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Old 08-23-2015, 12:46 AM
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It may be best to get the Janome, I hear so many good things about them, I have a big one but not a traveling one, but since you have a dealer close by it may be a good thing.
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Old 08-23-2015, 03:35 AM
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I like my Janome lightweight...
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:04 AM
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I have a Janome 3160. Weighs 11 lbs and is a full feature machine. It's a little price (sells for $699 at my store) but I've had mine for a year and never had a problem. At classes the room is filled with them as they are such a great full feature lightweight machine. Has a large sewing shelf that makes piecing and sewing so much easier. My friend also has a less expensive Janome Gem and loves it as just a piecing machine.
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:12 AM
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I have the Janome Platinum 760 (I think that's the #)....We RV full time and I have made 3 quilts this past winter. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Janome....It's lightweight and easy to use.
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:19 AM
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Any of the Janome Gems, silver, Gold or Platinum. When I bought a janome Gem Silver there was an option to buy a quilting package. It had everything from the walking foot, detachable table and the case included. It also quilts great!
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:04 AM
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My Walmart Brother machines have lasted for a while with no problems. One, that I took on a trip, fell out of the car. It looked fine on the outside, but apparently suffered internal injuries. Not a big deal, as i only paid $89 for it new and it had lasted 6 years without a problem.

Well, there was one problem - me and my ignorance! I didn't know they had to be cleaned. It stopped sewing, so I took it apart to figure out what was wrong. There was 1/4" of packed lint under the needle plate. Cleaned it out and it ran like new again.

Now I clean my machines regularly. Lesson learned.
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:28 AM
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I agree with Sally J. I have had my 3160 for 4 yrs. & have never regretted buying it. It, too, is my "travel" machine but I also bring it in the living room when I want to watch something special on TV.
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Old 08-23-2015, 11:17 AM
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I have Brother, Janome, FW and 301's. Each on has traveled with me to retreats, AZ or church. If my daughter was in the Mts and near a Janome shop I definitely would go with the Janome. Maybe they even have a used one that you could get classes for. They have more metal in them than the Brother so I expect them to last longer. Lucky you to get to sew in a beautiful area.
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Old 08-23-2015, 11:31 AM
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I have three Janomes and love them. They are lightweight and easy to carry. I also have a 1975 Viking that I use to use but it is very heavy and I haven't used it for years. I would definitely go with the Janome. Let us know what you decided to do
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Old 08-23-2015, 04:34 PM
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I travel with a small older model Pfaff. Pre-computer so I can plug it in anywhere and do not need a power bar. It has very basic stitches. It is a durable machine and I love it. You can get older Pfaffs online. If you choose this, be sure it is a model that was made in Germany.

Just remember that if you are doing a project on a certain machine, that it is best to do the whole project on the same one. Even a slight variation in seamlines can make a huge difference on a quilt top.
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