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Thread: They have car shows, why can't we have vintage sewing machine shows?

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    They have car shows, why can't we have vintage sewing machine shows?

    Is there such a thing?? Where vintage sewing machine owners and enthusiasts from all over the country get together, show off their favorite machines??

    I WOULD GO!!! Lol. Spend the day looking at everyone's vintage machines, talking to their owners, listening to their stories?? Heck yea I would go!!! Maybe even take classes??? Maybe from some of you right here on this board????? Heck yea I would go!!

    There must be such a thing.
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

    Susan

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    Not only could you have classes on how to use them, but you could have classes on how to clean, oil and repair them. Oh and maybe an appraiser like roadshow!! That would be fun!!

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    Amelia, I would be in seventh heaven honestly I would. I would take every class that I could possibly take. I learn so much better when someone shows me.
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

    Susan

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    Ya know... perhaps have in conjunction with quilting shows.

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    We could have VENDORS!! For attachments, parts, manuals, replacement cases!!!!!! Etc, etc, etc!!!!!!
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

    Susan

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    Tri-flow could be one of the sponsors!!!!!!
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

    Susan

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    This is a GREAT idea, Vendors, classes on cleaning and restoring. Love this idea.
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    ISMACS had a get together a few years ago. Not sure what it involved (vendors? auction? seminars?). If your a member, contact them and see if you can help arrange it (I'm sure they would love a volunteer).
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    ISMACS holds a yearly convention in the UK, we need something here!! Lol

    maybe form our own society lol

    VSMEOA - Vintage Sewing Machine Enthusiasts of America
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

    Susan

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    Me and my ideas!!! Lol sorry!!
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

    Susan

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    Miriam will need a bus to load her sewing machines!

    And Joe?

    And Shirley Girley?

    Oh, this would be so fun and funny!!!

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    I would need a semi or have it at my place... tent camping in the back yard... Glenn's place would be another good spot... His all look really good. Mine mostly work.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Maybe we could go from one place to another - sort of a progressive show... rent a tour bus...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Maybe we could go from one place to another - sort of a progressive show... rent a tour bus...
    That might be easier - especially for those that have a gazillion machines.

    Have shop hops between sewing machine viewings.

    It could be set up as a tour with overnight stays at various lodgings.

    It could start as a regional thing.

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    This could be so wonderful!! I would love to see everyone's machines up close and personal!!

    tri-flow should sponsor it, we all use enough of it.
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

    Susan

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    so why don't you start one? make it local or regional to begin with...just a day event with local vendors invited to bring their wares....I'm too far away, but would be happy to help with the organization = I've organized a couple of national conferences for a group I'm in. You might also contact the organizers of some of the quilt shows (like Mancuso's) and ask them to include the group on their agenda if you do the planning....
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    Why not expand the quilt shows for those very reasons? They're always selling machines (LAs) and embroidery machines so why not? I've seen woven baskets sold at quilt shows. So why not everything from the cloth and hand needle on up? They have classes at quilt shows so why not care and maintenance classes with a little history to go with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessagin View Post
    Why not expand the quilt shows for those very reasons? They're always selling machines (LAs) and embroidery machines so why not? I've seen woven baskets sold at quilt shows. So why not everything from the cloth and hand needle on up? They have classes at quilt shows so why not care and maintenance classes with a little history to go with it.
    I would be available to do that around here.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    i love this idea... Count The Victorian Sweatshop in!

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    Melinda has a collection of different color machines.
    There are MANY different ways to go.
    I have at least a dozen Kenmore machines.
    I also have a bunch of 3/4 size machines.
    Oh I know how about a 15 clone show... LOL
    Other old Japanese machines? The car guys go nuts over them.
    Godzellas?
    Old Singers?
    Grant's made over machines?
    SteveH's museum?

    All that. I'm going camping in a couple weeks. DH is trying to come up with a table we can set up with 3 or 4 HC machines for kids to punch holes in paper. Keep 'em busy and learn to control a sewing machine. If I add thread we will be all tied up...
    but I might do thread on one of them for older kids or kids that can pass a test with the paper.
    That might also be fun at a show. There is no way I can haul machines AND tables AND camping gear.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    lol... lets get it going! You should start a club.... I would hold a chair position with you!
    Quote Originally Posted by Sideways View Post
    ISMACS holds a yearly convention in the UK, we need something here!! Lol

    maybe form our own society lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    That might be easier - especially for those that have a gazillion machines.

    Have shop hops between sewing machine viewings.

    It could be set up as a tour with overnight stays at various lodgings.

    It could start as a regional thing.
    Awesome idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I would need a semi or have it at my place... tent camping in the back yard... Glenn's place would be another good spot... His all look really good. Mine mostly work.
    Hey, everyone!!! Did you hear that? Miriam is hosting a Sewing Party!!! Wooo hooo! Miriam, when do we come?

    :-)

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    as soon as my shop gets remodeled. LOL Glenn is coming to help out at some point. DH has the wiring going on it and a hefty start on the wall repairs. I'll keep you in the loop.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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