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Date: 8/11/13 2:07 PM

Why is that? Everyone needs computerized sm? I personally prefer mechanical sm and I'm sad that sooner or later, the 'old school' machines that were well-made will eventually start to croak (right?)

My newest acquisition was made in 1982! My 105 can't be much younger. I suspect my 150 was late 1980s. Soon, Husqvarna Viking won't make replacement parts (I think that's already occurring.)

Sigh. I has a sad. :-(

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Date: 8/11/13 2:28 PM

1982 should last you a while yet. My mom's 1980 something New HOme is just going out now. She can still use it, but her blind hem stitch is totally gone. My 1972 machine died just 2 years ago and I'm sure I and it's previous owners were none too gentle with it. Don't worry, you have some time.

There still are some good solid mechanical machines. The semi-industrial straight stitchers being sold these days are still very good. Janome keeps on making the same mechanical machines (under new names) which they have been making for some time now.

While the US market may be more upscale with people being able to afford computerized machines, Janome in particular sells machines all over the world and the majority of machines they sell in Latin America and Asia are probably mechanical, not computerized. There is also the teaching market, and I can't imagine a home ec class that would teach on computerized machines. I could be wrong, I just can't think of it.

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Date: 8/11/13 2:37 PM

It's going to be a mournful event when my Pfaff 1229 expires. It's about 31 years old. My searches and purchases these last three years have been driven by the sheer terror of the day that will eventually come. I would gladly pay inflation adjusted dollars for a true clone of this machine or the 1222s. Don't know enough about the Pfaff 1222s yet to know if I would prefer the 1222 or the 1222e. The 1222s have less plastic than the 1229s; not something I considered 31 years ago.

I have a recently acquired 1222e that I need to go over and put through it's paces. If it passes muster it will lead a pampered life of maintenance and regular light use to keep it going while it functions as understudy to my sewing room star.

I'm a bit curious about SailRite machines for heavy work.

I have a computerized machine - it, too, has an understudy. I don't expect to purchase another computerized machine for years.
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Date: 8/11/13 5:01 PM

I sew almost every day...I switch my Husqvarna/Viking machines. Is sewing every day too much for those machines? :(

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Date: 8/11/13 5:15 PM

There are mechanical straight stitchers available, and Bernina still makes the 1008. Pfaff might still make Select machines/

Not sure whether they count as "high quality" though.

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Date: 8/11/13 5:29 PM

All my mechanical machines are 10-20 years older than I am (and I'm NOT young!), and they are still in perfect working order. So I fully expect them to outlast my lifetime. AND, parts are still available!

Just saying....

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Date: 8/11/13 5:38 PM

A couple of years ago at a Janome dealer's when I went in to look at and hopefully test sew on a Magnolia 7318 and a Sewist 500...two of the staff told me that no one wants a mechanical anymore...everyone wants a computerized sm.

I said it couldn't be that NO ONE wants a mechanical...because I DO.

Guess what...they only had one mechanical...just one...and it was the Pink Breast Cancer Awareness mechanical. I was not interested in that one because it's a near clone to my Kenmore 16221...but they dug it out from a back corner for me to look at...they would not let me sew on it...a staff person did..."to show me".

There seems...IMHO...there seems to be an impression or whatever that we who want mechanicals are either "afraid" of computerized sms...or just want to have "what we are use to"...as if we are too stuck in a rut to change.

I just watched an old HSN presentation on youtube for a Janome 2212. The Janome rep stated that Janome still made some mechanicals for those of us who still want mechanicals...because that is what we have been sewing with for 30 years...so that is what we are use to. Pardon me...that seemed to smack of not being flexible enough to change to modern technology. Humpf...maybe I am just being "cranky"...yeah...since I don't like to change.

In any case...some mechanical sm model or another...will still be needed by religious groups who do not even use an electric sm...let alone a computerized one...so the rest of still have hope to cling to.

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Date: 8/11/13 6:23 PM

It's not that there is no market for mechanicals, it's that they can mark up and therefore make more money on the computerized machines.

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Date: 8/11/13 6:39 PM

I have three sewing machines (not counting 2 antiques) that I use all the time. Two of the machines are computerized and one is mechanical. My favorite is the straight stitch mechanical that I bought a few years ago because it had a large harp. It sews a perfect stitch and is a heavy duty machine. I love it and use it exclusively to bind my quilts.

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Date: 8/11/13 6:45 PM

I agree...very much. And...well engineered, well cared for mechanicals can and have sewn nicely for 30 or more years so that puts a damper on repeat sales. The powers that be must not realize that many of us have more than ONE sm. I only have two...but hey that is more than one.

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