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Thread: How to chose a lightweight quilting sewing machine for my wife???

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    I like to be surprised with smaller items but you have to live with a machine for quite a while so I agree with the handmade gift certificate for a shopping trip. I have a janome gem 760 and love it for classes and travel.

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    Love my Janome Magnolia!
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    What a great guy! You can always get her a nice bag with wheels and plenty of pockets for her tools, etc. And yes, there's always a friendly face to lift the machine to the table for her. Quilters are some of the nicest people around!

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    You need to include your wife in the selection of a sewing machine ,so that she doesn't feel obligated to be happy with the machine even if she's not. She doesn't seem ungrateful to such a wonderfully, thoughtful hubby for buying her a new sewing machine. Would you want her to buy you power tool that you haven't be able to help choose?
    I have both the original Singer 221 featherweight and a Janome Jem Gold 2. I prefer the featherweight for piecing quilts as its quieter and sews a better straight stitch. The Jem has 3 settings for stitch length that can't be adjusted any further, the featherweight you have total control over your stitch length.
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    I love my Janome Platinum Gem. It is lightweight (12 pounds) and has a variety of stitches available. My big machine is also a Janome (6600) so all the parts and bobbins are interchangeable with both machines.
    Quote Originally Posted by Luv Quilts and Cats View Post
    I have friends who have the Janome Gem just for the purpose of traveling to quilt meetings/classes and they have been very happy with it. I've thought of getting one myself when my machine becomes too much to handle.
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    Since your wife already has a Janome, I don't think you'll go wrong buying the Gem. As mentioned many of the accessories are interchangeable. I love my little featherweights but there are times I wished they did more. When buying the Gem ask fow the quilters package. Your a nice guy looking into this for your wife. Is she a member on this board?

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    Never mind the Gem and Featherweights, I want a husband like Dave!
    Quilt outside of the box!

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    Is she going to classes....is this the reason for light weight?
    One of the best quilting machines, Janome 6600 and the new Janome 8900.
    Light weight machine that has the auto cutter for piecing, Janome 3160. You can find Janome 3160, used for $500 or so. I take the 3160 when I travel and to quilt classes. (11 lbs.) PM me for a great dealer.
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    I have two machines but I have looked for several years to find a FW that I could afford. They say they are really light to carry around and that is what I need when I go quilting with my friends. But I can take some patterns and cut them out and then bring them home to sew. I have seen one FW. I like the way they look and feel. I am going to continue to look this year for a FW and then give up on finding one. I know they are on ebay but on a fixed income,(if you can call it income) I can't pay the price for the machine and the shipping. That's ok though, cause I am happy any way!

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    Where can you find used Janome's?

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    If I were looking for a light weight quilting sewing machine, I would definately get the Janome Gem. I don't have one myself, but my sister had one, & she made at least 50 if not more quilts on it. It was still in good shape when she had to give up sewing. I have the Singer Feather weight & really love it, but as some before me said, it only sews a straight stitch. I am also worried about taking mine to retreats. A janome is easier to replace.
    >>>Eva<<<

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunniequilter View Post
    Never mind the Gem and Featherweights, I want a husband like Dave!
    I agree!
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    .My choice for a light weight Janome for quilting, piecing, etc. is either the 3160QDC or the 4120QDC. They weigh about the same as the Jem but are full size and designed for Quilters to take to class or anywhere else. Love my 4120 except it only has one light so I have a folding lamp I take with me. I have other Janome machines and I find it very easy to switch back and forth from them to this one. Plenty of features and feels like a full-size except for the weight.

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    You may find if you get the gem feet From her other janome fit. Ask the dealer if this is so and add feet then each birthday and celebration date.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    Dave,

    Janome junkie here. Always stay with the brand that she uses...which is Janome. She will love her new Gem. Not to worry.

    What a sweetheart you are!! Wrap that baby up and put a huge bow on it. She will keep it and love it esp.. because you made the effort to inquire and purchase. Nothing like opening up a gift vs the IOU.

    Lucky lady!! Lucky you too! Keep us posted!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MimiBug123 View Post
    I might be a 60 year old grandma, but that doesn't stop me from driving my brand new Mustang (with racing stripes and 6 speed manual). My grandchildren's friends think I'm a cool gramma! I dropped my 12 yo DGS off at a party. The kids wanted to know who that was in the cool car. When he told him it was his Mimi's car, they were amazed. They said their grandparents were dull. They only drove Caddies and Mercedes. I got a good laugh off of that one.
    60 is the new 40! Caddies? So 1960's. Yuck!

    Red Mercedes convertible two-seater...oooh yea!

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    Brother has a great little portable machine available on Amazon and not expensive. It is the 6000i (electronic with like 64 stitches that work beautifully) and comes with a host of accessories like a small work table that attaches to make the bed larger, many feet (many more available and the only one I recommend separately is the 1/4 inch quilting foot with a guide), a walking foot . It weighs only 14 pounds and does a great job. I am a winter Texan and there are at least 10 of these machines in the park. I am also a Sr. who cannot carry the heavier Pfaff that I own and sew on at home.

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    I am interested in buying a "traveler" what does anyone know about the Janome Magnolia??????????A bit higher $$, but is it lightweight or a heavy one??????

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    According to the Janome web site the Magnolia weighs 18.2 pounds. So it not as light as the Gem (12 pounds) but not as heavy as others.

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    I have a Janome 3150 and it only weighs 12 lbs. It is my travel machine and I love it! My 6600 and my Sweet Sixteen stay home and keep each other company while I'm gone!

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    If she likes her Janome I would buy the Janome Gem. I know several women who have it and love it!

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