....Once you add the case ($125) and Cuda Crank Wheel ($100) the price difference between the Sailrite machine and Barracuda machine is under $200 (less when Sailrite has a sale). alex
We buy all the time from Defender, but wonder if they stock all of the parts for that machine like Sailrite does. Most are probably interchangeable, but you wouldn't know for sure since Sailrite has made some changes to their machine.
You will need parts if you sew much. So far we have had to replace the following. Sooner or later the needle will hit these parts and you will know it because the thread will snag and start to unravel and bunch up at the needle.
The above you can file and sand smooth again a number of times but sooner or later you need one.
The same with the shuttle above. The needle can hit if, usually your fault, and nick it. I've been able to file/sand/polish ours so far but we now have a spare.
The needle plate on ours finally broke and we had to get another.
The takeup spring will probably also finally break and need replacement. Here is a link to just some of the parts available from them....
...and they make a nice kit for cruisers with parts you might need....
Cruiser's Spares for Ultrafeed Sewing Machines
...while away. We bought the kit along with some other backup parts.
There are other small springs and numerous tiny, tiny screws that can be dropped and needed. All in all the machine has been rock solid and we have sewn a lot of projects on it. I'm sure some people have probably not had to replace a thing.
The point is that any of these machines that have forward/reverse, zig-zag, adjustable stitch length and walking feet have a lot of parts in them and sooner or later you might need one of those parts and if so they are just a call away with Sailrite.
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