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    what is your ultimate must have machine for your collection?

    I was just plotting and cruising the lists, want ads, thrifts, etc etc. While i was doing that I realized i was basically looking for two specific machines, the Bernina 1130 and the Pink Atlas (15 clone) two completely different machines from two different eras, but with the same back story and reasons why im looking for them.

    The Atlas was the machine model my grand mother basically wore out from continuous usage, and the Bernina is the machine i grew up watching my mom sew on. If i were ever to purchase a 'modern' more up to date machine i think i'd go with a Bernina machine. Perhaps a series 8. Lol who needs a new car any way. Hahaha. Even my truck is 'vintage', 1979 chevy 4x4 *wink*

    So what machines would be your must have machine?

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    I have it! I sew on the Singer FW ,1947, that I learned to sew on! When I use it,I have such warm memories of sewing doll clothes and thence to garments,quilts,back packing tents,mountain jackets etc. I'll always remember the gentleness and patience my mother used with me as I learned. ( we used a razor blade for unsewing in those days!)
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    My must have "was" a Grover and Baker. I am making the final payment on a layaway G&B treadle and it should ship late next week... They were the last of the major members of the "Combine" that I was missing.

    Now for a new "must have".....

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    Awesome! Congrats on the FW! I remember my mom showing me how to use her bernina when i was 12. Its always been, "Mom's machine" so using it was a rare treat. Lol

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    Oh, you must post pics of the G&B when ya get her set up. :-) Ive never even heard of it before. Ill definitely have to do some googling :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by foufymaus View Post
    Oh, you must post pics of the G&B when ya get her set up. :-) Ive never even heard of it before. Ill definitely have to do some googling :-D

    Ok, how about a teaser or two for now...
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    Wow that is one sweet machine! I love the lines.

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    I might already have my must have machine somewhere in my shop... I'll know it when I see it... Maybe I already let it go... Some do escape on occasion...
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    Grasshopper.

    My life is empty and meaningless until I have a Grasshopper.

    Hop hop.

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    Unfortunately, my "bucket list" for sewing machines is larger than the space I have. But, I really would love a Singer 301 and a Bernina 830 Record. And a little green Grasshopper...
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    I think I am all set with my dream machines, 4 Pfaff 7570's and now 6 FW's, a nolting mid arm, a Pfaff coverlock serger, and a couple of other Pfaffs, and a White I can not get to work in a cabinet, have run out of room, so NO more for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by foufymaus View Post
    Wow that is one sweet machine! I love the lines.
    Ditto, ditto, ditto! Love the lines of the treadle irons.
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    Well, I have HALF of my ultimate must have, the head of an Eldredge Two Spool. I am still WAITING for the seller to ship the parlor cabinet, AAAARG. Long story that I will impart after the cabinet arrives.

    The last, I think, additions to my collection would be a PINK Atlas and a Necchi BU.
    Sweet Caroline

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    My "ultimate must have machine" is a Singer 206-K With that machine I'll have a sturdy durable ZZ / SS machine that could be outfitted as a H/C, treadle, or e-machine.

    Joe

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    Hum, I guess I have not found it yet. Guess I will have to keep looking!!! Hehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by foufymaus View Post
    If i were ever to purchase a 'modern' more up to date machine i think i'd go with a Bernina machine. Perhaps a series 8. Lol who needs a new car any way. Hahaha. Even my truck is 'vintage', 1979 chevy 4x4 *wink*

    So what machines would be your must have machine?
    I would tell you buying the series 8 Bernina was one of my worst choices. Ever. It's in the shop more than it's in its table. All of my vintage machines are much more dependable. And we're talking any of them. If my house was on fire and I could grab a few machines, I'd grab my 830Record(not the new Bernina, I would hope it got melted in the fire and the insurance would cover it) and my Singer 301 and Pfaff 1471 and 1222. Four machines and I'd be good and happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    My "ultimate must have machine" is a Singer 206-K With that machine I'll have a sturdy durable ZZ / SS machine that could be outfitted as a H/C, treadle, or e-machine. Joe
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    With this praise coming from you, I think I'll look into this machine.... My DD was asking about an "all purpose solid ZZ" before.

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    The only things I still want are a tan Featherweight from 1960 - my birth year, and a Bernina 930. I know both are out there and I'm not willing to pay the price they go for. I have two FWs already and I did find a Bernina 910, same era but only a few basic stitches.

    I want the cabinet for my Grandma's 66, but for now my Mom has it with her 401 in it. I'll have them both eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
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    With this praise coming from you, I think I'll look into this machine.... My DD was asking about an "all purpose solid ZZ" before.
    You might want to read this first http://sewing-machines.blogspot.com/...forgotten.html I don't have this machine so I really don't know anything about it personally.....

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    Thank you for that. I'll stick with Joe's review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francie yuhas View Post
    I have it! I sew on the Singer FW ,1947, that I learned to sew on! When I use it,I have such warm memories of sewing doll clothes and thence to garments,quilts,back packing tents,mountain jackets etc. I'll always remember the gentleness and patience my mother used with me as I learned. ( we used a razor blade for unsewing in those days!)
    Francie, Did you make the tents and jackets from kits? I made some frostline kits (a backpack and jacket) on my mom's FW, which I also learned to sew on. I have it now, but we abused it so much and then it sat for decades in my mom's closet, and I haven't had the chance to give it the attention it needs. And the bed is deeply scratched from storing the foot controller on it -- the controller was missing a foot so a screw was protruding...argh!! We were animals!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    My must have "was" a Grover and Baker. I am making the final payment on a layaway G&B treadle and it should ship late next week... They were the last of the major members of the "Combine" that I was missing.

    Now for a new "must have".....
    That is beautiful!! How old is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Well, I have HALF of my ultimate must have, the head of an Eldredge Two Spool. I am still WAITING for the seller to ship the parlor cabinet, AAAARG. Long story that I will impart after the cabinet arrives.

    The last, I think, additions to my collection would be a PINK Atlas and a Necchi BU.
    Ooh, an eldredge two spool! I want one of those too! Just think - no more bobbins to wind. But the spools -- are they still made that size? Still a bunch out there, though. (Tons just in my apartment heh heh.) And you could get a spool winder. Will last longer than any bobbin. Can't wait to see your machine!

    My other dream machines: A hand crank Singer 24 and a Singer 431G. I'm sure I'm forgetting some because I forgot about the Eldredge two spool until I saw Caroline's post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by path49 View Post
    You might want to read this first http://sewing-machines.blogspot.com/...forgotten.html I don't have this machine so I really don't know anything about it personally.....
    I have one - it is a nice machine. I also have a 206 or 2 setting around the shop.
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    I'm the lucky owner of a pink Atlas. It purrs! My dream machine was my grandmother's treadle in a parlor cabinet, and it sits in my living room. My mother's toy sewing machine also is in my care. My mom is 94, and she still had the box and instructions for the toy machine.

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