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Thread: I'm officially resigning from the vintage sewing machine club.

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    I'm officially resigning from the vintage sewing machine club.

    I realized I do not really want to repair and refurbish vintage machines, I would much rather be sewing. This could also be due to the fact that some of the machines I have invested time and money in have turned out to be more trouble than they were worth. I have rehomed a Singer 301A, a Singer 99, a Singer Spartan and a Singer 15-19, all of which needed work, within the last couple of weeks.

    I do have a Singer 401A that I am keeping for a friend and when she gave me that machine, she made me swear I would never sell it or give it away. I will occassionally use and oil Ms. Elsie, as she is known, until my friend has room for her again.

    I hope you all have fun with all the vintage machinery out there.

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    If you ever change your mind, I will be the first to welcome you back.

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    You do not have to work on them to be a member of the vintage sewing machine club. I have many vintage machines that just got a cleaning and oiling and now are used. That's nothing but normal maintenance.

    But come on back when you feel like it.

    Joe

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    Almost every one of them I have bought cheap has needed some sort of work or another. Working on machines by no means is for everybody. We do try to help those who want to try. There are repair places that do wonders on those old machines. There are occasional machines that do work from the get go and are great machines to use. On the other hand I have had no luck at all with the modern plastic wonder machines or sergers.
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    I feel your pain. Some basic maintenance I can deal with but a complete refurb just holds no interest for me. Ask me how I know. I'm in the process of working out having another local qb member do one on a machine that I picked up last year that needs a bit more work than I'm really interested in doing. Could I do it? Probably. Do I want to? Not really. Doesn't mean that I don't like vintage machines. I have a FW that I do use occasionally. I'll be re-homing a 15 shortly. If I had the room, I'd probably keep it but space is just too much of a premium here. I do want the 66 refurbed so I can put it in my g'grandmother's table/case. Otherwise I'd have let that go as well.

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    I love my olds machines. Luckily my dh does the maintenance for me. Enjoy sewing.

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    I've given up the searching and restoring and I'm thinning out the herd. But - I still love my FW for quilting retreats and my hand cranks! (And the 401, 201, the 99...) I don't post much but like like to come and look at all the pretty pictures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum View Post
    I love my olds machines. Luckily my dh does the maintenance for me. Enjoy sewing.

    I am also blessed with a DH that loves vintage machines. he cleans, fixes and thinkers and I use them.
    Anna Quilts

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    The maintainence is enough for me, as well. I do love my FWs, my 15-91, my 66, my 27, my 99. Oh dear, I do have a herd!

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    I did not know you could opt out of the club---------Not that I would ever consider it. I find them -give them over to my brother for re-hab then we will use them til we find a proper home for each of them. We love doing this. We even rescue the newer machines.

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    I'm like Stitchit123, I didn't know you could opt out, or not. I just enjoy reading all about the old machines, and occasionally ask for help when I find a cheapie and want to try to fix it, rather than taking it to a repair person. You are right, you can buy a brand new one for the cost of getting one repaired nowadays. But, my favorite repairman has a wife and family, so I guess he makes good use of the money he has to charge me......I've done pretty good with the help of J Miller and Miriam here on the QB; and keep intending to get back to Toni C for help with my HV Designer I. I still don't know what a dongle is....
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    I for one love my little old ladies! I have a 99, 99-13, 2 221's, all black, and a tan 401A and a celery 221. Tomorrow I pick up my black Sewmor 202 (Singer 15 clone) from my OSMG. He is rewiring and adding a foot control for me. I can't wait to get her home with the rest of the hurd. Then ... there are the plastic wonders that I got (and kept) before I knew about the fantastic old Singers!

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    I love my machines and all of you but I miss CHARLEE....where is she? It has been ages since she said she was feeling somewhat better. I hope she hasn't had a relapse. Oh, Charlee, where are you????

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    If you go to Charlee's blog you will see that she is learning to knit socks!

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    I don't know if I ever will totally give up on vintage sewing machines. There is just something about them that draws me to them. I am addicted for life I think. Really want to take a old one strip it down and paint it some outrageous color just for the fun of it. I would only like to do this once. Because I do love the old vintage look of my sewing machines.

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    I'm with you, Ann. I admire people who can make beautiful things on a vintage machine. I need all the modern conveniences of my new Janome 7700, 6600 and Bernina 530. They truly ARE wonders!! And NOT to be compared with machines from Walmart.

    Anyone in NYS who is interested in some vintage all steel Singer machines at reasonable prices can send me a PM.

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    I agree with you. I have bought several sewing machines that required work to be done on them,to buy replacement parts for a Pfaff serger was more expensive than the serger was worth. I check out eBay and ShopGoodwill.com, but when I have the urge to purchase a sewing machine that needs fixing, I have to remind myself to just walk away. I understand your feelings.

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    Vintage and antique sewing machine accumulation and use is a hobby for most. I don't think any public notice or declaration of quitting the hobby is necessary IMHO. Best of Luck with newer machines.

    Jon

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    I just looked at Singers web site. YUCKAPOOIE! There is not one single machine there that I would pay money for.
    I'd rather use my vintage cast iron behemoths after I've spent the time to refurb them, than pay for a new piece of plastic junque.
    The newest machine we have now is a Singer 4622A circa early 90s. It's got 20+ built in stitches and is still mechanical. It works good and we only have about $18.00 or so dollars in it all total. It still has too much plastic for me.

    My favorite machine for piecing my denim quilts is Minerva, my Minnesota Mdl B circa 1909. She just keeps on going. She's 104 years old and will no doubt be sewing after I've taken my dirt nap.

    That is the kind of product our country should be making. But not any more. I shall remain in the vintage machine club. I like the old ones.


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    I like both the old and new machines. I have a Kenmore that is not vintage, and it is great. I have a cute little Singer that works ok, but I had to have it serviced, adding to the cost.

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    Servicing any machine does not "add" to the cost. It's part of the use of the machine. You have to have your new ones serviced eventually.

    Joe

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    Joe you are right - it is not a cost of a machine it is a usual expense. I have sold several vintage machines to people to piece with - it was cheaper for them to buy a vintage machine just to do straight stitch than to have one of the expensive new machines serviced.
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    I totally understand. I did the same thing a few years back. I had fun doing the first couple of machines but then it just got to the point I had too many that needed to be fixed . I rehomed over 20 machines , most running, before I left GA and now I have rehomed 5 just before moving back. I am down to 3 machines and a serger and I am good. But its nice to know that if I have do I can fix one.

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    I'm thinning the herd a bit , but not dropping out. I used 4 of my treadles today. I just finished a string quilt top(hadn't sewn the borders on yet) today using my Pfaff 60 treadle to sew the borders on the top. Also used in the construction of that quilt were the Pfaff 1222E & Singers 115,201 treadles.
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    Beautiful quilt.
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