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    Never thought this would happen.

    Over the past year I have been piecing quilt tops using both my 301A and 401A and really loving every moment.Last night my son needed his work pants patched so,rather than change feet and thread,I took the cover off my Brother Quattro thinking I would give it a bit of a run.OMG..I absolutely hated using it so I have decided to sell it and just use my old mechanical machines.I have a Janome 350E if I need to do embroidery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynda53 View Post
    I absolutely hated using it so I have decided to sell it.
    Ha ha. So happy to read that. I had to use my GFs 1980s Janome a few times for doing cuffs (I'd given my Stylist 498 away). A novelty for sure, but couldn't wait to get back to my 319. Now I have a treadled 66 (as well) and only use the 319 when absolutely necessary. Could it be that the older machines have absorbed personality from their years of use? Maybe it could be the computer between the you and the machine.
    They certainly attach to us, don't they?
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    Sure glad I never bought a fancy machine.. I love sewing on my Singer 66, and 99's.. I have a Singer 247 that I need for the zig zag option..

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    Aren't the old machines wonderful!!!!

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    My Singer 1036 that I purchased in 1979 is my zigzag machine and I hate to use it as well. It is no where near the machine that my 15-91 or 66 treadle are.

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    I got rid of the Janome - the 403, Elna SU, Japanese 15 clone and other old machines are what I love, too.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    I still have a couple of "plastic" machines, but I rarely use them. I am on my FW or 301A daily.

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    I love, love, love my old machines....That is why I use them 99 percent of the time...They knew how to make them years ago...

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    Don't rush to sell your newer machine. i was once enthralled with old machines, too, but eventually went back to modern ones. It's true that some new ones are plastic junk, but a good Janome can be a joy to use.

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    I have kept my older machines for heavy work. I love my electronic machines and use each for different types of sewing. They all have their own quirks and it's just finding out which works best for what.

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    I did not like how the needle went down an extra step before it would turn a corner. I could not predict where it stopped.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    I so love my 306W... but I do have a newer Viking ( 20 years old) .. I love the 306 w .. its mounted in a cabinet , with a knee control . which I love. If I could get all the feet for the 306 W and the different types/sizes of needles , I would have no need for anything other than my 306 W. My Mom gave it to me years ago... and every once in awhile.. I think she would rather she never gave it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I so love my 306W... but I do have a newer Viking ( 20 years old) .. I love the 306 w .. its mounted in a cabinet , with a knee control . which I love. If I could get all the feet for the 306 W and the different types/sizes of needles , I would have no need for anything other than my 306 W. My Mom gave it to me years ago... and every once in awhile.. I think she would rather she never gave it up.
    It takes any short shank feet. You can get them from Sew-classic. She has needles but limited size. Check with Mizkaki.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    The precision those vintage machines have is so awesome...... love them. And the wonderful click, click, click sound they make..... it's music to my ears.

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    Since I got my 301 2 1/2 years ago, I have only sewn on my 403 when I tried it out. I really hated working with my Brother than I bought after my electronic Singer died for the third time. I felt bad about not using it, but I hated that everything was so much work - the bobbin had to be rest several times, the thread would break, etc.

    My son moved into his own apartment recently and asked for a sewing machine. My DH hates how many 'useless' machines around - so he asked how many he wanted. My son said that he really didn't want an old one just a basic machine. So the Brother went home with him!! And it is the perfect machine for him - when he fixes his work pants or hems new pants or whatever.

    When I stared sewing 45 years ago, I always wanted the latest, newest thing. I can remember when I bought my first electronic Singer, pushing aside my earlier mechanical Singer. Now I don't want anything that is younger than me!!!!
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    I only have one plastic wonder in my house, its a Husqvarna Viking Sapphire875. I used to have a Janome Jem gold 2, but sold it as I couldn't stand how noisy it was.
    I mainly use it for quilting because it has a 10" throat space. Otherwise I use a vintage machine, the quilt I'm making now was all pieced on the Pfaff 60 treadle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    It takes any short shank feet. You can get them from Sew-classic. She has needles but limited size. Check with Mizkaki.
    My local sewing shop has 12, 14 and 16 (the latter is not available at sew-classic). All are Schmetz needles and quite cheap. Only one I really miss is a twin needle for the fancy stitches these babies are capable of.
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 201K2, 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959), 15K90, Bernina 530, Pfaff:360 (1959) http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    My local sewing shop has 12, 14 and 16 (the latter is not available at sew-classic). All are Schmetz needles and quite cheap. Only one I really miss is a twin needle for the fancy stitches these babies are capable of.
    There are more disks available for them than the 401, etc! Does the needle holder accept 2 needles?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    I have one plastic machine, a Janome...all the fancy stuff...really don't like it and definitely like my old machines better.

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    I have old & new

    Quote Originally Posted by Wintersewer View Post
    Don't rush to sell your newer machine. i was once enthralled with old machines, too, but eventually went back to modern ones. It's true that some new ones are plastic junk, but a good Janome can be a joy to use.
    I have a newer Janome 9000...it's 15 yrs old. I use my featherweight set up in it's table and for classes my Lotus SP...from the 70's. I have many other old machines and love looking at them and feel guilty that they don't get the sewing usage they should. I have a stretched 201 I use for quilting...it has a 17 inch neck space and it's on a table that's 12 foot long. I could have "bought" one of the new machines for quilting but I have a spare of the 201 if I ever need it!
    So I'm sticking with what I have and happy to have them all. So glad I didn't jump on the new machine bus with all my other friends!!
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