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    Seriously, ask an older grandmother, aunt, neighbor, family friend, etc to teach you. They will be so tickled that you followed through with it that they will probably give it to you since they had been planning to give it to a daughter, granddaughter, etc but they are not interested. I started using my wife’s and them my mom gave me hers which had a table. My wife sometimes tells family members about my sewing of gear (I don’t know this comes up) and we have to fight them off. If they can teach you how to use it and you borrowed it, it would make their day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanging Roy View Post
    I've been using my wife's great grandmother's pre- 1920 singer...it's all steel gears with limited adjustments...
    All steel, yes. Great machine, yes. All steel gears, yes, but the only gears in a Singer model 66 are the two in the bobbin winder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    All steel, yes. Great machine, yes. All steel gears, yes, but the only gears in a Singer model 66 are the two in the bobbin winder.
    Oh, I believe you are right.

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    The machine is only half of the equation. Setup is critical, if you can’t adjust and troubleshoot your sewing machine your setting yourself up for failure or poor results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damuffin View Post
    The machine is only half of the equation. Setup is critical, if you can’t adjust and troubleshoot your sewing machine your setting yourself up for failure or poor results.
    This is a great point. I favour older machines for their simplicity and robustness but just regardless of the machine you end up getting, you still need to know things like adjusting thread tension, selecting the proper needle for the material you are using, how to clean the feed dogs etc. Granted my mom sewed for years and years without half of knowledge I now have gained but knowing how to maintain and troubleshoot when starting out is almost more important than the machine you choose. Problems lead to frustration which can lead to you abandoning a satisfying way to create and repair gear as well as a host of other projects. It's a very useful skill to have.
    Don't let life get in the way of living.

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    I'm currently the proud owner of 22 different old German sewing machines. During the last four years I owned about 50 and sold already about 28. My oldest machine is a Adler Kl. 8 machine build about 1920 (almost 100 years old). With that machine I sewed with true 5mm stitch length nice waterproof tarpaulin bike panniers (I copied Ortlieb bike panniers) like stuff sacks. My favorite sewing machines are a Singer 206D and a Pfaff 130. I can dismantle and reassemble a Singer 206D quickly and completely up to the last screw. Both machines work like gears of a Swiss clock mechanism.

    I sewed all my hammock gear with a very rare Meister ZZ Automatic:
    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...=1#post1438249
    I like this machine also and would not sell it even for 1000$. You can see in my post what I paid for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba View Post
    This is a great point. I favour older machines for their simplicity and robustness but just regardless of the machine you end up getting, you still need to know things like adjusting thread tension, selecting the proper needle for the material you are using, how to clean the feed dogs etc. Granted my mom sewed for years and years without half of knowledge I now have gained but knowing how to maintain and troubleshoot when starting out is almost more important than the machine you choose. Problems lead to frustration which can lead to you abandoning a satisfying way to create and repair gear as well as a host of other projects. It's a very useful skill to have.
    I learnt all these things and much more by doing or trying and also from reading Ramblinrev's posts in this forum. Up to November 2014 I made no single stitch on a sewing machine.

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