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Thread: So happy with sewing machine purchase.

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    I also have a Janome 6600 and have thought about purchasing a lightweight machine for classes, etc. I'm okay with leaving my FMQing to do on the 6600 (which has a bigger throat).

    Are any of your feet interchangeable between the two machines? I assume the bobbins are the same (boy, I'd hate to have to keep track of two different bobbin sizes).
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    Quote Originally Posted by LavenderBlue View Post
    Over Memorial Weekend, I purchased the lightweight and portable Janome 3128 during Hancock Fabric's sale. I am loving it! It is only 11 lbs., has a carrying handle, a light, very easy to thread/wind and insert bobbin, 17 stitches, snap-on feet, reverse stitch and several other features. In addition to the regular foot, it includes a 1/4 foot with the ridge. It sews very quietly - enough that I will use it in the dining room while dh watches TV. The only features it lacks are a thread cutter and drop feed dogs. Supposedly, Hancock's has this sale periodically throughout the year. It is valued at $179, but their price was only $89. Shipping for items over $35 was free. For the price and quality, I would recommend this machine, especially for travel and classes.
    Thanks for posting - I'm thinking about getting a lighter machine for just the reason you did.
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    AHHHH! That sounds like a great idea. I hadn't thought of doing that. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing .
    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady View Post
    You don't need to drop the feed dogs when FMQ. Just put the stitch length to "0". I learned this from Leah Day tutes.
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    Congratulations on your new machine!

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    lol !! congrats !! I saw the Memory Craft 12000 and OMGoodness what a machine .. but I couldn't see spending that type of monies on a machine .. But I sure wanted it .. LOL
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    What a fantastic deal!

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    so great that you are happy with your purchase - a good feeling!

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    Cool! Congrats and enjoy!
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    I just bought the Janome 3160 to take to classes. I have a Janome 4900 that I love and bought the Janome Platinum Jem for my grandaughter. The 3160 is 12 pounds, has an automatic thread cutter, has 60 decorative stitches. I've tried all the stitches and they work beautifully!

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    Newestnana - Yes, I'm thrilled to be using the same Janome bobbins. No, the 3128 has snap-on feet which of course are different from the 6600.

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    Good for you!!! I will keep this in mind when i am in need of another machine LOL
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    Congratulations on your new baby.

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    Check the back of your machine behind the pressure foot - there may be rocker bar to drop the feed dogs. I have a light weight Janome - different model and discovered that I did have feed dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk View Post
    I saw a video on YouTube a while back. The gal who was showing how to FMQ says she doesn't drop the feed dogs but sets her machine to zero.
    it works like a charm. i had bought a feed dog cover for my older babylock before i figured out i could just set the stitch length to zero and use my free motion foot.
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