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    We are having company from Florida at the beginning of next month. Soooo, I decided I would clear out and spruce up the spare bedroom. These people haven't ever been in our home before and they are related to my DH. Thus, I want to make a decent impression. We removed 36 vintage and antique sewing machines (mostly Singer). Some have been refurbished and some are waiting the attention of a well meaning husband. So, I don't guess you can have too many but I think he (DH) is pressing his luck. I think I will have a garage sale soon LOL.

    Quote Originally Posted by skothing View Post
    Okay I admit it I can,t turn down a bargain on a good machine. Yesterday I had 30 minutes before I needed to be leaving for work after running several errands. SOOOOOOO what would a quilter that has 13 machines already, do? Yes in dee de , I went to a thrift store. IT WASN,T my fault. It fallowed me home. I found a Bernina 730 record with 10 feet and the tray that swings around. Oh my it was $24.95. I almost fainted. It was made in 1968 and I am having it cleaned and beautified this Friday one day service. I can,t wait to play on it.

    So the question IS: Can a person have to many machines?

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    as soon as you run out of room in the house then you take over the garage and on to a nice shed and if your children have homes with garages -oh my the options are endless

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt for fun grandma G View Post
    i am a personal friend and have seen her sewing machines, They are wonderful and she has put in a lot of time and work to get them all clean and working. She has them displayed in her house in groups and can tell you the history from where it was made , the date the type and many interesting things.I am proud of her and she sure likes her machines.you can not guess how many she has. She also takes time to make quilts, throws, lap robes, does many volunteer things. I am happy to call her my friend. quilt for fun grandma g
    Oh, I would love to know which poster is your friend!

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    Can anyone have too much fabric?! Well then one can have one too many more machines! lol! I own 3 sewing and one serger and every time I see a great offer I so want to buy it. My name is quiltnut4ever and I am here to say that yes I am a sewing machine/fabric hoarder....(and the people say) "Welcome quiltnut4ever" If that's what makes you happy and you care for them the way you do then ENJOY and Congrats on your wonderful find!

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    No you can not own too many!! A Bernina 730 for 25$..... oh my I wish I could find one at that price!! Lucky you!!
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    Ha, Ha! Love it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Yes, you have too many. So I will help you by taking the new one off your hands:>
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    Why of course the anser IS No! But this is coming from ME who has well over 30+ LOL
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    Yes, if you can't get to the one you want to sew on. LOL Bernina 750 for under $25, ofcourse you can not leave that one. I really enjoy paper piecing on my Bernina 830 vintage.
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    One can never have too many sewing machines. Wow! What a bargain on your Bernina! Congratulations!

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    I have over 30, probably close to 40 machines now, and DH bought me another yesterday. It is a 201, my third, BUT my first ever Singer with the blue 100 yr anniversary badge on it. It is in a Frankenstein case - Wood looking bottom with crappy plastic case top. DH says we can klook for a wooden case or cabinet for the machine. Both of the other 201s have issues foir which I have zero time right now so am hoping this one actually sews like the seller claimed it did. Long story for a short answer of "NO, one can never have 2 many machines." Besides a vintage Bernina for $25 would have come home with me too.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    I have 8 and 2 sergers, and one toy singer. I almost sold one 2 weeks ago, a friend wanted my 99k, she even wrote the check and I was still not sure I wanted to sell it. Oh I hesitated, and then my dh pipes in, "don't sell that machine, you might need it". So apparently I don't have too many

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    I have a juki, singer, singer,singer, kenmore, baby lock,baby lock,Morse, Pfaff, and last but not least another pfaff, they all sew, and keeps my fingers very happy. Im still looking for more. lol

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    I bought a Bernina Record 730 in 1969 .... and it still works good. I have only had it serviced once in all that time (light bulb went out); but I should take it and get it cleaned. The *fancy* stitches no longer work and it runs a little on the slow side. But within the past 6 wks. I have treated myself to a new Janome 6600 and a 1961 Featherweight .... now the proud owner of 3 machines!!! Loving every minute of being retired!!!

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    Loss count of my machines, so I guess I'd say as long as you have the room there is no to many machines, lOL
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    I guess I'd say my limit is when hubby finally says OK you have enough but he hasn't said it yet so...I now have:
    SINGER 301
    Singer 500a
    Singer 99k
    Singer 221k (white featherweight )
    70s dressmaker
    70s white
    50s lenco
    1986 singer
    1992 bernina 1260
    baby lock quilters choice pro
    Juki hzl-27z
    1917 davis nvf treadle
    1873 domestic treadle
    Viking designer ruby embroidery
    Brother 920d serger

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    I have already replied but agree with jeenb's comment about DH saying enough! He still keeps finding and buying me machines so even though he grumbles about space, I'm guessing I haven't reached max capacity. I have close to 40 machines by my reckoning because we have bought 4 over the last 2 weeks. I am going to rehome a couple of them once they're cleaned oiled and ready to go again.
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    I can understand collecting the small machines for display because they are so cute. I cannot understand collecting regular size sewing machines unless
    the reason would be to clean/repair them for resale. I surely am in the minority with my thoughts.

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    I do use most of mine that are cleaned and running but have been attempting to rehome some because I cannot sew on all of them at the same time and I have others that need work but no space available because others are in the way. I do use mine as decorative tables BUT no plants on any of them.
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    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    I had one of my friends ask me, "Why?" I told her "Because I LIKE them." She came back with, "I know, and they're neat looking, but WHY do you need more than one?"

    They're all different. I don't have more than one of any model. I haven't yet run us out of house and home...they all work and I enjoy deciding which one to use for different projects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I had one of my friends ask me, "Why?" I told her "Because I LIKE them." She came back with, "I know, and they're neat looking, but WHY do you need more than one?"

    They're all different. I don't have more than one of any model. I haven't yet run us out of house and home...they all work and I enjoy deciding which one to use for different projects.
    Same here. I don't have a duplicate of anything, even as a backup or for parts. To the best of my knowledge every machine I have is in working order or only needs cleaning/oiling to run except I need to rewire the plug on my vintage White. Since acquiring my treadles, however, I think I'm more interested in those than the vintage ones from the 60s and 70s with a handful of exceptions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I had one of my friends ask me, "Why?" I told her "Because I LIKE them." She came back with, "I know, and they're neat looking, but WHY do you need more than one?"

    They're all different. I don't have more than one of any model. I haven't yet run us out of house and home...they all work and I enjoy deciding which one to use for different projects.
    Charlee, I have several duplicates but I'm like you. One of my duplicates is 2 FWs and I have 3 201's because DH likes the way they look. I enjoy seeing what they do and I do rehome them to people who need them or the local animal clinic auction to raise money for them.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    My full sized and 3/4 sewingmachines……………………
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    I made the mistake of answering my mother yesterday when she asked how many machines I had now. I was sitting next to my husband and he said "7 or 8" at the same time I said "15" and I got a surprised look from him. But I counted them off and he knew about all of them. One is now gone, one is a parts machine, and 3 more likely to go by the time we move early next year. I think 10 is a good number.
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    Quote Originally Posted by needles3thread View Post
    I can understand collecting the small machines for display because they are so cute. I cannot understand collecting regular size sewing machines unless
    the reason would be to clean/repair them for resale. I surely am in the minority with my thoughts.
    One would have to understand and appreciate the beauty in design and wonderful mechanics of these machines to understand and appreciate the 'why'. And this is a fairly inexpensive item to collect. That doesn't even address the community of wonderful, giving people who also collect these vintage sewing machines and are willing to give their time, energy and help you take apart, fix, repair and/or how to use your machine. With all of these collectors, many vintage machines with tons of useful hours left in them, still will get trashed in the dump or used as boat anchors. Sew, many of us consider ourselves collector/rescuerers!

    Linda

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