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    Senior Member KathyJ's Avatar
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    I bought a Janome 3160 at the Paducah 2011 quilt show specifically for a class machine. LOVE IT!!!! In fact, I like it so much, I use it more than I do my Janome 10001. The 3160 is fairly light, has multiple deco stitches, is easy to use, dependable, has needle up/down and - the best part - built in scissors! That's my favorite option & the main reason I don't use the 10001 except for embroidery. I found a scrapbooking tote at a garage sale & it carries my machine, accessories & fabrics nicely. I'm in a scrap group that meets monthly & this machine has been a lifesaver. Whatever you select, hope you enjoy it as much as I do mine. Blessings for Christmas.

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    I got a janome gem and it is light and easy to take to class. We normally just sew straight seam or zig jag and mine will do that I use the machine with the bells and whistles at home. The only time I take my fancy machine is to class that I want to learn something special. They carry it in and out for me so that is a great help.

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    Janome 3160

    This one is under 12 lbs. Great quilting machine. Since you are mainly piecing in class, this machine has the auto thread cutter, a must for piecing. I couldn't believe how light weight it was with all the bells and whistles.....especially that cutter.
    Diana in TX

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    Okay I probably going out on a limb here but I bought a little brother sewing machine with a table extension and 77 stitches for $129. I think it's a CS6000. I bought at London Drugs here in Canada. It's light weight and great to bring to class. My daughter loved it so much she bought one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillCountryGal View Post
    Thought I wanted a featherweight... tried one with no success. The bobbin was very sensitive and would create a nest of jumbled thread constantly. Even had the sewing machine repair guy work on it... still had the same problem. **I know most people that own a featherwight love them. Guess I just happened to get a lemon.
    The chances are that the bobbin case was the problem. Secondary problem could be the bobbins. With Featherweights, just because a bobbin or bobbin case is supposed to fit the machine, doesn't necessarily mean it will.

    BTW, I take a lot of classes and some teachers want free arms, feather stitch, zig zag, etc. I take a Bernina 1171, the Quilter's machine. It does everything needed. However, it is heavy, so if I am taking a class that ONLY needs piecing, I will take a Featherweight (Singer 221) or a Singer 301 if I need piecing and free motion quilting. A Featherweight can be touchy about the thread used, and a 301 handles every thread I've given it except YLI. However, 30 out of 32 different and various manufacturers' machines had trouble with the YLI thread in a class I took and some had to go to the repair person.

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    I bought a Singer 99K and decided I didn't want an old machine to take to classes. I didn't want to take my Bernina 830 out of my house. Well, I have the Viking Quilt Design that doesn't weigh too much and I just purchased an acrylic table for it, so I'm done searching for the perfect machine. It has needle up/down and suppose to self thread but that puppy hasn't worked right since I bought it home. I need to take it to my dealer (1/2 hour away) and have him adjust it. It's nothing fancy at all, but just right for classes.

    You know, I use to love retreats until the getaway we held ours at went belly up and they decided that the Ascension School in my home town is the perfect place for our retreats. I went the first two years, but it wasn't the same. I had to go home and feed the dogs and once I was home, it was hard to go back. The third year I set up my machine and just stayed during the day and stayed home at night and saved a bunch of money (1 mile from my house ... makes sense to stay home) but didn't even go on Saturday and showed up Sunday to pick up my machine and haven't been back since. Why can't we find a place where no one lives? I walk by the school every day. It's not like a retreat at all to me. Sorry, I'm whining.
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    I bought the little inexpensive Bernette to take to classes if I'm going to need more than straight stitching. It was about $150 and works fine for retreats and workshops. I wouldn't want to count on her for heavy duty sewing, but for occasional trips, she works just fine. Back and forth stitching, zig zag and a blanket stitch; she has the basics.
    Karen in Kentucky

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    Ditto, Lynda. Love my little 3160.

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    I have a friend that bought a Baby Lock Grace and she absolutely LOVES it. Not too fancy, but light...easy to Transport, and has a few. Fancy stitches. It's on sale in our area right now too.

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    Costco has a brother xr1300 for $150.00 light weight an has all the bells and whistle , its a quilting machine with the table . Has 130 stitches I just bought one and cant weight till christmas. I have never owned a Brother machine. DottieBug

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    I have a Brother Project Runway Limited Edition and that is the only machine I own. Of course, I hand quilt so I don't need those heavy machines. But this does the job for machine piecing and taking to classes. I love this little machine and I paid less than $400 for it.
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    Love my Janome Jem Platnium

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    My recommendation for the Bernina owners would be the Bernina 215. It can be found for as low as $699. Maybe a little pricy for a second machine but all of your feet will be interchangeable. In the case of the 440 even the bobbin will be the same. If price is no object move in to the 3 series machines for a few more stitches and options! Good luck with your search!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KyKaren1949 View Post
    I bought the little inexpensive Bernette to take to classes if I'm going to need more than straight stitching. It was about $150 and works fine for retreats and workshops. I wouldn't want to count on her for heavy duty sewing, but for occasional trips, she works just fine. Back and forth stitching, zig zag and a blanket stitch; she has the basics.
    I have to say that little Bernette is a great machine. We have sold a huge number of them and have not had a single mechanical problem with them!
    One of the country's largest yet unknown quilt shops! http://www.oldecityquilts.com

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    Featherweights or their big sister the 301 are great for class.
    Cheryl Robinson
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    Love the Janome Gem for class....
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