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From: lballas
Date: 07-18-2003, 06:05 PM (1 of 5)
Now that Playfish has been asking about everyone's machines, I'd like to expand the question a bit:

Are there machines that are problematic?

My question stems from browsing the lists of available sewing machines on e-bay. A lot of these models are older and are no longer listed on the vendor websites, and I have yet to find a website which discusses the relative merits of various machines.

Before I go bidding with my hard-earned money, I'd like to know I'm trying to get a machine I'll enjoy using.

Does anyone have any info on used machine 'issues'?
User: lballas
Member since: 07-18-2003
Total posts: 2
From: plrlegal
Date: 07-19-2003, 01:30 AM (2 of 5)
You might find this survey by Threads Magazine helpful.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: MaryW
Date: 07-22-2003, 08:47 AM (3 of 5)
Hi lballas, welcome to Sew Whats New. :bluesmile
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: lballas
Date: 07-22-2003, 10:58 AM (4 of 5)
Thanks for the link to the survey. It was helpful.

And thanks for the welcome. Considering the number of people on these forums, its amazing a new voice is even noticed!

I've since won an ebay auction for a Viking 400. I'm hoping it works well - and I doubt I'll be disappointed by it. I've always had good experiences on Husquernas.
User: lballas
Member since: 07-18-2003
Total posts: 2
From: Debzy
Date: 08-02-2003, 11:17 AM (5 of 5)
That's an interesting question. I think on the whole, though, sewing machines are a bit like cars...everyone has a horror story about one particuar make!

I think the two main things to think about when buying a machine are:

1. Can you purchase parts and accessories easily? Can the machine be easily service by you local engineer or will it have to be sent off to experts?

2. After sales service! Is there someone you can go to if the machine falls apart, or simply if you want to be shown how to do a certail task? i.e. a blind hem.

Good luck with your machine! I don't know much about Viking nowadays, but as far as I know they have a good reputation, here in the UK anyway! :bluesmile
User: Debzy
Member since: 06-02-2003
Total posts: 71
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