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Interlude 445 too much at $600?
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GG126
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Date: 6/22/14 11:41 PM

Hi all,

I am purchasing an Interlude 445 for $600 and since reading all the reviews and how many folks got their machines for less I am having a bit of buyers remorse and wondering if I got a bad deal.

I have had a lot of health issues and wanted to get a higher end machine to start making costumes and a bed quilt for my little girl. The lady trying to sell the machine has said it was never really used and is basically brand new. I hadn't realized either that I would need to purchases expensive feet for quilting and they were not included. I had been looking at the Bernina Aurora QE but even at $2000, it seemed to be stretching my budget to the way max. I had also seen a Viking 1100 for about $300 but it only included one cartridge so I don't know if that was a better deal because it used to be the top of the line. Any and all thoughts welcome!

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Date: 6/23/14 0:47 AM

I can't say whether that is a good price or not as I am in Canada and the prices are considerably higher here. I paid $900.00 new on sale last one. I feel I got a fairly good deal as I saw the 435 model for the same or more.

Having said that i really like my machine. I have sewn just about everything on it. I purchased 4 extra feet, the left edge foot, 1/4" quilting foot, the skinny zipper foot and the walking foot. I bought those on sale or sometimes viking would put out a coupon.

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Date: 6/23/14 10:38 AM

There are 12 reviews here on PR for the 445 and looks like the price range is $450-$900. You may have paid a little much for your used model but you did choose an excellent machine ..one of the last before Viking's semi-decline after SVP took over. Your machine was made in Sweden and if cared for should give you years of service. The #1 is much more complex machine and at the very end of its life-span now so the possibility of being able to find parts for repairs could be sketchy. Most machines don't come with the free-motion foot or 1/4" foot but those aren't so very pricey to acquire. The walking foot also is a separate purchase and pricey, yes. If your seller really didn't use it much and it is almost like new, you did ok paying what you did even tho it wasn't a whale of a deal.

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Date: 6/24/14 9:58 PM

The Viking Interlude is an excellent machine. I have a Platinum 770, and to have these good made-in-Sweden Vikings is a real pleasure! Don't worry about your price. Enjoy that machine. You will love Viking feet. They are so neat and look small but oh boy are they ever fine presser feet. You can get a generic quilting foot for the machine and one place to find nice prices on Viking feet for your machine is here:

Discount Sewing

This gentleman has been selling sewing machine feet and parts for years now and I have purchased several times.The website might look outdated, but the feet are great, and the dealer is honest. Usually some feet are out of stock, and he only has what you see online is in stock.

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Date: 6/26/14 11:29 AM

I don't think you overpaid. You have an outstanding sewing machine and that model is extremely hard to find. Ask me how I know LOL...

Enjoy your fantastic new machine!
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Date: 6/30/14 10:03 PM

Thank you all for your support! I think it was difficult because the seller had touted the great trade in value at around $900-or more should I be unsatisfied with the machine. I went yesterday to my local dealer who said it was more like $75 trade in value. Geez what a let down. I think the thought of spending more money buying the quilting feet just seems to have taken my joy out of desire to make stuff for my daughter before my health suffers more. Sigh*

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Date: 6/30/14 11:42 PM

i am not familiar with this machine at all...........but quilting feet shouldn't be that expensive to ruin you enjoying your machine. get generic if u can if less costly or just shop around on the net. i took 3 machines in to my local dealer towards a trade in. the brother said $25.00 each. i was taking a hit, but i said ok. his sister looked at the machines and said $10.00 each. ouch. i sold them privately for $125.00, $100.00 and $65.00. whatever it is, it is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. ENJOY your new machine.

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Date: 7/1/14 0:47 AM

A dealer trade in value is kind of a bogus amount usually anyway. I traded in a machine that I paid $10 for a thrift shop in order to get $600 off of a new Juki. If I had traded in my Pfaff 2034 that I bought for $700 last year, I would have gotten the same trade in value as the $10 thrift store machine. Seriously.

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Date: 7/1/14 5:08 PM

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A dealer trade in value is kind of a bogus amount usually anyway.


SO TRUE. They actually have no intrinsic trade in value - some dealers will not take trades at all and some will give you a flat amount no matter what machine you bring them (one dealer here gives you about $50 no matter what), and some will indeed deal from the standpoint of giving you more because they are large enough to resell used machines themselves at fair prices. It varies and has no connection to the value you will get from owning the machine!

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Date: 7/1/14 7:14 PM

I personally believe if you live in an area w/ an active Craig's List, you could re-sell your machine for what you paid. The 445 is a keeper and lots of people know it...they practically never come up used. The $75 means nothing. That dealer should've told you what he'd sell one for if he had one bc of course its worth way more than $75 to the dealer and also to you!

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