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« Reply #70 on: March 15, 2006 03:38:41 PM »

it's a kenmore mini ultra. So cute,tiny and pink! The small doll sitting on it is the size of a barbie

« Reply #71 on: March 15, 2006 04:57:24 PM »

How does the mini-ultra work/hold up?  It just looks so tiny that I'd be afraid it'd fall apart.

But pink!  Be still my heart...

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« Reply #72 on: March 15, 2006 05:45:16 PM »

Well I figured I'd pull out my little babe... little, HA I think not! More like my 50lb babe! Here he is in all his glory

So here is his story... we had a slightly newer machine that I uhh killed sewing duct tape (really bad idea by the way!) so my Grandma who had been looking for an excuse to buy a lighter machine gave me this one. My mum and all my aunts' wedding dresses were sewn on this baby... I am proud to have him.

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« Reply #73 on: March 15, 2006 05:57:38 PM »

How does the mini-ultra work/hold up?  It just looks so tiny that I'd be afraid it'd fall apart.

But pink!  Be still my heart...

it works pretty well. I've only really made doll clothes with it. I got it as a travel machine...cause I have a class this summer where I need one..and it only needed to have straigh and zigzag stich.

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« Reply #74 on: March 15, 2006 06:23:54 PM »

Here's my baby.  I bought it because my mother's was acting up.  Not knowing anything, I bought the next generation of the one she has for $30 off of Craigslist.  It works like a charm and it was at least 3rd hand.  Here she is:

The doll was actually made by my mother on her's, but she's covering some off the mess in the background (like the medical waste for my diabetes  Embarrassed).

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« Reply #75 on: March 17, 2006 11:16:57 PM »


I haven't used it yet... but I'm in love  Cheesy
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« Reply #76 on: April 08, 2006 09:51:10 AM »

I learned how to sew on my Mom's 1940's Pfaff, but my own personal first sewing machine was a Singer purchased at Walmart -- it's full of problems; so then my husband bought me a Bernette 65 -- this one I love & have used nearly every day since I got it 1-1/2 years ago.  You can follow this link to see the model:  http://www.berninausa.com/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT<>prd_id=845524441868329&FOLDER<>folder_id=2534374302025051&ASSORTMENT<>ast_id=1408474395181831&bmUID=1097460476734

I also have a Janome MyLock 644D Serger -- it looks like this: http://www.janome.com/product_show.php

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« Reply #77 on: April 08, 2006 01:56:09 PM »

I have 2 machines. Originally I started off with Mum's 30+ year old Jones machine, it had 2 speeds, "stop" or, "lose your fingers". I'd tried using it loads under her supervision when I was younger, I never got on with it, but when Dad bought Mum an all singing all dancing Janome machine I got the Jones anyway.
The problem was, the Jones was heavy duty metal, and the all singing all dancing Janome was plastic, Mum was scared she was going to break it on the heavier materials. So she asked to swap.
So I got this lovely all singing all dancing Janome MyExcel 4023machine, which goes as various speeds and still leaves my fingers attached to my hands.

Dad then went and bought Mum another all singing all dancing machine... and an overlocker (serger) just for good measure.

My second machine I bought myself second hand out of the paper. I saw it by chance when I was at a friends, it was 2 in the morning, I was drunk, and the advert jumped out at me. It was fate, I'd wanted a treadle machine for years so couldn't resist. I admit I don't use it for sewing much, but I love it more than any machine I could ever get and I use it on a daily basis.... as a gorgeous piece of furniture by the front door.

It even has all the stuff and gubbins with it...

 and there's a marking on the floor of it which says 1881. I'd love to know if that's a date.

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« Reply #78 on: April 11, 2006 04:26:19 PM »

Bilblio, your Singer is gorgeous! I have a little fantasy of finding an old black Singer for next to nothing and cleaning it up to look good. I just love the look of the old black ones. Although I have to admit that white Singer Featherweight someone posted is cute! I'd like any great old machine, I guess. 

How did you like the treadle? I've wondered what using one is like. I should probably have one; my technophile husband (inaccurately) calls me a neo-Luddite, so I'd probably like a treadle sewing machine. They'd be practical in power outages, if nothing else. Treadle machines are still used in some parts of the world, and, in the US, the Amish use them; I just saw a picture of a modern treadle machine Janome makes.

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« Reply #79 on: April 12, 2006 12:22:17 PM »

If the serial number plate is still on the machine, you can look up what year it was made. My treadle machine (posted in this thread a while back) looks similar to yours and is from about 1920. There's a whole history about the gold-leaf pattern on the machines but I can't remember it at this point.

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