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Thread: Do any of today's machine makers offer something similar to the featherweight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsey
    I have heard that there are machines that look like the old feather weight. I don't know who makes them but I am going to look into getting one. They sell them at the sew and vac in SE PA... thats all I know..
    They are by alphasew. It might be good to read a review of two of them first. I think the price is just about the same as the going price for the original Singer featherweight.

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    I use this one the Janome Jem Gold 2..it even has a free arm.
    http://www.janome.ca/

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    check on standard machines and you will find it in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmw0829
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by cmw0829
    I'm sure the purists will disagree that this is NOT a featherweight. :)
    Ouch! Not a purist...just recognize the difference between the 1st generation Featherweight & the 2nd generation Featherweight. And prefer the 1st generation because it is a sound little machine that will work for you forever & ever. And 2nd generation machines are unfortunately not the dependable machine of the 1st generation. So, yes, it is labeled "Featherweight", but it is just a label & the 2 generations are light years apart in quality, dependability & function.
    Apologies, did not mean to offend by the term "purists." I didn't mean it in a negative way.
    :) Thanks :)

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    I have the Janome Jem Platinum....love it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    Hi Rachel! :lol: I thought the Bernina 200 series were the lightweight machines? I have a Janome Jem Platinum that's 12 lbs and perfect for traveling with. They're very easy to use, very affordable and sounds just like what you're looking for. Good luck! :thumbup:
    Me, too! Just love it.

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    Several years ago I bought a Featherweight for classes, mini-groups and retreats. I am totally thrilled with that machine. I would suggest you buy a featherweight. You won't be disappointed/

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    The cheap Brother and Elna machines are lightweight enough for that sort of work.

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    Miss Gigglewings, does the Hancocks machine wind a bobbin correctly? I have that machine and must wind my bobbins on other machine. Other than that this is a great 1/4" stitch and light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachelcb80
    My husband travels quite a bit for work and the kids and I often go with him. We spend a lot of time in the mornings in the hotel while he works and I've often wished I could continue working on my projects while away from the house. I currently have a Bernina 820 and portable is just not a word used to describe that machine! I'm just wanting to do some piecing while away, not any quilting. I know the featherweights are excellent for being toted around but I was wondering if there were currently any models on the market that were also great for on the go work.

    I've looked at the new Bernina 3 series but their still a little bigger than I want to tote around, and their price is more than I'd like to spend for an occasional travel machine. All I plan on doing is a basic 1/4" piecing stitch so the more basic the machine, the better.

    Anyone have recommendations or advice?
    I just purchased a Janome Mini from a lady on Craig's List for $35. It does straight stitch and zigzag and it only weights about 5-7#. I have even sewed on it and I like it for just simple sewing. It is the cutest darn thing.

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    The tiny ones at Walmart are cute, amd I think they are only 79.99?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    Hi Rachel! :lol: I thought the Bernina 200 series were the lightweight machines? I have a Janome Jem Platinum that's 12 lbs and perfect for traveling with. They're very easy to use, very affordable and sounds just like what you're looking for. Good luck! :thumbup:
    I've had a Jem for two years and swear by it. No, not at it.

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    The old Kenmore 1030's and 1040's are a nice portable machine and they even have a couple of decorative stitches.
    They can still be found fairly cheap on e-bay. Occasionally somebody wants an arm and leg for one but not usually.

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    A couple of years ago I bought a Brothers for $90 at Target. Very portable, cheap plastic but it sews lots of design stitches and is great. I also have my Mom's featherweight and my Viking Designer II. That way, I can embroider and stitch at the same time. Works great for me.

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    I don't mean to be snide or anything but isn't a 1/4" a 1/4" no matter which machine you sew on? Isn't it up to the sewer to make sure she has a 1/4" seam allowance?

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    I have a cheap Brother that I bought at Walmart for about $100 that can't weigh more than 10 pounds and sews like a dream. I also have a Brother embroidery machine that sews as well. It's the one that only has a 4" embroidery area, but it can't weight more than 10 pounds either but cost considerably more than the first Brother. I use the $100 Brother for all my straight stitching. I use the emb. Brother for embroidery and I use a $500 White for my fmq. It has a large throat. So... you don't need a $10,000 machine to make quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachelcb80
    I hadn't even looked at the Activas but I'm pretty sure they're even more expensive than the 300 series, or at least comparable in cost.

    Since I have zero experience with other machine brands I knew I could find some help here! Both the Janome Jem and Babylock Audrey look like exactly what I'm looking for! I guess I'll have to go look at the dealer in town that sells Janome, Vikings and a few other brands.
    I had an Activa 240 and it weighed closed to 25 pounds! I traded it in on a Babylock Symphony.
    I also have a Babylock Audrey and cannot say enough good things about it. It weighs 12 pounds, has needle down for pivoting, about 30 stitches, comes in it's own little carry case and even comes with a little extension table. I have used it for classes, and at home, and find it to be a very solid little machine. I think they run around $300 now.

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    I bought the Target Janome Hello Kitty machine for my daughter-in-law who was a beginner and it's a good little portable machine and fits easily in a rolling scrapbook case. I had in mind it could be handed down to my grand-daughter when she wants to learn to sew. Just think about some of the small ones only do 3 sizes of straight stitch and no tight zig-zag for applique.

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    Target also carries small machines, less than $100 for a few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karenpatrick
    I don't mean to be snide or anything but isn't a 1/4" a 1/4" no matter which machine you sew on? Isn't it up to the sewer to make sure she has a 1/4" seam allowance?
    No. Different manufacturers will give you a different 1/4" foot and ultimately many people struggle getting a 1/4" that matches consistently. So, many people opt to keep a project on one machine. Yes, of course it's up to the sewer to get the 1/4" or scant 1/4", but this can be tricky with multiple machines. Especially if you have a travel machine where you can't move the needle over a notch to the right or left(or two).

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    Do not try the new Singer Feather Weight. It is cheaply made of plastic with a lot of little plastic hinges that I was affraid would break off. I understand Singer has been sold and with it its quality. I returned my after a couple of days.

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    The Brother SQ 9000 is good and lightweight. It will sew without the foot with the push of a button. Sturdy, quiet and sews well.

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    Here's a cutie:

    11 lbs and comes with the 1/4 inch foot. Free shipping and 129.00

    http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/janome-3125.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boopers
    Check out the Brother machines at Wal-Mart. They are not costly and light-weight. I have one that I use when I don't want to take my FW>
    I have two very expensive embroidery/quilting machines, but they sometimes get cranky. However, the machine I bought at WalMart for $80 seven years ago runs great. Besides which, if I'm not travelling with it I use it like a Sidewinder. It's not much more expensive than the $35 Sidewinder, performs the same function, and it sews too.

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    Janome had the best machine. 12Lbs. Comes with an extension table and the 1/4 in foot and best of all it has a thread cutter. Just the best of everything for taking with you to quilt classes. It is the 3160

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    I'm curious...Why don't you just get a Featherweight?

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