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Date: 8/22/12 9:38 AM

About a year ago I purchased a Singer serger -Ultra 14u34B, but never used it, until I signed up for the serging class. I paid $50 for it. A month ago at an Estate sale I paid $150 for a Bernina Funlock 0400d, which the woman assured me was in great condition & even sewed a straight row of stitching which looked ok. I took it directly to a dealer where they told me that it needs a $70 repair, but with that it would sew fine.I realize I could have bought a new machine for the money I've put into two old machines. I've never taken the Singer in, but just tried it out at home, and it seems to work fine, but I really don't know that much about serging.At the same time I purchased both a Babylock and Pfaff Quilt Expression 2046 on e-bay. Iwanted the babylock for sewing & embroidery & the pfaff for quilting. The babylock wasn't packed correctly & was greatly damaged & I had to purchase another machine for sewing & purchased a Pfaff 2140/2170 from a dealer about an hour awqy. I'm learning about the Pfaff and all that it can do and enjoying it, but also realizing that I can also use it for quilting. It actually came with a quilting kit-the large table, slide, everything. I haven't even touched the Pfaff Quilt Expression 2046 as the 2140//2170 is going to keep me busy for months just learning all that it can do. So I'm thinking about selling the Quilt Expression sense the 2140/2170 is capable of everything that it can do. Also would you pay the $70 & fix the Bernina serger or just sell it as is, or keep the Bernina & sell the Singer. Right now the local dealer is selling a Babylock Imagine serger for $1200. I was thinking that if I sold the Pfaff 2046 I could afford to buy the Imagine. I know this is very complicated & I'm going to my first quilt show tomorrow. Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for all your years of sewing experience.

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Date: 8/22/12 11:30 AM

What type of sewing do you mostly do?

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Date: 8/22/12 11:56 AM

First, I would stop wasting money on used machines sold on Ebay or estate sales.

Ask the local dealer if he will take the Funlock or the Singer in on trade for the Imagine. That may reduce the price of the Imagine a few dollars - don't sell it to an individual who will then be in the same boat as you - over $100 for service and parts.

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Date: 8/22/12 4:22 PM

I agree. I'm no longer buying used machines at estate sales. In the past I was mainly quilting, but since the doctors have told me my lupus and other associated diseaseas are advancing, and my activity is restricted by both peripheral & autonomic neuropathy I decided that I could spend the time I have, and no one can predict how long-it could be months or even years depending on disease activity-dwelling on the negatives or the positives. My last goal was to see my daughter get married which she did two weeks ago. She then told me she is planning on having a baby in two yr and would like me to be here. So in addition to quilting I'm now interested in sewing baby clothes and even misses clothes.I just signed up for a class to make a skirt as I feel the best way to learn how to use my new Pfaff 2140/2170 which I love, is to sew on it, and I also plan to embroider with a baby on the way. I know I could never actually care for it on a regular basis, but feel that I could for a couple of hours. I feel that a positive attitude goes a long ways and very fortunate to have a wonderful husband that just wants me to be happy.He does all the shopping, and housework & laundry.I do what I'm able to do but he encourages me to sew & do fun things as I spend alot of time hospitalized.Iget up each morning, walk my little dog, then decide what I can do that day, wedged in between doctor appointments.I've sewn off & on for 25 yrs but decided I really wanted to get into it after being bedridden,either at home or in the hospital for six months.I need goals and things to look forward to as everyday involves pain and nausea despite all kinds of pain medications & anti-nauseants.Luckily we live in MI where medical marijuana is legal as sometimes, after taking all the RX meds that is the only thing that gives relief. So I want to quilt-I've already quilted each of my children a baby quilt to pass down & now quilting them a quilt for their own use. I want to sew clothes just for fun & to learn to operate my machine, & sew baby clothes & embroider them. I fully agree I am through buying machines at estate sales & on e-bay. I just don't know whether to spend more money on the machine or if it's just wasting more money & I should just forget it.Sorry for such a lenthy reply.

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Date: 8/22/12 4:49 PM

To be more specific to the person that asked what do I sew-right now I'm open to sewing alot of different things. I was just able to start a load of laundry, and with a walker and determination can get around. I'm going to my first quilt show tomorrow afternoon as my husband is driving as i couldn't stay all day. I've decided to use my walker with a seat instead of a scooter, and very excited to go. I'm just not sure what to do with all of these machines. I thought of using the 2140/2170 just for sewing and embroidery and the quilt expression just for quilting and do have a table to set it up. It's just that I discovered the 2140 can also quilt. My husband doesn't care. It's me that is bothered by having so many machines.It seems so extravagant. And then there are the 2 old sergers I should have never have bought-together they cost $200. My husband would say you learned something from it, and go on, but I don't know what to do with them. If it's worth $70 to fix a Funlock 0400d. The repairman says yes, but I don't know.Plus I still have the Singer. Is there a retirement home for old machines?

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Date: 8/22/12 7:45 PM

Quote: mollycoomer
I agree. I'm no longer buying used machines at estate sales. In the past I was mainly quilting, but since the doctors have told me my lupus and other associated diseaseas are advancing, and my activity is restricted by both peripheral & autonomic neuropathy I decided that I could spend the time I have, and no one can predict how long-it could be months or even years depending on disease activity-dwelling on the negatives or the positives. My last goal was to see my daughter get married which she did two weeks ago. She then told me she is planning on having a baby in two yr and would like me to be here. So in addition to quilting I'm now interested in sewing baby clothes and even misses clothes.I just signed up for a class to make a skirt as I feel the best way to learn how to use my new Pfaff 2140/2170 which I love, is to sew on it, and I also plan to embroider with a baby on the way. I know I could never actually care for it on a regular basis, but feel that I could for a couple of hours. I feel that a positive attitude goes a long ways and very fortunate to have a wonderful husband that just wants me to be happy.He does all the shopping, and housework & laundry.I do what I'm able to do but he encourages me to sew & do fun things as I spend alot of time hospitalized.Iget up each morning, walk my little dog, then decide what I can do that day, wedged in between doctor appointments.I've sewn off & on for 25 yrs but decided I really wanted to get into it after being bedridden,either at home or in the hospital for six months.I need goals and things to look forward to as everyday involves pain and nausea despite all kinds of pain medications & anti-nauseants.Luckily we live in MI where medical marijuana is legal as sometimes, after taking all the RX meds that is the only thing that gives relief. So I want to quilt-I've already quilted each of my children a baby quilt to pass down & now quilting them a quilt for their own use. I want to sew clothes just for fun & to learn to operate my machine, & sew baby clothes & embroider them. I fully agree I am through buying machines at estate sales & on e-bay. I just don't know whether to spend more money on the machine or if it's just wasting more money & I should just forget it.Sorry for such a lenthy reply.

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Date: 8/22/12 9:03 PM

Personally, I would sell both the old sergers as is, and buy the Babylock Imagine. The Imagine is super easy and fun to thread, and no tension frustrations.

As for which Pfaff to keep, play with the other one a bit and decide which one you like best. Sell the other one, along with the 2 old sergers, buy the Imagine, and you'll be set.

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Date: 8/22/12 9:39 PM

I would sell both sergers and buy a babylock imagine on ebay. You probably could find one around $800.

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Date: 8/22/12 10:21 PM

You're probably going to find some great deals at the quilt show tomorrow, so I would probably put off your decision until then. Bring your old machines with you in the car (if you can), you may be able to trade them in for something.

Aside from the quilt show, I would also get rid of the 2 sergers and if you still thing you even need a serger, I would get the BL because it would be a lot easier for you to use with your fatigue & joint issues.

I agree w/ the other poster who suggested you play with your other Pfaff, decide which one you like best and get rid of the other one. ON THE OTHER HAND, if you think you're going to be doing a lot of embroidery, you might want to keep one to be set up solely to do embroidery with. Most people that get into embroidery want a machine dedicated to that purpose so they can sew while the machine is working on some embroidery design.

I'm just wondering if you even need a serger at this point. It sounds like you're mostly making quilts and just starting to learn garments. If you're not going to do a lot of garments or work with any knits, you might just hold off on the serger for awhile.

Keep that positive attitude!!!

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