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Date: 6/29/13 10:31 PM

I occasionally lend one of my many machines out to friends or students, as well as get myself stuck doing other people's projects. (I've been much better about that lately except for a wedding coming up soon...)

My machines are my darlings - I love them. LOVE
Having said that, I have one or two friends who may need to borrow a machine.

I can't spare my main machine or my 201-2. I have a gorgeous turquoise and cream vintage Japanese zigzag I just fixed up, and a new, never been used Kenmore mini-ultra that I got myself as a 3/4 size backup or travel machine.
The one I usually lend, a vintage Necchi skips every 7th stitch and needs to go to the shop (unless someone can tell me how to fix that myself)...

Anyway, which would you lend? The new one, or the $20 old one I restored or none? I am tempted to lend the new Kenmore mini ultra bc it would be a great machine for anyone use or learn on (but but but... Argh)
and I have a strange emotional attachment to the old zigzag....

I don't know how long it would be before I got them back.

It seems since I have so many, I should definitely be willing to share, and I always have done so: fabric, machines, time and knowledge.
Now, I hesitate just a little because of experiences with non-sewing people when they want you to sew for them or borrow or well you know, we've all been there :)

What would you do?
Am I nuts? (Don't answer that) Why am I so completely attached to these machines? It's not like I don't have six of them...
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TIA

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Date: 6/29/13 10:53 PM

No. Never. Nada. Nichts. Nix.

Over my cold dead body.

Etc.

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Date: 6/29/13 10:53 PM

If you love them that much don't loan them out. Borrowers break things. Sorry, but they do. Or they take forever to return items.

Buy a very inexpensive SM at Walmart to use as your loaner.

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Date: 6/29/13 10:54 PM

Just say no. I have fewer machines with only two functional ones, but if I had a room full of machines like the ones you describe I would still say no. They are essential daily machines, vintage, in need of repair ones, backup machines, etc. and not one is a machine that you would fell good about doing without for any amount of time. Number has nothing to do with it and only a non sewing person or someone who doesn't understand will ask to borrow one. No, practice saying no to lending them out.

Just because you paid $20 for a machine doesn't make it worth only $20 if you spent time and energy restoring it. It is worth a lot more!

My "vintage" machine is a 1960's viking and I would never lend it out, it is too close to my heart. I bought it used on ebay in the last decade so there isn't much sentimental value but that machine is important to me. It sits in it's case most of the time but that doesn't mean I would be happy letting it be on someone else's sewing table being used (and abused).

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Date: 6/29/13 11:01 PM

I would say the Kenmore UltraMini... but of course take some time to play with it so you know how it works etc. I've lent my machine out before but the woman was very proficient and trustworthy. She certainly wasn't a beginner. Otherwise I agree with some others. If you're emotionally attached and afraid of something getting ruines then buy an inexpensive but nicely working machine specifically as a loaner.

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Date: 6/29/13 11:11 PM

Hey, Lynn! Can I borrow a machine? ;)

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Date: 6/29/13 11:12 PM

I feel soooo much better reading all of your opinions. Advice taken!

It's difficult sometimes when I am tempted to be stupidly nice - but I naturally love to share sewing in all it's forms.

You'd be proud of me though. Today... Today I said NO (for real) to a truly awful project where I was being manipulated. Glad that is out of my hair... I am hoping that from now on I will be alert and say NO or keep my mouth shut when pressure and hinting come my way.

The most recent was a three part staged manipulation where someone had it figured I was going to do a major major free project for them. When I said no the first two times, the tactics changed but they didn't give up...

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Date: 6/29/13 11:12 PM

I'll bet you have really nice friends. The kind that will be careful and gentle and responsible and have 100% good intentions regarding your sewing machines. But even the nicest people make mistakes and things happen. I have a lovely glass pie plate that I swore I would return to its owner, who was a part time caterer and needed it, and I never did. And I don't even bake. And that was at least 25 years ago. I still feel bad about it but that doesn't get the darn pie plate back to the baker!

One of my reliable old Kenmores just flatly refused to work one day and I can't figure out why. If that had happened when it was loaned out I would have assumed the loanee did it and everyone would have felt bad.

Having one loaner machine that you don't feel attached to is a good idea. Or as is often mentioned in these sorts of threads, invite the person over to sew with you.

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Date: 6/29/13 11:15 PM

I probably wouldn't as a general rule. Maybe a super rare special exception in an emergency, but I'd probably just say to come to my house and use it if I trusted the person. If you do want to have a machine on hand to lend, you could get the Necchi fixed up so it isn't skipping or just leave it and warn people about the skipping. I don't know that I would personally buy one just to be able to lend it out.

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Date: 6/29/13 11:16 PM

Good for you!!

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