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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Purchasing expensive sewing machines ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 7/9/12 10:12 PM

I understand many member here on PR are guilty of purchasing very expensive sewing machines machines . AMi right?
Well I just want to know was it a weird feeling especially if it was your first time purchasing a sewing machine for more than $5000?

I've just saw the beautiful 7 series by Bernina and am craving for a 780E once it hits Australian shores (maybe late next year) This would be my first time purchasing such a luxurous machine (that's no problem) it's just handing over the money. I do plan on saving money and paying up in cash. but will plan on paying up through lay-by to avoid wierd feelings and may be looks by others lol.

so please share your experience doesn't have to be in recent years other. There's no restrictions.

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Date: 7/9/12 10:24 PM

Not a weird feeling. More like "I can't believe I'm paying $$$$$!". DH thought I was nuts but gave the go ahead. I did get 48 months interest free financing and my payments are very low (traded up). Affordable to me this way, otherwise I'd still have my awesome 635LE. I love my 830 and appreciate it more every time I use it! Have fun with the 780E when you are able to get it.

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Date: 7/9/12 10:33 PM

I purchased the Bernina 830 over a yr ago. I saved for a long time, sold my 730 and another machine, and only used income from sewing and did not touch my regular income. So it took a while, but then I paid cash and brought my baby home! I have not regretted it at all.

There have been a lot of threads on purchasing expensive machines. My opinion is that we all spend $ on something. Many people have hobbies, collections, sports activities, animals, cars, or whatever that they spend $ on.

If a person can afford the item and it's purchase does not interfere with your financial responsibilities, then I say go for it.

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Date: 7/9/12 10:50 PM

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Well I just want to know was it a weird feeling especially if it was your first time purchasing a sewing machine for more than $5000?

Yes it was for me. Not just the first time either, everytime. I have a hard time handing over the cash, even though I know the purchase is right for me, we can afford it, etc. etc. The good news though is once it's done I've never once regretted it. In fact I usually kick myself for waiting so long and feeling so guiltly. So yes it feels weird but if you do your homework and buy the right machine for you the feeling subsides quickly.

With the Bernina's you can buy the embroidery modules separately, at least in Australia, so look at this too. I found this made the purchase easier. When the 5 series came out, this time last year, all the embroidery modules used at the dealer training day in Sydney were sold at a discounted price, plus the new 7 series will most likely be heavily discounted until Christmas. The 5 series was. I bought my 580 then later the embroidery module at a greatly reduced price thanks to this. Way less than the current price and MRRP.

Oh and btw, the 5 series in Australlia came out only weeks after it did in the USA so keep those fingers crossed. You may get an early Christmas present.

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Date: 7/9/12 11:16 PM

A nice big machine as an early christmas present doesn't sound too bad lol.

In order to purchase a 780 even a 750 I would have to sell my brother sewing machone, my Janome embroidery machine and may be my Janome 6600P. And hoping to sell some of my creations too...
Anyone interested?
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Date: 7/9/12 11:16 PM

Over a period of years (hopefully) the cost is diminished greatly. I have sewn with my 1530 for about 18 years. Having said that, I have passed on many of the machines "introduced" over the years. Once TOL became focused on embroidery....TOL became less about my needs.

Don't be talked into more machine than you need.

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Date: 7/9/12 11:26 PM

Well, I purchased the 830LE at the end of last year. I chose layaway as I was not interested in financing, but at the time I was worried they 830LE might be sold out before I could get the cash together.

For me, I didn't feel too guilty because I took on extra work to pay for it, so it felt like I earned it. BUT, it still seems like a crazy big splurge. Now I just feel like I need to use it since I have it, and I know I'm super lucky to have it. And I still love it, and am excited every time I sit down to sew or embroider with.

Also, it comes down to priorities. I drive a nice, but 10 year old car--it is paid off. I would rather have a nice sewing machine than a new car!

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Date: 7/9/12 11:38 PM

I agree with you. I have a newer TOL machine that is great, no problems, but I HIGHLY regret getting it. It's much more machine than I need, but I WANTED it at the time and had the money, plus a trade in of a machine that I was perfectly happy with. I will probably end up selling it since I can't even look at it without shaking my head.

This is nothing against others that spend a lot of money on a machine(s) and are perfectly happy in doing so. Just be honest with yourself about what you need what you truly want. If you decide on an expensive TOL machine after thinking it through, more power to you! Enjoy it!

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Date: 7/9/12 11:45 PM

Ive spent 5000 in less than a year on sewing machines.

I dont have any shame about it. If I had more $$ to spend Im sure I would end up doing it. The 710 look like a great machine -- maybe Ill dream about it and see what happens in a year or so.

Guilt is a gross emotion - I think people should do whatever they want to do to feel better as long as they are not mean. It does not matter to me if people are responsible or not.

Go get it!

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Date: 7/10/12 0:34 AM

I think a good point is, don't get talked into more machine than I can handle.

The Bernina 780 is more appealing to me due to the embroidery. It has feature which the Pfaff creative performance have such as multi-directional sewing, and use sewing stitches in embroidery mode and can't for get continuous embroidery function. I think I can really utilize these features well and of course the sewing features.

However I think after seeing and maybe have a go sewing on the 750 and 780 I will have a good idea of where my real intentions are.
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