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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Why can't we have a simple machine that does it all ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Why can't we have a simple machine that does it all
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Date: 11/29/12 8:32 AM

If you could design a simple mostly mechnical machine, what would it be.
After buying three different longer bed high end machines Im cooked. I have not had one of them be trouble free.
If you could have a simple machine, new, not vintage, because they do not have long beds, thread cutters and IDT and auto bottonholes. Which is what I would want.
I want a simple machine, Long bed 10 to 11 inches, with a thread cutter, and IDT. Lots of piercing power, quiet, smooth running and a collection of most used stitches. Like a few blanket, applique stitches, a feather stitch, a few nice zigzag 9mm stitches. Why is that so impossible to have. All these high tech features who really needs them. Mechanical machines were easy. Why can't we have this? Anyone know the ans. And something that doesn't cost one years state university tuition.

And I dont mean a lower end mechanical that is not well machined. I want it perfect. Perfect stitches, tough and easy. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Date: 11/29/12 8:38 AM

My Singer Rocketeer fits most of your criteria except for the long bed. (However if you have it mounted in a cabinet, that is a moot point.) It doesn't have a blanket stitch, but most of the others you'd need are there.

Maybe a good solid vintage mechanical for 90% of your sewing, especially the straight stitching and heavy stitching, and then an inexpensive "something-or-other" for the occasional specialty stitches you need. Still end up being affordable since those great old mechanical machines usually cost less $100 or less.

A machine that does it ALL? I don't know!

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Date: 11/29/12 9:17 AM

If you want something in a new mechanical will probably never find it, closest might be a professional machine, the ones with the separate motor name is escaping me right now. Once technology invades there is no going back. Think of the cell phones. I myself just need a simple phone to call someone if I break down on the road or have an accident that's it, not to jabber away at the grocery store and let everyone know my conversation.I want a phone not a computer in my hand. But I had to get a fancy phone that was confusing at times to use and many features I don't need. I personally love all the tech that comes with today's machines except for the expense. To me that would be the main reason to develop and sell a machine like you are talking about. Just think what you could get in a $1k mechanical. Mechanical machines maintained properly will last a lifetime. That being said to me right the machine that is out about doing is all including embroidery is the Janome 12000. At 10-12K it should.
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Subject: Why cant we have a simple machine that does it all Date: 11/29/12 10:19 AM

If someone made a mechanical machine like you describe, it would cost a fortune. Take the covers off of an old mechanical machine with even a few stitches, and you're going to see a mess of gears and levers. If you make them out of metal, it would weigh a ton and cost a fortune. If you make it out of plastic, people would be turned off. Take the cover off a computerized machine, and you'll only see a few step motors. I'm a huge fan of mechanical machines, but they probably took them about as far as they could go.

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Date: 11/29/12 10:28 AM

What, in life, is perfect?

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Date: 11/29/12 11:02 AM

I suspect if it "did it all" it would be a sewing machine Bill Gates could afford to purchase and home.

With my incredibly beloved Panzy (Pfaff Creative Performance), his little class/workshop/companion sewing machine, my BL Enlighten serger, and BL coverstitch machine, I am one completely happy and deeply contented sewer! Love love love my little herd!

*The Featherweight Flock qualify as a Collection and thus don't count as sewing machines.

I hope you find the machine that is absolutely perfect for you!

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Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 11/29/12 11:15 AM

Manufacturers love computerized machines because of in-built obsolescence. "We've stopped supporting your machine because the software is X years old! Sorry, you can't update the software because the hardware is moved on. Sorry, we don't provide maintenance for your machine any more. Sorry, it's a closed/proprietary software system so you can't take it some back street repair shop who'll sort it out for you either. Oh, hey, don't go home without a working machine, why not buy a new one for $YYYY?"

No manufacturer actually wants to sell you the machine that will last forever and do everything you want. They want to sell you six machines that you'll replace every few years.

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Date: 11/29/12 11:34 AM

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They want to sell you six machines that you'll replace every few years.


Same with everything else in your house. Quality is not what is used to be! Quantity is the name of the game now!

And if quality is there in a product, then as westmoon says, they have software that will MAKE it obsolete.
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Date: 11/29/12 11:37 AM

Can we not have ~some~ of the parts be mechanical and other computerized. I'm guessing you'd need the automatic thread cutters and needle up/down to be computerized.

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Subject: Why cant we have a simple machine that does it all Date: 11/29/12 11:45 AM

That's something I asked my hubby to think about doing when he retires. I would love to have a custom built mechanical machine!

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