Re: "New" sewing machine
- From: Kate XXXXXX <kate@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2010 10:32:43 +0100
On 11/09/2010 08:05, BEI Design wrote:
I'm down to 25 to 30 (not counting, nope, not gonna do
it) and I don't understand anyone who gets rid of a
solid, old, reliable, all-metal machine just because they
got a new machine. The new
plastic-fantastic machine will be in the shop from time
to time, for repairs and replacement of parts. The old
reliable can fill in,
perhaps even capture your heart. For a while, I had each
and accessible, with a different color thread on each
machine. Mending, patching, repairs were a snap -- just
go to the machine with that color thread. It was a good
Would you try to cook with one pan? Why try to sew with
Yup! When I got the Singer Quantum XL5000 embroidery/sewing
machine, I knew I would not be using it for garment sewing,
it's permanently set up in its own room (with a dedicated
computer) for embroidery only.
I have three trusty 401As for real sewing and I often have
them threaded with different colors for a project. Like
periwinkle for DGD's flower girl dress, white for the multi
layer petticoat under it plus the DD's bridal gown, and
purple for the adult attendants gowns. I also have two
sergers (three if you count the one on permanent loan to
DD), and a coverstitch. I thought the Huskylock 936 serger
would save having to thread up my overstitch machine, and
save having to buy 6-8 cones of thread, but I find the
conversion so cumbersome, I just try to keep all coverstitch
jobs for the end of a project, whip the cones off the serger
and thread up the coverstitch. I keep my DMIL's Singer 500A
"Rocketeer" for sentimental reasons.
I also have four irons (including two "travel irons" I use
in the embroidery room), a Simplicity Press, and a Jiffy
And at least 5 pairs of 8" shears, 6 or 7 four inch
scissors, and three sets of pinking shears.
Five Littauer scissors (for clipping embroidery threads and
unpicking seams), and several forcep clamps for gripping the
Several hundred patterns, yards and yards of fabric, several
bolts of interfacing, and a partridge in a pear tree...
At the moment I have one sewing machine out on loan, three 'permanently' set up on the benches, two sergers set up, and Lily waiting for her service...
Yesterday I had one machine set up for sewing the silk with silk thread, and one with the poly for the lining... The lining machine did not want to sew he poly fabric! It would sew the SILK fabric with the poly or the silk thread, biut not the poly fabric. It was great to have a few spares to swap oiut with to get the combination I needed! :D
Later today I shall have one set of machines set up in red silk, red poly and a serger in red for rolling hems on organza for the bride, and another set up the same in brown for the bridesmaids. I'll look a bit like a factory! Never mind, it's only for another week or so.
Kate XXXXXX R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
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