I have embarked on my first determined effort to buy a new computerized sewing machine. I have more than 15 years of serious quilting experience. I expect to spend $1000-$1500. I expect to test each machine of interest pretty thoroughly, as this is an expensive purchase and a commitment for some time to come.
To me, “testing” means: examining all the special features; straight stitching; even feed stitching; free motion quilting. I expect to have a salesperson answer my questions and enable me to test appropriate machines on my own quilt that I bring with me.
My question: is this too much to ask? My experience so far has been miserable. I have gotten the ‘hard sell’ at two stores where they tried to sell me $2400 machines and argued with me over what they believed my ‘needs’ were. Another store just called and informed me they had ‘already spent a lot of time with me’ (less than one hour on a Bernina), and that they would not be able to accommodate my testing any Brother or Viking models they sell.
I am baffled and completely discouraged. Has anyone had similar experiences? Any advice? I am running out of options. By the way, I live in Westchester County, NY. Thanks for any insight!