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Thread: Do Vintage Machines Call their Old Friends and Tell Them to Come Join the Party?

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    Do Vintage Machines Call their Old Friends and Tell Them to Come Join the Party?

    I just wondered... because now we've got 4 "new" vintage sewing machines in the house in the space of 4 weeks!

    First we bought a Rocketeer for my daughter because she always wanted one. I had a lot of fun cleaning her up and test sewing with the cams! She's sitting in the kitchen waiting to move to North Carolina.

    Then my DH could see how excited I was with the Rocketeer, so he told me to buy a vintage machine of my own. After a lot of great advice from the folks here about simple straight stitch machines good for FMQ, I got my own beautiful Singer 301A - a black one with a short bed. I had a lot of fun cleaning her up too and she sews beautifully! I am SO THRILLED with her and named her Ginger, because she is like Ginger Rogers: classy and dances beautifully! Thank you all for helping me make the decision! I'm already halfway into a quilt and I have to say it is WAY MORE FUN to sew with a good vintage machine like Ginger!

    Then my DH saw how much fun I was having cleaning up these old machines, so he picked up a Singer 15-91 in a cabinet on Craig's List for himself, so he could try a little refurbishing too.

    Today the 4th one came home. My SIL was at an estate sale and spotted a machine she had never seen before... she came over, nabbed me and we hightailed it back to the sale. It was a Necchi Supernova in a cabinet for only $10! I had read about that machine here on the QB too.

    Oh dear. This could get addictive.

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    You can't say yu weren't warned, lol. My 3rd came into the house last weekend, and dh went and looked at another last night and then has been caught checking Craigslist multiple times. He also is having second thoughts on selling the 2nd featherweight... He's hooked.

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    It is seriously addictive, Lara. Is your daughter moving anywhere close to me? She might need a guide for Mary Jo's in Gastonia!
    I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

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    LOL! Yes you did warn me Miss Kira!

    Kris, she's moving to Winston-Salem to go to Wake Forest Law School. She and her fiance are planning to get married next August, possibly in North Carolina. Gosh it is such a beautiful state! We were actually looking at wedding venues as far away as Asheville. Is Mary Jo's your favorite fabric shop?

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one so 'pulled' into this addiction! I only realised today that I have 3 old sewing machines, one new sewing machine and one new serger making a grand total of 5 machines. One would think that the family will stop growing now, but a treadle machine is calling to me….where it is, is still a mystery but it will show itself at the right time (6). Now my sister wants a Singer 99 hand crank machine so that is going to be number 7. We may go on to have a few more children; enough to staff a foot ball team, at the moment we have just about enough for a netball team!….what do you think? Is it us or are the machines all magnetised? Great thread. Thanks for starting it.
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    Yes, they do find us and come because they know they will be loved!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrishs View Post
    Yes, they do find us and come because they know they will be loved!
    Hear! Hear! I support this theory!
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    A few months back, I posted a note because I bought ($25!) a green Elna '50s Supermatic (aka a "Grasshopper"!) It went to DD who alas, did not learn to be comfortable with it. No matter- at local Goodwill I saw a Brother machine which works very much like the Kenmore she learned on (which is vintage like her mother!) I looked at this blue and white Brother machine and there wasn't a bobbin shuttle so I was about to pass by when 30 feet away, down on another shelf I spied the attachment box and everything including shuttle was there. Held my breath when I plugged it in, sews beautifully and for $20 DD has sewing machine again. Best of all, she was delighted because she sold the Elna for $75. I love to read the threads about yard sale, Goodwill, Craigs List finds Happy Hunting!!

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    Yup. My neighbor brought me my very first Kenmore, and it sat in my dining room putting out The Call. A month later, I had seven Kenmores!
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    Shhhhhhh!! I have the spousal unit convinced that they breed and that's how they keep multiplying at our house!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BizzieLizzie View Post
    Hear! Hear! I support this theory!
    And my last one came all the way from Dallas to find me! LOL
    You can get older, but you never have to grow up! Tomorrow's just a future yesterday!-Greg Fergerson

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    They seem to follow me home......sometimes you just can't save them all,




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    Now that is a very sad sight.

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    Oh, I just realized! I've got it too.

    The youngest machine in my house is 11 years old. The eldest is dated somewhere in the 1920s and there are 3 between them. All of them are set up to sew in my sewing room and I use them all regularly.

    And I never thought I had an addictive personality! I should have known. The first thing I wanted to know about Gram's treadle was how it worked. She taught me how to clean and oil it. Only then did I demand to be shown how to sew. Live and learn.

    Thank all of you for the unalloyed pleasure I get from reading "Vintage....". And thank you for giving my mornings something to always look forward to. (I hate mornings on average.)

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    I'm telling you, I started last year and I now have 12 old Vintage and Antique machines. It is very addictive. The oldest one is 104 years old. It is a Singer model 27 treadle. It sews like a charm. I had one other one and I sold it. With the 12 old ones and my 4 embroidery machines I have a house full. I would still like to have a featherweight. That might be the last, did I say last one, lol...They just seem to find me now. Good luck on your addiction, it sounds like you husband is also addicted. Joy
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    I used to watch my grandmother sew using her Singer treadle machine. I'm not sure what model it was, but it is now with another family member and well-loved. I've always wanted to have one of my own. Last week at an estate sale, I found a machine for sale for $10. I'm not sure who made it, but it is a Minnehaha model. I think it may have been made by National, but I really don't anything about it. I wasn't too sure about it, but when I went back on the last day of the sale, it was half-price. For $5, I couldn't pass it up. I couldn't imagine leaving it there. Silly, but I didn't think anyone would love it the way I could. I packed up the drawers, folded up the machine and brought it to the check-out table. As I was checking out, he told me that the drawers were being sold separately, but he'd give them to me with the machine. He even told me that the top was bad, but I could take the top off, replace it with a new top and use it as a table. I told him, "I want to use the machine!" He wasn't too sure what to think of that, but I am very happy to have it and can't wait to get it cleaned, oiled and humming.

    Last summer, my neighbor gave me her grandmother's Singer, circa 1935. It's in beautiful condition except for the veneer on the case cover. I also bought a charming Kenmore at Goodwill for $4 in the cabinet and gave it to my 13 year old daughter. I have other machines for every day sewing, but I really am fascinated by the vintage machines. I can't wait to add to the family!

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    Of course they holler out to their relatives! I find they seem to travel in 3 around my house. Lately I have come across a few that really need love but I have told DH nope it is not on my wish list so it cant go home with us. It has gotten to the point that when come across a machine at a yard sale or thrift store he goes to it and starts to check it out, spins the hand wheel lifts it up to see what the bottom looks like, never thought that day would come!

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    Quote Originally Posted by w1613s View Post
    Oh, I just realized! I've got it too...
    Thank all of you for the unalloyed pleasure I get from reading "Vintage....". Pat
    I too really love reading the vintage section and detailed stories of how it all came about - like many of yours! So many of us have fond memories of sewing machines from our childhoods and that seems to play a big part in the attraction to vintage machines now. By golly some of you have snapped up some INCREDIBLE bargains! It is also interesting too see that sometimes your DH or DW also catches the vintage sewing machine bug. And what do you all do when the machines start to take over the house? Walk around with a huge grin? LOL!

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    I have 4 treadles, 2 featherweights, a couple 91's, a hand crank and a couple others. They saw my house and just followed me home. In all fairness, hubby is just as bad as I am, he loves these old machines and likes to bring them back to their former glory. So I have an enabler. HaHa!
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    Hi,
    Brand new to QB I am so additcted to machines old and new! My newest and current favorite is a Babylock Serenade.
    Old and New I think have 21. Isn't that awful. Yes, I love to work on them. Many over the years have been donated
    to charities and fund drives.

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    Yep...you've joined a very fun crowd of addicts here!! LOL I started early last year with 1 machine, and now I have 13, and probably another on the way soon from a friend of ours who has a Japanese 15 clone he doesn't want any more. They smell each other out, I say!! LOL

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    Welcome to the Quilting Board Sewmach72!
    This is the place for you alright - the whole vintage sewing machine topic is loaded with goodies and I hope you have a lot of fun here!

    Hubby is an "enabler" sew1?.... LOL! I'll have to remember that one.


    Holy Toledo jljack... 13 in one year! The vintage bug bit you hard!

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