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Subject: Help on Buying a Serger Date: 1/24/13 1:13 PM

Hi all I am loving this site.

I wondered if anyone could advise me. I have an opportunity to buy a second hand Elna 744 serger. The seller wants $400 for it and its about 10 years old, though in very good condition. What do folks think, is it worth buying or is it overpriced?

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Maggie
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Date: 1/24/13 2:48 PM

When was it last serviced and is there a receipt?

If not, then offer $250. You will need to check the manual before purchasing to make sure all the accessories are being included.

Service costs can run over $100.

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Date: 1/24/13 4:21 PM

Hi thank you so much for your advice. After checking with seller it all seemed a bit dodgy to me, she couldn't really tell me the age of the machine! Didn't have the receipt either!

Needless to say I didn't buy it. I've gone instead for an ex demo Elna 654 from my local sewing machine shop. It's 6 months old, has all its bits and pieces and cost $300, and is serviced.

I'll let you know how I get on with it if you like. Thanks again for your help :)
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Date: 1/25/13 1:31 AM

Hi Maggie, I think you made the right choice. I have a 704 DEX Elna about 14 years old, can't get parts for it easily. A $149 service bill last December for a stitch plate and timing issue, the first repair ever, it has been a good machine. I recently purchased a BL Enlighten, but am keeping my 704. Happy serging!

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