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Date: 10/14/13 9:16 AM

I can see by checking listings for both Pfaff and Berninas they are commanding big prices for 20 year old machines. I was looking for used 7550. The one just under the embroidery model. The cheapest I saw for about $600 and it was listed as needing a battery? Never heard of a sewing machine needing a battery. And saw a 1630 for $1100. I got mine for $200. I think the Pfaffs are overpriced strictly from a machinery point of view, are the boards to repair them even available anymore? For that I would think their value wouldn't be so high. I got lucky with my 1630 however I think buying a computerized machine more than 15 years old is a real risk for that reason. A better investment is a new computerized machine even if you can't have all the "wants".

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Date: 10/14/13 9:53 AM

Boards are available for most of them, but they are very expensive. I was quoted $500 for a board replacement on my old Creative 2170.

Since the machine still functions for what I need, I didn't do it, even though I've seen those machines sell for over $1000 recently.

I think they are too high too.

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Date: 10/14/13 10:01 AM

I just inherited a 7570 from my mother-in-law and I saw her bring it home in 1998. I sent it in for a spa day and the tech did assure me he can get the parts. She got the Pfaff cabinet as well and her original paper work indicates she paid just shy of $4000.00. I would guess that was pretty much TOL in 1998. I personally would not pay the high prices they are bring on EBay etc., but I'm thrilled to have hers!

Oh, and mine takes a battery too. I just don't the machine well enough to know why yet:)
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Date: 10/14/13 10:49 AM

The machine takes 2 batteries and has to do with saving design/stitch settings into memory when power is turned off. My Pfaff 1472 needs a battery for the same reason.

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Date: 10/14/13 1:34 PM

Quiltingwolf. You should call up to Jomax in Westminster. I was up there for my almost tragedy (burnt out capacitor for my Viking 6460). They had a bunch of old Pfaff and old Vikings they were showing me. They were all around $400 and $500 but at least there was the knowledge that they were just fully worked on and gone over by the very skilled repair people there. They would gladly give you a list of what they have over the phone if you call them. They get new things in all the time as people upgrade.

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Date: 10/14/13 2:53 PM

I'm trying to stay away from there so I don't have to see the PCP or the new Pfaff TOL lol. Plus it's like an hour drive. I was just hoping to come across something on ebay that the person had no idea of what they were selling etc.

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Date: 10/14/13 3:26 PM

I watch Craigs list for machines - Things pop up sometimes -

Last week there was a bernina (930? The industrial one) in a desk for something around $800. with some extra feet. I thought that was a great deal.

I remember a 730e for 1000.00

When I was shopping a few years ago I would make calls to sewing machine shops within an hour drive and ask about used machines.

But, I agree with what I think you are saying - Bernina and Pfaff draw high money on ebay.

I *do* think that the expression 4.0 can be had for a great price on ebay - not much higher than the 2.0.

But, still - all of those machines are around 1000.00 - to me that is big money. Ive been very happy that the old 30-150.00 dollar machines on crags list have been catching my eye instead of the pricey ones.

I have picked up some fun cheapo's at goodwill, too. But not the computerized high end brands.

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Date: 10/14/13 4:01 PM

I have difficulty accepting computerized machines as "vintage".

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Date: 10/14/13 4:24 PM

Notice I referred to mine as old, not vintage. It's never going to be vintage, just semi-recyclable. When (not if) another board goes, it's going to be dismantled, some parts sold, the rest disposed of.

While I think the newer computerized machines will last a bit longer than those made a few years ago, I have no illusions that my current near TOL will not end up the same way.
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Date: 10/14/13 4:38 PM

Why should computerized machines not be vintage?

...I have here in my collection computerized machines from ELNA, PFAFF (14xx) and HUSQVARNA.These machines are built 1978-82...more than 30 years old and so older than a lot of PR-members...based on crude 8051-architecture microcontrollers from early 70ies...and also with really simple stepper-drivers...as example the PBL3717-chip developed 1978 by RIFA for Husqvarna...

...here in Switzerland cars > 25 years get a special Vintage-Immatriculation with less tax and also less insurance...because they are already historical...
...so I think also sewing machines of this age are vintage in my eyes..
...of course eyes of a retired IT-ing. ....

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