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Date: 6/8/13 10:24 AM

Some of you may not appreciate the humor of this, but yesterday I happened to be near our local sewing machine shop and stopped in just to see if they had any interesting inexpensive older/vintage machines. I definitely don't need one -- I have a nice very functional and solid basic Kenmore, as well as an older backup machine. The salesperson (who is the genuine article -- knows a lot about machines, and fixes them) asked me why I was interested in another machine, since I already have one. He did mention that he has a handful of customers who have two or three machines (some of these people's machines very expensive), but he qualified that these were people who sewed A LOT, not people who sew for a while and then put their machine away for months.

I thought this was cute, since it must be partly a cultural thing to get the "multiple machine" bug. No rotten tomatoes, please. It's just interesting.

Although Lynn Rowe does live in Canada, so I guess this cultural difference isn't always the case, lol.


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Date: 6/8/13 10:31 AM

So funny! Maybe a west coast thing up here. I took my spare machines in to work to teach young moms to sew and kept getting weird looks and "how many machines do you own?!!!" I was a bit embarrassed to tell them I still have 5 at home, not counting the back up serger that needs a power cord.

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Date: 6/8/13 10:43 AM

Most men probably think one sewing machine is enough as that is all mom or grandma had.

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Date: 6/8/13 11:22 AM

When I lived in Europe and then the US, I had 1 sewing machine, plus serger and coverstitch.

It wasn't until moving back home to Canada that I acquired the current (proper...required...necessary...) number of machines. Maybe it is a western Canada thing, as I know a number of sewers, on and off PR, who own mulitple machines.

Of course the basic number starts with at least 5 machines;
Main sewing machine
Back-up machine
Class/travel machine
Serger
Coverstitch

If one does a lot of straight/top stitching, embroidery, fibre embellishment, sashiko, longarm quilting...obviously these additional specialist machines would be considered necessary tools.

And since creativity is art, and art for art's sake is an embraced societal value, owning a machine just for its beauty is also acceptable.

So "excessive" as relates to personally-owned sewing machines is a very high number indeed, that very few -if any- sewing machine owners ever achieve.



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Date: 6/8/13 11:42 AM

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Most men probably think one sewing machine is enough as that is all mom or grandma had.

No, this guy sells sewing machines, so he knows what really goes on with some people. He even started explaining it to me ("some people sew almost every day..." "it's a serious hobby, sort of like golf or woodworking...") and he started telling me about his mother, who spends almost all her free time sewing. So it wasn't a "guy" thing. Except for the "it's sort of like..." examples he gave, lol.

Plus, I'm of the "one sewing machine is enough" school myself. Part of what was funny was that I found myself feeling a bit like I was a kid caught red-handed, doing something sneaky.


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Date: 6/8/13 12:02 PM

I can't tell you how happy I was to have multiple machines when my main machine had a problem and needed to be left at the dealer. My Bernina doesn't have anywhere near the features of my Pfaff, but at least I could still finish my project that I was in the middle of (and in a time crunch).

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Date: 6/8/13 12:27 PM

I just recently experienced the more than one machine phenomenon, and it took me about 30 seconds to become completely convinced that I can simply NEVER go back to having just ONE machine in my sewing room.

Funny how I managed ALL those years of sewing for other people with only one machine, but now that I just sew for ME I just can't do it with one! LOL!

I TOTALLY blame PR for my new dependence on multi-machines.

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Date: 6/8/13 12:28 PM

i blame living in a 3rd floor walkup for making me buy machine #2 (for classes), but i do blame PR for the others after that!

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Date: 6/8/13 1:35 PM

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Plus, I'm of the "one sewing machine is enough" school myself.

One machine *IS* enough, & as soon as I find *one* machine that will do all of the things that my 9 sewing/embroidery/serger/coverstitch machines will do, I'll buy that *one* machine & get rid of the others.

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Date: 6/8/13 1:59 PM

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One machine *IS* enough, & as soon as I find *one* machine that will do all of the things that my 9 sewing/embroidery/serger/coverstitch machines will do, I'll buy that *one* machine & get rid of the others.

My thoughts exactly! But then a thought creeps in: "What if I needed a backup?" And then that's where it starts....

I too can't believe I had just one sewing machine from the time I started to sew (when dinosaurs roamed the earth) to just about 12 years ago, when I bought a second one. And now look at me!!!

Vintage Joan, do you think the dealer was testing you to tell him just how many you have?

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