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Thread: Why do we get so attached to our sewing machines?

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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    Our homes are filled with all kinds of appliances , washers , refigerators , mixers... you name it .... if any one of them needed to be replaced I would be upset about the expense , but the idea of having one of my sewing machines being at the end of its useful life just hits so hard. Its not the expense of a new machine ... but something else ..... So why so much attachment ?
    Is this odd? , should I book time on the "couch".

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    I think it's because we use it to create something special. And for a lot of us it helps us keep our sanity. lol

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    washers , refigerators , mixers.

    These just seem like WORK to me...
    cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, cooking, cooking, and more cleaning..
    Sewing is FUN.

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    Probably hormonal. I'll bet there's a dopamine or prolactin release.

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    Quote Originally Posted by familyfun
    washers , refigerators , mixers.

    These just seem like WORK to me...
    cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, cooking, cooking, and more cleaning..
    Sewing is FUN.
    :thumbup:

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    Think about how emotional a craft quilting and sewing are. Sometimes it goes much farther than ART. I have upgraded sewing machines 3 times..and I keep them all because I'm attached. The good thing is my youngest is wanting to sew and I will pass on my Pfaff 6120 to her...It still sews like a dream after 15 years of Love and abuse. =)

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    I feel the same way. I'm actually dreading the day my beloved #1 plus dies because I know she can't be fixed. They aren't making parts for her any more. So having said that I tell her every day how much I love her and to hang in there with me!
    Yeah I have a problem. Scoot over on that couch.

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    I don't feel that way. And I must add that I am sentimental in other regards.

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    I think it's because those other things are appliances which translates as work. A sewing machine is a tool of ultimate self expression. It's our phychiatrist, therapist and sometimes our best friend. There's a definate emotional attachment to them.

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    They are our BEST FRIENDS!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsnana2000
    I think it's because we use it to create something special. And for a lot of us it helps us keep our sanity. lol
    ditto

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    My machine is my favorite thing in the house - not including DH, of course!

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    It's definitely a therapy thing!! The sewing machines help us to express our creativity, and de-stress. (at least for me!) :)

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    My grandma gave me a Singer when I graduated from high school. 20 years later I traded it in at a dealer for a newer one to sew my sisters wedding gown. A few hours later I went to the dealer and asked if I could buy it back. He told me he was expecting me...he could tell I was emotionally attached.

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    I think this is exactly why. This machine helps us fulfill our creative side and we can make beautiful, practical and comforting items with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by tsnana2000
    I think it's because we use it to create something special. And for a lot of us it helps us keep our sanity. lol

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    uumm//they are an attachment to our arms aren't they??

    they clear out minds...they sooth our souls...they calm our nerves...oh wait..that is wine....no chocolate...oh well heck all of the above..hehehe

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    Yea, it is a real close and personal thing. The thrill I get when I sit down with my old machine, it is like visiting a very dear friend, almost like going back in time!So surreal!

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    I have to say that I love my new shower far more than any of my sewing machines.

    But I love my sewing machine a LOT more than I like my alarm clock!! Heck, I like my husbands circular saw better than my alarm clock.

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    Not at all. It's because it is something you name, touch, talk to and spend many hours with. Your machine becomes a part of you, or like having a sister, or a best friend. So it only stands to reason if they become ill, it causes distress.

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    Its the same thing I feel for my Hummer that I drive everyday. But my 1st love is my 95 Camaro convertible that lives under a cover in our garage most of the time.

    We don't have to share our machines with anyone. They don't talk back (well sometimes the is "tension" in the room!) Lol. And we can create master pieces with our own hands.

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    My machine is all mine, I chose it, I paid for it, it calms me, it soothes me, it helps me create, it is an extension of my arms and hands and me...

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    For me, it's more practical than sentimental. It's overwhelming to use a new machine with things even slightly rearranged. Also, there might be different/new features to figure out. I just have more of a rhythm with a familiar machine.

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    So I guess I am the only one who also loves some of my other appliances, lol. Anything that works great and makes my life easier I get attached to.

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    Because it's my baby. Aren't you attached to your babies?

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    Breaking in a new one is time consuming.

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