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From: sable
Date: 07-01-2006, 04:57 AM (1 of 3)
saving up for the Husqvarna Designer SE when it'll take me a year and the company has been taken over by Singer (who do not inspire my confidence). The other options here are Pfaff (same problem), Bernina (Mum found her last Bernie didn't sew that well), Janome (support here not great), Brother or Elna (though I've been told Elna are actually older Janomes inside, so not the best option).
I really like the SE as it is now, but I'm worried that if I buy one in a years time it may have dropped in quality (though if I miraculously came into money now would the support/parts be there in the future?).
What does everyone here think?
User: sable
Member since: 01-10-2005
Total posts: 76
From: DorothyL
Date: 07-01-2006, 06:59 AM (2 of 3)
I don't think they were taken over by Singer. I think it was more a matter of Singer being taken over by the same company that owns Pfaff, Husqvarna and other companies. It was something I read, perhaps through a link posted here.
The guys can tell you if quality suffers, they see many machines in that light.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: Kylnne2
Date: 07-01-2006, 02:27 PM (3 of 3)
I believe Kohlberg is the holding company for Singer and yes, they did recently purchase Pfaff/Viking. (Google it ) Supposedly no major changes were to take place in the different brands with the take over but it seems the newer lower end models are not quite the same. There are the new Emeralds for Viking and the Smart Pfaff models. As for Janome, besides making some Elna's and Sears Kenmores..they also make Vikings HuskyStar models and the Viking Mega Quilter which is the same machine as the Pfaff Grand Quilter with a different outside appearance. I don't know if Singer or Janome is involved in the Smart or Emerald models but some of these machines seem to be very much the same. Possibly a salesperson for these brands and new models could post of any changes. The guys and techs on this site know more about this than I and can surely shed more light on the matter.
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
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