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Message Board > Sewing Machines > HELP! Should I buy a new sewing machine? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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HELP! Should I buy a new sewing machine?
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Date: 1/15/13 9:55 AM

Dear sewing friends,

I've been lurking on this site for years, quietly soaking up all of the knowledge and insight of everyone here from afar (thank you!)...but now I need your help!

I started sewing three years ago on a plastic Kenmore that my mom gave me to get me started. About a year later, I decided to upgrade because the machine just couldn't do what I wanted, it kept breaking, etc.

For some reason, I only looked at Bernina and Janome. I was looking in the $2K-$4K range because even though I haven't sewn for a while, my mother and grandmother both sew for a living, so I knew how important it was to spend the money to get a good sewing machine that would last.

I tried the Bernina 440QE, the Janome 6600, and the Janome 7700. In fact, I tried the 440QE and the 6600 for only about five minutes each because the dealer offered a great deal on the 7700, so I snapped it up.

About two weeks ago, I was finally able to admit to myself how much I regretted buying the 7700. I spent so much, and I regretted the purchase every single day. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the machine, it just isn't the right fit for me. It has many features I don't want, and it lacks many features that are important to me.

I've spent weeks looking at sewing machines, and I've settled on a Babylock Symphony. I know that IS the right machine for me. Babylock is offering its 0%, two-year financing deal from the 17th to the 24th, and I do need to take advantage of that because I'm a graduate student.

The trouble is that I haven't managed to sell my 7700 yet. I am trying to sell it on Craigslist, but so far, nobody has contacted me. I don't want to pass up the Babylock financing special, but I also don't want to dig myself into a hole and end up with two expensive sewing machines, one of which I can't rid myself of!

So my question is: Would it be incredibly foolish of me to buy the Babylock with financing this weekend without having sold my 7700 yet?

THANKS for any advice!!

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Date: 1/15/13 10:06 AM

Would it be foolish? I think not.
Put an ad on Sewitsforsale, give that a shot.
I wish you luck.

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Date: 1/15/13 10:35 AM

If you're hoping someone here will say, "No", you haven't lurked long enough!

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Date: 1/15/13 10:46 AM

I think I may also ask the dealer if they do layaway. One of the dealers does that for 6 months that would give you time to sell your sm while getting the good price on the Symphony. It would not hurt to ask. .......... you can always advertise the sm on classifieds here too you never know someone may be looking just for the sm.

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Date: 1/15/13 10:49 AM

Give yourself some time to sell the 7700. Sometimes it takes a month or two or more but you will sell it. List it on the Sewitsforsale site, here on PR classifieds, as well as your local Craigs list. Craigs List can take a while sometimes. I waited over 6 weeks to buy a vintage machine that was listed. Once I realized I was just obsessed by looking up the listing every day, I called to get that monkey off my back and it was still available.

Make sure you do your research and see what the used 7700 is selling for on other sites, your prospective buyers are doing it. If the price is right you will have a buyer.

Meanwhile, while it is listed, play around with it. Do all the stuff in the manual, make projects -- you can put pictures of it in your ad on Craigslist. You may still yet bond with it and enjoy --go to your dealer with any issue, sometimes it is a matter of technique.

If you don't still have its original box, research on the size you need and get the packaging together in case you need to ship.

Save money while you wait. Keep an eye out for a really good deal on the your desired machine--someone might have had trouble bonding with theirs and decide to sell at a better price than the dealer. If you are determined to purchase new from the dealer, the Babylock company has frequent specials and sales--I am on the email list from my local Babylock dealer and it seems fairly regular. If you miss this one, there will be another --probably around Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. If they don't have one, Brother might and many of the Babylock models have Brother twins. Don't feel pressured to purchase because some deal is going to end soon. There is always another deal and there are always a new upgraded model coming out.

Best of luck!

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Date: 1/15/13 11:02 AM

For the investment of a membership here on PR you can list your machine here, and you can choose to sell only in the local area where you live if you do not want to nother with shipping. Good luck!

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Date: 1/15/13 11:24 AM

As an accountant, I always love 0% financing from a buyer's perspective...why use my $ when I can use theirs?

But the other side of the financing coin is the monthly payments; can you, without selling your 7700, comfortably meet the monthly payments?

If yes, then go get your dream machine, and get the 7700 listed here, CL, sewitsforsale etc. Ad others have said, it will sell, just a matter of time.

But if the monthly payments are going to stretch you, WAIT. There will be another 0% financing deal, BL does them quite often.

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Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 1/15/13 11:27 AM

You will be able to sell the 7700. Listen to Lucelu. She knows what she is talking about. Good luck, and I'm glad you found the machine for you!

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Date: 1/15/13 12:41 PM

I went to the Sewitsforsale site & it's gone. And the domain name is for sale itself.

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Date: 1/15/13 12:58 PM

Ask the dealer to help you sell it. In my opinion that dealer if they are a good one and they know your not happy with the machine at least they can do is help you sell it. You may lose a bit more money using them to sell it. Far more people will see it there then on Craig's list. If your getting the babylock from the same dealer then they better help you. That is sales on 3 sewing machines. Best of luck post what happens please.

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