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    Machine for Class

    I own a Bernina QE440 and for Christmas want a more portable machine. Thought I wanted a Featherweight but have come to realize I like all of the modern conveniences that new machines offer. Any suggestions for a moderately priced machine? Thanks!

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    I love my Janome TXL 607. It's only 1lb heavier than the Janome Jem that a lot of people will probably recommend and has a lot more bells and whistles. I even prefer it to my Pfaff for FMQ. I think it's paid for itself with the auto thread-cutter, lol.
    (Just bought myself a Featherweight too - waiting on it arriving!)
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    I purchased a featherweight to take to class only goes forward and backwards and is solid.
    Reason purchased. I took my bernina 440qe to class and did an emergency stop on the way( child on a bike and late for school came straight out a junction) when I got to class I found out my handle on one side had been pushed forward into top of machine. Luckily our groups PAT. Tester is across the road. He very carefully undid back and eased and wiggled it out. That made my decision to carry a strong machine to classes. Some of the smaller lighter machines arelastic and I am sure would not have stood up to that emergency.
    Ps. The machine was in a carrying trolley made for a janome with wheels and plenty of fabric surrounding it.
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    I am having this same dilema as well. I too have a 440QE and there is no way that I am taking it to a class or sew-in. I would like to have a fairly simple machine but there is one feature that I really, really want in my travel machine: needle down. I have found this feature so helpful. Also, I am a bit intimidated by the older machines as I'm not too handy and I know that my DH would never attempt to work on it as he would be too afraid of damaging something.

    I did have a Brother for many years (it was my first machine that I owned) and it was a good machine. It was purchased at Costco and I pieced and did some freemotion on it. I would still have it today had it not met a really unfortunate end at the hands (paws?) of one of my dogs.

    I wish there was a machine finder survey that you could plug in your desires and it would look at all machines and tell you which one might be a good fit. I've been watching these threads lately for ideas and suggestions. I'm going on my first quilting retreat in March so I'd like to find one before then.

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    I too wanted a lightweight machine to carry to classes. Ended up buying a Singer, paid about $100 for it. While it doesn't have 'needle down', it does a fine job of basic sewing.

    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.

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    I'm with you Valerie. My Bernina 630 is just too heavy (and delicate) to lug to class, so I went looking for a portable Bernie and ended up with a vintage 801 Sport. It's lightweight, has about a dozen fancy stitches and comes with a handle for portability. Of course, it also come with those beautiful Bernina stitches too.

    Personally, I've given up a few bells and whistles for the durability of all metal construction and complete reliability of the older machines. Check 'em out. You might like them too.
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    I have a Janome AQS which is great to take to classes although I really miss the thread cutter from the 6600. I'm sure Bernina must make lighter weight machines that would work but since I only have Janomes, all I can recommend are the Janome brands. I bought my mom a Jem and she loves how light and handy it is.
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    Babylock dealers in my area running a special for a $99 machine. That's what I Got for classes

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    I have one of those $100 Singers and I really like it. Nothing fancy, but it sews forward and backward and has nice stitches. That's all I was looking for to take to a class.

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    Cindy bought a Viking hclass 100Q for taking classes, and she really likes it.

    http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/media...ss100Q_en.html

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    I love my Janome 3160 QDC. It's a full size machine that weighs only 12 lbs. and has all the features I'm used to - needle up/down, thread cutter, etc.

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    I purchased a used Brother CS6000i for $100 about 5 years ago, and it is fine for my needs. Lightweight, 60 stitches, needle down. Balks a bit at heavy seams, a bit fussy about lint buildup, and the default needle position is to the left so I've rammed a few needles with my preferred center hole 1/4" foot when starting up after lunch so I put a sticky note on it. At home I sometimes use my heavy metal 1976 Kenmore- very reliable.

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    My brother SQ-9050 has the needle down function, drop feed dogs, needle threader and has been awesome for all my classes and travel needs, is super lightweight, comes with all the quilting feet you need without having to purchase additional feet. I just love mine and use her a lot, probably more than my big machine since I am hardly home. I got it from walmart but they sell it on a few sites as well
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    I got a great deal on a Bernina 330, but I also like the Bernina 12 as a sweet, easy machine. It just depends on which features you truly want.

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    I'm so confused! I have a Bernina 1031 and really enjoy it, but I need a machine that I'd feel comfortable taking to retreats and workshops. I've been looking for a basic sewing machine (maybe one or two bells and whistles) but dealers are showing me machines beginning at $660+. That's more than I want to spend at this time.


    I'm considering purchasing from a dealer who can repair the machine. I know it will probably cost me a bit more to go that way.

    I've read Janome reviews and there have been a number of problems with machines right out of the box. So that doesn't give me confidence.

    The following brands have been suggested to me but I can't get a good feel of what's good and what is not worth the price savings. Your comments would be appreciated.

    Simplicity
    Brother
    Janome
    Necci

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    I already have to many machines but that viking sure looks nice

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    Have you considered a Bernette made by Bernina? They are very lightweight and portable. Perfect for taking to class so you don't have to pack up your every day machine. Normally around $200, the Bernina site has a $50 coupon.
    http://www.bernina.com/en-US/Product...us/bernette-27

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    aThe Brother Computerized PC 420 Runway sewing machine is a wonderful machine! It does things higher cost machines do. It has automatic needle threader, automatic thread cutter, simple bobbin winding system, 11 presser feet that includes walking and quilting foot, twin needle function, built in knee lifter to easily raise and lower the presser foot to keep your hands free for repositioning and removing your fabric, 1 touch reversible stitch, needle up down, user friendly 146 page manual, etc. $399 on Amazon. com with free shipping.

    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-Limite...sewing+machine
    Last edited by bikermom; 12-15-2012 at 04:59 AM.

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    I love my featherweight for transporting. Can live without all the bling in class

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    Lugging the heavy home machine has always been a reason I hesitated to sign up for classes....I felt like I was moving with every class. So, this last summer, I bought a FW at a very good price. So this spring I will try signing up using it, see if I feel less encumbered. But in hindsight, if I were to buy another "classroom" type machine, I would look for one that has a blanket stitch too......along with zig-zag...for those quickly fusible appliques some classes involve..

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    I am so lucky. I kept my Bernina 180 and use it for classes. It probably weighs as much or close to the 440 but I have a wheeling tote I put it in and when I have to carry it up stairs it's never more than 7. I manage and I'm 66.

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    I bought a Viking Hclass 100Q and it is great. I take it to my sewing group gatherings and classes because it is very portable. It has a lot of nice features, including the blanket stitch. It is a very very nice to sew with. Take one for a test drive and you will see. Have fun shopping for your machine.

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    I have a Brother SQ9050 that I got at Wal mart for $200, I think it is a very good machine for the price, even has an extension table, walking foot and fmq foot. I used it quite a bit while I was researching machines when my old Husqvarna was giving me a lot of problems. It is only about 12lbs.
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    Have a brother SE9000 with 80 stitches. It is light weight, needle up and down and sews great and doesn't weigh too much. Got it on Overstock.com for $139 delivered.

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    I bought a Brother CS6000i four years ago when I started quilting. It has lots of stitches, a walking foot, and is very light weight. I can lift it with one hand. It is perfect for classes. I ordered it through Walmart for $179 and used their in-store pickup. I upgraded to a Janome 7700 last year but there is no way I would want to lug that monster to a class! I will keep my little Brother.
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