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Old 04-05-2012, 08:15 AM
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I'm looking for a rolling bag for my sewing machine - Brother 9000. The one I found a Joann's has bad reviews - cheap handle, breaks easily, etc.

In the links below the first one doesn't have any reviews. The second has good reviews, but only 4 of them. Trying to decide whether to wait until I can afford a better one or if something like this will do. I'm going on a retreat in June, don't take classes often, but who knows what the future holds?

So .. suggestions?

http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/bl...le-trolley.php

http://www.amazon.com/SINGER-Large-R...d_sim_sbs_ac_2

I found this thread, but ... any advantage to a closed case vs. this open crate?
http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...e-t183710.html

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Old 04-05-2012, 08:28 AM
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I'm not sure about either of the cases, but the open crate is a disadvantage if it's rainy or windy. I have a larger machine and have not bought one for myself because of the price. I haven't found one that was less than $160. I used a carry on bag and luggage cart when I took my class. It was the only thing I could come up with using what I had on hand. If you are going local, a carry on bag might work for you. If you were traveling with it, you'd want to be sure to protect the machine with bubble wrap or other protective packaging.
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Rain and wind - very true. Hadn't thought about a regular carryon bag. Mine lay flat and zip around the side - hadn't thought about using that - thought it needed to open at the top. Must be a rolling bag and not just a tote. hmmmmm. Thanks for your input.

The upcoming retreat is one we'll drive to so .. no worries about too much protective packaging.
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I have one that I purchased at Joanns quite some time ago with a 40% off coupon. It works fine for me. All the others are so expensive!
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:07 AM
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Good to know about the Joann's one - it had so many bad comments about the handle that I was afraid it just wouldn't be worth it. Good to know yours has been fine. I had planned to get it next time they had a good coupon, but the reviews scared me.
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Don't know much about these except I had one from JoAnn's that did not have handles on each side. That was a pain. I now have Tuttos for my machines. They come in different sizes so you would need to look at their website to see what size you would need for your machine. They are more expensive than JoAnn's, but AllBrands.com carries them at a lower price. Just another avenue to explore.

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Found a 'suitcase' with wheels and handle for $3 at thrift shop. It's wide enough to handle my Singer 301A and tall enough to put sewing roll/fabric above the machine.
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I got a Tutto on sale years ago. Now I don't use it much. I do pack my things for the sew-in or class, but not the machine in the Tutto. The Tutto can handle it OK, it is ME that can't. Now I have someone else take in my machine and all the other stuff is in the Tutto. It is also great for storage in my studio.

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The Tutto is the best quality sewing machine tote for all makes of machines. The Bernia totes are great too. It's one time buy if you buy the best and could save you hundreds in a repair bill if you machine gets bumped around.
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I bought my rolling tote at Joann't when they were on sale for $39. and have had it several years. It works fine for me has lots of storage etc. I tried using a luggage carrier and dropped my machine from it and cost me mega bucks to get it fixed . I still have room to pack my fabric and other supplies around the machine so it is well protected. Worth the money. However I only use it in my own vehicle to travel to quilt retreat etc. My friend has the biggest one and she can not lift it when she gets it packed. that would present a problem for me too.
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