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« on: February 22, 2014 09:01:23 PM »

Sewing Advice Request.... So I went to the Sewing (and Quilt) Expo in San Mateo today to get some new scissors. Good vendor I've gone to in the past there (http://www.scissorsales.com). I found my scissors - a pair of Stag shears, a pair of Gingher shears, and OK some of those really darling tiny embroidery snips with the cool animal designs.... Then I went to the Brother dealer's booth recommended by a classmate. And I fell in love with a new machine. It's a Quattro 3 ( http://www.brother-usa.com/Homesewing/quattro3/) . I want a more up to date machine for both garment and machine embroidery* Of course, it's not actually in the budget now...... I just wanted to get an idea of what I'm hoping for. But it's like shopping for a car when you're not ready to buy one (I'm not actually into cars, but I get why people would be tempted). I felt absolutely drunk reveling in all of the things this machine could do embroidery 'wise. Several things I never imagined being able to do in addition to the basic stuff I can't do with my old bottom of the line Viking (which still uses cards and can't download designs). In addition to the embroidery coolness, the Quattro handled my heavy weight denim like a dream. I hardly even played with the garment construction features, except for using the 'hump jumper' and going over old Levi seams.

 Here's my question.... at the lowest price offered (floor model) it would be $8,000 which is not in the budget. It's also about a third of the cost of the car we need to buy to replace one that's getting on in years.... Also for me sewing is a hobby. This is not a business expense.
.... How long do experienced machine buyers think I'm going to need to wait before people start trading this gorgeous, capable machine in for a newer model? And when that happens how much more affordable do you think it might get?

Thanks for your thoughts.

Laurel
 * I used to be into quilting but for me I had to chose between garment and quilting - garment won
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2014 10:16:42 AM »

I assume most of their new features are patented. Based on Babylock sergers, it'll take at least five years to knock $500 off the price. If you want these features on a vaguely affordable machine, you have to wait until the patent expires.
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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2014 10:53:51 PM »

depends on your area.   Oooh, San Mateo; lots of people, lots of money in the Bay Area.  Check Craigslist and local dealers to see what people are trading in now, and you'll have an idea of how long before your dream machine is affordable.  The economy isn't exactly booming, so that's going to slow things down.  If you lived in a poorer or rural area (like me), you'd never even see the new one, much less a cheap used one!

Suggested mantra for now:
My current machine does all I need, and supports me in my craft. 
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