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Thread: How to chose a lightweight quilting sewing machine for my wife???

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    this is probably not the answer you want------------but ask her. I know I'd want what I want, not what someone else wants----------so give her a promissory note for her birthdasy that says you'll buy whatever she wants--------just let you know.
    This idea gets my vote too. We all like or could recommend whatever machine WE like but it may not be what she would want. You would still get kudos from her just for coming up with idea all on your own BUT she will be truly happy if SHE is part of the decision making process - just my humble opinion.
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    I use ONLY a cast iron 1941 Singer "portable".....and love it. Weighs a ton but when I do manage to take it places, I love all of the great comments and the love that it gets from the other quilters. Having had this experience, I'd recommend getting a Featherweight. She'll be the envy of every class and it does what you need for classes, which is to sew a straight stitch and not mess up. (But----having read all of these posts, I will look at Janome Gems. Thanks for your post!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv Quilts and Cats View Post
    I have friends who have the Janome Gem just for the purpose of traveling to quilt meetings/classes and they have been very happy with it. I've thought of getting one myself when my machine becomes too much to handle.
    I agree - I have the Janome Jem - a brilliant little workhorse !! You can drop the feed dogs and get a darning foot
    for free motion quilting. Also the machine has stop/start button, length and width slider, speed adjust button and needle down function, you can purchase several extra feet including a walking foot and many more - has quite a few stitches and best of all very lightweight. I am starting a machine quilting course soon and have no hesitation to take it to the class !
    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JT View Post
    If she already has a Janome, I would suggest another Janome. Feet are interchangeable, similar set up, etc. I had a Janome 6500 and needed something lighter for classes. I bought a Janome 3160. It is a great machine and has many of the bells and whistles other Janomes do. Lightweight...love it.
    So sorry JT to disagree here - a Jem is a LOW shank and my 6600 is a high shank - therefore some feet do fit - but not all. Hope you didn't mind be pointing that out ! Kind Regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hubs2734 View Post
    Hello- I am a quilters husband and need help to chose a lightweight sewing machine for my wife of 48 years who is having trouble lifting and transporting her Janome 3000 to quilt meetings/classes etc. I would really appreciate some expert opinions on what to purchase for her Birthday in April...so far I have researched the Janome mechanical jem 660 and the computerized Janome dc1050....I would like to get her a light weight machine that works well on quilts...then maybe she can better convert her substancial stash and UFO's to quilts ha ha ...any and all comments would be appreciated....Dave Murray, Cape Cod MA
    What a trooper you are! It's great to be looking out for your DW's comfort. But I have one more suggestion: How about learning to do a few quilting tasks, thus helping her with her stack of UFO's and also being a quilting companion to her. I wish my DH were more interested in the process BUT, in the meantime, I'll bet you'll get good advice from the quilter's here. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv Quilts and Cats View Post
    I have friends who have the Janome Gem just for the purpose of traveling to quilt meetings/classes and they have been very happy with it. I've thought of getting one myself when my machine becomes too much to handle.
    You will not go wrong with a small Janome! I have a big 6600 and a med. and a Jem for classes!!!!

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    Yes, please involve your wife in the choice of machine. She will probably want special features like needle down, automatic needle threader, etc. etc. useful especially to quilters. Give her a spiffy homemade gift certificate and be her chauffer (sp) for the day and let her make the choice while you smile and nod! You'll never regret it!

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    If you can afford the Jem Plantinum (760), I'd recommend that you buy that one. It's a great machine.

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    I bought a Janome My Style and it ways about 12 pounds. It does not come with a 1/4 inch foot but you can purchase one. It is a great little machine and easy to carry. All of her feet should fit it as well. The one that I bought happened to be on sale.

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    Don't. Let her pick it herself.

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