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Thread: Sewing machines - what do you use?

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    Super Member vicki reno's Avatar
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    I agree. Employers should give us that month off with pay :!: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    HERE-HERE I'll drink to that! er um I mean vote for that!

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    A Singer 247- simple(and a hand-me-down),
    but dependable and sturdy, and does the job;
    although i haven't tried machine quilting with it *yet*.

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    Ha Ha got you all beat as far as birthdays go. I am pushing 88, which will arrive in november

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    Employers????? :D I'm retired! I have the best job I've ever had. I get everyday off and I love it! I'm NOT rubbing in my retirement for those of you who are still working...I just g :D ot lucky and got to quit work after 30 + years of social services work. :?
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    Sewing machines: Have three plus a serger. My main machine is a Janome 10,000, two Vikings and my Babylock serger. I prefer the Vikings but mostly use the Janome.

    My problem with the Janome is the short curved housing in front of the arm which required you to sew uphill which isn't very convenient. I had a table built to surround it and have a sheet of vinyl surrounding as too many items (pins, scissors, picks, etc) fall between the table and machine. I would really like to try the Bernina with BSR.

    And I'm next oldest to Doris, as I'll be 71 in October.

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    am a dedicated PFAFFIE - I've had Pfaffs for over 40 years.

    I am currently the owner of an 2170 and a 2025 which is being traded in on the new fabulous Creative Vison (CV).

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    Welcome Evelyn:

    Glad you joined us.

    I have a Pfaff Hobbylock serger but my sewing machines are the Janome New Home 8000 (Love it), Brother XR-65t (cheapy machine from WalMart but I love it. I use it for all the on-the-road classes I take). Also have a Singer Featherweight that is OLD, a 100 + year old White that was converted from treadle to electric by my grandfather back in the early days of electricity. My grandmother was a dressmaker/seamstress and she helped make the family living with this machine. I also have a little Singer mender that sounds like a thrashing machine and does only simple sewing but it's perfect for our grandkids when they come and want to get creative in grandma's sewing room.

    Have a great week. Again, glad you're one of us.

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    I have a Janome Memory Craft 7000, it's 22 years old and is soon to step down for my Pfaff that's coming. I love my Janome, but it's at an age now where I can't replace the walking foot, but it has sentimental value and I'm keeping it. I also have a brother serger. :)

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    I'm a Kenmore fan...own 4 of those...but also have a new (walmart) brother which I bought to teach my granddaughter to sew and I don't like it and neither does she! LOL Of course she may have heard gramma "cursing" it a bit and that may have swayed her (she is only 7)....have just been given my MIL's Viking....still learning to use that one but so far I like it...and I have a white, a new home and a singer that need work! Oh, and I also have a brand spanking new (4 years ago) serger, never used! But I HAD to have a serger! Thankfully, it came with a dust cover!

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    I work on a very old (35 years?) Viking Turissa. I love it!

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    Hey Country Quilter, you serger can keep mine company, I've never used mine either...it was one of those " I will just die if I don't have a serger" moments....lol

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    I have a Viking Husqvarna 1100, it is a 300 Anniv. edition. I was fortunate enough to purchase it from it's original owner, who has worked over 20 years in a large sewing machine store in Fort Worth and had taken excellant care of the machine. I could never have afforded it brand new. I also have a very basic Brother machine that I bought in haste when my daughter finally showed an inkling of interest in making a quilt. She never finished it and hasn't touched it sense! She tried to claim it when she moved out but I told her "No way!" I'm keeping that as my back up! Grr! I also have 3 antique machines, my favorite one being one of the first portable machines made by Singer that has a wooden carrying case, it's just beautiful and still has all of it's attachments, I haven't tried to sew with it, but one day I might give it a try!

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    My husband just bought be a phaff hobby 1200 grand quilter with table and a phaff coverlock (serger) 4852 this summer. I also put to work A janome memory craft 8000 and a brother pc 8200 and for my main embroidery I use a brother PR 600IIC. I have to admit that I am really spoiled.

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    I have a Bernina 850. It was my MIL and she left it to me. It is an older machine (over 30 years) without many bells and whistles. It is pretty heavy duty and I use it for everything. It works well on my Grace frame.

    I also have my grandmother's Singer featherweight. I need to get the table from my mom when she gets back from snowbirding, It is a great little guy to haul around. Super cute! It is from the 1940's.

    I bought a super cheap Kenmore and then I bought a 1/4" foot for it. It is a lightweight machine but is handy when Nina (the Bernina) is on the Grace frame. It will zig zag but that is about all the fancy stuff it does.

    I also have an older Kenmore that has cams to do a some fun stitches. Have not used it much. It was my mom's. I think it could use some adjustments and oiling-it has been sitting awhile. She didn't use it much-mostly for mending.

    My serger is for when I do garments and crafts. I love how fast it sews and the trimming feature. Made curtains for my brother's trailer in no time!

    The treadle machine was my other grandmother's and it is now an end table and not working. I did use it in high school to finish a project for Home Ec. The electricity was out-I was the only one to get mine finished on time! :lol:

    Question at my house "How many machines do you need?" I don't know! I use them all! I would love to have a machine just for my grace frame. I am going to research some of the "wants" that people have mentioned. Maybe I'll find one that Santa can bring me. My birthday isn't until June-that's too far off! :wink:

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    I started sewing on a brother I bought from Walmart, nothing fancy very plain but it was a good one to learn on. This past summer I got a Janome 525S it doesn't have alot of fancy stitches, but their was a special where you got a free quilting foot and quarter foot with it. I love it.

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    I'm interested in how you like your Gracie II quilting frame. I am almost convinced I want one, but really like to hear how people who have used them like them. Thanks. fish

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    Pfaff 2022 and Brother Duetta

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    Santa was extra good to me! He brought me a Juki for my Grace Frame. I have only been able to do one top since then. I am looking into some charity quilts for practice. I love how fast it sews and it clips the thread. I can hardly wait to be able to play with it some more.

    Fish- I love the Grace Frame :!: It takes a lot of room and it didn't fit in my sewing room so I took over a second room. :D Worked out well though since DS moved home and took over sewing room number 1. ( I wouldn't let him have the good guest room.) I found my frame on Craig's List and saved a bundle and it was already assembled and came with the extras. I never would have had the nerve to quilt a top without it. :lol: Maybe you can find someone that will let you try theirs...???

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    My wonderful husband got me a Brother CS6000i for Christmas. Not an expensive machine, but the first new one I've had in over 20 years. I absolutely love it!! It does everything I need it to do, and there are still a lot of things on it I haven't tried. Including the walking foot I've heard y'all talk about so much! The last one was a Brother I bought on sale for $89 when my oldest was a baby, and it just gave up the ghost a few months ago. It made a lot of things over all those years without giving me a bit of trouble. I think it earned its R.I.P. :)

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    Janome 10001 and a Bernia 640. I use the Janome more. The bobbin lasts a lot longer and has a perfectly balanced stitch everytime. I like the Bernia for the stitch regulator. That is why I purchased it.

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    I LOVE my Janome Memorycraft 6500. My Singer is as old as my son (25!!) It could still sew great but it couldn't quilt through batting anymore. SO sad to see it ditting there unused... I made everything from maternity clothes to baby clothes to prom dresses on that thing.

    Now the Janome is starting on its journey with me!

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    :lol: MMMMM I'm a collector but small according to the International Sewing Machine Collectors . My Longarm is a BROTHER. and I have 4 Treadles and am I glad when bad weather comes or the wind blows to hard and the electric is off. And I have a bit of everything in between but lead me to a Bargain and I'll add a few more!!! Yea Haw!!!! Doing the Happy Dance as they say on the ISMCC!!!

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