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Thread: Has the world changed so much in the last 30 years, or is it me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty View Post
    Sear, Montgomery Ward, JC Penny's they had so much then but not now!!!!!!!
    I can remember when JCP sold fabric -- it was the only place in town that had it. Not only that, when they measured you got an bit extra because the fabric was torn, not cut. After washing didn't have any problem making sure it wasn't wonky.

    Then I think of the home-ec teacher we had and my memories aren't so sweet!

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    I recently adopted a 1983 Kenmore machine from a local thrift store here in Lebanon,Mo and she is in perfect running condition, but there was no cabinet just the head.Well last February I adopted a cabinet at a thrift store in Toledo,Oh it has the adjustable shelf, but the label on the under side said Sears and Roebuck - so I had to take her home-and I thought some one had revamped it at home.Well these 2 adoptee's fit together beautifully- and I swear their smiles were as big as mine when I used them the first time.

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    I have a Sears sewing table from the 60's. Wouldn't trade it for any of the new sewing "furniture".

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    I try to grab any old cabinets I find. I just know they will work with one of my sewing babies and won't fall apart any time soon. It's nice to buy something that I know will last as long as I will and won't need to be replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katykwilt View Post
    I can remember when JCP sold fabric -- it was the only place in town that had it. Not only that, when they measured you got an bit extra because the fabric was torn, not cut. After washing didn't have any problem making sure it wasn't wonky.

    Then I think of the home-ec teacher we had and my memories aren't so sweet!
    I second that,I had a mean home ec teacher too. Told me I'd never learn to crochet. She had to have been one of the meanest teachers I've ever known (and I've been teaching for almost30 years).

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    Tempus fugit

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    I had a great Home Ec teacher in Battle Creek (MI), but a terrible one in Clio, so not of them all were mean.

    Joe, I do NOT need any more machines so why did you show me that cute little Bernette in you second link? It's at $26 now with an equal amount for shipping. I'm sure it will skyrocket in another 40 minutes.

    I think my best built machine is a 1973 Elna, but I haven't sewn on either treadle yet so I guess I'm not a good judge yet. All those Kenmores make me want to dig mine out. You're right, the plastic wonders can't hold a candle to our vintage ladies.

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    Dan,

    And faster as we get older.



    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by barny View Post
    If I layed on my sewing floor, they wouldn't be able to recognize me. LOL
    I enjoyed this image! If your floor looks like mine, they wouldn't be able to SEE me, let alone recognize.
    Deb Watkins - I woke up today on the right side of dirt. It is a good day.

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    I made a decision just yesterday and y'all are making me rethink it. I have a Kenmore here, a good one, and one I have partially meched/serviced. It still needs me to fix the reverse button. I do like the way it was engineered, very intelligently. It is in a Kenmore cabinet and given to me for free, since I make quilts for homeless people. I thought that the 20 or so decorative stitch cams were the value of it, and decided that, since I needed the space I'd give away the machine. But I had better rethink that, because of what you are all reminding me of the quality. It is my only Kenmore. I'll get that machine out tomorrow and do some decorative quilting stitches on it and see what I think then. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    I had a great Home Ec teacher in Battle Creek (MI), but a terrible one in Clio, so not of them all were mean.

    Joe, I do NOT need any more machines so why did you show me that cute little Bernette in you second link? It's at $26 now with an equal amount for shipping. I'm sure it will skyrocket in another 40 minutes.

    I think my best built machine is a 1973 Elna, but I haven't sewn on either treadle yet so I guess I'm not a good judge yet. All those Kenmores make me want to dig mine out. You're right, the plastic wonders can't hold a candle to our vintage ladies.
    I didn't see the little Bernette this morning, did you get it? I was just trying to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb watkins View Post
    I enjoyed this image! If your floor looks like mine, they wouldn't be able to SEE me, let alone recognize.
    Deb,

    When I got up and went upstairs to ask my wife something I had string, lint, fabric bits and tails hanging off my clothes all over the place. My wife was picking them off of me and I'm surprised she didn't use the lint roller on me.

    We try to keep the area swept, but it's pretty useless.

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    I bought a Horn cabinet about 10 years ago and its laminated particle board. It was expensive about $900 at that time, but on sale @$650. I do wish it was real wood, but alas nobody made one at that time.
    There is a cabinet maker that has a booth at the Houston show, his furniture is all wood and beautifully made too. Far out of my price range unfortunately.
    I have 1 plastic wonder in my herd of machines, its lovely for what it does; but can be rather cranky sometimes. I'd love to find a vintage/antique machine with a 10-12 inch throat with feed dogs for machine quilting(the only reason for the plastic wonder is the 10" throat space).
    All the rest of my machines are from 20-100 years old and don't give me attitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Joey only speekie English, what for you say????


    Joe
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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket_iscute View Post
    I made a decision just yesterday and y'all are making me rethink it. I have a Kenmore here, a good one, and one I have partially meched/serviced. It still needs me to fix the reverse button. I do like the way it was engineered, very intelligently. It is in a Kenmore cabinet and given to me for free, since I make quilts for homeless people. I thought that the 20 or so decorative stitch cams were the value of it, and decided that, since I needed the space I'd give away the machine. But I had better rethink that, because of what you are all reminding me of the quality. It is my only Kenmore. I'll get that machine out tomorrow and do some decorative quilting stitches on it and see what I think then. Thanks!
    I have four or five Kenmore machines here now and one at Miriams house in Indy waiting to be picked up. I've found the late 60s and 70s vintage ones are much quieter and run better than the same vintage Singer 338, 413, 518 and 538 we have.

    Besides, a cabinet machine doesn't really take up that much space. It's only when you get a dozen of them that you run out of room ... fast.

    Joe

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    Joe, if I had gotten down on the floor I'd of had 2 Chihuahuas, 1 Jack Russell, and 2 cats walking on me. They'd all think I was down on the floor for them! I can picture you on the floor with the cat walking on you!

    You know, I think we all have learned so much about sewing machines since joining this group. I have 3 plastic wonder machines. Like Sharon, I have one because of the 16" throat. I also have a modern very expensive embroidery machine that I do not use to sew with because everytime I have tried to use it for everyday sewing I end up messing it up and it costs me $500 to get it fixed! I use that machine for embroidery only.

    I was like most people, I wanted something modern! I didn't want an 'old' machine when I was younger! Now, I have close to 60 antique and vintage machines that I use all the time - mostly treadling! I think we all live and learn about quality. I love the vintage machines, but I love sewing machines period - even the newer throw away ones, although, I don't buy them anymore. I have one Janome I do use to take to classes occassionally, although, I usually use a FW or 301 in classes.

    My husband is like you. He could easily live in 1912, but I do like the modern things of today, although, not so much the poor quality of most of our stuff. My DH can't stand it that a frig, washer, etc., are only suppose to last 5 years today. When we were kids our folk's frig lasted 30 years! It is a throw away world. I am just thankful that there are so many of us that appreciate the vintage machines! The problem now is that to get really good quality anything, you have to pay through your teeth - which most of us can't afford. Sad.

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    He said ''time flees'' (flies).



    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Joey only speekie English, what for you say????


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    Time Flies ............... boy does it.

    Yesterday on some TV show a lawyer was asking someone what they did on their 18th birthday.

    I tried to remember what I did on that birthday. I cannot remember, it was too long ago.

    Joe

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    Joe I remember where I was on my 18th birthday. I was a welder building under ground fuel storage tanks for aviation fuel at the Naval Air base in Beeville, Tx. The base as long been closed and now is a prison. Time does fly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PABerard View Post
    Life has not been as easy ever since Sears discontinued their catalogs
    Wow! They did??
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    Oh, my. . . I don't think kids of yesteryear could have lived without Sears! That's where our clothes came from. Remember "ToughSkin" jeans for boys?? All of our appliances came from Sears and were Kenmores. Back in the 80's when the microwaves were becoming popular, my dad took me and my brother to Sears with him to buy one. (My mother passed away in the early 80's and dad really thought the microwave would be beneficial in cooking!) My dad picked out a middle of the line Kenmore microwave, and it was over $400! and put it on his Sears card and we hauled it home. It was HUGE!!! You could put a 9 X 13 casserole dish in it. That microwave lasted 22 years!!! Now they have a life span of 1-2 years.

    I learned to sew on a Sears Kenmore sewing machine. Earlier this year, I found the exact same model in a table at Goodwill and paid $10 for it. When I sew on it, it takes me back to a different time, when life was so much simplier.
    I just looked at our BIG microwave. It's a Whirlpool made September 1993. It will be 20 years old this coming year. We use it every day and all we've done with it is replace a fuse. Like yours we can put a 9x13" casserole in it with room to spare.

    I wouldn't want to spend the money to replace this one. I think I'd do without first.

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    There is nothing out there that is made to last. There is almost nothing being manufactured in this country anymore. If these items were manufactured in this country with the high cost of wages, we would not be able to afford to purchase them. I would like to go back in time to where there was pride in what this country turned out.

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    Went shopping today to buy a replacement doggie door. They "new & improved" them by tweaking the size just a smidge...i had purchased a replacement flap that did not fit the original frame from 20 years ago...first. Dog door I found was all plastic for $55. One frigid winter ought to trash that thang. Label said "economical" choice..."moderate use" huh???? Tell that to the dogz!

    Found an all aluminum frame at the next store..$114.00...SOLD! The clerk remarked "expensive" i replied " worth every penny".hopefully they wont mess with the specs on this one for a while. Always need to replace the flaps only every few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Besides, a cabinet machine doesn't really take up that much space. It's only when you get a dozen of them that you run out of room ... fast.

    Joe
    Well, Joe, it's like this....
    I have a house that dreams of expanding to 1,000 square feet from it's actual 800 square feet. Every inch is used to the best advantage. I have ten machines in cabinets in the house and more machines that go into my main sewing table as needed. About 30 machines in all, mostly vintage or antique. I use all of them. I have not purchased a machine since I got forced into an early retirement by the economy three years ago. But I am given machines for two reasons: 1) I make quilts for homeless families - have given 413 so far with more on the way - and people think of me when they have a machine to give away. People sometimes sew with me, and I've discovered that they expect me to provide the machine and all supplies. 2) I am a certified sewing machine mechanic and people give me machines when they can't get them to work. I often pass on machines, for free, to those who need them after I fix them.

    This house just doesn't seem to want to grow with my collection, so the collection has to shrink.

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