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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Never felt the "need" for multiple machines before now. ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 12/16/13 11:20 AM

My baby is going into the shop for a tune up that I got for mad cheap at a silent auction. It's do it now or don't do it at all, so I am unfortunately without my machine for a few days the week before Christmas...oh noes!!

While I have always waxed about how I wanted the Featherlight here (it's at my mother's right now) so I could sew on it, I have never felt like I actually needed a secondary machine. Well now I sure do!! I can't wait until I can afford that machine upgrade next year...never have to worry about being without when you're in a time crunch!!

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In: 68.5 yards
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I'll try anything once :)

Please excuse my typos...sometimes it is harder to go back and edit on mobile than it is worth!

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Date: 12/16/13 11:25 AM

So many of us have said the same thing. "I have one machine, why do I need another?" Well, we found out when our machine went into the shop, we went into sewing withdrawal.

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I am a Quilter at heart. I love to play with fabrics, patterns and colors. Recently I have discovered I enjoy doing applique. I love making pictures. Using a sewing machine is much easier than counted cross stitch or oil painting for me. I enjoy landscape quilting as well. I am working on my first applique project in the spring of 2014.
Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
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Date: 12/16/13 11:28 AM

There are so many reasons to need a second machine.
Back up
Take to class lighter weight or travel machine.
Mechanical for when the lights are flickering and you dont want to take a chance with your computerized machine.
Wide long harps for big projects, embroidery and decorative stitches using 9mm stitch width to pair with...
A striaght stitch machine or at least no bigger then a 5.5 mm stitch width machine for the very delicate and hierloom sewing.
Or a second machine when your embroidery is taking an hour to stitch out and you want to sew also....
The list can go on and on.
No one machine can do it all.

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Date: 12/16/13 11:31 AM

I felt the need for multiple machines when after I carried mine down from my 3rd floor walkup condo a couple of times. When it went in for service the first time, I was very thankful to have bought a machine for classes that I could use.

Right now, I have my big machine working on a quilt while I have been making some quick stocking stuffers on my class machine which is sitting out (normally it doesn't) on my SewEzi table.

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Date: 12/16/13 11:33 AM

One for buttonholes
One for winding bobbins to fit the rest of your machines
One for heavier sewing
One for the alphabets
One for the faster speed
etc., etc., etc....oh and one because you just love that color scheme!

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Date: 12/16/13 11:37 AM

Just love the color scheme. That is way too funny, Muffet. But, so true...

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I am a Quilter at heart. I love to play with fabrics, patterns and colors. Recently I have discovered I enjoy doing applique. I love making pictures. Using a sewing machine is much easier than counted cross stitch or oil painting for me. I enjoy landscape quilting as well. I am working on my first applique project in the spring of 2014.
Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
Babylock Molly
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 12/16/13 11:55 AM

Funny!
The thing I always wonder about all of you that have multiple machines, is where do you store them, or do you have them set up and ready for action all the time? Space is an issue for me, even though I am lucky enough to have a dedicated room for my sewing. I have a sewing machine and a serger on my table, my old trusty Singer in the closet, and my Great grandmothers peddle machine too, but I have never used it. I have to admit, it kind of scares me! The extra feet are so complicated looking, but also so fascinating and intriguing.
But, I can see how great it would be to rely on a specialty machine for techniques.

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Date: 12/16/13 12:39 PM

There's something about sewing machines and cats…..

..one is too many, but three is just right?

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Date: 12/16/13 12:44 PM

That's what kitchen cabinets are for...



And stove drawers...



And closets...




...until they make you move to a 1-bedroom 1-sewing room apartment.

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And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

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

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Date: 12/16/13 12:45 PM

Just wait until you start collecting! Some of us here are shameless enablers. I never "needed" multiple machines either until I joined PR. LOL.

Just this morning, for example, I used one machine to make buttonholes (straight stitch Singer with attachment = best buttonholes ever) and my zigzag machine to sew on the buttons. Other times I just choose whichever machine fits my mood. I never get bored in my sewing room.

(PS...repair shops are unknown to me, though. In 30+ years of sewing I have never taken a machine in for repairs!)

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