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    Angry Frustrated with my Pfaff C1100 Pro

    I've had nothing but problems with my Pfaff since I purchased it new 1 year ago. I want the stitches perfect altho I'd settle for nice..I don't get that. I've been told the pretension spring was off. I was told today that the bobbin casing was not set correctly. The Pfaff dealer said that if I want to use a heavier weight tread in the bobbin I'd have to have the dealer adjust the bobbin casing for the heavier thread OR I could buy another bobbin casing and use that for heavier thread only after they adjust it. I had wanted a Pfaff for the last 40 plus years..I finally got one and am not, at all, satisfied. Wondering what you think.

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    I had purchased that machine, and had so many problems with it, my dealer exchanged it for a Janome 6600. I had a Pfaff 1473 that I loved, and wanted another one, when I bought the C1100 I kept getting the emply bobbin error, I tried every thing and it would only let me take a stitch or two then it would error again. Then the next day it would sew fine for a hour, and error again, glad I traded it for the Janome 6600.
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    Thank you for info..didn't want to hear others have had problems altho suspected. thanks again. Appreciate your reply.

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    Today I had a conversation with our local Bernina/Pfaff dealer during which I was surprised to hear him say that all Pfaffs are now made in China, none in Germany.

    He told me of a customer who bought a machine from him in September and brought it back in for repair a couple of times, where he made adjustments like you've mentioned. He finally, in total frustration, shipped the machine to the Bernina/Pfaff dealer/repairman I mentioned here in Virgina who is the premium repairman in the east, maybe the country. T

    That man called my local guy back to tell him he was shocked to find that the machine, brand new out of the box when my guy sold it, was beyond repair!! The bushings and other major moving parts were in such condition, so worn and poorly machined that it was obvious they were not new or had been substandard to begin with!

    It has taken Pfaff until this month to replace her "new" machine! My guy says that he, the "best repairman" (from Newport News, VA), and many other dealers are seriously considering dropping the Pfaff line in their store.

    I also heard another shocker of yet another major product in manufacturing decline; I'll post that in a separate topic here.

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    i have 2 pfaff machines and was looking forward to my new retirement machine the 'top of the line'but i have been hearing such bad reviews on pfaff recently[hear in aussie too]that i am shpping arroud now the horizen looks good

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    I am so sorry you're having such trouble. I've had nothing but joy with my Pfaff machines - and I have 3. I also have a marvelous dealer who would make it right for me if I had gotten a lemon, which is what it sounds like for you.

    As for their newest top of the line machine - the Sensation- I've seen several in use/purchased and each owner seems to be thrilled and has had no trouble that I know of.
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    I have had the same problem with the machine stopped after a few stitches. At the bobbin is an optical eye, which measures whether there is more thread so that the machine can stop (it is brighter around the bobbin). In bright light, eg sunlight, against the machine the optical eye thinks that there is no more thread and stops. I hope this can help others with a Pfaff.
    I love my Pfaff with the built in walking foot.

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    I bought a Pfaff Ambition last fall and so love it. No issues at all. I too have an older Pfaff. I think all machines made today have some lemons coming off the line and have some models that are not great so I hate to see brand name bashing here.

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    I understand..there are lemons, unfortunately, wished it wasn't mine. Not bashing any brand name...my point is to see if others have had problems with this machine. Thanks for the reply.

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    Pfaff C1100 Pro

    I too find this machine very frustrating. I am on my second machine. First one had a timing issue and a broken finger. Was in the shop for six months...finally they conceded to a new machine. Second machine has tension issues. I can not get a good straight stitch. My bobbin case came with out a pigtail. I am going to purchase a new bobbin case, see if that helps. Otherwise back to the shop. I did notice some of you mention metal bobbins. I use plastic that came with the machine. Maybe metal will help???



    Quote Originally Posted by grandmaemma View Post
    I've had nothing but problems with my Pfaff since I purchased it new 1 year ago. I want the stitches perfect altho I'd settle for nice..I don't get that. I've been told the pretension spring was off. I was told today that the bobbin casing was not set correctly. The Pfaff dealer said that if I want to use a heavier weight tread in the bobbin I'd have to have the dealer adjust the bobbin casing for the heavier thread OR I could buy another bobbin casing and use that for heavier thread only after they adjust it. I had wanted a Pfaff for the last 40 plus years..I finally got one and am not, at all, satisfied. Wondering what you think.

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    Unhappy Optical Eye

    Quote Originally Posted by Svimse View Post
    I have had the same problem with the machine stopped after a few stitches. At the bobbin is an optical eye, which measures whether there is more thread so that the machine can stop (it is brighter around the bobbin). In bright light, eg sunlight, against the machine the optical eye thinks that there is no more thread and stops. I hope this can help others with a Pfaff.
    I love my Pfaff with the built in walking foot.

    I have the same issue. I have to close the shade by the machine or the empty bobbin message stops me from sewing every one to two stitches. Isn't that a hoot.

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    FYI...Received a call from local Pfaff dealer...Regarding my C1100 Pro Smarter by Pfaff. I was told that after I brought my machine in a number of times because stitching was not pretty (and various other problems. Generally unhappy with the machine) that Pfaff has found there is a problem with this specific machine. The hardware is bad and computer wasn't resetting itself. Was also told I wasn't crazy The local dealer will be getting replacement parts for this machine...and will call me when parts arrive. So...if you have this machine I would suggest getting a hold of your local dealer. Hope this is helpful.

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    I hate my Pfaff C1100 P00!

    I have had nothing but problems with my machine. It will work great for awhile then the stitches will pile up underneath, or the timing gets off or the thing skips and jerks. I have spent too much having it fixed only to have it mess up again the next day.The repairman took it in again it worked great for a few hours and now it isn't working properly. AGAIN!. My sister just gave me a straight stitch Singer from the 60's that sews like a dream. It makes me mad that I didn't take my Pfaff back right after I bought it. Now the store I got it from is out of business and I've had it too long. Mostly taking up sewing room space and making me crazy.
    So, buyer beware.




    Quote Originally Posted by Dyan View Post
    I had purchased that machine, and had so many problems with it, my dealer exchanged it for a Janome 6600. I had a Pfaff 1473 that I loved, and wanted another one, when I bought the C1100 I kept getting the emply bobbin error, I tried every thing and it would only let me take a stitch or two then it would error again. Then the next day it would sew fine for a hour, and error again, glad I traded it for the Janome 6600.

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    I hate my Pfaff C1100 Pro!

    I have had nothing but problems with my machine. It will work great for awhile then the stitches will pile up underneath, or the timing gets off or the thing skips and jerks. I have spent too much having it fixed only to have it mess up again the next day.The repairman took it in again it worked great for a few hours and now it isn't working properly. AGAIN!. My sister just gave me a straight stitch Singer from the 60's that sews like a dream. It makes me mad that I didn't take my Pfaff back right after I bought it. Now the store I got it from is out of business and I've had it too long. Mostly taking up sewing room space and making me crazy.
    So, buyer beware.




    Quote Originally Posted by Dyan View Post
    I had purchased that machine, and had so many problems with it, my dealer exchanged it for a Janome 6600. I had a Pfaff 1473 that I loved, and wanted another one, when I bought the C1100 I kept getting the emply bobbin error, I tried every thing and it would only let me take a stitch or two then it would error again. Then the next day it would sew fine for a hour, and error again, glad I traded it for the Janome 6600.

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