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    Brother machine on sale at Costco

    Costco's online only catalog lists a Brother XR1355 for only $134.99. Sale starts Mar 31st. Anyone familiar with this machine? My hubby pointed the ad out to me and asked if I was interested. It's not my birthday or anything. Weird. He never says much but I guess he likes his TV quilt more than I thought. I am currently using a 30 year old Kenmore. Anything would be better than what I have.

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    I do not have this machine but I do have the Brother XR1300, reading the overview of the XR1355 the difference I see is that it comes with monogramming stitches were as the XR1300 does not. Mine also came from Costco last year for my birthday, I have no complaints with the machine just only wish it had a bigger throat space, but I did FMQ my Queen size quilt on it with some patience. lol
    Dena :icon_hi:

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      Home.Woot

      Today only [4/2/14] Woot is selling this machine for $99+$5 shipped,
      Loosely based on a true story.

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        Gosh, the throat space looks so small. If I were you I'd look for a good deal on a machine with more space between the needle and the neck unless all you're planning to use it for it piecing. Trying to do any quilting on that would be really tough in my opinion.
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          Originally posted by Marty View Post
          Anything would be better than what I have.

          Not necessarily. A 30 year old Kenmore is all metal. The newer machines are plastic. I don't know anything about this particular Brother, but I have heard good and bad about Brother machines in general. Maybe someone here has experience with this model and can give you some advice. My advice is whether you get a new machine or not, hang on to the old Kenmore, you won't be sorry.
          Donna

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            I'm sorta in the same boat - early 90's Kenmore )mechanical) vs. getting a new computerized machine just to get a few of the "fancy" options but risk computer failure at some point.

            I saw the Brother in Costco a few weeks ago and was considering it too.

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              I purchased this unit in December for the same price. Granted, I am a novice (2 quilts done with the help of my LQS classes). However, it has served me well in piecing tops together. The ladies at my LQS were impressed with a unit that offered so much for such a low price. Most will not agree with this, but the feature I enjoy the most on this machine is the ability to stand and sew without a pedal, the front of the unit has a speed control and a stop/ start button.

              The only issues I have had (usually self created) were addressed quickly on my own without having to ask for assistance.

              For the price, it is a great unit!

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                Originally posted by dwil23 View Post
                Not necessarily. A 30 year old Kenmore is all metal. The newer machines are plastic.
                Plastic makes the machines significantly lighter and many of them no longer require oiling. I wouldn't be so quick to say this is categorically a bad thing.
                Loosely based on a true story.

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                  Ryan is right.... Brother has come a long way,, I bought a Project Runway when I was dropping off my old Elna for a timing issue... I got to playing around on the machines while DH was "chatting mechanical with the owner and repair man"... just had to have it.. and it is a fabulous stitching machine... lightweight because of the plastic and does dec stitching quite well,, now I have to remember is which button to push to get everything.. keep the "book" very handy...LOL
                  "Each day well-lived and Happy;
                  that's all there is to Life!"

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                    But, if you sew a lot you will have to take the machine in to be serviced. It's practically impossible to oil the lower end Brother sewing machines on your own. I like my CS-6000i that I bought on Amazon but I feel like if I have to sew through something bulky it skips stitches. The guy who cleaned mine said it's because of the plastic gears. I use my old Singer for some projects but I do like my Brothers.

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                      This machine is what is referred to by dealers as a throw away machine, because the cost of having it repaired is not worth the cost of repairs. That being said, if you treat it well and don't ride it to hard, it should last for a long time. The throat is very small, and it would be hard to 'quilt' on it. Hang on to your Kenmore, whatever you decide.
                      Blankets wrap you in warmth, quilts wrap you in love

                      Marilyn......
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                        I have the one that was on sale in Dec. 2012, the XR1300, I like mine. I have been able to SITD quilt up to a Twin size on it, but anything larger I hand quilt.

                        But, I found a 1982 Singer 5525, a great 'heavy metal' machine with case and book. I bought it for $20.00! I was thrilled.
                        sigpicMiss Sheri

                        For me, it's all about Love, . . . Always!

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                          Originally posted by HandsomeRyan View Post
                          Plastic makes the machines significantly lighter and many of them no longer require oiling. I wouldn't be so quick to say this is categorically a bad thing.
                          It is when the machine has a plastic frame, which is essentially no frame at all, and not a metal frame, that is the problem. Machines with no real frame, just the computer components screwed into a plastic shell, are very unreliable, short lived machines.

                          Definitely keep your Kenmore! No matter what newer machine you get, that Kenmore is a keeper.
                          Cathryn

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                            Two thoughts from me - If you have an opportunity to get a new machine, shop for one based on the features you want, don't just buy the Costco one because of price. On the other hand, if that is your price point for a new one, then you probably won't do any better ( at least buying retail). I've read hundreds of comments on these forums about the inexpensive Brother machines and with few exceptions, they are pretty positive. I grew up with an old Kenmore that would bring me to tears over tension. I was thrilled to get rid of it - many years ago. Bought a 10 year old Bernina, which I will never get rid of - however I rarely sew on it because I am spoiled by the bells and whistles on the new machines.

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