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    Junior Member doris.meek13088's Avatar
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    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.

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    Let's see.....most of my piecing is done on a 15 year old Bernina 1090. Then I have a Singer Featherweight, cause it's so cute! Also kept the first machine I ever bought, a JC Penney machine. Collected 3 or 4 older Singers in the wooden cases since I like antiques. And found a Singer treadle for about $20! And then I have a Prodigy longarm and an A-1 longarm. Oh, better not forget the 7 or 8 antique toy machines - Singer, Casiege, Sew EZ, etc.

    I just like sewing machines - doesn't mean I use them all. Think about it - alot of people collect stamps, doesn't mean they use them!! LOL

    Well, darn, I just thought about a couple more machines - got an older machine in a cabinet that belonged to my mom's neighbor, and DH's mom's older cabinet machine. Maybe I better quit buying machines!!! ;-)

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    9... for now.

    Some people collect coins, stamps, porcelain dolls, or Hummel figurines.

    I happen to have a collection of sewing machines.
    Some I have for the functionality, others I have because I think they are beautiful machines and worthy of taking care of for future generations. :)

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    How about to each her own? Does anyone NEED more than three outfits for any season (one in the wash, one worn, one in the closet)? I work hard, pay my taxes, give charity, provide for my family, and spend the surplus as I see fit. I'm sure having extra machines doesn't hurt you or anyone else.

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    I have 1 machine, given to me by my mother in law, which is what got me started sewing.

    She told me tonight we are going to be looking for a second machine for me, something that is better than what I have (second hand, she (and I) love thrift store shopping)

    She said she would like to get me one that will be with a sewing machine cabinet, as the one I have is a portable, she wants me to have something more stable.

    So... we will be watching the thrift stores hehe (not sure how much she is willing to spend)

    she got her pfaff second hand, for $8, then spent I think about $100 getting it serviced. Not sure what pfaff it is, just know it is a pfaff, and she loves it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maia B
    How about to each her own? Does anyone NEED more than three outfits for any season (one in the wash, one worn, one in the closet)? I work hard, pay my taxes, give charity, provide for my family, and spend the surplus as I see fit. I'm sure having extra machines doesn't hurt you or anyone else.
    I don't think anyone was complaining, just seemed that the OP was curious.

    I wish I had a few more machines hehe. So far I am becoming a fabriholic... god help me if I had the money to buy machines and notions LOL (I would turn into a quilt store if I could buy what I wanted/desired)

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    I have 20. I simply love these old machines, and if they weren't so expensive, I'm pretty sure I'd collect some of the newer ones as well.
    ~shrug~ Maia made a good point with the clothing...or any collection...each of my machines is different. Each has it's own style and "personality".

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    Seven, and trying to find number eight! Three get used regularly, two are being saved for my future grandchildren to use, one is a serger, and the other is.... well..... I just can't get rid of it! Number eight will be a treadle in case the power goes out! That's my story and I am sticking to it!

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    8 FW's, 1 Janome, 1 Juki, 1 Kenmore, 1 White Serger, 1 Kobe Blindstitch, 1 Singer Industrial, 1 Rimoldi Serger, 2 301's, 1 99K 1 Eaton's...I love them...I think I need help...

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    I have lots of sewing machines. I just like them and if they are cheap I buy. doesn't mean I will use them all, but I just like them. One day when I have my addition on the house to the west, I plan on having shelving put up to set my machines on to look at. Hehehe, just like if I see a pattern for a quilt or a piece of fabric that I like and can afford it I will buy it. I don't go whole hog and buy the most expensive fabric or sewing machine.

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    I have only 5. I did give one to a friend whose machine was on it's last legs and sold a couple of others. From now on I am keeping them all. I am looking for a serger (never had one before), I think it will come in handy for making housecoats and tote bags. I looked at the Janome 12000 on Friday and am really thinking about getting one. I love the big hoops it has. We'll see what happens.

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    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.

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    I would recommend a good serger for anyone that sews clothing of any kind as well as your bags. Sergers are a great invention. The first one I ever saw was about 27 years ago and I bought one on the spot and took it home and used it right then and there. Was one of the greatest finds I ever had. If need be take lessons so you can get full benefit from using yours. Doesn't have to be fancy to be worth having, just a good one.

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    I would recommend a good serger for anyone that sews clothing of any kind as well as your bags. Sergers are a great invention. The first one I ever saw was about 27 years ago and I bought one on the spot and took it home and used it right then and there. Was one of the greatest finds I ever had. If need be take lessons so you can get full benefit from using yours. Doesn't have to be fancy to be worth having, just a good one.

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    Well sounds like you are hungting for a sewing machine, good for you. Let us know when you find one. Sometimes dealers will have them for a good price also.

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    I have 7 machines and use them all but one. my main machine is a 30 year old New Home Memory Craft 6000. I love it and will really hate to give it up. I have a Viking Huskquvarna, limited Edition. I bought it to do embroidery work. I am still getting used to it so don't do very much just sewing on it. I have a old Kenmore I use when my New Home is in the shop, which is often lately! it is good for back up but not for heavy use. I have a Babylock surger I use a lot for finishing edges. I have a viking felting machine that is fun to create with. and my quilting machine is an industrial Riccour. The fastest machine I have ever used! And the one I don't use is a 1921 singer that I would love to get converted back to a tredle machine.

    I feel blessed to have what I have, and I would love to have a long arm quilter. I also looked at the new Janome 12000, what a fantastic machine!

    New Home is actually a Janome product, for a little while they used the name New Home in the US, later they changed it back to Janome, but it is still the same manafacturer. I love the brand and think they have a great product!

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    I have a juki TL98Q, Kenmore, Bernina 640 combo, Brother PE770 and a serger. They ALL get used almost on a daily basis.

    I can have both embroidery machines going, while I am using my juki and serger at the same time. Sounds like a factory in my sewing room with just ME in there! :lol: :lol:

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    I have an Elna Supra that is 35 years old -- great for piecing and weighs a ton. I have a Janome Horizon that I use most of the time, a Janome 3160 for taking to class, the Juki TL98Q on a Grace frame (I don't move it), the Janome 9700 for embroidery and a Pfaff Serger. I guess that is 6 -- don't have room for more.

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    We have...a 70s Singer, 80's Kenmore, An Industrial Singer that is our quilting machine, another industrial Singer that is our binding machine, a Brother and a Brother Project Runway. A 1953 Singer 201-2. And a Bernina that we won at a quilt show 2 weeks ago. I am currently looking for a feather weight...a treadle machine...and hopefully we will soon get an embroidery machine...also have a toyota Serger

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    I have 3. A Baby Lock that is my main go-to machine. A Pfaff for backup and a Pfaff Gradquilter to set up on the frame.

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    I used to wonder why anyone would want more than one sewing machine - now I have four! A Janome 4800 that I bought when I started to quilt (until then had no interest at all in sewing). A friend gave me an inexpensive little Toyota machine, then a few months ago I bought a Featherweight,mostly out of curiosity, having read so many good things about them. It was love at first sight and I now use it more than the Janome. And yesterday I brought home my latest, a 1950 Singer 201, which I'm hoping to use for free motion quilting. May give away the Toyota, as I don't use it, but the other 3 are all likely to stay in regular use.

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    I guess I'm one of the "odd ducks" on this thread. I have one machine, a Brother Sewing machine. I'm learning that the model I have isn't much good for quilting, so I have my eye on a Janome. As soon as I can afford it, that's what I intend to get, which will leave me with an Awesome sewing and quilting machine, and a back up that can do piece work pretty well. I'd love to get a serger, but that's down the road. I've partnered up with a terrific woman on Esty's who does my embroidery work. She does such a great job that I'm not interested in getting an embroidery machine, at least at this point in time. I'm too busy learning what I've got, and catching up on quilting after being gone from sewing and quilting over 40 years (and just when did they invent computerized sewing machines?!). So I'm already on a steep learning curve, and don't need more to learn. But that serger would help with finishing edges, and I understand, a whole lot more. But first things first: have to get my Janome. That will give me two sewing machines, and no doubt it will stay that way for quite a while, until I add the serger. I'm not the least bit interesting in collecting sewing machines. However, you should see my incredible Tea Pot collection! As they say, to each his/her own. It seems we all have soft spots for certain things, and that's just life, and not something to be ridiculed or looked down on. It gives us pleasure. I enjoy my tea pots almost as much as I enjoy quilting! Don't make me choose!

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    I have 3, and am looking for a treadle in case the power goes out. 2 of them I use all time.

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    I have a 1964 White in a cabinet(my main machine), a Kenmore in a cabinet($10 from Goodwill), a White treadle, a Singer treadle, a newer Singer(my DD has borrowed it for now), a EuroPro(from my SIL) and a Featherweight that I take to class. I'll be getting my DM's Singer301A this winter. I also forgot about my Singer99K given to me by another generous quiltboard member!! I treasure EVERY machine that I have & use ALL of them from time to time!! So I guess I have 8 machines & 1 on the way!!-

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