This may not help at all, but can you just deal with Sailrite USA
? Or even better, find a used machine and have it shipped to you?
I bought a barely-used LS-1 machine down here in Mexico
for CDN $300 (included the Monster Balance Wheel
, which is a must for the boat!!), and had to contact Sailrite support to get help with a clutch
slipping issue (although it turned out it was just my lack of knowledge that was the problem -- absolutely nothing wrong with the machine).
Anyways, Sailrite's support people were back to me within *hours* of my posting
a question on their forum, and were more than willing to bend over backwards to help -- and all this despite the fact that I bought the machine second-hand and have no paperwork, etc etc. Later I purchased some thread + bug screen
from them and had friends bring it down to us in Mexico
-- again their customer service
was fantastic (I had to change the order a little after I'd already placed it) and I was very impressed with the overall experience!
Just my 2 cents