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Message Board > Sewing Machines > back up machine ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 2/10/13 0:57 AM

does anyone have any good ideas for a DECENT and BUDGET back up machine?

just something super basic that I can use as a backup?

I would deeply appreciate it!

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Date: 2/10/13 3:36 AM

I'd suggest you look at the mechanical Bernettes, either 46 front loader (cute black little beast, I have one for air travel as its compact but has a nice stitch and is basic but can see denim) or if you like modern appearance the 15 Bernette if you rather top loader.
You also get basic electronic models but these will cost more.
The Emerald 116 or 122 / Tribute 140 from Husqvarna isn't a bad choice for basic machine, so worth a look. Suggest you troll the reviews of brands you are interested in and then start test drive comparisons.

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Date: 2/10/13 7:41 AM

I really like my Janome 2212 allot. It has a beautiful stitch, capable of sewing a variety fabrics, has a bit extra lift , very good 4 step buttonhole which I like as I use large buttons allot. It is a vertical bobbin & I know some people do not like that. .... I have had mine about 2 years & feel it was an excellent purchase for me. They are running around $149 our dealership charges $169 & you get 2 free classes & he does not charge an ordering fee for extra feet where if you are not a customer he does charge an ordering fee. ........... that being said I bought mine online & had no problems.

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Date: 2/10/13 10:05 AM

Right now Tuesday Morning (in-store and on-line) has the Kenmore Mini Ultra 3/4 size 11-pound machine for about $60. I think it may be the best really cheap machine around and I sprung for it on-line. There are reviews here and threads about it. Sounds like it is just like the Janome Hello Kitty ($110) and the original Janome Jem. If you give your backup machines a heavy workout, it may not be for you.
-- Edited on 2/10/13 10:06 AM --

Somewhere the error of describing the Mini Ultra as a drop-in bobbin type occurred and tuesdaymorning is copying that description. It actually is a front-loader (vertical bobbin).
-- Edited on 2/10/13 10:06 PM --

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Date: 2/10/13 10:36 AM

Juki 27Z

This machine is solid. I bought mine during Xmas from Amazon for $114 just out of curiosity. I was blown away by it. It has box feed on 7 feed dogs which means (I subsequently found out) that it will sew just about anything with nary a need to change tension or needle. It weighs only 13 pounds. It is a mechanical but has more than enough straight and stretch stitches and a couple of decorative stitches too. It's got a 4-step buttonhole.

It comes with only 2 presser feet but you can buy a collection of generic presser feet for under $10.

The price has risen to $150. I love this machine. The stitch quality on the straight stitches rival my Janome 6600P. I don't know if it will last forever but at this price, I don't care.

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Date: 2/10/13 11:09 AM

A friend just bought one of these at Tues Morning. I sewed on it and it feels really nice for the money. Probably good for a back-up and class machine. It is very basic though - no threader, no needle down, limited stitch length settings, etc.

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Date: 2/10/13 3:24 PM

I need my backup to be able to take on a lil bit of rough work, especially since my back-up may end up being my main machine for a lil while.

also - Viking and me don't mix. at all.

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Date: 2/10/13 3:44 PM

Would you consider Craigslisting/Goodwilling a vintage? Or did you want it to travel too? A vintage would be basic but very well made, and generally cheap.

Out of curiosity I picked up a Mini Ultra last week. I'm blown away by the stitch quality, and it does jeans! It has an aluminum frame, and didn't vibrate even at top speed. You can free-motion on it, and low shank generic feet are very cheap. I'm very happy with that as a backup/travel machine.

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Date: 2/10/13 5:09 PM

it doesn't have to travel. I'm mostly a sahm so don't get out much anyways.

don't know what a mini ultra is but will check it out thanx.

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Date: 2/10/13 6:54 PM

I have sewn thick things with my Janome 2212...i.e. pet beddy byes ... which is double fleece with thick batting in between, also mended men's work jeans & it was okay. I just used a heavy duty jeans needle to do it & went a bit slow. There are no extra features ... i.e. speed control, up/down, start/stop .... but I like him allot.
If you can find one a Kenmore 16321 is a very good machine that is mechanical & has those extra features that Bogie, 2212, does not have. It also has drop in bobbin. Right now those are my 2 main sm that I use. the Kenmore 16321, Deano, is heavier I cannot lift him myself which is one drawback for me ... using both arms & hands I can lift Bogie a little bit for cleaning purposes. .... I hope this helps a little. ............these are both full size sm. The Kenmore Ultra Mini is not a full size sm. It is very cute & very portable but not a full size sm. ......
Please keep posting ... I like to know what people get that makes me happy............
Thank you...
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