This afternoon I spoke with Larry, the owner of Canadian Steam Iron and Sewing regarding the Reliable 20U73 ZIG-ZAG machine I was interested in. He told me that if I wanted a straight stitch machine, don’t get a zig-zag and don’t get a combo, your straight stitch will never be perfect, and since he’s been in the business for over 25 years, I have to believe him. He knew the dirt on every single sewing machine manufacturer on the face of the earth, who was sold to who and which lines fell from grace due to switching manufacturing companies. Don’t ask me to reiterate what he said because he spoke so fast my head spun!
JUKI is the only brand he recommends these days. He offered me a new Juki 8500 with a Servomotor for $800.00 and as is typical, this model is retailing for $550.00 – $600.00 in the U.S. Larry recommended buying new instead of used, is that just salesman talk? I looked on Kijiji and there are tons of 5550’s available but I haven’t seen any 8500’s, perhaps they’re too new?
In any case, I’ve posted my Singer Style-O-Matic 328J for sake (on Kijiji), let’s see if I get any nibbles, I have a few more vintage machines to get rid of and perhaps I can save up the balance.