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    Machine. Maintenance

    I gave my main machine a good clean and oiled the bobbin hook for Christmas sewing. While I was at it, a thought occurred to me.....when was the last time I used my other machines. It's been a while so I cleaned and oiled them all and sat and sewed for 1/2 an hour on them all. I want my backup machines in good working order in case my main machine has to go for a check up. When was the last time you used your backups?

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    My default machine is a Singer 401 (1958) but I wander regularly among my machines, all of them vintage. And then there are the new acquisitions, which have to prove themselves before they're admitted to the herd.

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    My backup is my mother's Singer 301A. I sewed on it last summer when my main machine was in the shop and again last month to try out my new walking foot I got for it. I do need to use it more often to keep it in tip top shape.
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    I haven't Tartan. I did just have it go in for service around August but have not had a chance to test it out.
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    Excellent reminder. You would hate for your main machine to need service only to find your b/u is also sick. I'm lucky. One at home and one at the cottage. Use them both frequently, but not simultaneously!
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    I have four machines set up in my sewing room and three portables in cases. I rotate the portables when going to sew days and I sew on each of the machines in my sewing room. I have one set for paperpiecing, one for decorative stitching, one for fmq and machine quilting, and one for piecing blocks. I clean and oil each one myself.
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    I took my small portable to a class a week ago. A few days before, I cleaned and checked it--and realized that it had been sitting since April!! I will try to be much more diligent with giving it a regular workout.
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    With over 50 machines I have back ups for my back ups. I switch machines when the mood strikes me and do a clean/oil when setting a machine up to use. Since I service my own machines I have no need to take them in. Every new(to me) machine gets a thorough going over before I use it.

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    My niece just died and left a Wheeler & Wilson treadle machine from the 1890's I think. I will have to bring it in, clean and see if it runs, and then sell it. I hate to sell it but the electric bill left is $950. I have no choice.

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    Since I started accumulating vintage machines and realized how easy it is to service them I do it pretty regularly. But the last 6 months most of them are in my son's basement (which is dry) waiting for us to move. We are very close and I will finally have my own sewing room and a basement with a workbench already there so I'm really going to be able to keep up with it. Can't decide which ones will live in sewing room. I only have two in cabinets. A treadle and a 66. I have gotten to enjoy the smell of a freshly oiled machine. Crazy right??
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    ....I'm lucky. One at home and one at the cottage. Use them both frequently, but not simultaneously!
    You made me laugh as I realized I DO have 2 that I use at the same time.....or on different sections of the same block.
    I piece HSTs and other triangle type sections on one machine where I can not use my sticky-note-pad-1/4"-seam-barrier trick, and the other where I have the barrier set up for a straight 1/4" seam. I just move down the table length from one machine to the other, SEW handy.

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    I only have 2 machine. I use both a lot
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    I have several sewing machines (mostly Singer). I oil and clean each and everyone after I complete a project. The three newer ones don't need as much cleaning. The Vintage Singers are lubed and oiled after each major project and I do use different machines regularly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    I have gotten to enjoy the smell of a freshly oiled machine. Crazy right??
    I don't think so. Crazy is spending thousands to do just straight stitch and zigzag on a plastic machine that you can't fix when you can get a reliable, fixable one (that occasionally carries the elusive scent of Cologne de la Huile) for less than 100 bucks.

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    Good reminder! I keep one of mine threaded with black so use it more often than the other one. Just remembered the FW I haven't used in a long time. Will get right on it!

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    Mine goes to retreat with me twice a year and to any classes I take.

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    I sat and sewed on my featherweight all summer. I just recently changed the needle and oiled her. and you're right I then thought about the other machines and slowly pulled them out and clean them up & oiled whatever machines needed to be oiled. my janome says not to oil. don't understand that, so I just cleaned her up.

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    I'm in the process of rotating my machines right now. I just added two to the herd and I figured I better give some of the old girls a spin before I get the new ones in to play with.

    I also keep an inventory of my machines for my dear daughter who inherits all my worldly goods. My inventory lists each machine, model no., serial number, how much I paid for them, when I bought them, where I bought them, a list of presser feet and accessories, and a brief description of the kind of sewing they do. This way she'll have a pretty good idea of the worth of each machine.

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    Good point!

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