Yesterday, I went to Moore's by my house where they sell sewing machines. I was interested in a Brother SE350, which runs about $400. But, before buying anything online, I wanted to check it out in person at Moore's. It was slightly cheaper at Moore's than on other web stores, but unless I was totally in love, I was going to wait to buy it online. Anyhow, I asked for some assistance, and their sale's person recommended a machine that was $7000. Yeah, I kid you not. I was annoyed, instead of helping me with the machine I was interested in (which she actually called a "toy") she was trying to push for a machine that's $7000!!!
She claimed that the one I was interested in was too small and it's just full of problems. From my research online, I learned that it has been getting great reviews from many websites. Also, it being small is an advantage, because we live in an condo, I don't need anything huge. Certainly not one that is as big as the one she recommended.
I could not see myself buying a $7000 machine and I told the sale's person that it was not in my budget to buy something so nice. As much as I love sewing and making things, I am not a professional and I can't justify buying something so outrageously priced. The woman goes to on say that many people who used to own this $7000 machines have upgraded to a new brother's machine that's $12,000. All I could thinking about is that they actually have something that costs as much as a car. Geeze!
I think it's great that in this economy someone can afford such an expensive machine, but it is out of my price range and I simply don't have room for it. I can name more cons than pros in having a thing like that. Meanwhile, the woman was not able to help me which what I really wanted to check out. She was more interested in pushing an expensive item on me. (This must be how men go out to buy a $500 TV and come home with one that's $2000).
BTW, I am totally stressed about buying a sewing machine. I have the following fears:
1. Spending too much money on a machine with more features than I need
2. Buying something that does not have enough features
3. Machine works great but breaks in a few months
4. I actully get tired of sewing (since I owned the last one for 12 years, I don't really see this happening, although it is still a fear of mine).
5. Spending more money than I should on a machine. I know I already kind of said this. But it is a lot of money to spend at once.....