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Old 04-17-2012, 03:50 PM
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Brother LS2-F52A

I've seen a Brother LS2-F52A for sale locally. The seller wants $900 for it and tells me it's about 4 years old. Seems kinda pricey to me.

I've done some research but can't find anything about this machine other than what's in the manual (which I downloaded).

Does anyone know anything about this machine?
Is it reliable?
Does it use any specialized parts, needles, bobbins etc?
What would a good price for this machine be?
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:07 PM
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It depends on what you are getting for the $900. If it comes with a table and a good servo or clutch motor, that's a reasonable price, but more so from a dealer than a private party.

It's a good machine with single needle, lockstitch, compound feed, walking foot, reverse and 14MM lift (about 9/16"). It will do whatever you want to do with it.
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Thanks for the reply.

I just returned from looking at it. It has a table, a clutch motor (which makes an annoying buzzing sound) and some spare feet and bobbins etc. It's a private seller not a dealer.

The machine is definately more than 4 years old. The seller has had it 5 years and she bought it used from another private seller.

It sewed quite well for a few inches then the thread jumped out of the tension wheel causing the stitches to have huge loops on the underside of the fabric.

It didn't seem to matter how tight or loose the tension was set, the thread would always jump out.

There is some good news. She told me the price should have been $600 not $900.

Even with the couple of issues mentioned (buzzing and tension) should I jump on this at $600?
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The annoying buzzing sound is the nature of a clutch motor. The motor is on all the time and you push on the foot pedal to engage the clutch to make the sewing machine run.

The machine was not threaded correctly through the upper tension. That's the only way you'd get huge loops on the back side of the fabric. That would mean that there is virtually no tension on the top thread. I'm surprised the owner couldn't thread it correctly.

I can't really advise you to buy the machine without seeing it, but I can tell you that the machine's age is not a problem. The machine I use almost every day is close to 50 years old and it works perfectly.

The only thing I can advise you to do is to take it to an industrial sewing machine mechanic to get the machine threaded correctly and see if there's anything wrong with the machine before you buy it. All you have to take to the mechanic is the sewing machine head. He will have a test stand to put it in to connect it to a motor to test it. $600 is a reasonable price for the complete set up, but it's not a steal.
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I'm surprised the owner couldn't thread it correctly.
She said she hadn't used it for as long as she could remember.

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The only thing I can advise you to do is to take it to an industrial sewing machine mechanic
If only there were any around here. The nearest industrial sewing machine dealer is about 5 hours drive.

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$600 is a reasonable price for the complete set up, but it's not a steal.
After hours of searching, I found one for sale in NC for $400. I try to barter the price down a couple of hundred.

Thanks for the information and advice.
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