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Am I crazy to buy my original Machine again???
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Date: 10/6/13 9:23 AM

I'm thinking of doing something and just want to check my sanity. My first machine was a Singer 457 - it was graduation gift from my parents. So it was a long time ago. I sewed on that thing for years without problems but bought a new machine in the 80's and gave my old Singer to the church quilting group.
I'm happy with my current machine except for one thing - buttonholes. I still have the Geist buttonholer that worked with my old Singer. I googled them recently and can get one off Ebay for <200 dollars including shipping.
I loved that machine and kind of want it back. So the question is - am I nuts?
Sis
PS: They gave my sister-in-law the identical machine and she still has hers. I don't think she uses it much if at all. ?Maybe she'd like to sell?????
I'm so torn and undecided. Please let me know if I"m crazy.

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Date: 10/6/13 10:03 AM

If you miss it, buy it. You are not crazy. It could be your buttonhole machine. I think it would be kind of cool to have your original machine if not THE original. I kick myself for donating my old Singer machine back when I did not sew.

And definitely talk to your cousin. She might be happy to pass hers on

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Date: 10/6/13 10:15 AM

I would look for one but not necessarily buy at that price or risk shipping, except for sentimental reasons. I agree to check with your sister, and also see if the church has your old one tucked away rather than being used or maybe you could offer a trade. I admit to offering and later buying my grandma's treadle that I made many garments with at a price that was way more than it was worth to anyone else. Maybe start a Wanted: XXX sewing machine on a message here (if permitted).
I see there are some cheaper ones on Ebay. Maybe risk <$100 if you can't find one locally?
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Date: 10/6/13 10:22 AM

No I don't think you are crazy at all. I have a 1980 Kenmore that I bought new; it was my first big purchase. I don't sew on it much now but I would never part with it. I would try to see if the church still had your old machine or try to buy the one from your sister-in-law. If you explain your love for the machine maybe she would give it to you or loan it to you until you can find one. I would try that route before buying one off Ebay. Hope you find one!

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Date: 10/6/13 11:19 AM

I did, sorta. I was looking for a cabinet to repurpose for a modern machine and got an almost identical model that I had given to Goodwill several years ago.

Kept the machine and cabinet as is and found another table/cabinet for the repurpose project.

Go for it. Your sister may even gift the machine to you.

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Date: 10/6/13 1:47 PM

Why not ask your SIL if you can have a play date with the machine? Make sure the flame is still alive for your remembered passion before you invest.

I gifted my cherished Rocketeer to a family member. Part of me wishes I still had it; it was in mint condition. Another part of me realizes that it just isn't practical - space, time, everything - to keep all of the old and venture into the new. Regardless, I understand the yearning.

The Rocketeer was a chance acquisition. Now, my long cherished Pfaff 1229 is another thing entirely. Besides being a stellar performer it is thoroughly woven into our family history - it grew up with us. Thank goodness it performs so beautifully, I'd hate to have a big sentimental doorstop. Of course, if it hadn't been performing beautifully all of these years it would not have woven itself into our family history. I get it - about your Singer 457. Hope you have one with you soon.



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Date: 10/6/13 2:06 PM

Nah.

Steal it from your sister. Since she doesn't use it, she won't miss it for a long time. hahahaha

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Date: 10/6/13 2:49 PM

I don't think you are crazy. My back-up machine for my Kenmore 19606 is a Kenmore 19606.

Of course, I could be crazy...

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Date: 10/6/13 3:15 PM

Not crazy at all. I think my first machine may have been a 457, looks very similar, except I remember my machine as being pale blue, not just the case but the machine also. I learned on that and my grandmother's Touch N Sew, which I wasn't allowed to use unsupervised. The 457 stayed at mom's when I moved out, and I bought a Singer 9410, which was not comparable.

I'd buy one, just out of nostalgia. :)

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Date: 10/6/13 3:25 PM

I do not think you are crazy at all ... however-

I had this memory of how great my old Viking was. It was under the table for months and I got it back out in a time of extreme frustration --- it was not all I remembered it to be. Maybe get your feet dipped in the water by asking to take the other machine for a memory drive. I hope its everything you remember - but, it might not be.

Ever see an ex on the street and think -- what was I thinking?

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