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Thread: Fabric collecting vs machine collecting

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    Fabric collecting vs machine collecting

    For years I collected fabric and hubby hardly noticed! Lol fabric just absorbs into other fabric. U know what I mean right? You just slip it in hahahaha
    But sewing machines! I have ten already and want a pink one badly. How do I absorb that in???
    Helpful hints appreciated!
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

    Susan

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    I tell mine he makes the money, I spend it! That's how it is.

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    My DH use to shake his head and smile with every new to me machine I carried home. Then he started noticing them in yard sales and started adopting them too. Its contagious I say spread those wonderful germs about. : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchit123 View Post
    My DH use to shake his head and smile with every new to me machine I carried home. Then he started noticing them in yard sales and started adopting them too. Its contagious I say spread those wonderful germs about. : )
    He IS A KEEPER!!!!

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    My husband has the bug now also. He will go to a yard sale or the thrift store and call me because he has found a machine. I also have 10 and counting. By the way I have trained him on fabric also. (hee hee)

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    Sew it a black cover. Pink would sure stand out.
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    When I saw your subject, I thought you were going to make me choose only one to collect!! I'm up to 13 machines and more fabric than I can use in 2 lifetimes!!!
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    It is just so hard to let those poor machines go homeless just like it is too hard to let that pretty fabric stay in the store. I have to ask DH "how many screwdrivers and hammers do you really need?"
    To make lots of quilts, is to have lots of scraps, and I do, and I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts View Post
    Sew it a black cover. Pink would sure stand out.
    Hahahahahaha.... Anna you are too funny!

    Sideways, Maybe if you take your hubby along with you on the sewing machine safari, he will catch the jungle fever too. Mine did. Now sewing machines are one of the things he keeps an eagle eye out for at yard and estate sales.

    Debbie, thank goodness we didn't have to choose!

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    You know that is really a hard one I have 2 treadles one in the sewing room and one in the bedroom, (5) 99's that I have converted to hand cranks for make and takes, one beautiful original hand crank, (sits on top of a treadle) (3) Pfaff 1222's that I have for parts for one to use, of course a serger, an Elna Lotus, a Feather weight, a 301, (2) can't remember what they are in cabinets (one is in the kitchen holding the coffee pot the other is in the cutting room holding stacks of fabric to cut) I have 3 hidden in the broom closet, one sitting on the floor in the living room that is officially the GD's (a hand crank that she loves) then a dear friend passed away and I inherited a few from her. I have machines that were kept at church till I found a place for them and machines that visited friends and neighbors until they found their place in the house. Once in a while hubby will say something but only if he has tripped over it and stubbed his toe. Till then I keep collecting and enjoying my machines and no matter what I always have a machine to sew on. That reminds me I do have a Pfaff 7570 that is currently my work horse. But remember machines in small cabinets make great end tables, night stands and computer desks. Machines in wood boxes make conversation pieces. You can stack a lot of machines in cases in the closet behind your clothes and don't forget a machine or 3 in the entry way to great your guests.

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    I seem to have stopped collecting temporarily - am I ill? I even have two that will be sold. I do have one stored at church.

    You just have to figure how to make them part of your decor. They like vintage doilies.

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    An hour ago I put a 301A cabinet with matching stool in the master bath. I re-covered the stool this afternoon in a nice fabric that coordinates well with the floor and counters. I'll head downstairs shortly and get the flat, lay-down, gold edged vanity mirror that up until now has been stored down in the sewing room to hold starch spray bottles and other dangerous items that could damage a wood cabinet down there. After it is up on the sewing cabinet in the master bath complete with little metal jewelry hinged boxes and perfume bottles I am hoping my husband will like my new "vanity" and that it can stay there! Currently, all machines brought in the house are supposed to stay in my sewing room. But, I like irishrose's viewpoint that they are like vintage doilies! They belong anywhere they look good!

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    Definitely get him involved if you can. Give him a machine or a cabinet to clean or tinker with. Tell him you need his help. If he's anything like my husband he'll jump right in snd try to take over! I've had to relinquish control of cabinet clean/refinish to my husband ... and yes, he looks for machines too!
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    My cabinets like vintage doilies on them even though that isn't necessarily an item I would decorate with. If you can't hide the machines, then make them look good.

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    Love all the great ideas ladies!!! Thank you! My 301a cabinet makes the perfect little computer desk in my dining room.
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

    Susan

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    My cabinets like vintage doilies on them even though that isn't necessarily an item I would decorate with. If you can't hide the machines, then make them look good.
    Haha. Yeah, I misread your original statement of "They like vintage doilies" and instead read it as "They (sewing machine cabinets) are like vintage doilies.". Silly me! I think I'll adopt both viewpoints and try to plop down as many cabinets as I can and add doilies to them. Maybe DH will notice the nice decorations being added against walls and in corners and begin to help me find more lovelies.

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    No problem - I often think faster than I can type so I leave out words, but seriously, the older cabinets seem to like having doilies on them - I'd best be careful or that will be the next collection.

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