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Date: 11/11/11 1:28 PM

I like to sit back and make casual observations about things that interest me. We've had lively discussions lately about sewing machines, why we buy what we buy etc.

I made this same observation about my husband's collecting. He is what is called an audiophile. His particular interest is vintage tube amplifiers, stereos etc. These guys get so caught up in the equipment they seem to lose sight of what it's for. To listen to music. My husband spends way more time talking, discussing etc about this stuff then to actually listening to music.

I know myself I am at times more interested in the machines then what I'm actually sewing on them.

I guess it might be like that with most hobbyists at times. Motor heads work their cars, wash them maintain them more then actually driving them. Especially the vintage owners.

Last night I just sat at my machine and played. I rarely allow myself to do that. Must be working on a project. I don't know where that thinking comes from. Learning comes from playing.
But do you think we get too caught in the machines and not in the creativity of actual sewing?
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Date: 11/11/11 1:31 PM

maybe because of all the sewing machines out there it's more interesting to talk about the machines than various ways of doing inset sleeves?

Even though I would LOVE to see more pictures of other peoples projects, I'm so swamped with my actual work that I haven't produced any clothing in months and my sisters quilt is inching along towards completion so I would have anything to contribute to a gallery. Maybe there are other people out there like me?

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Date: 11/11/11 1:40 PM

Well life certainly does get in the way of sewing sometimes. Life, fatigue, energy, aches and pains. I'm my best in the morning and 5 mornings a week I spend working for other people. I think of all the things I could create or work on at home. By the time I hit to door at 5:15 between dinner, and household stuff I get very little sewing done

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Date: 11/11/11 1:43 PM

Oh it's definitely about the machines. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't be sewing after all!

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Date: 11/11/11 2:00 PM

lol I see that by your stable. And Pigling you all know how you feel about this lol.
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Date: 11/11/11 6:37 PM


Yes, I like machines.. and tools.. but mostly I just like to buy crap...er...stuff.....

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Date: 11/12/11 9:07 AM

For me, it's all about the machines. From treadles and handcranks to mechanicals and computerized, from plain or godzilla finish, to the elaborately decorated with gold, to the models decked out in chrome, to the brightly painted, to the lighter-weight computerized machines, from the well-worn to the pristine, I love them all.
The black Singers remind me of sleek thoroughbred racehorses, the chrome-trimmed ones of the automobiles of the 50's. I guess the different machine designs remind me of the people and times in which each style of machine was invented. I think of the amazing people who designed the machines and of the joy the machines must have brought to their owners. I guess, in some way, my collection of machines connects me to the past and to the future. Sounds silly, I know, but to me each machine has a story and a place in the grand scheme of things.

I do like to sew simple projects and embellish items and alter thrift-store finds. But I will never be the accomplished seamstress that many of my relatives were. I'm too impatient and ready to go on to the next project.

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Date: 11/12/11 9:39 AM

What Karlyn M. said!

At least, that's where I am right now. Pre-PR I was sewing daily on my one and only machine, making everything from complicated clothing to home dec to art dolls to quilts to outdoor flags.

Now I have a machine collection that I love, but my productive output has plummeted. I see it as my personal evolution, but I'm still enjoying all aspects of the craft, just in a different way.

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Date: 11/12/11 10:25 AM

I started collecting but realized I don't have space. I did get a red eye but it needs work and I can't do it or know anyone who can so it sits. I did manage to snag a rocketeer I like it alone just for it coolness.

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Date: 11/12/11 11:23 AM

That's Fine Crap, or did you forget?

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