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    Sewing machines do you have that you regularly use? Since I am starting this major sewing room clean out (from my other post), it got me thinking, how many sewing machine should I keep. I hope to have a more dedicated sewing room in our next house but who knows how long that it could take to sell our place or where we are going to end up.

    I currently have 3 and have access to 2 more if I have to take mine in for service. I am seriously contemplating getting rid of at least 1 of them, maybe both the extras. I never use either of them and they just sit and collect dust. Neither of them are anything special, just basic machines and then I have my piecing machine that I do use regularly...it isn't going anywhere.

    So I ask, how many machines do you have that you regularly use and how many do you have that are dust catchers?

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    I have one machine that I use for pretty much everything. It is my Janome. I have a Brother from Walmart that I rarely use. And then there are my vintage machines. I have 8 of them. :mrgreen: Two are treadles, two are in cabinets (one is my Rocketeer) and 4 are in carrying cases.

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    I only have one and that is an Elna.

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    i have 2, i use 2.
    i don't have room for more..to much fabric and notions! :thumbup:

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    I have one but would love an embroidering machine - may have to save up for that

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    I have 3. One is an embroidery, rarely used. An Old singer from the high school that I attended, learned to sew on it many years ago. And one of my grandmothers sewing machines, i never use it. Now I'm looking for a serger and a mid to longarm. A gal can never have to many machines or fabric.

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    I have 4? I just sold one so I used to have more..

    I have my sewing machine, a Janome 4900qc
    an embroidery machine with a sewing features I'll only use if my machine goes in to service - a Brother 4500d
    a serger that was given to me and has timing issues. I'll look at it someday. For now it is under the table taking up space.
    I also have a Bailey 15" on a frame with a pcq that I have not used at all. If I don't make friends with it, I am going to sell it and clear out the space and just get a sit down machine and a big table lol. I am hoping to make friends with it though and more sooner than later.


    I just recently sold my old faithful, a JC Penny machine that I bought in 1990. It was a fabulous old machine, that I bought new when I was in the service - it was really heavy, all metal and made by Singer when Singer was still good. It was hard to part with it but I really just never used it anymore and after getting the Brother 4500d, I felt that saving it as a back up machine was kind of silly.

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    I have 3/4 and another on the way. A Bernina 730E, so it does embroidery too, my older Bernina 1260 that I tend to piece on, a Featherwieight, new to me this summer, and intended more for taking to workshops, plus an overlocker.

    The one on the way is an HQ16 Sit Down. I don't have room for a long arm as such - well, not the frame etc., but this new one will give me all the space to shove my quilts under it, and it's set in a table that measures 36in x 30in.

    I am already used to FMQ, so that holds no terrors, and the other advantage will be the bigger bobbin - it holds 2 1/2 times more than a regular one. I can't wait for it to arrive.

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    Mostly I use my big elna, but have another elna, that I use for backup and a Morse that I occasionally use, I have 3 more in my sewing room and 3 older ones in cabinets in my little store room, but I'm not getting rid of any of them. LOL

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    Gee, we're not addicts or anything, right?? Fabric, machines, the list is endless!!
    I have my Bernina QE, my Featherweight that I love piecing on and can keep it downstairs wherever I want to be, my first machine is a Kenmore 1040 that I don't use anymore but I love it, a Singer 301, for now that's all but I want all the old Singers I see!! lol

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    I have a one and only.

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    A serger, a Janome MC8000(20 years old) and my featherweight that never gets used.It was my first machine . Hoping to replace the MC as the LCD light has gone bad, can hardly read anything on it, $300 to repair. Just not sure if I want to spend $5ooo for a new one, and I"d love the new MC11000 !!

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    I have just the one. It's my first machine, and very basic...got it for christmas a few years ago. I'm eyeing up a new machine, maybe for christmas this year! :)

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    My Singer CE-250 is set up for embroidery only (never tried sewing on it). My Singer 9940 is set up with black thread right now for a WIP, My White Speedylock 639 for serging.My 301 is set up with beige thread for a WIP, my handcrank 128 is set up for scrappy piecing. The other machines are in various nooks and crannies around the house awaiting a project. I like having each machine set up for a different project so that when I tire of one project I can just switch to the other one quickly.

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    I have 5 in my sewing room, three are vintage and on a shelf. And I have 5 in my trunk for Project Linus to use once a month that are all Janome's and a Husqavarana. I like my personal ones set up, one with a walking foot, 1/4 foot, and regular. I love machines. DOn't sell it, just as soon as you do, one will go done and you will need it.LOL

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    I keep a Janome Gem Gold in the car trunk for taking to guild meetings. I have a Singer 301 I use for most all my piecing. I have a Singer Quantum I use for zig zag/decorative stitches/overcasting. I have a Brother 1500 for machine quilting. I have a Singer Featherweight because it's so cute and I have a Singer 15-90 in cabinet I use for paper piecing. I have a Janome treadle I never use. DD bought a Janome Gem and used it once and left it in my sewing room. I sew on it every now and then to keep it lubricated. The only one I bought was the Gem and the Quantum, the rest were given to me.

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    I have one juki 3 brothers and use them all

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    I have a Brother ULT2003D (bought new) that I use mostly for embroidery (thinking of selling, though since I don't use it much); A Brother for taking to classes (don't use it much either..it's in a case in my closet); a Singer 328K Rocketeer (don't use it much...just like the looks of it);a vintage Mercury that I have displayed in my guest room; and a Brother PQ1500s that I use for piecing and quilting (LOVE this machine!!).

    As soon as you get rid of one of your machines you'll wish you never would have...believe me!

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    I have 4. My Bernina for all peicing and any other sewing I may do. It is an older QE and does not have embroidery capability other then the pre-programmed block letters.
    My old JC Penney machine which was my first machine I got in high school. It is sitting in a closet gathering dust but I keep it for a backup. My treadle that I just got last year and still haven't gotten her in working order and finally my Innova longarm that I just got in July. I am in the process of finishing up an old UFO to slap on the Innova which will be my first real quilt to put on it. Up until now I have been working on practice sandwich but I am ready to do a real quilt.

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    I have a treadle machine, 3 set up in my sewing room, one for piecing, one for quilting and one for embroidery. Also a Janome I use for classes and traveling, and one old one that does things that are heavy duty, patches, leather etc. I guess that makes 6 and yes, I use them all !!!

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    I have 10. 2 viking sewing and embroidery, 2 singer antiques. 1 singer 503, 1 Euro Pro, 1 brother, 1 felting
    Expression, 1 905 viking serger, and my jr miss I got for christmas when I was 10 yrs. old. I do not plan on getting rid of any of them at the present time.

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    I have one that I regularly use, my Janome MC4900, which I simply adore - one of the reasons the others don't get used as much. Then there are the dust catchers....the White that a friend gave me for my daughter, the Riccar that isn't working right now and always was a PITA, then there is my husband's New Home. Oh, and my lovely serger.

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    I have only one, but have been looking on CL for a backup.

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    I have 3 Pfaff sewing/embroidery machines I use every day, A Pfaff serger coverlock machine I use when I need to serge. A Singer 503A I got just a few weeks ago, I have not really gotten to know her yet. and 3 antique Wilcox & Gibbs that sit around my sewing room/studio. I traded my Pfaff 1229 to my sister (for a laptop computer) this past April and I sure do miss her. Think I will look for another one, was such a work horse. Am also looking for a FW.

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    I have one machine that I use for everything I do and that is a Janome MC6500. I have a basic Janome as well that I have never even used.

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