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Thread: Sewing machine that is light weight for travel

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    With christmas around the corner I find myself thinking of gifts my kids can get for me. I am the type that normally goes out and buys what I want when I want it. Right about now my DH and kids start to nag, I mean ask me what I would like. It is a real struggle. Now mind you I am not complaining its just hard.

    Anyway I have been working with a friend teaching her the basics of sewing and quilting. We have been meeting at her home. Taking my Bernina QE is not an option for travel too heavy let alone I would hate to jar up the electronics. I was thinking a light weight sewing machine would be nice.

    I just don't know which one. I am thinking of a machine that is about $150-$200. I don't want a reall expensive one I would only use it when traveling.

    You are all such a wealth of information, thanks for your help.
    Have a great day,
    Denise


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    Sew and Vac has some reasonably priced ones. Check with your dealers they may have one that was turned in as a trade. Why not a Bernette???

    Get a 221 Singer Featherweight since family wants to buy you one. Check on Ebay and such. They are lightweight and a real work horse. :D :D

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    The Janome Jem line of sewing machines has a really good rep among quilters, and they are lightweight. Here are some websites for them:

    http://www.sewingroom.com/jem.htm

    http://www.sewvacdirect.com/janome660jem.html

    http://www.rosiescalicocupboard.com/

    They vary in price depending on features. I think the Jem Gold Plus is the newest one with the most features.

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    I have a sears Kenmore that is a dream workhorse, fairly lightweight, that I carry when traveling.

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    I swear by my Janome Gem. It weighs only 11 pounds. I take it to classes all the time. It's highly portable and a real little workhorse. An expert quilter recommended it to me, so I purchased it for $199.00. It is the ONLY machine I have and I love it.

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    I agree with Prism, you can not go wrong with Janome Jem line. I have 3 Janome and one Bernina and love them all, but my favorite for picking up and going is the Jem Silver.
    Good Luck,

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    me too!

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    there's another current thread on the exact same subject. see if you can hunt it down to read further comments.


    edit - here you go:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/28006.page

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    redrummy - what model Kenmore do you have? I keep checking the Sears and Kenmore sites hoping they'll have a Jem equivalent. Thank you for the info.
    Mary Ellen

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    model # 385.12102 just a basic sewing machine, but light enough to carry when needed.

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    Thank you. I'll check it out.
    Mary Ellen

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    I have both a Janome Jem and a Brother 900D. I like them both very much. However, the Brother machine has many more features than the Janome and doesn't weigh that much more. It also is an embrodery machine. I carry it to all my classes and to my Quilt Guild.

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    I just bought a singer featherweight through Ebay, I was lucky I got it for $180, but actually that was a steal. I could not believe it when it said I was the winner. The Singer Featherweight 221 is a great quilting machine. Although most that are in great shape you would be lucky if you can get one for $300-350.

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    I have a Brother ES-2000 that is lightweight and has quite a few features. It sews well, and is great for piecing. For any quilting, I use my Pfaff, as it is the heavier machine. My MC 6000 is also good for quilting.

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