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Date: 6/14/12 6:42 PM

Last year I decided that I needed a new sewing machine. I finally decided on an Elna 6600 and recently put a deposit on one. I'm quite excited about it and really want to pay it off soon so I can bring it home and start to use it. I purchased my previous machine about 25 years ago. It was my first "bigger" purchase after graduating from college. It is a Singer 6234. Not lowest end but not too fancy either. It has been a good machine and I have never had problems with it. Now, I am going to be trading it in when I pick up my new machine. And, I know this is going to sound really stupid but I feel really sad about trading it in. I have kept it in great shape and have the manual and all parts for it. I would love for it to go to somebody who would use it. But, I'm afraid that they will take it apart and use for parts. Is it bizarre to feel this way about a sewing machine? Has anybody else felt sad when they trading in an old machine? I'm thinking about finding a real cheap one on Craigslist and using it as my trade-in machine. And, then I would donate my machine to an organization that uses good working old used machines.

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Date: 6/14/12 7:13 PM

DON'T DO IT!!! Keep that machine for back-up,classes...lots of times I need 2 machines...one set with ribbon in the bobbin...or with the walking foot on or the ruffler etc. You hear over and over again the regrets of selling or trading in a loved machine. It cannot possibly be getting you that much money!!!! Usually dealers offer a price with a trade in and they just donate the machine! Go to Walmart and buy a $40 machine. I even asked once if I could just pick one up at the thrift store for $10 and they said "yes" they didn't care. That's an idea...go to the thrift store and just find some old thing. You keep your machine!!!!!

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Date: 6/14/12 7:15 PM

Two words: Keep it! Rescue a pathetic cheap donor machine, not your beloved friend:)

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Date: 6/14/12 7:18 PM

Is there a reason why you can't keep it? Will your dealer take any machine as a trade? If so, your idea of buying an old machine and using that is a good one. My dealer resells good used machines and the amount they give as trade in is miniscule, so I just gave my old machine away to a coworker. Have you finalized the deal for your new machine? You may find that there is not a big difference in price and then you can keep your old one as backup. You DO know you need a backup machine, right?

I did not feel a bit sad giving away my old Singer. A vague twinge of nostalgia because I had sewed everything from my wedding dress to my daughter's graduation dress on it, but I realized I had never "bonded" with it. I now mostly sew on machines older than it was and love them all.

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Date: 6/14/12 7:22 PM

This should be your trade in...Brand new machine!!!click here

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Date: 6/14/12 7:25 PM

I paid $200 for a Singer 9410 in 1990, and got waaay more than that "in trade" for it. It was never a great machine, but I still felt that pang, until I started sewing with the new machine.

The 6234 was probably no more than $300 in 1990, I've got my mom's old one in my basement. IMO, it's not anything worth hanging on to if the trade-in value is good. Sometimes dealers use a "trade-in" as a way of selling below the manufacturer's minimum set/suggested price.

See what they offer.

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Date: 6/14/12 7:30 PM

See the multiple machine topic currently running...just a few posts down from this one. Really and truly under no circumstances do you let them have your machine. It CANNOT be worth anything to them. I really wonder why dealers do that anyway...with "trade the price is"....You know I wonder if some people really think they need to trade in their expensive machine that might just be a few years old...I have no idea...but if you really talk to dealers it is generally a "come on", and the traded machines that are older go in the trash can.

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"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life's about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw
Dan 9:24-27

Bernina vintage and computerized, Bernina and BL sergers , BLcoverstitch (a stray Pfaff and Viking followed me home too)

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Date: 6/14/12 7:32 PM

Please don't feel stupid, its not bizarre to feel this way.
Apparently you have bonded with this machine. I think you should keep it and either find a different machine to trade in or do not do a trade in.

I have bonded so with my machine that I will never give it up. And when it has seen its last days I will still keep her.

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Date: 6/14/12 7:37 PM

Yes, Maia that is a big reason!! They can sell below the MSRP and not get in trouble as a dealer. If she gets that brand new machine from Amazon the dealer can write "trade."...that's all they need to do....just gives them leeway. For ex. Bernina does not allow dealers to sell below a certain price, but the dealer can get around that by taking in a trade. It is done often as most brands have that policy.

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"The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem." Theodore Rubin
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life's about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw
Dan 9:24-27

Bernina vintage and computerized, Bernina and BL sergers , BLcoverstitch (a stray Pfaff and Viking followed me home too)

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Date: 6/14/12 7:40 PM

I'm with nearly everyone else. Don't get rid of this machine if you don't absolutely have to. It's worth far more to you than to a dealer, no matter what they use it for!

Keep it and either don't trade in, or find a cheapie to trade in instead - you'll be glad you did!!

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