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From: bridesmom
Date: 09-14-2006, 01:37 AM (1 of 6)
I've been trying to decide on whether to upgrade my embroidery machine to a just embroidery or go for the gusto and get a sewing/embroidery machine, so I've been trying to find some local dealers for different machines to go try out. Everyone close to me only sells Viking Husquavarna! My closest Pfaff dealer is in the US as is a Babylock dealer. Even a Bernina dealer is impossible to find up here now. It's really frustrating as I don't want to go with Viking just because that's all I can get locally!!!! (that's it, just getting it off my chest!!)
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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From: lamx
Date: 09-14-2006, 08:02 AM (2 of 6)
You might have to bite the bullet and go with Husqvarna simply because it's the only one with a local dealer. You usually can't buy the better models online, and if you do, how will you get it serviced? If you do find a Pfaff or Bernina dealer willing to buck company policy and sell long distance, you will need to box the machine up and mail it back to the dealer for service, adjustments, and repairs. With the condition some of my packages arrive in, that would be like playing Russian Roulette with your multi-thousand dollar machine.

I am in a similar situation, the only dealer within an hour's drive is a Pfaff dealer who doesn't discount anything and is rarely in the shop. There is one sales person in the store who can sell machines and accessories, and that's about all. When I decided to buy a Janome 6500, I went to a dealer an hour away. When my LCD display blanked out, I drove the 2-hour round trip to return it for repair, then again two weeks later to pick it up. A few months later, it started making a strange noise and I made the two-hour trip again to drop it off for repair. Three weeks later, I was back on the road to pick it up. I really didn't want a Pfaff, the feature I wanted in the 6500 was the 9-inch throat area and Pfaff had nothing to compare, either in size or price. But It sure would have been easier on me if I had bought locally.

User: lamx
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 09-14-2006, 02:14 PM (3 of 6)
geeze...the nearest Janome dealer to you is in Mississaugua, ON...I wonder why you don't have more dealers closer. It's not like BC is NOT populated, in the woods in the middle of nowhere...weird.

Are you close to WA state ??? That might be an option.

I'd be wanting to yell too..:mad:
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From: Tom Land
Date: 09-15-2006, 08:00 PM (4 of 6)
It is a bad situation Laura but I agree with ED. Viking is a good machine and if you can get good local dealer support you will probably find it to be the best choice even if it isn't your first choice.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
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From: paroper
Date: 09-16-2006, 07:36 AM (5 of 6)
That's another good reason to support our machine dealers: someday we'll need them and they won't be there for us. I'm sure that the internet and discount houses have taken a huge bite out of their businesses. On the other hand, when there aren't any dealers anyplace closer than large cities, it becomes pretty hard to do anything else. At least you have a major sewing machine company dealer fairly close.

I'm pretty amazed when I look at antique Sears catalogs. My grandmother used to ordeer dozens of live chickens from them each year. I used to love it when those large flat boxes with holes and little bills peeking out out arrived! I was more amazed when I realized that at one time they seemed to handle just about everything through mail could even buy a house!!! When you think how isolated our ansecestors who lived on farms were, it is pretty interesting that they could get the necessities sent to them.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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From: bridesmom
Date: 09-19-2006, 01:15 AM (6 of 6)
Well I've found a couple of dealers of different brands all within 40 minutes of home, so maybe this weekend I will start scouting out what's out there. I emailed one company and got the nicest reply back, so I will definitely check them out. Two of the dealers are in WA and since Bellinham is closer to home than Vancouver, I'll check them out too.
This is going to be SEW much fun!
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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Total posts: 2026
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