Suzie, check out www.kenssewingcenter.com for new, used, and gently loved machines of several brands. Located in Alabama and have been in business many years with a great customer service reputation. I bought a refurbished sewing machine from them years ago very inexpensively, and it looked new, still stitching great! All their machines have a warranty, even the refurbished/used. They check them out completely, before selling them. I bought my Brother embroidery machine many years ago from www.mrvacandmrssew.com. It was called refurbished, but believe it was still in original box. Sometimes, a dealer may get some back in from an original order sold, such as to a school home ec. dept., that have never been used, but, can't be resold as new. I got it about half the cost of a new one, and it still stitches great, has never been to a repair shop. It is the old Brother PC8500D, so I give high dibs to the Brother brand!!
Good luck, and keep looking for a good deal! They are out there!!
I agree. I do all my business with Ken.
Forgot to mention he also has layaway which i love.
Will look. Thanks
I've also put up notes in laundromats and any other board I can find. Trying hard, but it's so frustrating.
Buying privately can be cheaper BUT if anything I wrong you have little come back. My dealer has a collection of machines bought from people selling who describe their machine as lightly used. When they arrive and the new owner starts sewing they have found the machines are at the end of their life. Machines are not cheap so buy from a good dealer.
Watch in the paper and online. The older machines that have only a 4 x 4 hoop should go very inexpensively, although I wouldn't purchase one at this point that is card based and doesn't have a USB port. You want to find someone who didn't enjoy it, rather than someone who has worn out the first one and moved on to something bigger! If you're buying to sell your crafts or sew for small children, 4 x 4 works best. It will seem limiting, but there are a ton of pretty 4 x 4 designs out there - for example, most of Miss Veronica's on this site and Amazing Emb.
There are people out there (obviously not here) who bought one on a whim and then didn't take to it and just want some of their money back for other crafting, like my friend who bought a Brother (with the Disney designs, and then only used it for less than a dozen designs- moved on to machine quilting, bought the long-arm quilter.
Keep in touch with your dealer(s)...look for a pre-loved machine from a dealer with a warranty...keep up your spirits...one will come your way soon...
local ones have my number/
Trying to be positive I know my dealer sells with x down and then monthly payments, he does this on pre loved machines and Brother often have interest free deals on too. My two embroidery machines were pre loved or used or second hand whatever word you wish to use. Both came from the dealer with a warranty
Due to new Brother machines coming out there are some excellent offers on the older models
Try to go to a dealer and ask if someone trades their machine in for a new one you can get htem much cheaper. usually half the price when they originally came out Good luck!! Suzanne
Never give up hope. Something good will come your way some of these days/Lillian