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joanne232
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Date: 6/15/12 1:29 PM

I found a listing for a Babylock Evolve (in the Inland Empire, CA, Craigslist) for $800. Not in my budget right now

It's a good deal though right? Whats the difference between the Evolve and the Evolution? She said it was top of the line when she bought it. (yes, I called out of curiosity)

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Date: 6/15/12 2:08 PM

So sorry its out of your budget :(
Yes, it is a great deal! I have an Evolve that I love. I cant speak to the differences between it and the newer model, except I know the newer one has better lighting.

Its a great machine and a great deal!

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Date: 6/15/12 2:10 PM

Maybe or maybe not. I did pay $1,8000 for mine, brand new; back maybe in 2002 or so, but that was a very long 10 years ago, and I had a warranty. As a used machine, you would not get that. And as a used machine even in a store with a warranty, ( I would ask for something like at least 90 store warranty myself) if I wanted to replace mine, I certainly would not pay more than $800 ever.

I think it might be a good deal for someone or not, just depending on the person actually, whom might even wish to buy it. If you actually already knew that machine well, (as if you had, had one before as a comparison went you went to go to try to sew on it) and just already how to use it there, and could actually just sit and test sew on all the different set ups on it, and everything really checked out just fine, as in it did not need lubrication, or cleaning, none of the stitch pins bent up, knives not needing replacement, the loopers still straight and nothing knocked a bit to the side or anything like that, and all the cords and motor still just fine, then lets say if mine suddenly bit the dust, or got lost or something, and I had some money burning a hole in my pocket I might pay that.

But if instead it had some issues, and lets say you could not even tell as did not even test sew on it first, then a whole $800 might be a lot of money, to just toss away on it too. I think all the little bits and pieces (except for just replacement upper knives or such) would be pretty expensive too.

I would love to think, if I just wanted to part with mine and collect a quick $800, I could just sell it for that on Craigs list, but not really sure that would actually ever be happening like that either.

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Date: 6/15/12 2:13 PM

Ooops, extra zero in there, mine was pricey but not that pricey, that should have read that I paid $1,800.00 for mine new, not $1,8000 at all

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Date: 6/15/12 6:59 PM

Thanks for your sympathy Raye Anne, your so lucky to have such a great machine. I just need to be patient and I'll get mine eventually though :devil:

Thats a good point beauturbo, that would be a lot of money to just throw away. And it would probably take a lot of time/knowledge to make sure ALL the features work on a machine like that.

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Date: 6/15/12 11:43 PM

I have only had my Evolve 4 years( bought it new at the dealer), so who knows how old this machine is off craigslist? Yes, the model is old, but not all machines will be. It may also be very lightly used. Hard to know unless you talked to the seller and looked at the machine.
I am certainly a person who tends to sell at a good price when I list on craigslist....and I have sold two sewing machines in the past. Each time, I gave the buyer a full demo( with me sewing and with them sewing), all instruction books, and my phone number/ email if something came up and they needed help.
I've also seen lots of high prices on CL....but I would try to bargain if you can. If the Evolve is still singing to you in a week, you could always call and see if its still available. Maybe they would take $650?? ( never hurts to ask)

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Date: 6/17/12 8:17 AM

I agree with Rae Ann. The only way to know if the Evolve advertised is a good deal is to go and either get a demo or test drive. I bought my new Evolve with the Wave Stitch ( that's a must for me - love the wave!) in 2008 for $2350.00. It only included the clear foot and the rolling case. I had to travel to the next state to find a BL dealer that I could trust. I've never regretted it for a moment. Every time I use my Evolve it makes me smile. My sister has the Evolution and it is the same as the Evolve, with a bit brighter lighting and only one thread port for threading the loopers. Evolve has two ports for jet air looper threading - you have to slide a knob to thread the upper, then move knob to the lower looper posittion to thread it. Sewing performance is the same for both my Evolve and my sister's Evolution. If I saw the Evolve, test drove it and knew it was in good shape, I'd jump on it for $800. If it has any feet, even better. I paid $100 for 4 feet on ebay.

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