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Least favorite machine you have sewed on.....
Least favorite sewing machine and why....
mandeedee

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Date: 3/10/09 8:59 PM

We are always listing our favorites. I thought it would be helpful to have a list that goes the other way. We have all sewn on a machine that brought out the in us.....Which sewing machine do you avoid and why?

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Date: 3/10/09 9:43 PM

White Jeans Machine 1777 purchased at Joann's, it's a mechanical without a stitch of finesse! I never owned a machine of my own... always had one that belonged to my sister... until I was married. I grew up with a 1969 Singer Stylist Zig Zag! My generous and lovely DH bought the White and I sewed on it until I couldn't take it anymore, a long 15 years. I went out and bought a Janome MC6600P with loads of bells and whistles! It is my dream machine... being a quilter I really wanted a machine that could sew accurately.

Now in defense of the White Jean's Machine, it sews through demin like there was no tomorrow. I used it and still do to hem my DH's jeans. He wears out 6 pair of jeans per year!

As you can see I didn't even bother to put it in my signature-- Edited on 3/10/09 9:51 PM --
-- Edited on 3/11/09 1:51 PM --

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Date: 3/10/09 10:21 PM

Sadly, my least favourite machine was the one my mom gave me as a wedding gift and I kept for over 30 years. It was a used Touch and Sew from the early 70's (maybe late 60's) and had all sorts of fancy cams and stuff. It was finicky in odd ways - like the needle had to be in exactly the right spot to be able to pull the fabric and thread out from under the presser foot - the foot pedal would heat up when I was sewing yards and yards of fabric, the reverse lever was the stitch length lever and it had a screw loose so it wouldn't stop at the right stitch length when I flipped it back in place. Argh! When I gave it away, I mentioned to the new owner that I had sewed my wedding dress and all my maternity and baby clothes on it. Didn't feel even a flicker of remorse, though!

A few years ago I decided my DD needed a machine and I bought her a nice used Kenmore at a dealer. As I was looking around I decided I could afford a new machine and bought a nice entry level Janome for myself. I LOVE it and I am sewing so much more, in part because I enjoy the machine, I think.

My serger is a love/hate relationship. I dream of air jet threading....

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mandeedee

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Date: 3/10/09 10:47 PM

Try a serger class.....It might turn the serger that you have into one that you love. Once I had a class....my serger became my friend.

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Date: 3/10/09 10:52 PM

mandeedee - I love it 99% of the time. Its just the blasted threading! I realized this weekend that the down side of always pulling threads through is that you forget the special little tics and tweaks each machine needs. I think that our sergers are SO darned reliable and dependable that when they fuss a little we (ok I) forget to appreciate them properly.

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Date: 3/10/09 11:30 PM

my least fav's? a Kenmore my mom had for a short time 1969ish.
A mid 1990's department store purchased Singer zigzag. Tension problems,
DD used it until last year until the stitch plate broke off. It was just glued on, not screwed on.
I had purchased a New Home in the late 1970's, but never loved sewing on it. Just thought it was me. I purchased it from a sewing dealer, but it never occurred to me that there might have been lessons on using the machine, so this might be why I never bonded w/that machine. I gave it away in 1989 when I moved back home.

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Date: 3/11/09 0:35 AM

Warbler, I didn't like my White Jeans Machine 1599, either. It didn't stitch very quickly. I got it for $10 at a thrift shop, and in fact sold it to a couple tonight who wanted to sew canvas. I gave them some size 18 needles, showed them how to thread it, and rehomed it. I was glad to get rid of that thing. :)

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Melissa
Kenmore 19606, Singer 15-91, 201-2, Tiffany Singer 15-30, Brother EX660, Kenmore 158.504, Janome 9102 D, 2 New Home NLBs, Singer 600e, Singer 503, Singer 500, Singer 401, White Family Rotary, Kenmore 158.1060, Kenmore 158.1400

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Date: 3/11/09 0:38 AM

Probably the second machine I ever owned. A Kenmore, but I don't remember the model. My DH bought it for me about 20 years ago and it was probably the cheaper of the models. I just never bonded with it and didn't enjoy sewing on it. It was quite sluggish. So, needless to say I ended up getting rid of it and didn't purchase another machine for about 10 years when I decided to take my first quilting class (another Kenmore but nicer).

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Carol - * I always have more time to sew *
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Date: 3/11/09 0:43 AM

An old Brother model 800. It just didn't sew a nice stitch and it didn't run very smooth. I now have a Janome 4800 and wondered why I spent so many years without a computerized machine. What was I thinking.

BTW I love my serger, but still haven't made friends with my coverstitcher.

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Marilyn

January 2009 to January 2010 81 yards out and 71yards in January 2010 to the present 106.7 yards out and 146.5 yards in. January 2011 to the present: 47 yards out and 69 yards in.

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Date: 3/11/09 8:21 AM

It was a manual machine, a Bernina 1008 that I bought when I first learned to sew three years ago. I quickly realized I wanted a computerized machine, and within a few months I bought a Viking Platinum 770, which I love. I never used my Bernina 1008 again, so a few months ago I sold it.
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