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Does Viking have Sales? How good are …

Gerry_Swartz | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

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I’m shopping for a new sewing machine and have narrowed my choices to two.
I’d appreciate any information you have about:

b Does Viking ever have good sales?
My local dealer sells for less than the MSRP ($2400 for a Designer II w/o embroidery) but should I wait for a seasonal sale?

b How good are BabyLock sewing Machines?
I’m also looking at a BabyLock Espire but I can’t find information or opinions on their sewing machines from someone who has had one for a while, meaning more than a year or two. I need a machine that will last for 10+ years and that I will still be able to get parts for when it gets that old. I may never have another chance to buy a nice sewing machine so it’s important that I make the right decision.

Thanks in advance for taking the time to help me.
Gerry

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  1. Leslie_Dingley | | #1

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    Hi Gerry,
    I just bought the new Husqvarna Viking Quilt Designer III (it's like the Designer II without embroidery capabilities). The MSRP was $2400 and my dealer offered it at $1899 with 2 e-cards (retail $69 each) thrown in. I hope that was a good deal. They're also offering it at 6-months-same-as-cash. I considered the Bernina 163 which was comparably priced but the Viking had oodles more features for quilting. And every optional Bernina accessory (like feet) costs 2 or 3 times as much as Viking's. Warranty was also better with Viking. Also, my Viking dealer is TERRIFIC and only a mile away with classes going all the time. She sat down with me and patiently demonstrated all the features and let me do my own test sewing. I definitely would have considered the Designer II but I didn't need the embroidery (I have a Brother 8500 for that). With the Quilt Designer III, I can use the same e-cards as the Designer II to keep upgrading my stitch selection. So that's my story . . . happy hunting!

    1. Pat_Nich | | #2

      *Leslie,I'm looking at the Brother 8500 and a Viking Designer I or II. How do you like your Brother? (I really like the Designer I, but don't like the price.) The stitch and embroidery quality on the Viking looked better (tighter) to me - but was told by the other dealer that the embroidery may have been digitized. The Brother 8500 seems very easy to use. How do you find the quality of stitches on both of your machines? The Brother and Viking are at two different shops which both appear to have good service and classes. I currently use my 20 yr old machine for garment and home sewing - never thought about embrodiery until I saw it demonstrated. I think that I want it, but am fussy about quality. What are your thoughts? Your experience with the quality of both machines will be greatly appreciated.Pat

      1. snivsl | | #3

        Did you make decision on a machine.  I am looking at Designer I,  Pfaff 2140, Brother, etc.  I am looking at TOL models.  Am concerned about conventional sewing as well as embroidery.  Is the Pfaff's Integrated Dual-Feed an important decision maker or should I overlook and go with another machine. 

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