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    My sewing machines have names, do yours?

    My girls have names, I don't have any boys as of yet.... lol... now i Have to make my list of all my machines and put them here...

    what is your machine and her name?
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    I have several machines - some named and some not. My main machine currently is my 301 and her name is Rebeccah. My FW is Betsy (as in Ross) and so her the 301 is named for one of Betsy's sisters. My almost complete 201 is Rosie and my Two Spools is Josie (Josephine) after my grandmother. I also have an older Bernina whose name is Hans. My seam rippers are Frank and Henrietta when I am thinking nice thougths about them. My dear departed, rehomed, plastic machine was named Zoe when she was cooperating with me. I have many other machines not yet named but as I work on them and sew on them their name usually comes to me - they tell me their names mostly.
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    I have one I'm not sure if it is a boy or a girl - I'm thinking a boy - I called it Potato Head.
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    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    I name my machines. They are newer machines but..
    My regular sewing machine is a Brother SQ9000 which I have named SusieQ

    My Nolting Longarm is called "Abby"

    My Side Saddle computer system that works with "Abby" is called "Sadie" .

    My seam ripper is "Jack"

    and my car is named, " Sophie" lol

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    The only thing I name mine is what I call it if it gets my nerve LOL!

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    Bernina Sport - Nina
    Featherweight - Mahana
    Singer 301a (Black) - Stormy
    Vesta - Penny
    2 other (vintage) I need to name.

    If you've read about my dogs, you'll recognize those last three names...
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    Yes I name my machines. My treadle is Myrtle after my grandmother. She was a wonderful sewer. My Husqvarna Sapphire is Saffie, and my Designer Diamond is Bertie, named after my lovely aunt who is a wonderful person and sewer also. My LA is not named simply because I forgot to name (it) her. It is a Tin Lizzy so if you have any name suggestions, besides Lizzy....lol....
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    Yes, of course my machines have names....

    My vintage Singer 66 hand-crank is named Ambrozina, after my grandmother.

    My hale-and-hearty little Kenmore, who does anything I tell her to and gives me no problems, is named Edna. That just sounded like a "sturdy" name to me.

    My (new, not antique) Featherweight 75 is called Tinkerbell, because she's my lightest machine.

    My PITA Singer Quantum L-500 machine is named Paris Hilton, because she's a high-maintenance, fussy little twerp that only sews when she feels like it. But don't get me started on that subject....

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    I am 'down' to 4 machines now.
    2 Featherweights, Betsy and Eliza Jane. Both named for Elizabethtown

    1 Japanese clone, 50s era turquoise colored Radi-o-matic named Sake (yes, like the wine!) Just got this machine in a cabinet, turns out the wiring in the cabinet was a definite fire hazard and the poor machine was disgustingly filthy. Waiting to get her cord back from the repairman so I can start sewing with her. Cleaning her with Qtips and an old toothbrush and some serious elbow grease almost drove me to drink, so Sake seemed appropriate.

    1 Husqvarna Serger, Husky. Haven't used this poor old boy in years since I was sewing my little boys' clothes. They're teens now and would be horrified if I wanted to make any of their clothes now!

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    I'm with you and name them as I get to clean and bond with them. usually name them after their previous owner if I have that information.

    The ones that I sew on regularly are:

    FW - Judy
    Singer 191 Treadle - Mishiko
    Lisa

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    Janome is Raquel
    Kenmore is Lizzy
    Another Kenmore is Mama
    Wheeler & Wilson is Edna
    Singer 9 is Hannah
    Mason New Florence is Mamie
    15-91 is Annie
    White Number 8 is Fannie
    Davis is Hazel
    28K is Eleanor
    99 and 201-2 keep getting renamed, right now the 99 is Hester and the 201-1 is Agnes
    The toy model 20 is Donna
    The 66-1 is Tillie
    The Featherweight is Honey
    The rest don't have names yet.
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    My vintage machines have names....not my newer computerized ones though.

    Just a question...how does one tell if a sewing machine is a boy or a girl???? Hmmmm.....

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    My 222 1959 is named Fiona
    My 222 1955 is named Fenella
    My 221 1948 is named Maeve

    All Scottish names for Scottish machines.

    I haven't named the 301 yet.
    The White VS II is named Jenny Lind. The Singer 115 hasn't told me her name yet but it will come to me when I start to sew with her. Such Fun!!
    I haven't I named the new 401 yet either...I'll have to get name badges around here soon.
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    Ha. my first singer 221 was named Patsy (after Patsy Cline) cause she's a good little Singer...my second 221 was named Loretta (as in Lynn) same reason...now given to my grand daughters.
    with a passion for quilting and vintage machines..Singers: 99, 4 featherweights, Redeye 66, Lotus 66, Phoenix 27, 15-91, 301A
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    Wow, If I had that many machines, I woualdn't have room for my mountains of fabric. I do name my machines, but thedn I name my cars and other appliances too.
    My old 1974 Bernina 830 Record is Bernie (not very original)
    My Bernina Artista 180 is Nina (also not so original)
    My Bernina serger is Phyllis (I don't know why)
    My Singer Red-eye treadle is Frieda (after my mother-in-law)
    and my newest one, a Juki 98Q is Trixie (just cause I love the speed and the thread cutting trick)
    My seam rippers have always been Jack
    My Dodge Caravan is Sylvia (she's silver)
    and on a good day I can name them all and my DH, kids and Grand-darlings

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Janome is Raquel
    Kenmore is Lizzy
    Another Kenmore is Mama
    Wheeler & Wilson is Edna
    Singer 9 is Hannah
    Mason New Florence is Mamie
    15-91 is Annie
    White Number 8 is Fannie
    Davis is Hazel
    28K is Eleanor
    99 and 201-2 keep getting renamed, right now the 99 is Hester and the 201-1 is Agnes
    The toy model 20 is Donna
    The 66-1 is Tillie
    The Featherweight is Honey
    The rest don't have names yet.

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    I have about 10 sewing machines but only have named my FW's. One is a 1952 her name is Lena. I have a 1963 light green her name is Wanda.

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    Here are my machines and their names
    Singer 3400 XL - Vesta
    Bernina 1530 - Martha (after previous owner)
    Singer 401A - Elsie (after previous owner)
    Singer 301 (just purchased) will be named Helen (after my sweet Grandmother). I expect to get it next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aorlflood View Post
    My vintage machines have names....not my newer computerized ones though.

    Just a question...how does one tell if a sewing machine is a boy or a girl???? Hmmmm.....
    I don't name my newer computerized machines either. A few years ago I named my 500A Nancy (after the aunt who taught me to sew) and was admonished on another group for naming it a girls name - they claimed that 500 and 503 were masculine. Who knew!? So, I guess I don't know how to tell a boy machine from a girl machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by girliegirl View Post
    My girls have names, I don't have any boys as of yet.... lol... now i Have to make my list of all my machines and put them here...

    what is your machine and her name?
    well, i bought my nolting 24" longarm from a wonderful quilter in Dodge City, Kansas.... she was used and she came from Dodge City...what other name would possibly do? She is Miss Kitty..... and you will have to be a certain age to appreciate the joke.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffygirl View Post
    . . . they claimed that 500 and 503 were masculine.
    I haven't named my Rocketeer yet. It looks masculine, but I feel like giving a feminine name. I've thought about Rochester because I listen to old Jack Benny radio shows when I sew. That way if I need a button sewn on, I can say, "Oh, Rochester!"

    Someone previously said that she named her machine after her grandmother. Since my grandmother taught me to sew, I may do that.

    Tate
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    I have a few machines, but only really call my featherweight by name -- Anne. I named her after St. Anne de Beaupre, who is the patron saint of seamstresses, and is also the patroness of Quebec (I am of French Canadian descent). It seemed like a natural to me.

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    Same here. Ha Ha.

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    Sorry , I can't get on to your wavelength at all. All my machines are it, and none of them have names. Doesn't mean I don't love them though.

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    I decided to name mine after reading a post a while back about machine names. My machine came from my dear Mother after she passed almost 2 years ago. She mostly made doll clothes and she liked Dolly Parton - so of course I named the machine "Dolly"!
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    Yes most of my machines have names,
    Willcox and Gibbs (treadle) - Miss Gibbs
    Jones and Co. (handcrank) - Jonesy
    Junker and Ruh (handcrank) - JR
    Singer 15-88 (treadle) Sewfie
    Bailey Home Quilter - Bessie Bailey
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