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    Need input on a light weight, transportable sewing machine

    I am going to be looking into joining some kind of sewing group here in town, prefer quilting, but it is a small town. Might not get much of a choice! But I will be doing quilting no matter what they do. I kind of have it planned as I don't like hauling a ton of stuff to work with and then, of course, get there and not have one item I need! So I am planning on doing piece work or scrap work...
    But what I need is a small, LIGHTWEIGHT sewing machine. ONly needs to have straight stitch and maybe zigzag and forward and reverse. I am sure other things will come with it but that's all I need as the more you get with it the higher the price will be and I don't want to spend a ton on this. It also has to be sturdy and secure enough that it won't wobble or wiggle or shake while I am sewing. It also has to be light weight as possible as I can't life more than about 15 pounds....there in my delima..if it is light weight for carrying reasons, it won't have much weight to fight wiggle and shaking.

    I have looked at some, but you just never know what you are going to get from what you read. That is why I'd like people that know what I am talking about to tell me their experience. I want to learn from someone that knows!
    And not one of the reviews/descriptions has said a word about whether they shake and wiggle while sewing. I wont' be bringing my own table, so I have no idea what kind of tables they have. It could be a light weight table. I know my Singer Quantum shaked, rattled and rolled when I had it on a plastic top banquet table, but on the same kind of table with a wood top.. it never moves a muscle!

    I also have a huge problem with this Singer and its threading issues. I had heard somewhere that it is a good idea to get the same little machine as your regular one that way you can use the feet interchangealbly instead of buying new ones for each. I only need 1/4 in and an all purpose for the little one, but still... I could change it I want, but with this thread issue with this Singer... I do not want another SInger if they all have this problem! So any brand will do and I need to stay around $100 simply cause it won't be used that much and I also plan to let my 7 year old grand daughter use it when she is up here a few times a year when she is learning.

    So if you have one you are happy with or know of someone that has one that is happy with it could you please share about it? I don't care where I buy it from, local or online. I bought from a place south of me Sewing Machines Plus and while underwarrenty they are great, out of warrenty, they are borderline. I have heard Joann's is not a good place for anything but buying. Good prices, but if there is a problem I have heard they aren't very helpful. My LQS is not really a LQS, more of a "high priced machine store"..they have the long arms and nothing under $1000 and embroidery and vaccum cleaners so they aren't much help.

    Thanks for anything you can contribute to me current quest!
    Cheri

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    Re: Need input on a light weight, transportable sewing machine

    You got 3 answers to your lightweight sewing machine question here. http://forum.missouriquiltco.com/gen...les-stuff.html

    The Featherweight is about 11 pounds, I think the Jem is about the same weight as well.
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      Re: Need input on a light weight, transportable sewing machine

      I got a Pfaff Passport for my travel machine. Weighs about 14 pounds. I can lift it with one hand.

      I use it every month at Project Linus meetings. It sews BEAUTIFULLY! So far no shaking or wiggling. I use it on standard looking tables in Hobby Lobby's classroom.

      Someone else brings her little Janome, and it can not handle the slippery satin labels like the Passport can, and it can not handle labels on knitted or crocheted blankets at all. The little Passport is a great machine!

      It is not a super inexpensive machine. I really love it!
      Last edited by Cat n bull; January 20, 2014, 04:38 PM. Reason: forgot!
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        #4
        Re: Need input on a light weight, transportable sewing machine

        Singer Featherweight has my vote
        Happy Quilting!

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          Re: Need input on a light weight, transportable sewing machine

          Originally posted by Cat n bull View Post
          I got a Pfaff Passport for my travel machine. Weighs about 14 pounds.
          I'm looking at one of those too because of its portability.

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            lightest sewing machine - Sewing Machines - Compare specs and features of top brand appliances at ApplianceShopping
            Here's a list of lite weight machines....hope this helps !
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              #7
              Re: Need input on a light weight, transportable sewing machine

              Originally posted by Dalronix View Post
              I'm looking at one of those too because of its portability.
              Try one out! They are really great little machines.
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                #8
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                I bought a Brother at Walmart. I got it for shirring. Light and cheap.
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                  Re: Need input on a light weight, transportable sewing machine

                  Originally posted by Dalronix View Post
                  I'm looking at one of those too because of its portability.

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRm-KAPjVrg

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB-defheBu8
                  I have the Passport 2.0 and I Love it. The IDT system is wonderful. It's lightweight and makes beautiful stitches. I use this little machine as much as my regular size machine. I'm also 68 yrs old and have no problem transporting this machine around my house or for travel.

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                    Re: Need input on a light weight, transportable sewing machine

                    I have the janome jem.... 12lbs... does it all,, it's a great piecing machine.. mine is a manual not the computerized... jean sewing machine has told us many times about the "hello kitty" janome machine that is fantastic and again about 12lbs...pricing is about 100.00 or less... for travel I prefer the manual.. less to jar and cause a problem.. just my opinion..
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                      Re: Need input on a light weight, transportable sewing machine

                      I have the Passport 2.0 also. Love it. Use it at my BOM and classes on plastic tables. No shaking. We are making a purse and it went through 1 layer of soft and stable, 2 layers of batting and 6 layers of cotton when I attached the straps without out a problem.
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                        My Babylock Audrey weighs in at 11 or 12 pounds. Comes w/the extension table and carrying case. I paid $299. It looks like I have the same Singer as you....the feet are interchangeable on the two machines, an added bonus!
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                          Jean has this one, and another one that is the same model, and she says it is areal work horse. Or you could check this one out, it is very similar to the one I bought my GD. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000VGAMU6/...SIN=B000VGAMU6 Hello Kitty Sewing Machine - Green (11706) : Target
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                            Re: Need input on a light weight, transportable sewing machine

                            Originally posted by K. McEuen View Post
                            You got 3 answers to your lightweight sewing machine question here. http://forum.missouriquiltco.com/gen...les-stuff.html

                            The Featherweight is about 11 pounds, I think the Jem is about the same weight as well.
                            Yeah, I know. but I wasnt thrilled with any of them when I looked them up and reviewed them at a few sites selling them.
                            Cheri

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                              #15
                              Re: Need input on a light weight, transportable sewing machine

                              Check out a Brother PC420 project runway .. Available at Amazon .. Actually touted as a general sewing/quilting machine .. Lots of nice features .. Threader, cutter, knee lift, sew without the foot pedal also, lots of feet (low shank) and more.... .. And a free arm when you need one also
                              Last edited by MSzat; January 20, 2014, 09:49 PM.

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