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Message Board > Sewing Machines > buying sergers from the UK ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 5/23/13 11:52 AM

Hi, I am thinking about buying a serger from the UK I know you need to buy a converter for the electric, however if it breaks down can you get repairs done in the states? Has anyone ever bought from the UK? Blessings, Gloria

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Date: 5/23/13 11:58 AM

May I ask why you would buy one from the UK? My concern would be the cost of shipping (high!) and risk of damage, and on top of that, having to use a converter.

Is this a model not available here?

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Date: 5/23/13 1:31 PM

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May I ask why you would buy one from the UK? My concern would be the cost of shipping (high!) and risk of damage, and on top of that, having to use a converter.



Is this a model not available here?

Thank you, I am sure you are so right this happends when your turning 75 and not much to do except search on the internet and do family research, in fact all my ancestors came from Quebec, love Canada. Gloria
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Date: 5/23/13 1:38 PM

Ahhh, the ol' online shopping thing! I know all about how that happens, lol!

I've heard nothing but good things about the Juki sergers, I think available on Amazon? Others will know better, but the prices were under $300, and no converter required. Converters are quite large and a total pain to drag around.

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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: 5/23/13 1:42 PM

No need to do this unless you are planning on relocating, or taking an extended vacation, then you can get a converter for which ever country you are in.

There are many sources to review the various brands and models.

Then, visit the dealers and ask for a demo if you have never used a serger. Be sure to test drive, including threading.

Test-drive before you buy.

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Date: 5/24/13 4:09 AM

When I moved to America from the UK I decided not to bring my machines due to the different voltage. You can get converters but others I have spoken to say that some power can be lost in the conversion. Also many dealers will not service or repair machines on a different voltage. That said, there are reasons to buy in the UK as many sergers are cheaper there than here - don't ask me why. Same brand - huge price difference. Some machines like newer Berninas an Pfaffs are dual voltage and all you need to do is to have a plug adapter. Check carefully though! One big problem is that warranties usually do not transfer from country to country due to the different consumer laws. Again, not an issue if you buy 2nd hand. I bought my Bernina because it is dual voltage and I can use it in the UK when we go back for good. Hope this helps.

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Date: 5/24/13 9:49 AM

thank you, that all makes a lot of sense and I have been researching everything you said that's why I don't have a new serger yet, but I don't understand why babylock is so much more money then the UK.I had a price of $ 1,695 for the Imagine serger in the states, not going to happen. I also don't understand you buy from a babylock dealer and they all have their own prices, some higher and some lower, I guess I just have to keep searching and calling, Blessings Gloria

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Date: 5/24/13 3:48 PM

don't get me started on prices!!!! anyway. i believe if you buy overseas because of the price, when you go to pay, you will need to convert US dollars into say, English Sterling. the American dollar is down, so you will be paying more in US $ to make up the difference in Sterling.

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Date: 5/24/13 5:03 PM

A babylock imagine can be had from a reputable online dealer here in the UK for 1049, which is around $ 1580. Not really that much difference when you add in shipping to the US and the fact that you'd be giving up your warranty. I'm not sure I'd consider it worth the effort!

The whole international pricing thing baffles me - juki is a seriously expensive product in the uk, on a par with Bernina. Whereas juki in the US is quite affordable and Bernina is stratospheric! Or so I've gathered from PR anyway!

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Date: 5/24/13 5:18 PM

I bought a high end music keyboard from the USA at a really good sale price at a time when it would be carried to Ireland for me by a relative. Great deal, saved loads.... for about 18 months. Someone who didn't realise about the electrical converter plugged it in and it blew up. I heard the bang, very sad.
No instrument, no exchange value... :(

If there's any chance someone could make the same mistake my 0.02 says think hard :)

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