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    This seems like a deal of a lifetime....

    I have been looking to purchase an embroidery machine... specifically Brother. I went shopping @ local LQS and about passed out over the prices of some of these machines.

    I have found a used Innov-is 2800D for $2,500. My LQS priced this machine to me for $3,599!!!

    Here is what I have found out about the machine:
    1. Machine is 1 year old
    2. Total count of stitches is 6m+
    3. Seller says machine is in excellent condition and she has upgraded to the Quanttro ($8,000+) due to having a larger frame.
    4. Seller said that she has never had any issues with the machine and that she will take to her local LQS (where she bought machine) and have serviced to confirm in perfect condition.
    5. All accessories that came with the machine will be included.... plus PE Designer software.
    6. So.... @ her asking price (she may take less), I would save approximately $1,200+

    The machine is a few hours away from me.... but seller said she will set it up and demo it for me.

    What do you think? Is this a deal of a lifetime? Would you purchase it? How about others who have the 2800D..... do you like it? I make good money.... but am very conservative with it!!! So, this is a hefty purchase for me.

    I appreciate your feedback and input.

    Thanks a million!

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    I don't know BUT I wanted to mention that 'maybe' your local LQS will refuse to service it or help you in anyway. Yes I've seen that happen time and time again. The LQS price might include all those items and more. Good luck with your choice.
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    I have the same machine and love it. Be sure to test it out and get used to putting the bobbins in correctly (don't ask me why I know this )

    Our Brother.Pfaff dealer services all of the Brother machines (and other brands as well) regardless where you purchased your machine and is very nice about it.

    Call your dealer (or have a friend call and act like she is from somewhere else and see how she is treated over the phone if you want a "new" opinion) to see if they will service machines purchased elsewhere.

    The software added to it is great...wish I had it
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    Thank you sandyquilts and moonwork42029!

    Moonwork: what type of embroidery thread do you use?

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    I bought my Bernina 440QEE used, it was 1 year old and very lightly used. I paid $2,500 when the going price with embroidery was around $4,000. Two things about buying used is that the warranty did not transfer from the original purchaser and you do not get the free classes from the dealer. I paid my dealer $200 to take the classes, and have continued to take my machines there for service, but I have always felt like kind of a stepchild ... Still don't regret buying it used. I later bought a Bernina serger used (used once for 1 class) for half the new price and paid the local dealer again to take the classes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluegrassGurl View Post
    Thank you sandyquilts and moonwork42029!

    Moonwork: what type of embroidery thread do you use?
    I'll have to check (don't tell anyone...I'm at work...peeking every now and then ) It works great for us and they have so many colors. It runs around 2.99 / spool . I think it's polyx40. I know Glasgow is 1/2 across the state but English's in Reidland (Paducah) is super great to work with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyquilts View Post
    I don't know BUT I wanted to mention that 'maybe' your local LQS will refuse to service it or help you in anyway. Yes I've seen that happen time and time again. The LQS price might include all those items and more. Good luck with your choice.
    How does this work for people who move from another state and already own a machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyquilts View Post
    I don't know BUT I wanted to mention that 'maybe' your local LQS will refuse to service it or help you in anyway.
    JMO but that would be more than enough reason for me to never step foot into that kind of business again. If I am offering to pay for a service they offer and they refuse to provide it, obviously they don't really NEED my business... ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by true4uca View Post
    How does this work for people who move from another state and already own a machine.
    I moved from another state and have had no problem with service from the Bernina dealer here. Fortunately, I had taken the machine and serger lessons before moving. I am sure I would have had to pay for lessons if I needed to take them here.

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    My dealer offers free classes with the purchase of the machine - you can take the classes if you purchased the machine elsewhere but you pay for them. I feel that my dealer has been more than fair with me - he will trouble shoot over the phone and will get my machine in and out very quickly. I'm more than willing to pay the price to get that kind of service. I know that others have had no issue buying used - I just don't like to do it.

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