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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Do you have a backup machine?


Yesterday I had to take my sewing machine in for service. I've noticed that my presser foot lever has a mind of it's on and will release at will. Before anything went major wrong I decided to take it in. They say the presser foot lever spring is sprung and it may take up to two weeks if they have to order the part. While I hate being without my main machine I do have a backup.


It doesn't have all the bells and whistles but it's dependable. Do you have a backup machine?

16 comments:

  1. Yes I do! I have a Brother PC420 and now that I've got the Janome 6600, my Janome 8000 is also serving as a back-up. I learned this lesson years ago when my machine went in for servicing and I had nuthin to sew on!

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  2. Yes I do! My Babylock Ellegante is my main machine. As back-ups, I have the Babylock Intrigue, Janome MC 8000, and my new Janome Gem Plus Trim & Stitch. I keep the Janome Gem Plus in my file cabinet at work. I use it during my lunch hour at work.

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  3. Sort of... The womens group at my church has a Pfaff 1027. She's a grand old gal, and she spends most of her time at my house, since I teach the sewing classes at church.

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  4. You betcha! I have two Berninas, both which sew beautifully. I have tons of feet for them. I also purchased an expensive Brother, one from Wal-Mart, because it is lightweight, and great for taking to class. Weighs 11 pounds. I bought every foot available for that machine also, and it sews like a charm. I recently took it to a sewing class and am so glad to have it. I have an 1937 Singer Featherweight, a working treadle and 2 sergers.

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  5. As of Christmas, I now have a back-up. DH bought me a Singer 1732 Esteem in Target when my older machine broke. I've been sewing on the Singer Esteem for 2 years. This fall that machine needed servicing and I was too cheap to pay $80 to service a $150 machine so my father bought me a Singer CG-590. I learned how to take apart and oil the Singer Esteem so I now have 2 machines. I'm kinda old-school. I prefer basic mechanical machines.

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  6. I do, but I don't know how reliable it is. It is my husband's grandmother's machine. I also have two treadle machines that I think still work.

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  7. I sure do! Especially since I have a ridiculous number of sewing machines in the house...12 total, and all but 1 work. I even have the treadle working, so if the electicity goes out, I can still sew!

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  8. Definitely! I have two of course they're back up's for a reason neither would do as my main machine but in a pinch it's nice to have them standing by. I don't have a back up serger but I want one.

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  9. Yep! I'm basically a Singer woman. I have three working Singers and one that works only when it wants too. I keep it for sentimental reasons which I'll post about one day. I also have a Janome that I bought just for buttonhole variations; a recently gifted older Kenmore (now in great working condition); and a old white that's next up for refurbishing and repair.

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  10. Yesss I do! All my machines are singer with the exception of my coverstitch machine. You HAVE to have a backup...well I do or I will go INSANE lol.

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  11. Absolutely! My main machine is a Janome ( I don't remeber the number) It's 9-years old. I have a Singer that I use mainly to sew home dec projects and quilts and then I have another Singer That I haven't used in years. I keep it because it was the first gift my husband bought me when we started to date. P.S- that was in the late 70's

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  12. I do now, thanks to you setting me straight back in the summer when my main machine went on the fritz:)

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  13. I would be bereft without my back-up. I hardly use it, but my students use it. It was my first Bernina, and I point that out to my students when they are using it. I also have the old Artista model, and when I got it I didn't turn in my 1530, because when I'm sewing out a design, I can still sew on my 1530!!! I'm a Bernina nut, and even though I don't sew on my original 930 all the time, it still works...so in case everything goes haywire, I can just put in my old 930 and sew away!

    But I hate it when I'm without my baby!

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  14. My main machine is my Mother's Singer. She gave it to me last year because she doesn't sew anymore. My industrial machine is a Brother's straight stitch that my dad gave my mom back in the 70's. I also learned how to sew on this machine. I also have a Necchi/Alco, which has been out on loan to my girlfriend since last April, and my Serger is a Singer Pro-Finish.

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  15. You asked about the pattern I used for the cowl neck top of the twinset - I used Simplicity 4503 (OOP though) and the cowl from McCall's 5599 a Hillary Duff pattern. I love the cowl from that pattern so much that I've traced if off so I will always have it. If you don't have either pattern Simplicity 3634 also has a nice cowl neck collar. Thanks for your nice comment!

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  16. Ditto...my DH & DD gave me a new Singer two Christmases ago and I kept my old machine for a back-up. It also comes in handy when making jeans...the new machine gets the heavier topstitching thread where the old machine sews the conventional seams prior to my serging them. No need to be switching out threads and needles. Works out great!!!

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