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Dalice
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Date: 5/29/11 12:53 PM

I am in South Africa. Looking to get a new SM; choice of Elna 6600QD, or Elna 6200T plus Elna664 serger. Husqvarna Viking Emerald 183, or a Viking 770 (discontinued model). The 770 is a dealer's window model, never been used, with full 2 yr warranty.
I have not liked the Elna dealers - tried three - but would buy the Elna from the Viking dealer as I love her! I'm worried about where the machines are made and how well they'll last. My only other machine was the HV 2010 bought in 1967, it sewed like a dream and finally is broken. I'm seduced by all the features the new machines have and the creative options they provide, but I'm really afraid they won't last. Any able to offer some sane advice?

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Date: 5/29/11 5:31 PM

Hi Dalice,
I am not familiar with the Elna's, but they are made my Janome and most owners of Elna's are pleased with them, however I do not know which models are favored. Have you read the reviews here on PR for the models you are considering??? I have the Viking Platinum 770, super nice machine and it has just about all the bells and whistles that you will need. The Platinum series was probably the last of the best made sewing machines lines from Viking. I would stay away from the Emerald 183, mixed reviews with this model. Good luck with your chose.

P.S. Sorry, I just noticed your date of membership to PR....WELCOME


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Date: 5/29/11 9:24 PM

As you know, a sewing machine is as personal as a car, and only you know what feels good to you to work on. But I can say that I've had my Emerald 183 for almost three years and I LOVE IT TO PIECES. (I actually like the machine more than I like sewing, if that makes any sense! LOL) I did a review a year after I got it, if you're interested in reading that, and I'm still in love.

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Dalice
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Date: 5/30/11 8:55 AM

Thank you cherylwashere, the reviews on PR lead me to post my question. I had pretty much moved the 770 out of my mind as it is on the other side of the country so I cannot test it. I saw it on the HV S Africa website. The reviews here made me change my mind, and I'm wary of the Emerald because of the mixed reviews. The Emerald made the best buttonhole of all the machines I tried at dealers, and the local Husqvarna dealership is staffed by super ladies. Its spacious with plenty of room for the workshops and lessons they run. Apparently this end of the country is a hive of quilting activity. If I get the 770 I will have to pay for lessons here, but the lessons on the Emerald would be free.
The Elnas are probably the most popular machines in S Africa, but I found the shops cramped and their attitude was "off" - they think the machine sells itself, so why am I being a nuisance with questions!?

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Date: 5/30/11 10:06 AM

As many have stated you should get the machine that feels good to you. Also, the shop you buy it from is important as well. You want to go there and feel like a happy place. If people are rude, then they will continue to be rude even if you buy it there. Unfortunately there is alot to consider but these would be the two most important.

I always was under the impression if you purchase a SM that the lessons for that SM were included with the purchase. Good luck in your search.

I cannot offer any feedback on either machine, I am sorry, but I happen to own a Kenmore 19233 which I love!

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Date: 6/1/11 5:01 PM

I have a Platinum 750 and LOVE it! I've sewn on the Emeralds--no love there, so if it were me, I'd pick the Platinum--but I would try to see if they'd throw in a free class and/or if you plan to use it for quilting or purse making, I'd see if they'd throw in a walking foot, or at least give you a discount on one. But maybe the 770 comes with a walking foot? Not sure about that, but I know they come in handy.

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Date: 6/1/11 7:19 PM

My step-mom has an emerald 118 and raves about it. She's had it for a while and mostly quilts with it. She makes blue jeans quilts on it too.

Dalice
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Date: 6/4/11 3:10 PM

Big decision made - I'm getting the 770! She travels to Cape Town from Johannesburg next week. Looking forward to meeting my new baby!

My kind SIL, who is paying for the machine, has paid the local agent, a sum sufficient to cover lessons, workshops and extra feet I may want. I'm truly blessed.

Anticipating many hours on PR too


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Date: 6/4/11 7:17 PM

Oh how nice..congratulations Dalice. I think you are going to love your 770. How exciting and what a nice SIL you have.

I have a Viking Interlude 445 that was made just prior to the Platinum line of Vikings and I do love my Viking..and your new machine has even more features. They do not make machines like this anymore..no more Vikings made in Husqvarna, Sweden. I hope you love and cherish your new machine.

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Date: 6/4/11 7:28 PM

Quote: Dalice
Big decision made - I'm getting the 770!

Congratulations Dalice! I am sure you are on tenterhooks waiting excitedly for its happy arrival. looking forward to hearing from you on PR, too.
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