Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 17

Thread: My sewing machine is too heavy to lug around

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    177
    I am looking to buy a small - few frills- light weight sewing machine. There are way too many choices out there! I sort of like the Janome Jem which sells at my local shop for $599. Does anyone have this machine? any drawbacks? does this price seem reasonable? Thanks for any suggestions or avoidances -

  2. #2
    Super Member Murphy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    8,905
    Blog Entries
    1
    I have a Jem Janome and love taking it on retreats or anywhere I have to carry a machine. The price seems a little high, but I have had mine for awhile so I am sure prices have gone up. I do believe you will like it and it is very easy to tote.

  3. #3
    Super Member shawnemily's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Ilion, NY
    Posts
    1,419
    I have the BabyLock Audrey for traveling and I LOVE IT!! It retails for $599 but last April a dealer in Syracuse had them on sale for $299!! 5 of us bought them!! When we are at a workshop or class together it looks like a BabyLock demo! LOL It is a fantastic lil machine!!

  4. #4
    Super Member Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    4,743
    I'd try brother's, I have had 2, they sew well, they are lightweight, and extremely user friendly. The only issue i had was probably with my first one i had tension issues, but most of it was user error, and i used wrong thread for the machine, brothers do not really like coats and clarks. I got a second one with more features, and i love the way it sews, better than my first one which was real basic for beginners. I also have a babylock too that i love. Don't have a small one though, but if the quality is the same I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one. 500 just seems like a lot of money for something you will probably just use for class, unless it will be your main machine. I only paid 130 for my brother XL-3500i and have never regretted it. Had it for 5 years, and still going strong, only had it serviced/cleaned once. Never had any issues with it

  5. #5
    Super Member AliKat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Phoenix, AZ
    Posts
    2,657
    Quote Originally Posted by mom2boyz
    I am looking to buy a small - few frills- light weight sewing machine. There are way too many choices out there! I sort of like the Janome Jem which sells at my local shop for $599. Does anyone have this machine? any drawbacks? does this price seem reasonable? Thanks for any suggestions or avoidances -
    I like the ability to move the needle more than the Janome Gem's allow. So, you might want to look at that and what you want your machine to do. ?zig-zag or fancy stitches???

    However, I have a FW and then found a way to make it work for me using a seam guide and that orange Q-strip stuff. It only cost me a bit over $200! I can always 'borrow' a machine from the LQS if I need fancier stuff.

    ali

  6. #6
    Senior Member Challys's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    No California
    Posts
    787
    I recently got the Janome Magnolia 7330--I think it is a bit larger than the Gem, but also a bit less than your price above--I paid $399. For the difference you could get a nice rolling tote and still have the flexibility of the larger throat (assuming I am remembering that difference correctly.)

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    central California
    Posts
    630
    Most of my quilting life I have only had a Bernina 910 (now 25 years old and VERY heavy). I also recently bought a cabinet for it, so taking it out of the cabinet, and it's weight, are both drawbacks for using it for a class. I really wanted a featherweight, but money has been very tight. Started spreading the word that I was looking for one, while asking my MIL if any of her older quilting friends, who don't quilt anymore, might have one they want to get rid of. My SIL was listening and said that I was describing one that sounded like the one she had ( she is not a sewer). She was sure I wouldn't want this "old stinky thing". She had to hunt for it, and sure enough, it was a featherweight. I had it cleaned up, oiled, etc... it works great and it was a gift. I love it.

  8. #8
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    2,692
    I read a post that ladies liked the green hello kitty machine by janome - it is only about 115.oo if I remember correct.

  9. #9
    Super Member scowlkat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    2,533
    Blog Entries
    11
    Is the Janome Gem you are looking at the Platinum 760? If so, you have more movement for the needle. The price seems right compared to previous models. I love the 760!

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Pacific NW
    Posts
    653
    I just bought a new Janome Jem Gold on Amazon for $199. It's the bottom of the Jem line but I just bought a 6600 a few months ago so I didn't want to push the luck with the hubby. Also, you can get a new Magnolia 7330 on Amazon for about $200. I considered it, but wanted a smaller machine to share the quilt space with my 6600. Good luck.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.