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Looking for a new sewing machine in NYC
Please give me advice on which machine and good dealers :)
IreneDAdler
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Date: 9/5/12 11:19 PM

Hi guys, I've been lurking for a while, finally making my first forum post :)

I'm shopping around for a solid sewing machine that will last me a good 10 years. So far I really like the Brother NX-450 aka Baby Lock Elizabeth. I don't really need all the fancy bells and whistles (3 sets of alphabets? I wanna make dresses, not monogram tea towels), but it seems like if I want the automatic thread cutter, I don't have a lot of choices. The search-by-feature tool on here doesn't have a checkbox for automatic thread cutters, so I'm not sure if I might have overlooked another option. So if anyone knows of a good, solid build-quality machine with automatic thread cutter that doesn't force you to also pay for 500 stitches and a knee-lifter, I would love to hear about them I know a lot of people have gotten the Brother PC-420 and like it a lot, but I also have heard a lot of complaints about stitch quality and durability, which makes me hesitant to get one.

Also, I live in NYC, and I know there are quite a few stores in the area that sell sewing machines. If anyone here knows of a good dealer that I should make sure to check out, please let me know! Right now I'm most interested in Brothers and Baby Locks, and it doesn't seem like all the places carry them.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post!

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Date: 9/6/12 0:30 AM

Sew Right in Bayside Queens sells BL I have bought machines and I can happily recommend them. They also sell Bernina, and Viking.
Lots of options. I tested the Elizabeth, as I wanted something that would be good for travel and not so heavy but solid. It is a very nice machine.
Also if you want to try Janome and Pfaff, there is the dealer, Sew Time also around a long time and they are basically across the street. Both do in store repair. Both are good dealers and have good pricing.

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Date: 9/6/12 6:08 AM

We bought our daughter-in-law an Elizabeth for Christmas last year when our son was deployed. She'd been trying to learn to sew on a nonfunctioning KEnmore handed down from someone. She loves her new Elizabeth! I took her to the BL dealer and she tried out several machines below $1000. The Elizabeth is the one she bonded with and it ran around $800.

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Date: 9/6/12 9:47 PM

Thanks for the tip about Sew Right! I gave them a call and the lady who answered the phone was really helpful. It's kind of annoying that they're an hour and a half from me by subway and bus, but they definitely seem like the best place to go for Baby Locks. I guess I'm gonna give up on Brother's Innovis line because the only Innovis dealer within a reasonable distance of me has stopped carrying the NX-450. I guess the Innovis-40 is still a viable choice if I'm willing to give up the automatic thread cutter. I guess it's hard to say if that feature is worth the ~$400 price difference to me.

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Date: 9/6/12 11:19 PM

I've taken several classes at Sew Right and they are wonderful. There prices are also very good. They sell Janome too.
-- Edited on 9/6/12 11:20 PM --

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Date: 9/10/12 9:32 AM

I went this past Saturday and got my Elizabeth for $850, and they also gave me a narrow hem foot for free, and a ruffler foot for $10. The minute I sat down at the machine and tried it I fell in love. The automatic thread cutter is so snazzy! Definitely worth the extra $400 over the Innovis-40. And it comes with a couple fagoting stitches too, which is a nice bonus and I'm pretty excited about trying them out I set it up yesterday and tried a few different stitches and I'm really impressed with how well it sews and handles fabric, as well as how quiet it is. I'll post a full review of the machine after a couple months after I've had time to get it know it thoroughly.

The place was pretty cool, the ladies were super-friendly and helpful. Harvey was really nice too, and clearly very knowledgeable. They had a used Melody for $700, but I ended up passing on that because the warrantee coverage isn't as good as Baby Lock's manufacturer warrantee, and I didn't want to order a new full-price one because the extra functions on a Melody aren't at all what I need since I don't quilt or do much decorative stitching (though I do admit I really like the blue cover and wish the Elizabeth had that look).

Anyway, it was a pretty cool experience and I got my dream machine for a pretty reasonable price, so thanks everyone for recommending Sew Right!

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Date: 9/10/12 12:56 PM

That sounds like a lovely machine! Enjoy it. Share your experiences on it and maybe even a picture in the Sewing Machine threads here - can't get enough pictures of sewing machines! Good to know you found a great dealer.

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Date: 9/11/12 3:18 PM

Im so glad you went to Sew Right and bought your wonderful Elizabeth. I had been debating on that machine for about a year, but
bought a Bernina 380 slightly used from Harvey. He gave me a very nice deal and threw in a birthday present #57 quilting foot with the quide. I am so happy with this machine. Also being a Bernina owner already, though I loved the Elizabeth too, I can share feet, is a big bonus. But otherwise had this not come in at the very point it did I would have bought the Elizabeth. I think it is such a great machine and well priced.
Good luck and enjoy your new machine.

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Date: 9/11/12 5:11 PM

Quote: IreneDAdler
...so thanks everyone for recommending Sew Right!

...and now ya know:
Some of the BEST shopping in NY is in the OUTER boroughs!

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