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Thread: Pfaff Ambition Essential

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    Super Member TexasSunshine's Avatar
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    Pfaff Ambition Essential

    Does anyone have this machine or knows someone that does? I love Pfaff and my older Pfaff Creative 1471 I bought new in 1986 is still going but I am afraid it will eventually give out. I use it for everything and it always comes through. It is just my go to machine. My local quilt shop has it for $599, is that a good price? I do have other machines, just love that Pfaff.
    Texas Sunshine, piney woods of NE Texas

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    I saw that price too at my local dealer. I miss my older made in West Germany Pfaff Variamatic. I went to Janome when I compared side by side, but this new one has piqued my interest.

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    I have the Pfaff Ambition 1, there are 3 styles. The $599 is most similar to those made in late 80's & early 90's. I know because I have the 1467 that is still working perfectly. I had to send it in for minor repairs and like you figured it would eventually wear out so purchased the Ambition 1 for approx $1000. If the Essential had been available at the time I would have purchased it instead simply because it has all I need for what I use the machine for. I piece, sew on bindings and do some quilting with decorative stitches and always use the built-in walking foot. I also have a Janome and Juki but rarely use either of those. I don't think you will be disappointed buying the Essential if what you want is something similar to the 1471 you now have.
    jackie

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    Just FYI, I needed a new foot pedal power cord combo for my Pfaff serger. I called the Pfaff dealer nearest me, to find out, he no longer was a Pfaff dearer anymore. The reason that he stopped selling Pfaff's is because he couldn't get parts from the factory quickly. He told me, 6 months or more was common to get parts. I bought a used Pfaff serger at a auction, but it needed a foot pedal and power cord combo. It took almost 6 months to finally get a power cord so that the machine actually work. I,too,like Pfaff's, but this serger will be my last. If you can't get parts in a timely manner, it's not a sewing machine anymore, it's a dust collector. My dealer wishes that Pfaff would become a private company again, he would then sell Pfaff's again. But, since Pfaff is owned by a holding company that also owns Singer and Viking. Just something to consider.

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    I have the Ambition Essential. It has "everything and more" according to my husband. I paid $200 more at my LQS two months ago. Kinda mad the price has dropped so much! At least I got 5 years of free service with it. My learning curve has been difficult, but if you are already familiar with Pfaff, I think you'll really enjoy it. If you have any questions, let me know!

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    Thanks for your comments, I am glad to hear it is like the older Pfaffs. I had to have my pressure foot worked on because it would just quit when I was sewing and then start sewing again. It turned out to be the cord reel and my LQS replaced it. Our LQS is a dealer for Pfaff and has been for years. They are very good and have the most well informed employees. They also sell Baby Lock and Brother.
    Texas Sunshine, piney woods of NE Texas

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    I have had a Pfaff Ambition 1.0 for about a year and a hlaf and just love it. I paid about $800 from a show. It has not needed any servicing. The IDT alone is worth the price. Fabric feeds nice and straight.

    The only items I bought was a single hole plate and a quarter inch foot with the fence on the side.

    This is my second Pfaff. My other is a 2148 (I think).

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