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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Just got a new machine, not sure if I got swindled - help? on: June 19, 2013 04:51:46 PM
Hey guys!  I'm new here, so please bear with me.

My White 4075 seized up.  One repair shop said it had gaulded and wouldn't even start repairs because he estimated the costs would being at $130 and quickly exceed the actual worth of the machine. Another sewing machine dealer said that wasn't the case and 99% likely it just needed maintenance instead to get it going again.  I make toys, mostly out of fleece and different types of cotton or flannels along with the occasional upholstery fabric.  I'd had a lot of trouble with my White for some things when it came to sewing through multiple layers, etc, but I don't know if that's my own ignorance/lack of maintenance or the machine.  I was advised a computerized machine would make dealing with all those short seams easier/better/etc.

Either way, the lady at the second store directed me to a Janome Magnolia 7033. I was also looking at a Viking Emerald 118.  I like manual because I like having control and feel like that's sturdier, but the lady said the computerized machines have less parts to break.  I don't know.

But after reading about it and sewing on it, it seems like a very nice machine.  I'm just feeling overwhelmed in the aftermath.  She told me in store the price is 499 but on their website (and most other online vendors I could find) carried it for 399.  I asked her and she described to me that the difference is the online price doesn't include owner's classes, service or support.

But they told me the owner's classes are free?  And that I pay for the maintenance at around $130 a pop.

So now I'm confused because then what is the advantage when everything that is supposedly free is actually part of the price and then I have to pay for additionally?

I've never done this before, so does this make sense to anyone?

The end plan we decided on was that she threw in servicing my White along with the purchase of the new Janome together for 449.99.  I just... am feeling overwhelmed by it all still.

Does this line up with what makes sense to you more experienced people?  I'm not a haggler, I'm not interested in haggling but I'm having a hard time nailing down what anything SHOULD cost or how things SHOULD work.

I'd appreciate some direction on this, thank you guys.<3
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