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    I have a Pfaff Creative 7550 that I purchased in the late 90's. I seem to have alot of problem with it pulling fabric down into the feed dogs as I start while piecing or joining blocks. This is not a new problem as my machine has always tended to do this and when I only worked on 1 or 2 projects a year I just dealt with it but now that I am trying to complete more projects it has become very bothersome. Now here are my questions;
    1. Have others with this machine or similiar experienced this? (or does my machine need to go the the Pfaff doctor?)
    2. I know there is a single hole plate available, has anyone purchased it and did it solve the problem? (I don't mind spending the money to solve the problem but if nothing changes I would rather buy fabric.)
    3. While piecing do Pfaff owners have the IDT engaged or disengaged?
    Sorry that this is so long, but I really like my machine and if I could get a solution for this little issue I like we can be happy together for years to come.

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    I have 2 Pfaffs and I love them. I do use a starter piece of fabric when piecing. This tends to resolve the "pull down" issue.

    I always have my IDT engaged, even for piecing.

    Hope this helps.

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    I have a Pfaff also, and use a starter piece of fabric. When I don't I have the same problem as you.

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    My machine does the same thing. What I do is put all the small fabric scraps cut from corners or those that are too small to use for other things in a plastic container by my machine and use them for starter pieces

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    IDT engaged.

    I get fabric down in the hole every once in awhile but not often. I don't use that little piece of fabric either. Some people put a small scrap through and then connect their patchwork.

    The single hole plate does help this problem on many machines but then you have to remember to remove it before you zig zag

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    The pulling down is due to the large hole that accomodates 9mm stitches and the widely spaced feed dogs. If the needle isn't very sharp, that makes it worse. The problem will absolutely be solved with a SS plate. I have a Pfaff 7510 & a Babylock Quest Plus with a mechanism just like IDT, and a Pfaff Select 3.0. I use the IDT for everything I can, almost always while piecing. It doesn't let you fudge, however, so if you are trying to ease in fullness of a slightly too-big piece, disengage it.

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    The single hole plate does help. I just hold the 2 threads to the back of the needle when starting to sew. I've always done that starting with the old treadles I learned to sew on. I have the CV now and it isn't as bad about eating fabric.

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    I have 2 older Pfaffs. I either hold both threads firmly extended behind the feed dogs (which helps the piece start and not get caught) or use a starter piece. I too always use the IDT. Also strip piecing helps (sew one piece and when you get to the end of the first piece feed the next piece in before the first piece is out from under the feed dogs).

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    I have 7570 Pfaff. I love my machine. I agree with others, use a starter piece.
    My mother always used a starter piece, so to me it just comes natural.
    IDT engaged when sewing keeps fabric moving easily.
    Also, lift out throat plate to get any dust bunnies or thread pieces. Don't forget to clean dust build up from bobbin area.
    It it has a long time since a good cleaning your Pfaff my need to see the Pfaff doctor.

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    I have the same model and have not had this problem very often unless I am trying to sew triangles. Then I have to use a leader piece or it will suck it down into the hole. I just read that one should have a small-holed face plate, but I have done OK without it. I think it would be a pain to have to change it every time I wanted to do another kind of stitch. If you have had it since 1990, maybe it needs to go to the Pfaff doc. I use the IDT whenever the foot I am using will accommodate it.

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    My Pfaff (2134) does the same thing so I use leader pieces or recently someone on this board suggested pulling on the threads which really works well for me. Also, as someone said chain piecing eliminates this. Haven't tried the other throat plate and so far have been able to work around it. I do use the IDT for piecing unless I need to ease some fabric for a better fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaBear61
    I have a Pfaff Creative 7550 that I purchased in the late 90's. I seem to have alot of problem with it pulling fabric down into the feed dogs as I start while piecing or joining blocks. This is not a new problem as my machine has always tended to do this and when I only worked on 1 or 2 projects a year I just dealt with it but now that I am trying to complete more projects it has become very bothersome. Now here are my questions;
    1. Have others with this machine or similiar experienced this? (or does my machine need to go the the Pfaff doctor?)
    2. I know there is a single hole plate available, has anyone purchased it and did it solve the problem? (I don't mind spending the money to solve the problem but if nothing changes I would rather buy fabric.)
    3. While piecing do Pfaff owners have the IDT engaged or disengaged?
    Sorry that this is so long, but I really like my machine and if I could get a solution for this little issue I like we can be happy together for years to come.
    I had the same machine until Jan when one of the boards died that they can't replace. It would only do it if you started it right on the edge of the fabric for me. Otherwise it was great. I miss it. I do have a Pfaff 2.0 now. Very nice as well.

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    Thanks for the input. I will try to get into the habit of doing a leader piece and see if that solves my problem and yes I probably should try new needle it does seem like that long ago I replaced it, but it probably has been too long. I have been using the IDT and that seems to be what most do.

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    I love my straight stitch plate--I have the 1473 (and now the QE 4.0). I'm waiting for the straight stitch plate for the new one to come in. It's a simple matter to change it and it really does help with issues like this. I love my Pfaff's!

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    Me too on all of this. Also might try a smaller needle. Maybe the needle is too large and is pushing the fabric down rather than going through it.
    Quote Originally Posted by lovequilts
    I have 2 Pfaffs and I love them. I do use a starter piece of fabric when piecing. This tends to resolve the "pull down" issue.

    I always have my IDT engaged, even for piecing.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eparys
    I have 2 older Pfaffs. I either hold both threads firmly extended behind the feed dogs (which helps the piece start and not get caught) or use a starter piece. I too always use the IDT. Also strip piecing helps (sew one piece and when you get to the end of the first piece feed the next piece in before the first piece is out from under the feed dogs).
    What I do also-got my pfaff in early '90's and learned to grab the threads and now do it without even thinking. Rarely get the fabric caught.

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    I had the same machine until Jan when one of the boards died that they can't replace. It would only do it if you started it right on the edge of the fabric for me. Otherwise it was great. I miss it. I do have a Pfaff 2.0 now. Very nice as well.[/quote]

    Have you checked with a authorized Pfaff dealer? I think you can get a board replaced. PM my and I will give you name of Pfaff store in Spartanburg, SC, I have my machine served at this store.

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    Hi
    I have a 6230 from the early 90s also.
    I do all the things that have been posted.
    Most of the time I just grab the threads and give a tug until I get going.

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    i had the same problem when i first started using my pfaff expressions 2..i did purchase the plate with the single hole and it helps...it also helps to hold tightly on the thread when you first start piecing...i had the hardest time with this issue when i was piecing very small pieces of fabric...i think i have overcome this issue with practice and like i said, i hold onto both threads very tightly when i first strart piecing...i always keep the idt engaged as well...i hope it all works out:-)

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    I use IDT for piecing.

    I have a single hole plate which does help, but I agree with others that using a leader piece of fabric helps. It's just a habit for me. Saves on thread usage, too.

    Don't think it's just a Pfaff problem.

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    I have 2 Pfaff's also. I seem to use the IDT when piecing unless it is a curved seam.

    I used to hold the threads tightly away from me when i started sewing but with the arthritis I now use a leader/spider/piece of cloth to get started and chain piece as much as possible.

    I do use the single hole throat plate for piecing. I just replace it with the wider throat plate when I want to use other stitches than straight or want to move the needle over.

    I did widen the hole on my 1/4" guide foot with flange using a small round file from Home Depot. This way I can move the needle over 1 [or 2] spaces if I want and still it works with the single hole plate. I check it first to make sure the needle clears the hole before I sew.

    Unfortunately the throat plate is made of strong metal and the single hole can not be enlarged. Oh well.

    ali

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    I always use the IDT on my machines for piecing, do not have that problem, guess I hold the threads with out even thinking about it, but also use leaders and enders, to save thread. love all my Pfaffs!! all 6 of them LOL

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    Alikat, is there a reason that you don't use IDT for curved pieces? Just curious if it makes a difference in how the bias edges stretch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by debcavan
    IDT engaged.

    I get fabric down in the hole every once in awhile but not often. I don't use that little piece of fabric either. Some people put a small scrap through and then connect their patchwork.

    The single hole plate does help this problem on many machines but then you have to remember to remove it before you zig zag
    You can lock the stitch so that it won't zigzag. To lock it, press the twin needle button. You will be given two options. Option 2 is for "pattern selection lock for stitch plate with round hole". To unlock it to use the zigzag (after you change the plate) press the twin needle button again.

    I always use the starter fabric, even when I use the single hole plate. It not only helps with the fabric jam, but also eliminates the need to clip threads.

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    I don't know what you mean by IDT. I love my Pfaff 1170 which I bought in 1997. I always lock my stitches when starting and to avoid the pull down, I start about a 1/4 inch in on the fabric and then backstitch to lock them. This alleviates the problem. I find this easier than using a start scrap of material.

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