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Thread: When to buy a new sewing machine

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    Member GrannyFitz4's Avatar
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    Smile When to buy a new sewing machine

    I have two old machines. One is a 17 yr. old Viking and one is a Brother XR/40 bought at Cosco over ten years ago. Both still sew, but the Viking is slowing down when I try to sew bulky fabric. I talked to the repair shop and was told that the service and cleaning would cost $150.00. The Brother still sews, but it is an awkward machine to use. The needle threader broke a long time ago.

    I am interested in the Brother Computer Sewing and Embroidery machine sold by Amazon. for $358.99 Do any of you own this machine and would you recomend it. I like many of the features of this machine. I probably wouldn't do enough embroidery to buy an expensive embroidery machine.

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    Super Member nygal's Avatar
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    Don't forget to check out www.allbrands.com

    I bought three of my machines from them and the shipping is free and the delivery was in three days!! Their prices are good too.
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    Have you checked patternreview.com? You can also get info on sewing machines and sergers on that site. To see any older reviews, you need to register BUT it is free.
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    Super Member sewbeadit's Avatar
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    I have heard good things about most Brother machines and I remember right the one you want is a good sale price. I think you need a new machine, so go for it. Let us know what you get.
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    Super Member Chasing Hawk's Avatar
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    That Brother machine you are looking at is limited to a 4 x 4 hoop area. Which is fine if you are only going to use it once in a while. Also I noticed that the sewing area is limited by the carriage. Which might be an issue if your sewing a quilt together.

    Look in the Brother SQ9000 or the SQ9050 also. They aren't quite as fancy but get the job done.
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    Super Member Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
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    I have had both low end and high end brothers, love them both. They are very dependable. I have been using brothers for 19 years and not one I have owned has ever given me any problems, they are so user friendly. I pulled my dreamweaver right out of the box and it was pretty easy to figure out
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    I have a brother pc420 that I bought on amazon and love.

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    Moderator Up North's Avatar
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    I have a Brother MachineSE350 that I got from Amazon I love it! The hoop is just 4x4 but it works for me and there is nothing left in the house to put a design on!

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    Super Member Candace's Avatar
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    If you don't want your 17 year old Viking, send it to me:> For the $150 cleaning/lube/repair job, you know you'll never get a plastic machine that even comes close to it, right?? I'm just curious why you wouldn't want to put a bit of money into your better built machine and pick a poor subsitute that will fail you in a few years? Think about it, new is NOT always better.

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    Super Member alleyoop1's Avatar
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    Your heading on this post is "When to buy a new sewing machine?" I think you should buy one whenever you have the money and the desire!

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