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« Reply #30 on: January 15, 2006 06:07:19 PM »

I've definitely had people underestimate the cost and value of a good machine. Even when I was in fashion design school! Girls were constantly asking to use it, or take it to their rooms for "a few hours or so" to finish a project here and there. They couldn't understand why I wouldn't want to let them (people I wasn't even friends with) borrow my machine (which was around $850!!) I quickly began to just say "Oh, gosh. You know, I just have so many projects I really can't spare it for a moment!" rather than try to explain (delicately) that I can't loan my sophisticated piece of equipment to just anyone who wanted to reconstruct a tee shirt or whatever when there were free machines available 24/7 across the street. Granted, they were industrial machines (not much fun to sew with) but they did the job and I brought my machine because I knew I'd be comfortable with it.  Smiley

Don't even get me started on people who ask if they could get my machine (or one similar) at Wal-Mart, or if sewing as a hobby saves tons me of money. Sewing is very misunderstood these days, much like knitting  Tongue
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I shock my new coworkers and friends constantly b/c when I pull out something I'm knitting they say, "You knit???" and give me that deer in the headlights look...
All I can say is, "Remember that scarf you got for Christmas? Dude...That was handmade you idiot!"
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« Reply #31 on: January 15, 2006 06:31:47 PM »

I love reading all these stories. When I was little, I used my mum's old sewing machine to make doll's clothes, etc. It was the singer she made her wedding dress on, which sadly got tossed when they moved.  More recently, I have been using my friend's Elna, which cost the same as my computer Shocked.  I got my own Kenmore a year ago, and it is my new friend... I call her "Stitches."   Cheesy

Everyone is right tho... I think that because you can buy a cheapo sewing machine for $40 at walmart or wherever, people who don't sew don't realize that high-end sewing machines can literally cost thousands of dollars. that's ok... we can educate them.   Cheesy
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« Reply #32 on: January 17, 2006 12:14:42 PM »

My first sewing machine was my Great Grandmother's.  It's an old Singer, still in it's cabinet. 
It's in storage right now, waiting for me to move into a place where I can actually use it.  It still runs fine, but I know it needs a tune-up.  The cabinet has seen some abuse, but I will eventually restore that as well.

I love it very simply.  A little over 3 years ago I moved from Virginia to Indiana.  I only took what could fit in my car, and that Singer took up a lot of room, but there was no way I was ever going to leave it behind!
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« Reply #33 on: January 17, 2006 12:28:46 PM »

My first sewing machine was my Great Grandmother's.  It's an old Singer, still in it's cabinet. 
It's in storage right now, waiting for me to move into a place where I can actually use it.  It still runs fine, but I know it needs a tune-up.  The cabinet has seen some abuse, but I will eventually restore that as well.

I love it very simply.  A little over 3 years ago I moved from Virginia to Indiana.  I only took what could fit in my car, and that Singer took up a lot of room, but there was no way I was ever going to leave it behind!

LOL, I just hauled my grandma's machine and my friend's grandma's sewing table OUT of Fishers! Hi to Fishers!
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« Reply #34 on: January 17, 2006 12:34:44 PM »

Lol, how ironic and Hi back!  Fishers is a nice community, but I don't feel it's "home to me".  So my Great Grandmother's machine will be moved once again. Smiley
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« Reply #35 on: January 17, 2006 12:47:29 PM »

Yeah, I haven't lived there in years, but my parents do. I was a broadripple gal, but now in the twin cities! Spent Christmas in Fishers though!
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« Reply #36 on: January 17, 2006 12:52:07 PM »

i asked my grandma if i could borrow her sewing machine a year ago because since she hadn't used it in ages and i was really getting into crafty endeavors.   i'd used my mom's all the time in high school, so i knew what i was doing with it and had been warned of how super special a good sewing machine is. 
it's a super old singer (50's?) and it's a tank!  i love how industrial the powder-coated steel casing is!  i always really appreciated having the machine at my old apartment in VA (my family lives in NJ) but when my grandma passed away in september, it became even more precious to me because it was hers... 
so it's like a double gift - that i am able to "borrow" it and that i get to think of her each time i pull it out for a project!

i don't think non-sewing people really get how much a machine means to someone who has a "good" one.
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« Reply #37 on: January 17, 2006 12:58:19 PM »

This may be heresy on this thread..but has anyone ever painted an old sewing machine? It's a 70's ish singer the color of a manila envelope, and I think it would be fun if it had a little makeover. I am going to paint the table it sits in while the machine is away at the "sewing machine spa", but I think it would be cute painted to match the table. Is this sewing blasphemy? Will it hurt my "new" old machine? It was my grandma's but it was one of many  she had over the years, so it's not *that* sentimental, so that I want to preserve its beautiful manilla-ness.
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« Reply #38 on: January 17, 2006 01:19:23 PM »

I decoupaged my machine.  Okay, not the whole machine.  I named it (Daisy Anne) and put stickers on it, to spell out her name.  The stickers started to peel up at the corners, so I put some decoupage over them, and haven't had a problem since.  (So we're really only talking about a 4" x 3" section on the top/front.)

I don't want a new, fancy-schmancy, computerized machine.  I detest those things.  They totally lack character.  And they do all sorts of crap I don't need and nothing that I do.  How many embroidery stitches do I need, really? 

My mom has a Singer Touch and Sew from the 70s that I love.  It can go thru tons of fabric.  My newer (albeit, cheaper Singer) one will not.  And it has a wind-in-place bobbin.  You just push over a button and wind away.  It's sweet.  Of course, they're going for an arm and a leg on ebay.  (I just can't rationalize spending over $100 on an old machine.  $60 is my personal limit, and most Touch and Sews go for over $100, plus shipping!)  Here's one I tried to bid on, but it the reserve was never met:



I just won a Singer Creative Touch 1036 (circa 79-82), though.



Except for the top brown part, it's supposed to be all metal construction, and from the pictures, it has the same wind-in-place bobbin as the Touch and Sew, plus droppable feed dogs, so I can sew thru gobs of layers.  (And, it turns out it was the last sewing machine ever to be produced in the US.  After that, they were all made over seas.)

I can't wait to get my new baby.  I'd love to have my Grandma's old Singer.  I have no idea the year or model, but it's from the 50s, I'm sure.  It's green.  It hasn't been working right, so she got my aunt's New Home (68, and also green), but if the Singer is fixable, it's been promised to me.  I can dream!
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« Reply #39 on: January 17, 2006 01:25:49 PM »

I'll have to check the model tonight...I have no idea! I just got it, and I need to get it cleaned and serviced before I start taking classes in March. I'm just really tempted to give it a shiny coat of "appliance paint" to pretty it up a little!  Smiley I'm going to start painting the table soon, to go in my new guest/sewing room.
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