I'm also wondering about this one... It seems like a STEAL at $245
compared to even a used Juki or other industrial machine.
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I own three industrial sewing machines, two domestics, and three specialty
machines: they get used hard, and the best piece of advice I can give for
sewing machines is that "You get what you pay for." A used ~ USED ~ Brother
B550 straight stitch machine won't sell for less that $1000 unless it needs
repairs. Juki's can be had for $800 or so.
Yeah, the $245 machine is a steal, but me personally? Is Harbor Freight
going to service it if it breaks? Warrant it for repairs? I'm spoiled by
my own dealer who knows me by name, asks after my family, and can rattle off
the names, models and service history of each of my machines.
On Thu, 8 Jan 2004 10:18:57 -0600, "William Morris"
Thanks William, appreciate your advice. Shall I throw away $245?
I have been lucky most of the time with HF. Take for example, their clamps sell
for 1/4 less then most of the major well-known brands and some even buy from the
same sources and marked up 200 to 300%!
I am also toying with a used Juki or Brother or maybe a Toyota, where to look
for a good used decent ones?
Thanks you again.
I've got a 1924 31-15 Singer that I've just worked to death. I also have a
Brother machine that's seen similar use. I've worked with Juki and like
them okay, but the Brother works a little smoother.
Take a look in your local yellow pages under "Sewing Machines." Odds are
there's a dealer in your town that handles commercial machines, new and
used. I tend to shop where there's service staff on site - if they have to
send it out to be worked on, don't bother.
Consider that a sewing machine is a complicated precision machine,
compared to a clamp.
I would highly recommend that you ask at news:alt.sewing and/or
news:rec.crafts.textiles.sewing for where to find a good industrial
machine. They are nice people there, and they also have a FAQ on what
to look for when you buy a sewing machine.
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. - Mother Teresa
I bought their 18-gauge brads nailer for $19 it serves my need as an occasional
monthly user. It may cost more than $100 for another made. So why pay more than
what you need to pay? I bought their clamps, DC welder, floor drill and many
others, cheap and good tools. Their set of 6 hole saws cost only $2 in a plastic
box. You can't even buy the box for $4 here!
Did you know during and after Mao's time, the Chinese survive the long hash
winters with only thickest plain cotton clothing and the barest essential?
Therefore, their machines/tools maybe crude and un-refine, but they will last. I
am only wondering if this sewing machine will be like their brads nailer.
Do they have a retail store anywhere near you? It helps if you can
look at the item first. So far I've been lucky that all the stuff I
buy there has been good, but then again, anything I buy from them is
for infrequent use. If you are going to use it a lot, look elsewhere.
scott email@example.com (Childfree Scott) wrote in
I've bought a lot of stuff from HF and while I wouldn't build a house with
what they sell, it's good for occasional use. I figure if I use the tool
enough to wear it out or break it, I use it enough to buy a better brand as
a replacement. I've found some of their tools are available in
discount/overstock stores under different brand names. Probably use the
same importer and put on their own brand name--Chicago Tool is same as Shop
Source, etc. HF gives their phone number as a source of replacement parts,
but I've never tried it; as far as service/repair, you're on your own.
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a angle grinder for $17.00 works great to get a comparable machine it
would have cost me about $100 for a name brand.. a $7.00 rotorary tool
with 60 bits( the electric tool is no good, but the 60 bits work in my
dremel tool and the bits alone from Dremel would have cost me about
$2.00 each(thats the only reason i bought the kit)... pretty good buy
then, $29.00 video camera(bought two) to attach to a video camera for
home security.... the only set up i saw was for about $150 but did not
get it as i did not need a seperate monitor from some unk. brand.......
that was a good buy.. the hole saw blades for $2.00 which would have
cost about $20.00 at home depot if they had them...and a bunch of other
stuff too numerous to mention.... you just have to be selective when
buying their stuff and hope for the best.. if i did not get the cheap
stuff there i probably would never have gotten their stuff...
i do remember there was a rechargabe electric razor(looked like a
norelco, but it was $5.97 and i tried it on my face, but it did
nothing.. tried the trimmer part on my arm hairs, it cut them off
quickly, but what do you expect for $6.00
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