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Thread: Why is everyone buying the old sewing machines?

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    AMEN I love my FW, and would not trade it for anything, I wish I could find a treadle, if nothing more for the cabinet, a plus would be if it worked. I see them all the time @ thrift shops but then you need money. lol

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    Well maintained manual sewing machines are less trouble and expense compared to the computerised ones that stop working because the companies withdraw the device drivers so that you are forced to update your programs or machines.

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    Love my old Singer tredle machine. Its in good working order and has the original tool box with it. I plan to make at least one quilt on it when I give up work. Singer still make all parts for all machines so repairing them is easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isewhappy
    First, I mean NO offense to anyone. I'm just curious as to what the draw is to the old sewing machines. I think they are being called "featherweights."

    While I love antiques and find them beautiful I don't understand what people are using them for. Many are missing parts and I've never seen one that I considered easily portable...

    What am I missing?

    (Again, I'm not trying to offend anyone - I'm just clueless.)
    I think its the same as men buying antique cars. The older models bring back memories, look different than modern ones and are fun to own, work on, use etc.
    I can say all this from experience. My ex and I owned 4 antique cars. Now it's my turn with antique sewing machines. Costs much less than his cars! :D

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    We have both antique cars and old sewing machines. My husband has a Model T Pickup and a 29 Nash. I have at least 13 sewing machines, both old and new and a staggering stash of fabric and patterns. He also has a collection of pocket watches. We support each other's hobbies and enjoy them.

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    I bought a Singer 301 from a local ST.Vincent De Paul about 10 years ago for $25.00. My husband just about hit the roof! What did I need another sewing machine for? I cleaned it up, oiled, polished; SAID A PRAYER, then gently turned the wheel.That machine is my favorite.I sewed 'Mission' quilt tops on her for a year using what ever fabrics were supplied. Many times it was that old double knit stuff, poly blend. Anyway ; I love to sew with 100% cotton for my quilting and cotton thread also. I would sew the 'Mission' quilt, change my thread[ to cotton , if it wasn't already] and then sew my own project. The 'Lord' was good to me. I didn't even need to change my needle [regular to ballpoint] from sewing the double knit to the cotton without skipping a stitch. It is a must have machine, powerful,easy to maintain, quiet, all metal; a real blessing to use and own. So much so that I looked for others [usually found them a little cheaper] and when Mom needed something reliable I sent one to her home.She's now going to be 77 this year[still sewing quilts]. And one to my sisters home.[Use this till you can find something you either like;or can afford and won't let you down.] Both machines need to come back when you're finished. Am not in a hurry, please enjoy. I thank 'God' for these blessings. Linda

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    I have a 301A which I got at a yard sale. Many quilters like the nostalgia of the antique machines. I also found a Singer from 1954 that we bought a new cord for. The older machines really seem to sew straight and feed the fabric well and it's just FUN to own!

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    I've never had my Featherweight or Singer 306W in the shop for repair - now, I might next week - but so far since 1994 - repair free - or can put on a new belt myself and etc. They just sew like a dream. Dorothy Coleman

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    My daughter recently bought a FW and a treadle machine at a auction. Paid $5.00 for both. Come to find out they worked beautifully. During one of the ice storms they were without power so she threaded the treadle machine and spent the afternoon quilting. Not bad for a $2.50 machine!!

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    my treadle is a "free" and i have a singer 5050 (about 20yrs old now) and i have an innovis quilt club 1000/computerized. just recently i had trouble with the portable singer...paid a visit to the repairman and the part i need is no longer made...told to take her home, treat her with care and if she gets hot to let her cool off.as for the computerized machine..i do love it..especially great for fast jobs and the ease of just touching a button or screen. the treadle for me is a machine that not only gives me comfort and reminds me of the old days, but it still produces the best stitching and no electricity required. so i guess that with the treadle i am still able to stay in style with fashions and quilting techniques while being environmentally "green".

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    Something else I forgot yesterday. The OLD machines had to be user friendly. People couldn't take them into the shop at the drop of a hat, like we have to with the new more $$ machines. My treadle, never was taken to the Dr's. The sewers had to take care of any problems them self. Life and sewing was not for the weak. Now when my "Iron Queen" needs something, I take care of it. My new machines have to go into the Dr's and that always turns into $$$$'s. And that is $ I could use on fabric lol :thumbup:

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    They just sew such a perfect stitch! I have a Spartan 192K, which is the "frugal cousin" of the Featherweight. None of the fancy decals, sort of a stripped down model--but oh my, can she sew! I fell in love the moment I saw her!

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    My love for my featherweight has already been shared. I have a heavy duty Pfaff I use as my permanent sewing machine, but, as already mentioned, the featherweight is so light it is easy to take to classes or on vacation. I purchased one in NJ, it was stolen from a vacation home, then I found another. I would hate to be without it. It has nothing to do with being an antique - it's a wonderful sewing machine and easy to transport.

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    I am getting my mom and grandma's treadle singer and I am excited because to me it is a link to my childhood. I don't care if it works or not ( it still does) but it was something they had and it has sentimental value.

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    Just nothing like sewing on an old machine! I hardly touch my Janome's lately!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyce blint
    OOPS....I'm realtively new here, and think I m,ay have confused featherweights with treadles, which is what I was talking about. What's the diff?
    Here is a video showing a treadle machine and how they are used:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi8a_OHUv1M

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    Because Singer is the best machine for sewing a beautiful stitch. when I was 18 my Mother bought me a used singer for $50. I kept it until I was almost 30 and traded it in for a newer model. I got $50 back or it from Singer. I have tried sewing with a Broher and they just don't allow for the neat stitches that Singer gives. it seems like the tension is always lose,

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    I bought an old machine in its cabinet and did so mostly because I liked the way it looked (cute and old). The cabinet is a nice end table, and when I open it up, the machine brings back the "olden days". I wish I knew how to thread it and maintain it. Do you (or any other readers) know anything about this one? It is an Eldridge E with a Hamilton Beach motor. It came with several attachments and still works, but I am afraid to try it. Don't even know how to thread it!

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    there should be a book on it. If you can't get one from the maker try the library, or even on- line.

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    AMEN. should have kept mine, these new ones have a lot of plastic in them. but there is no machine like a Singer

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    My "Old Faithful" is "bungeed" into my car....perfect to take to workshops, etc...............

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