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Thread: Pfaff Sewing Machines

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    Pfaff Sewing Machines

    Do any of you own a Pfaff Sewing Machine 3.2 or Pfaff Sewing Machine 4.0? I do not personally know anyone who owns one. I have always been a Bernina lover but the IDT feed on the Pfaff interests me alot. It seems now I always have to spend time pinning as the top layer does not feed evenly and I end up with 2 different seam lengths. There is a Pfaff Dealer about 1 1/2 hours away and I am tempted to go check out the Pfaffs. I would appreciate any feedback on these 2 models of Pfaff sewing machine. I saw a Pfaff 3.2 on EBay and I am wondering if that has many of the same features as the 4.0. I do not need alot of features because I mainly do straight stitch piecing on my sewing machine because I have a long arm machine for Quilting. Also, since the Pfaff has the IDT Feed, does that mean there is no walking foot? or is there still a walking foot attachment to use when doing thick layers?

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    I have the 4.0 and love it--it is my 4th Pfaff, starting back in the late 70's. I bought my first one when I lived in Germany. The first generation 4.0 apparently had a lot of problems, but mine is a newer one and works beautifully. They have released two new models, the 4.2 and the Performance 5.0. The reports on those, especially the 5.0, are really good. I love my 4.0, though, and have no intentions of trading it in for a new one.
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    I too have the Pfaff 4.0 and it was the model that had all the problems but with patience and dealer it is all straightened out and works fine. You do not need a walking foot. It's my 2nd Pfaff and I wouldn't trade it for any other machine. The 4.0 has a lot of features and you might not need all of them. Go visit the dealer and find out for yourself.

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    I have a Pfaff with IDT, but not the models you mentioned. The IDT serves as a walking foot when you have it engaged. I like my Pfaff. Have fun checking them out. :-)
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    My first computerized machine in the early 80's was a Pfaff and it was the best machine I have ever had. I sewed everything imaginable with it and literally wore it out. I then bought a Bernina which I truly love. About a year ago I bought a Pfaff 3.0 specifically because of the IDT and it really is a great machine although I don't think the quality is quite the same as the first one I had. (My understanding is they are no longer made in Germany) The IDT is the best in my opinion and it sews a beautiful stitch and it also has many beautiful fancy stitches. I'm not sure about a 3.2 but I think the main difference between the 3.0 and 4.0 is that the 4.0 has a spring foot that raises slightly when stopping which is mainly good for applique. I personally did not like that feature. I would want to know that a dealer was available for the Pfaff; shortly after I bought mine my dealer stopped selling Pfaff and I don't know of any other dealers.

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    I have a Pfaff model that is no longer available but it has IDT and I LOVE it. I almost never sew without the IDT engaged because, even with the tiniest quilt pieces, it always feeds both pieces evenly. My Pfaff is a bit more solid feeling than the newer models (probably has more metal in the body). I hope you will give it a try.

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    I have a Pfaff 1471 that I bought new in 1986 with the IDT and I am still sewing on it every day I sew. You do not need a walking foot with the IDT, it does the job. I sew nearly everything with the IDT engaged and would not sew without it. I just looked at a 4.0 today and would love to have one. It has so many nice features, but it will have to wait.
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    Does anybody know what the difference is in IDT(Pfaff) or accufeed(janome) because I was told they are different, does anyone know what the difference is
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    Does anybody know what the difference is in IDT(Pfaff) or accufeed(janome) because I was told they are different, does anyone know what the difference is
    I have a Pfaff 2030 and a Janome 6600. The Pfaff IDT isn't noticeable at all. It just uses all the regular feet except maybe the zipper foot and buttonhole foot. The Janome Accufeed feet are huge and compared to the Pfaff seem really clunky to me. I'm really thinking about trading the Janome in on a new Pfaff when I am able to.

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    I have a Pfaff (not the models you listed) that I purchased because of the IDT, and LOVE IT. Built into the machine and so easy to use with so many different feet options (my favorite being the 1/4" with guide). No clunky add-ons necessary (like a walking foot unit).
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    I have had a Pfaff since the early '90s. and love it. Yesterday, it wouldn't start so I took it to a Pfaff dealer who told me it just needed servicing and NOT to trade it in since it will go forever. While I was there, I quickly checked out the newer Pfaffs. I have my eye on the Ambition 1.5 but will wait for a while. Check out the Pfaff website. They do a great job of listing all the features of each model and have a comparison chart for various models. Decide what you want in a machine and then find the one that meets most of those wants. Enjoy the process.

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    Fell in love with Pfaff in high school in the 50's. Finally able to purchase my first Pfaff in the 1980's. Sold it to my BFF in early 90's and now have my second Pfaff,a Freestyle. It is my workhorse. Hugs

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    I have the QE 4.0. The QE 4.2 was released a couple of months ago, so there should be some good deals just now. All of the Expression line have IDT, so no need for a walking foot.
    One feature the 4 has, the others don't, is auto-pivot. This automatically raises the presser foot a little in the needle down position when you top sewing. Brilliant for machine appliqué!
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    icul8rg8r, do you find there is enough space to the right of the needle for queen size quilts? I know some of the other models have a larger space but usually they are more machine than I need.

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    I have 2 Pfaff's and I like them. There is however one reason that I will never buy another Pfaff. And that reason is, repairing them and the availability of replacement parts. I had to wait over 5 months for the parts that I required. A sewing machine dealer that I know had the same problem. Pfaff sewing machines would sit in his shop for over 6 months, waiting for the parts from Pfaff so that he could repair the sewing machine. Finally, he became so fed up he stopped being a Pfaff dealer. He now sells Babylock's because he can get the parts when something needs to be replaced. Pfaff's are good sewing machines, but if it's all but impossible to get the parts to repair them,they become interesting door stops while waiting for parts. Just thought you should know before you purchase a Pfaff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailorwoman View Post
    icul8rg8r, do you find there is enough space to the right of the needle for queen size quilts? I know some of the other models have a larger space but usually they are more machine than I need.
    I'll find out soon enough! Just finished piecing a queen size top for my daughter and have it layered and basted and ready to quilt. My husband is fitting my Flynn System with longer rods to accomodate larger quilts and it sure looks like it's going to work great. Hope to get started later this weekend; I'd be happy to let you know/see the results (I'll take pictures).
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    I have a Pfaff 7550 and a Pfaff 2144 models. I love them both. The IDT is fantastic! Fabric is stitched beautifully and the top layer stays in place and does not shift when sewing. I have not had any problems with either one of my machines.

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    quilter2090 - I had read about the difficulty getting Pfaff replacement parts you and others were having, so I looked into it before I purchased mine. Actually spoke to the repairman at the dealer and asked his opinion about which makes/models he liked/disliked (the dealer sold many different brands and would repair any brand). He said he personally preferred Pfaff better than ANY other brand - first, if you keep it maintained regularly, there is rarely any problem. Second, they're solid and again, if maintained, should last forever. And finally, parts were easily available. At that point I asked if there was a long wait for Pfaff parts and he said no more than any other brand. Plus my dealer will give you a loaner if it turns out to take longer than usual (they do this for any brand you purchase from them). That said, it did take forever to get the free motion foot I special ordered, but I think that's due more to the fact it's a brand new foot made specifically for the newer Ambition and Passort lines). So maybe repair parts availability depends on the dealer? I don't know, but after talking to the repairman, it solidified my decision to go with Pfaff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailorwoman View Post
    I have had a Pfaff since the early '90s. and love it. Yesterday, it wouldn't start so I took it to a Pfaff dealer who told me it just needed servicing and NOT to trade it in since it will go forever. While I was there, I quickly checked out the newer Pfaffs. I have my eye on the Ambition 1.5 but will wait for a while. Check out the Pfaff website. They do a great job of listing all the features of each model and have a comparison chart for various models. Decide what you want in a machine and then find the one that meets most of those wants. Enjoy the process.

    I have not heard anyone on hear talk yet about the Ambition 1.5. I have been hearing about the newer Passport 2.0 that sounds like it is exactliy what I am looking for --a simple machine with IDT to use mainly for piecing. Is that also what the 1.5 is? Is it computerized or not? I would love to hear more about this machine and the price of it. I have a Dealer 1 1/2 hours away (which I have been told has the best prices in the state of MN) and I have a Dealer about 2 hours away, so I am anxious to go to these Dealers to actually try to the machines and check out their pricing.

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    I have the 4.0 and LOVE IT!!!! I have had NO problems with it and I love all the special features it has....I do not regret my purchase at all!
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    I have the 4.0 and have issues with it all the time. The manual is pretty much useless. The auto thread cutter gets stuck all the time (the repairman/shop owner) and was told me to get use to it. The needle threader had to be replaced. Had to have the bobbin winder tension adjusted. Was sold a plastic 1/4" foot that broke and when I went back was sold a metal one (didn't tell me I could buy a metal one the first time) so I've learned to ask if accessories are available in metal. I'm now having issues with it stalling when I stitch slow. Don't know if its me or the machine. Just make sure you have a good rep/repairman, mine leaves a lot to be desired.
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    Joyce, I notice you live in GA. I bought my Pfaff from the dealer in Deluth (Discover Sewing) and the first QE 4.0 had problems and they replaced it with the newer 4.0 and have had no problems with it. I talked several times with their repairman and he highly praised the Pfaff. This dealer has two other stores in the Atlanta area and I recommend them if you are close to them.
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    I have the pfaff 4.0 and absolutely love it. I have other machines {Vikings} but much prefer my pfaff for the even feed IDT, that's why I decided to buy it. Wonderful for piecing and quilting and the throat space is almost 10 inches and I have quilted up to a queen size quilt on it. This machine has many wonderful features and the 9mm deco stitches are beautiful! I love mine and would recommend it highly.

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    I have an older Pfaff that I bought specifically because of the IDT and would not hesitate to buy another one.

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    I have the Pfaff Expressions 4.0 and love it. Seams come out almost perfect and not having to deal with putting the walking foot on is great. I love my 4.0 and would not trade it with (according to store where I bought it) the only difference is a few more decorative stiches.
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