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Date: 1/4/06 1:00 PM

After reading the thread on "My New Serger" started by Josephine, I want to tell you how inspirational PR has been for me! I have a terrific old Pfaff 1222E, and I just had her in for a routine service, and she is purring. After all these years of sewing and of owning her, I have been inspired by this board to do so many new and fun things...all the presser feet Pfaff gave me I mostly ignored all these years. Now that the kids are all grown, and I am taking my hobbies at a slower pace and actually enjoying them without deadlines, I have gotten out the presser feet and had a ball. I have learned to make a rolled hem, I have used the free form quilting (darning) foot, and the other day I even used a double needle for the first time. I was always too much in a hurry or too lazy to try anything I hadn't done before.

Lately I have been obsessed with new machines, but the most fun seems to be in using the great old lady I already own!

Anyone else have new fun with the old machine?

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Date: 1/4/06 1:02 PM

No, but I want to. It looks like my mother's old Kenmore with the cams, buttonholer, and monogrammer, can do tons of things. I don't have time to play right now, though. Maybe in the fall.

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Date: 1/4/06 1:37 PM

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my mother's old Kenmore with the cams, buttonholer, and monogrammer,


OH boy...that will be a lot of fun for you! My real regret in sewing is that when I got the Pfaff, I sold my Kenmore. I should have kept that.

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Date: 1/4/06 1:45 PM

Sounds like your Kenmore is like mine! It's now my back up machine, but I used most of the cams at times, and one of my favorite things about it was the chain stitch, which NO new machines have. I used to use it all the time to baste my hemlines. I'd then press on the basting and hem. When I was done, I could just "unzip" the chainstitches. Nothing is quicker. It has a great serpentine stitch that I miss too. I used it for quirky topstitching.

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Date: 1/4/06 2:12 PM

ooooh. I must remember that.

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Date: 1/4/06 2:32 PM

My "old" Pfaff 1222E is my daily driver, still going strong after 28 years! Wouldn't give her up for a top of the line new model, even tho I now work in a store selling Husquvarna Viking machines.

When I feel the urge to play on a real old machine, I pull out my Singer Featherweight. Just recently tried out the buttonhole attachment. What fun!
Still haven't mastered the ruffler attachment tho.

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Date: 1/4/06 2:38 PM

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Oh yes, mine too. I have had her for 28 years too! No other machines until the serger last August. I used to be a "one at a timer", but since reading PR...

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Date: 1/4/06 3:06 PM

Now that you mention it, my daily driver is a Viking 190, and it's about 25 years old. It doesn't have a lot of features, but honestly, it does just about everything that I need it to. I mean no offense to the ladies with top of the line machines, but honestly, is the value there for the price? Maybe if I owned one I would understand it.

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Date: 1/4/06 4:07 PM

You make me want to get my mom's old Kenmore. I wish I had room for it.

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Date: 1/4/06 5:40 PM

Muffet, what a great reminder! It's a reality check we all need at times. My all time favorite machine was a Super Elna with cams and I swore I'd never give it up. I drove the wheels off it and when it finally gave up the ghost and couldn't be repaired I cried. I'm satisfied with my current machines but, to tell the truth, I still prefer mechanical machines to computerized ones. Maybe my age is showing?

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