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Topic: Damn Pesky Machines - Or why not to loan sewing machines to non-sewers  (Read 6884 times)
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« Reply #30 on: October 19, 2008 04:13:26 AM »

I would be very nervous about loaning my good machine to anybody unless they had demonstrated sewing ability, just because I would be so devastated if anything happened to it.  It's not a terribly special machine (Kenmore by Janome) but it's my baby and I love her.  I'd let anyone who wanted play with my ratty 1960s Singer, because it's not great to begin with.  Someone would probably be doing me a favor by killing it.  Wink

My mother, on the other hand, let me *learn* to sew on her amazing 1970s Pfaff (she says they paid close to $750 for it back in 1976), and boy, is that still a sweet machine.  She let me sew on it again a few weeks ago and I almost tried to pack it up in my suitcase and bring it home with me.  Smooth, quiet, perfect tension, just lovely.  I hadn't realized as a child how generous she was being!  Now my name is on the bottom of the machine in masking tape, waiting for Mom to be ready to give it up someday.
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« Reply #31 on: October 29, 2008 12:10:26 AM »

My mum has learned to use a sewing machine, and both my grandmas + all my aunts are quite good seamstresses. Thankfully, they all have their own machines, except for my mum. I think my mum's either too scared of my machine (it's a bit of a primitive old beast) or she just wants me to do stuff for her. Either way, I'm the one that hems skirts and pants and basic stuff that's tedious to do by hand.
I also have a feeling that my mum and sister know that I would be furious if they broke my machine, so they don't bother touching it. I'd love to teach them, but I take the machine with me when I'm at college, so I haven't really got the time.


I would never lend it to one of my friends, though. They've got the cheapo $90 machines from wally world, and they've wreaked enough havoc on their own machines. I'm happy to do stuff for them, but I won't take my machine over to their houses.
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« Reply #32 on: November 03, 2008 09:30:31 AM »

My mother, on the other hand, let me *learn* to sew on her amazing 1970s Pfaff (she says they paid close to $750 for it back in 1976), and boy, is that still a sweet machine.  She let me sew on it again a few weeks ago and I almost tried to pack it up in my suitcase and bring it home with me.  Smooth, quiet, perfect tension, just lovely.  I hadn't realized as a child how generous she was being!  Now my name is on the bottom of the machine in masking tape, waiting for Mom to be ready to give it up someday.

You do have to admit, though, there's a huge difference between your mom teaching you to sew on that and loaning your machine out.  My guess is, your mom was right there, making sure you didn't do anything too dreadful to her machine  Cheesy
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« Reply #33 on: January 09, 2009 10:50:02 PM »

Oh my. I've got a nice heavy premier machine from the 50's. That thing is my baby. One day I took it over to my friend's house to help her make a bodice for ren fair. She decided to help me take it out of the car, before I could even get out myself. The latch on the case wasn't entirely closed, and she wasn't expecting the machine to be that heavy. So the case falls open, and my machine falls onto the curb, hitting at just the right angle to break off the metal rod that holds the spool of thread.

Nobody ever touches my machines ever again! Ever!

at least I can rig it up so it still works, but its very annoying. I plan on having my BIL weld it back on, but its not the same. At least it wasn't in original condition when I bought it, so this probably won't affect the value of it much...
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« Reply #34 on: February 28, 2009 05:11:28 AM »

I always use my mum her old sewingmachine since I have no money for my own.
She got it when she was in her teens so let say in the '70s, she didn't used it very often for 10 years (so when we were big kids, just making some pants shorter or stuff, nothing big)
when I wanted to sew (the first time), I just grabbed her machine,
mum: Are you going to sew?
I: yes
mum: ...
I placed the machine on the table and began to read the instruction book (which was sticked together)
read it a couple of times, sticked some papers onto the machine that said what's what.
Threaded the thing (which was a real bum 'cause the picture wasn't really clear, my mum told me later I threaded it wrong (or just too much) but it worked so Wink )
and started to test some things on a small scrap.

another day, yet again reading the instructions:
I: you can embroider with this thing.
mum: no you can't
I: yes you can! Didn't you get some other foots with the machine?
mum: no, I think you have to buy them.
I: *searching in the machine cosy* what's this?!
my mum: oh... those are foots...
I: You had this machine for over 30 years and you didn't know that you got foots???!!!
mum: ...
I: stupid Cheesy
mum: I was always thinking it was sooo difficult to sew buttonholes...
(she got a foot for it ...) btw she did use the zipperfoot ... but didn't see the others ...

So I taught my mum something more about her machine ^^
I really want her to start sewing more!

Also, in the beginning if the thing was strugling (so you can't sew any further but the thread keeps on knotting)
I just opened it, and got everything out and began to fix it Smiley
I have never broken a needle Wink
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