I keep a current inventory document with each machine's history on it. I note the machine make, model number, the serial number, when I bought or received it, how much I paid, where it came from, when it was last serviced, what each machine does the best and how I use it. I also note what accessories I purchased for the machine and how much they cost. I also note whether I have an owner's manual for the machine. I love owner's manuals, they are the best resource for learning your machine. I refer to this inventory quite often and I hope my daughter will find the inventory handy if she ever has to downsize the collection.
Here they are in order of acquisition:
Singer 3400XL- Vesta. Acquired in 2002. This machine is great for regular sewing and straight line quilting with a walking foot. I cannot free motion quilt with it because the feed dogs do not drop. I know I can cover the feed dogs with an index card but I'm just not comfortable doing that so I got another machine for free motion quilting. This machine is great for garment sewing and quilting. I use this sewing machine when I'm inserting zippers and making button holes. I also use the buttonhole stitch for machine applique.
Bernina 1530 - Martha. Given to me in 2010. This machine is great from free motion quilting, straight line quilting and regular straight sewing. There are lots of specialty stitches on the machine, but I only use it for piecing,quilting and applique. I have two patchwork presser feet, a zipper foot, a general purpose foot, a hopping (darning) foot, and a walking foot for this machine.
Singer 401A - Elsie. Given to me in 2011. This vintage machine (manufactured in 1959) came with some cool presser feet. I have not done a lot with this machine because I don't usually have time to experiment with it, but I love the ruffler foot that came with this machine. I played with the ruffler foot a little last year and really loved the ruffle created with that foot.
Juki MO644 D - Browyn. Serger - I bought this serger in 2013. I wanted a serger to make scarves and finish seams, but I'm not loving this serger. The stitching is off on it and I have been trying to fix it. I have to check out some of the youtube videos on tension and see if I can get it working right again.
Singer Model 15 hand crank - Black Beauty. I bought this from an ebay seller last year. I've not used this straight stitch machine much except to test it when I first got it. I just love the look of it and I love the wooden base. I'm thinking about painting the base.
Brother 770PE - Myrna. Embroidery Machine. This is the most recent acquisition. Given to me as a birthday present last December. I'm enjoying playing with this machine. I wish I had more time to play with it. I will share a recent project with you after it is gifted tomorrow.
Oh, yeah, and I'm also storing a Domestic (White Sewing Machine Company) Model 801 from the 1970's. It was inherited by my daughter from her Grandmother. It sits in a rickety cabinet that needs to be replaced but I tested the machine when it came here a few years ago and it seems to work okay. It probably could do with a servicing, but with the cabinet it's hard to get that done. Her name is Carolina (after the former owner). She does straight and zig zag stitching, button holes, came with a zipper foot, a darning foot, a seam guide, a cording foot, an extra needle plate. I don't have any pictures of her.