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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Multiple SM owner on Hoarder TV show ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Multiple SM owner on Hoarder TV show
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Date: 10/16/12 11:57 AM

Last night on the TV show Hoarders they had on a woman who owned 10 SM's. The organizer had a fit because the woman would not give one up. The organizer said something like, "Even sewing shops don't have this many machines!" I laughed thinking of all you who own many SM's. And myself who has 6 SM's/sergers--but they are all used.

I should note that the hoarder lady did not need 10 SM's as she had no place to sew because of all her crap. She wouldn't even give up a stupid little stone.

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Date: 10/16/12 12:03 PM

Oh - wow. Sad. 10 machines is a bit much if you aren't using them at all, and are a true hoarder. Most of the people start out that way - refuse to get rid of anything at all.
Were they all in cabinets?

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Date: 10/16/12 12:12 PM

Didn't see the show, will watch for a rerun.

You don't need to sew or even have models that work. This is not hoarding, it is collecting.

Motto: Only, if you can pry my sewing machines from my cold, dead hands will you take them from me! And then you have to sell them on eBay to the highest bidder.



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Date: 10/16/12 12:15 PM

I think the definition of hoarding would be stockpiling things you don't need/use.

In fact to me, hoarding has an even darker connotation which implies greed - "I am keeping all these (fill in the blank) whether I need them or not because I don't want anyone else to have them."

Collecting, on the other hand, is more along the lines of obtaining a group of similar objects (be they sewing machines or bells) which each have a specific, special meaning. "Collections" by nature are organized and arranged in a specific way to be enjoyed by the collector. A true hoarder, by contrast, will have the items stuffed into every available space creating chaos and disorder.

Just my thought for the day since I am definitely NOT a hoarder (I detest disorder and clutter of any kind) and I just barely qualify as a collector since I rarely obtain things just to have them for no reason. I don't enjoy having lots of knick knacks around just to look at (and dust!)

PS...note that I myself have four sewing machines - plus a serger - and I use each one of them for a different purpose. If I don't need/use them, I sell or pass them on.

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Date: 10/16/12 12:16 PM

I'll have to go look for a re-run! I don't normally watch that show (hubby hates it).

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Date: 10/16/12 12:21 PM

I dont watch TV - I have not had one in a long long time. 10 or so years.

I would like to watch TV - but, I cant deal with the fake dramatics -- I dont need to see animal shit through night vision goggles to know that its a problem in a house. I just hate fake TV dramatics

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Date: 10/16/12 12:30 PM

No they weren't in cabinets. When they showed the SM's during the show they were lined up on the ground outside. All of them were whitish so appeared to be more modern as opposed to the vintage SM's. For the quick couple seconds they showed them, it appeared that one looked filthy. So I would guess they would not be worth much. Maybe from thrift stores or picked from other people's garbage.

So after seeing this woman's yard and home full of junk and not seeing or hearing about fabric, nor room anywhere to sew, I think she really has a disorder. One of those who prefers her stuff over her family.

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Date: 10/16/12 12:32 PM

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I just hate fake TV dramatics

Oh how true, this! A big ME TOO!!

While most of us truly collect, if she is an actual hoarder, then it probably follows suit with the machines - hoarding - not collecting. If she is collecting the machines -still sad, cause the rest of the hoarded stuff is interfering regardless. The machines are considered part of the hoard by the pros, I'm sure.
True hoarders just cannot let go, even when their health or the health of others is suffering. They actually develop emotional ties to trash, or have delusions of needing or maybe having future use of the items they hoard.

Now, yes, I had delusions of needing too many vintage machines too. But, no one was tripping over them, and they weren't hiding under piles of hoarded items. If I was told hey - this is a safety hazard - get rid of 5 machines, I would do so, because I am not sick. This woman probably is.

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Date: 10/16/12 12:53 PM

I'm having trouble with this definition too.
I agree with lisalu. We just got done cleaning out my Mom's house and she had stuff crammed into every nook and cranny. But creative people collect various things to do with some day...not that they keep them for no reason...but then when does collecting become hoarding? I try to cull my stuff that I know I won't ever use. What if you got rid of something you later say...drat I could have used that! I think that is why we "collectors" hang on to stuff. Trust me...I wish I could get rid of like normal people do. :)

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Date: 10/16/12 1:29 PM

I've dealt with a real hoarder up close and personal in my extended family. It's a real disorder. Trying to get him to let go of stuff was nearly impossible, but the emotional pain and distress he felt was real. Illogical, yes, but very real. The situation was very complex. How do you force someone you love to do something that causes them such extreme emotional pain?

I believe hoarding is classified as a type of OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), and that rings true in my experience. The hoarder in my life had other behaviors that I would classify as OCD.

I've watched episodes of "Hoarding: Buried Alive" (which is a different show than Hoarders). In that show, there's a real emphasis on dealing with the emotional and psychological issues; they always provide professional counseling and the tone of the show is sympathetic to the sufferer. What I noticed was that for many of the hoarders, there was a painful emotional loss in their lives that seems to be the point at which hoarding became an out-of-control force in their lives.

I have only sympathy for sufferers. I am torn about the TV shows. There IS a lot of draaaah-maaah, but also a chance to educate families that a) they are not unique or alone and b) there is help.

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ETA: Corrected the name of the TV show I was referring to. Hoarding: Buried Alive has a reputation of being kinder and gentler than Hoarders; for example, they never bring in a crew to clean out the house without the cooperation of the sufferer; the sufferer is given complete control over what stays or goes, which I find respectful and conducive to real recovery. Online discussions speculate that Hoarders deliberately chooses subjects likely to be the least cooperative - more drama.
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