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Thread: Justification???

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    I'm trying to justify buying a featherweight. I already have 3 machines. And I use them all. Then I got to thinking, dh has 7 or 8 or 10 fishing poles. Not sure how many - never actually counted them. I have no idea how much fishing poles cost and I don't care how much money he spends on anything!! We never complain about each others' spending. We're both so tight we squeak when we walk, so we don't spend money foolishly. Is equating fishing poles and sewing machines a fair comparison?

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    sure it is. I try to compare my husbands tools to my fabric but he's a mechanic and he makes money with his tools and I have yet to try to sell one of my quilts. Good luck

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    LOL, do you really need justifiaction? They are just SO darn cute......that would be my "justification", lol!

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    (Is equating fishing poles and sewing machines a fair comparison?)

    Probably not, but if you don't spend foolishly, then he probably doesn't care, if he wants to spend his time alone while fishing! (it'll keep you out of his hair.....??!!)

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    LOL, dh and i have a rule, you can never have too much fishing or quilting stuff as long as all the bills are paid. I think sewing machines cost a bit more than poles, but if he has a fish finder.....

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    You both have your personal joys/ hobbies. Who ever said " you are only allowed to have X amount of machines?" If it doesn't cause problems with you and DH go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I also feel quilty SOMETIMES...but then it disappears and I buy what I want...My husband unfortunately encourages me and I'm the cheap one. If it weren't for him I would have never bought my first expensive Husqvarna SE seeing that 4 mths prior I invested in a cheap if you call 800.00 cheap embroidery only machine. To cover myself from feeling guilty as I did this wk when I bought an Accu GO cutting machine I got stuff I need to rid myself of and put them on ebay and some quilting books I don't use anymore on this site to make the money back...That's how I solve my guilt I sell...

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    Well justification is not in my vocabulary....so it's hard for me to understand the conundrum (as in a difficult problem for you). I have found that anyone who wants/needs a justification for whatever... the possibilites are limitless. It's either a want/need and depending on your financial situation the answer should be clear. I never use the comparison of what I have for my quilting versus what he has for his whatever...it's just not an issue in my home. I don't know if this is helpful to you but I do hope it does help you some to see a different perspective.

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    hard to say, some fishing poles are a couple of hundred bucks. then there's the reels to go with them. don't forget all the lures and extras. i have 3 machines. 2 of them were about $1700 each. he has about 50 poles, some cheap, some not. he also has a fish finder, several gps's, and a very nice boat! i told him even when i get my longarm i wont be caught up!!!! this, of course, is my excuse for fabric..... it's all fun and games though. we just kid about these things!

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    My personal opinion? If you feel you have to justify a purchase, you probably shouldn't make it....let alone using a 'toy score' as that justification.

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    It's not "just" a machine, it's memoribilia, a thing of beauty, and useful too boot. We could all buy cheap bedding at Target and give gift cards, dropping this "hobby" altogether and save $$$$. I have 9 machines, including 3 featherweights, a serger, yards and yards of fabric, and NO SHAME. I dont pay for TV, make-up, haircuts, and many other "standard" expenses. We all have different priorities.

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    Things that cute don't need justification!

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    why compare what he has and you have if it doesn't matter how much you each spend.

    if you want it just buy it

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    I say go for it. I love my fetherweight!

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    If you think about the fact that different poles are the best tool for different situations, and different machine are the best tool for different sewing situations, then, yes, I would think it makes a lot of sense.

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    You're way behind. I have 15 sewing machines, if you count the two sergers. But that isn't really the point. My machines are good at different things. I use the machine that will do what I want at the time. One is for embroidery, one for heavier zigzag, several for straight stitching.

    I got the featherweight for taking to classes or traveling. That was my justification.

    My husband collects N-Scale model trains, and he has WAY more train engines than I have sewing machines. :)

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    I count my DH's fishing poles too. I also count his guns and garden tractors as well. If you really don't have the money, then I would not spend it. You could always save your change. I do this when I want something I can't afford it. DH will donate his change to help me raise the money faster. He even helps me sell some bow tuck purses to earn the money. He's a keeper.

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    Gee, I have 6 machines, (4 of them vintage). I already warned my dh as soon as the opportunity presents itself I am buying one:)
    Think how long it has lasted and it will become a family heirloom!

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    Equating fishing poles/boats/tackle/GPS/depth sounder is what I do. It works. My husband is easy though, so it would probably work without equating. However, sometimes I feel like I have to justify it to myself. Sometimes I don't.
    I just ordered a new iPad, to the tune of almost $800 and didn't feel like I had to justify that at all. Hmmm - I think I am dangerous when I am in this mood.
    Enjoy yourself!

    Quote Originally Posted by karenpatrick
    I'm trying to justify buying a featherweight. I already have 3 machines. And I use them all. Then I got to thinking, dh has 7 or 8 or 10 fishing poles. Not sure how many - never actually counted them. I have no idea how much fishing poles cost and I don't care how much money he spends on anything!! We never complain about each others' spending. We're both so tight we squeak when we walk, so we don't spend money foolishly. Is equating fishing poles and sewing machines a fair comparison?

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    Life is to short to compare what DH has and what I have or don't have. We both decided if we want it and can afford it, GET IT. Be happy.

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    Do you take classes? I guess that a FW is easier to take to class. Do you really need it or just want it? I only have 1 machine and I do not see the NEED for more. I have looked at several Kenmores vintage and been tempted to buy one cheap but then wonder what I would use it for. I quess that I would rather spend money on fabric to sew that something to sew no fabric on. As for fishing poles- each one can served to catch different fish and under different conditions. LIFE IS REALLY NOT A COMPETITION

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    i quilt, dh races his corvette...........only pylon course against the clock...they won't risk hurting their babies.
    when he started complaining about $$ on fabric, i told him i hadn't even caught up with tires yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STICHNRN
    i quilt, dh races his corvette...........only pylon course against the clock...they won't risk hurting their babies.
    when he started complaining about $$ on fabric, i told him i hadn't even caught up with tires yet.
    ROFL, thats the best comeback I've seen all morning!

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    I use my husband's motorcycle as leaverage lol

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    You don't have to justify buying a FW. If you don't have one, you are missing out on a sweet little workhorse. I highly recomend getting one. I bought 3. One for me, and one for each of my girls!

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