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Old 01-13-2014, 11:16 AM
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Ok... so... I just bought a Janome 7700. I'm very excited...but thinking I need a small lightweight machine for classes and get togethers.. Just wondering what everyone's thoughts are? Please and THANK YOU!!!!!!
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:30 AM
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What machine did you use before? What features do you want in another machine?
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:45 AM
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I'm a complete beginner..... YIKES!! Sooo excited to get started....
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:55 AM
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Although I have two Pfaffs in the sewing room for Quilting and Embroidery, my take to class is an inexpensive Brother CS6000i - it is light and does a nice job sewing. On my wish list is a featherweight .... but I have not found one yet that was in my budget and was in decent condition.
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:04 PM
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I'm a complete beginner..... YIKES!! Sooo excited to get started....
The 7700 is a lot of machine for a new sewer, why don't you spend time learning your new machine before buying a second. If you are new you don't know the things you like and don't like in a machine and you may end up spending money on something you won't want to use.
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by mgmsrk View Post
The 7700 is a lot of machine for a new sewer, why don't you spend time learning your new machine before buying a second. If you are new you don't know the things you like and don't like in a machine and you may end up spending money on something you won't want to use.

I realize it is a lot of machine. However, I do have a long history of sewing on industrial embroidery machines.. as we had our own company for years. I am a brand new quilter though..but my husband is of the mindset that I should buy a higher end machine from the get go. We did quite a bit of research..and I have a few friends that sew with Janome. The shop I'm taking classes from just suggested possibly getting a small lightweight machine for classes...sooooo...just not sure about the needs for that.
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:39 PM
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Ask your dealer about the Janome Gem. I think that is their smaller, lightweight model. I do not own one, but have a different Janome that I love. And, enjoy that new machine of yours!
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:47 PM
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A lot of quilters like the Janome Jem for taking to classes. This line comes in different levels (starting with gold, I think, and moving up to platinum) ranging from a few stitches to lots of decorative stitches. Typically for classes it's enough to have a good straight stitch and zigzag stitch options. Weight is around 12 lbs, I think, very similar to a vintage featherweight. Here is a link to one on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Janome-Jem-Gol...dp/B000FLH2VE/
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The BabyLock Audrey is the smallest, lightweight portable in the Babylock line, and is wonderful for piecing. Weighs less than 10 lbs I think, and so simple to take to classes or workshops. Has a nice selection of decorative stitches too. I have quilted several baby quilts on it, and pieced a double bed size quilt top.
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I have a Janome 6600 and a Jem for travel. The Jem is only 12 pounds. I like having two of the same brand, because all the feet, bobbins, etc., are interchangeable. The Jem is a great little machine in my opinion. I got the Platinum, and I recall its being about $500.
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