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Lack of Dealers in remote location
Jody K.
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Date: 6/4/13 6:28 PM

Hi: I have a real quandary??? We live in a fairly remote location and will probably continue to do so. I want new sewing/quilting machine preferably Pfaff/Babylock/Bernina. Pfaff dealer in Lubbock, TX (100 miles) is retiring and next dealer is 100 miles further. Bernina/Babylock dealer 130 miles away I just really haven't cared for? What is best for reliability...Pfaff, Bernina, Babylock??????

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Date: 6/4/13 8:40 PM

everyone will tell u something different. but everyone agrees......test, test, test. you need to make your own choice. take the time to travel to the dealer(s) of your choice and test the machines. make an adventure out of it, which it can be. see which one feels "right" for you. bring some fabric with you that you might normally use(cut into maybe 4"x12" strips. i fold mine several times, so when i test sew, i am sewing on 4,2 and 1 layer). i also bring old cut up jeans. great for testing stitching over bulky seams. also bring thread that you use. before u choose your dealer & make the trip. research the machines on the mfg. web site and see which has the features u either like or can't live without. that might help you choose or eliminate a machine. then research them all you can. right here on PR is a good place to start. try youtube, then yahoo groups. can be exhausting. or u can do what i do. i close my eyes, turn around a few times, and what ever i am facing when i stop and open my eyes, is it :-) really important.....find a great dealer with a great technical staff. if you feel uneasy with a dealer....leave. web search/phone also for pricing. if they can't give u a price on the phone. it most likely will be more than it should be. prices do vary. find a happy medium. i was looking at a horn table. one dealer wanted $1350.00 PLUS $250.00 shipping from horn to his shop. i got it in my own back yard for $1000.00. have fun. if not, don't do it :-) also look for promotions on the mfg. web site. if the mfg. is offering a promotion, but the dealer is not.....leave.

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Date: 6/4/13 8:51 PM

sorry i went off......all you wanted to know about was reliability. read the reviews here on PR and the yahoo groups.

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Date: 6/4/13 9:47 PM

I really don't think one is more or less reliable than another. They are all good brands. Many times, new models will have bugs. The Bernina 7 line is going through that right now, but I trust that they are addressing it.
Test, and then if you cannot make up your mind, go with the dealer you trust the most. Any brand can deliver you a lemon. It's going to be the dealer that makes you bonkers if that happens. Make sure they have a GREAT tech.
BL and Pfaff are known to have more bang for the buck as far as bell and whistles go, but I do love my Berninas. They feel very solid to me. But the Pfaff's are lovely machines, and people love their BL as well --- so the deciding factor has to be you. Good luck, and have much fun testing!

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Date: 6/5/13 3:08 AM

Agree with above posters. Try all and get the one that bonds with you. All reliable but Bernina does seem to be going through a hiccup again with new models.
I have owned all 3. Gave the Bernina to my DD who lived close to a B dealer. Was just too far to go for me to learn and dealer wasn't the greatest and manual skimpy at best. CD was marketing/inspiring but not instructional.
The other 2 had great manuals- I learned on my own and very user friendly. All sewed a beautiful stitch. Love Pfaff IDT and the BL embroidery.

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Date: 6/6/13 1:34 PM

I live in a remote location as well and I'd like to buy the Pfaff 5.0. Everyone recommends the test, test, test idea--but how does someone like me manage that? Does anyone know of a dealer they love who is used to dealing with long distance customers?

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Date: 6/6/13 4:24 PM

I would call Pfaff. Some dealers may not want to take a phone order long distance due to the restrictions. But, I am sure Pfaff would help you out by perhaps allowing the closest dealer to you to take a phone order.

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Date: 6/6/13 4:32 PM

Ask on Pfaff's facebook page too, they are very helpful with directing you to the right place!

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Date: 6/6/13 5:08 PM

Great ideas, thank you!

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Date: 6/11/13 12:55 PM

Thanks ladies I really appreciate your reply and help. These are very helpful. Will continue to look at your replies until I can get to a dealer in Lubbock or Amarillo since we go to both places every couple of months. Thanks again! Jody K.

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