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Thread: I LOVE Tax Refunds!

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    Senior Member DonnaFreak's Avatar
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    I LOVE Tax Refunds!

    Howdy y'all :c)

    I've had a list made out of what I wanted/needed to use my tax refund money for since July. LOL! At the top of the list was a sewing machine that I could drop the feed dogs on so I could learn how to do free-motion quilting. I pretty much figured that I'd be getting a used machine, since my budget was limiting me to right around $500. So as soon as I filed for my refund, I started calling around to the quilt shops in town.

    One place I called seemed like they were going to be helpful until I told the lady how much i could spend. Her "helpfulness" did an abrupt about face and she flat out told me she couldn't work with me at all. The second place I called asked me what my price range was right off the bat, and the woman honestly laughed out loud when I told her. She LAUGHED at me!!

    Thankfully, the last place I called was very helpful! They specialize in the Bernina machines in her shop, and she is also the most reasonable in servicing machines as well. She told me she wasn't going to be able to help me as far as getting a machine with a bigger throat area like I was hoping for, but she could give me a good price on a NEW machine! So I sat down and played while she showed me some of the features on some of the machines in the Bernette line.

    Sooooo...I ended up ordering a new Bernette 20 machine! She gave me $199.00 off of the price of it and told me I will get a free lesson on how to use it! I also had her order a book for me on beginner FMQ, and got some books off of her clearance rack as well. My new baby is supposed to come in Wednesday! I can't wait!!! Now to come up with a name for her.....

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    WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO! Happy dance for you I LOVE tax time
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    What a fun thing to get. I am sure you will surely enjoy your machine and the lessons are great. Have fun.,
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    Congrats to you! It's always fun to get something new, the waiting is hard, but as soon as she is here I'm sure you will be as happy as can be! So sorry for the others who couldn't help you-I guess you really can have the last laugh! I have a Bernina that I got such a good price on and I'm so happy with my machine. It was used on a cruise ship for quilting classes that we got such a good deal and full gaurentee (spelling?) with the machine. It does more than I will ever use but what a beautiful machine to use! Congrats to you!
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    Yipee! What a treat
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    Congratulations. You've not only found a new machine, but a good dealer as well.

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    If you want to save money go to Alibris.com I get beautiful used books as cheap as 1.00 plus shipping I just bought 5,500 huge hard cover book by Maggie Malone for 3.00 plus 3.00 shipping. Just like new. They are used books.

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    I think you will be very happy with your new machine. A guild member has an older Bernette and it sews like a dream. She has used it at every class and workshop since I've been a member.
    Got fabric?

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    Score! Yeah for you!

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    WOW! Thanks for the tip vwquilting! I just went to the site and saw several books I'd love to have! Hmmm...this might be a problem. LOL!

    Donna

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    Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby and a tax refund. The tax man and the machine stork are both going to miss my house this year.
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    Congrats!!

    Mine is going to pay off the vet bill. Seems to be a yearly thing!!

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    Congrats on new machine...it will be Christmas all over again AND a Valentine present for yourself!! LOL

    Sorry you had problems with the "snooties"!

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    Enjoy your Bernina. Also having a good dealer is worth a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vwquilting View Post
    If you want to save money go to Alibris.com I get beautiful used books as cheap as 1.00 plus shipping I just bought 5,500 huge hard cover book by Maggie Malone for 3.00 plus 3.00 shipping. Just like new. They are used books.
    I use Alibris as well. The shipping is a little slow, but worth the wait.

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    I am glad you found a person that did not laugh at you. Some times are dreams are just like any one else has ,but they have more money. So you found someone that had a heart. And worked with what you had. Good for you an have fun when she arrives. joyce j

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    Congrats on your new machine how exciting!!!

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    Wonderful news! I too am using some of my tax refund to get a new machine! And funny.... I am looking at Bernette myself!

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