I'm a newer quilter and currently have a Pfaff expression 2034. I recently tried a Bernina 440QE and liked that you could set the speed at a certain pace, even when using the peddle. But, it doesn't have IDT like the Pfaff. Pfaff pushes their IDT, where it feeds fabric from the top and the bottom. Am I going to miss that feature? I mostly piece quilt tops. I do not like to quilt and usually send them off to a long arm quilter. Any thoughts or preferences?
Forgot to add that i don't have a desire to embroider with the new machine. Thanks.
Oh boy, you are going to get as many different answers as people here. I have a Janome 6600P and here's how I made my decision...
Explore some features that are available.
Make a list of features that you really want.
Make a list of criteria that is immovable - for instance, price.
Make a pile of fabric and batting sets.
Take your fabric samples with you and USE as many machines as possible. Keep notes on your impressions of machines. Shop owners do not mind if you come back more than once. They also appreciate that you are doing some serious shopping and know that every individual will have preferences. Of course, they hope you will come back to them!
As I did this, I learned about new features and was able to choose what I wanted. Another thing I did was to talk to the serviceman in as many places as possible (actually my DH did much of that for me).
If this sounds like a lot of work, well, a good sewing machine is worth every bit of it.
Yes, you will probably miss the IDT
First what dealers are near you, that should a factor in your decision.
I just purchased Babylock Quest Plus with built in walking foot and free arm.
Good luck with your choice:)
If your looking for a Bernina 440QE there is a really nice one in the sale section for cheap!!
Just wondering why you are thinking about getting another machine? Is there anything wrong with your Pfaff or is it just new machine fever? Just curious because I have been looking at some used Pfaff's for a back up and the IDT is what interests me.
Check out the new Pfaff Smarter C1100
It also has the auto thread cutter.
Keep the Pfaff, get the Bernina, and have the best of both! I have both! Pfaff is in the shop now and I am missing the IDT :(
B.Zang has the right idear---i would hate to lose the IDT check out the horisan ? has a similer inbuilt walking foot there has been som negative comments re the new pfaff s made me a bit warey
I would get another Pfaff. I currently have three and wouldn't trade them for anything. And Yes, you will miss the IDT.