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Can not tote heavy Bernina anymore
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Date: 5/23/12 11:57 AM

My elbow is hurting still from lifting my Aurora 430 from my house to sew at a get together. I never intended to use it for traveling but have managed to end up with just my TOL machines and they are all way to heavy to move around. I am looking for recommendations for something smaller or lighter that you have had success with especially in the garment sewing area. I had thought about getting maybe even a vintage (Singer 301) to use. I'd like a machine that can sew through corduroy, linen, lightwight denim as well as cottons, wool and silk. Would love to hear some ideas, and thanks!

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Date: 5/23/12 12:10 PM

The 430 weighs about 23lbs, just the machine, and the lightest quality machines seem to be about 12 lbs (Several Janomes and Brothers for sure). Janome lists machine weights on their website.

My Activa is 18 lbs, not much lighter, so you might have to go with another brand to really lighten your load.

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Date: 5/23/12 12:43 PM

Last summer I got. Janome AQS 2009 (now re-named JNH 720) and it seems to have all the most necessary utility stitches. I would estimate that its powerful enough to do everything but heavy denim (I haven't tried denim, just for some reason I don't trust it for that? I have no basis for my distrust) its probably 12-13 lbs. Its computerized, it simply lacks adjustable presser foot pressure but I think that's probably okay for mosy aplications. I hardly miss it except certain specialized things I wouldn't do on that machine anyway. I paid $350 for it which I think was a very fair price.

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Date: 5/23/12 12:52 PM

I really like my Janome 2212 ... it fits in a plain roller suitcase fine. I think it is a very sturdy sewer & I find the stitches are nice too. I have sewn fleece, cotton, heavy jacket fabric , quilting without any problems. It is a mechanical sm. You did not say a price point but I think now they are running around $169 at the dealership.
I have other sm too but this one has gotten to be my pretty much go to & take to sm.

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Date: 5/23/12 1:34 PM

I have a Janome 8050, and the Janome 1050 is just like it - they weigh in at just 11 or 12 pounds and are full size machines with really nice stitching. I have no complaints - the 1050 is 299 online and the 8050 is sold only at Hancock's stores and on their website. A Janome is a trooper so you can't really go wring with any of the suggested Janomes at a really good price!

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Date: 5/23/12 3:16 PM

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I really like my Janome 2212 ... it fits in a plain roller suitcase fine. I think it is a very sturdy sewer & I find the stitches are nice too. I have sewn fleece, cotton, heavy jacket fabric , quilting without any problems. It is a mechanical sm. You did not say a price point but I think now they are running around $169 at the dealership.

I have other sm too but this one has gotten to be my pretty much go to & take to sm.

Its ~15lbs and handles denim (still lacks adjustable presser foot pressure) feet are cheap. I used the machine for a beginning quilting class and found it manageable weight wise in a carry bag.

What kind of features are you looking for on your lighter machine?
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Date: 5/23/12 4:08 PM

Good suggestions so far, and I have written them down. Wish list would include needle up/down feature, pressure foot pressure adjustment, and various needle positions. My wish list would mean a computerized machine, but I do like mechanicals as well. I do not have a price point, but would like to keep it at $1,000 if possible and just find one lighter than my Bernina. The Janomes sound like my best bet for price and features.

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Date: 5/23/12 5:38 PM

I have a Janome 3160QDC and it has all the features you mention and also a built in thread cutter besides the needle up/needle down feature. It also has adjustable presser foot pressure, which is a must for me. It's a nice little machine. It's described as "a full-sized machine" but it's smallish and only about 12 lbs.

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Date: 5/24/12 7:16 AM

I love my brother CP 6500. Weighs 10.1 lbs! Has needle up-down (no adj. pressure foot) and

•60 built-in stitches and 110 stitch functions
•LCD screen with computerized stitch selection
•One-touch start/stop/reverse operations
•1-Step Buttonhole with 7 Styles
•Free arm/flatbed convertible sewing surface
•Automatic needle threading
•Quick-Set™ drop-in bobbin and automatic bobbin winding
•Variable sewing speed control
•Selection of accessories included; six sewing feet and more
I checked, it's on sale on Amazon right now for $140...you can buy the machine and lots of fabric under your price point!

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Date: 5/24/12 7:49 AM

Shopping for class machines is a slippery slope. Invariably you find something that has this or that and weighs "not that much more". Its easy to get a toter that feels heavy. If weight is a primary concern, try to stick with the 10-13 lb-ers and use a soft-sided zipper tote vs the hard case it comes with. Coco, your toter sounds great..that's a lot of features in a very small package. OP for what you are wanting...Brother and Janome are the only two offering well-equipped light-weight machines.

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