I bought my Pfaff QE 4 primarily for this function as I do a lot of machine appliqué but we haven't bonded. I bought it from my LQS in November and it's been back at the store/Pfaff since 9th January........... I should be getting it back today. The reason it was returned was that it wouldn't FMQ properly - breaking bobbin thread and skipping stitches.
It was a huge disappointment, I can tell you - particularly when my Janome will quilt with anything, even metallic!
When I get it back I will persevere to see if we can become friends, but am going to be on the lookout for other machines, just in case.
Is there any other machine other than the Brother Innovis QC 1000 that has this function - that is - I can set the machine so that when I stop sewing the presser foot lifts a little, with the needle down, allowing me to pivot the fabric. When I start sewing again the presser foot goes down automatically. I don't want to use a knee lift - had knee surgery.
Please tell me of any others you know about.