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Date: 1/10/13 10:49 AM

you machine purchases? I was thinking about this this morning. Thinking to back in the day before we had the internet. I remember only being able to see machines in sew mags or in my local fabric store. Which were mainly the Singers etc. I never seen New Home, Pfaff, Viking, Bernina etc as there were no dealerships around me and also they had the rep of being expensive and I was a Singer girl. Not until the internet did I grasp a full realization of what was out there. But machine web sites and message boards. The first thing I did when we got our first home computer back in 1998 was search for sewing and found tons and tons of stuff then. And now you could get real reviews of how other "real" people like the machines and how they did. I personally believe the internet has been wonderful for hobbyists to bring them together with other hobbyists that would have never happened on the scale it has without the internet. I knew no one in my area that sewed anything.I have been influenced, I won't name names but if I had the funds I would be at my Pfaff dealers this weekend looking at a certain fpurple machine lol. I was thinking about looking at it but too far away for a pleasure jaunt. We joke about enabling but I wonder that we do it without even meaning to. I just love machines and God knows how many I would have if I won the lottery or something.
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Date: 1/10/13 11:15 AM

I couldn't agree more. In fact it's the entire reason I became inspired to begin sewing for myself again. After reading pattern reviews, blog posts, and researching machines online I am the new owner of a Janome coverstitch machine. I didn't even know they existed for the home sewer. How exciting to be able to achieve a professional finish and make my sewing experience even more enjoyable. Thank you PR.com members!

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Date: 1/10/13 11:32 AM

Oh my gosh - I would be no where without the internet! I don't routinely cruise through sewing machine stores and we don't have many to choose from anyway. When the folks here started talking about the Viking Opal, I started reading about it. When it hit the store - I was there! When a facebook friend mentioned doing a Christmas jellyroll quilt, I went immediately to YouTube to learn how to do it. I love the way the internet allows folks to get together and discuss their common interests.

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Date: 1/10/13 11:35 AM

Good post!

The internet definitely influences me... but maybe not in a way that many others respond to the info floating around.

The info shared here is a great starting place to put a machine on my radar to check out... and beyond that, I don't give much credit to any one person's opinion.

I fully admit.... I get waaaaaaay more cynical about it all - especially when we're talking thousands of dollars.

There are the brand cheerleaders out there - and IMO, some haven't really given other machines a chance or possibly they they have some thing in their head that makes them stay away from a certain brand... or maybe they avoid a brand just because the local dealer is not-so-good. (which is understandable)

I've read this forum off and on for years... but honestly couldn't remember my log in from waaaay back. But when I started to participate this spring (before buying machines again)... I had to detox from everything I knew about machines from 30 years ago.

Nothing is the same. You can't count on a certain brand to provide precision or quality or know that it will last like we could back in the 70s and 80s.

I read everything with a big grain of salt - there are comments on here with people cheerleading a certain brand(s) and even though those brand(s) have horrible (IMO) current track records of shipping quality - we'll still read how those brands are "the best". Heck... there are posts here that, IMO, are from people that don't even own the machines they're touting.

So... do I believe every word? Heck no. Especially when I'm voting with my money.

The other side of this all is that there are so many more features offered these days... it wasn't like that so much back in the day. So there *is* more to compare out if a person is venturing beyond straight stitching and buttonholes these days.

I gotta run.. I wrote this one in haste... and I hope it's received positively as it was intended.


I love the internet.

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Date: 1/10/13 11:48 AM

Internet sites are made up of people posting opinions and information. I am learning to take everything with a grain of salt these days. It's because I'm looking - so I'm looking with a critical eye. Right now, I love the enthusiasm that abounds around brands and machines, but there have been times when I find I must do use research and insight to discern the real from the hooey. I'm glad I'm taking my time to discern.

Here is what I appreciate:
Features are listed, and questions answered about what might be lacking. Telling about annoyances (or what might be to others). Not being afraid of saying something that might turn another away from a brand or machine.

Reporting problems and how it was resolved or not.

When comparing machines, do so objectively, and any subjective opinion comes from having tested all the machines in question.

We are all human, and get emotionally tied up to *things*. All machines are machines, and all have things go wrong, or things that will annoy the heck out of someone, and not bother another at all. But it's nice when people note the good, bad, ugly, annoyances -- all of it. Then, the rest of us can sift through it all, sit down to the machine and be the final judge.

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Date: 1/10/13 12:00 PM

I would have to say yes for sure! I did not know so many types of sm existed even before internet. Or how to use some of the stitches, accessories & feet.

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Date: 1/10/13 12:06 PM

"The info shared here is a great starting place to put a machine on my radar to check out... and beyond that, I don't give much credit to any one person's opinion."

I find the exact opposite. I find the people here to be very knowledgeable and and really respect their opinions and knowledge. If not why come here. Of course no one is going to buy a $10K based on someone else's opinion totally. That would be stupid. If you don't bond with a machine you shouldn't buy it no matter how much someone else raves about it. Especially spending that kind of money. But when you read a lot of people saying the same thing about a machine it's a pretty good bet it's a good one. If a person has had a good experience with a machine and likes it of course they are going to cheerleader for it. And a lot of people unless they traveled may not have a certain brand dealership close to them or don't want to travel for classes so only have a few dealerships to pick from so their machine choices are limited.

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Date: 1/10/13 12:24 PM

The answer to this would be a definite "Yes". The closest dealer to me sells only Bernina and Brother. In the last couple of years I had switched over from Janome machines to Bernina machines exclusively. My PR friends opened my eyes to other possibilities, including my new Juki TL2010Q, Babylock Enlighten and Brother 2340CV coverstitch. I'm no longer strictly a "Bernina girl" and I love my new machines!

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Date: 1/10/13 12:26 PM

Yes it has. I would have never purchased a vintage machine without the evil influence of the internet. I also like the availability of a wide number of sources of information.

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Date: 1/10/13 1:14 PM

Oh yes! Absolutely!

I never even heard of some brands before coming here to PR. I have one dealer that I LOVE and never bothered researching any brands he doesn't sell.

I am now intrigued by Bernina. I absolutely value the opinions of people here. I totally agree with the statement that when you have a LARGE group of people that are head over heels in LOVE with their machines, and a few that disparage them, I'll believe the majority.

I also don't have much interest in someone's OPINIONS, I want to hear their personal experiences. I don't place a lot of value on what someone THINKS a machine will or will not do, I value hearing what they KNOW a particular machine can or can not do. That's where the internet is awesome! I love it when people share their experiences with their machines!

In the end I will stick with buying a machine that comes with full dealer support. I am no longer interested in the few hundred $$ types of machines, I LOVE the ones that are a few thousand $$.

When I spend that kind of money on a sewing machine, I want to KNOW that the dealer I get it from will stand behind it, long term. Not just a short term return policy. Dealers that sell the pricey brands that back up their products are the ONLY places I'll buy a machine from.

I so highly value the excellent support from my dealer I have stayed with the brands he sells.
I can read up on all the models and features so I have more of an idea when I walk in the door what I want to look at, but at this point I have no desire to start from scratch and search for a new dealer to get a different brand.

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