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    I really want to replace my Janome 3160 QDC (take to classes) machine. I'm looking (on-line) at the sparrow 30. Can someone with this machine tell me the weight as I'm hoping the weight I see on-line is the shipping weight. For me weight is a deal breaker. LOL.
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    I have/had one (DD borrowed it). It's very lightweight for me. I think 13lbs. Maybe lighter but not over.
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    Here is a link to a review. They list it at 17#.
    https://sewingfromhome.com/ever-sewn...achine-review/

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    Thank you so much. I wanted one not more than 15lbs.
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    My gosh the site I was looking at listed it at 21lbs. So I'm guessing I read the shipping weight.
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    I like the Sparrow's weight which is under 15 lbs. PM me if you want more information.
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    I have the Sparrow 30, it weighs 15 lbs on my home scale. I really do like it.

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    Thank you to all who replied. I realllly want one, but last night realized I've being looking on Amazom.com not Amazon.ca. Even with our rotten exchange rate it is still way pricey. Can we say sticker shock .LOL.
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    I would recommend checking our the Pfaff Passport 2.0 or 3.0 before buying. They each weigh 6.5 kgs which converts to 14.33 pounds. They each have IDT, a Pfaff trademark which is a permanent walking foot. The 3.0 has 30 more decorative stitches than the 2.0. Check it out!
    https://moresewingfabrics.blogspot.c...30-sewing.html

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    I am curious why you want to replace the Janome 3160? I have that machine, use it for classes and love it. Have you had an issue or problem with it? Sorry can't offer any info on the Sparrow 30.

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    I have the 30. It weighs about 13 lbs without the ext table. I paid $399.99 for it using Amazon Prime with free shipping, rolling tote and the extra quilter's feet package included.

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    Well for me that machine is no good. The thread keeps breaking as it gets caught inside of machine. So now I realllly do not like owning this machine. Just have the cover off and fixed again. It should be ok for a couple weeks before I toss it as I feel it's junk and don't want to pass this on to someone else. From a couple others I hear this machine is great or junk.
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    The thirty is the one I'm looking at online.
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    Quote Originally Posted by true4uca View Post
    Well for me that machine is no good. The thread keeps breaking as it gets caught inside of machine. So now I realllly do not like owning this machine. Just have the cover off and fixed again. It should be ok for a couple weeks before I toss it as I feel it's junk and don't want to pass this on to someone else. From a couple others I hear this machine is great or junk.
    Which machine are you talking about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    Which machine are you talking about?
    The Janome 3160QDC.
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    thanks for the reply, I am sorry you are having such a time with the 3160. I guess sewing machines are like any other "thing" we buy.....you get good ones or you get a bad one. Luck of the draw sometimes.
    If I was having that problem with my 3160, I would definitely be looking for a replacement ASAP.
    Good luck with the Sparrow 30 if that is what you decide on.
    Happy Sewing!!

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    Well life got in the way. My sons US trip is put off for 6 wks. I bit the bullet and put it into the dealer for service. Took it back next day as I felt it wasn't a whole lot better. Instead of thread breaking every 6 inches or less I can sew 30 minutes or more before the top thread bread
    ks and sometimes the top thread forms a loop on the bobbin side.. She said it was all operator error. I got in a snit and took it home and decided its already crap so I'll make it more crappy. Googled my problems and sorta fixed it.It's really noisy so I also put a drop of oil in the bobbin area. The stitches look great but when I need to rip out a mistake it's really too easy to take the thread. I suspect tension problems Is the sparrow as loud as it sounds on the videos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vschieve View Post
    I would recommend checking our the Pfaff Passport 2.0 or 3.0 before buying. They each weigh 6.5 kgs which converts to 14.33 pounds. They each have IDT, a Pfaff trademark which is a permanent walking foot. The 3.0 has 30 more decorative stitches than the 2.0. Check it out!
    https://moresewingfabrics.blogspot.c...30-sewing.html
    About 2 years ago 3 of my quilting friends each got one of the Passports. I think the 2.0. Oddly enough all three of them have had a lot of trouble with them requiring many dealer trips. None of the 3 would have it again. Maybe a bad batch?
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