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Thread: Suggestions for machine to take RVing

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    Senior Member Numa's Avatar
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    If you are only piecing, the 301 is great. I prefer it to the FW. It's gear driven so it's more powerful than the FW and has a larger throat area. But it is a straight stitch only. The feed dogs drop though so you can do free motion quilting with it. I love mine and they are not nearly as expensive as the FW.

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    I have to agree with you on the 301. I sell them both but the 301 is a stronger machine. You can purchase a zig zag attachment if you really want to do a zig zag stitch.I really love them both though....

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    We full timed for 10 years and I took my Viking with the embodiery attachment all the time. Lots of storage and room to set up on table. Not a problem. Have fun.
    Quote Originally Posted by MamaBear61
    My DH and I are currently thinking of upgrading our current RV to a 5th wheel and spending more time travelling. I would like to have a machine to take along. I currently use a Pfaff 7550 and 1200 at home but both are too bulky to take along.
    For those that use machines while travelling what machine do you take along?
    TIA,

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    I have the Janome Gem Gold and love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2pedersens
    Okay. So I will be the oddball here. We are fulltime RVing. Quilting is my hobby, my entertainment. My husband just bought me a Janome 11000SE. It's awesome. We have travel companions and she quilts (in fact, she is the one that got me started sewing again.). She also has a Janome 11000. We have a wonderful time on the road visiting quilt and fabric shops across the U.S. I would do without pots and pans before I would do without my sewing machine. :)
    Me, too! LOVE my 11000, and my Janome 7700--and we, too, are full-timers. Have my 11000 in the RV, and will have the 7700 in the sewing room at our RV resort in the winter. But summertime, they are BOTH in the RV.

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    I to recommend the Janome Jem Platinum. I take it traveling with me and sew in hotel rooms while DH is at meetings. It is awesome.

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    we go to Az. in the winter with our 5th wheel and my siger featherweight goes with me does not take much room and easy to carry to the clubhouse

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    I'm not an RVer, but my favorite machines for classes and quilting bee is a featherweight or my Janome Jem Gold 2. I bought the Jem for $129 used, a great little machine; sews
    smoothly and quietly. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it at the store.

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    I agree, a Featherweight would be the best ever.. but several of the gals (8 from our group!) I quilt with have bought the new little Bernina machine.. They're are all Black (I think it's the only color), is quite inexpensive, has several choices of stitches and needle positions.. They've had theirs for months and they all love their machines.. If I were looking for a small, light weight machine I would certainly check out the Bernina before I decided on one!

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    Featherweight . . . . watch ebay and Craig's List. Also garage sales, estate sales and thrift shops. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2pedersens
    Okay. So I will be the oddball here. We are fulltime RVing. Quilting is my hobby, my entertainment. My husband just bought me a Janome 11000SE. It's awesome. We have travel companions and she quilts (in fact, she is the one that got me started sewing again.). She also has a Janome 11000. We have a wonderful time on the road visiting quilt and fabric shops across the U.S. I would do without pots and pans before I would do without my sewing machine. :)
    Oh I am so happy to find a quilter who uses a Janome 11000. Please tell me which stitch you use to quilt with. Do you use a locking stitch? There are so many starts and stops with the quilt I am working on and adjusting the stitch each time seems not the easy way. I would appreciate any info you could give me since I am new to quilting.

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    Keep looking for a FW. We RV and it'll fit in any whole. If you settle into an RV resort for the winter, you'll be surprised to find a quilting group at the campsite. Last year we visited Florida and I was sewing on my deck. And the next thing I knew, my neighbor came over. She was in a group and noticed my FW. Quilters are the friendliest

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    I don't find that odd at all. As I said, I take my 10001 and use it with a surge protector (and always unplug it when I'm done) as long as we are running on regular electrical from a campground. Due to my husband's job, sometimes we go a few weeks running off the generator, and I am not risking an expensive computerized machine on power that is inconsistent. I'm glad you haven't had a problem, but as the saying goes, "it just takes once", and I doubt that is covered under your warranty.

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    A hint for all you RVers. Before you start your travels. google the ASG site to find a chapter in the area where you will visit. If you are a winter visitor, check your LQS for ASG info. We love to welcome visitors to our meetings and enjoy sharing new ideas and "show and tells".

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    I would go for the featherweight-you can find them if you keep on looking. I have one 1951 model and have now bought another one 1964 because I love the way they sew. I also have 2 Bernina embroidery machines that are so heavy they are stay at home models. So featherweight is the way to go, don't need a lot of space either.

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    My mom has several Singers and her fave is the 301, a bit bitter than a featherweight, and not so pricy.

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    I have been living full time in my RV for 10 yrs now and love it. Have seen lots of the USA. Workamp along the way. I have a Sears 30 stitch(Under $200.00)and love it, is over 20 yrs old and also a Husquvarna Huskylock 936 serger. Sew a lot along the road. Lots of lap quilts for the grand & great grands and table toppers.Stop at every quilt shop possible. Make and give lots of other projects along the road. Enjoy your 5th wheel and travel safely and as often as you can. Any questions on this lifestyle, just give me a pm. granny_kee

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    Do any of you traveling quilters ever have your picture taken in front of a well known landmark or state sign, holding your sewing machine? Like the travelling gnome? I think that would be a nifty idea for a scrapbook.

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    I have an OLD Singer that my mother used many, many years. She and I traded her machine for my AirDyne Bike. I want to upgrade to something newer but I don't know what would be the best. Going into the machine stores intimidate me as I don't want to be pressured into a purchase that is more than I can afford. How does a person decide what brand/model to purchase. I'm overwhelmed..... help!

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    atraveling knome Sewing machine--that is a GREAT idea. I wish I had thought of it 10 yrs ago, will definately do it from now on!Good idea "lindacope" To "Pattiannie" go into the shops and try out different machines. That is what I did before purchasing my serger.

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    We live in our 36 ft motor home and I have a 12 pound Janome Jem Platinum. I love it and it is one tough little machine.

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    So here is my question. My husband wants to live in our RV fulltime when retirement comes. He has a lot of convincing to get me to sell my home and do this. I want to take the sewing machine. He says it will be me quilting and him sitting in a rocking chair. What do your husbands do while you are quilting? We both love the outdoors, and if we could get into fishing I know we would both enjoy it.

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    We get a lot of Ontario residents donw in Fl for the winter so come on down. Its still way to hot here right now. Sice Kenmores are made by Janome you would be able to get parts easily enough still. I think a mechanical one would hold up better for long hauls but lightweight..mnn. Yes, a FW would do it but at the asking prices now , forget it. I bought a Janome SewMini and left it out west at my son's. $40 and sews only straight stitch. Alos very noisy. I was afraid I would wake up the baby whenever I used it. :-(

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    Janome has a relatively new portable which I love; it's the 3160.

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