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Date: 7/25/13 9:41 AM

So the sewing store lady thinks I overpaid for my Optima 150 ($90.) It works and even the bobbin winder works yadda yadda. Anyway, she tried to convince me I should have bought a $120 Babylock from them. I don't know much but I'm reasonably certain a brand new sm that only costs $120 can't be very good. My Singer Confidence that is only OK cost nearly $200!

She also didn't know anything about Husqvarna sm and didn't have a clue how to use the bobbin winder etc. I watched a video on YouTube and read the manual. :)

In short, I felt her disdain for my old mechanical beauty. :'(

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Date: 7/25/13 10:24 AM

her disdain.....

Lucky for you that you know better!

P.S. I did splurge on a new machine not too long ago. The sales lady/sales manager has the same old mechanical machine that I have. Like me, she still uses it and plans to never give it up.
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Date: 7/25/13 11:04 AM

babylock for $120 has to be the BL9. Its actually a just fine machine, not crappy at all. It has 8 stitches, 4-step buttonhole and plenty of power. No adjustable presser foot pressure though. You got at *least* as good a machine if not much better. I don't see how you paid too much for your machine. She's just doing her job by trying to sell you machines. If your machine is working then ignore her and enjoy your machine. Maybe look for a different person to do your service if she irritates you. I wouldn't second guess your purchase.

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Date: 7/25/13 11:08 AM

Pffffft....

Sounds like you got a good deal on an older working machine. And like you might want to go looking somewhere else if you decide to upgrade to a new machine someday. I refuse to deal with dealers that dog other machines. I own several brands of varying age and price range, they all have strengths and weaknesses. Any sales person worth a darn knows this too.

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Date: 7/25/13 9:44 PM

That Husqvarna Optima will out live all the brand new bells-n-whistles computerised things that they are selling at the moment. All computerised machines have a use-by date. Mechanicals don't. No motherboard to die, no electronic circuitry to fizzle. You've got a winner IMO.

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Date: 7/27/13 7:25 PM

My 150 has adjustable presser foot pressure! :)

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