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Thread: what's the best lightweight machine to travel with

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    what's the best lightweight machine to travel with

    I'm tired of lugging my heavy Bernina to classes so I'm asking your opinions on the best little machine with mutiple stitches, needle down and auto needle threader. I've been researching the Janome Jem 660, what do you think? The Bernette is a cute little number and the price is right but I think I've heard negative comments about that one. I know this has been discussed before but I wasn't shopping then.
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    If you weren't looking for multiple stitches I'd suggest a vintage Singer Featherweight only 11 lbs. I have the 3/4 size Bernina White Pearl but I prefer the featherweight because it is so light. You might check to see which Bernina is comparable to the White Pearl. I do like the way it sews. It was a limited edition thing so I don't know which number it compares to.
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    I heartily agree with Silver Needle. It is reliable, all metal, and no computer stuff to go weird on you. You can get attachments for more if you want over the net.

    I know of a few quilters who only quilt on a FW.

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    I purchased a Brother SQ9050 awhile back. I have sewed many dresses and several quilt tops with it and I am very impressed. I was used to my mom's heavy Berninas as well so when this one weighed in at a mere nine pounds I was very dubious. It felt like a toy, but I tell you, it performs! I only paid $150 for it on ebay. It was sold as reconditioned but it's never been used before. It has 100 stitches and the whole alphabet as well, which I use to make quilt tags. I saw the same model at walmart for $240. It is computerized, but no problems so far. It has needle down and needle threader.
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    My friend hsd s Brnette and hsd lots of problems. I have a Janome Gem and I love it , although it sews faster than I do.
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    Janome Gem 760!! Brilliant small machine and a great workhorse!! I love it and take it to my sewing class every Monday!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoventryUK View Post
    my sewing class every Monday!!!
    Sorry to change the thread, but I live very close to Coventry and am looking for sewing class to go to, can you tell me where you go Coventry UK?

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    Littlebearquilter. Look up quilting guild uk and see if their is any information. Also find out which area you are in and find out who is in charge. Coventry could be region 11 I 'm not sure but all the information should be on the quilt guild site.
    Post again or do I private message and I will look aroun.

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    I too my looking for a lightweight machine for classes and retreats. I'm not sure what I'll end up with in the end, but if I get a Featherweight, it won't be my only lightweight machine. I taught a quilting class once which required zigzag. Neither the shop owner or I gave it a thought to put that in the course descriptions and two ladies showed up with their FW -- needless to say, they couldn't make the class project.

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    Dandelion, have you considered a vintage Singer 301? They are full sized machines, weigh only 16 pounds, and sew a lovely stitch. I take mine to all my classes, retreats, and sewing circles instead of my Bernina. I think those FWs are just adorable, but I couldn't find any around here at a reasonable price, so I went with a 301 (well, two actually) and have never regretted it. I love sewing on it.

    On the modern side, I've heard good things about the Janome Gem, and my sewing partner brings her Viking +1 (??) every week. I just wanted something simple, without electronics.

    Whatever you decide, keep us posted!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DOTTYMO View Post
    Littlebearquilter. Look up quilting guild uk and see if their is any information. Also find out which area you are in and find out who is in charge. Coventry could be region 11 I 'm not sure but all the information should be on the quilt guild site.
    Post again or do I private message and I will look aroun.
    Thank you for your help Dottymo. I've looked up the quilting guild website and found a group that meet in my home town of Rugby. I shall give them a ring
    Last edited by Littlebearquiltingboard; 10-18-2012 at 05:00 AM. Reason: Add to reply

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    Quote Originally Posted by alberta quilter View Post
    I purchased a Brother SQ9050 awhile back. I have sewed many dresses and several quilt tops with it and I am very impressed. I was used to my mom's heavy Berninas as well so when this one weighed in at a mere nine pounds I was very dubious. It felt like a toy, but I tell you, it performs! I only paid $150 for it on ebay. It was sold as reconditioned but it's never been used before. It has 100 stitches and the whole alphabet as well, which I use to make quilt tags. I saw the same model at walmart for $240. It is computerized, but no problems so far. It has needle down and needle threader.
    I have to agree with this. I take my SQ-9050 to all my classes and it sewed better buttonholes than 1000 dollar machines there, it pieces nice, is lightweight, and only 200 dollars from walmart. I love my cheapie brother has never given me one bit of problem
    Brother XL-3500i, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D, Juki MO-2000QVP

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    I have a Viking Q100 I bought just to take to class and quilting away from home. It is very light weight, wide bed, cost was right, plus my other feet for my Designer 1 fit the 100. Now I have a new FW so will be taking it for sewing away from home but bringing the 100 for a backup. Carrying the designer 1 each time was killing my back not to mention standing on my head each time I had to unplug it.

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    I'm also a vintage machine fan and love the 301, but since you need a zig zag and other stitches, I'd go with the Jem. I have a Janome 9000 that I'm a big fan of and so many people love their Janomes. I don't think you'll be sorry.

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    I too got tired of lugging my heavy Bernina around. Bought myself a Jem Gold - which I used and loved for years. Gave to my granddaughter when I got the Jem Platinum, about which I'm crazy: lightweight, needle down function, and best of all, can set for a scant 1/4" seam.
    Last edited by gollytwo; 10-18-2012 at 06:51 AM. Reason: spelling error

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    I bought the Janome Jem Gold years ago and it is still sewing like new. The newer model Jem has more features. I don't think you will regret getting the portable Janome.
    Got fabric?

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    Featherweight is the absolute best hands down! I even went on an airplane flight and it was small enough to be carry on! It is the perfect machine!
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