Anyone own a Brother PC3000 or PC6000?

I am considering the purchase of either a Brother model PC3000 or the fancier PC6000 sewing machine and would appreciate some feedback from anyone who owns either.
Such as dependability, user friendliness, utility, maintenance, etc etc
TIA Lake Urchin
Reply to
Lake Urchin
Brother > model PC3000 or the fancier PC6000 sewing machine
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I just ordered a PC6000 from a dealer in New York. They have the best price on this machine. It is a machine I am very familiar with as I have sewn on it many times before. I own a Brother 8200/8500 embroidery/sewing machine now and needed a really good backup computerized machine. When I found out that Brother was introducing the new NX series (200, 400, 600) and going to discontinue the PC6000 - I started looking around for dealers who had good prices on the PC6000.
Let me just say this about purchasing from an "on line" dealer. This particular dealer is an AUTHORIZED Brother dealer. They follow ALL of Brothers rules regarding selling "on line". There are those who will tell you that Brother does not authorize any of the dealers to sell online but this is NOT true. They have certain guidelines to follow --- such as they are not allowed to post prices of "new" machines on the web. I have purchased from this dealer before -- one experience was a bit problematic but the second experience was totally fantastic. This is my third experience and I am looking forward to a great deal,
Now for service issues. I do not need service because I have a local Babylock dealer who has the best service department in Virginia (IMHO) and I take all of my Brother machines to them -- even when they are under warranty. I can not deal with my local Brother dealer -- I do not like them - period!! And if I am in a real pinch I take my machines to my local Bernina shop - the service man there is co-owner of the shop and usually fixes my machine while I wait.
Bottom line -- the PC6000 is a GREAT machine. If no one objects I can post the price here and the name of the dealer. I can tell you this however -- you will NOT find a lower price for a NEW PC6000.
Sun
Note::::::::::: If you go to
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and go into the message boards - the Sewing board has an extensive chat about the PC6000 -- very informative. Allbrands.com has a higher price than I paid - plus I got free shipping.
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Sunshine Lady
I would like the dealer's website for the PC6000......need another machine and would like to check him out.....Many thanks!!
price on this machine. It is a machine I am very familiar
embroidery/sewing machine now and needed a really good
introducing the new NX series (200, 400, 600) and going to
prices on the PC6000.
particular dealer is an AUTHORIZED Brother dealer. They
who will tell you that Brother does not authorize any of
guidelines to follow --- such as they are not allowed to post
before -- one experience was a bit problematic but the
I am looking forward to a great deal,
Babylock dealer who has the best service department in
they are under warranty. I can not deal with my local
pinch I take my machines to my local Bernina shop - the
post the price here and the name of the dealer.
boards - the Sewing board has an extensive chat about the
paid - plus I got free shipping.
Reply to
Pat
Hi Sun,
Thanks very much for your informative reply; yes, I would very much like to get the dealer web site URL.
TIA, LakeUrchin
On Fri, 05 Dec 2003 06:08:42 GMT, "Sunshine Lady" wrote:
this machine. It is a machine I am very familiar
embroidery/sewing machine now and needed a really good
new NX series (200, 400, 600) and going to
prices on the PC6000.
particular dealer is an AUTHORIZED Brother dealer. They
will tell you that Brother does not authorize any of
to follow --- such as they are not allowed to post
-- one experience was a bit problematic but the
looking forward to a great deal,
dealer who has the best service department in
are under warranty. I can not deal with my local
I take my machines to my local Bernina shop - the
price here and the name of the dealer.
- the Sewing board has an extensive chat about the
plus I got free shipping.
Reply to
Lake Urchin

OK here it is:
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The prices are not on the website. You will have to call them - they do have a toll-free number. For more information on the dealership see the
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website 'chat' area. Several of the folks there have purchased from them.
I am in no way affiliated with this dealer and I am also not affiliated with allbrands.com. I am just me. I am not trying to sell anything - only posting information for others who have asked for assistance.
I am affiliated with the following firms:
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There are others ............................. which firms are you guys affiliated with?? (Slightly OT :-))
Sun
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Sunshine Lady
LOL I Love your web site names! Here are mine:
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www.I'd-rather-be-sewing.com
On Fri, 05 Dec 2003 18:15:10 GMT, "Sunshine Lady" wrote:
affiliated with?? (Slightly OT :-))
------------------------ "Old quilters never die, they just go to pieces."
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IMS
Excellent! I actually own the rights to this one (but there's no company affiliated with it):
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It says it all, I think. My studio used to need a revolving door, for all the kids going in and out of it all the time! Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati
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SewStorm
Hi Sun,
Thanks for all the info and the quick reply. I did get on that dealers web site and yes they do have really good prices. If I purchase the Brother PC-6000 I will buy it there.
I have another question regarding the PC-6000. I went to a local sewing store to have the machine demonstrated for me and the sales person could not get the automatic needle threader to work. Have you had any problems with that area of the machine?
I live in a rural area and really need a machine that is reliable and that I won't have to run often to a repair store.
I would appreciate any feedback you could give on this. I really like the machine except for this one area.
TIA LakeUrchin
On Fri, 05 Dec 2003 06:08:42 GMT, "Sunshine Lady" wrote:
this machine. It is a machine I am very familiar
embroidery/sewing machine now and needed a really good
new NX series (200, 400, 600) and going to
prices on the PC6000.
particular dealer is an AUTHORIZED Brother dealer. They
will tell you that Brother does not authorize any of
to follow --- such as they are not allowed to post
-- one experience was a bit problematic but the
looking forward to a great deal,
dealer who has the best service department in
are under warranty. I can not deal with my local
I take my machines to my local Bernina shop - the
price here and the name of the dealer.
- the Sewing board has an extensive chat about the
plus I got free shipping.
Reply to
Lake Urchin
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Oh Boy -- you would ask me about that needle threader. Here goes. IMMHO (my most humble opinion) the needle threader will do one of two things. It will work for a while and then quit - OR -- it will work quite well always. On most Brother machines - and others with the same mechanism - that needle threader can either be great or #$%^&*(#!!
On my Brother 8200/8500 it works every other sometime. I have had it repaired and replaced and still it is finicky.
Another problem is that many folks do not know how to use it (some dealership employees do not know). You have to have the needle in the highest position (by pushing the needle up/down lever AND the presser foot DOWN and gently pull the thread to the side/back (gentle pull) for it to engage -- AFTER pulling the threader mechanism down. If you had three hands it would work better!! It is the only part of that machine that I can say is not reliable. I use a piece of white paper on the face plate and thread my needles manually most of the time. The white paper for some reason makes the needle hole "appear" in my poor eyesight.
I hope this has not given too much of a negative -- it really is a great machine. I just am not impressed with the needle threader. :-((
Sun
Reply to
Sunshine Lady
Hi,
First, I love my 6000! I selected it for the large variety of built in patterns. More than on some embroidery machines. It is reliable and runs like a champ through anything.
The needle threader dances it's own dance. You have to pull the tread up and toward the back. At least that is what works most often for me. Poly threads are really hard. I've never had it not work, but it often takes me several tries. This is the one "feature" that could use some improvement! Other than that, I find it very user friendly.
Reply to
Little Bit
Hi Little Bit,
I like the 6000 for the many variety of patterns also. I have found out recently that the demo machine I was shown had either a bent needle or a part may have been broken off of the threader. The machine had a terrible stitch. The sales person tried to tell me that the tension needed to be adjusted. Well, from what I've read the tension adjusts automatically for the type of material you are using. I think the demo model was damaged and the salesperson was not familiar with this machine.
I am going back to the sewing store tomorrow when they will have more sales personel on hand. I am going to ask them to demonstrate another 6000 other than the one they have on the floor. I feel if they are interested in selling the machine they won't have a problem with that request. After all this is no small investment and I live in a rural area and need a reliable and stable machine.
I am so glad to hear that you really like the machine. I have gotten a lot of positive feedback on this machine. So, I feel much better. But, I must say going to that sewing store and having that experience was a real bummer.
Thanks soo much for your imput. LakeUrchin
On Sun, 7 Dec 2003 13:41:50 -0600, "Little Bit" wrote:
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Lake Urchin
iirc, there is only one auto threader from Brother and it works well, but it takes some patience and time to understand the geometry of what you are doing. it works best if you raise the threader as it exits the needle to the rear. the manual only shows pictures and not much detail.
also be sure the needle is top center so you can just push the threader thru, it will register with the hole. don't brute force anything, you will bend the threader blade. patience and a light touch and it's a dandy.
good luck, --Loren
Reply to
Loren Coe
Yes! I've owned the pc3000 and have been looking to purchase it again. The pc6000i is smaller and won't support my needs in making suit of wool! Pc3000 great machine but discontinued.
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koolgirl1957

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