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From: pretnichols
Date: 12-26-2005, 12:26 PM (1 of 3)
Our Joanne Fabrics has a "gently used" Viking Rose machine for sale. It includes the card reader & software, 2 hoops, Alpha design card, plus a 1 year warranty. It is selling for $1299. Salesperson said this was a good deal, since the card reader retailed as a kit for $329. If I bought the Huskyvarna 300 model (on sale for $998) + the kit, it would end up costing more. The machine was turned in for a "trade-up" which I know many of you have done. She also strongly urged me not to get rid of my Singer, saying that as long as it still worked, to keep using it for straight-stitching.

But doesn't the Rose do both?

I know many of you either have or have had the Rose in the past. I'm looking for some reassurance that this is a good deal, since I"m cautious about spending $1300 for a machine.

What do you think?

So little time, sew much to do...........
User: pretnichols
Member since: 10-16-2005
Total posts: 342
From: Tom Land
Date: 12-26-2005, 03:10 PM (2 of 3)
The Rose is 14 year old technology and very limited in its abilities. However, it does what it does very well. In my area that machine would sell for $400-$600 depending on the condition. It is a good machine but I think you could do much better if you are spending $1300.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
User: Tom Land
Member since: 09-21-2005
Total posts: 514
From: Chrysantha
Date: 12-26-2005, 10:08 PM (3 of 3)
If your old machines still work for you, KEEP them, you never know when you'll need another machine (like when the new one is in for service/repairs).
I think you can do better than the Viking also. ( I've heard/read some bad things about the 'Rose'...) If you can visit other dealers and TEST the machines, you'd have a better idea. get a LOT Of info if you look for it about all machines....

User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
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