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Thread: Sewing machine - buyers remorse?

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    I have a Baby Lock "Ellisimo" ,love,love,love it, I am very glad I purchased it, have had it a little over a year do a lot of special things for family and friends.

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    Well, back in, oh, 1983 or so, I bought a Pfaff synchrotronic 1229 on sale at a local shop for $750. A huge amount of money for me at the time, but I was at home with 4 kids and sewing most of their clothing. Since I had 2 boys, and we lived in Rhode Island, I was using lots of corduroy. The guy let me take it home to try it out, and when I had it at home, I kept doubling layers of corduroy till I had to cram the layers underneath the presser foot. It sewed through all of them without a hitch, so I decided the next day to buy it.

    When I went back to pay for it, and told the dude about my test, he told me, "well if I had known you were going to do that I wouldn't have sent it home with you!"

    My Pfaff was on sale because they were just starting to come out with rudimentary computer electronics, and mine was outdated. Which suited me fine, because I didn't want fancy, I wanted tough. My machine has lots of special stitches, and I never used any of them except the blindstitch hem.

    I still have that machine, and it is a workhorse. I use it almost every day, and I have sewn countless suits, short sets, prom dresses, wedding gowns, and now quilts. I wouldn't trade it for anything, and I am considering finding another used one to keep on hand for parts in case mine breaks down.

    But, no, even though it was so much money at the time, I never regretted it. Not for a minute.
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    This could have been me that wrote your post! =0) I too have an SE and I too am having trouble loving the newer machines. They just don't seem to be built as well, and the prices are a bit much for me. I'm keeping my SE but am adding a dedicated straight stitch quilter machine in the next couple of months.

    Quote Originally Posted by Treasureit View Post
    I have a Viking SE that I bought when it was the high end machine...I still use it and love it. I do regret that I spent so much because I didn't really enjoy the embroidery part of it...so I feel I have wasted that. Looked into selling it and getting something better for quilting, but when I tried the new machines today...wasn't impressed...keeping mine and glad I have it.
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    I have both the Janome 11,000 SE & the Janome Horizon 12,000. LOVE them both, but I NEED to sell the 11,000 SE. I kind of got talked into getting the top of the line, and love it but I cannot afford 2 machines. Anybody know someone who wants one? I live in Michigan

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    I have loved my Janome 10001 for the past 10 years, no regrets buying that one. A couple of years ago I decided that the Viking 875Q had all the new bells and whistles (thread cutter - large harp area), and bought it. Wish I never had that urge, the machine is loud (the Janomes are so quiet), vibrates like crazy. I regret that purchase. I should have paid more for the Janome Quilter at that time, the harp was a bit smaller, but the machine worked well.
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    For a sad chuckle - I went to a machine usage class for my new machine and there was a woman there who bought a top of the line brand machine with everything on it. She has never sewn before, never took it out of the box when she bought it six months prior to class. When they got it set up and the instructor told her to turn it on, she pushed the button, it made that sound where the needle is setting and she started screaming "I broke it, I broke it". I hope she can make friends with her new machine. Poor lady.

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    If I can afford what I want, then I buy what I want. The most important thing other then price is dealership references. Don't go by what the dealer says, go by what the dealer has done for other customers. Speak up and ask for customer references. A great dealer will say anyone that bought from me!
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    I have a bernina 640 and LOVE it!
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    Please PM me regarding this particular machine--I bought what I think is the same and have some questions on using the floppies, etc. and embroidering--and haven't found the time to go to classes offered by a dealer an hour away; she is hard to nail down to a specific time--and she charges $45 an hour. I don't mind that in itself, it is just hard for me to break loose long enough to go that far for a half day of classes. So, when you get a chance and want to discuss it with me, I have some questions about using the floppies. The lady I bought the machine from was a teacher, so there are literally a million in her stuff already made up if I can just learn how to load them and alter them to the thought in my mind of what I am trying to make.....
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    Buying a sewing machine may have some things in common with buying a computer -

    The dealer asks questions like "What are you going to use it for?"

    It may be - at that point - the customer really doesn't know - so it is hard to give an intelligent answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdogmom View Post
    years ago I bought the Viking Designer One,it has embroidery unit and the software was extra. I enjoy the embroidery but do not use that feature very often. For garment sewing and quilting I have been very happy. I also liked the dealer,they had classes and very good customer support, but sadly they went out of business. And my Designer One is floppy disc (remember those). but, since I used the embroidery so infrequently, I will keep using my machine.I cannot justify buying another one for embroidery. final...I do not regret my high end machine.
    Please PM me. I recently bought this machine used from a lady who was a teacher, so I have a blue million of her floppy discs that I could use if I knew how to adjust/etc. (even get into the program for it). I have tried for over a year to get to the Viking dealer nearest (65 miles away) and she charges $45 an hour for lessons. It is really hard to nail her down for a learning session; and I cannot use the machine until I get some lessons. I am a very good seamstress/quilter and own a Gammill LA machine. If you think you can help me at all, please get back to me.
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    I spent about $4000 on mine and I have regretted not getting a higher end one. We've have some unexpected financial down turns and I probably won't be able to get another one now, but I wish I had bought at least a 6 needle embroidery machine instead.

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    I have bought 2 diamonds and the 440. Sold my old one and bought the delux. Love all my machines. Had remorse for a few seconds.

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    Love my Bernina and have no buyer's remorse. It is only a 640 but I like the wider feet and feed dogs as I still do some alterations. I have no interest in embroidery and am professional LA quilter so don't fmq. That said, I must admit I am really enjoying piecing on the vintage treadle we just purchased.
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    I spent 4,500 for my Viking Ruby slightly used (7 hours of previous use) and I love it. Great machine and I'm so glad that I got this one with the large hoops and it can do so much. I also get great classes and my teacher listens to us and comes up with special extra classes to learn the things we want most. We get monthly classes but she just did a special monthly class where we used the cutwork needles to make a table runner. We also had the Viking educator come to town and for $10 we got an all day class with lunch and 2 snacks and lots of education and made a monogramed towel. No looking back for me. I hope you have the same kind of luck. Just remember to try out the machine, make a list of what you want. Like for me I wanted an embroidery machine with large hoop capabilities and lots of features and easy to use for when I didn't have a teacher at hand. Make sure the LQS/dealer has a good attitude and you feel good talking to them. If you get bad vibes no matter how much you like the machine, go somewhere else or at least find somewhere else to get your classes/services. Support is a big must have when buying a machine.
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    Why not buy a used Bernina? I love mine!
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    I agree, sewing machines are a good example of " You get what you pay for". Can you justify the cost by how much you are going to use it? If you sew everyday, and want to "grow" into a machine, then get what you want and don't feel bad. It is an investment into your sewing hobby. There is a reason that Bernina gets the money they ask for their machines. I just bought a 820 and my DH did not even blink, as he knows it is top quality and I will get back my investment. When I bought my first Bernina 25 years ago for 1,000, I also bought a note book and wrote down every thing I had sewn, how much it cost, and how much it would have cost in a store. I paid for that machine very quickly, and that machine runs today as well as it did the day I took it home. As you can afford it and justify it, then get what you want and enjoy!

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    [QUOTE=lalaland;5103460]I bought a combo sewing/embroidery Brother Innovis 4000D for $5,000. What I regretted is I NEVER used the sewing machine, not once, and it was a really high end machine too. I used it exclusively for embroidering and I used it a LOT.

    See you are out of the norm; most people who buy them say they got intimidated right away by the embroidery machine and only use it for sewing. I bought my Ruby last fall and promised myself that I would use the embroidery and not let it go to waste. I'm doing it; I just bought the 5D software so that I can start designing and doing portrait art and I love, love the cutwork needles. I have to admit that I've sewen very little on it. I do piecing and my older machine is so easy and I know exactly where the 1/4 is. I am sitting up my sewing room now and have put my Ruby in the main spot so she'll get used more for sewing as well. If I'm not embroidering anything that is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzieQuilts View Post
    I agree, sewing machines are a good example of " You get what you pay for". Can you justify the cost by how much you are going to use it? If you sew everyday, and want to "grow" into a machine, then get what you want and don't feel bad. As you can afford it and justify it, then get what you want and enjoy!
    I agree and I've taugth my kids to ask them selves first if they can afford something and if it's on payments (mine is) then can you afford that and then the second question is; Are you worth it? I hope for all that the answer to that is Always YES. It is for me. I've lived a hard life and will only be on this earth for a given amount of time and I want to enjoy the things that are here. I don't do alot outside of home and work so this is my one area that I like to enjoy myself and I get to be intouch with my creative side.
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    I wish I lived closer and I'd come and help you out. I want you to try a website that I found out when I bought my Viking #1; it has CD's you can order and they are packed with information and if you browse the site you can find alot of free stuff especially on the older machines. I don't think the site is updated anymore so as it helped me with my #1 I get nothing for my Ruby. The two ladies who were doing most everything dies and I don't think anyone else does anything. It's called sewmuch4retirement.com. Do you have any of the manuals for your machine? Like I said; it's too bad you don't live closer. Our Viking dealer here has monthly embroidery clubs for $40 a yr plus supplies and she'd also help you get up and going. Good luck and feel free on here to ask questions. Also; there are yahoo groups for most embroidery machines; have you checked there for answers. You might even be able to find a member in your area.
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    [QUOTE=vschieve;5114144]Treasureit,
    If you like the Viking then you might consider trading it for the new Viking Quilter's machine. I am not certain of the exact design name for it but one of the instructors at LQS has one and loves it.

    I think you are talking about the Viking Mega quilter; I love this machine. It is so easy to use; super fast. Strong, heavy built machine. It does need oiled but other than that it's not tempermental on threads or tensions. It only has straight stitch so if you need a zigzag you might want to check out some of the other Vikings that are also good for quilting with more stitches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by golfer View Post
    I have a Viking Designer 1 (used) and asked the Viking salepeople recently if I could not afford the most expensive one which Viking should I buy and she said the Ruby. What is interesting is that you don't know what companies own what now. Janome was recently bought by another sewing machine company.
    I have the Ruby and there is one machine that came out after it. I love my Ruby. I got a great discount thru my LQS because it was used; it was used a whole big 7 hours when I bought it. I also knew the previous owner and knew she'd taken great care with it. She's also the stores Viking repair person; she just decided she wanted the latest out.

    When you go to Vikings website they now have things for Viking, Phaff and Singer. Who knows who makes what but as long as Viking keeps making them strong then I'll stick with them. And as long as I have a good dealer like I do then I can't ask for more than that. Except for to have my machine paid off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarleneC View Post
    I'm not sure Viking sold out to a Chinese company but the machines are made in China. Most of the machines are made overseas now and possibly Bernina may not be one of those in China. That is something to ask about with any machine. Pfaff and Singer are also owned by the same company that owns Viking.
    I have one of the latest machines and it was made in Sweeden. Viking didn't sell out; they are having the machines assembled there. They don't make the parts there and Viking still checks for quality to make sure it stays high. I believe in buying American made whenever possible. I have a jeep and a ford; all american but I guarantee you that if research were done there would be parts on at least one of them that were made in China, Japan, etc. That's the way it is today. It's really hard to buy anything where no other country has had their hands on the product in one way or the other. We have to have faith in some of the companies that we buy for that no matter where they have things "assembled" at that they'll guarantee the quality will be the same. If not, then we had better all buy our FW, treadles, etc because that's what we'll be left to sew on and even alot of them have been made overseas.

    Point in case; how many of you drink diet sodas? They all have aspartame in them, which has formalcahyde in it. Aspartame was made overseas by a country that won't use it in their diet drinks; they use Stevia. This is a verifiable fact. We are affected constantly by things that have been made/produced in a country that doesn't have a good track record.
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    I didn't spend mega bucks, but it was a huge purchase for me when I found a used Janome 6600. I had looked everywhere and had lots of helpful advice for everyone on this board. So when I went to a dealer, armed with sandwiches to try out stitching, I knew what to ask, what to look for and what to expect in pricing. What I walked out with that day was a machine that is wonderful. She does everything I ask and more! Someday I will upgrade to a LA. You have to know right from the "gitgo" what you expect the machine to do and if you can justify the financial outlay of money. If you just want it and have no idea of ever using all the different options, then yes, you will most likely end up with buyers remorse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justflyingin View Post
    I am almost 50. I got a Janome Horizon (new) 1.5 years ago for about $1,670. I don't regret it at all. I also just bought a used Janome embroidery machine 350E for about $600. My only regret...that I didn't have them sooner! I really like both of them!

    Let me add that I paid cash so had no payments...I wouldn't be enjoying them like I do had I bought them with payments. I like the idea that they are paid for.
    Wow you got a super DEAL on the Horizon !! Dealers here are still asking $2600-2800 for the 7700 ... I'd love to get one but not ready to part with my 6600 !!

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