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    Junior Member Hattie Shorts's Avatar
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    Does anyone out there use a Pfaff Expression 4.0? I bought one two years ago and had multiple problems requiring 200 mile roundtrips to the dealer....he was always helpful, but he machine finally went back to the factory...but still the machine was always a royal headache and no fun....the dealer traded a new Pfaff Smarter in hopes that it would work better for me..,It is okay, but not user friendly....since i can't trade it in locally, I'm considering going back to the 4.0 (another $1500)..I would love to hear from others...are there happy owners? Thanks Hattie





































































































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    I have all older Pfaff's made in Germany love mine no problems at all. so sorry you had such bad luck with yours

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    Quote Originally Posted by leaha
    I have all older Pfaff's made in Germany love mine no problems at all. so sorry you had such bad luck with yours
    me too.. I love mine.. Just an occasional visit to the Sewing machine shop for a thorough cleaning from time to time..

    Good Luck..

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    I have a newer Pfaff and really don't like it. I need to use a denim needle to piece a quilt top. If you are simply looking for something to go forward and back, consider an antique Singer, something made before 1960. I have three- they are tanks. If you want zig zag, etc, look at machines made before 1972. You'll spend much less money. If I was getting a new machine I'd go back to a Viking, but first I'd get some reviews because they may also be making junk now.

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    I have the 2.0 and a few more Pfaffs. I love them. Although, each is different. The 2.0 has the bobbin drop on the top, the others on the underside. I like that it has 9mm stitch width, also when I tap the foot pedal the needle goes up. It all just takes getting used to, each one has different features.

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    Sorry you have to deal with that headache. Since Pfaff was sold, the quality is not what it used to be. Some machines are lemons, other just below par. I switched from being a loyal Pfaff owner to Babylocks.

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    I got my QE 4.0 in January this year and haven't had a problem. The dealer did admit there were some issues with the model when it first came out (just like with cars, there's always some glitches here and there with new models), but those were since corrected. I have had no problems at all with mine, and I used it about 20-25 hours a week.

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    Sorry to hear that - I too have two older Pfaffs made in Germany (I think the new ones are made in China) I LOVE mine. I have a 2170 and a 2048 that has been upgraded to a 2056. Maybe you should consider an older model?? Just a thought. I have to be honest I always drool on the new Pfaffs but have seen mixed reviews on them. Those who have gotten good machines love them and some who have gotten machines that have issues from the start - are sorry they bought them.

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    Hey Betty, Is your avatar a Kaye Wood pattern?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjaco
    I have the 2.0 and a few more Pfaffs. I love them. Although, each is different. The 2.0 has the bobbin drop on the top, the others on the underside. I like that it has 9mm stitch width, also when I tap the foot pedal the needle goes up. It all just takes getting used to, each one has different features.
    I have the 2.0 but have only had it since Sept but I love it. I have made and quilted about a dozen quilts on it so far. The first one I had issues with but after I got used to the machine all has been good.

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    I have a 20 year old 1473 and this spring got the QE 4.0. I love the 4.0--just had to get used to not having the pressure foot lifter! I have no regrets at all about mine, it sews everything I have thrown at it, multiple layers and all.

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    I have had a Pfaff Expression 2 for a year and a half. I love it. I did have a minor problem with the thread sliding off of the take up lever, but my dealer fixed that right up. I had my machine back the next day.

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    I have an older Pfaff that I was able to purchase used for a few hundred dollars. It has helped me through some heavy duty sewing projects and seems to hold up well.

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    Love my Exp 3.0. Not many complaints about them. Would love the low-bobbin warning and the presser foot knee lift, but after reading about probs, I'm happy with my 3.0

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    I have the CV and love it. It replaced my 1471 which ahd sewed at least a million miles! I've had no trouble from either of these 2. I also have a Janome gem platinum. I needed something that didn't weigh as much as I do! It's a great little machine, and easy to move around to classes and to travel in the motorhome. I love the Pfaff better, and I miss the bells and whistles, but mostly the IDT. The even feed foot on the Janome is so bulky and hard to get a 1/4 in. seam with.

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    Hi Hattie, I just bought the pfaff 4.0 on Saturday and am waiting for it to come in as my local quilt shop had to order it. And I have heard good and bad reviews on this particular model, but the owner of the shop told me that all of those "tension" problems have been ironed out and she has had absolutely no problems with the new ones. Talked to a person in the shop that day that bought one 3 months ago and she also has had no problems and loves her machine. I am hoping all goes well with my new purchase as it looks like an awesome machine.

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    If you have a babylock dealer close, I recommend them way more user friendly and I never have had any problems with my espire

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    I have the select 3 and love mine, although it is more fussy about the thread it uses than my Husqvarna Designer 1 but FMQ is easy and even with it and I love the IDT...making piecing a breeze

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    Hattie, if you've not liked the last 2 Pfaff machines you've owned why would you buy a third?

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    thanks to all who responed...It's not really the money, although that is always a factor, but it's the aggravation and frustration when a machine does not behave as expected.

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    I have the 4.0. My dealer has been OK and has replaced several parts on it so it now runs enough to work but don't love it. Spent the weekend at the cabin and used my old pfaff and realized just how lousy my 4.0 runs. If it didn't cost me so much money I would get a different machine, but now am stuck with this one for now. Does run but not well.

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    Interesting to read about these Pfaffs. I did not know the company had been sold. That explains a lot. I have a 7550 and have not been able to find a quality dealer less than 3 hours away. The main Pfaff office does not return emails or phone calls nor does the website offer any information about this model machine. And, it cost a bundle and wasn't all that long ago. I have always loved Pfaffs because they were made in Germany, of metal parts and held up so very long. But, what good is a 25 year warranty if you can't find someone to do the work?

    We are working through my problems now and hoping to make a trip to the far away dealer on Wednesday. Good luck with yours and let us know how it all comes out!

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    I love my 2020 because of the IDT. You can really ease in extra width.

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    I have the Pfaff qe 4 and wish I didn't. I am trying to sell it and go back to Janome. I can't put my finger on "why " I don't like it, it is running fine - no problems - bit it is NOT a Janome --- why oh why did I buy it !!

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    I love my Expression 4.............no problems so far, but it took me a lot of time to learn how to use all the bells and whistles. I've always used Singers, but the new ones are certainly very distant relatives of the "good old girls".

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