Confessions of a sewing machine hoarder

Confessions of a sewing machine hoarder

When I started sewing a few years back, I would have never envisioned myself having not 1 but 5 sewing machines, not to mention the over locker, embroidery only machine and spare parts machine for my 730 record…

It all started innocently enough, I wanted to upgrade my sewing machine. I had been sewing for a year or so and was starting to get frustrated with the limitations and terrible stitch quality of my basic department store bought Brother sewing machine.

For my 30th birthday, I took a big step and on a few recommendations and a test drive, I upgraded my sewing machine to a Janome DC6030. I absolutely love this machine, it’s fancy thread cutter and direct stitch selection where a huge step up from my first machine, not to mention the hugely improved stitch quality I thought I would never need anything else. Haha how naive I was..



Not long after, with an improved stitch quality I noticed a huge shift in my sewing and started to think about my finishes and even the possibility of sewing knits so of course I wanted an overlocker, after much deliberations and research I settled for a Babylock Stellar, it’s Babylock’s base model, it doesn’t have any of the bells and whistles like air threading, but the whole front opens out making it easy enough to thread and it came with a handful of free lessons so I was sold.



I was happily sewing along, with my Janome and Baby lock thinking this is the life, when in a space of around 6 weeks, I came in to possession of both another sewing machine and an embroidery machine.

The sewing machine is another Janome, this time a DC2050 an entry level computerised machine that belonged to a dear friends late grandmother, the machine had barely been used and I couldn’t bare for it to go else where, I justified it by thinking it would be nice to have a back up machine for when my main machine went in for a service, or even I could use it to teach my nieces who had shown an interest to sew.



And the embroidery machine you ask? it’s a Bernina Deco 330, an embroidery only machine that was given to me by an Aunt how bought it new, used it maybe twice then packed it up and left it in a cupboard as she preferred to use her Janome instead. when she heard I had taken up sewing she offered it to me, and well I’m not one to say no to family or a machine that needs a good home it seems..

So here I was almost a year after I upgraded my first machine having gone from one machine, to 2 sewing machines, an overlocker and an embroidery machine. Any sane person would have said, yep that’s enough but not me… After the embroidery machine I started to look in to Bernina machines, I had heard about them in the online sewing world but never really paid much attention. I saw how much they where loved specifically the vintage kind and began to like the idea of adding an old, all metal machine that could handle just about anything to my “collection”



For Mother’s Day last year, the idea came to fruition and the husband found me a lovely Bernina 801 and I was instantly in love, I could see what all the fuss was about, it sewed beautifully, and handled anything I threw at it. That was it, I thought I was done, I have more than enough machines I said…

Until… One day I was on one of the online auction sites when I saw it, a Bernina 730 Record.




I just loved the vintage shape and colour and it looked like it was in pretty good shape, and all for $20! Before I knew it I was driving to the other side of town to pick it up. it had belonged to the guys mother who had gone in to a home, he knew nothing about it and just wanted to be rid of it as it was taking up space. When I saw it I couldn’t believe it, it looked fantastic, had all the original accessories including the dealer catalogue with hand written notes and it worked.


The original plan was to sell it on, I even listed it for sale and had a lady wanting it, she had one that needed parts and wanted to use mine as a donor machine, I just couldn’t sell it, not just to be pulled apart anyway. So I kept it much to the husbands dismay… I promised him that would be it, I had more machines than I needed, I wouldn’t bring anymore home (yeah right)

I wasn’t looking for another machine. I’d promised the husband that I wouldn’t bring anymore home, I had more than enough blah blah blah.

I was in a second hand shop looking for some treasures for our recently acquired vintage caravan, tucked away in a corner saw a box with Elna in a bright orange print I couldn’t help myself, I had to have a look. Low and behold the box held a little Elna lotus.



but there was no foot pedal. I was going to not worry about it but I mentioned it to the husband and jokingly said it would have been perfect to take away in the caravan. Surprisingly he agreed and suggested I see what a replacement pedal would be worth, I made some calls and found one so went back and bought the little Lotus. when I went to collect the pedal, the sewing machine repair guy tested it out for me and was quite excited by my little treasure, he couldn’t believe the condition and that it still had the original cardboard box and accessories, he offered to buy it off me there and then but there was no way I was going to part with it, not yet anyway. I can’t wait to take it away in the caravan.



So can you really ever have too many sewing machines? Probably… I’m pretty sure I have enough machines, I’m starting to run out of space to store them but I’m not going to say that I won’t bring anymore home, because honestly, the last couple times I’ve said it, it hasn’t exactly worked out. Maybe I just need to accept my hoarding ways instead.


So how many machines are too many? And how many do you have, I’m sure there are other fellow hoarders out there, I can’t be the only one… Can I?


11 thoughts on “Confessions of a sewing machine hoarder

  1. I’d really like a big old metal workhorse as my next machine! But I’ve had my current Elna since I was 14 and I can’t bear to part with her, especially when she (mostly) does what I want haha. Hadn’t actually thought of looking on ebay for one though, how blonde! (PS you can never have too many machines… )


    1. I know what you mean! I can’t bare the part with any of mine (obviously haha). In the spirit of this blog post, who says you need to part with your beloved elna, maybe you could get it an all metal play mate, just so it doesn’t get lonely hahaπŸ˜‰

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  2. What a fabulous collection! I have two Bernina 830 Records, one Bernina 710 and a little Pfaff that I bought for my girls to learn to sew on, as well as a tank of a Bernina Overlocker and a Janome that’s a bit more user friendly! I am thinking of adding a CoverStitch maching at some point though. Just need the space! I love the little Lotus, I use the 710 for lugging around, much lighter than the 830s! And no, never have too many machines. That’s like saying you have too mchc fabric, or too many patterns… πŸ˜‰


    1. I would love to add an 830 to my collection, but with having both a 730 and 801 I know I don’t really need it, but if one was to turn up at a good price, I wouldn’t say no πŸ˜‰ I think your right though, how is a sewing machine any different to patterns or fabric haha

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  3. I’m very jealous of your sewing machine collection, I only got into sewing last year and am still using the machine I borrowed from my Mum (a basic brother machine, no fancy settings unfortunately). I am hoping to start building my own collection soon πŸ™‚


    1. I also started with a basic brother machine and it served me well. Once you start collecting, it’s very hard to stop haha, but it’s nice to have a variety to choose from depending on your project ☺️

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  4. This was a great post πŸ™‚
    Idk where people have these awesome thrift shops with sewing machines! I NEVER find machines anywhere. I even look up estate sales and come up with nothing.
    I have 2 sewing machines (one computerized Brother, and a vintage metal Singer), a Brother serger, and a Brother Coverstitch. I think that covers all of my basic needs. I do want an embroidery machine though. Don’t have need for one quite yet.


    1. I think it’s very much luck of the draw and lots of looking, I guess no one really says about the 100 estate sales or the months of looking online before they are lucky enough to find that elusive machine. My Bernina 801 I’d been looking for months (the husband too) before one close enough and cheap enough came up.

      I would love to add a cover stitch, but like you with the embroidery machine, It not at the top of the need list just yet, but one day πŸ˜‰


  5. I returned to sewing a few years ago (after an almost 40 yr hiatus!) and bought a Husqvarna emerald 203 – after sewing with it for a few months I realized I wasn’t all that crazy about it so I bought a used Elna Excellence 740 which I absolutely love. I had also bought a Husqvarna serger S25 but I’m not hugely happy with it and keep perusing those little Bernina sergers! I’m afraid however that if I buy that little serger I won’t be able to part with my monster Husky – it’s more about my husband who is already alarmed at having 3 machines and wouldn’t let me sell the emerald saying it would come in handy for carting around being more portable than my Elna which is a bit of a monster! So I can imagine EASILY how you could end up with several machines! I learned to sew on that little Elna Lotus you found! I adored that machine and even seeing that original box brought back such fond memories πŸ™‚ You found such a treasure! I definitely wouldn’t have been able to pass that up!


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