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Date: 7/23/11 10:15 PM

I haven't sewed in years but am desparately trying to get off my b... and start sewing again. Plan on doing embroidery and garment sewing. I'm lazy, lazy, lazy.

I have a Montgomery Ward model 1984 machine. (have you even heard of it?).

Should I wait and use my current machine to make sure I actually get back to sewing or shoud I go ahead and buy a new machine hoping it will motivate me?

I'm torn with indecision, but I want, I want a new machine.

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Date: 7/23/11 10:27 PM

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I'm torn with indecision, but I want, I want a new machine.


Here's the thing: 1. Can you afford it? 2. Will you enjoy it? If these two can easily be answered with a "YES" you are all set. So many things can be bought that could be thought of as enjoyment and hobby and so on, and a sewing machine is a combination of fun, hobby and useful! No justification is needed. Keep the old one to, you will want a backup!

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Date: 7/23/11 10:53 PM

I used to sell Montgomery Ward machines and the 1984 was one of their better models as I remember. If your machine is still in good condition you may wish to use it again for awhile and if you feel that you need a newer machine with more features then maybe take a look at some newer models and see how they compare to your machine. As I remember the Signature 1984 had many nice features and was quiet running.
Happy Co. of Japan made most of Wards Signature machines at that time and now since those years I think the company operates under a different name which I believe is Texmac.
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Date: 7/24/11 0:10 AM

Betakin,
I was hoping there was someone who knew about this machine. It did have some nice features for the time. I think it's main claim to fame was a variety of built in regular and stretch stiches and a few simple embroidery type stitches. It still works well.
Muffet,
Your right, I just have to give mysef permission to buy just for hobby and fun. I love all the things you can do with the newer embroidery machines.

Thank you

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Date: 7/24/11 0:24 AM

If it helps, Mtgy ward machines of that era were basically Janomes. That's a well-regarded brand even now.

What it really comes down to is this--does it work well? Does it do what you need it to do?

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Date: 7/24/11 1:10 AM

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If it helps, Mtgy ward machines of that era were basically Janomes. That's a well-regarded brand even now.



What it really comes down to is this--does it work well? Does it do what you need it to do?

AND:
Do you enjoy using it?
Because the best machine in the world isn't any good if it doesn't sing to you :)

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Date: 7/24/11 1:30 AM

I agree, life is too short to deny your self something so simple.

If you have a sewing store near you, perhaps you could take a class, and they will allow you to use a demo model, this way you get to feel how the new machines are in comparison and you have the fun of learning something, and the support of the teacher and the other people in the class.

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Date: 7/25/11 8:01 AM

I buy and sell old machines. This is an excellent machine, sturdy and well built. Even if you eventually decide to get a new machine, I would not get rid of this one. It will probably outlast most new ones out today. Just do routine maintenance and you will be teaching your children how to sew on it.

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