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    Super Member ginnie6's Avatar
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    I have machine lust. There I said it. I don't need a new machine. Really i don't. I have several older ones now that aren't being used to their potential. And I mean there's only 1 of me and I only have a limited amount of time to sew. So why am I looking at machines online and drooling over them? Why is a cheap Brother machine at WM making my heart flutter? My old White does a perfectly good job...she even does fmq if the user would get better at it! And she's a pretty green color too. Is there a thing as machine addiction like there is fabric addiction?

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    Super Member feline fanatic's Avatar
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    I think so and it affects us all differently. Some are addicted to vintage machines, others to something new and different. I have even been victim of this obsession. I still have my old JC Penney machine that hasn't seen the light of day in over a decade, since I got my Bernina. I wanted to keep it as a backup but I really shoud donate it to someone that truley needs a machine. Then I saw a treadle machine I just had to have. Still haven't gotten her up and running.

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    Super Member magpie's Avatar
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    Consider yourself a collector. There are many on the board.

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    I think there must be!
    It hits me at the oddest times too...not when I'm actually sewing, just when I'm shopping or see a machine somewhere that's different from the ones I have.

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    Not me. I have a wonderful Pfaff expressins 2.0. Does everyting I need. The only thing I would like to do is trade her in for one that also does embroidery. Maybe someday.

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    I tend to agree. I have 2 machines. One is a small Janome Gem 760. It travels well, only 12 pounds, and does most of the sewing I might need except quilting. I usually put tops together when we're traveling and hand quilt them. Or I bring them home and quilt them on my Pfaff Creative Vision. It doesn't move around easily, at least for me, and has embroidery unit. I love it and would take it in the motorhome, but it's bigger than the table I have to put it on! I have no desire or reason to get any more. I'd rather spend my $ on fabric! But we're all different and if collecting machines is what someone enjoys, go for it!

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    Personally I think it must be something in our blood! I average about 3 years between machine purchases. For some reason, completely unknown to me, I can come up with some excuse to purchase a new machine of some type i.e. more powerful machine motor, more stitches, more features, etc. Since my sister is the same way, I honestly believe it is in our blood.

    That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

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    I used to have machine envy, seeing everyone's great machines here on the board. That is until I got my Viking Sapphire! I just love that thing! It run so great, hardly ever a problem, no snarling or breaking thread. My 20 year old singer is still here for a backup and I just got a Singer treadle. My life is complete.... :)

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    I see nothing wrong with it!!! Better than other addictions

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    Quote Originally Posted by magpie
    Consider yourself a collector. There are many on the board.
    I agree. Once you move beyond having 2, then you're a collector and you can have as many as your heart desires!! Go for it, you might discover a new gem.

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    YES!!!! It is called SMAD! Sewing Machine Acquisition Disorder!

    My name is Melinda and I'm a Sewing Machine Addict.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melinda in Tulsa
    YES!!!! It is called SMAD! Sewing Machine Acquisition Disorder!

    My name is Melinda and I'm a Sewing Machine Addict.
    Hehehe I like this, and Im right beside you Melinda! :lol:

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    LOL, I have that disorder too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    I used to have machine envy, seeing everyone's great machines here on the board. That is until I got my Viking Sapphire! I just love that thing! It run so great, hardly ever a problem, no snarling or breaking thread. My 20 year old singer is still here for a backup and I just got a Singer treadle. My life is complete.... :)
    I have the Sapphire 875 and I just love it! Also have 3 Singer treadles,2 Berninas,3 Featherweights,a Pfaff... If the electricity goes out I can still sew. :lol: I'm prepared. One of the treadles does a zig zag stitch too. When I moved to Texas in 1994 I had one machine, a lovely Bernina 1031; still use it sometimes. A sewing machine is a power tool, that's what I tell my DH. :D

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    Try going on www.shopgoodwill.com and it just feeds the fire when you look up sewing machines.....it is a feeding frenzy when you see a good one, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by julia58
    I see nothing wrong with it!!! Better than other addictions
    I agree with julia58, the addiction could be something really bad. I have 4 machines and I could not part with them, I have two main machines and the older ones are my backups. There was a point when I was first married when my one and only machine had to be repaired. Talk about major 'withdrawls' worse than someone in drug rehab. My mother loaned me her machine just to stop my whining and almost crying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjradj
    Quote Originally Posted by magpie
    Consider yourself a collector. There are many on the board.
    I agree. Once you move beyond having 2, then you're a collector and you can have as many as your heart desires!! Go for it, you might discover a new gem.
    Reading all these replies has put my mind at ease. I thought it was a strange affliction I was cursed with, glad to know it's "normal".

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    No, you are perfectly normal! At least as normal as the rest of us.... :roll: :roll: :roll: :thumbup:

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    Isn't there a saying that "you can't have too many sewing machines"? Oh wait, I think the saying is "you can't be too rich or too thin". But since I can't be rich or thin I'll stick with the "you can't have too many sewing machines"! LOL

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    I have a Janome , black fw, a white fw. and a 1893 Singer treadle, and I don't use any of them very much cause I'm on this blessed board all the time. Now there is the problem, I think I'm addicted to the board. LOL LOL Wow I just figured out the problem......... :?: :?: :?:

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    Hello my name is Leona and I have sewing machine acquisition disorder. I have a janome 10000, Viking Sapphire, and a featherweight for every decade that they were produced except for the white modeland free arm model. on days when I am feeling blue, i change to another machine, and feel great. Cheaper than drugs, drink or therapy. :thumbup:

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    Well I'll join too. I wanted for years the Brother Disney embroidery machine they sold and started saving gift cards for it but never got close before they discontinued it. Now I can't find one used for sale anywhere. I should have bought it when they had it. Live and learn.

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    You go girl!!!!! Some people collect salt and pepper shakers...why shouldn't you collect sewing machine? MUCH more practicle!!!!! ;)

    I have my eye on a machine I would like. When my mom passes, (she is 91 and failing :( )there will be a few dollars to share with my siblings. I will get it then as a remembrance from her. She is the person that gave me my love of sewing and quilting.

    Patti

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    Yup, and I am one such addict. At one point I had over 30 machines. All perfectly useable.

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    I quess I am a collector too! I have two regular machines, two sergers and just ordered a Brother PE 770 embroidery machine. We live in a small 2 bedroom apartment!!!

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