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    oh yes, I have many ! 1960's .. started sewing Marsh Brady clothes for myself, 1980's a new mom and sewing my children's clothes, 2000 update, so many new stitches than just zig zag, 2010, moved, could not find my pressure foot for my 2000 sewing machine..

    and now !! have an embroidery, low end, just for fun embroidery..

    yes, we NEED other machines !

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    I currently have 5 sewing machines:
    Pfaff 2.0 Expressions is my main machine
    Janome AQS Anniversary weighs 12 lbs is my traveling machine
    Singer Overlock (serger)is for finishing off edges & basic serging
    Bernia Embroidery is only for embroidery projects
    Old BelAir (weighs about 47 lbs) is used for heavy sewing - canopy repairs, canvas, denim, etc...
    But have room for a treadle or featherweight, just need to find one in my travels. It's one of my dreams/goals to find one this way, just by chance like so many others have on this website. Got my fingers crossed.

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    I have a Janome 9000 that is my main machine in my sewing room and a Kenmore main serger. Also have a 40+ year old Singer that still sews good (and can be repaired, if need be), unlike the other Janome I have that has bit the dust and is not supported anymore. I have two Kenmores for backups, one I have in my TV room to use so I won't wake my husband if he goes to bed early (my sewing room is right next to where he sleeps. Enough so I don't panic if one goes away or on the blink.

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    hmmmm, how many? not sure.

    1) Kenmore 158.1430 My first machine, purchased new in 1974, gave it to my mother when I upgraded and now I have inherited back. Very useable, but not in use. It resides in my mothers cabinet she got in 1952.

    2) Kenmore 158.1914 my 2nd machine (purchased new in '76) a mechanical workhorse. My main backup machine if/when I need it.

    3)Kenmore 385.1915, my first computerized machine. I keep it at my sewing buddy's house since we sew every week and I don't have to drag it back and forth.

    4)Babylock Protege Serger, bought new in the 90's. Now resides with DD.

    5) Pfaff 7570, my dream machine when I bought it. I still love that machine and it is set up for use in my sewing room. It was my main machine until I bought the BL Serenade.

    6) Brother PE 150 4 x 4 embroidery machine

    7) Babylock Imagine Wave Serger

    8) Babylock Coverstitch Machine

    9) Babylock Embellisher

    10) Babylock Emore 5 x 7 embroidery machine

    11) Juki TL2010Q bought with the intent of putting on a frame.

    Grace GMQ Pro Frame for the Juki

    12) Babylock Serenade, just got a month or so ago.

    13) Singer 1896 Treadle, Perfectly ready to use at anytime altho I don't use it.

    14) Singer 1938 Featherweight, simply cuz I wanted one, they are just soooo cute! Yes it is usable and it perfect for taking classes with.

    15) Singer Rocketeer that is being stored here for a friend. Yes, it is in perfect shape and ready to sew with. It resides in a really nice cabinet.

    Plus a Morse 4300 and a Cromwell that were my MIL's. The are at my DIL house in KY.

    So, yes...it appears I have alot of machines but each and every one serve a purpose. Besides, it was not worth trading in whenever I bought a new machine. I can make a much better deal flashing greenbacks.

    Oh, forgot one. A white 565 in a cabinet that I picked up at an auction for $1. Yes, it works!

    So that makes....18?

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    WoW! I have one. It is not working well even after maintainence, so it is nearing the end of its life. I am about to order another one.
    I would love to have a serger though, for some reason I think it would help me.

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    LOL. I have 4 sewing machines. Inherited 2 of them. One i bought and another was a birthday, Mother's Day gift.

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    Let me see...
    I have 2 hses so I have to have more then one
    of everything...

    In my NY hse I have 545 Husq Viking Lily, Husq Viking EM10 Embroidery machine, White Serger, Singer 1951 Black 301

    RI hse-Husq Viking SE combo sewing/embroidery, 1954 two toned 301 in cabinet, my Grandmothers 1949 99 3/4 model Singer in cabinet, 1901 Singer Redeye and ER10 Husq Viking Felting machine.

    Just sold a Elna Grasshopper on ebay since I didn't use it much...All others I use, switching on and off and depending on which rm I'm in...Pretty much I have them in all parts of each hse so when I up or downstairs I don't have to drag one around...

    So I guess my total comes to 9...and still looking

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    I have 3. I have an old Singer in a box somewhere in my garage that I have not seen in 24 years. I have a Pfaff machine that I bought 25 years ago in the garage (I know where that one is) and I have my Bernina which I bought about 5 years ago. My Bernina will be going in for a "check-up" and since the shop here in town that sells Bernina's is closing next month everyone and their mother is taking in their machines for service cause we will have to drive a bit further, they may need to keep it for 2-3 weeks. I will pull out my Pfaff for some piecing but am trying to get some quilting and some embroidery done before I turn in the Bernina.

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    I have 11 machines, unless there is one in the attic I forgot about.

    I have my Featherweight which I love and take out on the back porch or on vacation to sew. I figure at night when everyone is sitting on the deck just talking, I can accomplish something, while still watching a fire and having a conversation.

    I have my original Janome 419S, a low end because with my eyes I didn't think I could sew.

    Then I got into the vintage machines:
    I have a Singer Red Eye treadle named after my MIL which sews like a dream if someone else is sewing on it. I haven't got the coordination down yet. :cry: I use it for show mostly until our basement is finished off.

    I have a Singer 66 electric which is in my living room and I love the stitches it makes. It doesn't have a backstitch, but I tie off the ends. The stitches are PERFECT! I love it for piecing. I use this machine almost daily.

    I have a Janome 1600P which I have attached to a midarm frame. I only use the machine for quilting, although I can take it off the frame and use it for regular sewing.

    I have my newest, a Janome MC6600P, which I love. It has the accufeed features along with a lot of specialty stitches. She is my main machine to use when appliqueing, etc. I use this one as it is in my sewing room but I hate to turn on the air conditioner if I am going to only be up there a short time. I also bring this to class if there are any specialty stitches or quilting to be done.

    I have a Singer 201 in a cabinet, a Singer 99 in a case, and a Singer 27, also a Singer (that I don't even know what the model is that was given to me). I don't use these machines at the moment. They all work well and have nice stitches, but for convenience sake I use the other machines. These are there for backups if needed. I may get rid of these someday.

    I also have a 1911 Singer 66 Treadle in the basement that I am refurbishing using Lostn51's directions. I need to put a couple of parts back on her and shine her up and refinish the cabinet. But the rest is finished.

    Oh, I forgot, I have a Kenmore, which is the machine from HELL! Since day one it will not keep the stitches regulated. I have had this for about 30 years and it does have a lot of use in the past, but I think I have spent equal time regulating the tension to make the stitches look correct!

    The last thing I made on this machine was a denim rag quilt. Came out great, until I washed it. :cry: :evil: Some of the stitches broke loose and now I have to repair it. I has been on the back right side of my couch for a year. My cat uses it to sleep on at times. But to mend to me is a 4 letter word! I may end selling this but telling them that it needs work. or just give it away. It is frustrating to look at.

    I still want an embroidery machine, so see you can never have too many machines!

    Now I am into collecting Singer purses also!

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    Sorry double post!

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    I think having the numerous sewing machines brings a feel for the past that a grandmother, aunt or mother had sewn on this very machine or it could be that we are saving them from ending up in a trash heap at a dump! I do have four antique`machines and have sewn on two of them. It's like fabric, 30's and feed sacks are popular for its memories. We relate to some things or have family that came from that time. As in collecting, there are many different catagories. And you can find bargains at yard sales, estate sales and even on CL and EBay. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85
    i have 4 featherweights 3 sewing machines 1 embroidery machine and 2 longarm quilting machines 2 sergers 1 treadle
    Are you bragging or repenting?! :mrgreen:

    Jan in VA (I have four)

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    Since I live in a motorhome on the road with my husband's business fulltime, I am a little bit limited. He already thinks that I have taken over with the fabric. Anyway, I have my Janome that I use on a regular basis for quilting, and an embroidery machine (also a Janome) which I bring out on days when I know I will have a lot of uninterrupted time. You don't need to collect sewing machines to quilt.

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    I have 5. (3Pfaff 2 old ones and a new one) 1 Bernina and 1 Singer. The ones I use most is one old Pfaff and the new one. The Singer is for the granddaughters.

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    My husband was a widower when we met and I 'inherited' the little singer his last wife sewed on and it is a great little machine. I had an idea to visit a new store to look for fabric and before I knew it I was sitting at a Janome 6600 and heard him tell the store owner to pack it up and we would take it! Within a couple of days he had decided he wanted to sew and he started using the machine, which I had no problem with, to make a rag quilt for his little Granddaughter. I left him alone for one afternoon while I went to work and when he picked me up from work he had a Janome 11000SE machine in the car so that we could 'both sew at the same time'! lol We use both machines extensively now as we both always have projects on the go. His latest purchase last November was our Handiquilter Avante Longarm machine so I am officially in sewing machine heaven and I love every one of them!

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    I use all of them - usually at the same time and they are set up for specific functions with the idea that I don't have to re - thread all of the time.

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    Not all of mine are just sewing. I have several that are sewing/embroidery, just two are sewing only. Then I have a serger, blindhemmer, coverstitch and embellisher.

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    I have two machines. I still have my Viking D1 and I also have a
    Viking Diamond. I take the D1 to classes because it is a little
    lighter. I also can emb. and sew at the same time. And if one is
    in repair like last week I have the other to fall back on.
    Lynda

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    I have 20 Machines:

    4 Vintage/Antique Singer Treadles (3 in cabinets, 1 without a cabinet)

    1 Singer Model 301A with cabinet

    3 Featherweights 221's (one I keep - the other 2 I will be selling)

    1 Singer Model 132Q Portable (which I will be selling)

    1 Singer Model 6232 Portable (which I will be selling)

    1 Bernina Model 800DL Serger (might be selling)

    1 Juki Model DDL8700 Industrial Straight Stitch

    1 Juki Model TL98 Q (which I generally use for most sewing)

    1 Kenmore Model 1914 Zig Zag w/Embroidery Cams (which I will be selling)

    1 Necchi BU Nova **Solid Workhorses** (bought as a Collective Investment - hard to find in such good condition and worth the investment)

    1 Necchi Supernova Automatica Zig Zag with Embroidery Cams ** Another Workhorse ** (bought as a Collective Investment - another hard to find in such good condition)

    1 Elna #1 (also known as "The Grasshopper) in near mint condition (bought as Collective Investment - also hard to find in such good condition)

    2 Elna Supermatic Zig Zag with Embroidery Cams both in near mint condition (bought as Collective Investment)

    1 Innova 18" Long Arm Quilting Machine with 12 Foot Quilting Frame - my Special "Baby" which helps me finish my creations.

    All of the above machine have their "individual quirks" and all have something(s) they do better than others.

    It's those "do better" than the others that give me the ability to enjoy working with each of them at different times and even when the whim hits me to use something different.

    As they often say, a change can be as good as a rest.

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    I have:

    Singer 1956 99K - use it to piece
    Janome sewing/embroidery - for most of my stuff
    Elna sewing/embroidery - just bought it used and have it in the shop getting fixed. Hoping it will replace my Janome and I'll use that for backup.
    White serger - for seam finishing
    2 regular sewing machines I don't use much, but may try later to incorporate one of them into my space.

    All machines combined cost less than $1,500 over several years. Love them all!

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    I have 2 Featherweights, a serger, Bernina, Kenmore, 1924 Red Eye, 1949 Singer 128, 1971 Montgomery Ward, and a 1906 Singer treadle. Do I use them all - no :-)

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    Viking Lily 545 for piecing quilts
    Viking Designer 1 for embroidery
    Pfaff 6270 for quilting small projects
    Featherweight for classes
    Baby Lock Quilters Pro for my PC Quilter
    White Serger from when I did clothing
    Viking Platinum 950E For Sale

    This is how I use all my machines

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    Let's see, the serger I use for anything that needs clean edge, my 2 monogrammers-exactly for that, and the other five for sew with friends. Oh and my quilter, of course for quilting stitches. I am really blessed and thank God for each of my machines.

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    I have 2 sewing machines and a serger. One is a Brothers Quattro that will do anything but mostly I use it for embroidery. A second Brothers that I use for classes and most of the piecing and for garment making. The serger gets used mostly for garments or home decor items. If I had room for a long arm I would be saving to get one, but as of now no room.

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    Some of these machines may be inherited. and some maybe purchased because, well just because, but some bought because they are for a specific purpose, or because I am tired of chaning one machine over from one thing to another. We tend to find beauty in all things, for the lucky few it is our machines.

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