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    Red face You might have collected too many machines if...

    You are excited to obtain a specific machine only to find that you already have one, exactly like it, and you even took the time to convert it to hand crank. Yep. I now own THREE Singer 66's and none of them are Red-Eyes. They range in age from 110 to 62. Admittedly, my DH has yet to figure this out.

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    You might have too many sewing machines if the kids are asking you if you need an intervention.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Those words, came from my sister! :-)
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    I've never done that....yet.....but I did come across a machine when we moved that I didn't know I had, not sure when I purchased it, not sure why I purchased it because I didn't really need it, it's a Janome 2012 computerized machine, in pink, I'm not a fan of pink (I taught sewing for 8 years, I'm sure I bought it for my classroom but I don't remember anyone ever using it). I'm a snowbird so I'm taking it to AZ. I have a mechanical there now, it will be nice to have a machine with some additional features.
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    I have maybe 6 or 7 Singer 66s. 3 are treadles, 4 e-machines, none are HC machines. With the way machines come and go around here I need a score card to remember what I have. Soooooo ......... I don't worry about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I have maybe 6 or 7 Singer 66s.
    Maybe I'm not a real collector: I stopped buying 66s when I tried out a 201. Still haven't used a domestic machine that's stronger or has a better stitch and I doubt that one will ever be made.
    I feel lucky to be one of the relatively few who appreciate the true value of these machines. Can any of us believe that such high quality machines can be purchased for almost nothing just because they're old??
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    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan View Post
    You are excited to obtain a specific machine only to find that you already have one, exactly like it,... How about the rest of you?
    I must not have too many machines, yet! I do have 3 vintage 301A but none of them are the same color.

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    Ah... what an issue to have.....
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    I have 4 - 66's. I turned one down the other day.
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    My DH understands. Thankfully, he embraces my passion for these machines and the quilts I make with them.

    Still love my 15 clones the most!
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    .... When you can't count or remember what machines you got. Or you remember you have that model yet you can't remember if it's a treadle, a HC or electric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    Maybe I'm not a real collector: I stopped buying 66s when I tried out a 201. Still haven't used a domestic machine that's stronger or has a better stitch and I doubt that one will ever be made.
    I feel lucky to be one of the relatively few who appreciate the true value of these machines. Can any of us believe that such high quality machines can be purchased for almost nothing just because they're old??
    I'm not a collector either. I like machines, I buy them, I fix 'em up and use 'em. I got my first Singer 66 back in 1998 as gift from my late cousin. I just kind of like them.
    We do have a 201-2 and it's our straight line big quilt quilter machine.
    I find it amazing that "modern folks" will turn their noses up at such a fine machine just because it's an old straight stitch witch will out sew their modern computerized junque.
    Oh well, that's more of the oldies for us.

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    We have one machine in storage that I had forgotten about until last fall.
    It's ok to have duplicates. We currently have 2 Singer model 27 s with the pheasant decals. We also have 2 Singer 99s but they're around 30 yrs apart with some changes in between so I'm not sure that counts. My wife thinks I have too many machines but there are still a few more on my want list.
    I may have the opportunity to display some at next year's fair in the 4H sewing exhibit. I'm hoping to have a few older ones set up that people can sew with if they want. I'll have to try to get a good variety before then. I'm hoping it works out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney View Post
    I may have the opportunity to display some at next year's fair in the 4H sewing exhibit. I'm hoping to have a few older ones set up that people can sew with if they want. I'll have to try to get a good variety before then. I'm hoping it works out.
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    That is exactly what my husband wants to happen. Too many of our young folk dismiss machines that are not push button. Our hope is that real machines, with opportunity, will turn the heads of our youth and increase their creativity and love of old machines!!

    Our county fair this year had zero treadles or hand cranks. For that matter, the oldest machine was at the most eight. All it takes is engagement. That's my dream...
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    you might have collected too many machines if you find yourself hiding them...and you live alone with no one but yourself to answer to. sigh...

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    You might have too many machines..yeah if you've lost count..that's a good one. I would have to check ONE of my lists...there must be 4 66's and as many or more 201's in the hoard waiting.
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    I'm very pleased to announce that I HAVE NOT yet collected too many machines!!!!!

    My DH may not agree with that, but it brings a big smile to my face.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. SewNSew View Post
    You might have too many machines..yeah if you've lost count..that's a good one. I would have to check ONE of my lists...there must be 4 66's and as many or more 201's in the hoard waiting.
    This kind of describes me. I have lost count and I have several of the same model but it is just so hard to pass them up if the price is very reasonable, like under $50, with a manual and accessories. I have bought several and sold several but I still have a sizeable number. Maybe I am a Sewing Machine Hoarder!!!!!

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    Ahhhh... I so understand. But my husband (I don't live alone) understands, when he looks at his car models. So, it is much the same. He isn't sure how many he has, either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt938 View Post
    you might have collected too many machines if you find yourself hiding them...and you live alone with no one but yourself to answer to. sigh...
    HA HA! This is sooooooooooo me!. I was cleaning out the garage the other day and "found" a blue 15-90 clone and I just bought a Singer 15-90 a few months ago in a cabinet ($17.00) because I didn't have a 15-90 . . . Oops.

    So now that makes 3 FWs, 4 201s, 2 15-90s, 2 99s and a 401A and a 500A. BUT, I still don't have a 66.

    So, that's my excuse for the other machines . . . on my quest for a 66, I run into the others and have to take them home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArizonaKAT View Post
    So, that's my excuse for the other machines . . . on my quest for a 66, I run into the others and have to take them home.
    I do not think of myself a Singer collector but I just now realized:
    three 66s
    one 99K
    one 27
    one 128
    one toy chainstitch
    one 15-90 ? made in China for Singer

    I have nearly twice as many Singers as I do any other maker. Like you, I run into them and have to take them home while searching for my favorite Japanese ones. Or, they find me!
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    Last I counted I have 14 sewing machines, just gave away three. So what does my friend do? Calls me Saturday morning to tell me she is at a yard-sale and they have 2 sewing machines LOL TOTAL enabler. NO I didn't go get them LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan View Post
    I do not think of myself a Singer collector but I just now realized:
    three 66s
    one 99K
    one 27
    one 128
    one toy chainstitch
    one 15-90 ? made in China for Singer

    I have nearly twice as many Singers as I do any other maker. Like you, I run into them and have to take them home while searching for my favorite Japanese ones. Or, they find me!
    You have my 66!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney View Post
    We have one machine in storage that I had forgotten about until last fall.
    It's ok to have duplicates. We currently have 2 Singer model 27 s with the pheasant decals. We also have 2 Singer 99s but they're around 30 yrs apart with some changes in between so I'm not sure that counts. My wife thinks I have too many machines but there are still a few more on my want list.
    I may have the opportunity to display some at next year's fair in the 4H sewing exhibit. I'm hoping to have a few older ones set up that people can sew with if they want. I'll have to try to get a good variety before then. I'm hoping it works out.
    Rodney
    Have you seen this on Sewing Green? I think it's a few years old. You probably already know that Sally Walter manages the 4H listserve for sewing and clothing advisors. http://4h.wsu.edu/clothing/4hGoGreenActivity.pdf

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    Strictly speaking a clone isn't a Singer model 15. So you were right you didn't have one yet. Now you have the clone and a real 15 to do a side by side comparison on. At $17 you got a bargain. I just don't see Singer 15s go that cheap here.
    A 66 and 101 would round out your set of class 66 machines. The 101s don't come up all that often though.
    Rodney
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