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I know this is usually answered with "it depends", but I'm going to  
throw this out anyway:

My DGD in New York City would love to have a SMALL reliable sewing  
machine.  I am thrilled at the thought of making this happen for  
her.  She is into CosPlay and although right now she can use the  
machines in the Juilliard costume shop, she would really like to  
have one in her apartment.  She loves my Singer 401As, (it's so cool  
that she brags to her friends about those machines!) but DD thinks  
they are too large, and I don't relish the thought of shipping one  
across the country.

So, here is my question:

Are there any small, lightweight new/modern machines which are  
reliable?  Any which hold tension, don't have fits if two layers of  
denim pass under the presser foot, don't break down if you look at  
them cross-eyed?

I would really appreciate feedback, with recommended manufacturer  
and model.  I haven't settled on a budget yet, probably under  
$500.00.  I have searched Costco in NYC, which would be really handy  
for her, and they have several models,  I thought about using  
craigslist, but in addition to the risk factor, I am not sure how  
she would retrieve one, and I don't think a used machine is an  
option.

I need real advice, from real sewists, on which machines are not  
going to give her trouble.

Thanks for any help,

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Beverly
http://www.ickes.us



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On Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 4:10:50 PM UTC-6, BEI Design wrote:
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This is not the answer you are looking for but I have seen

no clue how reliable it is but if memory serves me correctly
it's a Janome.


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Thanks, I see she lists two machines by "American Home", each is a  
little smaller than my 401As, so that's good, but I cannot find any  
reviews.

--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us


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On Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:10:41 -0800, "BEI Design"

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  As I know Bo-Diddley about the modern sewing machines  -
"small and light weight"  would seem to imply  light duty - to me.
  ..  I'd love to be corrected !   < as would you >
I would also wonder about accessories, parts, service  -
if it is a particularly unusual / unique  model  ..
My wife's modern Janome looks a bit bigger than my old Elna
but weighs less  -  neither takes up much space.
 I really can't imagine using a significantly smaller machine.
  ... especially with my  10  thumbs   :-)
    John T.


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snipped-for-privacy@ccanoemail.ca wrote:
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To me, as well.  I doubt DGD will be thrilled with a light weight  
machine, especially after learning to sew on (and loving) my  
full-sized 401As.  She has limited space, so she wants small, but  
she is not likely to love anything small, as the arm will be so  
short.  <shrug>

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True, that!  ;-D

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Yes, that is also my concern.  As well, she has limited  
transportation options for lugging a machine to a shop.

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I measured my machine, it is 17.5 inches long.  I am not finding  
anything a great deal shorter than that which I would consider.  
"Hello Kitty" does not make the cut...
http://tinyurl.com/hello-kitty-toy-machine

I may have to talk her out of "small":


--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us

  


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Just what I would have said. ;-) If the machine is light, it means that a  
lot of (important) parts are made of plastic which doesn't go well with  
longevity, little maintenance and hard work in thick fabrics. At least  
that's my 2 c. I guess, if she wants a machine, she'll have to think of one  
other item that has to make room for it and go. If you go for less than  
quality, you both would hate the whole business, you with a sort of guilty  
mind and she thinking what c... her grandma gave her.

U.  


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I'm taking a serious look at one of the ones Ron just linked to.  

Juki!  Small!  Light weight!  ;-)

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Beverly
http://www.ickes.us

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Well small is relative, most of the newer machines I see are smaller than  
the old ones which makes it difficult for me to put needles in and thread  
them, (big Hands). That said I have pretty good luck with these.
http://a1sewingmachine.com/home-sewing-machines.htm
They are all 3/4 size machines


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Ron Anderson A1 Sewing Machine
18 Dingman Rd Sand Lake, NY 12153
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  There ya go  !   The only Juki s  I have seen are industrial
machines.
   John T.

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snipped-for-privacy@ccanoemail.ca wrote:
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DGD is very impressed with the industrial Jukis at the costume  
shops.  Since she really wants a machine in her apartment, the first  
one Ron linked to may just work.  Happy dance!

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Beverly
http://www.ickes.us



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Ron Anderson wrote:

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Ron, you are a treasure!!!  I'll contact you off-group to inquire  
about shipping to NYC, and adding some extras (bobbins, needles,  
etc.) but the little Juki HZL-27ZJuki HZL-27Z Juki HZL-27Z Juki  
HZL-27Z appears to fill the bill.  Thank you so much, I really  
appreciate your input.


--  
Beverly
http://www.ickes.us



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BEI Design wrote:
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Sorry for the stutter...  ;-}  I blame Ctrl-V

:-}

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