I have an opportunity to purchase this machine for $400, yes $400. But I know it's been out a long time, so want to know if I should pass on this machine even though it's being sold a an amazing price?
I bought this machine in 2003 and still love it. However, what extras are you being given with the machine? Customizer 10000 to me is a must have. Also, has your machine been upgraded? Is it now a 10001? You definitely need the instruction manuals and check to see if a video comes with it. I paid $5000 and all the workbooks, and later the 10001 upgrade was mailed to me. I also got Customizer 10000 and Digitizer 10000 included. Also 2 cd's with lots of designs. (over 2000) To be honest, if my machine were to die, I would buy the one you're considering but I would have it checked out by a dealer first. Good Luck.
Make sure all the manuals (3 books) and hoops are with it. Do a test run with the build in design to make sure the embroidery bit is in good working order. I wouldn't worry about software as you can get free software to view any purchased designs. I bought mine in 2001 and made just about everything I wear and lots of stuff for my home. It never had any problems and I only had it in to the dealer once and that was just for a cleaning two years ago. Wonderful machine. I just traded it in last week on a 12000 because I wanted the biigger hoops. Other than that, I would have kept my 10001.
Be sure to check all the updates (free) and see if it is V. 3 (this was a purchasable upgrade) The latest update increased the number of embroidery stitches from 34000 to 64000. I think it was V2.2. You can check the version by watching the screen when you turn on the machine. Also make sure you get the disks for these updates or upgrades in case you need to reload them.
Ladysmith BC,Janome 12000, Bernina Record, Bernina 1150MDA serger, bit of a Luddite, garments not crafts