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    Super Member feffertim's Avatar
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    I also have a Viking 875Q and love,love,love it. It has all the bells and whistles, and is a fabulous machine

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    The biggest challenge in looking for a new machine is trying to quite the "noise". I was so confused when I was looking or a new machine earlier this year and the confusion only increased when going into a sewing machine store.

    I finally made a list of the features that were important to me, then downloaded the online brochures and features lists which helped me to match what I wanted. I was able to weed out models that wouldn't meet my needs.

    When I whittled it down to 3 or 4 models/brands, I went in and sewed on them. At that point, I could decide if I liked the feel of the machine.

    For example, I was so ready to just walk in and buy a Viking since I already had one and was feeling a bit of brand loyalty. Until I sewed on it. I didn't like the way it felt to me.

    I ended up with a Janome Horizon 7700. The only thing I hate about it is the manual. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rn8or
    Quote Originally Posted by yayaquilts
    I love my new Pfaff 4.0 quilt expression. I have sewn for over 25 years on a Pfaff and didn't want to give up Pfaff's IDT--love that feature and the accuracy of the Pfaff's stitching tension. Love the new more roomy throat area---10". Good luck deciding!
    I never used the idt. I dont know how or what it's for. I know I should go into my dealer but it's been 10 years so now I feel too dumb to go to them :)
    OMGosh you should try out your IDT for piecing and for quilting, so much more accuracy and no gathering! Just push it down into place and it's the best perk when you have a Pfaff. I've had four and loved them all - traded up to the quilt expression 4.0 last year and it's the very best (sold my 2048 to a friend). IDT, 10" harp, 2 lights, cutter, needle up/down, bigger bobbins, etc. I could go on and on about the stitches. Love it, but you have to take a class!

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    I upgraded my Pfaff 7570 to the new Babylock Serenade. I love it. Very comparable machine, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rn8or
    Quote Originally Posted by yayaquilts
    I love my new Pfaff 4.0 quilt expression. I have sewn for over 25 years on a Pfaff and didn't want to give up Pfaff's IDT--love that feature and the accuracy of the Pfaff's stitching tension. Love the new more roomy throat area---10". Good luck deciding!
    I never used the idt. I dont know how or what it's for. I know I should go into my dealer but it's been 10 years so now I feel too dumb to go to them :)
    Pfaff's IDT is automatic {integrated dual feed= feeds the top and bottom fabrics together at the same time so you don't have any slippage, particularly with the bottom fabric}--you used it everytime you sewed with your Pfaff Machine!!

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    I've got the Janome Horizon 7700...love it, and it has the built in dual feed system and an 11" harp area. Worth a look

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    I never used the idt. I dont know how or what it's for. I know I should go into my dealer but it's been 10 years so now I feel too dumb to go to them :)[/quote]

    Pfaff's IDT is automatic {integrated dual feed= feeds the top and bottom fabrics together at the same time so you don't have any slippage, particularly with the bottom fabric}--you used it everytime you sewed with your Pfaff Machine!![/quote]

    Just to clarify, the IDT can be pulled up and not used, for example when free motion quilting. So Jill, you may or may not have been using the IDT. It's worth finding out. As Karen said we love that feature. :thumbup:

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    I've always had Pfaff machines. Pfaff 1475 and 2140, but I just recently purchased a Baby Lock Ellisimo,I love it, especially the air thread feature. It sews really nicely also! Good Luck in choosing! I sure don't regret moving to a different brand. Keeping my 1475 for backup and trying to sell my Pfaff 2140!

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