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Thread: Light Weight Machines

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    Senior Member mcdor's Avatar
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    Please help, I am looking for a new light weight sewing machine I can easily carry to quilt classes, etc. I would like all the features of a larger machine, needle down, auto threader and thread cutter. Is there anything like this? Thanks in advance for your help.

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    There is a really nice one @ WM called project runway by; brother....very light................you can also go on their site and have it mailed to the WM close to you..........

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    I have a Singer Confidence Quilter 7469. It has all the features you're looking for plus quite a few zig zag stitches. It also has a free arm and a small table . I bought mine at Joanns on sale for 299.00. doesn't have a carying case. I bought a tote on wheels that holds my machine, the table most of the stuff I need for classes. got it on sale too. Sorry this is so long.

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    Janome 3160 meets your requirements. Dunno if the Brother PRW 420 on Amazon has a thread cutter, but it's less $$$

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    Janome has a 3/4 size model weighing in at 12 lbs. Sorry, I don't know the model #.

    A lot of gals with the larger computer machines have been buying this machine for their take to class one, so they can leave their computer one safely at home

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    Lots of quilters like the Featherweight.
    I am devoted to Jem Platinum and Jem Gold - they're about 13 lbs each and cost $3-400; less if your LQS is having a machine sale. That's how I got both of mine.

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    I have a Brother HS2000 computerized machine with 70+ stitches & it's under 20 lbs. I can lift it with one hand easily. I love mine! I have a bad back & had to get the lighter machine so I could continue sewing as much as I wanted.

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    This is what I have and I LOVE it!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Maia B
    Janome 3160 meets your requirements. Dunno if the Brother PRW 420 on Amazon has a thread cutter, but it's less $$$

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    I have the Janome Jem Platinum. Really like it! For a lot less money you can buy a vintage Singer 301 which is a very cool machine. I have two:) Both are light weight and love them both!

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    I have the Janome Jem Platinum. Really like it! For a lot less money you can buy a vintage Singer 301 which is a very cool machine. I have two:) Both are light weight and love them both!

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    I have the Janome 3160 and like it because it's a full-size machine. I just wasn't comfortable with 3/4 size.

    It has the higher-end features you want. The only bad thing about it is the lighting. But the classroom where I take my classes has lights on every table so I can position the light to enhance the machine's lighting.

    Other than that, I really like it.

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    the little janome is a great (travel machine)

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    I have the Gem Gold 2 and love it for class.oh my is it a joy to carry!!! Love my 6600 but this one is so light for class!

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    I have 2 small machines that I take to classes - Janome 720 and the Janome Gem Gold. I've even taken the Janome 720 on plane trips as a carry on. The Gold has more stitches, that's the only difference between the two.

    When you get a light weight machine, I suggest you buy some of that rubberized non skid shelf liner, you can find it in the dollar store. Cut a piece and stick it under the machine, that will stop it from moving around.

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    The new Janome Gems have a lot of features the older Gems do not have. I have the older one and it has never given me any problems at all. If it does not have a carry handle on the machine do not buy it. You'll wish every time you pick it up it had a handle, unless it's a FeatherWeight of course.

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    Babylock has a model called a Sophia that has all of this, plus some embroidery capability and an out of thread warning beep. I got mine used and really like it. It's lightweight and powerful for the money

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    thanks for all the advise, I will call my Janome dealer tomorrow.

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