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    Pfaff machines?

    So which Pfaff do you use or wish to own? And your experiences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftEcowgirl View Post
    So which Pfaff do you use or wish to own? And your experiences?


    I have the Pfaff expressions 2.0 I use it primarily to quilt as it has a large 10 inch throat. I hardly ever use the bells and whistles . For piecing I use my little $300 Brother. It lets you know when the bobbin is almost empty and it has an auto thread cutter and the needle threader works very well. The one on my Pfaff is very difficult to use. I just thread it by hand.

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    After trading up Pfaffs over the past 20 or so years, about 2 years ago I got the Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0 with all the bells & whistles, and use most of them. Love it for both piecing and quilting. Also have the Pfaff Grand Quilter on a 10 foot frame, and an antique hand crank Pfaff model B. Sometimes I wish my Brother embroidery machine was the Pfaff Creative Vision, but I wanted access to Disney designs.

    Can you tell I'm a fan? ;0)

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    I have had the Pfaff Expression 2. for three years, and I love it. I have been quilting for about 3 1/2 years, so I haven't quilted too much on other machines. I use it for piecing and quilting, and I have made clothes with it also, but it is mainly for quilting.

    I don't have any trouble with the automatic needle threader though. It is close to my favorite part of the machine, as I have always had trouble threading the needle on any machine.

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    I bought my QE4 mid-November. Couldn't FMQ with it - bobbin breaking, skipping stitches. I returned it to the store at the beginning of January. TWO MONTHS later I was told it was fixed and I could collect it. I asked the store owner to test it before I took it home. The noise coming from it wasn't because it was 'cold' as suggested........ Two days later Pfaff replaced it with a new machine.
    i haven't fallen in love with the Pfaff the way I did with my Janome - and still love, lol!
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    1471, 1475, 2140 and 2144 both updated to 2170. Will not be buying newer Pfaff. I like vertical bobbins.

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    Don't own any. No plans to purchase one right now.

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    I got a great deal on the C1000 Smarter. Supposed to replace my 20-year-old Hobbymatic, but I keep using it. So dependable!

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    I have the Pfaff 2134 and I really like it for piecing, quilting and general sewing which is mainly all I do. I like the auto threading feature. It took a little getting used, but now it is slick for me. It works so well for FMQ, not fussy at all. I haven't had to adjust tension or anything. Mine was a shop model and was being discontinued when I bought it so got a decent price. It includes the embroidery feature but that is not a big interest of mine, have experimented a little and it worked fine. The next model has the screen set-up and would be much easier to use but don't think I would use it much. I would not hesitate to by another Pfaff, would love the big quilter, but out of my price range. I doubt I will wear this one out

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    I have a vintage Pfaff and it is absolutely wonderful. My friend Jill has a brand new one with all the bells and whistles, cost her $900 on sale and it is fabulous too. German made, these sewing machines are really good.

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    I will admit that I have been a Bernina lover for a long time. But recently, I heard about the Pfaff with thebuilt in walking foot and tested the Pfaff machines. Just this month I purchased a Pfaff Ambition Essential. Justt the basic model. There are two more Ambition Essential machines with more bells and whistles but I was mostly concerned with the built in walking foot to use if for straight stitch piecing because I was sick of having to use pins to keep my fabric layers together. I have not used it alot yet but so far I love it. It works wonderful. This Pfaff model is on sale this month for $599 (the MSR price is $899). I feel it is a very good machine for $599 and would highly recommend it if you are looking for something without a lot of bells and whistles. And I love the needle threader on it.--It works better than the needle threader on my Bernina machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weezy Rider View Post
    1471, 1475, 2140 and 2144 both updated to 2170. Will not be buying newer Pfaff. I like vertical bobbins.
    I have an older Pfaff---I believe it is a 2040. I like vertical bobbins, too. Love my Pfaff, and especially love the two feeddogs (IDT)----built-in upper feeddogs as well as lower feeddogs. It helps so much to keep the top fabric moving at the same rate as the bottom fabric, so your points line up much better than with a machine which only has lower feeddogs.

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    I'm also a Bernina girl who thinks this looks like a great machine for the money. What accessories came with it? Also, how wide is the throat or harp? I've looked at it but can't remember. Thanks.


    Quote Originally Posted by aborning View Post
    I will admit that I have been a Bernina lover for a long time. But recently, I heard about the Pfaff with thebuilt in walking foot and tested the Pfaff machines. Just this month I purchased a Pfaff Ambition Essential. Justt the basic model. There are two more Ambition Essential machines with more bells and whistles but I was mostly concerned with the built in walking foot to use if for straight stitch piecing because I was sick of having to use pins to keep my fabric layers together. I have not used it alot yet but so far I love it. It works wonderful. This Pfaff model is on sale this month for $599 (the MSR price is $899). I feel it is a very good machine for $599 and would highly recommend it if you are looking for something without a lot of bells and whistles. And I love the needle threader on it.--It works better than the needle threader on my Bernina machines.
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    I have a pfaff hobby and ambition essential, and love both, they are great machines
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    Have a Pfaff hobbymatic 947, a coverlock serger 4862, a Pfaff 2056, and I have 4, Pfaff 7570's, (had a 1229, my sister talked me out of, what a workhorse) I love my Pfaff's! they are great machines!
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    We have a 2038, a 1475, and a 9" GrandQuilter. We love our Pfaffs. The IDT is a great feature and was the feature that sold my wife on the first machine (hers is the 2038). Our 1475 was made in Germany, and we bought it new. The other two were made somewhere else. I also have a vintage 130 that I have not tested.

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    1222E and a Tipmatic 6120. Love them both and would try my very best to save them both in the event of a disaster. I think about the new machines but I really don't want a horizontal machine for FMQ. I guess I'll never be the proud owner of a new Pfaff, I'll have to be the very proud owner of a previously loved Pfaff with a vertical bobbin.

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    I have a 1471, bought in 1986 and still use it everyday I sew. The IDT is the greatest feature. When I buy another machine it will be a Pfaff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasSunshine View Post
    I have a 1471, bought in 1986 and still use it everyday I sew. The IDT is the greatest feature. When I buy another machine it will be a Pfaff.
    I also own a 1471. Pfaff was just starting to come out with white machines then. I am very fond of that machine.o

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    I have a Pfaff Stretch and Sew. It is a workhorse and I love it. It does not have a lot of bells and whistles, no needle up down, no auto threader, but it is a solid machine and I will never sell it. It does have the IDT. One day I am going to buy a newer Pfaff with all the goodies and sell my Janome and an older Singer. My mom has the Pfaff Tipmatic and loves it too.

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    I had the Pfaff tiptronic--bought it around 1990, give or take a year. I loved that machine...but not the space for quilting. I bought a Juki 98 Q, and my daughter wanted a machine for something, so she took my baby home with her. It just always sews and never has problems. Sometimes I can't believe I let her take it home...and actually keep it.

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    I have a 7510, and I love it! I would buy a newer one, maybe with embroidery too--
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    I have a 7530 and the Quilt Expression 4.0. I love them both and will not part with either of them.

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    I have a Pfaff Hobby machine that's about 10 years old - and it's no longer functional.... the gears are completely shot.... and repair vs. replace cost said replace.... My personal opinion: You get what you pay for - if you spend $99 at WalMart, you get about that much value.... if you INVEST a little more, you'll get something that will last.... regardless of the brand....

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    I own the Smarter By Pfaff (A.K.A.: C1100 Pro). And of course, I got the lemon of the batch . My Pfaff Dealer was an absolute angel ! ! ! Once we completed all the trouble shooting issues, Pfaff immediately shipped a brand new Smarter & it's been bliss ever since .

    This machine is more industrial-minded. There is a large harp (brochure picture can be a bit deceiving - need to see it in the store), thread cutter, scissors, needle threader (no problems - works every time), some very nice decorative stitches(not embroidery machine dense, but alphabets are nice for labels), & I really like the "lock-stitch" button (especially when using your decorative stitches).

    What a work horse ! ! ! My speed control is set "wide open" (up to 1600 spm) when doing repetitive piecing, mindless strip sets or strings, HSTs, paper piecing, etc.; I bring it down a bit when doing wearables & artsy stuff.

    But my 2 favorite "bells": (1) the independent bobbin motor: it's great to keep piecing while your bobbins are winding & (2) retractable thread guides (along with the vertical spool pins).

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