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What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #678854] Sun, 23 January 2011 19:05 Go to next message
Michele (Queen of Cheap)  is currently offline Michele (Queen of Cheap)
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What Brand of Sewing Machine Do You Own[ 25 vote(s) ]
1.Singer 6 / 24%
2.Kenmore 4 / 16%
3.Elna 0 / 0%
4.Bernina 2 / 8%
5.Viking 1 / 4%
6.Pfaff 2 / 8%
7.Babylock 0 / 0%
8.Janone 4 / 16%
9.Brother 4 / 16%
10.White 1 / 4%
11.Something Else (please say what it is) 1 / 4%

What brand of sewing machine do you own? If you own more than one, which one do you use the most.


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Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #678864 is a reply to message #678854 ] Sun, 23 January 2011 19:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I love my Singer featherweight. But be warned, it is OLD! My mom got it second hand when she went to college. It is probably at least 80 years old (Mom is 87 and she was 16 when she started college). Shocked Shocked Shocked It doesn't have zigzag, but it has attachments for all kinds of fancy stuff. Mostly I just do fuss-free straight stitching, though. Very Happy


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Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #678870 is a reply to message #678854 ] Sun, 23 January 2011 19:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have a Kenmore. I bought it off Ebay about 10 years ago for $50. I've gotten my money out of it...but I'd buy a heavier duty machine. The Kenmore I have is thin plastic and it always feels like I'm waiting for it to break.

We also have an old Kenmore...metal one. I love it, took it to get it repaired and working...but we can't get the tension correct...so it's a table right now and I may have to get rid of it Sad I love the look and smell of it though.

And there's also an old Singer upstairs that we pull out when we are tag team sewing. It does the straight stitch only...but it's a good solid machine. I don't use it more because it only has the one stitch and I have fewer options with length, tension etc. Sure is pretty though Smile

I'd LOVE one of the machines with all the fancy stitches built in Smile


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Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #678871 is a reply to message #678864 ] Sun, 23 January 2011 19:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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If I had A LOT of money, I would get me the Babylock Ellismo (sewing machine, embroidery machine combo that will do a 8x10 embroidery) and I would get me the Babylock Evolution serger. It is an 8 thread serger. These are the two machines my hero Nancy Zieman uses Smile It would only cost me $9,000 or so to have both Very Happy


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Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #678874 is a reply to message #678854 ] Sun, 23 January 2011 19:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have a refurbished Brother; it's user-friendly, was within our budget, and works well. Smile


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Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #678878 is a reply to message #678871 ] Sun, 23 January 2011 19:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Michele (Queen of Cheap) wrote on Sun, 23 January 2011 19:43

These are the two machines my hero Nancy Zieman uses Smile It would only cost me $9,000 or so to have both Very Happy

Is that all??? Seems like a deal to me...maybe you should buy two of each so you have a backup Wink Laughing


So now the Lord says, "Stop right where you are! Look for the old, godly way; and walk in it. Travel its path and you will find rest for your souls. ~Jer 6:16

Everyone can purchase their freedom by having the courage to forgo the perks of dependency.
Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #678880 is a reply to message #678878 ] Sun, 23 January 2011 20:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #678881 is a reply to message #678854 ] Sun, 23 January 2011 20:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have a singer now - it's ok.

I have had a White - it was old, old, old and a bull moose of a machine, but I loved it.

My Mom has an Elna which is really nice but way to technical for what I sew.

Mom has also had a Pfaff which I think was a dud - not the entire brand, just her particular machine had alot of issues.


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Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #678884 is a reply to message #678881 ] Sun, 23 January 2011 20:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have a Pfaff that I have had for 20ish years. That is why I am thinking about upgrading.


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Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #678885 is a reply to message #678884 ] Sun, 23 January 2011 20:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Michele (Queen of Cheap) wrote on Sun, 23 January 2011 19:21

I have a Pfaff that I have had for 20ish years. That is why I am thinking about upgrading.



Well, the Nancy Zieman machines would definitely be an uprade. Wink


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25yos, 23yos, 13 yod I guess I am old enough for adult children.

My stomach hurts, but I still choose joy! :-)

Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #678893 is a reply to message #678885 ] Sun, 23 January 2011 20:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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That Ellisimo is just AWESOME!!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


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Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #679003 is a reply to message #678871 ] Mon, 24 January 2011 10:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Michele (Queen of Cheap) wrote on Sun, 23 January 2011 18:43

If I had A LOT of money, I would get me the Babylock Ellismo (sewing machine, embroidery machine combo that will do a 8x10 embroidery) and I would get me the Babylock Evolution serger. It is an 8 thread serger. These are the two machines my hero Nancy Zieman uses Smile It would only cost me $9,000 or so to have both Very Happy


But Michele, don't you think you really ought to have a nice long-arm quilting machine to go along with those machines? That shouldn't do more than double your total price tag!


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Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #679011 is a reply to message #678854 ] Mon, 24 January 2011 11:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have two tireless workhorse machines.

Conventional machine--made by Janome, but so old it has the New Home name they used for years in this country. It's a Memory Craft 7000, no fancy embroidery but what a workhorse! I have upholstered a boat, sewn bridal finery, quilted through as many as 16 layers of calico plus batting and backing. I've had it cleaned/adjusted maybe twice in 20+ years. Best gift EVER, purchased by my MIL when I was pregnant with her first grandchild! I wanted fabulous stitch quality (both straight and zig zag satin stitching) and super-duper easy buttonholes. MIL wanted to buy me a simple, inexpensive machine. MIL caved and bought me the machine of my dreams after she haggled her way down from $2K list price to $1200. Love that woman!

My serger was purchased a few years later--Pfaff Hobbylock, probably 17 years old, before Pfaff machines deteriorated in quality (according to my sewing machine man). This machine has been more picky and needed repair/adjustment more often than the Janome. ETA: 4-thread serger.

The dream machine I wish I had would be a long-arm quilting machine! Of course I'd need to add a wing on to my house to accommodate it...a trivial matter!

[Updated on: Mon, 24 January 2011 11:38]


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Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #679024 is a reply to message #678854 ] Mon, 24 January 2011 12:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have my 1976 Singer. It's been very good to me, but I'm not getting a lot of use out of it right now. I really need to make another quilt Smile

I took it in for repairs/adjustment/cleaning a couple of years ago and talked to them about upgrading. The guy at the store - who not only fixes but sells high-end models said that unless I wanted all the bells and whistles to stick to my old machine! He said they simply don't make them like that anymore! The new ones are computer-driven, and we ALL know that computer driven machines will have issues!


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Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #679107 is a reply to message #679024 ] Mon, 24 January 2011 21:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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My mom has a Brother sewing machine with all the computerized stitches and stuff on it and she LOVES it. She sews at least 2 hours a day on it.


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Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #679723 is a reply to message #678854 ] Fri, 28 January 2011 08:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I clicked other because there was no category called "Ex-singer" which is what mine is. We threw it in the trash in November. It was a Singer Prelude that sewed well for about two months. We never could get the tension right. The darn thing broke needles, ripped material, made a horrible sound, and caused more tears than I can remember.

I would like a Babylock Natalie aka Denim Pro. Those machines aren't made any more though.


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Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #679754 is a reply to message #679011 ] Fri, 28 January 2011 10:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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LynetteMN wrote on Mon, 24 January 2011 11:38


The dream machine I wish I had would be a long-arm quilting machine! Of course I'd need to add a wing on to my house to accommodate it...a trivial matter!

My Aunt bought a used one during the height of her quilt making. She has since sold it...but I remember when she got it. It took up the entire front room and Uncle was a little less than thrilled when they had to take the entire bay window out of the front of the house to get it in there Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Laughing She did get ALOT of use out of it though Smile


So now the Lord says, "Stop right where you are! Look for the old, godly way; and walk in it. Travel its path and you will find rest for your souls. ~Jer 6:16

Everyone can purchase their freedom by having the courage to forgo the perks of dependency.
Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #679784 is a reply to message #678854 ] Fri, 28 January 2011 14:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I don't sew, but dd has a Jenome (sp???) that my mom gave her when she replaced it with a fancier one.


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Re: What brand of sewing machine do you own? [message #679970 is a reply to message #678854 ] Sat, 29 January 2011 15:20 Go to previous message
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I have a Viking. I bought it used about 20 yrs ago.


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