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Best ltweight machines to tote to classe

Ariadne | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I am looking into purchasing a very portable machine to take to classes.  I really do not like to carry the Bernina out of the sewing room.   Anyone with experience on any of the following models please post your experiences on your machines strengths and weaknesses.

Singer Feather Weight 132, 14 lbs.

Singer Feather Weight II #117, 13 lbs.

Euro Pro 415 Sew & Go, 11.5 lbs.

CraftMaster 300 Quilters Compact, 13 lbs.

Janome Silver ASG Special Edition, 12 lbs.

Janome Gold, 12 lbs.

White 750, 10 lbs.

White 1740, 13 lbs.

Thank you!


  1. carolfresia | | #1

    Carol S,

    I can add another couple to your list (although I'm not sure of their current availability). The Brother PS 1000, and the Brother PS 1250. I have the PS 1000, which was my starter machine, and recently took it with me on a trip to a tailoring class. I'm not one to enjoy lugging anything that can't be distributed ergonomically over my back and shoulders, but honestly, this was no worse than carrying a kind of over-stuffed pocket-book.

    And when I sat down and sewed on it (after reminding myself that the controls are not computerized and require some dial adjustments--duh!), I remembered why I liked it so much when it was my primary machine. This little thing hums along really nicely. No bells or whistles, but the 4-step buttonhole is almost as nice as the very decent 1-step buttonhole on my newer machine, and the needle can be moved side-to-side (which is a feature I use a lot when top-stitching).

    THe PS 1250 is a step up from the 1000, and is also a pleasant, smaller machine to use.

    The only drawback with smaller, lightweight machines is that they lack some of the stability of heavier models when you're sewing large projects like quilts or slipcovers or drapes. But it sure is nice to have a portable machine that sews well and the doesn't cost a fortune, so you're not afraid to take it out into the world.


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