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    Has anyone tried this machine?

    I need a lightweight machine to take to groups and classes. For $120 I can buy a Singer Brilliance 6199. Has anyone heard or used this machine for quilting. Anyone information you can give would be helpful. Thanks for your collective wisdom.

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    I can't tell you about the Singer but WalMart has Brother machines for around $89. I have two Brothers. No problems and lightweight.
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    Go to Sears and buy a simple Kenmore.... you can't beat them.
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    Just try before you buy.......Look at your stitch quality, noise, ease of use....A friend of mine was going to buy a little machine without trying it because it had such a great price on it. Fortunately, she did sew on it before buying and discovered it sounded like a freight train, clank, clank, clank, clank...It was awful........She ended up buying a little Kenmore at Sears, payed around $170.00 for it, on sale....It has everything she wanted, decorative stitches, needle up/needle down, ect. and she loves it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by misseva View Post
    I can't tell you about the Singer but WalMart has Brother machines for around $89. I have two Brothers. No problems and lightweight.
    me too. i carry it to the kitchen a lot to sew with the dgk's
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    I would try them out first too, see how easily it sews over 4-6 layers of fabric, to make sure it can handle thicker seams
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    Janome also has some less expensive models. I have one I use to take to classes and sewing groups. No matter what you get try it out and try it on your fabric not the stuff they use in the stores, that stuff has lots of stablizer in it so it looks good.

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    I personally wouldn't invest any money in a modern Singer - go with Janome. Or check Allbrands or O.com for models that are being discontinued. You might also check with a local dealer to see if they anything that has been traded in. Remember that service is an important part to remember when purchasing a machine and you only get that from a dealer. Good luck.

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    I totally agree with scowlkat! I bought a wonderful portable Janome from my most local dealer for $200. It was a $900 machine when new but this machine looked and runs like it's brand new. It is actually my main machine now as I sent my older Janome to the RV for use when traveling. My older machine is 21 years old and I have never had to have either one of them serviced. You couldn't pay me to buy a modern Singer but I do have a 1946 version!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by My time View Post
    I need a lightweight machine to take to groups and classes. For $120 I can buy a Singer Brilliance 6199. Has anyone heard or used this machine for quilting. Anyone information you can give would be helpful. Thanks for your collective wisdom.
    Try a Kenmore from Sears, resonably priced and has features of more expensive machines.
    It sews quietly, has the up/down needle feature, threader and decorative stitches. We have two
    of the cheap Brothers at our quilting group in Church and no one will sew on them. We bought a
    Kenmore to use and I take one of my Kenmores to use there.

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    It's interesting that some of you mentioned the inexpensive brother. That's what I used have to take to classes but I let my daughter have it when she finished university. Thanks so much for the feed back.

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    Janome make Sears don't they?

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    I would recommend a basic Brother. I work on 3 of them (one at home, one at each of son's house) and several ladies in my class have gotten them and are happy with them. Just basic mechanical models.

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    I have a Singer from 2005 & I love it. Not sure on this one..seems out of 8 reviews, half love the machine, half hate it.

    Ok...one of the complaints (and it was mentioned in another)..is the location of the bobbin case. It's not a drop in bobbin...the bobbin is located at the front of the free arm area (you have to remove the arm to get to the bobbin case)...that's like the older machines..no biggie...so we are now at 5 & 3 for like/dislike.

    Also, one person said they had difficulty feeding several layers of quilt fabric through...uh...so do I, even on my longarm machine. So, now it's 6/2 pro.

    Another said she constantly had problems with broken needles/threads and jams.... the manual says to make certain the "leg" of the bobbin case is inserted correctly and all the way..probably her problem...not sure...other person can't get the button hole down...admits it's a learning problem, not a machine problem...Also...the other person said they didn't like that the machine reset to a straight stitch and 2.5 stitch length when turned off, then on again...that's fairly standard with electronic machines...so...overall...probably an ok machine for the price.

    I have a brother SE270D...love it! auto threading, auto cutter..and lightweight if the embroidery arm is not attached.
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    Quote Originally Posted by My time View Post
    I need a lightweight machine to take to groups and classes. For $120 I can buy a Singer Brilliance 6199. Has anyone heard or used this machine for quilting. Anyone information you can give would be helpful. Thanks for your collective wisdom.
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    Please check to see if the machine has plastic gears/parts....I can attest to the fact that they will not hold up for very long if you use it everyday like I did. Mine died a painful death and the repairs would have been more than the cost of a new one. I ended up buying a used Janome and am so glad I did. I love it!

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    That is probably a better idea, go to an actual sewing machine store and pick up a good used machine... I don't like Kenmore or Singer... sorry, had bad experiences with both brands back in the sixties, maybe they have changed since then...
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    Quote Originally Posted by margecam52 View Post
    I have a Singer from 2005 & I love it. Not sure on this one..seems out of 8 reviews, half love the machine, half hate it.

    Ok...one of the complaints (and it was mentioned in another)..is the location of the bobbin case. It's not a drop in bobbin...the bobbin is located at the front of the free arm area (you have to remove the arm to get to the bobbin case)...that's like the older machines..no biggie...so we are now at 5 & 3 for like/dislike.

    Also, one person said they had difficulty feeding several layers of quilt fabric through...uh...so do I, even on my longarm machine. So, now it's 6/2 pro.

    Another said she constantly had problems with broken needles/threads and jams.... the manual says to make certain the "leg" of the bobbin case is inserted correctly and all the way..probably her problem...not sure...other person can't get the button hole down...admits it's a learning problem, not a machine problem...Also...the other person said they didn't like that the machine reset to a straight stitch and 2.5 stitch length when turned off, then on again...that's fairly standard with electronic machines...so...overall...probably an ok machine for the price.

    I have a brother SE270D...love it! auto threading, auto cutter..and lightweight if the embroidery arm is not attached.
    Marge
    I will put in my 2 cents here!! I had a Singer Ingenuity bought from Walmart around $200. Worked great for a while and then started skipping and stacking stitches. No matter what I adjusted, it wouldn't sew a great stitch and I did sew on stabilized fabric.

    Bought a Brother SE270D and LOVE IT. Sold the Singer and bought a Brother PE700II......that was before I caught the vintage machine addiction...now THOSE Singers I am totally addicted to!

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    I just bought a lightweight Janome machine with needle up/down, needle threader, table extension and 60 stitches so I could use it at our quilt guild meetings and classes. I had a light weight Pfaff/Smart which I had used for 5 years but needed the up/down needle and the extension table. When I got it there was a funny sound which turned out just needing oil after being shipped in a hot truck. While I was having it serviced I asked about several other brands so the shop owner/repair person showed me the insides of these machines. The reason the Brother sounds hollow is that all the medal parts are actually mounted to the plastic frame. Singer is like this too. The Janome is a medal frame which can stand alone and then the plastic covers it. Also he told me that the same company makes Pfaff, Janome and BabyLock and they are very similar inside. If you get a new model be aware that although the lights are LED you will notice that the work area may not be as bright as you would expect. I found that many of the front case designs may make it harder to see the needle as clearly as earlier models. The needle area seems to be mounted farther back than the larger, heavier models. I hate to part with money quickly so it has taken me nearly a year to change my travel machine. Good luck!
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    A lot of great suggestions here. The only good thing I can say about Singer is that my purchase of one had me running to buy a Janome.

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