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Date: 8/7/13 9:49 AM

I am looking for a new TOL machine to replace my very old MC6000 which was a TOL machine back in the mid 80's when I bought it. Anyway, I am wondering what your thoughts are on buying demo/floor models? How much less should they be than new? Should I look for anything special regarding use/abuse?

I am mostly a garment sewist, although I do some crafting/quilting/home dec. and really want to expand my repertoire. Right now I'm thinking either the Ellisimo Gold/Quattro 2 or the Pfaff Creative Sensation. I've not tested machines yet, just trying to get my thoughts in order for my shopping trip next week.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Date: 8/7/13 10:05 AM

I don't think you will find too many CS that are used as they are well loved. They best time to pick up a used TOL is when a new model comes out. One thing is to ask about warranties. I believe dealers will usually give you full warranties on machines that are store models or machines used in classes. However pre-owed machines turned in to upgrade you usually won't get a full warranty as the warranty has been registered and they usually aren't transferable. I think if you want to buy a TOL machine that is under 5 years old (normal length of warranty for everything) you should just buy new. Unless they will give you a full factory warranty. These machines are expensive to have repaired especially if you were to have to replace a board or screen. You didn't mention embroidery. The machines you mentioned are TOL embroidery combo machines. You could get a TOL sewing only machine new for thousands less.

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Date: 8/7/13 10:07 AM

I bought a demo machine a Janome 11000 for a bit less than half the regular price. A new version was coming out and I paid about 1/3 of what the new version would cost. I also got a software upgrade thrown in.

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Date: 8/7/13 11:37 AM

The current TOL Pfaff CS is generally on at a terrific price right now for new in box from dealers, as the new TOL Creative-Pro is making it's debut shortly.

Most dealers appear to have the CS on at half or close to the regular selling price. That would give you a brand new machine at a heck of a good deal. This also includes full upgrade to the new embroidery software coming soon.

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Date: 8/7/13 12:39 PM

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The current TOL Pfaff CS is generally on at a terrific price right now for new in box from dealers, as the new TOL Creative-Pro is making it's debut shortly.



Most dealers appear to have the CS on at half or close to the regular selling price. That would give you a brand new machine at a heck of a good deal. This also includes full upgrade to the new embroidery software coming soon.

New TOL Creative Pro?

NooooO! I am already too tempted by the 3.0 or 5.0!

I've typically gotten at least 10% off sale price for a floor model, same warranty, service, classes as new. Another option is if your dealer has classes or events or is at a show or a fair to get the demo models used there, mine usually has special pricing on those that is always great. Unfortunately. For my budget.
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Date: 8/7/13 12:45 PM

When I bought my Bernina 830LE two years ago, it was a floor model that had only been on the floor for about 2 months. It had a little over 3,000 stitches on it, so was just broken in. They only knocked $500 off the price of a new machine, but it came with full warranty and was virtually a new machine.

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Date: 8/7/13 4:19 PM

Why, why, why did I have to see this? I couldn't justify the difference in price when I bought my CP but now that you're saying it can be had at such a good price...

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Date: 8/7/13 4:52 PM

Trade-up time?

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Date: 8/8/13 0:05 AM

I love buying floor models. The price is less than new, the machine has been "sewed in", and you know if there was an issue with the machine it would be addressed, cuz they are using it to sell that model.
I have bought demos/floor models several times and never disappointed. Just make sure you have a good dealer who can insure that the machine is in good order.

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Date: 8/8/13 1:34 AM

I consider a floor model much better than new in a box. Just since it's been used, and anything that did not work, or be funky or would break right away, already did, and has already been caught and taken care of. So no surprises probably. So it would be kind of like having an extra burn in period. So to me, it would have a better chance/odds of everything working just right. So I actually would always prefer the floor model, if it was some kind of more complicated computerized machine. I still would always want to test sew on it though first.

If wanting the latest and greatest though, I might ask what is replacing it, just since something would probably be replacing it or it would not be going to not be a floor model anymore.

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