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wanderlust
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Date: 7/22/12 4:33 AM

I am shopping for a serger at the moment, and where I come from (Singapore) is really lacking in variety of sewing machines. I really want a Babylock or a Juki serger, but they are way overpriced here because there is only one distributor I know of that sells Babylock, and she only has two of the old models (Imagine and Evolution)

So I turned to the internet and found the Japanese versions of the Babylocks on Rakuten Global (which is the Japanese equivalent of Amazon), and there is this company which is selling a Juki Artisan 630 at 71% off! Even the Babylocks are cheaper even if I factor shipping in.

Here's an example http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/tels/item/10026895/

So I was just wondering if anyone has bought sewing machines/sergers from Rakuten Global before? Would you recommend buying a machine online?

Thanks in advance!
-- Edited on 7/22/12 4:36 AM --

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beauturbo
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In reply to wanderlust <<


Date: 7/22/12 12:54 PM

I might if I lived in Japan or Singapore and had really some place there to get things like a replacement looper if mine broke, or a new cord if I lost mine, and someone to open it up and take off all the covers and oil and grease it, when it needed it, and if I was not wanting to do that kind of thing myself. So maybe if you got something off that website, the same person could do all that kind of stuff for you too, maybe you should just ask them? I don't know what electrical current difference there might be between Singapore and Japan either?

I think most times it's not good idea to buy something from a Country other than where you live though, if it's a bit high tech and expensive, and specialized if you can help it and have some other way though and does not use more generic parts, if there is no one around to get parts from it, help you, or work on it. Just because then if something gets used up, runs out, or something needs replacing, you can kind of get stuck. And the idea of sending machines back and forth in the mail for service or repair ( across countries and oceans) is kind of funky iand iffy at best, they have to go very far, and maybe have a chance of getting wrecked in the shipping back and forth each time. Also, if a different current, then sometimes all it takes it just once to forget to plug a transformer or current converter into it, and you sometimes could just fry it.

So if I had all those things, close to me, in any country I lived in, then maybe it would not even matter so much where I got something just from, but if not, maybe you could have those kind of issues. So I think if I thought I might be needing a lot of personalized help or such, then I would just buy more local (wherever that happened to be) more instead, and just buy whatever was popular and easy to find, just where ever I happened to live.

wanderlust
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Date: 7/22/12 8:22 PM

Thanks for your reply beauturbo :)

You're right. I was totally blown away by the price and how good the machine looked that I forgot to consider the voltage. Although that could be solved by a transformer though.

There is a shop that will do servicing for sewing machines including Babylocks, even if you didn't purchase it from them. But that will also mean any repair or replacement will come out of my own pocket as there will be no warranty.

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