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Date: 12/20/13 9:41 AM

OK... so I finally got started watching Project Runway.

I've seen the Brother machines around for years... and ... not seeing the show before... I figured that the people on the show were using those inexpensive household machines to create what they were building.

So it was kind of odd to see them work on those industrial machines!

I must be the odd one out (I'm used to that!) .. but I don't see how the little machines relate to this show at all.

So people really buy a PR Brother like it has anything at all to do with the show?

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Date: 12/20/13 10:07 AM

I'm guessing entry level sewists buying into the name Project Runway. Just like the patterns that are nothing like what's on the show.

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Date: 12/20/13 10:42 AM

It's just a marketing ploy. Brother does supply them with machines and one of the prizes is a brother sewing studio. In return they get to put Project Runway on their machines.

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Date: 12/20/13 10:45 AM

At least some of the PRW machines are just rebadged/renumbered existing models. This is true of the HS 2000 I bought for my sons. A very plain looking (in a good way) machine. It was what the dealer had which was suitable for our purposes at the time. It's not like I chose it over a nonPRW model. I have never watched the show. If I had seen the box (with a large color photo of a woman's rear in a short skirt), I probably wouldn't have bought it.

So certainly not all those who buy those badged models have ever even seen the show, let alone been motivated to buy for that reason.

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Date: 12/20/13 11:24 AM

I have no idea why people buy a sewing machine with Project Runway written on it. Could be it is economical and has a boatload of stitches to choose from??????

Back to those industrial machines. More than one "designer" has not known how to use these machines. Did you notice there are two cones of thread? Is one feeding through the bobbin area?

And then there is the merrowing machine. A few seasons ago a so call semi-professional wanted to change the color of the thread and started to pull out the old thread when one of the young guys stopped her and showed her how to tie off and feed the new thread through the machine.

Those are the little things I like about the show. I try to look beyond the divas.


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Date: 12/20/13 11:48 AM

Since Brother is a sponsor that's why the tie in. At one point there was fabric and also some notions made with this logo. I will admit to a pin cushion in the shap of a sewing machine with a tape measure as a wheel in my possesion. I'll admit, anything shaped like a sewing machine gets my attention.

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Date: 12/20/13 11:50 AM

I probably would have been so emotionally involved in this when I was in my teens or early 20's that I would've bought anything with the name on it, I'm sure. It doesn't matter what model of Brother it is, it's a Brother.

(Of course I'm emotionally invested in my Bernina.)

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Date: 12/20/13 12:04 PM

My younger son likes that his machine says "Brother". That's almost a sacred word in our house. My only surviving brother is coming to visit next week (YAY!), and the boys want to sew something on their Brother, as brothers, for my brother.

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Date: 12/21/13 0:55 AM

I have never missed an episode of Project Runway since it's inception and I do own a Project Runway sewing machine. But not because it has the logo on the machine, in fact I wish it didn't because it's kind of silly. I bought the machine because it had lots of bells and whistles and it was the size and price I wanted, knowing full well it wasn't anything like the industrial machines used on the show. Btw, in the early years I remember seeing at least one season where they sewed on Bernina industrials. I watch the show because I am enthralled watching the contestants choose fabric, design, drape, make patterns, and it's interesting to see the finished garments. For me it has nothing to do with a machine having "Project Runway" written on it.

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Date: 12/21/13 0:59 AM

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Just like the patterns that are nothing like what's on the show.

So that wasn't just my imagination, LOL! I just thought that I'd missed too many episodes, or had a lousy memory of what the fashions were like.

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