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Date: 2/28/14 10:01 AM

For the last few weeks I've been stalking this website for reviews. My Pfaff CV is in the shop (again) and I went to a Brother dealer intending to buy the Laura Ashley 800 for a solid backup, but made the mistake of sitting down in front of the 2000 and fell in love. Thinking of selling Pfaff. Two dealers priced LA 2000 at $2400 (cash) and 1 dealer at $2000 (+ 2% off for cash). From the reviews it seems that people paid around $2000 but they are all 1 or 2 years old. I've been told (don't know if it's true) that Laura Ashley machines are being discontinued. So, should the price be higher because price of everything is higher, or should dealers be trying to get rid of them?

There are so many great reviews of Dreamweaver 3000 here that I'd also like to know how much price difference there is between that and LA. Didn't sew on Dreamweaver, but one of the posts here had me drooling.

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Date: 2/28/14 5:18 PM

Laura ashleys are not discontinued, they have not been moved to the retired model section on the brother website which means they are not discontinued yet probably due to the huge price range they are more affordable than the v series machines. The pricing seems about right, the dreamweaver depending on your area wwill run you 3500-4k is the average I have seen the dream creator probably about 3k but wont have the laser or pen. I had the predecessor to the laura ashley and now have the dreamweaver combo and can honestly say it is a huge difference and I paid 1800 for my espire used so 2000-2400 new sounds about right for them because they were about 3k when they came out. I loved my espire however my dreamweaver sews so much better and feels more solid, and has so much features to offer. They are drool worthy. It didn't take me more than a second to hand over my espire for it.

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Date: 2/28/14 8:46 PM

I don't know much about Laura Ashley, but I know alot about a Pfaff being in the shop again. It's just ridiculous, isn't it?

Anyway, my point is that you won't regret buying a Brother. I was so sick and tired of never having a working machine when I was inspired to sew (which was getting to be less and less often) that I went out and bought the DreamWeaver 6200.

I absolutely love that machine more than any sewing machine I've ever had....and since I'm quite mature (ha), I've had plenty. It has the prettiest straight stitch - I can't imagine anything more perfect. I've sewed and embroidered quite a bit the last few days, and everything is flawless. No broken threads, no shredded threads, no wonky stitches (a Pfaff favorite)....all good. Love it!

My only regret was buying the Pfaff Sensation in the first place.

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Date: 2/28/14 9:55 PM

Brotherlover-Thanks for the info. Didn't even know that Brother had a retired model section. I'm glad LA's are not going away because that gives me time to decide. It sounds like I need to try the Dreamweaver. I have no 1st hand experience with Brother, but the Babylock dealer who was servicing my older 6 needle Babylock told me that Brother was great. I was especially wondering about price because 1 of the 2 dealers that quoted $2400 told me three times that she price matched. Wondered why I wouldn't just buy from dealer who gave lowest price. You seem very experienced with Brothers (I've been reading old posts), so forgive me if I ask stupid questions. Would you recommend the sewing/embroidery combo or sewing only and add embroidery only later? I can't think of any reason that I need another embroidery machine except that I'd love some of the LA and Disney embroidery patterns (ibroidery.com apparently won't let you buy patterns unless your machine is registered). Is the Quattro better than Dreamweaver series? Frankly, if Dreamweaver is better than Laura Ashley 2000 I may actually lose my mind when I test drive it.

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Date: 2/28/14 10:05 PM

Pinemeadows-Thank you for letting me know that I'm not alone with the Pfaff. After sewing on the Brother, I came home and asked my husband to put the Pfaff on e-bay. He pulled out the machine and stitched out turtles, alligators, and such and asked if I really want to give that and the embroidery capabilities up for a sewing only machine. Then the tension messed up halfway through a turtle! I asked him if he'd rather have a Mercedes in the shop or a Honda that would get him where he needed to go.

I was second guessing myself, but between your similar Pfaff experience and Brotherlover's advice I feel much better about my decision to sell pfaff and get a Brother.

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Date: 3/1/14 4:41 PM

What a great analogy!!!!

You won't regret going with Brother. I had this internal debate over and over and over....but every time I was ready to give the Pfaff another chance, into the shop it went!

I have even named mine Baxter. Baxter is an expert at doing whatever I want him to do. He even has those special lights (lasers) - and they are awesome. Haven't used the sensor pen yet - I'm too busy having fun. Baxter and I are committed to each other and looking forward to a long, fruitful and fun relationship!

To think I almost gave up sewing....seriously.....

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