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Thread: what was the first sewing machine you ever used

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    I started sewing on my mom's almost new Wizard sewing machine my dad got her for Christmas from the Western Auto in town when I was about 6-7 years old. It was electric! :thumbup: no bells or whistles, no zig zag but that thing sewed the nicest straight stitch you ever did see.

    Mom used it as her primary machine for a good 25 years and made the 4 girls' dresses and the 2 boys' shirts and her dresses. For about the next 25 years it was her #1 backup.

    When she passed away last year my younger sister took it home with her to be used as her only machine.

    It still sews like a dream! :thumbup:

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    An Elna---Mom still uses it! we used singer slant needles one year in home Ec---lots of girls sewed their finger on those darn things--the teacher had NO sympathy for us till she did it--next year there were no slant needles in the Home Ec room! I have had my Viking for 26 years not----it was used when I got it!also have a treadle that grandma sewed on, and several antique machines thatI use to keep them going!

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    This question really got me to thinking. I learned to sew in home ec in school. Never really sewed after that. But my mother bought me a Kenmore machine in a cabinet when I was first married. I replaced that some years later with a portable 'something' paid about $100 that I used for about 20 years 'til it died. I didn't start quilting until my second was born in 1987 and went into high gear about eight years ago when I bought my Janome 6600 that I absolutely love!

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    I've always been a singer girl.

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    My mom owned a dress manufacturing business in New York and she supervised around 50 workers. I learned to sew on a Singer industrial machine at the age of 6 in the 1950's. I remember my mom took the needle off at first so I could get the hang of it. Sewing has always been a part of my life but I never really got into it until I started quilting about 12 years ago. Before quilting, there was crocheting, lots of crocheting!

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    My Mom found a Singer Treadle in the attic of their house and she loaned it to me to make my babies Pajamas. I learned quickly not to make mistakes that needed ripping out, the seams were so tight. That was over 30 years ago and now I have a Singer Treadle I bought at Goodwill that reminds me of the one from so long ago. I named her after Mom, Alice Mae.
    Alice Mae was the start of my Vintage Singer collection.
    Thanks Mom............

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    I learned to sew on my mother's Singer Featherweight (now my 40 year old daughter is the proud owner) In 1959! the bobbin section fell apart and needed repair. At that time Singer Co would give you a 'spare' machine to use while your machine was being repaired. The Singer salesman left a Singer 401A Slant-O-Matic and I would come home from school every day excited to use it. When the time day came to receive my Mother's repaired machine and return the Slant-O-Matic I thought it would be sad but to my surprise both machines were sitting there in our dining room/sewing room. My parents decided to buy a new machine for me (only) I became the proud owner of this new Machine and I still use it every day. My mother stated it was my Christmas Gift, my Birthday Gift, my Graduation from High School Gift. I was so happy. We often joked that instead of changing thread we would change machines. My High School just celebrated our 50th Reunion so my machine celebrated 50 years also.

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    My momma bought me a basic Brother sewing machine for Christmas a few years ago. It was the first machine I ever used, I still use it. I'm in the market for something with more bells and whistles. I might go for a higher end Brother, I really do love the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pheasantduster
    I learned to sew on my mother's Singer Featherweight (now my 40 year old daughter is the proud owner) In 1959! the bobbin section fell apart and needed repair. At that time Singer Co would give you a 'spare' machine to use while your machine was being repaired. The Singer salesman left a Singer 401A Slant-O-Matic and I would come home from school every day excited to use it. When the time day came to receive my Mother's repaired machine and return the Slant-O-Matic I thought it would be sad but to my surprise both machines were sitting there in our dining room/sewing room. My parents decided to buy a new machine for me (only) I became the proud owner of this new Machine and I still use it every day. My mother stated it was my Christmas Gift, my Birthday Gift, my Graduation from High School Gift. I was so happy. We often joked that instead of changing thread we would change machines. My High School just celebrated our 50th Reunion so my machine celebrated 50 years also.
    Wow your story, blessed my socks off. Thanks for sharing. We all are so blessed and then some.

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    thank you for your kind reply - blessings are found all around us! quilting lets me tuck a little love into each project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pheasantduster
    thank you for your kind reply - blessings are found all around us! quilting lets me tuck a little love into each project.
    Amen, Anne............

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    Singer Slant-o-Matic 603 Special (circa 1963). It was my Mom's machine and when she bought a new one in the late '70s, she gave me the 603. I still have it and use it now and then. It's a great machine!

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    WOW what a wonderful trip we have all had down memory lane.
    I remember with mums treadle if you went backwards the thread broke so you had to start all over again, one day I broke the thread so many times I said bother it and got a clout around my ear, when I asked what that was for she said for saying what i did and when i said I only said bother it she replied well that makes up for all the times I don't hear you. :lol:

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