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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Kenmore, Kenmore and Kenmore. Need a replacement for Mom ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Kenmore, Kenmore and Kenmore. Need a replacement for Mom
She only likes Kenmore. Need a good new option
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Date: 5/5/13 10:20 PM

MDM needs a new machine but has sewn on Kenmore, Kenmore and Kenmore since she surrendered her all metal Singer back in the early eighties.

I have tried desperately to tell her that Janome is the same as Kenmore but she insists that they are noisier. I suspect Someone in her quilting club has a HD 1000

At this point I need to find a good mechanical machine that she can carry to class (she's in her seventies so it has to be LIGHT), preferably with needle up/down. I don't think even Kenmore has made one of these since the 16321? But I could be wrong. The most important thing is it must deliver a Perfect quarter inch seam since all she does is quilt with it. She sends her tops out to be quilted these days so FMQ is not important nor is harp space. Good lighting is a bonus but I seem to recall an Ottlite from my last visit.

Your opinions, feedback and ideas are deeply appreciated.

PS. I am very sick and cannot go shopping for a machine or try one out. Thanks for your help

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Date: 5/5/13 10:29 PM

Lots of quilters love the Janome Gems to carry to classes

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Date: 5/6/13 7:17 AM

Janome 3160QDC is a full size machine that weighs 12lbs and is designed just for quilters. The Jems are lightweight 3/4 size machines that range from fairly basic mechanical all the way to electronic. I'm pretty sure that most of the electronic ones have needle up/down. I'm not sure any of the mechanical ones do anymore.

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Date: 5/6/13 7:33 AM

Janome has a model (5027) that is the exact machine as the former kenmore 16231. It is a pink-ribbon (breast cancer) model and you can find it on their website. The 16231/5027 are identical except for trim color. It has all that you say she is wanting. I love the 16231 that lives with my daughter now. She never uses it so I should get it back!! Very powerful machine--needle up/down, nice stitch package and yes, it is quiet!

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Date: 5/6/13 7:35 AM

Here's some info that will support you: Click here I have a Janome QC6019 that I take to classes and not only is it light, but it also is very quiet. It's a light lavender color, has a large bed, and lots of feet. I tried a Gem and it was a real PITA. I couldn't get much in the way of zigzag, it had to have special feet, it was too small, and it sounded clunky.

Although my machine is no longer being made (it's mechanical) the Janome 3160 is a nice machine; I have a class member who has one. Really quiet and about as many features as my 6500 and weighs a lot less.

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Date: 5/6/13 9:00 AM

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Janome has a model (5027) that is the exact machine as the former kenmore 16231. It is a pink-ribbon (breast cancer) model and you can find it on their website. The 16231/5027 are identical except for trim color. It has all that you say she is wanting. I love the 16231 that lives with my daughter now. She never uses it so I should get it back!! Very powerful machine--needle up/down, nice stitch package and yes, it is quiet!

I believe it is the same as the 16221, not 16231 which has 3 extra buttons for more electronic adjustments. Nice machine, however.

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Date: 5/6/13 9:05 AM

There is a Janome 3050 in the classifieds here on PR.
Would Mom prefer a mechanical? I love my Janome 2212 it is a full size machine & has a lovely stitch & quiet. Between $149 & $189 depending on where you get it. ... It is front loading bobbin though I did not see which top of bobbin your Mom prefers.
If she insists on Kenmores check Ebay as sometimes they have brand new ones listed... however you know they have increased in price due to saying Kenmore.
Hope you feel better...

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Date: 5/6/13 9:28 AM

The Kenmore brand, as far as sewing machines go, is defunct (sadly). Older Kenmore mechanicals are great, and all-metal, meaning they are at least 25 pounds. If she wants a comparable machine to what she was using, Janome would be the first choice as they had been making Kenmore machines for the last 20 years or so.

Personally, I would consider the new Elna Lotus. Designed to be portable and self-contained, it's a rather nifty machine. A little weird-looking, not mechanical, but easy to use and reliable. You don't have to tell her that it's made by Janome. Check it out: Elna Lotus

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Date: 5/6/13 9:50 AM

When you get better, take her dealer shopping so she can test the different brands and models.

Sooner or later we all have to come to grips that they don't make them like they use to, if at all.

Remind her why she got rid of the Singers, which by the way, the 1507 is light weight, sews a great seam and is less than $100.

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Date: 5/6/13 10:31 AM

Oh yes, thank you. The machine I spoke of is the 16221. I'm glad they are still making it. Sorry for the confusion.

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