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Date: 12/5/12 10:30 AM

costco has brother sewing machines for $139, which is less than 2 adjustment visits for my 20+ year old Kenmore.

Brother seems to have two types of machine- cheap, I hate it, or Wow, really nice. It depends on the price, for quality assurance. Janome is nice, no matter the price.

The Brother has decorative stitches for quilting, and automatic buttonholes. My machine, a Kenmore, has a few, since it's a 20 year old mechanical that is getting creaky. Not good buttonholes.

Would I be happy if I asked for this for Christmas, or would it be like the so-irritating, not- Janome, budget cover-stitcher that I've used twice, and thought ill of for two years?

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Date: 12/5/12 10:37 AM

Hi Ariadne

I purchased one about 3 weeks ago, so far its working great. I get together weekly with friends at a local community center, we work on new projects and UFO's. (2 other friends got the machine too). I just have used it for quilting and for apparel sewing (knits) and it works just great. For the price.....you can't beat it.

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Date: 12/5/12 6:23 PM

If you get the Cosco Brother don't throw out the Kenmore just yet. Only you can tell how the machine handles. The few very basics Brother& Singer I've sewn on over the years haven't been a good experience.

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Date: 12/6/12 6:00 AM

Brother has some great prices. I went in one day to the dealer and tried some low end models- just didn't bond though. So many people have commented that brother and babylock are *the same* while others feel a distinct difference. I ended up with a babylock lower end, just wasn't feeling the brother.
But how can you loose with Costco's great return policy? And it might be the right fit for you.

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Date: 12/6/12 11:46 AM

Go for it.

I bought a Brother for $129 and FS (factory serviced for quality assurance), gifted it, and now the girl sews like crazy. My daughter became envious and wanted a Brother, too. So I bought her the CS6000i for $149 (comes with walking foot and table).

You can't beat Costco's or Walmart's 90-day return policy. And they won't hassle you!

Yeah, these machines probably won't last a year... you get what you pay for In that case, if my daughter and her best friend (she's like a daughter to me) still like Brother, I'm going to buy them Brother again.



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Date: 12/6/12 9:23 PM

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You can't beat Costco's or Walmart's 90-day return policy. And they won't hassle you!


Not that I would buy a sewing machine there, but Bed, Bath, and Beyond has a much better return policy. What is their policy? "Return it." Yes, that's it. No receipt or over a year old, it doesn't matter, they'll take it back. I've decided to buy several things there this year, just because of this, well, plus the 20% off coupons.

I've already returned an iron, with no questions.

BTW, looking at their website, the only sewing machines they sell are Singer.

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Date: 12/6/12 9:40 PM

For the price you want to spend, I think I'd spring for the Janome 2212, which is $149 - just $10 more. It does have less stitches but I think you might feel more sure of your purchase's reliability. (Not sure? but I sensed from reading your post you wanted a machine you could be certain of.) Amazon sells this one, too, so there would be the good return policy through them; (though SewVacDirect does have a pretty fair return policy as well).

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Date: 12/7/12 1:20 AM

You're right. I shouldn't have said "you can't beat blah-blah-blah." That was a sales pitch if ever there was one.

Well, after reading BB&B's return policy, it seems that theirs is better! So if anyone reading this thread is looking into an inexpensive Singer...

I will definitely keep BB&B in mind when shopping for a new Rowenta iron. Thanks for the tip!

Just to get back on topic, my in-laws bought a flat screen from Costco. The day right before the 1-year warranty expired, the flat screen malfunctioned. They took it back to Costco that day with the original receipt and got a full refund. They did say that Costco would not have taken it back if the warranty expired and if they did not have the original receipt.

I should hope that Costco would do the same for their Brother sewing machines, but that should be a question to ask their customer service before buying.

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Date: 12/7/12 1:40 AM

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Yeah, these machines probably won't last a year... you get what you pay for.


For the last 30 years I have bought cheap Brother sewing machines...One was stolen during a move, another I gave to a friend (after 8 years) and one died..after daily use for 13 years! Currently, I have a computerized $200 machine (2.5 years) and a $99 mechanical.
None of these machines ever saw a repair shop, except once following surgery, when I couldn't get a bobbin race back together....

I've found with the Brothers, that you get many more features for the money spent, than any other brand. The manuals are easy to understand and the feet are interchangible for the most part. Currently, the computurized machine's quarter inch foot and adapter are on my featherweight!! and have been used on my 1950's Brothers and Morse machines. I bought the computerized one after almost buying an $800 Juki...same features, stitches and I saved almost $600!

I would trust a cheap Brother over a cheap Singer any day...I know people have had problems..I've also seen problems with the very expensive machines..lemons happen, but look at the level of the bad reviewers abilities..I saw one review bashing a machine that kept referring to the "string"! I wonder how well she follwed the instructions!!

Most stores, including Amazon, have liberal return policies...if you need to, use it....but you'll most probably be happy with your new machine.
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Date: 12/7/12 2:22 AM

"You get what you pay for..." This is why I should go back to lurk mode. Tsk, tsk, tsk. I should keep those kinds of comments to myself.

Your experiences with Brother are certainly encouraging, having bought two myself! I'm about to exchange an electronic Janome purchased NIB (that turned out to be defective) for a computerized Brother FS. I'll be saving myself about $300.

Jannw, you should start a "Brother-ly love" thread.

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