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I am thinking of acquiring a second hand brother xl computerised sewer. Are they good machines

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Brother machines are so basic and general that if you purchase a pre-owned one, you will be having to take it to the repair center shortly. Really. But if you are just an every now & again sewer, or just want to learn? Then a good price on a Brother machine may not be too bad of an idea or purchase - Key Word = Good Price. Well I guess 2 words.
Here is a hint*** - Go to your local sewing center, any local sewing center! Not a Joannes or the sewing dept of your local big box dept store, but a Real sewing center. You will find that they carry One Brand maybe two of the big name brand. And that is because they are the "Authorized" dealer for that Name Brand. Some will be BabyLock, Others Viking Husqvarna, and yet others Pfaff or Janome. These are the High Quality Name brand machines. You can find Singer & Brother at Wal-Mart and Target! Go to a couple of them that are the "Dealer" for different names. But what you are going to look for is their "Pre-Owned" Machines!!! Take Notice: How many Brothers will you see? Probably not much! If at all! So, after you did this little experiment. Make / Take a look at your budget... then get a good beginners Pfaff or Janome. Price wise - Slightly higher but not much and you will be ALL the happier and wiser for this choice.
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All brother machines are good

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