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I suppose it is like anything, including NNC machines, but the Girl has been talking about wanting a nicer sewing machine lately -- yours truly knows nothing of these.

Well, her grandmother is "downsizing" and permanently moving to snowbirdland, so she left the Girl one of her three machines. Oh, I won't be needing it any more.

I knew it was a "nice" one, so I figured it cost several hundred dollars, that seemed like a nice gift.

It's a model called a Pfaff Creative 2144. We poked around on google.

Wow. This is now the single most expensive item in our home. It would cost as much as a Dura-Ace equipped top-end race bike with Zipp wheels.
 

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Dang! Pfaff does make really nice sewing machines...and anything that does emobroidery is gonna be high-dollar.

If that's the machine that Grandma gave away, I'd be interested to hear what she kept :eek:
 

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Argentius said:
Wow. This is now the single most expensive item in our home. It would cost as much as a Dura-Ace equipped top-end race bike with Zipp wheels.
Way to go keeping it in perspective! Now you know what to ask for the next time gifts are exchanged! :thumbsup:
 

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To Bad

Grandma doesn't own three Colnagos....
 

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Nice, now can you embroider some lounge polo shirts for us?
 

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Yeah, my sister sold Bernina sewing machines for a while, so she has a couple. They are crazy expensive. The thing is, I wonder sometimes about the durability of the newer, highly computerized ones. Used to be, you'd have to pay some serious bucks for a fully mechanical Singer, but they'd be around forever. I know my Mom still has one that's 40 years old and still works great. My sister has (but no longer uses) one that belonged to my grandmother, and which dates to the early 60s, I think. I even have a cheap Singer that's so old it's driven by a leather belt--it works, but it kind of needs a tuneup and a new belt. Still, it's pretty ancient and still works.

I wonder if the high-tech marvels of today will hold up like that.
 

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I have an old Singer featherweight. The thing is simple, but will sew through just about anything.

 

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We will see.

Well, I know that the grandmother is also passing on some software for this machine, which alone cost over $1,000.

The thing that seems to make these things crazy expensive is not the basic features that you and I think of as "sewing," but the fancy computerized embroidery features.

Maybe it is similar to comparing a downtube shifter, with Di2?

All I know is, if I use my iphone to take a picture of a company logo, I can upload it to the machine, and it will then embroider that logo on Chain's bizcazfri polos... the cool Singer that flipped down into something like a sideboard table that my mother had couldn't do that!


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Yeah, my sister sold Bernina sewing machines for a while, so she has a couple. They are crazy expensive. The thing is, I wonder sometimes about the durability of the newer, highly computerized ones. Used to be, you'd have to pay some serious bucks for a fully mechanical Singer, but they'd be around forever. I know my Mom still has one that's 40 years old and still works great. My sister has (but no longer uses) one that belonged to my grandmother, and which dates to the early 60s, I think. I even have a cheap Singer that's so old it's driven by a leather belt--it works, but it kind of needs a tuneup and a new belt. Still, it's pretty ancient and still works.

I wonder if the high-tech marvels of today will hold up like that.
 

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Argentius said:
Well, I know that the grandmother is also passing on some software for this machine, which alone cost over $1,000.

The thing that seems to make these things crazy expensive is not the basic features that you and I think of as "sewing," but the fancy computerized embroidery features.
A lot of the "fancy" stitches that spendy ones will do are really useful when working with odd fabrics like lycra and stuff. So they have that going for them too. And they will often sew much heavier material than cheap machines (but not always, and it'd be damn expensive to find out the limits of the machine).

I just worry that it takes a much smaller and less-fixable failure to disable these computerized wonders. While they're working, they're pretty awesome, and the spendy ones are supposed to be very reliable.
 

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Chain said:
I have an old Singer featherweight. The thing is simple, but will sew through just about anything.
Mine looks a lot like that, but maybe not quite as old or industrial. I should really get it fixed up.
 

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my mother has a Bernina. she prefers the old Singer from 1982, she got it when she was the editor of Quilt World.
 

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My mother also has one of those fancy Bernina machines. Probably in the $10k range.

Oddly enough, my father also has his own, for doing boat upholstry and canvas for his sailboat. Mom didn't like the fact that she had to send her Bernina out for repair when he broke it trying to sew boat upholstry. Apparently, this thing can sew through something like 2" of leather and other crazy sh!t. It has some massive flywheel that belongs in a locomotive and a samurai sword for a needle.
 

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Chain said:
I have an old Singer featherweight. The thing is simple, but will sew through just about anything.

hey, that's identical to my mom's! She used to sew all kinds of crazy stuff with it, too, like horse blankets and leather harness and Naugahyde curtains for the trailer and so on.

I personally have no clue how it works.

Arg, look on the bright side. The next time you bung up your fancy skinsuit in a crit, you can just have your gal sew it back together; those fancy new machines are particularly good on finicky lightweight fabrics like lycra, etc... (this is of course after she's done hollering at you about all the rips in your hide, that is.)
 

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Shoot, thanks for reminding me why I am Not a Crit Racer. ;)

But you're right, this would be good on actually fixing my jerseys, we tried to repair a crashed set of bibs with her "regular" sewing machine and just made a mess of 'em.


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hey, that's identical to my mom's! She used to sew all kinds of crazy stuff with it, too, like horse blankets and leather harness and Naugahyde curtains for the trailer and so on.

I personally have no clue how it works.

Arg, look on the bright side. The next time you bung up your fancy skinsuit in a crit, you can just have your gal sew it back together; those fancy new machines are particularly good on finicky lightweight fabrics like lycra, etc... (this is of course after she's done hollering at you about all the rips in your hide, that is.)
 

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My mom used to be a seamstress for a career. She still has all her sewing machines. I'd guess maybe 4-5 modern ones, and 2 old ones that are foot powered. I was a guinea pig for trying on stuff for her. She used to work for a Civil War reinactment studio. She made uniforms for several movies - Glory, Gettysburg, and others.

Here is a little article about the company she worked for.

http://www.maryalicegarrett.com/Home/arts-and-crafts/grand-illusions
 

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Thankfully, my mom had a Pfaff, so I didn't go into total sticker shock when my wife started shopping for one. Actually, I probably kept her out of the cheap stuff myself. Who says I just buy stuff for myself?

She was worried about the money, so I snuck out and bought her the barely used Bernina she'd been looking at. (Previous owner had bought the machine and all the freakin attachments and then sold it...) Deal.
 

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my wife has 4 or 5 sewing machines, including 2 sergers. One day she was sewing up a mess of costumes and her serger kinda crashed and completely effed up the timing. She was frantic, I looked at her and said....go buy another one, you need it today and it will be a week to get this fixed, not like she doesn't use it......all 4 of my kids have at least one, including my son....
 
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