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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Smaller machine for piecing

    I have a brother machine as well. I've had it for 7 years. My Bernina timing went out so it's been my main machine for a few months until I get the other to the shop. Even my 16 year old sews on it with breeze. Brothers are work horses.

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    Missouri Star

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    A friend of mine got a Brother at WalMart for $99 that she loves. It has some really nice features. I sewed on it once when she first got it so I could teach her how to thread it and fill bobbins. She has used it to make 4-5 quilts and loads of self-binding baby blankets and burp cloths.

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    Applique Angel

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    Our JoAnns has the Project Runway Brother machine for $159.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy224 View Post
    I have the Janome 3160 as my "traveling" extra machine. It weighs about 12 pounds and has all my required features: needle threader, needle up/down, etc.and stitches beautifully. I would suggest that maybe look for a smaller machine in the same brand of machine you currently have. Most of the time the feet are interchangeable, the bobbins are the same, and the learning curve is much smaller if you are already familiar with that brand.
    Welcome to the board.
    This is my traveler as well and I love it. I use it for retreats and classes and my 5th wheel. I have the Janome 6600 at home and like that the feet are interchangeable.

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    Batting Beauty

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    I have a Elna Star and it is light and sews like a dream
    Debbie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kgrammiecaz View Post
    I am a Babylock girl. Tried others. I think they are all good in their own way. Depends on features you want. Needle down is my favorite. Go to a shop near you that sells machines and try some out. Good Luck.
    I love your Avitar! I'm definitely looking for needle down. I bought my Babylock Jazz before that feature was added. I love my Jazz for piecing and tough sewing. It's a workhorse, but it's way too big for portability.

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    Everyone, thanks for your replies. I've spent the last few days researching machines--I've learned a lot!--and looking your suggestions. I'm armed with information. Tomorrow, I'm going to my local store to test the machines.

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    Missouri Star

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    I may be too late, but I wanted to chime in to say that Brother makes excellent "entry level" machines. They are lightweight, yet tough as nails. They sew beautifully, too.

    Please let us know what you buy!
    Toni ... If I keep sewing long enough, will they make their own dinner?

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    Missouri Star

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    My portable machine is a Brother Pacesetter that I purchased in 2000, and it's still going strong.

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    Block Queen

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    When getting a little machine be sure you like the lighting. I had a small Janome and it worked good had a lot of features but the lighting was so bad.I hated it for that reason and sold it.Now in the market for another little one.

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