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How many sewing machines do you own?

Sewing machines, embroidery machines, and sergers are just a few of the pieces equipment found in a sewing room Would you say you are a collector of sewing machines, or do you have one machine that is perfect for any project.

Share how many sewing machines you own in the comments. 

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Comments (38)

copywriterMT copywriterMT writes: I have a Brother electronic machine with some nice decorative stitches, but very lightweight. A Singer four thread serger which I don't use enough. A heavy duty 'classroom-style' machine that would sew just about anything. And my latest acquisition, a Singer 301A that I am just crazy about. The most beautiful straight stich and about a dozen 'rube goldberg' style attachments. I had a Singer treadle at one time and have kicked myself (Hard!) for giving it up - I'll find another sometime. It was the best topstitiching machine I've ever seen... just the most beautiful straight stitch.
Posted: 2:40 pm on March 18th

Sewing2enjoying Sewing2enjoying writes: I have four machines, two old singers, one a portable and one a desk-type, both from the 50s and real workhorses with no special features. I also have a fairly new Kenmore which is my mainstay and it is great except for really bulky seams of denim, etc. My love is the Pfaff serger. It is absolutely magical and I love it! The desk-type Singer was my mom's and it has so much history that I don't know how to ever part with it. After my dad and we three kids, it was her life. She was terrific and sewed for everyone - wedding dresses, formal dresses, school clothes, everything but shoes.
Posted: 11:22 pm on March 17th

schmatta schmatta writes: My Bernina 930, which I've had for 20-25 years, is still my dream machine. Strange, isn't it, not to lust after another? I do have a computerized Husqvarna Viking, but I use it to lend out. My mom has three, though, and she doesn't even sew anymore.
Posted: 6:36 pm on March 17th

JLDay JLDay writes: I have three sewing machines and one serger. I have the Elna Xquisit II, my old Elna Supermatic that I received for my graduation gift in 1965 and my mother's Singer Featherlight that I inherited. My serger is the Elna 845. I just purchased it last fall. I tryly love all my Elna machines. I have not used the Singer very much but I love it's history.
Posted: 12:33 am on March 17th

zetta_sews zetta_sews writes: I have the Husqvarna Viking #1, Designer SE and Designer Diamond, and also the 910 and 936 Sergers. I still have the first sewing machine, a Singer Genie, 3/4 head. I also have the toy sewing machine and its box from childhood.
Posted: 11:22 pm on March 16th

magnoliarose magnoliarose writes: Currently own about 17 or 18 machines. Most of which are fully functional. I use my Brother and my Singers 301A and Featherweight to quilt and sew. I have my grandmother's old black Singer in a cabinet. I believe it dates from the 40's. I also have two 601's, one my mother's old machine and one I bought from an Alzheimer's patient with kids who have no interest in sewing. I have one from 1890's that is a hand crank and another tabletop machine from the 20's with all the Egyptian scrolling on it. I so love the old machines and am trying to instill my art into my one niece and all the niecelets.
Jo
Posted: 7:40 pm on March 16th

Francesca94402 Francesca94402 writes: This household of two owns five machines. One inoperable (White circa 1905) that belonged to my great grandmother is displayed in the front hall. My fiance has two machines of the forties or fifties, one in a cabinet. I have a Singer from the late sixties and my pride and joy, a Featherweight 1953 (my birth year). All these are in the dedicated sewing room. I take classes at the community college in fashion design to up my skills - they had a fabulous historical costume workshop where I completed my Civil War ensemble. I have yet to tackle draping and tailoring. My fiance does a credible job of fitting himself and grading up patterns for his super-size body. We look forward to creating distinctive wedding wear. The perfect wedding gift would be a serger or an electronic sewing machine!
Posted: 7:23 pm on March 16th

magnoliarose magnoliarose writes: Currently own about 17 or 18 machines. Most of which are fully functional. I use my Brother and my Singers 301A and Featherweight to quilt and sew. I have my grandmother's old black Singer in a cabinet. I believe it dates from the 40's. I also have two 601's, one my mother's old machine and one I bought from an Alzheimer's patient with kids who have no interest in sewing. I have one from 1890's that is a hand crank and another tabletop machine from the 20's with all the Egyptian scrolling on it. I so love the old machines and am trying to instill my art into my one niece and all the niecelets.
Jo
Posted: 7:14 pm on March 16th

magnoliarose magnoliarose writes: Currently own about 17 or 18 machines. Most of which are fully functional. I use my Brother and my Singers 301A and Featherweight to quilt and sew. I have my grandmother's old black Singer in a cabinet. I believe it dates from the 40's. I also have two 601's, one my mother's old machine and one I bought from an Alzheimer's patient with kids who have no interest in sewing. I have one from 1890's that is a hand crank and another tabletop machine from the 20's with all the Egyptian scrolling on it. I so love the old machines and am trying to instill my art into my one niece and all the niecelets.
Jo
Posted: 7:11 pm on March 16th

magnoliarose magnoliarose writes: Currently own about 17 or 18 machines. Most of which are fully functional. I use my Brother and my Singers 301A and Featherweight to quilt and sew. I have my grandmother's old black Singer in a cabinet. I believe it dates from the 40's. I also have two 601's, one my mother's old machine and one I bought from an Alzheimer's patient with kids who have no interest in sewing. I have one from 1890's that is a hand crank and another tabletop machine from the 20's with all the Egyptian scrolling on it. I so love the old machines and am trying to instill my art into my one niece and all the niecelets.
Jo
Posted: 7:10 pm on March 16th

magnoliarose magnoliarose writes: Currently own about 17 or 18 machines. Most of which are fully functional. I use my Brother and my Singers 301A and Featherweight to quilt and sew. I have my grandmother's old black Singer in a cabinet. I believe it dates from the 40's. I also have two 601's, one my mother's old machine and one I bought from an Alzheimer's patient with kids who have no interest in sewing. I have one from 1890's that is a hand crank and another tabletop machine from the 20's with all the Egyptian scrolling on it. I so love the old machines and am trying to instill my art into my one niece and all the niecelets.
Jo
Posted: 7:10 pm on March 16th

magnoliarose magnoliarose writes: Currently own about 17 or 18 machines. Most of which are fully functional. I use my Brother and my Singers 301A and Featherweight to quilt and sew. I have my grandmother's old black Singer in a cabinet. I believe it dates from the 40's. I also have two 601's, one my mother's old machine and one I bought from an Alzheimer's patient with kids who have no interest in sewing. I have one from 1890's that is a hand crank and another tabletop machine from the 20's with all the Egyptian scrolling on it. I so love the old machines and am trying to instill my art into my one niece and all the niecelets.
Jo
Posted: 7:10 pm on March 16th

Kitist01 Kitist01 writes: Seven total, but two of them are non-functioning Singer 99s without cases of cabinets.
Three are not used, the Kenmore, the industrial Elna, and a Singer portable.
I make kites with the other two, a Pfaff 2030 and a Featherweight. We make the kites out of rip-stop nylon and it is so slick that the Pfaff's "walking foot" (IDT) comes in very handy. I take both machines to kite workshops but usually use the Featherweight because it works well and annoys some of the "My machine is better than your machine" crowd.
Posted: 3:29 pm on March 16th

smallchangepurses smallchangepurses writes: I have a 930 Bernina, a workhorse of a machine, a Bernina serger, and a wonderful 1974 Singer...will sew concrete!

My husband was given a Featherlite by one of his home health
patients. It makes beautiful straight stitches.

I even have my very first sewing machine from my childhood,
a Singer Sewhandy.

My grandmother shared her love of sewing with me and I think of her each time I begin to sew.




Posted: 3:04 pm on March 16th

smallchangepurses smallchangepurses writes: I have a 930 Bernina, a workhorse of a machine, a Bernina serger, and a wonderful 1974 Singer...will sew concrete!

My husband was given a Featherlite by one of his home health
patients. It makes beautiful straight stitches.

I even have my very first sewing machine from my childhood,
a Singer Sewhandy.

My grandmother shared her love of sewing with me and I think of her each time I begin to sew.




Posted: 3:03 pm on March 16th

samlilypepper samlilypepper writes: I have an old Kenmore - top of the line in 1974 - which was the first thing I purchased when I moved out on my own. For some reason it won't sew ultra suede. I tried changing needles and tension but it just constantly skips stitches. So in total frustration, last year I bought an electronic Singer - not the top of the line - and I am totally enjoying it. I don't have a serger, or a Pfaff, or any other expensive machine, and I seem to be getting by just fine.
Posted: 12:42 pm on March 16th

emmyt emmyt writes: I currently have 3 machines at home. I gave my 40 year old Elna to my daughter which still works great. I gave my mothers old Kenmore to my daughter-in-law. My machines I use every day are a Viking Designer Diamond which I purchased a little over a year ago and love it. I kept my Viking Designer SE when I bought the Diamond because I wanted 2 machines. There are days I am emboidering on both machines, it's great. I also have a Viking serger Huskylock 936. There are days I have all three of them going at the same time. So you can see sewing is my passion. I can't compete with some of these other ladies, but maybe if I had the room I would have more too. I know I would have a treadle machine, that is what I taught myself to sew on many many years ago. Great to read all these comments.
Posted: 11:10 am on March 16th

Nashrunner Nashrunner writes: I am up to 5 machines now. I have a Singer mechanical, treddle machine which belonged to a great aunt, still in working condition, straight stitch, no backstitching. Another Singer electric machine from my grandmother in a cabinet. This machine is a hearty soul and great for hemming heavy denim and such. I have a could of Singer portables, one currently not working so well. My "machine of choice" at present is a Husqvarna Viking Designer SE. This machine sometimes seems smarter than I am and will sew through practially anything. I really like the embroidery features although I don't think I use them to their full advantage. I am fortunate to have a variety of machines to use for just about anything I need.
Posted: 8:42 am on March 16th

irishjan irishjan writes: well, now that you asked... I have 1 elvolve serger, that I am now learning to use, 1Pfaff 7570 that I just love , 1 Pfaff 7040 embroidery machine that I use a lot, 1 embellisher that I just received and need to learn how to use, and 1 old kenmore from1963 - can't part with my first machine ever, and 2 coffin singer machines and 2 small antique small machiine - Singers for children and 1 small Singer that I use - I like it because it is lightweight and travels easy. Let'see that makes 8 BUT my dream is to have a Featherlite - maybe some day.. sewing is my passion, just wish I had the time to use ALL of them.
Posted: 6:47 am on March 16th

deemail deemail writes: I have officially become addicted...I just received my 21st machine this weekend when one of step-sisters passed along my mother's Featherweight. I have 3 other Featherweights, (1 beige, and now 3 black), 1 Featherlite, 1 Babylock 3-thread serger, 1 Elna 4-thread serger, 2 White cabinet model converted treadles with the big wheels, that almost match, (so I use them for bedside tables in my bedroom), 1 Singer 99, 2 Singer treadles, (1 from the 1860s, one from the 1890s), 4 wooden coffin tops, (my favorite is the knee control portable), a Pfaff 1450, a New Home from 1964 (my high school graduation gift given in April before I graduated so I could make my prom dress on it), my mother's 80 year old toy Singer, that actually sews, a Kenmore metal portable model in which the cover becomes the worktable, 2 Singer utility machines from the 70s, 1 Nolting 24" Longarm, right down to my father's hand-operated mending awl from his Navy service...I'm sure there are a couple I forgot so that makes more than 21...they're apparently multiplying on their own. Some were gifts, some were purchased, I traded in only one machine in my life, my Pfaff 1222 which I had simply worn out and could not use any more. All the machines, except the Featherlite, work and each get 'exercised' regularly, (there's nothing better for mending jeans like a well-oiled treadle), I love to quilt on the treadles and the Featherweights because the straight stitch machines make the prettiest stitches. General dressmaking is all for the Pfaff, I love it's speed and flexibility and quiet voice. The 3-thread serger is for overcasting, the 4-thread serger is gaining on construction and quilting as I learn more, and the New Home is set up in the corner just for hemming. Others just get hauled out, cleaned, oiled and sewn on just to keep them going. And my baby, Miss Kitty, (she was used and came from Dodge City), the Nolting Longarm (TV reference for all those old enough to remember Gunsmoke)...I use her three or four days a week and love every minute of time I spend on her. I bought her 4 years ago and she was 9 then...a teenager now, but pretty well behaved and can do anything I can imagine. They are tools, furniture, decorator items, even paperweights, and I love them all (well, to be honest, those 70s plastic utility machines are pretty awful) but the best part of the antiques for me is imagining what all the women before me sewed for themselves and their families on them. And, in turn, I can imagine their next owners as they enjoy thinking about what all of us did before them. It's not a contest, we all love each of our machines.
Posted: 2:35 am on March 16th

photodiva photodiva writes: lessee, i have a singer three thread serger i bought when i was working for them. i have a 32 year old kenmore that sews like twelve different stitches and great buttonholes. a new brother embroidery machine that i haven't really put through the paces. but my fave machine is my grandmother's featherlite. i goes forward and backward and some other things (it has a ruffler!) it's older than i am and works fabulously.
Posted: 10:51 pm on March 15th

debio debio writes: Well I don't consider myself a collector, yet here I have 5. Crazy! I have my new Janome, my huskylock serger, my kenmore that I got from my mom when I got married, and an old singer treadle. I gave my moms old machine (new home) to my daughter in law.
Posted: 10:18 pm on March 15th

sewquilter sewquilter writes: I own one sewing mechanical Elna machine, one Elna Xquisit II sewing/embroidery machine, and an Elna serger. They all get work on. The mechanical Elna machine is great for going to sewing classes. I just pick it up and it goes with me. The Elna Xquisit II machine does excellent embroidery and sewing a straight stitch.
Posted: 9:57 pm on March 15th

hoodwinked hoodwinked writes: I did own 5 machines but I gave one to my granddaughter last summer after teaching her to sew. I have a Singer XL5000 embroidery machine, a Singer 14T948DS Differential feed serger, I have a small Brother machine that I use for small jobs when I don't want to get the larger machines out and I have a JC Penny's portable machine that I cannot find the power cord for. I used to do alterations but I am retired now and only sew for family and friends.I love to sew but my back will not allow me to sit at the machines for long at a time and I no longer have my shop so my space for sewing is now limited to my son's dining room.
Posted: 9:38 pm on March 15th

sunshinegal sunshinegal writes: I have 4 sewing machines at home and 2 that I have given to my daughter. I have a Bernina 1530, a Bernette (a stand alone embroidery machine with a 4" field), a Bernina serger, and a small Jenome JEM to take to quilting classes. The 4" embroidery field has made me hungry for an embroidery machine with a larger sewing field. I love my 1530 and have no plans to replace it as it does everything I want it to. My daughter has a 930 Bernina that used to be mine and an industiral machine that also used to be mine. Now that I am a senior and my hands are getting arthritic, my sewing is slowly dwindling. But I still love it. JudyM
Posted: 9:37 pm on March 15th

sewmate sewmate writes: My machines are an industrial straight stitch, industrial hemming machine, a Pfaff 7570, Brother Ult2001, Brother Inn-ovisD. My sergers are a very old Singer (3 thread), Pfaff Hobbylock (5 thread) and an Elna Coverlock. I added a Gammil longarm quilting machine a few years ago.

About 10 years ago we had our house built after we retired. It came with a 4 car attached garage. I had them finish it as a sewing room with windows instead of garage doors plus extra outlets all around the room above table height so I don't have to crouch on the floor to plug and unplug.

Depending on my mood or what I'm making, garments,home dec, embroidery or quilts, all the machines get used frequently.
Posted: 8:57 pm on March 15th

mayondair mayondair writes: I have my grandmothers treadle, a sewhandy my mother bought for me in the 50's a centenial featherweight, (year of my birth), my mother in laws featherweight, an embroidery machine, and a serger., I use and love them all , a machine for every mood and project.
Posted: 8:50 pm on March 15th

sewmate sewmate writes: I have 5 sewing machines,3 sergers and 1 longarm quilting machine.
Posted: 8:45 pm on March 15th

WomanOfTheCloth WomanOfTheCloth writes: I have six machines. I have a Babylock Ellure, an antique Japanese machine I am considering selling called a "Sew Best". I have an inexpensive Brother, a Janome felter, a new portable industrial called a Morse. I also have a Babylock serger.
I love the Sew Best, which has a 1.5 amp engine, but want to downsize and buy some embroidery software.
I love my machines.
In my genealogy I found I am descended from a male whose family attended the Merchant Taylor's School in London, and another woman who made an exceptional quilt. So, it is in my blood. Therefore, no need to apologize.... :)
Posted: 8:31 pm on March 15th

QCD QCD writes: I have a sewing machine, an embroidery machine, a serger and a felting machine. I've had 3 of them going at once at times. Sewing and serging on one project while the embroidery machine is doing it's thing.
Posted: 8:02 pm on March 15th

Barbarablooming Barbarablooming writes: I guess I own four. A serger and a regular machine for each of my two homes, one set in Florida and one set in Ohio where I spend summers. Although, in Florida is my supreme Bernina embroidery and Husqvarna serger, the ones in Ohio are not as "supreme". That way I can sew either place, anytime, and take them on road trips from either place. I'm always on the move!!
Posted: 7:45 pm on March 15th

sandydandy sandydandy writes: Eight sewing machine and one serger. Three of my machines were bought at Goodwill. I had to clean them and oil them. I like to sew on the vintage machines.The electronic machine I am not crazy about. You can't use it to sew clothes on. It is great for embellishment work and that is what I use it for.Everybody keeps saying another sewing machine.I thread them up with different colores of thread and do different things on the different machines. I have a ball.


Posted: 7:24 pm on March 15th

bubbie bubbie writes: I have a Pfaff, a Babylock embroidery sewing machine, a Brother embroidery sewing machine, an old singer, a merrow industrial serger, Pfaff industrial straight stitch,indusgtrial and portable blind hemmer, Janome portrable serger, 2 treadle machines, and one machine in a table.
Love my machines, and don't want to part with them.
Posted: 7:24 pm on March 15th

greatgrammy greatgrammy writes: I have 3 sewing machines an Elna, a Pfaff, and an old Singer, which does a great job whenever I'm sewing on leather. I also have a serger, and an Elna embroidery machine. I also have a weaving loom, which needs some work to make it ready for use.
Posted: 7:23 pm on March 15th

ncquilter ncquilter writes: I have a Pfaff 1473, Bernina 1130, Babylock Quest, Singer 301, Singer Featherweight, Janome Gem Gold, Janome 300E, 2 sergers, Janome Cover Pro, 2 treadles, 1 handcrank, 1 old black Singer, a Toyota knitting machine, Elna press, wheee!
Luckily, I am retired and have time to play in my sewing studio. Enjoy the American Sewing Guild and quilt guild meetings.
Posted: 7:11 pm on March 15th

sews24seven sews24seven writes: Well let me see! I have 3 New Home 8000's..they keep getting passed on to me because my friends know how much I love them for my Free-Motion Embroidery!!! 1 Evolve Baby Lock serger...barely used! 1 Baby Lock Sashiko machine..fun..fun..fun! 1 Janome Platinum Jem..because I am getting old and it isn't heavy to take to class and last but not least the Singer Featherweight..which I just bought everything necessary to try free-motion on it! Sew Happy!
Posted: 6:39 pm on March 15th

JulieMacd JulieMacd writes: I have a Bernina I love it's a 1030 I think and I have had it for about 20 years. I have always wanted a Singer treadle and late last year I bought a 1916 model in an auction. It was in a sad state and my husband has lovingly restored it, the woodwork is now like new and he even had the metal base powder coated, (costing twice what the machine cost). Then my brother produced a 1950 Singer electric sewing machine from his garage and that has now been restored. Both the Singers sew a wonderful straight seam and I plan to make clothes for an couple of antique dolls I have on the treadle. I also have a Babylock serger I wouldn't be without.
Posted: 6:36 pm on March 15th

Dcarveth Dcarveth writes: I have one serger which is fun but not the mainstay, a pfaff, and an older Singer (mother-in-law's) that I use for denim and other thick projects. So, three. That seems sufficient...
Posted: 6:26 pm on March 15th

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