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Thread: My Machine Went to that Great Quilting Guild in the Sky

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    Only had the binding and quilting the edges left to do... then my 21 year old White sewing machine made a few clunking noises and seized up with the needle stuck down in the fabric. It took some time and near panic to get it out. After taking the machine panels off, we found that one of the plastic gears (Plastic gears!) had too many teeth worn down and it could no longer engage the bobbin case.

    It was only a $99 machine anyway and after years of sewing children's clothes, crafts, and even my daughter's prom gown, it owed me nothing.
    The silver lining? DH told me to buy a new one, and to get a good one this time without plastic gears! Yahoo! So i've been reading all the topics here having to do with which features and machines are most appreciated. Got a lot of good advice from you all and I want to say thanks to all those who share such great stuff!

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    You have my deepest sympathies!

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    Do you feel like you've lost a trusted friend? I felt that way when my Viking gave up the ghost 6 years ago. I get along with my Bernina, but it doesn't stitch as nicely as that machine.

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    I hate it when a machine, car, dishwasher, whatever dies!!!!
    Hope you have a backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    Do you feel like you've lost a trusted friend? I felt that way when my Viking gave up the ghost 6 years ago. I get along with my Bernina, but it doesn't stitch as nicely as that machine.
    You got that right! I feel sentimentally sad and am thinking of all the memories made together. I don't want to discard her even though she doesn't work anymore. No back up machine though... but luckily I know of a very good sewing machine dealer in our area.

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    I know that they have a life and what a wonderful life it shared. Mine was the first Christmas present from my new born son back 34 years ago. I had to let her go also. I feel your pain. Look forward to the next, there is so many new features, it is amazing!

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    Sorry about your machine :( , But look on the bright side NEW MACHINE :)

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    RIP dear departed. Well hello to your new friend!

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    So Sorry for your lose! But HAPPY SHOPPING for the new one!!!

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    A moment of silence for your faithful friend.

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    Oh how sad it died, but what fun to research and go shopping for a new one. Good luck in your searck.

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    I never felt anything when my older machines gave up the ghost. I just thought yippee! room for another one! I have several vintage Singers so I always have a working machine on hand.
    I don't know of any new machine that has metal gears for under $1000. ?

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    Lara, I am so sorry to hear that your beloved sewing machine has gone to the great beyond...May she rest in piece...

    Glad that you will be able to get a nice new one...

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    I think you got good use out of that machine. 99.00 is was well worth the price

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    Mine did the same thing 2 years ago, unfortunately I was at a quilt retreat and it was a long drive home to get another. I now make sure I have a backup with me no matter where I am. So sorry to hear of it's kaputz. Have fun shopping for a new one.

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    May she Rest In Piece. Pun intended. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divokittysmom
    May she Rest In Piece. Pun intended. :-)
    LOL :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Just think, now you get to get a new one.

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    Sorry about your trusted "friend"...hope you will find a new one that will be just the right "fit" for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    RIP dear departed. Well hello to your new friend!
    This sounds like a good plan! Fortunately, what you have left to do on the quilt won't be difficult to learn on the new machine, so you can get that quilt done soon.

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    Glad she gave u lots of memories and great service. Hope the next one is as great!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzinBumble
    Only had the binding and quilting the edges left to do... then my 21 year old White sewing machine made a few clunking noises and seized up with the needle stuck down in the fabric. It took some time and near panic to get it out. After taking the machine panels off, we found that one of the plastic gears (Plastic gears!) had too many teeth worn down and it could no longer engage the bobbin case.

    It was only a $99 machine anyway and after years of sewing children's clothes, crafts, and even my daughter's prom gown, it owed me nothing.
    The silver lining? DH told me to buy a new one, and to get a good one this time without plastic gears! Yahoo! So i've been reading all the topics here having to do with which features and machines are most appreciated. Got a lot of good advice from you all and I want to say thanks to all those who share such great stuff!
    it will have to be an OLDER machine, without all the bells and whistles..but there are tons of good ones out there..like the Singer 301 long bed!

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    Hats off & heads bowed. Thankful for a life of service, well lived. Thanks for giving your all for team Family.

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    Go Vintage! Singer 403 with disks will be a good machine with an assortment of stitches. ALL metal!!! Fairly inexpensive and will last the rest of your life.

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    So sorry about your white machine. That was my first machine back in the 1960's, & I traded it in on a Bernina in 1968. It was a very good machine for me, I just wanted something new. The Singer salesman was so pushy that I looked elsewhere & found the Bernina. That one gave out on
    me when I moved 8 years ago. Then 5 years ago I bought a new Bernina, no not a computerized one. That was the only machine I wanted so I waited until I had the funds.

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