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Brother has a great little portable machine available on Amazon and not expensive. It is the 6000i (electronic with like 64 stitches that work beautifully) and comes with a host of accessories like a small work table that attaches to make the bed larger, many feet (many more available and the only one I recommend separately is the 1/4 inch quilting foot with a guide), a walking foot . It weighs only 14 pounds and does a great job. I am a winter Texan and there are at least 10 of these machines in the park. I am also a Sr. who cannot carry the heavier Pfaff that I own and sew on at home.
I am interested in buying a "traveler" what does anyone know about the Janome Magnolia??????????A bit higher $$, but is it lightweight or a heavy one??????
According to the Janome web site the Magnolia weighs 18.2 pounds. So it not as light as the Gem (12 pounds) but not as heavy as others.
I have a Janome 3150 and it only weighs 12 lbs. It is my travel machine and I love it! My 6600 and my Sweet Sixteen stay home and keep each other company while I'm gone!
If she likes her Janome I would buy the Janome Gem. I know several women who have it and love it!