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Date: 4/30/12 6:22 PM

I have a couple of friends who are getting back to sewing and it is fun to see them getting started and enthusiastic. One of the most common things I hear is, "I just have this old Singer (or Kenmore) than I (or Mom or Grandma or Auntie) have had for ages. I am sure I need something newer and better." To which I always reply, "Wait! Don't get rid of that machine!" Then I explain how good most of those old machines are and how they probably just need oil and maybe a tune up to be fabulous machines that will last and last.

Another one is about how inept the person is. Recently someone told me the first time she tried to sew on a button (the first time! You have to give yourself more than one attempt to master pretty much anything!) she sewed around the button instead of back through the hole. My reply - "I did that last week. You cut the thread and start again."

anyone else hearing these things or similar?

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Date: 4/30/12 6:56 PM

Not long ago I was teaching someone how to sew and she was cutting out her fabric, while holding the shears upside down. When I pointed out that they were suppose to be held the other way, she said she was going to have to learn how to cut all over again

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Date: 4/30/12 9:43 PM

DS's girlfriend was telling me her Grma.'s machine is okay for now & she'd like a newer one. I asked to see it & told her those Japanese made from the 50's & 60's were good workhorses. KEEP IT! If nothing else, as a reliable backup.

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Date: 5/1/12 6:24 AM

This thread reminds me of a 60-Minutes episode I watched sometime within the last couple of years. Andy Rooney was talking about things that had "gone by the wayside" and weren't worth anything. He mentioned an old Singer sewing machine he had, and I felt like calling him up and saying, "I'll take it!" :)

Too many people don't understand the value of the older machines!

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Date: 5/1/12 7:09 AM

Loved him, one of the last of those to chronicle the WWII generation.
They once showed him in his simple small NY apt. He proudly showed his junk drawer in the kitchen, filled with a tangled mess of utensils from years ago that he and his wife still used. Of course he thought the basics were much better made and lasted over any of the "newfangled" designs.

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Date: 5/1/12 9:48 AM

I would like to think people are returning to sewing. I don't think it will ever be because of trying to save money etc. Fabric is just too $$$ for that now. I know 100% cotton prices have really gone up so I would imagine fabric for clothing would have also. I know of course when you make something for yourself it's a lot better made then the crap from Wal-mart but it's getting so most of us can just afford the crap from Wal-mart. And there's the time factor these days with most women under 50 working. Hard to maintain a family, home and work not much time for hobbies. I've gotten away from sewing I know this is temporary yet it's hard to have the desire when your tired all the time from above mentioned reasons. I cyber sew everyday but haven't been at the machine in a few months.

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Date: 5/1/12 11:31 AM

That button story is just too cute!

A couple of years ago my DH surprised me with a hugely personal anniversary gift. He's a musician and is always trying to find me "my" instrument. At our local fair, he found a craftsman who made handmade lutes (I do not play the lute), and had one made for me, with the top woodburned with designs from my books and website. It's gorgeous! But the point of this story is that to go along with the lute, he sewed me a carrying case! (Like the ones the craftsman had in his shop) He hadn't "sewn" since those practice cards & shoelaces in kindergarten. He did it by hand, and it turned out really well for someone who's never sewn before. It's a heavy damask with a satin lining, and a button + loop closure (smart man, didn't attempt a buttonhole!).

...And then he showed me his supplies. He'd sewn it with some kind of thick, shiny upholstery thread... with a SEWING MACHINE NEEDLE! (He didn't know where to find my hand needles.) To this day I cannot figure out how he managed that feat... or that he somehow got to be 40 years old and didn't know that the hole in a needle is usually at the opposite end from the point!

It was a good reminder that there really isn't anything that's just naturally intuitive about sewing.

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Date: 5/1/12 5:24 PM

Oh, I especially like the stories about someone getting back into sewing and feeling they have to get rid of their old machine. More often than not, it's a vintage type, a workhorse, but they have been convinced by outside influences that the machine is "junk", "made of plastic parts", (when the newer models are all plastic, including the Berninas because I've seen those parts), and that "the only good value machine is an expensive one".

I have a friend who has a Singer 758 and she was told by a dealer, who sold Vikings but worked on Singers, that the machine was "junk", and that "the plastic gears would have to be replaced"--to the tune of $250 or more, and "wouldn't she like one of their machines?" I put her in touch with my SMG who said there was no problem with the gears and that the machine was out of time. After his $49.00 service cleaning, the machine purrs and she loves it!

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Date: 5/1/12 6:52 PM

One friend who has heard me rave about my vintage beauties still went out and bought a new one when the old one died. Apparently the needle up/down feature was a big factor and it is heavily used, so maybe it was a good choice. I am working on convincing this person that a vintage backup is a necessity.

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Date: 5/3/12 4:10 PM

I have a friend who teaches at a local fabric store. She said one of her students approached her with a spool of thread and asked her how many yards should she unwind and take to the counter for purchase. LOL!

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