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Thread: Comparing Kenmore 3/4 size, Featherweight or 301?

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    Comparing Kenmore 3/4 size, Featherweight or 301?

    Hi all,
    I have a Featherweight that I take to my quilting group but am wondering whether I "need" something tougher, maybe one of the portable Kenmores like a 1040, or a Singer 301. I like my Featherweight but you know how this addiction is... I always wonder if i need more machines. Do any of you have suggestions about whether to add to my portable collection? I have three other Kenmores that stay in cabinets, so, no shortage of options at home.
    Ila in Denver

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    You're not likely to get too many people telling you not to get more machines around here.
    You have to make up your own mind. Ask yourself what your likes and dislikes are for your featherweight and what features you might want that it doesn't have or that another machine might do better. A 301 isn't going to weigh much more and shares the same bobbins as your featherweight. I think it's a slant shank machine so feet won't interchange though. I don't recall seeing too many people complaining that their featherweights are fragile. They're tiny but they seem to hold up well. I'm not familiar enough with the Kenmores to know if you would like one better or not.
    That or just go out and buy at least one of each so you can try them all.
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    No, my Featherweight is not fragile. It's a little tank. I love it -- I just worry about larger pieces of quilt tops feeding through with those tiny little feed dogs. Once my blocks are pieced on the FW, I do the rest of the assembly on a Kenmore in a cabinet. So, I think your comment has made me realize that what I want is a portable machine that can handle larger chunks of piecework, if that makes sense. Depending on what stage of quilt assembly I'm at, I might want something heavier, but not too heavy to drag to my car... a 301, then... maybe.

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    Lots of people love those little 3/4 size Kenmores. They start at the 1030 and go up for 4 or 5 models, each adding a new feature or two.

    Cari

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    I think there's a kenmore 1020 as well but never seen one. I have few, 301, and a 3/4 kenmore. I haven't sewn on any exclusively but one bee a lot of the quilters are using fw, another sewin a quilter has a painted 301..never seen the kenmore being used..seems like newer machines after tha tut all it takes is one person to show up with something cool...my aunt uses her fw for binding seems like and she hasn't had a problem. Don't think I'd try quilting on mine since I do bigger quilts but might try a baby quilt sometime. All I do at quilt thingies us piece and sometimes a rag quilt

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    The little kenmore is still small would prob have more room with the 301

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    A good lightweight 3/4 size machine is a Japanese clone of the Singer 99K-10. They are made from aluminum and are the same as the 99s but don't weigh any more than the FWs. They have more room under the arch, stronger motors and share the same feet and accessories. The only supply difference is they use Class 66 bobbins and are top loading. Many folks don't like the top loading part. Me ... I prefer it.

    These machines can be seen badged as Bantams or just named as my SEWMOR 303 is:
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    Notice the feather through the logo.

    These are what I'd go for if I wanted a 3/4 sized carry around machine. Oh ... right, I already have one

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    Joe, you're right about the Spartan. I have one that is beautiful and light and sews like a dream. I use it when I am holding classes; let the ladies have their choice, FW, 301, Spartan, 99k, and new Janome (if I take on that many students at one sitting.). My room gets crowded quickly.

    And, yes, I do see the feather. But I had to go back and really look.
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    The Kenmore does more stitches.... I love the little 185s 99s and Spartan machines, too. I have a little Domestic machine that only weighs about 10 or 11 lbs - it is a neat little machine - it runs backwards. I have a 3/4 Montgomery Ward that does zz, too. Why be so mainstream - there are lots of little machines out there. Have fun and enjoy what comes your way. FW has the big advantage of status.
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    Here is a link to a very ancient post - it is a fun read:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...e-t185449.html
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Here's an interesting little machine.
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    3/4 size or smaller 15 clone. Shows a shipping wt of 10 lbs, not sure if it's accurate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney View Post
    Here's an interesting little machine.
    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions...-17710569.html
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    3/4 size or smaller 15 clone. Shows a shipping wt of 10 lbs, not sure if it's accurate.
    Rodney
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    I have all three, (301, Featherweight and Kenmore 1040) and I love them all. But when I go to a class I almost always take the little Kenmore. It has a great case that looks like a little attache case. And the fact that is can zigzag is wonderful. I have had my little Kenny since the mid 90's and I have really used it!

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    Hi everyone,
    Thanks for all the great advice! Who knew there were so many different 3/4-size options! I've decided that I can't add to my collection until I sell one of my Featherweights. Then I think I'm going to add one of the littler Kenmores AND a 301. But don't tell my husband .

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    Quote Originally Posted by iadhikari View Post
    Hi everyone,
    Thanks for all the great advice! Who knew there were so many different 3/4-size options! I've decided that I can't add to my collection until I sell one of my Featherweights. Then I think I'm going to add one of the littler Kenmores AND a 301. But don't tell my husband .
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    I'm confused on what your are calling a Spartan - Joe's photo shows a Sewmore. I just picked up a little 3/4 machine in a cabinet this week and it actually says "Spartan" on it. There was no book or anything, so I'm not sure what model it is. A 99 that takes a 66 bobbin? The bobbin loads from the top & I prefer that. Mine has a really nice finish, but runs kinda rough even after cleaning and oiling. The cabinet is so cheap it wobbles, not even a tilt drawer on it. Model ES196239 and says made in Great Britain on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitzy One View Post
    I'm confused on what your are calling a Spartan - Joe's photo shows a Sewmore. I just picked up a little 3/4 machine in a cabinet this week and it actually says "Spartan" on it. There was no book or anything, so I'm not sure what model it is. A 99 that takes a 66 bobbin? The bobbin loads from the top & I prefer that. Mine has a really nice finish, but runs kinda rough even after cleaning and oiling. The cabinet is so cheap it wobbles, not even a tilt drawer on it. Model ES196239 and says made in Great Britain on it.
    The Spartan was sold as stripped down version of a 99, I think the model was a 192(?) It came without a light or fancy decals. Yes the 99 takes a 66 bobbin, several machines besides a 66 use that bobbin.

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    I'm a member of two Kenmore groups and know several Kenmore enthusiasts. Those members that own a 1040 can't recommend them highly enough. Seriously, they go on and on about them. These machine have pop-out extensions, both length and width, are zig-zag/utility stitch capable, and are light but very strong. With normal use they last forever. And they look extremely cool.

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    There is the class 66 bobbins which is for a drop in type machine then there are the touch and sew etc with drop in bobbins on the newer machines. A lot of times a class15 bobbin is used in the machines with a bobbin case whether Singer 15 or others. Others with a bobbin case: the 301 and the FW use it's own type. The 306 etc use an L bobbin - There are long bobbins but that doesn't count in this case. This is not totally right so be sure to look up what you need in your owner's manual. Manuals can be found on line.
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    KenmoreRulesAll...LOL, I am intrigued about the Kenmore 1040 and will start keeping an eye out for one at garage sales.
    The Singer 301 is my favorite sewing machine in our house - the vertical bobbin and slant shank are two really great features that I have come to LOVE! I bought her after asking for advice from our experts here and am so happy I listened!
    Ila, as long as you don't mind that it only does a straight stitch, you couldn't go wrong with a 301 - it has a lot of space for piecing too.

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