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    Hi everyone, I have recently begun quilting again and I have a Janome 8900. My machine is way too big to haul to class. Can you give recommendations for your favorite classroom machine? I don't want to spend a huge amount of money, maybe $750 - 1000. Thank you, in advance, for being kind enough to share your knowledge with me.

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    Janome Jem.... NOT computerized... I have one and love it... Jean will tell you that their Hello Kitty one is fabulous too.. available on Amazon I think...
    "Each day well-lived and Happy;
    that's all there is to Life!"

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      #3
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      I envy you!
      I would check out the Janome Gem. It's very portable.
      Unless, of course, you can lay hand on a 'old school' Singer Featherweight....
      I really need to get off the exclamation point.
      It may give people the idea that I'm bright and cheerful all the time....

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        Pfaff Passport would be my choice
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          #5
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          Pfaff Passport. AWESOME little machine.
          Cathryn

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            I recently bought a Babylock Anna. I love her! She weighs 15 pounds and is a great little machine for piecing. She is very easy to carry around to classes. I almost bought the Janome Gem Gold, which I have heard nothing but good things about. The Anna just had a few more features that I wanted. She was under $250 on sale with an old clunker as a trade-in.

            Check the web, but the best thing you can do is find a good dealer that sells a variety of machines and try out as many as you like. There are lots of nice little machines out there.

            I also suggest you buy a carrying case when you buy a machine if you want to bring it to classes.
            Cyndi


            “Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” - Victor Hugo

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              #7
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              I take my old Viking Rose. She's light and still a work horse.
              🌺 Lorie

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                #8
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                I just traded my Janome Gold in after one year for the Janome 7360 pictured because it had a bit more on it . A bit heavier but I like it better. Paid under $500.
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                  #9
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                  Pfaff Passport. IDT system is wonderful. About $600, 14 lbs. Great machine.

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                    #10
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                    I would recommend the Pfaff Passport. The idt will spoil you and it is wonderful to sew on.
                    Ann

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                      #11
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                      I have the babyLock Audrey and love her, light weight and she came with 1/4" foot, extension table and quite a few nice stitch options.
                      Beth

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                        #12
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                        Have you considered the Viking 100 Q machine. My machine has been to a number of classes, and worked flawlessly. It has been sewing up foundation piecing for a year and a half. It is very percise and weighs about 15 lbs. Very easy and comfortable to transport. I love it.

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                          I have Audrey by Babylock. I found out yesterday they quit making her though. She weighs only 11 pounds and came w/her own carrying case and extension table.
                          pat.

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                            #14
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                            Originally posted by Sharyn J View Post
                            Pfaff Passport. IDT system is wonderful. About $600, 14 lbs. Great machine.
                            Just curious - what does IDT mean?

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                              #15
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                              I have a little Janome that cost me about $230. It is lightweight and perfect for class.
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