I'm trying to figure this out. I've been told (by a LQS) that you should only by a sewing machine from a dealer because even though the machine may be the same model number, they are different machines. They said that at the factory, the dealer machines are built to different specifications than the ones that go to "big box stores". In other words, there are two assembly lines at the factory. But I also see a lot of people have bought their machines from these "big box stores" and are perfectly happy with them.
Is there really a difference or is this just something that the LQS says to get you to buy their machine for a little more money? I know they also throw in classes and warranties and repair service.
Just a curiosity question. Looking forward to hear what you all think.