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Thread: Suggestions for machine to take RVing

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    Super Member jlm5419's Avatar
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    I recommend the featherweight, if you can find one. A few weeks ago, my husband had to go somewhere on business, so I went along, taking my featherweight and fabric to keep me occupied while he was in meetings. Worked GREAT.

    I can also recommend a Singer 301. Some call it the featherweight's "big sister." It's a full size machine, but made of aluminum, so it's lighter than a cast iron machine would be. Got mine at a garage sale for $20. It's an awesome machine.

    However, if traveling for more than a few days, I'd probably have to take my embroidery machine as well.

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    I've seen featherweights for $300-$400. I wouldn't buy another machine unless it was less than that. I want a featherweight, but it's not in my budget right now.

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    Always on E-bay for sale. That is where I bought mine and I love it!!!!

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    I have a 31' Carriage Lite. I take my Featherweight with me and a 24" ruler, my supply box, and a combination cutting/ironing mat with us. I take a sweater box of material. If I get down to the need to sandwich a quilt, I just buy the batting somewhere on the road and then just start quilting. My biggest problem is NOT buying any more fabric for awhile. I have a Singer 66 that I carried for years before I got my first featherweight. It was heavier, but worked just as well.

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    I also vote for the featherweight !

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiMi in Lutz
    Always on E-bay for sale. That is where I bought mine and I love it!!!!
    By the way, I, as stated, did get my beautiful 221 Featherweight on Ebay and I paid less than $200 (including shipping) and it is a fantastic machine. If you watch and bid carefully you can get them for way under $300-$400. I also just won the bid for a 301a - It will be fantastic also, I am assured. (getting it for $165 including shipping.) Just when you bid, make sure the seller is highly recommened...and you will be fine. Remember these machines have metal gears...so they really are so much better than the pastic ones. I honestly prefer sewing on my Featherweight. I have the Viking Sapphire 875 and it is a great machine..but for normal sewing and piecing for quilting, I love the Featherweight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaBear61
    If only I could find one :cry:
    I got mine from Sewingmachinesteve.com and he refurbishes machines and then resells them so it's almost like a new machine only better. He's very good to deal with and I have a machine down there being rebuilt right now.

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    I agree on the Janome.

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    with a feather weight you have only the one stitch. With the Janome you have a variety

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    My friend just bought a featherweight on ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluphrog
    If you're just going to be piecing, then a Featherweight or something of that size is the way to go. Bernina just came out with a very small machine. The Bernettes are also great and just a little heavier. Janome Gem and Gold are also relatively lightweight. And Baby Lock has a nice little machine that weighs about the same as the Bernette.
    When we used to do a lot of RVing, I had a Featherweight. It was great for piecing. There was one little spot in the trailer that seemed to be built there just for that machine. That would be my pick again.

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    I have the Janome gem and platinum--both are great. I like the bigger selection of stitches on the platinum (including the blanket stitch). I was at a quilt retreat once when I saw a woman quilting a full size quilt on the gem. I tote mine back and forth to my bees without trouble. Brother also makes a similar machine that i've seen at some retreats. I don't have a comparison, but it is cheaper I know.

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    Featherweights are obtainable over eBay if one is willing to purchase that way. I have purchased three and all have been in great working order. I plan on taking one of mine in our RV next year.

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    Congratulations on your fifth-wheel! We lived in our 40' fifth-wheel for 3 1/2 years while we "bummed" around. I had a Brother that I could easily set on our dining table and it didn't weigh much. It had plenty of stitches and I never had a bit of trouble with it :) Happy traveling :)

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    We RV alot in a old C cab right now - want to move into a 5th wheel or larger trailer for future retirement travels. But I do travel with a small Janome AQS 25th anniversary edition - 12 pounds in weight. It has needle down, FMQ, lots of stitches, a little work horse and I also added an acrylic table topper to extend my working area. Do alot of piecing, blocks and small projects while camping outdoors but keep the big stuff for when I get home to my Pfaff 2.0 Expressions. I also take my old serger for quilt as you go projects and lots of hand sewing projects, too. Just depends on my mood and the location.

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    Earlier this year I purchased a Singer Confidence 7470 and I love it. It is small, light weight but works wonders.

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    Little Miss Featherweight camps along with us.

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    Living in our 5th wheel usually half of the year (in this day and age you gotta go where the work is), I usually have a couple of machines with me. Have a 30 X 60 table that I use - put the machine in the middle, small cutting board on one side and ironing pad on the other. When I'm not using the table, it goes behind the couch, the machines go under the entertainment system and the fabric is in totes in the basement. Current projects are in the uppers over the chairs. My Bernina has never had an issue being with me. My biggest problem is the number of quilt stores in this country - always take an empty tote to handle the overflow situation!

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    Ditto

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    I live on the road fulltime with my husband. Right now we are looking to replace our motorhome, so living out of motels, but have lived in RVs for 12+ years. A lot of it will depend on whether you go out fulltime (then I take my upgraded Janome 10,001 plus), or just for a while. For short periods, I take hand work, and for longer periods I take smaller Janome (can't remember model, but it's about $400). Also need to keep in mind ALWAYS use a surge protector. It has saved our TV several times. And, don't run a computerized machine off a generator. I only use it when we are at campgrounds running off regular electricity. Generators do not have a constant power rate like city electric, and if you need to check, try using a digital alarm clock on one and see what time it says when you get up in the morning! Feel free to PM if I can help in any other way, have had lots of experience with the good and the bad.

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    Wow, that was alot of good information for us newbies that plan to be out on the road more. Hadn't thought it out with the generator and power fluctuations. Thanks for the heads up.

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    Yes thanks Cherie. Surge protection I probably would think about but not the generator thing, it would have not crossed my mind until I had a problem. Thanks for the heads up.

    Man I hope I can find a featherweight at a reasonable price, wish me luck.

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    I have an inexpensive Brother Machine, from Walmart that I keep for anytime I have to get in a vehicle. I will NOT put my quilter's machine in a car unless it needs to see the mechanic. (service rep)

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    We just got a motorhome this past spring and the first thing I did was scope out a place for my machine. I have an elna, brother(sew-&-embroidery), and a singer. I have a travel suitcase for a machine and the things to go with it.
    That said,I was in Tx for 5 wks and didn't take it out once. Don't get me wrong I worked on projects, but I hand pieced and quilted. Being that it was our first trip, well things happen and electical problems which didn't help. I will continue to take one with me when we go any where.(electics are fixed.) I will say that I loved sitting and hand piecing. Getting that 1/4th in seam and straight line stitches. :) Beth

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    e-bay sewing machines:buyer beware
    my first good sewing machine was a viking 2000, i traided it in sadly for a new model years later. then i wanted it back years later. well my son heard me say that. he found 2 on e-bay and bought them for me. they looked great, but one was damanged in shipping and it was packed good, the other a can inside was broken. then i found out that the factory burned down in germany. they will not replace any parts. i will not buy any thing i can not test first from now on.
    phyllis nm

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