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Message Board > Sewing Machines > How do you shop BabyLock? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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DamselflyStudio
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Date: 4/12/12 2:03 AM

I am looking for a new serger. I am the consumer that researches what I am looking for based on my needs, narrows down the choices to, based on my research, are the best machines to try out.
I am partially disabled, so it helps to do this work beforehand to maximize the precious feeling well time that I have. Besides, with the cost of gas, and the machine dealers being each 30 miles from each other like points on a triangle (Viking, Babylock in town not far from each other, Janome to the north east and Bernina to the south), the search is going to take several trips at least. So far, it has been fairly easy to find information and reviews regarding the price, of Viking, Bernina, Juki and Janome. But Babylock? I understand that to protect their dealer territories, online sales are not permitted. However, that does leave the consumer in a vacuum to know exactly what they are paying for. Is that information/inspiration guide really $169 or is it $75? How is it that my dealer can offer a Sofia machine for only an additional $13.00 per month on the 24.00 finance plan with the purchase of the Inspiration? Surely the markup of the serger has to be enough to account for the all but "free" machine. Sigh, am I buying a sewing machine, or a used car?

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Date: 4/12/12 3:21 AM

I don't know, but I actually bargin for stuff often, no matter what kind of stuff it is, if it is a small private store. Particular if it's personal human made art, antiques, maybe stereo equipment, camera's or just whatever. Of course it does not work well to do that at places like Safeway or Costco, or Walmart, (because places like those do not trust or want their lower level cashiers to even make those kind of decisions about stuff like that often) but even in department stores like Macy's or such, then if I notice a button off or such, I will ask if they will mark something down for me often, sometimes they do say yes.

If paying for something large $ amount, in any smaller place that seems receptive, and has employees that might be able to make that kind of decision, I do ask for a real paper money cash discount often and do get it often. So I pay less for things, sometimes quite a bit less, if I then am actually willing to run to bank, and pay cash over using any kind of credit card or even a check at all. Maybe try that, I think it works pretty good. Cash is King! Just not over the internet, as no way to do that there. Also don't carry it around with you, all over town, as maybe not too safe, close your deal on anything anyplace first, then go to the bank, get your cash, and come back.

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Date: 4/12/12 10:59 AM

I would go with a Babylock or Janome. Check out all the models and wait for a sale or dicker on price, accessories, tote.

You can check with us to see if you are getting a good price.

What machines are you considering?

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Date: 4/12/12 8:25 PM

Cash or buying more than one item at once are good bargaining tools. Juki has very reputable sergers that can be bought online with support and if you buy from Amazon or hsn.com there's a 30 day return, too.

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Date: 4/13/12 10:40 AM

If your question is what machine should I buy, then consider the Baby Lock. I teach in a college classroom and we have four Baby Lock sergers. These machine are used for hours everyday and I never have to fix, adjust or get them back up in working order. After two years the original blade is yet to be replaced. Buy from a local dealer for good after service. However, you won't need much these machines are work horses that you will love!!

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Date: 4/15/12 7:14 PM

Nothing beats the jet air threading on the baby lock serger. Wow! I sold my 2 Brother sergers when I bought the babylock. I found mine on Ebay and have been very happy with it. Adjusting tension is a cinch as well. I don't know what your disability is, but I think the less hassle and knobs you have to turn, the better.
Angela

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Date: 4/15/12 7:18 PM

There is quite a bit of info on the website - I just read about the Imagine....sigh....its sounds really nice!

If you have the budget down pat, I would read the website really well, and then read the reviews here and then call the dealer and explain your situation and perhaps you can get phone quotes as to prices. Let the dealer know what your projected budget is - the range.Good luck!

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Date: 4/15/12 9:37 PM

I have BabyLock and Viking sm and serger BabyLock. I recommend Babylock. If you can try one out, please do to see if you bond with it. Let us know. Marion

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