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Thread: Alzheimer's and SM Collecting = some scary outcomes!

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    Alzheimer's and SM Collecting = some scary outcomes!

    Ok, let me preface by saying as a retired Neuroscience Nurse I am fully aware that Alzheimer's is no laughing matter. Probably most of us on this board have a family member or knows someone with this terrible disease. So....please take this for the lighthearted way it is meant....
    i have been in the process of doing the dreaded inventory of my machines. Some for whatever reason failed to make it in my database (maybe during one of my frenzied buying sprees ) and I periodically like to clean and oil, etc. in the meantime I ran across a lovely little 28 that I thought would be fun to convert to Handcrank. It was the right price and looked very nice, so I bought it. Now I haven't picked it up yet cuz that was a couple of days ago and it requires a road trip. Imagine my chagrin when I pulled out a machine today realized I already have that very same machine. Don't get me wrong, I have several duplicates of my favorite Singer models (15-91, 201, 221, 301, etc.) but some models ...the 28 you can only have so many for your personal collection (IMHO). I have two 28's in the Godzilla one being a Centennial. So...yikes! It's a little scary to think I may have to give this up as I continue to grow older and get way more forgetful! Lol.
    So here is the one I just purchased:
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    And here is the one I already own:
    shoot I had no idea I was buying her twin sister! Does this ever happen to you?
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    Yes. 3 years ago when I was cleaning out the front bedroom for youngest DD to come home with newborn kidlet, behind the bed I found an unopened box from ShopGoodwill, a 99 in a two toned case that I don't remember buying. I already had a 99 in a bentwood case so had no need for it, I have no idea why I thought I had to have it. it's still here somewhere........

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    well clearly, one is for right side up sewing and the other is for ceiling sewing... duhhhhh need them both... hehe

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    They're not the same. One is going to be a hand crank machine when you're done. I have a couple duplicates and I'm only around the 20 machine mark.
    I hope this helps.
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    trouble and annoyance" Quote from Singer Model 99 Manual

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    Hahaha! Oh Cari, thank you, you do my heart good! I especially love the part " I found an UNOPENED box..." there ya have it in a nutshell! That could have just as easily been me saying that. Lol. Bless you!
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    Lol, my bestest friends helping me out! Seriously I was a little mortified so thanks for bringing some levity to my plight.
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    Haven't done it with machines (yet) as I don't have that many. Now, clothing on the other hand...can't tell you how many times I've come home with something and start to put in the closet and think 'well, I must have REALLY liked that to buy it again!'.

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    they sure are pretty!

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    Usually it's groceries that I keep stocked in the pantry. I'll pick up an item thinking I'm out of stock. When I put it away I see that I already have it on hand. It's not a problem most of the time unless it's baking powder.
    Singer 66 treadle, Singer 15-91, JC Penney 6923, Kenmore 50, White 2334, Brother 920D serger. RIP Singer 1036

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    I haven't done that with a sewing machine.....yet. I'm sure it's coming. BTW, if you need someone to take that 99 off your hands.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by ann31039 View Post
    I haven't done that with a sewing machine.....yet. I'm sure it's coming. BTW, if you need someone to take that 99 off your hands.........
    Lol. Ann these are both 128's from the early 1920's.....well actually the first one is 1919 and the one I already own is 1924.
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    Being an impulsive collector, I can well imagine that once I reach a certain age it'll get so bad that when I find the 5th 201-2 in my collection I'll be as delighted as when I cleaned and oiled the first; I won't have remembered the first 4.

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    I haven't done that yet...but I'll venture a guess there's a lot of vintage collectors that have more than 1 of a certain machine.
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    I admit to doubles and triples of things but I am still aware of what I have. Those that I have duplicates of are either things I wanted for another color or decal set or things I feel are awesum machines and will be finding another home for the one I will not be keeping. It must be a shock to find one unexpectedly that you forgot you had!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    well clearly, one is for right side up sewing and the other is for ceiling sewing... duhhhhh need them both... hehe
    LOL LOL LOL That laugh made my day!!
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    Rodney, I am like you. I have several duplicates of my favorites, Singer 201, 301, 15 but I just can't seem to part with them and I am now past the 50 mark in my collection. Something has got to give soon. I think maybe 2015 will be the year to severely limit my sewing machine purchases

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    Take a second look at the 2 machines and I think the obvious will shine through. They are lockstitch and to balance the thread in the middle of the fabric, you need one machine for the top of the fabric and the other underneath the fabric ! The tension must be in perfect harmony !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by soman2 View Post
    Take a second look at the 2 machines and I think the obvious will shine through. They are lockstitch and to balance the thread in the middle of the fabric, you need one machine for the top of the fabric and the other underneath the fabric ! The tension must be in perfect harmony !!

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    I recall seeing a picture once where someone had mounted sewing machines to the top and bottom of a table and mounted a saw blade somehow onto the needle bars. How they got the machines synced so that one was going up while the other was going down I don't know. I don't even know if it was real or if it worked.

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    I don't think I've ever accidentally bought any duplicates, but I've definite bought duplicates of machines I really love when I find them cheap. I've always got at least 2-3 Singer 237s, 15s, and 401s around here. You never know when someone is going to need a good machine.
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    Well, I haven't done it with a sewing machine, but I do it with books ALL the time! I am an avid reader, and my basement is wall to wall, floor to ceiling books - over 5000 ...

    They are filed alphabetically by author, but not by title. Two weeks ago I started to organize them and was quite surprised how many doubles / triples I had LOL ... And I'm only at the F's ... I'm sure I'll have at least 200-300 books to donate by the time I'm done!

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    Cari,

    I think if you were to lock the upper balance wheel locking nut and let the lower machine freewheel, like filling a bobbin, then that should sync the two machines, thus creating a Singer 128 sawing machine.

    T O R

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    So you are saying it would be easier to remove vibrating shuttles to get them out of the way of the saw blade, instead of working around a round bobbin case?

    You all are a terrible influence on me and I love it.

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    What lovely decals, I know that is why you had to have her, and yes she is perfect for a hand crank.

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    Lol. What a hilarious group we old machine collectors are! You can decide if the "old" fits your description or if it just describes the machines.
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