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Thread: OH MY GOSH...should I buy a new sewing machine????? ***PICS ADDED PAGE 5!!!***

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    We did the Dave Ramsey program. While a new machine would make you happy for a little while, there is nothing as wonderful as the feeling of being FREE - dump that burden of debt and then save for an even nicer machine. Once the bills are caught up and all debts paid, you can even do some special projects specifically to pay for a nice new machine.

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    Is there any way you can pay on time for the machine. Pay your bills and if you have a downpayment left, then pay the machine of monthly? That is how I did it.

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    I say go for it. It's your BirthDay. Happy BirthDay. Enjoy.

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    I'm certain there is a middle road here. I also do not often buy things for myself and almost need to be pinned down to do it. But my local pfaff dealer is wonderful. So let's think what she would do for me in this sistuation, and let's see if it helps you.

    (this is all standard stuff no specail favors or anything like that)
    TRADE IN, what is the trade in value of what you have towards a new machine, and might you get more "trade in money" if you were buying a fancier machine?
    TRADE UP, if you buy a bottom of the line Pfaff at my local store you can trade it up anytime in the next 6 months (or maybe it's a year) and get the same exact money you paid to trade up.
    TRADED IN perhaps they have a machine that has been checked over by their staff that someone used to trade up for, that you can have for less money. When the old tradeup machines sell again they sell for 1/2 the money.

    Now I looked at the Pfaff 1122 (oh please other members don't smite me down!!!) It's the bottom of the Hobby line which means it's the bottom of the Pfaff line, I considered that route myself... I instead bought a bottom of the line of a different big name brand 4 months ago, and now I want something better with more gagets, even if that means getting an older machine that has the bells. You and your skills will fill the shoes of the sewing machine you're considering in about a nano second, and then you'll have a nice little machine that will last forever, all the while you're wishing you'd gotten the 1142 with the automatic button hole or that one fancy stitch that you never thought you'd use, but it sure would be great to help quilt this project. And you'd still be stuck with whatever bill or dept that you would have liked to get off your back.

    You've been using your machine for sometime now, and while it isn't perfect, you know all of it's stupid things and the tricks to fix them. Is it better to save half for a better sewing machine in a little while, and pay down the other stuff a bit? That way you know you'll get it just not right this minute, and you'll have a little padding if you need it for something unexpected up ahead.

    Advice is what we ask for when we know the answer and wish we didn't...

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    right now I am torn with guilt that I am being so indulgent. So I think I just need a few friendly nudges
    I know the feeling. I've been wanting a new machine for years. Last month my dear sweet husband gave the the nudge. I've been having so much fun I haven't regretted it a bit.

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    I think you should go for it. Hey, you only live once.

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    Sometimes we need to do something just for ourselves. I say buy the machine. Your birthday is special and you deserve to have something that makes you happy. Go for it.

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    If you really interesting in purchasing a sewing machine, do not purchase one that all of the little cutesy things on it. Just make sure it will sew a good 1/4" and do a great top stitch.

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    While its your birthday and thats important...it will make you feel better in the long run to actually be a grown up independent woman. That means taking care of business first. For yrs. I actually would sit on the curb by the mail box and cry over the bills coming in because it seemed they overwhelmed me. Then I decided I could do something about it. I got a second job, when that wasn't enough, I got a third job.. Do whatever it takes..if you want a new machine..sell some of your junk on ebay and you'll soon have enough to pay for it! Good luck and Happy Birthday!

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    Pay the bills first. Find something to put your pocket change in and put it in DAILY, you will be suprised how quickly it adds up.

    I am in a position now to go and get the machine I want, but I am not going to do it. It is a greed not a need, so I am saving my pocket change until I get enough. When I get enough, I will decide then if I really want to spend it or save the money for the future.

    Myself, I would not feel right if my bills weren't caught up.

    DD

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    It looks 50/50 here. get the machine/pay the bills. Let us know what you decide.

    just a thought- we are all talking about getting through this moment- this need vs. this months bills. What about next month and the next month after that? Will the same bill problem be happening? Perhaps it's time for Consumer Credit Counseling. There are free (note that- free) services available- take advantage of them. They will sit down with you and your bills and get you on the right track. Sometimes it takes someone else to put it in perspective and give you the pat on the back for doing it.

    Debt is not a good thing if you can't handle it. So it may mean not getting that machine you want right now, in the long run you will benefit from good credit and the perks of that good credit- picking and choosing a good interest rate when you must (not need) to purchase a bigger item (such as replacing a car or buying a home).

    I'm lucky to have a small second income that provides all the fun I need for my quilting habit. I have a notary service for my work that I use for fun or save. It is actually helping to give my daughter some extras for her wedding or I gave my son $100 to help with the cost of one book for this semester of college. It's the little extras I can do without forcing the budget into a downward spiral of debt. If they don't need something, I splurge on some fabric.

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    OK - here's my 2 cents. I say pay your bills. Then save for your dream machine. You've been using this machine and could probably use it until you can save enough to buy the new one. I found that there will always be something that we absolutely have to have, but what good is it if you never get out of debt. A long time ago, my DH and I agreed that we would not buy anything until we had the money for it. I put us on a strict budget and although it does take a while to save for things, it's such a great feeling to be able to buy them AND pay them off.

    Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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    First I want to tell you happy b-day. It sucks that you have bad things happen around your birthday.

    Here's where I stand on the purchase, I have found that spending any significent amount of money while depressed is not a good thing. Especially if it's something your going to have to make payments on. Maybe once you have another bill or two paid off, then get the machine you want. I know how it is when looking at these new ones...I have my eye on a new one too. I currently use a $70 one from Walmart. But it is paid for. Right now I want to get a few bills paid off before I get into another payment. I will feel so much better using it if my bills are paid, and I can afford to buy something to use it on.
    Hang in there. Your situation will get better in time.

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    Firstly, haveahappy birthday.
    I am in the Pay your bills camp. I always think hard before buying something I want but dont necessarily need. If debt piles up, all you can think of is that, your cannot always remember what it was you so despaerally wantned.

    Look to the future, soon the sun may shine.

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    I would go to your local (and reputable) quilt/sewing machine shop. Talk to the shop owner and see if they have a fairly new pre-owned machine.

    You might be able to pay your bills (I don't like to owe anything to anyone) and still get a fairly decent, not to old pre-owned machine.

    Good luck!!

    Let us know what you decide to do!!

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    Okay, here's my opinion. All the new toys in the world will only make you happy until they aren't so new and you still have creditors barking at your heels. Besides, you could get farther in debt because this isn't an inexpensive hobby if you are a beginner. There are loads of things to buy besides thread and fabric. You'll wind up frustrated if you don't have the tools you need to do a decent job.
    Cutting board
    Rotary cutters
    rulers
    lots of thread
    scissors
    pins (the right kind)
    marking pens or pencils
    patterns
    an iron
    how about a table?
    then storage for all the fabric you'll be buying
    I could go on but I won't

    I agree with putting one on lay-away or stashing money where you know you won't touch it and save for the one you want. Start buying the tools you may want.
    OR, COME TO VEGAS AND WIN THE MONEY NOW!!!!!! LOL

    Sorry :cry: Hope you have a happy birthday no matter what you decide.

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    Happy Birthday.

    Can't figure out how old you are - but a breakup is painful, regardless of one's age.

    I have been acquiring Singers manufactured in the 1960's - and they sew an AWESOME straight stitch. Especially after getting them serviced. The 237 does a nicer satin stitch than my newer (1980's) Pfaff.

    Truth be told, I use very few of the fancy features on my Pfaff. I do wish it had a buttonhole stitch, but other than that , it does more than I actually use.

    I think if you are asking, you probably think/know you should be working on the bills and are looking for permission to buy a different machine.

    At any rate, I hope good things come your way.

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    I am on the fence with this one, but you say you earned some cash with a boot sale. is there any chance that you good make the new machine pay for itself? Maybe that would help justify the expense now and help you pay your bills in the future. Just a thought. By the way HAPPY BIRTHDAY !

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    Pay the bills first.....then next month pay the bills again. And next month start all over again. It's a way of life for most of us.
    New things in life make us feel good at the moment, but it's the old, reliable things in life that make it worth living. If you buy something new every time you have a crisis in life you'll be in debt forever.
    Set a goal......say you want a new machine by Christmas or by next spring........get yourself out of the habit of buying something to make yourself feel good now. Spend the free time you have looking and comparing machines and deciding what features you want, then when the time is right you'll not regret what you get. Apply the same logic in relationships and you'd be surprised how much better life can be. Do you want to have good moments in life or do you want to feel good for the moment?

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    You are just starting out quilting and doing things on your own. Pay the bills and make a budget. Many shops have reconditioned machines , check these when the time is right.

    Wait and see what you will want and need in a sewing machine. How much time do you have for this hobby, and what kind of quilting will you be doing? Are you just piecing or doing quilting on the machine. How big will your quilts be? Do you want to do applique or embroidery?

    hang in there it gets better. I am 62 and have been single since 1996.
    I am now at peace and content :)

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    In my opinion, here's what will make you so much happier than a new machinie right now...Pay up your debt so you can get on your own 2 feet. You'll feel so much better when you know you can take care of yourself, without the help of the 'love of your life'(or his help putting you in the situation you're in). Self sufficiency is a wonderful thing, and gives you the opportunity to see how wonderful and strong you are, all by yourself. Then when the next love comes along, you're ready, you have a great stable healthy content spirit to offer a relationship. You end up better off all around :D :D Take the old machine in for a good tune-up. I'm dying for a Pfaff too, but the old singer will have to do for a few more years, or until I win the Lotto :lol: :lol:

    Good thoughts coming your way. Take care of yourself.

    Mary

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    Just wondering -

    Of you sewers out there who have new (less than five years old) machines with all the features, how many of the features do you actually use?

    The machine I bought - golly, now it's almost 20 years old, and I think of it as my "new" machine - has a lot of features that I have never used.

    I use the straight stitch, zig-zag, the several stitch zig-zag stitch, the hemming stitch, occasionally the button-hole thing - don't do that very well, once in a rare while one of the pattern stitches. I like the needle-up/needle down function.

    The embroidery machines look like a lot of fun, but for the cost, if I only want something done once in a blue moon, it might be worthwhile to pay someone to do an item.

    Sometimes one only needs a fly-swatter. The heavy artillery just isn't appropriate at times.!

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    Hi all, thanks so much for all your comments and advice. I had been 'ummming and aaaring' (being indecisive!) about what to do, feeling guilty if I did buy the machine, miserable if I didn't.

    But on my birthday I was pleasantly surprised that my Mom and Dad and my brother Bob had been so generous and gave me some money (my parents usually give me cash but it was more than usual this year!), as they knew I wanted to buy a sewing machine. Added to the money I made at the boot sale and I have got more than enough to buy the machine I want.

    With regards to debts/bills, I bit the bullet and worked on my finances, and things are not in as bad shape as I thought they were. None of my bills are behind, in fact I will be getting a refund this month from my bank as they have overcharged me on my mortgage two months running - no wonder things felt so tight!

    Anyway, the Pfaff 1122 is being delivered today! I am so excited! I am having it delivered to my parents house as I always visit them on a Tuesday night, so we will all get to have a play with it tonight.

    Once again, thanks for all the helpful advice, your comments really helped me balance things and think things through sensibly.

    Mary :wink:

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    Congrats on your new machine and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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    Mary--you did get your cake and eat it too!! Congrats on your new sewing machine. May you have MANY hours of fabric bliss with it!!! :-)

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