Sunday, August 1, 2010

This is my Favorite Sewing Machine - What's Yours?


I've been asked on many occasions what type of sewing machine I used to piece my quilts. Well I figured it was time to show you. This pre-WWII Singer featherweight was fully restored and painted a blush pink. Strawberry Shortcake (as my daughter calls her) sews beautifully forward and backward making a reliable 1/4" stitch everytime! Now it's your turn....... What type of sewing machine do you use for quilting and sewing projects? Do you have more than one sewing machine? Is there a fun story about your favorite sewing machine that you'd like to share with me and all the quilters that read our blog? Was your sewing machine handed down from your mother or perhaps your grandmother? Have you given your sewing machine a name? I'd love to hear from you and of course, pictures are always welcome! If you have a picture of your sewing machine that you'd like to share, please upload your images to Flickr. For all the ladies that leave a comment regarding this blog, there will be a drawing for a $25 Shabby Fabrics gift certificate at the end of August!

75 comments:

  1. Am I really the first to comment? That's exciting!! I use a Bernina 630 which I absolutely love. I've had her 3 years this month - after sewing on a succession of machines I didn't really get on with, I appreciate her all the more. She doesn't have a name, but perhaps she should, I love your pink Featherweight and your daughter's name for her! I have a couple of other machines that I hardly use now and have inherited my mum's old Elna, but sadly it is in South Africa and I'm in England, so I need to figure out how to get a very solid and heavy machine here without it costing a fortune! Thanks for Shabby Fabrics, I absolutely love your stuff!

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  2. Absolutely tremendous!!I recognized a Singer & I thougt:"What happened to IT?"but afterall it's a a good idea & this sewing machine is UNIQUE!!Love.Couson

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  3. Well I can't match that wonderful colour of your sewing machine, but a little story that I would like to share. Last year I was very blessed in being able to go to Kenya for 3mths, and with me I took 7 machines and 161Kgs of extra luggage (full of fabric) all donated by wonderful people. Two sewing mechenic's serviced the machines and three were converted into hand machines for the area's that had no power. We had 120 girls and 4 men join us in two differnt parts of Kenya to learn to sew. They started off with a sewing bag and in this they held thier snips, book, pencil, thread, needles and pins. Each achieved a skirt, blouse, shopping bag and hand embrodied snips cover. It was the most rewarding exerience I have ever had, even found a buttonhole attatchement foot for a tredle machine for a lass who has started a business for herself from only $20 australian dollars, how did she do this, by buying a kid goat, rearing it and selling to buy a calf, rearing that to buy a tredle machine. She makes school uniforms and had to send the shirts up to Mombasa to get the buttonholes done, now she can do them herself.
    So now as of toay I have started to collet more machines and these are being stored in my sewing room all different shapes and sizes and brands, singer,janome, juke to name a couple. But they are all going to a good cause with God's blssing next year in Kenya.

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  4. Your pink Featherweight would go perfectly in my PINK sewing room. I use an old Elna Carina to do a lot of my sewing but a wonderful friend gave me an old Singer power machine that sews like a dream and is worth its weight in gold. I use it to sew hems on jeans and all my curtains. I love home dec projects. I love quilting. I love smocking. I love baking. Ok, ha ha (And I love Shabby Fabrics)

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  5. I can't compeed with your little pink beauty. Neither do I have a fun story to tell. I learned to sew at the age of ten when my mother allowed me to use her green old Husqvarna. At the age of 15 she talked me into buying my first own sewing machine. I now have a Janome 6600 to make all my quilts with. Up on my shelf, over the quilting books I have a black Singer 201K. I think it is from the 40's and it is not electrical. It is in good working condition but I haven't figured out how to work it yet. I remember when I was a little girl that our neighbour use one to make her garments. Loved watching her. She was good! :)

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  6. I have three machines - my newest is a Bernina, and I too have a featherweight (love it for piecing and taking to sew dates at friend's) and my grandmother's treadle machine! They are all special to me. My husband bought me my Bernina, my Featherweight was given to me by my uncle (it was my aunt's) and then my treadle was my grandmother's. I hope one day to pass them down to my daughter and then my granddaughter!

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  7. I am so jealous of your pink machine! I, too have a featherweight that is great for classes. I have an old pfaff that I use mostly for piecing, love the built in walking foot. I just passed on my old kenmore to my daughter (actually used it yesterday to work on baby (due in Sept) nursery blinds, have a babylock sewing & embroidery machine that I love and a teeny janome for scrapping. I don't feel so bad by having all of them now that I see others are just as possessed as I am!

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  8. I am sooo glad that I found your blog. First, I receive your store emails regularly and enjoy reviewing every one of them. Kind of unusual, since Shabby Fabrics and Eddie Bauer are the only retailers that I will shop online... :) But now, I have found another way to enjoy what you offer in style and color. You are so inspiring and I never tire of seeing what products you offer. I have been quilting for 11 years, teaching for 7 years and share my shopping experiences at Shabby Fabrics with my friends. I hope that they frequent your online store as well. Keep up the good work so that we can continue to visit your store.

    As far as what I sew with... well, I have had as many as 27 machines at one time. Of course, I must admit that I collect them. I have passed several to my friends over the years in order to purchase more. When I see a sad, lonely machine at an auction or estate sale that needs loving care I just can't stand to see it sit there unappreciated when I realize what joy and happiness they can bring someone. I have seen too many sitting neglected in a shed. When all they need is a bit of cleaning and tuning up so they can be beautiful and help someone produce something wonderful. On a daily basis, my fav machine is my Juki. It is super fast, quiet, makes the most perfect stitches, handles mid-arm quilting with the look of a pro, and the tension is always on point! Never, never will give up this machine. (yes, sometimes its okay to say "never' hahaha) Second, would be my Bernina - well, I didn't need this machine but desired decorative stitching such as a reliable smooth blanket stitch so that I could do more machine applique (thanks to you and your patterns!). Following these two machines I frequently take one of my vintage machines when teaching a class or enjoying a retreat with my friends. I, too, have a featherweight. It is a 1936 black in very nice condition. Although it works really well I'm afraid to wear it out - my husband tells me I can't but I'd be very sad if I did. I think I might need a PiNK one now. Thanks a lot Jenn! :p

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  9. I think your pink machine is so pretty. I have two Berninas. I bought the second one used on ebay last year because I needed the needle down option and some of the decorative stitches. I really like them both but hope to have an Aurora 440 some day. Thanks for the chance at your give away. Betty

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  10. Love the pink! I have a Viking that I use to sew and quilt with and I just love it.I would love to have a second smaller machine that I can take with me when we travel.Maybe someday.=)
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  11. I LOVE YOUR "Strawberry Shortcake". What a beauty!
    I have a Bernina 830. Yes, I am very lucky.
    For my story, my Grandmother taught me to sew as I was growing up. She bought me my first machine when I was 14, which I used for many many years. After getting married and having kids, and making clothes for them and my husband and myself, I use to go to the Bernina dealer and look at the lovely machines. Dreaming! Never ever thinking I would really have one some day. Many years passed and I still can't believe I finally have such a wonderful machine now for a little over a year. My husband told me to go for it and am I glad I did.
    Of course I named her "Lizzie" after my grandmother. I feel my Grandma beside me every time I sit down to sew. She would have loved a machine like this. And together we sew!!!
    thanks,
    Kathy

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  12. Love your pink Featherweight! She's so dainty! I mostly piece on my Janome 6600 that I've had for about 3 years now. When I go to classes, I take one of the Janome jems - only 12 pounds! I have 4 other machines that all work fine - I just can't bear to part with them when I get a new one. . . the only machine I have named is RUBY - she's my longarm Gammill and she had to have a name since she HAD to have her own room! (She's so big! but such a pretty face!) I love all my machines for various reasons. . .I've enjoyed reading everyone's posts. . .thanks! Julie stchsluv@aol.com

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  13. I drive a Pfaff 2010 that is 10 years old. I should call her Faith, because she made me believe I could make all kinds of wonderful projects, with her dual feed system and blanket stitch.

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  14. I wish I had a cute Strawberry Shortcake! I use my Bernina 440 QE for quilting as it seems to have the best 1/4" inch consistent seam and I like that it has the BSR (stitch regulator) for machine quilting! It has such a beautiful sound when it sews. One of the things I love about sewing is the rhythm of the machine. Not every sewing machine has a "song" or a rhythm. Some are annoying and I have had those, too. But my Bernina 440 is closest to the sound of the my grandmother's old, old Singer that she used until early 1980. It was a treadle machine she inherited from her mother and I loved to watch her feet move the treadle back and forth. She made beautiful clothes, quilts, even men's suits on that old machine. But the sound it made was the most soothing in the world. I think that sewing with a smooth machine like that probably brings my blood pressure down (unitl I have to rip something out). I have a Designer Diamond for clothing and embroidery, but I love to quilt with my Bernina.

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  15. I lost my beloved Singer (from 1982) in a house fire. I'm saving up to buy a new "fancy one" but the other day my husband found a 1950 Singer at a yard sale for $10.00!!!!! It appeared to be in good working order but I've taken it into the shop to have it checked out and serviced. I'm so hoping that it's OK because nothing sews like the old machines!!!

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  16. Your machine is beautiful and no doubt fun to look at when sewing! I have a very basic Janome sewing machine that was a gift from my parents when I was 13 yrs old, that makes it about sixteen years old, and a pretty good basic machine. Maybe it will still be around when I teach my daughter how to sew!

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  17. What a conversation piece! I am the offspring of a seamtress and self-declared machine collector. My mom has given me two Vikings, a 250 about 14 years ago, not computerized but that's fine with me. It sews and quilts wonderfully. Recently she and my stepdad gave me a 300 when they bought a commercial embroidery machine. It sews nicely so I have them both set up, using the 300 to piece and the 250 to quilt.

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  18. I have a Bernina 1090 that I have sewn with for years. A few years back I got a Bernina 440. I keep the 1090 for traveling to retreats and classes and the 440 for home. I also have a treadle sewing machine that works, but I have it for decoration. I have a black featherweight and my hubby just got me a new "white" Featherweight that I plan on using more for classes and traveling as it is so light. I say "white" in quotes as I am one of the lucky ones where the white is tinged with green. I've named her Pearl but I may have to change that to something more befitting her color and her Scottish ancestry. The gentleman we bought her for restores and paints Featherweights that are scratched beyond repair. He has one for sale now that is painted like the American flag! If he had had a pink one I would have been sorely tempted! She's a beauty!

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  19. This is a fun discussion. I sew with a Pfaff Tipmatic 1035 that I purchased about 26 years ago before I got married. My mother had a Pfaff and so did my grandmother. My grandmother was a quilter too.

    I agree with Karen that the rhythm of the the machine is therapy. I can just feel the stress leave when I sit down at my machine.
    Cindy

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  20. My first memory of a sewing machine was my maternal grandmother's "big green machine". I don't know what brand it was but thought it very appropriate since her last name was Green! She would use it on the kitchen table to mend and make clothing and other projects. I was introduced to embroidery by her with dresser scarves and doilies to keep me busy during summer vacations.
    The first machine I used was my mother's Singer. She made my brothers and me clothes and household items, too. When I was old enough, I made doll clothes and Christmas gifts, and later my own clothes and projects. In the year that I got married, she gave me a used White with no manual for my birthday. Although very appreciative of the gift, I found it difficult to use. A couple years after I was married, I saw an ad for overstocked Singers at a local high school. It was a bare bones model but it had a manual! I used it happily for a few years until I took a quilting class and discovered the "luxury" brands. After that I dreamed of someday owning a Bernina.
    The year of my twentieth wedding anniversary, my wonderful husband asked me to pick out a diamond tennis bracelet. Although awestruck by the offer, I admitted that since I was worried about losing the bracelet when wearing it, I would really prefer a Bernina! And that's how I received my Aurora 450 BSR and I LOVE IT! I am quite positive that it is smarter than I, and I am still rather intimidated by it. I have named her "Thelma" after both my grandma and Mom (her middle name). I would love to have a featherweight someday, especially a lovely pink one like yours! Thank you for all of your beautiful fabrics and patterns that keep my Thelma busy!

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  21. Oh Jen!!!! She's a BEAUTY! I should have known you'd sew on a pink machine. :o) I have several different machines I use and they don't have names but my LONGARM is my baby. Her name is "BEE"...named after my Grand-Mother, who, had some of the warmest old wool quilts I've ever slept under.

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  22. I use my featherweight I have named "Liza" to sew on. I just got this machine two weeks ago and I love sewing on it. She absolutely does a great 1/4 in seam and my family says she is quieter than all my other machine. I also have two janomes I sew with one is a jem and the other is a 10001 that also does embroidery. I love the pink color of your featherweight mine is the traditional black she was born in 1948. I think featherweights could become an expensive addiction!
    Jan
    Www.jansquiltingobsession.blogspot.com

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  23. WOW! PINK! JUST GORGEOUS!
    My Mom had the same Singer in black!
    I sew on a Bernina Activa,which I love for my machine quilting! I think my "Bernie" likes Shabby Fabrics best! Seems like she just hums along happily! Thanks for sharing,love,Linda

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  24. I love the pink. I sew on a Bernina 1260, but have a couple of other sewing machines. Nothing so cute as yours though.

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  25. Your machine is darling. Mine is "Molly" she's original black in wonderful condition born in 1948 and I love her. Also have a Pfaff 2140 with the dual feed that sews like a dream, a Babylock serger, HQ sixteen and my Kenmore that was a gift from my parents when I married 45 years ago. I cannot remember my mother ever not quilting (the old fashioned way) they were beautiful but I never sewed until my son went to college and told me that his roommate had a denim quilt with houses on it and could I make him one too. Well, that was the start of my quilting and I've never stopped, it's become a passion. That same worn out quilt is in my closet waiting to have the good peices salvaged and made into new quilts for his 4 children; a keepsake request from my dear daughter in law. One can never have "too many" sewing machines. Thanks for the give aways, you do wonderful work!

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  26. I use a Bernina 153 to sew my tops. I have 2 featherweights, a Janome Platinum, a second Bernina plus a vintage sewing machine that belonged to my husband's Grandmother before the turn of the century. I also have the sewing machine my maternal Grandfather used. None of these machines have names but I have a mid-arm quilting machine that I call Lucy Jane.

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  27. My favorite machine is plain Singer black. It is 50 years old and I can make it "sing and dance" I love it and I have made anything I have wanted on it. Now at 79 years of age I am thinking of getting a new machine - but I would not know where to start. She has been loyal and dedicated to me and I hate to turn my back on her - Loyalty and dedicated love is sometimes hard to find and "she" has been all of that.......Blessings......Pauline

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  28. Jen, that has got to be the most girly machine I have ever laid eyes on...by chance who paints machines??? Back to the machine..I simply love it...I had a singer for years loved it...then Janome came along had 5 of those..but have to admit my BabyLock is over the top, it is not pink, but I am thinking I could make it that way somehow...or make it a dress..just lovely you are and your blog and of course machine...blessings madame samm

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  29. I learned to sew on my mother's old Singer built-in which I still have. The cabinet is blonde wood. When my son was born I purchased a new machine- a New Home computerized machine. That was 28 years ago. I sewed on that machine until May when I purchased a Bernina 440. I can't part with my New Home either. Funny how sewing machines seem like part of the family

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  30. Your Featherweight is just lovely!! I quilt with a Bernina 153 which I have had forever. It is a true workhorse and I wouldn't trade it for anything (I'm sure you have similar feelings for your pink Featherweight)!! I have other Bernina machines, but use this one daily.

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  31. ooh! I love your pink Featherweight. I'd like to have one someday. Today, I have 3 sewing machines and each has a specific purpose. I have a Pfaff 2030 for piecing (love the IDF feature), a Bernina 440 for freemotion quilting and a Jem Silver to take to classes.

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  32. Oh Jen... I am so in awe of your BEAUTIFULLY FOO FOO Strawberry Shortcake! She would go oh so well in my pink and black kitchen (black granite countertops, white cabinets, and EVERY PINK KITCHENAID appliance they have ever made on my countertops!) She would add the most perfect touch! Though I have always loved pink, I started collecting my pink Kitchenaid appliances when they came out with the pink stand mixer for breast cancer awareness to honor my best friend who had lost her 5-year hard-fought battle with breast cancer. I will now have to search for a pink Featherweight as I have always wanted one, but hadn't yet seen the one I couldn't live without! My grandmother taught me to sew when I was very young and I have always enjoyed it, though I have only been quilting for about 5 years. I was among friends one day when we were all discussing our first sewing machines. I related that my mother's Brother was MY first, and everyone roared. Of course, I meant her Brother sewing machine! I have had 4 Berninas, most recently trading up my 1231 for my 830 which I have been too sick to take classes on (I was offered a great deal on a store model by the store owner who was relocating and couldn't pass it up). Like Karen, I LOVE my 440 QE which purrs ever so quietly, but got my 830 for the bigger area for quilting and thought I would enjoy dabbling in machine embroidery, not to mention that it has Diane Gadinski's quilting programs built in! I take my 240 to classes to keep from dropping my 440 QE a second time! Jen, if you ever need to find a new home for your little pink Featherweight, or know of another for sale, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE contact me! (I would name her Gayle for my friend!) I love that you have created a blog and have always loved your girly girly fabrics and patterns!

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  33. What a cute machine! I've been tempted to buy a featherweight, especially for taking to classes. What I have now is a Bernina 153, the Alex Anderson model. I figured it was the right one, since she's the reason I started quilting. I watched Simply Quilts for a long time before I got the nerve to start making quilts in 1998. My previous machine was a Viking 950, one of the first computerized machines they built. I loved it for the ease of threading, the fact that I never had to oil it, and it never jammed on me. But it had a tendency to run on when I lifted my foot off the pedal. That wasn't a good thing for quilting!

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  34. Oooh, love that pink. I learned to sew on my mother's Singer treadle machine, then graduated to a Bernina when I married and needed to have my own machine. After 37 years of wonderful service, it was almost worn out, and not sewing all that well. I have kept it for an emergency and now I have a Bernina Aurora 440 which will probably wear out a lot quicker seeing I am now retired and have lots of time to sew!

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  35. Your pink machine is gorgeous. It's funny, but actually I got my first sewingmachine just yesterday, a Husquarna Viking vintage machine from my mom and as a matter of fact I just made my first ever sewingproject yesterday and I think I am hooked!

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  36. I love my Bernina- I think it's a 220. It's very reliable! I also have a really cute seafoam green Hello Kitty Janome for my kids to use and when I need to take a machine somewhere. The Bernina doesn't leave home!

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  37. Well, I NEED a featherweight. Right now my Janome Memory Craft 9700 is broken AGAIN, so I am sewing on my moms little Janome and my daughter's even littler Hello Kitty Janome. I have an ancient and much loved Bernina 910 as well, but she is rather worn out and just can't seem to be repaired any more. But I love her and can't part with her, so I keep her around for company.

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  38. Hi there! Strawberry Shortcake is so cute! I started off at the age of 8 sewing on my mom's Singer which was given to her by her grandmother. Sadly, a bad repair shop pretty much ruined it, so she bought a Bernina Quilter's Edition (the BQE) which is now in my home and is the machine that I use most often. I also have a Kenmore that my parents bought for me prior to being handed down the BQE. I was lucky to inherit it when my mother bought the new Bernina that embroiders and handles long-arm quilting (she is very lucky as well to be able to buy such a great machine). My BQE has helped me make lots of beautifully pieced, appliqued, and machine-quilted quilts and other items. I use the Kenmore more for straight stitching. Now if only I had more time for sewing...

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  39. Pink?! That's adorable. I had always used my great-grandmother's Featherweight to sew on but it's in need of a little work right now. So, I use my 50th birthday present from my husband to piece my quilts- a BabyLock Decorator's Choice machine. I love it to bits but it does not have the same charm as my Featherweight. :)

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  40. I began using Viking sewing machines in high school home ec classes and have been a loyal fan ever since (many many moons and stitches ago.) I am very intrigued with the featherweights though since they seem to be the Dream Machine for many quilters.

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  41. your pink princess is very cute! I have sewn for 40 years and owned used machines for all those years, everything from Singer, Viking, Elna, Brother, and who-knows-what, and finally a few years ago invested in a Bernina 440QE. The best thing about Bernina is all the free classes offered! I traded that in for the 630 because I became so intrigued with machine embroidery, and was hooked! That's the machien I take to all my classes, and now, I am blessed to have a Bernina 830 but it doesn't leave home. I love the dual-feed quarter inch foot for piecing and the Bernina Stitch Regulator foot is sweet to use for free-motion quilting. Some engineer's brainchild of understanding what we quilters really needed, for sure. Sometimes they get it right!

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  42. I have a Janome 6600 which I absolutely adore! I am also incredibly lucky to have a longarm (APQS Millennium) which is not as friendly as the Janome :)

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  43. Enjoy your website and blog. No specific name for my machines. However, I can honestly say that at times of trial a few "choice" ones may have been given.

    Thanks for sharing your Pink beauty with us.

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  44. Pretty in Pink, how cool... I would have a red machine if I had the chance. I have a 1942 featherweight that is named Jo. She has only one other owner and Jo carved her name in the bottom of the machine...

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  45. What a pretty featherweight! I have a 1934 FW that's in great condition. I love to sew on her (she's sadly no-named!) and she's made many a trip with me to classes. I also have a Janome 6600 and a Janome Gem Platinum. Love them too but if the house is on fire, the FW is what I'm toting out!!

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  46. My favorite sewing machine is the one I have now. My Bernina 440 QE. My husband bought it for our anniversary a couple of years back after some not so subtle hints! He is a great man and would do just about anything for him family so it makes me smile every time I use it.

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  47. She is beautiful. Pink is the BEST color. I have an Elnita 230, but am looking to purchase a Bernina in the near future. Still will not give up the Elnita as it is a good trusty machine. Thanks for all the great fabrics you choose as well as the patterns and your great staff. They are always wonderful!

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  48. I love your pink Feather Weight! It's just like Anne Sutton's! The one I use and love is my old 1970 Singer Touch n Sew. Still runs like a top, and whenever I bring it in for a tune-up, he says, "they don't make them like this anymore"...I know he's right! But the one I love most is my mom's old Singer treadle, which I proudly display in the family room. I'm quite sure that with a new belt, it still works. I have memories of sitting at mom's feet watching her work that treadle as she sewed dresses for my sister and me. I learned to sew on that machine as soon as I was big enough to reach the pedal :-)

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  49. I have been using my Viking 1+ pretty regularly until I won an Elna Embroidery machine for an online quilt contest put on by AQS. No that is my new best machine, but I have kept them both. How can you give up two favorites.

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  50. Hi Jennifer,
    What a fun sewing machine you have. I have a featherweight, too, but it's black. My main machine is a Bernina I've been sewing on for 9 years. I love it!
    Kimber

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  51. My mother and I use the same sewing machine that was my sister's. She purchased the Singer in 1971 before she was killed in an accident, so it has much sentimental value to us. It's used a lot and sometimes gives us fits. Yet, it outlasted my "newer" Singer. My mother wants a Feather Weight.

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  52. I love your pink sewing machine, so cute. I have two machines both Janome. My full size Janome 6600, I love it, it works great for quilting. My other machine is a Janome Anniversary edition 12 pound machine which I used when my other machine was in the shop. I would love to find a Featherweight someday.

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  53. I love my Elna Quilter's Dream. Great for all my quilting needs! I do have a Featherweight, but haven't used it as of yet.

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  54. I love your pink featherweight. I have a black featherweight that I bought 20 years or so ago for a $100. My husband argued with me over buying it with all attachments for that much and said I only bought it because it was cute. Glad I did it anyway. Love it and love the round end buttonholes it makes with the attachment. I also sewed for many years on an Elna..now dead. Then I used my mother in law's Bernina 830 and then went on to buy a Bernina 1630. The 1630 is the one I sew on most of the time. As a retired home ec. teacher, I have helped purchase over 25 Berninas over the years for the classroom and myself. Bernina has the most forgiving sergers to be used by several people and keep it threaded too. Thanks for a chance to win a gift certificate.

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  55. I have an Elna Quilter's Dream and she sews like a dream, but...I also have 2 Featherweights and I really prefer to sew with those. I sew on one, clean the other and sew on. Both are black, one has the striated plate and the other a scroll work plate.

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  56. I have three 30ish years old Elna SU machines. One was my mom's, one was from a pawn shop, and one was from EBAY. I love them. I use them for all my sewing and quilting. They are not fancy. I have really had to learn how to time the free motion rhythm. I'm teaching my 10 year old to sew on them because they are simple sturdy machines.

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  57. I don't have a picture of her, but i have a Brother Innovis 2800d. Her name is Maude, after my great grandmother. I would spend all my time in my sewing room with Maude if I could. I also have 2 other machines, but haven't used either one since I bought Maude. I heart Maude.

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  58. Well, I have 4 sewing machines. Two are children's sewing machines, one was mine when I was a child and the other is a sweet little pink one I picked up for a few dollars. My favorite would probably be my 1923 Singer, but the one I use is my newest one, a babylock xscape.
    I haven't figured out flicker yet, but the little pink one was posted on my blog a few months ago. The photo looks similar to yours :-)
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  59. I love my Pfaff 1222E I bought when I was in college. I wore it out. I bought another and it doesn't embroidery and has even more fancy stuff on it. But I love my other one the best. I wish they still made parts for it. I was given a Featherweight, but I haven't used it yet. It hasn't been used in 40 years.

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  60. Duh. I meant to say it DOES embroidery. I'm up too late!

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  61. This is so fun hearing about all these amazing machines and how so many of you learned to sew. So far I believe grandmothers are in the lead for mentoring us into sewing/quilting! Keep the posting coming, this is great! I love you all! Jen

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  62. I love your machine. I use my Viking Love; only machine I have. I had an older one but gave it to Goodwill. I also have a singer but need repair. All sew nicely.
    Nancy in IN

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  63. I sew on my 15 year old Bernina 1630. I would love a new machine but this one still sews great so I guess I'll keep it till it stops.

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  64. To the Debra, looking for a 221-222 pink machine...I know how you can get one...connect with me..madamesamm@cogeco.ca

    ps./ the one with the pink and black kitchen...

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  65. I have a featherweight which I love, but it is black. I also, love my Bernina. Love the pink featherweight.

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  66. You certainly have the cutest sewing machine I've seen. There are four sewing machines in my home. My grandmother's Singer peddle that we kids used to play with when we visited her, my mother's White, my first sewing machine, also a White, and my Kenmore, the one I use now. I won't get rid of any of them. When I first learned to sew I used my mother's, then bought my own machine, a big deal to me.

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  67. im pink with envy. I have never seen a pink sewing maching. I am sewing on a Bernina 910
    I have had this machine 25 years and she is my one and only. No sweet story to tell about her. She came from the store. I had been sewing on a kenmore that my mom gave me and I wanted to get a good sewing machine so I convinced my husband to let me buy one. I am not head over heals in love with her but she has sewn many a mile for me. Enjoyed reading about the machines of others....Now I have a list of some i want to check out. I am new to your site. Thank you for a chance to win something special

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  68. Mine aren't as cute as yours, but I love them both. I have a Kenmore portable that I got in the '70's as a teenager, and a couple of years ago added a Babylock that's been great.

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  69. What a gorgeous machine!
    I have 2 machines, a Janome BabyLock and Kenmore SensorSew70. They're both around 20 years old, and so reliable. Never given me any trouble.
    :o)
    pippirose59@gmail.com

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  70. I love your little pink Featherweight and am especially attracted to its name as my girls used to play with Strawberry Shortcake dolls way back when. I, too, have a sewing and sewing machine addiction. They range in age with two treadle machines as the oldest, a Singer I got for high school graduation in 1969, a Viking I bought in 1977, a White serger in 1986, a Juki about 7 years ago, and Viking Sapphire 850 2 years ago. I enjoy them all for different reasons. I too, love Shabby Fabrics and have ordered from you many times. Am ALWAYS completely satisfied!

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  71. Love that pink machine! I use a Viking Husqvarna Scandanvia and I just love it. I am not a quilter, but a textile/mixed media artist so this machine was perfect for me. Prior to that I had a Wards brand metal machine, I sewed on that for 25 years until it died.

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  72. Jennifer, I just can't compete with your machine for cuteness -- once again it's been proven that things from a byegone era have so much more character. I LOVE my Bernina 440, and have created some lovely quits with it, but esthetically, it's no match!

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  73. I sew on a Singer that I purchased as a teenager. I learned to sew on my Mother's knee...literally. She had a Singer machine that sat in a cabinet with a knee pedal attachment. When you put the foot pedal into its designated cabinet spot, you could use your knee to operate the machine. When I was a preschooler, my Mother let me sit on her lap while she and I sewed...her pushing the knee pedal and me guiding the fabric under the presser foot, with her help, of course. As an adolescent, my parents bought me a basic Singer machine. Then, when I became a teenager, I desperately wanted an upgraded machine with an easy buttonholer and stretch stitching. I worked many babysitting jobs and saved every penny until I had enough to get that machine. To this day, I still love the machine that has sewn many creations...including my wedding gown! : )

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  74. OMG I love this little pink adorable beauty - Strawberry Shortcake is the most perfect name.
    My machine is new and now nearly as adorable:)

    Valerie
    http://www.PastimesOnline.ca/Vals-Quilting/

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  75. I have several vintage machines, many belonging to my grandmother and great-mothers. I have some in really bad shape. How did you restore yours and what did you paint it with?

    http://www.pineysneedle.com/

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