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Do You Have a Sewing Machine?

Watching Project Runway every week gives me the itch to pull out my own sewing machine, no matter how dusty it is! I'm getting inspiration from the show and from the geeky crafts I'm constantly seeing.

I've also noticed an influx lately of new sewing machines that are simpler, with big graphic buttons (dare I say more Apple-like?) — my own is a Singer, and I truly believe that I was as willing to tackle learning how to use my sewing machine because of my tech-savviness. I'm no stranger to manuals and complicated inputs, and when something breaks, I don't fear opening up my machine and going to town.

My hope is that the predicted home sewing revolution (prediction: Mine) comes about partly because of Project Runway, and partly because a generation of geeky girls is not afraid to buy and learn a foreign piece of machinery.

So tell me, do you have your own sewing machine?

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hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
Technically I have one, but it's about 90 years old so I don't use it. Strictly decorative. I really wish I had one though. I used to have a cheap one, but it broke after only one big project, a seat cover. I have a dozen things I'd love to make.
MandyPinecone MandyPinecone 9 years
I don't have one, but really want one i was looking online for one earlier today.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I have one but I can't use it. :/ Not properly. I can never thread the thing!!
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
Yes and I use it often! I use sewing as a mode of relaxation and a second business!
kaykayelle kaykayelle 9 years
I got a sewing machine for Christmas a few years ago. Me and clothing don't mix too well- a make a lot of mistakes (the seamripper and me are old pals) and am really sloppy when I sew, but I like making things of the purse variety. I've made a purse, two swingbags, and a laptop case. I'm sure Project Runway has a lot to do with a "sewing revolution". I learned to sew in 10th grade in a class called Clothing and Design. I haven't sewn in a while, I altered a bathing suit strap that I got back in June, but I really like to sew. I wish I had space to keep my machine out so I could do it more. When I'm rich and famous, my house is going to have a craft room.
thelorax thelorax 9 years
I do have a beautiful antique Singer from the 1950's...but it needs a lot of work before I can use it. I need to do some research on that one!
looseseal looseseal 9 years
Thanks, geeksugar, I've been trying the tension knob, but it tightens up by itself after a while of sewing no matter how I turn it. It's weird. Maybe it needs some WD40. 'Cause everything can be fixed with either duct tape or WD40... XD
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
I ran my first one into the ground and am onto my second one. I'd love to get a quilting machine to go along with it. :)
Jainatina Jainatina 9 years
I started to sew crazy fleece hats regularly with my mom's sewing machine last year. She got so tired of me borrowing it that I received my very own for Christmas! I've kept it very busy making hats to sell at a few local events and conventions since then. It is one of my favorite gifts of all times right next to my Nintendo DS. :)
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 9 years
My family used to have a sewing machine, but it was really, really old. I think my cousin has one now and my mom and aunts and grandmother just sew. I would get one, but I think I would accidentally sew my fingers together.
itsme3683 itsme3683 9 years
I'm no expert with one, but I have one. I also have a surger, which I LOVE. I haven't used them in a while, last time was to make cushion covers for my new place a few months ago. I should whip it out, but I don't know what to make.
girlwparasol girlwparasol 9 years
my mother had an antique singer when i was growing up (the kind that wasn't electric, but used the manual foot pedal). we also had an electric kenmore, which i still have and love. ...i was so upset when she sold the singer, though. you could sew AND get exercise while doing it!
Silliness79 Silliness79 9 years
I have one but have no idea how to use it. I've tried a few times and every time I try, I end up frustrated and angry. It's been in the garage for a while now :)
magickalrealism magickalrealism 9 years
My mother was a sewing machine saleswoman. Ending up with a sewing machine is unavoidable with her. Sewing talent, however, did not come as she had expected.
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 9 years
I own a used Singer sewing machine... Most are so expensive now, but luckily I found one that is effective and cheap..
aragornrain aragornrain 9 years
I have one for hemming pants. They always make pants way too long for me.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 9 years
I have 2. I love to sew, but I haven't had time in the last year.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
I have a kind of crappy Singer that I got for Christmas to learn. It's ok, but when I get better, I really want a fancy, high tech Bernina,
kathili kathili 9 years
I definitely went through a "sew my own clothes" phase in middle school, but I never thought it might be related to a tech interest
Tech Tech 9 years
looseseal--it sounds like your tension is off and may need to be adjusted. Should be pretty simple, check your manual for the type of fabric you're using, but if you don't have it anymore, just play with the tension settings and see what works. Good luck!
wren1 wren1 9 years
I have one but I wish it was one of the new, super easy to use ones.
melda melda 9 years
Yes and I love it!
breagayle breagayle 9 years
I used to use my mom's sewing machine until my sister broke it. I customized all my tshirts. Now that I'm moving out and will have a lot of free time, I plan on getting a new machine and getting back into the fun crafty stuff!
gemsera gemsera 9 years
Ooh i've always wanted one! My BF thinks im strange but I went to catholic school and learnt to sew and would love to make my own clothes again. Mum and I used to when I was little, and it was so much fun! Ive hand sewed a few things since (decorative things really) and even had fun doing that :)
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