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Edensmom
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Date: 8/20/07 10:27 AM

I am new here and need some advice. I have been seeing the overstock school sewing machines advertised in the paper. I am going to go look at them tomorrow. They are supposed to be Singer machines that do embroidery, thick fabrics etc. and has a serger with a cutting attachment. Does anyone have any good advice for me as to what to watch out for? Are these usually good deals? Any opinions welcome!
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Date: 8/20/07 10:39 AM

No, they are not a good deal! Go to a reputable sewing machine dealer and look for a machine that you can afford from a dealer who will still be there the day after you purchase it! Those school sewing machine sales are pretty much a scam.

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Date: 8/20/07 10:42 AM

No, that is pretty much a scam - something to get you in. Brother in law bought one for my sister - she hates it! Frankly, I don't know many schools that even have sewing machines anymore - how can they have an "overstock"???

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Date: 8/20/07 10:44 AM

Loiry,
Thank you! You have answered my question!!
Elaine

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Date: 8/20/07 10:47 AM

Ha! Good point, I guess I'm just old school cause I took home ec. in high school. Guess i'm giving away my age! HA
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Date: 8/20/07 10:47 AM

Actually, Peggy, I learned recently that some schools around here do having sewing machines. I went into my dealer's shop a month or so ago and there were probably 8 to 10 sewing machines lined up on the floor in front of his sales counter. When I asked him about them he said he had just serviced them for (and he said the name of the school but I don't remember which one it was) and they would be in that day to pick them up. Who knew? I didn't think any schools taught sewing but apparently around here some do!

But, my comments still stand on those sales of school overstock machines. A scam and not worth it!

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Date: 8/20/07 10:56 AM

I'm glad some schools have them! My kids never had them at their schools. There is hope - I bought a machine for DD a couple of years ago and new DIL wanted a machine and her grandmother gave her a Singer 501. We just need to get it serviced and up and running.

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Date: 8/20/07 11:36 AM

Don't know abt the whole "scam" thing, but the guy who repairs my Viking has the contrat for all the schools around here. They all have Vikings (!) and that's the bulk of his business. Who knew?

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Date: 8/20/07 1:07 PM

Those "school machines" bought off of the back of a truck when the supplier rolls into town (often sold out of a discount store parking lot) are historically not good quality or a good value. They are also not really the same model machines used by most schools. It is a TOTAL AND COMPLETE MARKETING GIMICK.

See the following threads for more info:

http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/sewingclasses/board.pl?t=19703
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/sewingclasses/board.pl?t=16649
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/sewingclasses/board.pl?t=14485

ETA: http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/sewingclasses/board.pl?t=14130
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Date: 8/20/07 1:30 PM

Those sewing machine salespeople drift from town to town like gypsies...they usually pay a percentage to the "hosting" store.

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