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Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Sewing Machines on 01/23/2014 00:32:35 MST Print View

Mrs. pitsy has a Brother machine that she lets me use. If I have a real project to work on, I usually get my mom involved. She's got the walking-foot machine and a serger.

I've said it before, but I'll say it again here: Sewing machines and other tools are pretty much free, if you take the long view. As long as you buy them used, you can almost always get your investment back. For this to work, you have to be able to do your own troubleshooting and repairs. I've turned a profit on automotive tools by haggling a bit on the purchase, then cleaning them up and taking good pictures for a well-written craigslist ad.

Vintage sewing machine pornography

Edited by pitsy on 01/23/2014 00:41:31 MST.

Darren Graff
(Packfan) - M

Locale: Sierra Nevadas
Sewing machine on 04/04/2014 18:11:46 MDT Print View

I wanted an older metal sewing machine after sewing my first pack with target special singer. There was a Viking on Craigslist for $100. Went to check it out and the old boy broke out the boat anchor. He said he bought for a lady friend and she didn't want it. He bought it from a dealer completely refurbished. He sold me both machines for $150. I've tried the Viking once . It's a great machine but it can't hold a candle to the white. It's a 40s machine I think and it sews like butter.SewSewSew

Mike Stromsoe
(phstudio) - F - M

Locale: So. Cal.
My setup on 04/05/2014 21:23:21 MDT Print View

I only just started sewing for the first time about a month ago. Let me tell you the MYOG bug has bitten me hard. Very hard. I have a lot of fabric on order and I also started watching outdoor upholstery youtube videos... D'oh! Uh oh.:)

Making gear isn't too far of a stretch for me considering I've been DIYing all kinds of recording studio electronics, such as EQ's compressors and even discrete opamps, for years, as well as woodworking and general household projects.

Anyway, on to my machines:

My main machine is a Singer 301A that belonged to my Grandmother which she bought new in 1953. It was $229 in '53 which is about $2000 in today's money. Wow! She was a seamstress, however. Funny, I have seen the 301 in it's case for years sitting tucked away in my parents garage just waiting to be restored. I've found that I really enjoy taking them apart and cleaning them up.



Which brings me to my next machine. It's a 50's or 60's Universal Zig Zag that I found on Craigslist for cheap that needed some TLC and a few parts. I intended this to be my bartacker since my 301 is a straight stitch only machine. The universal is cast iron and weighs about 30 pounds. It runs ever so smooth. It also has a 1.5 Amp motor, by comparison, the 301 has a .53 Amp motor.



Next up is a 1975 Kenmore 6 Stich 158.12411 with free arm. It was $25 with case on CL and it's in mint condition. It just needed a little oil and that was it. It's got a 1.2 amp motor in it and sews very well. Not as good as the 301, but hey. This is now my main bartacker/zig zag machine.



This is my MYOG man cave which is temporarily setup in the tracking room of my recording studio (day job).



Here is the cutting table which also has some of my other maintenance projects for the weekend.



Cheers,

Mike Stromsoe

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Blue Universal on 04/06/2014 23:16:43 MDT Print View

That blue Universal, besides being a beautiful machine, bears a striking resemblance to a Necchi Supernova.

Nicholas Smolinske
(Smo) - F
Bernina 440 on 04/07/2014 00:10:26 MDT Print View

I have a Bernina "Bernette" 440. A late 80's/early 90's machine, I think. Pretty burly so far. It took a lot of abuse when I was first learning, now I'm a lot nicer to it. But I think it's nearing some needed maintenance.

The machine sits in the sunroom, 10 feet from an amazing wood stove. Cutting gets done on the dining room table...

Sewing room

EDIT: That picture's old and doesn't show the ruler collection:You can never have too many rulers

Edited by Smo on 04/07/2014 00:11:36 MDT.

peter vacco
(fluff@inreach.com) - M

Locale: no. california
Re: Sewing Machines on 04/07/2014 01:05:22 MDT Print View

it seems those who post to this thread seem to have well ordered homes (and minds) . as well as a flair for bad puns.
here's the units providence has gifted peter with.

my dead mom's Singer 223.
inside this machine, and it is a sewing MACHINE, is the bounty of the industrial revolution. cogs, gears, linkages, arms and shafts, bearings, it's got it all, and it has it in the form of some ridiculous precision too. dad bought this for her. it will be kept until the end of my days.singer 223

you can be jealous at this point. the Baby Lock (is a stupid name) throws up to 8 threads at a time. and makes al but every stitch one might ever imagine. this is the fine japanese unit that makes the beautiful (self tensioned) cover-stitch that holds the headnets together so nicely. this thing is amazing. and after a blizzard of mods .. it's like my mac .. it just works. easily worth however over-much i paid for it.evolution

for all those with cutting tables.. this is how you do it. 6' x4' .cutting table