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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Need light weight machine ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Bernina, Janome, or Brother
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Date: 3/25/13 3:19 PM

I need a light weight machine to take to classes. My home machines are a Janome 8900 and an older Bernina 153. I love them both, but I just can't transport them on a regular basis. I need a strong machine since I sew a lot of bags and heavy fabric. I've looked at the Bernina 300s, but I would really like an auto thread cutter and the ability to adjust the presser foot tension. Can anyone give me a suggestion. My budget is about $1000 and as I mentioned, I'm looking for lighter weight and a bit more power than some of the Brother's have. Perhaps a Babylock.

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Date: 3/25/13 5:13 PM

Pfaff is coming out with a 15 pound machine in April, the Passport, and it should be below your budget. It will have IDT but am not sure about the other features but check it out.

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Date: 3/25/13 8:53 PM

Bernina's most lightweight machines, the Activas and 3 series, are about 18lbs, heavier than most lightweight machines. My kids' Brother HS 2000 is only 9 lbs, Janome has some 12lb models.

I'm pretty stuck on Bernina features (the feet, the heel tap, the knee lift...) so I use my Activa or 440 if I need the BSR.

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Date: 3/26/13 10:36 AM

I searched too. It really is a niche field.

For computerized features I would wait to see how the Pfaff Passport stacks up. I am sure other brands will follow. What will be interesting is what features or components Pfaff will sacrifice on weight to hit portability and price point

The problem I see is the price point to features. Components that are smaller, weigh less, are of high quality and easy to service drive up the price. Lighter plastic parts of less quality don't offer the value or performance. it can be cheaper to replace the machine than service it.

High quality metal & larger components offer value with lots of features but are heavier. Companies are finally responding to our demand for a quality, affordable portables so I expect we will see more models being brought to market. And there is the whole issue of sewing vs combo portables.

I decided to forgo a computerized sm and wait out the changing market with a mechanical portable. After a lot of research I decided on a Pfaff 1252. Quality and portability was higher on my list than computerized features. I found the IDT eliminates the need for pressure adjustment- at least on the type of projects and tutorials I am finding offered at classes.

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Date: 3/26/13 12:16 PM

Can you post of picture of the 1252? I cannot find anything about such a numbered model anywhere!

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Date: 3/27/13 2:49 PM

Love love love the Babylock Grace for class! I have been using mine continuously for 2 years without issue. Most Janome and brother feet fit on it. Price is under $400.00. Brother has a sister machine to it, I believe it's the Novis 40.

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Date: 3/28/13 2:20 PM

Thanks for you help. I will look for the new Pfaff in April.

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Date: 3/28/13 11:34 PM

For bags and heavy weight material, I would look at machines that have a strong motor with good piercing power. I wouldn't recommend the 12 pound machines. For example, the janome 760 doesn't have a lot of clearance under the foot for thick fabrics. Be sure to take thick samples to the dealers for try outs.

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