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Thread: Machine to take to classess - opinions??

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    I am wanting to get a machine to take to classess and can't find anything small or lightweight in my area so am considering ordering one. My friends say get a featherwieght or a Janome MC3000 - depends on who you ask! ... so ... I thought I would ask you! :thumbup:

    Help! ... any other suggestions or is one of these a good choice??

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    You'd be very limited for classes with a featherweight as they're not made for FMQ and don't have applique stitches. I'd get a Janome Jem or something along those lines.

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    I use a Janome Gem. It is very easy to handle and does well enough. If I'm going to need to do something complicated I take my Pfaff, but that isn't very often.

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    I have the Jem Gold for classes. I have the 6500 at home and I love that the feet are interchangable. Both are workhorses!

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    Janome Gem
    I do own three Feather Weights but you can do anything and everything with a Janome Gem it is just a 3/4 machine. With the feather weight you do straight stitch.

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    I won a Janome 3160 and it's wonderful!! But several of the ladies I sew with have Janome Gems or Magnolias and love them too.
    Featherwieghts are great if you can find one for a good price but they aren't always available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    I won a Janome 3160 and it's wonderful!! But several of the ladies I sew with have Janome Gems or Magnolias and love them too.
    Featherwieghts are great if you can find one for a good price but they aren't always available.

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    I bought a Brother HS 2000 for my kids, but I think it would make a fine machine for taking to classes. You can get one for around $200. I've heard only good things about Janomes.

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    Can't go wrong with a Janome and I love the 760. Has most of the features of a 6500 without the thread cutter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamer2009
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    I agree. Most classes use straight stitching, at least the ones I've gone to.

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    One thing to consider ... I know I can not switch machines when working on the same project.

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    I also have a Jem Gold and use it all the time for classes - even take it when I travel. I have an Elna at home and all the feet work on both of them...I work on projects on both my Janome and my Elna and have had no problem.

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    I have a pink 3/4 Kenmore, which is equivallent to the Janome Miss Kitty sewing machine.

    I also have a Singer Genie from the 70's which is a little heavier (19lbs) but is very compact because the foot and cord are stored in the top of the case.

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    Can any of you Gem owners tell me if it has a needle-down feature?

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    I have a Janome 760 Gem I take to classes every week. Lightweight enough for me. I also have a cart I put it in. Hubby usually puts it in the car for me. Otherwise I carry them out separately myself then put the machine into the cart to pull into my LQS for classes.

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    I have a Janome Gem--must have had it about 12 years now. Very lightweight for classes but mine is very basic.
    No needle up/down feature, but I am sure some of the models all these years later probably would have it.

    I have done some FMQ with it, some quilt in the ditch, some mending, etc. It does real good for a small machine.

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    I have a Brother which is lightweight and a good machine. Bought it at WM for less than $50.00. I also have a FW and I think the Brother is lighter.

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    I have a Janome Gem for classes and love it.

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    You might also consider the Baby Lock Audrey... Comparable to the Janome Gem, but a little bit less expensive

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    I have to go with the majority... Janome Gem....I have the platinum and it does everything you need it to do!

    I heard from our Bernina dealer that the newest Bernette is really having issues, so stay clear of that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladyjanedoe
    Can any of you Gem owners tell me if it has a needle-down feature?
    yes, needle down, feed dogs drop, a few decorative stitches, and only 12 pounds....I have the gold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktbb
    Quote Originally Posted by Ladyjanedoe
    Can any of you Gem owners tell me if it has a needle-down feature?
    yes, needle down, feed dogs drop, a few decorative stitches, and only 12 pounds....I have the gold.
    also drop in bobbin and all Kenmore feet fit it! So the quilting kit at Sears is the thing to add on to it, if you want to free motion and have the 1/4" foot at a price you can afford!
    OH, and it takes the signature prewound bobbins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktbb
    Quote Originally Posted by Ladyjanedoe
    Can any of you Gem owners tell me if it has a needle-down feature?
    yes, needle down, feed dogs drop, a few decorative stitches, and only 12 pounds....I have the gold.
    And mine has the needle threader....so with my not so good vision anymore, that is definitely a lifesaver.

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    I take my Singer 301a, a little heavier than the Featherweight, has a carrying handle, and doesn't vibrate or jump around on the table, sews alot better than most of the newer machines. I have a Featherweight, but am not really crazy about.

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