Juki because it was such a great machine for heavy duty sewing. Two years ago I bought the Designer Diamond. The trade-in was so low that it wasn't worth giving up the machine, so I kept it and use it to take to classes. A friend of mine gave me a Sears sewing machine which was probably 10 years old, but only had about 10 hours of sewing on it! That one will probably be saved for my granddaughter. I have a very small sewing room so can only have two machines set up at once - if I had a bigger room, they'd all be getting used! My husband lets me share his wood shop so that I can do my frame quilting out there. I also have a Viking serger and a Babylock Imagine serger. I kept the Viking because it has the cover stitch, and the Babylock doesn't.

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    I have 6 plus serger at my house. Four of the machines are Bernina's and all functioning. Will be getting rid of one Bernina embroidery and sewing machine as I purchased the new 830 last year and need the room. They just accumulated. There are also 3 machines at DD's houses. One DD actually has sewn on the machine at her house. If I had room I would also pick up a Featherweight just because.

    mltquilt

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    I have a Singer 201, 401, 99K, and 415 I use regularly. One is set up for piecing, one for zigzag, one for quilting, one just because. Then when working I do not have to change things or change threads if i am working with more than one color. I have a red eye that works but use it more as decoration/display in my studio. My son just bought me a treadle but it is still at his house and I have only seen pics. It was made in 1908 and has flower like decals all around the base and fantastic decals on the rest of the machine. I plan for it to also be on display. Besides, I just love the old machines. i don't collect stamps, or china, or knicknacks or other things people collect, I collect machines. What do you collect if anything?

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    I'll help you out with one of the Featherweights! Will be glad to PM you with the address to send it to...LOL.

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    I have a Brother PC6500 for embroidery and the basting stitch. That is pretty much all I use it for. Vintage machines: Singer 301, Featherweight, 3 15-91's, Singer 404 Slant, Western Auto Wizard in 57 Chevy turquoise and white, Singer 31-15 industrial straight stitch and an Industrial Pfaff 138-6/21 BS Zig Zag that makes the most beautiful satin stitching. The 2 industrial machines fit the same table cutout so I switch them out as usage demands, and a Kenmore Serger.

    I met one of my neighbors who collects vintage machines. She has found most of the vintage ones I have. She has quite a collection herself, but is preparing to sell them off due to her health. She can't move them around and use them any longer.

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    For "normal" sewing a Janome 8000 purchased in 1990. For embroidery the first Brother UTL or is it ULT purchased from a friend needing $$. For classes a Janome Gem and for decoration a Singer Featherweight. Also purchased a Bernina Serger many years ago at a sewing guild meeting that's never been out of the box, paid $40 for it.

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    wow, y'all are really loaded up,. i only have 5 :)

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