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How many of you folks own sewing machines?

  • elias39 (2445 posts)
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    How many of you folks own sewing machines?

    I wager that if you asked that in a ‘millennials’ group, you wouldn’t find many.

    I bought us one yeeeaaarrrs ago as a joint Christmas present. It was a big purchase for us at the time. It still gets pulled out of the closet form time to time. (Still works!) But the real beauty of it for us is that – more than fixing torn jeans or hemming a skirt – it was the special outfits my wife made for the kids as they grew up. It was integral to a lot of great memories and special occasions.

    Here’s to seniors! :bounce:

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    • glinda (1538 posts)
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      1. I do! What kind do you have?

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    • tularetom (1514 posts)
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      2. We have one here but it rarely gets used these days

      My wife is a quilter but she does everything by hand.  She sometimes uses the machine to sew backing on the quilts or make curtains.  My daughter has one but rarely uses it.  My daughter in law is a businesswoman and wouldn’t know how to turn the thing on and my two granddaughters are both mothers but work full time and aren’t very domestic either.

      We also have an antique pedal powered machine that came with the house when we moved here (30 years ago).  Someday maybe I’ll get around to restoring the thing.

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    • NVBirdlady (3774 posts)
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      3. We own one – don't ask me what kind. My husband has used it more than me.

      What are you guys considering a senior (by age)?

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      • so far from heaven (7365 posts)
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        5. That could be a real interesting question.

        I bet money it changes from age group to age group.

        The older they get the higher the age to be a ‘senior’.

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        • NVBirdlady (3774 posts)
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          7. Is it old enough to get the senior discount? Then I qualify and I belong to

          AARP. :)

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    • so far from heaven (7365 posts)
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      4. We have a sewing machine.

      And it isn’t in one of my junk piles. Yet.

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    • Rozinante (2310 posts)
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      6. Yes. A Pfaff industrial machine.

      Mostly used for making and repairing sails, but I’ve also made bags for sound equipment, repaired tents and sleeping bags, quilted flags, and even patched my jeans!

    • Totally Liberal Dem (1469 posts)
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      8. I have an Elna…got it in 1969 for Christmas

      That was a HUGE present back then in that the Elna cost about $600.00.

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    • liberalbeforeitwaspopular (80 posts)
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      9. I have three in my sewing room now

      Gave one to a friend in our weaving group a few months ago as I was feeling like a hoarder! I just sewed American Girl doll clothes for my one granddaughter’s birthday last weekend.  Now am going to start on some spring dresses for said granddaughter and her little sister.  I enjoy sewing doll clothes (all types), curtains, and especially vintage little girls clothing.  Also am a hoarder of vintage patterns off all types :)

      • tiamat (671 posts)
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        17. Me, too. I have three, 1943 Singer, 1969 Kenmore, 1986 portable Brother.

    • Lynetta (647 posts)
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      10. I picked up a Singer at a garage sale in 1975

      My godfather saw it and eventually bought it. Someone he knew worked with leather and that was the kind of machine it was. I picked up another used Singer.  When my Aunt and I moved from the house to an apartment one had to go and she was attached to her Signature  (Wards) her Dad had bought her Mom with all sorts of attachments so that is the one I have now.

      I had always hoped to get my grandmother’s treadle Singer but they got rid of it when they got the Signature when I was still a kid.  Learned how to sew on that making doll clothes with Grandma.

    • Whisp (2040 posts)
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      11. I have newish Pfaff. It intimidates me.

      I used to sew my clothes in high school with my Mom’s old Singer peddle. I have much to relearn, but am having fun with it.

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    • PennLawyer (1824 posts)
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      12. My millennial dtrs. are both quilters and each has a sewing machine.

      I agree, that probably puts them in a distinct minority of millennials.

      My grandmother made exquisite quilts by hand.   She would take such pleasure in the works of art my daughters have created.   As a child, I recall seeing this frame my grandfather had built for her, to mount her quilts on as she worked on them.   The Methodist ladies in her very small, coal-mining town church had a quilting circle – no need for the weekly paper – they had all the news first.   In regard to quilts, anyone read Sue Monk Kidd’s book, The Invention of Wings, in which story quilts made by a slave woman seamstress in Charleston play a significant role?

      • Peacebird (792 posts)
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        14. I will go check that book out at the library!

        thanks for mentioning it!

    • Peacebird (792 posts)
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      13. In fact, I do have a sewing machine. Am considering breaking it out & making

      a throw out of old t-shirts my hubby has which have become too shabby to wear but the images on them bring back great memories of bicycle rids and vacations!

    • Land of Enchantment (5245 posts)
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      15. I've gone through several from Pfaff to Singer.

      Made my clothes starting in junior high, evening gowns, a wedding dress and everything in between including quilts. The hard part was finding someone to repair them. My mother had a sewing room in her big house and it was filled with bolts of fabric, trims–you name it. She sewed up until a couple of weeks before her death at age 92 1/2. Depression era baby and nothing went to waste.

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    • GoodWitch (906 posts)
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      16. I do. I sewed gift bags for Xmas this past year.

      I’ve never been really good at sewing, but can do simple projects, mending, Halloween costumes.

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    • xloadiex (261 posts)
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      18. My mom was a beautiful seamstress

      There are 5 of us girls and at some point each one of us received a sewing machine for Christmas.  Growing up we always had outfits that nobody else had because my mom made our clothes. At Easter we had easter dresses with matching coats. Even our dolls had complete homemade wardrobes. When all the grandkids started coming along they all received homemade pajamas with tags inside that said made with love by grandma. We all received beautiful baby blankets for new arrivals. I still cherish all the aprons she has made me over the years with her special tag inside. She taught all of us girls how to sew.

      Her sewing room is still set up in her little apartment with her machine and serger. She’s 89 now but her hands are too twisted and cripple with arthritis to sew any longer, so her machines have been  for a while.

      I still have my Singer with the cabinet I received when I was about 16. I use to make my boys shorts when they were growing up but I haven’t opened it up in quite some time. I know I should, but I just can’t part with it.

    • Average Gazoo (332 posts)
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      19. I have one but the quality of fabric available near me is very low

      The only stores in our area that sell fabric are JoAnn’s and WalMart.  I have used mine more to tailor clothing rather than make it because fabric, especially decent fabric costs more than the finished clothing. Plus the cut of most men’s clothing is very full and loose, especially the shirts.

      I know many people of all ages that have sewing machines, many for quilting which seems very popular now.  I live in a town full of entrepreneurs, artists and Etsy people.

    • KauaiK (2820 posts)
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      20. I have a Ricar (I think) that I bought in 1969.

      I have it oiled and it runs like a top.  I looked at new sewing machines and I don’t think I could even thread them.  They are computerized.  I watched one go at the fabric store all by itself.

      I dread the day I they stop making needles for mine

      It's beginning to look a lot like fuck this.