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« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2009 05:41:07 PM »

My problem with singer is that they have, in the last 5-10 years, moved production to "cheaper" facilities, and the parts are now cheaper - upping their profit margin, but leaving us in the lurch. The Rocket machine I have from the fifties runs beautifully. My mom's 4-year-old machine... doesn't. Lower end huskies, they've done the same thing (I own a huskystar, so I'm aware of this, unfortunately.) I also, however, feel that whatever machine works for you, is great. If it does what you want and what you need and works perfectly, then more power to you - my problem right now is that the bearings on my machine are shot, the tension is... unpredictable at best... basically the machine itself is falling apart, and that irritates me given the money I spent for a machine that I *thought* still had the traditional husqvarna quality.
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2009 01:18:26 PM »

So today I put the payment down on the 440qe without embroidery module (supposedly I can buy that separately, later.) I got a deal too good to pass up.

« Last Edit: October 08, 2009 11:05:59 AM by anaximander - Reason: Because I spel Gud when I'm on a handheld. » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2009 05:43:41 PM »

« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2009 11:16:58 AM »

A bit more information to cool the tempers of those whose money burns a hole in their pocket, like me.

This really is kind of a special deal - one that I wouldn't be able to get just any day of the year.

Before it comes into my hands, the machine will be used at a big Toronto creativity festival for about 3 days, as a demo (Bernina's going to have 40 such machines there, for classes - this is one of those. It apparently brings in new machines each time.) It retails, brand new, for $4400 Canadian, *without* the embroidery module - I'm getting it for about 3k + tax. I retain the warranty (which, on berninas, is non-transferrable, so buying a used one won't have this warranty no matter what you do.)- a big deal for me. After the show, the machine goes back to Bernina to make sure it runs properly, has all the associated pieces, etc, then it goes to the dealer where I put down the deposit, and then I go pick it up - about a week after the show - 3 weeks ish from now, but in more than enough time to finish my christmas projects.

The moral of the story is sometimes, waiting, and seeing if you can get a demo machine from a dealer after a big sewing show, is very, very, very much worth it. I'm glad I waited rather than get it a few months ago - I'm saving over $1500 (including the taxes on the extra money) by doing it that way. And from what the dealer was telling me, it's pretty common for all the big manufacturers to do this kind of thing. It sucks that I have to wait (I'm horrible at that) but I found out a lot in doing the research - both on what machine to get and how to buy it. (Note: there is a legal way to save a whack of dough getting a machine in the states, but the number of conditions to achieve it is huge. If Canadians want details, they can PM me on it. I'm too much of a dork to smuggle in a sewing machine of that value, much less issues should it need repair, etc.)
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« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2009 12:52:07 PM »

Wow.  That's cool.  I'm going to the festival!  Maybe I'll give your machine a trial run Wink

I would like the info that you've learned. 

I'm curious how you learned about this machine deal you're getting too!!
« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2009 05:17:30 PM »

If you're going to the festival, bring your wallet. I've heard about some of the show deals there, and they're quite good - I'm only saving a few hundred dollars off what she told me the show price was likely to be - and a LOT less than what the regular retail prices is. As well, you get a good chance to try out the machine Smiley You're also not limited to the one they use in the classroom - I've yet to see a quilt show with dealers that don't offer some kind of special.
« Reply #16 on: October 19, 2009 03:41:56 PM »

Did you get your machine yet?

I was there.   The Sapphire was surprisingly the same price as the store.  I wasn't impressed.  I looked at the Elna Q7200 but didn't like the fact that the base didn't have the slide off so it was smaller for sleeves, etc.  and I think it was a little more expensive than i wanted.

I ended up getting a PFAFF Expression 2.0.  I didn't know much about this one either.  I called a friend to have him check the online price so I could see if it really was a deal.  Apparently it is retailing right now for $1799 CDN.  At the show it was $999.  The 4.0 was $2200 which was too much.  But looks like I got a really good deal on this one.  A woman who passed me on the escalator while I was hauling it out said i bought a great machine. She has had about 4 brands and loves PFAFF. 
« Reply #17 on: October 19, 2009 09:43:45 PM »

Nope, not yet. The shop was closed yesterday and today, so I'm going to call them tomorrow and ask how long exactly it'll be. Apparently they're going to do show pricing all week this week too, in the shop, which I thought was interesting. The Pfaffs look really nice - it sounds like a great machine that you got at a great price. I *want* the embroidery arm, but I have no idea if I'll use it enough to justify it. I'm surprised that Husqvarna didn't have a good deal, actually - the last sewing show I was at they were fairly competitive with other vendors on the floor. I'm so happy you got your new machine Smiley
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2009 02:49:03 PM »

Finally got the machine before last weekend, and promptly had about a million things at work to take care of. So now I've had some time to actually sit down and enjoy it. I really do think we need to have a separate stickied category for machine recommendations. Sewing for quilting is *not the same* as sewing for clothing, so I'm going to put a general review in another post coming in a minute or two Smiley
« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2009 07:08:06 PM »

Cool Congratz!  Glad you like it. 

Mine is good so far.   I broke one needle  Shocked But I was using the one that came with it and doing embrodery type stitching... meh.  I still need to have the classes on it. 
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