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  • cashs_mom
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    i agree with being hesitant to recommend a machine without knowing how much someone wants to spend. The receptionist in our office building is retiring and wanted a new machine because she's planning to do more quilting. She asked me and I was like the deer in the headlights. I had no idea how much money she'd want to spend so I told her what I had and to go and sew on several machines to see which one she liked. She really surprised me by buying a Bernina 770. I would not have thought to recommend that expensive of a machine. I was sooo glad I told her what I did. She's got an awesome machine and is about to be happily quilting away her retirement!

    It's so sad that some people let making money get in the way. Quilters are such awesome people. It's sad to think that some people may not ever find that out because this woman was trying to make money and discouraging people because of it.

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  • Vonnie
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    At the quilt quild on open sew days, we have people with featherweights sitting next to people with expensive machines that can also do embroidery and they all make beautiful quilts.

    I have also had the experience of someone trying to sell me a more expensive machine then I could afford. I wanted help with an old machine that was still good but I wasn't sure how to use it. They did not have time to help me even tho I would have paid them for the help. Went to another shop and they gave me a free class. Later, when I could afford it, I bought my new machine from them. They were all about customer satisfaction.

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  • Midge
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    Originally posted by dogsavvy View Post
    I had an odd experience today.

    Visited a quilt shop & was told not to bother with one of 'those toy long arms'. She had to explain what she meant by that. Bless her heart, she's entitled to her opinion however, it is not realistic to snub any machine priced under $20,000- $30,000. No doubt there are those who can afford one but... It's the 1st time I have encountered someone like this. There was no discussion. Anything not her brand or at least twenty grand was a waste of money & a joke.

    I LOVE to quilt but if I'd thought the only way to 'be serious' or 'any good' required a machine that cost more than some cars, I wouldn't have tried
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    Reading this early Thanksgiving morning and your story was more of an eye opener than my first cup of coffee. Good for you, dog savvy, to be able to maintain your "bless her heart" attitude and get out of there without more than a raised eyebrow. I guess we've all encountered elitism like that at some point. And elitism's BFF arrogance. I think it would come as a surprise to all our predecessors who made do with scraps of worn out clothing for their fabrics and hand stitched them by fire or lantern light to know that their work wasn't valid. Or all those Gee's Bend women who helped inspire the modern quilt movement with their works of art created out of the most impoverished conditions. And there is nothing to sneer at when one person can barely follow a pattern made from discount store fabric as opposed to someone else who only uses his or her own computer generated designs and hand dyed fabric. To me the urge to make something of beauty and of use to others is the core of quilting and what gets my respect. Not the quilter's net worth or willingness to go into debt. I'm just thankful that we all are out there and can share our pieces with others and pass on this lovely tradition of making out of fabric and love of sewing. I don't begrudge anyone their pricy equipment but I definitely don't envy or covet them. I'm content right where I'm at.

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  • sherriequilts
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    Oh my ... first I love your use of "bless her heart" ... big ole smile when I read that I'm really glad that you recognize that you do not need an expensive machine to make quilts. And isn't it interesting that when someone states they only piece and hand quilt, no one asks them what brand of needles did they use? . I read another quilt forum occasionally and a poster had asked about a machine that runs about $1,200 and I own the same machine (but I got lucky and bought my used). Anyway I responded on the positives of the machine ... several people also responded with their opinions that really she should move up to the next model ...the ones they were suggesting cost $2,500 to $3,000. She had specifically said the first model was all she could afford. So yes the more expensive models do have some nicer features ... but it's absolutely no fun to own a machine that you're making payments on while eating baloney every night. One of my local LQS has decided they will no longer carry brand X needles and will only carry brand Z. I now no longer buy needles from them because I love brand X ... so they've lost my dollars .. and I did try brand Z .. didn't like them and they're more expensive. And I buy a lot of sewing machine needles

    Sometimes not knowing what is the hottest new trend is absolutely bliss. It's easy to read the magazines, blogs, follow Facebook quilting groups and think well I might as well give up now as I'll never be able to compete. But that's the thing ... it's not a competition to see who can buy the most fabric or most expensive tools ... I have at times found myself thinking oh if I just had this or that ... but you said it best " my sons and grandsons acted like I'd given them a box of gold" Not one asked what brand sewing machine you used. They just loved that you made them something ... and that's the most important thing So absolutely yes .. let us keep encouraging each other in our quilting journey
    Sherrie

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  • MaryUK
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    My main machine is a Singer Inspiration - £250 when new!! My quilting machine is a Singer Modern Quilter £900 when new (got a deal & paid £620). I would never be able to justify spending thousands of pounds on a sewing machine.

    I am happy with my machines and whilst my quilting skills are not brilliant, my family think I am and they don't see the errors!! I am happy with my lot and feel blessed that I have a loving, healthy family, 2 lovely sewing machines and a growing stash.

    I would like to improve on my quilt making but this will come with time, I am sure. So, thank you, lady salesperson, but I won't be spending £20,000 + on a sewing machine, thank you very much.

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  • Mimis-quilts
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    It sounds like the owner of the shop thinks she is the only one with long arm machines worth having. If you are in the market for one and don't want to spend $20,000 for it, here is the link where I bought mine. Below are pictures of the one I purchased...it does a good job too. You all have seen my quilts. http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/18...m-upgraded.php It comes complete with the machine and the frame and you can buy the extension to make it King Sized...I paid $7000 for it and was able to finance it WITHOUT interest. I named her Toots after my mom...that was her nickname. She loved to make quilts, but she hand-quilted all of hers. I hate to hand quilt!

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  • GrammaBabs
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    Hey Deegles,, that's what's special about M*... mostly all positive and helpful people here for sure...I have finally learned to be happy with my work on my Bailey.. My group of quilters is hosted by my longarm friend with a "Millie" and she does some pretty wonderful computerized stitching as well as custom work... She also has many ooo's and ahh's when i bring my little "works of art" for show and tell!!! She knows my style is more about "get er done" and use it up and respects it... THAT is what the world of quilting should really be about... Many retailers are have a struggle because of wonderful prices and free positive instruction such as we have here... Perhaps the world is changing))) GB

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  • Deegles
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    If everyone in the world could have the humbleness you have the world would be a better place. Her attitude has probably cost her. What you put out there is what you get back. When there is a will ,there is a way no $$$$ needed.

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  • surfergirl
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    We have a shop like that here in Pearl City. They want to make the most $'s on that customer that walks in their store. I don't shop there.
    I have 3 machines, Sweet 16 for quilting only, Janome 6600 for everything including quilting large quilts, and a Janome Gem light weight for classes, also quilt large quilts on it. My 6600 had to go in for service, she was gone for two weeks. Got out the Gem and sewed up a storm piecing, works just fine, a little slower but great stitching, Prices were $4,800, $1,600 and $300. They all sew perfectly, some faster, some slower but all great stitches and I can free motion on all 3 of them, so go figure disrespectful salesperson.

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  • Alpha O
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    Whenever someone asks me about a machine --- I have my preferences and can say so, but will always tell them the benefits of another machine if I know it. They have to sew on it and be happy with it. If they do get a machine that totally suits them, I am happy for them since they can enjoy quilting, embroidery and sewing depending on machine.

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  • Alpha O
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    Originally posted by Caroline T. View Post
    Sadly, that's seems to be a common theme with sales people. I encountered a sales person at a nationwide sewing machine store (that will remain unnamed) that must have been your sales person's twin. I went in to buy a new 1/4 inch pressure foot for the Singer 201 that I had inherited from my mother (she had passed away just a few months prior) which I had told the the sales person, and instead of offering her condolances, she asked "Don't you think it's time to upgrade?" and tried to lead me towards the highest priced sewing machine.

    Needless to say, I walked out empty handed.
    I also ran into one of those. She actually said she would save the machine before anything in a fire. I asked if she was joking, and she said no. My cats come first, the other half second. I'd wake him up to help with the cats. He can reason, they can't.

    Anything else, all my tech, can go.

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  • Alpha O
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    Originally posted by dogsavvy View Post
    I had an odd experience today.

    Visited a quilt shop & was told not to bother with one of 'those toy long arms'. She had to explain what she meant by that. Bless her heart, she's entitled to her opinion however, it is not realistic to snub any machine priced under $20,000- $30,000. No doubt there are those who can afford one but... It's the 1st time I have encountered someone like this. There was no discussion. Anything not her brand or at least twenty grand was a waste of money & a joke.

    I LOVE to quilt but if I'd thought the only way to 'be serious' or 'any good' required a machine that cost more than some cars, I wouldn't have tried to begin with. Sadly I wonder how many hopeful quilters she's put off that way? She didn't seem elitist yet there is no discussion.

    I guess ignorance is bliss. My Singer didn't know about its lack of breeding. Lol. Our sons & grandson all have quilts I made & acted like I'd given them a box of gold. I figure if my non-longarm Singer successfully did the job on those quilts, a sit down long arm machine from a reputable company might be a toy to her but it can be my Ferrari

    I didn't post this to be mean about this shop owner but I thought about another shop I visited & how very different. I thought about the YouTube videos I used to learn to make ALL of my quilts, table runners, etc... from MO Star Quilt Co. A very different attitude, one of encouragement. So I am most Thankful this year for many things but the level of encouragement is a blessing to this little quilter.

    You haven't seen cell phone fanboys. Once you have seen them, nothing will faze you.

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  • Caroline T.
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    Sadly, that's seems to be a common theme with sales people. I encountered a sales person at a nationwide sewing machine store (that will remain unnamed) that must have been your sales person's twin. I went in to buy a new 1/4 inch pressure foot for the Singer 201 that I had inherited from my mother (she had passed away just a few months prior) which I had told the the sales person, and instead of offering her condolances, she asked "Don't you think it's time to upgrade?" and tried to lead me towards the highest priced sewing machine.

    Needless to say, I walked out empty handed.

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  • Lyndaj
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    Wow, that's so sad. I am sure that she has turned off many potential buyers with that elitist attitude.

    I plan to buy the HandiQuilter Simply Sixteen next year. I can buy this machine for $7,500 before tax. I would like to buy the Avante, but that is a $20,000 machine. I plan to get going with the Sixteen and if I can make a go of a business with this, then save up my pennies and buy the bigger machine. Jumping in at a high price point is not for everyone. Although, that being said, I did buy a TOL Babylock serger

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  • DramaMama
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    What a nice thing to be thankful for this season -- or any time!

    I have a Riccar 3500 (bought in the late 80's) and wouldn't change it for the newest and best on the market today. If I ever purchased a Baby Lock or Janome or even a mid-arm (like Baby Lock's Tiara), I'd keep my Riccar!

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