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Best lightweight machine for classes?

Old 01-13-2014, 01:13 PM
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I take Janome Jem or Featherweight, or Singer 301 to classes. Depends on what I'm sewing. My stay at home machines are Bernina, Brother 1500, Singer 15, and Singer Quantum.
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:22 PM
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Not sure if this would be the case but would the Janome Gem use the same feet as the machine you currently have? If so that might be a reason for at least looking at it. I have hear good things about it and for class allyou really need is probably a straight stitch.
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Old 01-13-2014, 02:07 PM
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The Janome Gem uses the same feet as the Janome 6600 and that is so convenient. I have them both and love them! I would definitely suggest having a lighter machine to carry to class - taking your 7700 would get tiresome. If the Gem feet fit the 7700, I would absolutely suggest getting a Gem.
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Old 01-13-2014, 02:49 PM
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Can't go wrong with a vintage Singer Featherweight. I love mine!
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:32 PM
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I just bought a Janome Gem Gold and took it to quilt guild for the first time last week. It fits in a sturdy bag and was so EASY to handle. I have two Berninas at home that do all the things I want to do, but I can plan to do just piecing, etc. at guild without all the hassle of taking a heavy machine
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:02 PM
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Thanks so much for all the replies and insight! I'm gonna check a few of these out!! Oh my gosh... there is sooo much to learn! I could read these forums for hours.... days!!! lol
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:46 PM
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After a 20 year sewing hiatus, I got a Janome 3160 for Christmas in 2011. I absolutely love it. The next year, I decided to upgrade to the 7700 (which I also love), put my 7700 in a sewing cabinet and kept the 3160 for classes.

The machines have a lot of similarities (thread cutter, on/off, etc., and share bobbins).

Good luck on finding a good fit.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:37 PM
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I have a pfaff passport which I love for classes and moving around my 2 story home for piecing. I have a Bernina which I also love but keep in my 2nd floor sewing room as it is too heavy to move around. I use the Bernina for quilting.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:34 PM
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I have the Janome 7700 for home and the 3160 for hauling to class. The 3160 weighs 12 pounds and has needle down, thread cutter, etc. Love the 3160 - I have had jam gold and platinum but like the 3160 better.

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Old 01-14-2014, 01:26 AM
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The advantage of the Pfaff Passport over the Janome Jem is the IDT (built-in walking foot). Although I'm a Janome fan, I don't think I could go back to a machine without this feature now.
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