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Light Weight Sewing Machines

GranJanice | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi Everyone,

I have a Designer SE that I love, but I would love to purchase a 2nd. lightweight sewing machine to take to classes etc. and to sew fleece on and materials with gold and silver specks in them so as not to clog my expensive computerized one.

I have looked at a few different models, but it is hard to select one once you get use to the quality of the HusqvarnaViking Designer SE.  I recently looked at the HuskyLock CE20 for approx. $399.  I know there are so many others out there and less money but might as well get a pretty good one for a back up.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  Thanks for your input.


  1. solosmocker | | #1

    There is always the ultimate lightweight machine, the antique Singer Featherweight. This little honey makes the most beautiful straight stitch imaginable and is often for sale on ebay. They average about 450.00, depending on year and condition and paint color. You would have to pry mine from me. I plan on passing it on to DGD.

    1. GranJanice | | #2

      Hi - thanks for the info.  I have seen and heard a lot about these featherweights.  And, they all say the same thing - that it does a wonderful straight stich. 

      1. Betakin | | #3

        You might be interested in a Janome Jem Gold or Jem Silver that was actually developed for the ASG to take to guild meetings. I had the Jem Silver with the ASG logo on the head and the little blue carry bag but gave it to my middle DD to use for her family.

        Janome now has newer model Jems that are computerized and much more expensive. The Jem Gold and Jem Silver (that was created for an ASG anniversary edition) were originally priced at $399 but being discontinued can now be purchased at on line dealers for $199-$249. I purchased mine for $199 with free shipping and the dealer was nice enough to throw in a walking foot and 1/4 in. foot.

        1. GranJanice | | #4

          Hi - that sounds very interesting.  I think I will look for a local dealer and just try the machine if I can - if they are still available.  Do you remember if you purchased it on line and if so do you remember the website?  Thanks much.

          1. Betakin | | #5

            I have no local Janome dealer and back when I wanted my Jem Silver even the Janome dealer in a town near me said they could not get one for me and had not been able to get them for some time. The machines were discontinued models. I purchased my Jem from SewVac Direct. I believe Allbrands among other on line dealers carry the Jems. These are small machines with a slant spool and see through jam proof horizontal bobbin. They can sew almost like a large machine and are of much better quality than most small machines.

            The newer Jems are more expensive and the computerized models cost as much or even more than some larger machines. I do hope you can find one. These little machines can be toted anywhere. They have the few stitches needed like blind hem, a few stretch stitches and make a beautiful 4 step buttonhole. The width of the zig zag stitch is fixed however where you have to dial to the width pictured on the machine. The longest straight stitch is also a very nice basting stitch, better than most machines.

          2. GranJanice | | #6

            Hi - thanks again.  I will keep my eyes open.  It is always so good to be able to share sewing with other sewers.  We are the only ones that understand our additiction to sewing.  My friends who do not sew get that far out look when I start talking too much about sewing.  Oh well - their loss! Have a nice day. Janice

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