Let’s Talk Sewing Machines

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I have four sewing machines. 3 Janome and one Singer. Well, actually one Janome is a felter only.

The sad part is….. I don’t use any of them. 😦

I have to make a coiled fabric item by the end of November. For our November Challenge in the Crafters’ group I belong to. Last year I made a few baskets/bowls and a couple purses. I really enjoyed it.

So, sewing machines have been on my mind.

Until recently, I had only sewn on two sewing machines. My mom’s. It was a portable Singer with a snap-on carrying case. I sewed on it constantly during my teen years. She even let me take it to college for one semester.

Then, about five years after getting married, hubby surprised me with a brand new top-of-the-line Singer. It was the Cadillac of its day.

Here it is.

Singer Touch-N-Sew. Around the 70’s. It has parts and attachments I never did learn to use. Classes were offered. None of which I bothered to attend.

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Right now it is hidden away in a spare closet. Out of sight. I want to donate it to charity. Or toss it out. But every time I mention that it needs to go, that I need the space, hubby’s mood turns sour. You see, as he tells it, he worked overtime for months to buy it. Paid cash. I understand all that, I really do. But come on!! The 70’s!!

So, if you are keeping count of the machines I own, that is Sewing Machine #1.


Here’s #2.

Janome Memory Craft 10001.

I have had this one for about four years. Got it as a retirement present. To myself. It does a lot of stuff. Most of which I am clueless.

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Number 3

I bought this little baby Janome at the same time as buying the 10001. Called Sew Petite. Just to have. I didn’t think I would ever use it but did. Once. When #2 needed bobbin winder repairs. It works fine. Nothing fancy. Sews straight, zig zags and winds bobbins.

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Number 4

Janome Xpressions, a felting machine.

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It works GREAT!! From what I saw in the store over 3 years ago. Never used it. Just took it out of the box to photograph it. I am so glad all the parts were there. A bit late to be thinking about returning it. Anyway, I have several machine felting instruction books. One day soon I am going to try it.


My desire is to be a Three Sewing Machine household.

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BUT… how do I convince hubby to let go of #1?

12 comments on “Let’s Talk Sewing Machines

  1. Carol says:

    Hi Donna!
    O Man, I’d love to have #1!
    In the early 70s Terry was laid off so I went to the Singer store at the Mall to apply for a job. Selling Fabric, I thought. Well, back then you had to sell it all. The commission made the job wellllll worth it. Then I got into inventory and costs in the office too. That machine cost the store about $25! I think it sold, back then for about 180. We were making about 1.69 an hour back then and that was not too bad wages. (If you included commision on sales). That Singer was a really nice machine back then. Better than I could afford. Mine was the $59 model.

    I miss my Singer. Then I got a better Singer. Then I got a Brother…Oh, Brother! Now I have a Viking and I love it.

    You want to talk about my serger? ~lol~

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Carol!

      Your post brought back a lot of memories. Wow!!

      My first REAL job, full time, was at Michigan Bell Telephone Company. I hired in at $2.00 an hour. We worked 37.5 hours but got paid for 40. Can’t remember the reason behind that but I remember my $80 a week paycheck. After paying bus fare (I didn’t drive) and the Nursery School (that is what day care was called then) and my share of a few bills, I had $20 a week for myself. LOL!!

      Isn’t it funny how we managed to get by on those wages?

      I hear Viking’s are excellent sewing machines.

      How do you like your serger? I had one years ago, hated it, and gave it away. Yep, just gave it away. To a lady in California who paid for the shipping.

  2. digipicsphotography says:

    I love my Viking!

  3. Lillian Dummer says:

    I am sorry but the one you got in the 70’s is the best one you have.

  4. Andrea says:

    If the 70’s is all metal parts, keep it. I have an old Kenmore from the 70’s and a sewing machine repair person told me anything that has plastic parts will become junk. The metal made machine can always be repaired and the humm after each tuning. If you go into a sewing machine repair shop, you will notice that all the old singers are still around to be resold…all metal.

  5. digipicsphotography says:

    I have an old Kenmore, all metal. I was told it would last forever. I don’t use it, but it still works like a charm, but the sucker is HEAVY!

  6. Crystal says:

    Oh Donna,
    You crack me up!!!

    Your sewing machines are all lovely, but you need your own craft cottage on the property to house all of the equipment and supplies for all your many talents!

    What’s that????

    Hubby says, “Let ME have MY OWN cottage!”? LOL

    I think the other ladies are right though…. your old Singer Touch-N-Sew is probably relatively valuable these days. As a washing machine repair guy once told me…. the more computerized and the more bells and whistles ANY machine has – the more that can and will go wrong with it, and the more expensive it is to repair.

    But as far as how to convince hubby you might want to sell it?

    Well, you have to present the idea in his terms….

    “Honey, when can we finally get rid of that old car you have?”

    Just kidding, but you know what I mean 😉

  7. Crystal says:

    P.S. 😉

    Not sure I explained what I meant very well…

    I know hubby wouldn’t want *you* to decide when his car should be sold…

    so I’m suggesting he might understand that you don’t want him to decide when you can sell/donate your sewing machine.

    (Though I do definitely understand that because it was a gift, it’s complicated!)

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Crystal!! I know exactly what you mean.

      And hubby DOES have an old, old car that he never drives but treats it like a baby. A 1977 Vette. He would rather cut off an arm before parting with it.

      It should be in a museum. Next to my Singer. 😀

  8. #1 and #2 are your good ones! But I’d have traded in both for a Janome 6500 or 6600 in a heartbeat.

    • don_mae says:

      If the bobbin thread hadn’t kept bunching up EVERY TIME I sewed, I would probably still be using #1. And I did take it in for cleaning and repairs. 😦

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