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    So I have a perfectly functioning Babylock Quest Plus with PDQ (seems identical to IDT) and three featherweights. But somehow, I just WANT a good used Pfaff with IDT, preferably German made. I can get a lightly used 7570 locally $750 or less. This was my dream machine in the 90's. But I've heard that the motherboard might go at any time and not be available for replacement or fixable. Then the machine would not sew at all. So it's a gamble, it might also sew well for years. If I got a used mechanical, it should at least be more repairable, right? What were the last German or European made Pfaffs? Are the Tiptronics mechanical? Am I just nuts? Should I just drop the whole idea? Buy a new Pfaff? Anyone have a 7570 or similar model motherboard replaced recently? Forgive the cross post to pattern review. Thx for advice.

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    I think alot would depend on what year it was made. You can look on the back in the serial number, can't remember exactly which numbers they are. Mine was made in 1999 and still going strong. I think either 99 or 2000 were the last year they were made. As far as cost to replace the motherboard, I wouldn't know. Maybe call a Pfaff dealer and ask what they would charge.

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    I have the 7570 and have heard about the mother boards...... I have had mine for 10 years now and use it all the time. Have not had any major work done on it, but I have a feeling that something is going to go at some point. I just hope it's not the board, 'cause I would be lost without it! Not all of the Pfaffs have the IDT, so check that out well. I also have an older Pfaff without the IDT and can never remember what model it is, It is a push button, without a mother board and is about 30 years old, no major work, still a great machine and had it on my table top frame prior to upgrading. I'm not sure when Pfaff went to the oriental country for manufacturing, but I'd join the Pfaff community on Yahoo! to find out more information. Good luck on your search. Also, the price for that 7570 is FANTASTIC even today. Does it have the embroidery unit with it?

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    I have a 7570 and if something goes on the mother board, I will find me another one on Ebay or CL. I love this machine. It is a WORKHORSE. Some dealers have mother boards from when this machine was new. I would just keep checking if my mother board goes out. Someone has to have one.

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    I have a 7510, and love it! Have never had any issues with it, and had it since new, about 15 years. :)

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    I just remembered that a friend of mine has a 7550. Same as 7570 except it is not the embroidery machine. I will probably never use the unit on mine as it is to hard to get designs transfered to the machine if you don't that a creative box.

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    Question: Aren't Pfaffs from Sweden? My Pfaff was made in Sweden, not Germany. :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pab58
    Question: Aren't Pfaffs from Sweden? My Pfaff was made in Sweden, not Germany. :?
    My 7570 was made in Germany!!

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    Thx ladies! The closest Pfaff dealer (not known for anything but SELLING) told me that the board could go anytime and is not possible to replace or repair. 'Course they'd love to sell me a new Pfaff. But I've read that the board could be replaced or repaired. It does come with the embroidery unit. I've never done that, so I'll either try it or sell/give it away. We'll see. But glad this isn't totally crazy stupid. I kinda feel like new machines are also a gamble since there are lemons and lousy dealers and if you end up with both at the same time, it's a mess. At least this is straghtforward, and no pricier than my 3 nearly identical FWs (one is clearly normal to have, even necessary, but three is clearly indulgent).

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    I have the 7530, made in Germany, with IDT. Absolutely love it. Don't know anything about motherboard problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirlinAZ
    I have the 7530, made in Germany, with IDT. Absolutely love it. Don't know anything about motherboard problems.
    To be hopest with you I haven't heard about any either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pab58
    Question: Aren't Pfaffs from Sweden? My Pfaff was made in Sweden, not Germany. :?
    If I'm not mistaken, Pfaff machines originally were made in Germany, then around 1999 Husqvarna/Viking bought Pfaff which may be why your's was made in Sweden.

    I have several Pfaffs, including the 7570. In my opinion, this is one of the best machines ever made. I have more "updated" machines, but the 7570 is my true workhorse. If you can get a 7570 for that price, I say go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tootsie
    Quote Originally Posted by pab58
    Question: Aren't Pfaffs from Sweden? My Pfaff was made in Sweden, not Germany. :?
    If I'm not mistaken, Pfaff machines originally were made in Germany, then around 1999 Husqvarna/Viking bought Pfaff which may be why your's was made in Sweden.

    I have several Pfaffs, including the 7570. In my opinion, this is one of the best machines ever made. I have more "updated" machines, but the 7570 is my true workhorse. If you can get a 7570 for that price, I say go for it!
    I would grab it too. Usually you don't find to many people that will part with them. I sure wouldn't.

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    At that price I'd grab it. Don't know what it cost new, but my 7530 retailed for $2500 in 1997. You can't buy an equal quality/features new one for that today.

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    My 7570 was made in Germany too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maia B
    So I have a perfectly functioning Babylock Quest Plus with PDQ (seems identical to IDT) and three featherweights. But somehow, I just WANT a good used Pfaff with IDT, preferably German made. I can get a lightly used 7570 locally $750 or less. This was my dream machine in the 90's. But I've heard that the motherboard might go at any time and not be available for replacement or fixable. Then the machine would not sew at all. So it's a gamble, it might also sew well for years. If I got a used mechanical, it should at least be more repairable, right? What were the last German or European made Pfaffs? Are the Tiptronics mechanical? Am I just nuts? Should I just drop the whole idea? Buy a new Pfaff? Anyone have a 7570 or similar model motherboard replaced recently? Forgive the cross post to pattern review. Thx for advice.
    Don't know anything about your model. I have a Pfaff 1475CD made in Germany. Am willing to sell. If you are interested, please pm me.

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    all my older Pfaff were made in Germany, my Hobbymatic 947, (only one withOUT IDT) 1229 with IDT, and 3, 7570's,
    my 2054 was made in Sweeden, and serger coverlock 4862 was made in Japan.
    The last Pfaff made in Germany was the 7570, and considered to be the best one Pfaff ever made. I love, love LOVE my 7570's, and would love to have more of them, LOL
    your price is very good, I saw one on a Pfaff group for sale recently for $525, without the embroidery unit. These machines are truly a great work horse and I would NOT give up any of mine. But get another one,? you bet in a heart beat, (if I have the money)

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    I bought my 7570 brand new for a little less then $5000.00 in 2000. The motherboard went out in 2006, replaced at no charge. It is my true workhorse. I also have the embroadery unit with it. I sew on a average everyday, till we moved. Still trying to get back in the mood because of other life issues (don't like the house). You will love it for that price. Make sure it has been serviced before purchase with a Phaff dealer and get receipt for that. Or talk to that dealer that serviced it, there should be record of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    Quote Originally Posted by ShirlinAZ
    I have the 7530, made in Germany, with IDT. Absolutely love it. Don't know anything about motherboard problems.
    To be hopest with you I haven't heard about any either.
    I have the older 1471, early 80's. The mother board did go out many years ago and had it replaced. I could never get rid of it-love that walking foot! This is the machine I use to do all of my piecing.

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    I have a 7550 and it was definitely made well (the old Pfaff quality) and then I have a newer 2058 and it is definitely made somewhere cheaper (I can tell the difference).

    One thing I do not like about the 7550 is the foot pedal. Had to have it replaced once and when DH checked it out he said that it was poor design. The activation mechanism uses a slide connection (sort of like scraping chalk down a bord). It is jerky and not smooth at all. Other than that, the bobbin case busted on me but the rest works well. She is my backup machine to a Babylock (without IDT).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjustice63
    Quote Originally Posted by Maia B
    So I have a perfectly functioning Babylock Quest Plus with PDQ (seems identical to IDT) and three featherweights. But somehow, I just WANT a good used Pfaff with IDT, preferably German made. I can get a lightly used 7570 locally $750 or less. This was my dream machine in the 90's. But I've heard that the motherboard might go at any time and not be available for replacement or fixable. Then the machine would not sew at all. So it's a gamble, it might also sew well for years. If I got a used mechanical, it should at least be more repairable, right? What were the last German or European made Pfaffs? Are the Tiptronics mechanical? Am I just nuts? Should I just drop the whole idea? Buy a new Pfaff? Anyone have a 7570 or similar model motherboard replaced recently? Forgive the cross post to pattern review. Thx for advice.
    Don't know anything about your model. I have a Pfaff 1475CD made in Germany. Am willing to sell. If you are interested, please pm me.
    A friend of mine also had the 1475. She recently gave it to her DIL. She says it was also a great machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tootsie
    Quote Originally Posted by pab58
    Question: Aren't Pfaffs from Sweden? My Pfaff was made in Sweden, not Germany. :?
    If I'm not mistaken, Pfaff machines originally were made in Germany, then around 1999 Husqvarna/Viking bought Pfaff which may be why your's was made in Sweden.

    I have several Pfaffs, including the 7570. In my opinion, this is one of the best machines ever made. I have more "updated" machines, but the 7570 is my true workhorse. If you can get a 7570 for that price, I say go for it!
    Thanks for the info! I really appreciate it! :thumbup:

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    I have 20 yr old 1471 and a new Expression 4. Both brilliant in their own ways.
    Annie

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    My older Pfaff was fried by lightning several years ago, and the board was around $100 to fix, which I thought was reasonable. That machine is the Anniversary Edition, which I think is about 15 years old. I love,love,love that machine. I have a newer Pfaff that's five years old, and it's junk. Buy the older machine.

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    I had two mother boards go out and if they can find a replacement for $300 they will only warranty it for 90 days. Love my new Brother!

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