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Thread: Decent Lightweight Machine for Traveling?

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    Junior Member SallySaidSew's Avatar
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    Decent Lightweight Machine for Traveling?

    I need to do some traveling soon and am already suffering from sewing machine separation anxiety. My home machines are too heavy to lug around so I thought I might look into getting something lightweight that I can carry with me. Since I will just be piecing and maybe working on some small quilting projects, I don't want to invest a lot of money in a machine. I'm budgeting no more than $150 for a machine. Any suggestions on what to get?

    I can't bear the thought of sitting in a hotel room night after night knowing I could be sewing if I had a machine with me.
    ...cuz I said sew! www.sallysaw.blogspot.com

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    You just need to go to Joann's and try them out. I like my Featherweight for traveling. I also have a small Europro that has gone with me before I owned the FW's. The Europro has a little quilting table that goes with it, which is nice. My husband gave it to me - it was ordered from HSN for under $100.00. Just try some out and see what you like. The big thing is get a travel case to take it with you. The kind that have wheels, makes life a lot easier and you can leave certain doubles in there so you don't need to pack your tools each time you get ready to go.

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    A friend just lent me her Brother XR6060, which is computerized and has 60 different stitches. It's lighter then my basic straight stitch brother. Like surprisingly light. I looked at it in the bag and mentally prepared myself to lug a huge weight and then was pleasantly surprised! The stitches are easy to change (push of a button) and it sees beautifully. I think im buying it from her now. oh! And it's only about a 120-140 depending on where you get it!
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    I purchased a simple little Janome (Harmony) for my granddaughter. I got it on sale for $89 and it sews nicely.

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    i got a walmart Brother cs6000i. it is lightweight for carrying but sews really well.
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    Questions:
    - How are you traveling? If by air you may not want to check it but have it fit a carryon piece of luggage ... with wheels.
    - Will you be traveling often?
    - How long will you be there?
    - Are you only going to be in 1 city?
    - Do you like hand work? or cutting? or designing?

    Yes, I have taken my machine when I travel by car. No problem. When I fly I usually borrow one when I get to my destination if I want to continue sewing. Though now I do have a FW, which was a great investment.

    I do have EQ6 on my notebook so I do a lot of playing around when I travel.

    I have cut out pieces for quilts when I wasn't at home so I wouldn't have to take a machine.

    I now do redwork and like to make yo-yo's for someone who uses them.

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    I love my Jem Platinum
    In addition to sewing a good stitch it has a needle-down function and you can set the stitch for a scant 1/4" seam.

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    Brother sq9050 from walmart
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    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat View Post
    Questions:
    - How are you traveling? If by air you may not want to check it but have it fit a carryon piece of luggage ... with wheels.
    - Will you be traveling often?
    - How long will you be there?
    - Are you only going to be in 1 city?
    - Do you like hand work? or cutting? or designing?

    Yes, I have taken my machine when I travel by car. No problem. When I fly I usually borrow one when I get to my destination if I want to continue sewing. Though now I do have a FW, which was a great investment.

    I do have EQ6 on my notebook so I do a lot of playing around when I travel.

    I have cut out pieces for quilts when I wasn't at home so I wouldn't have to take a machine.

    I now do redwork and like to make yo-yo's for someone who uses them.

    ali
    I will be traveling by air, luckily to the same destination each week. My plan is to buy the machine once I get there and see if I can make arrangements with the hotel to leave it when I fly home on weekends. At the end of my assignment, I will ship it home unless I decide to take it as a carry-on. Hence the need for a lighter weight machine. I've got projects I need to get completed by Christmas.

    Thanks for all of the great suggestions. I am looking forward to checking out the LQS where I will be staying.
    ...cuz I said sew! www.sallysaw.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by SallySaidSew View Post
    I need to do some traveling soon and am already suffering from sewing machine separation anxiety. My home machines are too heavy to lug around so I thought I might look into getting something lightweight that I can carry with me. Since I will just be piecing and maybe working on some small quilting projects, I don't want to invest a lot of money in a machine. I'm budgeting no more than $150 for a machine. Any suggestions on what to get?

    I can't bear the thought of sitting in a hotel room night after night knowing I could be sewing if I had a machine with me.

    Go to Wally World and pick up a few. Some of the newer plastic ones aren't too heavy. They probably won't last a long time, but you'll not be using it every day, either.
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