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Do you name your machines?
Pet names? Descriptive? After your mother-in-law?
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Date: 1/3/14 10:17 PM

Another thread got me wondering if everybody else names their machines, and what kind of names you give them.

Our Miss Fairchild mentioned she needed to change the name of her machine from "The Monster" which sounded like a perfectly appropriate name for an industrial serger to me. LOL

My sewing room is populated by machines that sound like a professional wrestling card..

Crinkle finish Singer 99-Godzilla (of course)
Brother Dreamweaver - Fat Man (named when I had a smaller machine that was Little Boy, after the first atomic bombs)
BL Evolution- The Mangler
Brother 6 needle Embroidery machine- Punisher (because it looks like the Punisher skull to me)

Does everybody else give their machines nice names? Like Petunia or Sara Jane or Sweet Pea?

So, do you name your machines? And if so, why?

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Date: 1/3/14 10:49 PM

Only one name among my machines. Plastic Fantastic Junque. That's my '80s Singer that sits forlorn and lonesome in the bottom of the closet and never moves.

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Date: 1/3/14 11:20 PM

I suspect my sig answers that question.

If not, I'm sure Panzy, Kee, Victor, Rupert, Baby, Georgia, Sterling Blue, Bunny, Smudge, Tristan etc will oblige.

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And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), 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: 1/4/14 0:12 AM

Oops forgot to answer the "if so, why?" question.

1. Mass chaos would arise if one were to yell "Hey YOU!!! Stop doing that right now!!!"

Since they're all likely doing something you don't want them to do, you might think a general "Hey YOU!" would suffice to stop all undesireable behaviour across the board.

You'd be wrong.

Not using a specific name means each machine thinks the other is the one being singled out, thus all machines will just totally ignore you and carry on with their various undesireable behaviour.


2. Helps avoid giving the wrong gifts to the wrong machines.

Even though that Singer Featherweight rare vintage 2-thread embroidery attachment will not ever fit and work on your Pfaff, good luck taking it away without tears and temper tantrums. Avoid the nightmare of cramped 7mm feet stuffed onto a 9mm machine...name your machines and gift-giving becomes easy. Especially important since machine gift-giving is a highly recurring activity.

3. Did the Waltons simply say "goodnight everybody"? No, they didn't.

4. Everybody deserves a proper name. YOU have a name. Your partner/kids/friends/furbabies/cars, boats et al all have names. Sewing machines have feelings, too, and deserve a name of their own.

5. Bonding. Kinda tough bonding with a "SBM" or a "SWF" or a "B560". Bonding with "Joe" or "Tracy" or "Jake Juki" is much easier.

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And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), 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: 1/4/14 0:48 AM

Nope. It's just not "me" to name my machines. But I like hearing other's names.

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Date: 1/4/14 0:59 AM

My machines aren't named (two sewing machines and two sergers), but my dress form is. She's Dumb Debbie because she is, technically a dummy, and also she doesn't speak. I personally don't know any Debbies so no offense to any Debbies reading this!

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Date: 1/4/14 1:12 AM

None of my machines had names until the lemon of my life showed up. He was given a name I cannot say in polite company. After that, I tremulously bought a 6-needle embroidery machine that did not disappoint me. She looks like a giant grasshopper's head, but an online friend had already named hers Grasshopper. So mine became Nessie after the Loch Ness Monster (if you squint, she looks like Nessie's photos).

Then my next lemon became That Piece of Junk. (or worse words depending on how rushed I am and how badly it is behaving)

A tech once called my husband and worriedly asked why I had 'Please steal this machine' come up on my start-up screen. Hubby just replied, 'Long story.'

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Date: 1/4/14 1:53 AM

No, but I've always named my cars.

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Date: 1/4/14 2:49 AM

We restored two ancient Singer treadles, and to distinguish them I called one Jensine and the other Gladys, after my grandmother and my mother. But it somehow seemed disrespectful, so now call them The 1915 and The 1935. We only ever named one car, a VW Bus. But more to the point, how do we discover the gender of these machines? One day, two thuggish looking youngsters approached DH and said "Hey Mister - is a boy or a girl??" He said, a Boy, of course. They were satisfied and didn't beat him up. But with a sewing machine, you cannot tell. I wouldn't have a male in my sewing room, if I could help it, for fear of unruly behaviour. Touch and Sew and Stretch and Jeans (yes) don't tell us much. But, I keep them separate, anyway. I think the Pfaff is a boy, as it is strong, quiet and does what you tell it to do. The Singer is all over the place. The older ladies don't do a lot anymore.

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Date: 1/4/14 3:56 AM

Reasons: What LynnRowe says. Plus I picked it up from PR. It helps me bond but I must say it makes it harder to part with them. But thinking back, I don't name them until I decide they are keepers - those up for sale or family give aways remain nameless: Sophia2, BL-9, Janome 350e and Bernina 430.

Now for names:
Evolution serger- Evvie
Enlighten serger- Missy
Ellisimo- ElliMo, The Princess
Ellisimo G2- GoldieMae, The Emperess
Pfaff 6152- Sgt Pfaff
Singer 301- MaryAnn (boarding w/ my daughter)

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