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    light weight cheap sewing machine

    I would like a sewing machine to take to classes that works good and is not real expensive, not a second hand one. Does anyone having any suggestions? Thank you

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    I have been looking but the lightweight ones are so cheap and noisy.
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    I had a Brother CS6000i and that was a pretty good little machine. I paid about $150 on Amazon for it. I "outgrew" it and gave it to my niece and nephew; they abuse the heck out of it and it still works! It's too small to really quilt on it (though I did quilt a Twin size on it) but for piecing it'd be just fine. Came with an extension table and a quarter-inch foot. Very light weight. I don't remember specifically how loud or quiet it was so probably about average noisiness would be my guess.

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    I have a Janome gem and it is light and not noisy it sews nice also

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    Husqvarna Viking HQ100. I have one and love it. I use mine for all piecing and use my Viking ruby for quilting. I also gave an on to my granddaughter. About $400.00

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    I have a basic Brother I got at Wal-Mart and it is quiet and I like it better than a mini Kenmore I have. I think I paid about $90 for it.
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    thanks for the information

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    Check Overstock.com, they have some machine for less than a $100.00.

    I bought my heavy duty Janome there for $ 60.00.
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    The Kenmore Sew Minis are lightweight and so very cute. They are made by Janome. Sew a great stitch.Name:  image.jpg
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    this is a good question - can you go to a store that has floor models and try them out ? maybe ask a class teacher that is exposed to a lot of students sewing machines ?

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    I have a Featherweight, and you can't beat it for quietness and good straight sewing. Perfect for taking to class. It is not really a light weight, but lighter than any other machine of that age. It's made of metal, so lasts . . . forever? And it's soooo cute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marigold View Post
    I would like a sewing machine to take to classes that works good and is not real expensive, not a second hand one. Does anyone having any suggestions? Thank you
    My great 11 year old has a Brother JX2517 and it is pretty quiet and sew good I have used it myself. She got it from Walmarts for less than 80.00
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    I am partial to the Walmart version of the Brothers. I have three I use, one at home, and one at each of my son's house. All very basic and none have ever failed me over the years.
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    An inexpensive machine may or may not be a "cheap" machine.

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    I would save my pennies and buy a Janome Gem Platinum. I am so impressed with that little machine..
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    I've had the Brother cs6000i for three years and love it. I sew on it several days a week as it's close to the computer where I can watch videos while sewing--piecing, really. At the last quilt retreat I sat by a person with the small blue Kenmore and I'd say both machines were about the same noise level. The Brother has a lot more features than either the Kenmore or the Janome Gem.
    The thing I don't like about the Kenmore or Gem is they have very few stitch sizes and I couldn't find one I liked for piecing. The small stitch was impossible to pick out and the next size too large.
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    I would get a brother, they are good little machines and mine is not too heavy.

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    Brother machines are reputed to be user friendly. I have an es2000 and love it. Not so good for quilting a large quilt but then I am a hand quilter on big quilts and machine quilt charity lap size quilts on machine.

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    Oh! Look at that. I bought one of these for my daughter several years ago, and then took it over for myself. First machine I made quilts on. Small but fine for piecing. I'ts now in a box in the closet resting :-)

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    I have a Janome 3160 that I loved for classes....it has the auto thread cutter...I really need that for classes, since you are always piecing in classes, more than quilting. Then I purchased the 4120...really nice too. Both of these machines are lightweight...11-12 lbs. I have a 6600 at the cabin and 8900 at home....very heavy machines! Janome sewing machines are great, but Babylock has the best sergers.....off topic... I hope you find a great machine for your price range. Call you dealers, sometimes they discount show machines with warranties in tact.

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    I bought a little Kenmore that sales for about 150.00. It is a little workhorse....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    I have been looking but the lightweight ones are so cheap and noisy.
    I have the second least expensive one Walmart carries. It is a Brother machine, that has travelled under a Greyhound, in a U-haul, on top of a car, and in a carrier through two airports, flown twice, and still works as well as when I bought it 11 years ago, and yes it was kind of noisy, but setting it on two used mouse pads from Goodwill fixed the problem. Most of the noise you hear is vibration, so putting on a spngy pad makes it much quieter. I can also carry it myself in its plastic hardcase that I bought separately. i spent $125. I hope this is helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvb50 View Post
    Husqvarna Viking HQ100. I have one and love it. I use mine for all piecing and use my Viking ruby for quilting. I also gave an on to my granddaughter. About $400.00
    I have the same the only problem is they don't do a blanket stitch for applique you have to use the zigzag. Otherwise a great little machine which does everything you ask. I take it to all classes and also use it at home . I find piecing etc is as good as my bernina and janome upper end machines.
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