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Date: 5/4/13 3:21 PM

I have a Viking Sapphire 835 that I adore. I recently attended a class and toting it around is not easy! It is a heavy machine! I would like to take more classes but I am not sure I want to lug my machine everywhere. I am currently looking into buying a machine trolley/tote for it. I think that would help a lot and make it much easier to transport it.

Because I am wanting to take my classes, I am thinking I may want a second machine for that purpose. Or do buy buy a trolley and just bring my machine to my classes? If I bought a second machine, it would be 400 or less. I am mostly a garment sewer who also makes handbags and may do small quilting projects.

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Date: 5/4/13 4:18 PM

Viking makes a nice lower priced machine I think its called the emerald this way you can share feet.

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Date: 5/4/13 4:59 PM

I sewed on a Viking H Class machine making quilts for charity at Quilt Festival and loved it. The gal next to me went to the Viking booth and bought one as it would fit in her carry on bag for business trips! Tale a look!
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Date: 5/4/13 5:02 PM

What works for one, may not work for another. Visit several dealers to do a test drive and then a pick-up test to see if any suit your need.

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Date: 5/4/13 6:49 PM

Did you look at the Viking Hclass 100q when you were at the Viking dealer? It's got some nice decorative stitches and adjustable presser foot pressure. It has 7mm feed dogs so you can use the Viking interchangeable walking foot with it as well. I don't think it can share bobbins with your Sapphire though.

I love my Janome AQS 2009, which is now sold as a Janome JNH-720. It does not have adjustable presser foot pressure, but it works very well and is very portable. I like the computerized machine for pivoting in applique and stuff.

EDIT: I'm not sure the price of those machines. My Janome was a floor model.
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Date: 5/4/13 7:02 PM

These suggestions that let you stick with Viking sound excellent. I just want to chime in that I purchased a second machine for exactly the reason you are considering it. I have a tote for my Bernina, but I didn't like the extra wear and tear that comes from lugging it to classes, etc. So I purchased a Janome MyStyle 100, about $200, which is a simple mechanical machine. It does 90% of what I want to do. It's going to come in handy while the Bernina is in for maintenance, or for taking to classes unless the subject falls within the 10% of functions it can't do. The feet are totally different from my Bernina, but the Janome came with an adequate selection of basic feet so that became a non-issue. Although I have space issues, the second machine didn't add to them because it lives in the tote.

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Date: 5/4/13 9:57 PM

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the feedback. I have another Viking I could use but it is my son's machine and is very basic. It is the 215 model from the mid 90s. It is a good little machine but I want something with a few more bells and whistles. His machine only has two feet and I don't think mine are interchangable with his machine. It would likely work for now... If I find lugging mine to be too much of a problem. That would give me time to look for a different machine or pay one off. I will look at some other Viking machines. I was also considering some Brother machines in the 200 to 300 range. The other idea I have is to look at an embroidery combo machine. I would like to dabble a bit in embroidery and was thinking about one of the lower end Brother embroidery machines. My Costco has o e for 299. It would kill 2 birds with one stone. It would allow me to try my hand at embroidery and I would have a more portable machine for classes. Do any of you own combo machines like this one: http://t.costco.com/BrotherŪ-LB-6800THRD-Computerized-Sewing-and-Embroidery-Machine.product.11528279.html my store has it for less then it is listed for here. Thoughts?

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Date: 5/4/13 9:57 PM

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the feedback. I have another Viking I could use but it is my son's machine and is very basic. It is the 215 model from the mid 90s. It is a good little machine but I want something with a few more bells and whistles. His machine only has two feet and I don't think mine are interchangable with his machine. It would likely work for now... If I find lugging mine to be too much of a problem. That would give me time to look for a different machine or pay one off. I will look at some other Viking machines. I was also considering some Brother machines in the 200 to 300 range. The other idea I have is to look at an embroidery combo machine. I would like to dabble a bit in embroidery and was thinking about one of the lower end Brother embroidery machines. My Costco has o e for 299. It would kill 2 birds with one stone. It would allow me to try my hand at embroidery and I would have a more portable machine for classes. Do any of you own combo machines like this one: http://t.costco.com/BrotherŪ-LB-6800THRD-Computerized-Sewing-and-Embroidery-Machine.product.11528279.html my store has it for less then it is listed for here. Thoughts?

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Date: 5/5/13 10:56 AM

Hmmm. Without the embroidery unit it weighs just 13 lbs so light enough for taking to classes. However, since you have asked for our thoughts I would not make my class machine a combo. Since you already have a good sewing machine and are interested in classes and garment construction I would recommend that you try out different sewing only machines and pick one. My personal favorites might not be yours. For embroidery I would gently suggest to save your pennies and buy a machine with the set up best able to accommodate growth in skill and interest levels. The Brother PE 770 or equivalent is a good place to start. Check the reviews of embroidery machines and I think you will find the general concensus is that a field of at least 5"x7" is recommended. It's up to you in the end but everyone who has watched me trek thi same journey knows that embroidery can be a very addictive little habit! I started out looking for something to take to classes when I joined this site. Now I have a TOL and am selling the 'take to class' machine and the PE 770. SMAD is contagious.

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Date: 5/5/13 11:06 AM

Juki 27Z. During the Xmas holidays, I got one from Amazon for $114, (shipping included). It is a mechanical and only 13 pounds, has box feed and makes a beautiful stitch. It only comes with 2 presser feet, but you can buy a bunch of generic feet for under $10 (for 8) that fit it perfectly. It's a solid little machine with all the stitches you might need. It also has not problem with layers of denim. Easiest threader I've ever used too!

One caveat, Juki does not have very good quality control and there are a lot of lemons sold but you can return them until you get one that works. This machine is a fabulous deal.

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