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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Pfaff Ambition 1.0 - is this price a good deal? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Pfaff Ambition 1.0 - is this price a good deal?
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Date: 8/13/11 8:21 PM

My local dealer offered me a price of $699 today on the Pfaff Ambition 1.0, and because this is my first purchase of a nice sewing machine, I'm not sure if I should take the plunge.

I am in the market for a new machine - I've been sewing for about 8 months on a Singer HD4233 and now that I know I enjoy sewing and that I plan to stick with it, I'm looking to get a good machine with some features that I know I can stick with for a while. I went to a few dealers today and none of them had any of the machines I had initially been thinking about after doing my research online (Bernette 92C, Janome 4030 and 2160, Baby Lock Audrey and Grace). The last dealer I went to asked about what I was looking for and then showed me a Pfaff Ambition 1.0. I had gone in wanting to spend around $500-600 and wanting to make sure I got the following features: speed control, adjustable presser foot pressure, drop feed, and more common things like twin needle capability, permanent reverse (where you press a button once instead of holding it down), and more than one buttonhole type since I plan to do a lot of garment sewing. I wanted to have the option to start quilting even though I haven't quilted yet, and I wanted to be able to sew through decently thick material because I make some bags that can get quite heavy duty sometimes.

I didn't think I could afford the Ambition, so I hadn't really looked at it prior to going in to the dealer, but I absolutely loved it - it was so easy to use, sewed through everything beautifully, and did a wonderful job on knits with the IDT. I was in love with it, but the price is more than I wanted to spend. The 1.0 was already on sale for $799 with a trade in, and the dealer said she could come down to $699. That's only $100 more than my top price, and I'm thinking of doing it. I put down a deposit to hold that price, and I'm going to head back out tomorrow to see if I can sew on some more machines before I decide for sure.

Does $699 seem like a good deal on the 1.0? The store employees were talking about it like it was the deal of the century, and it did seem like quite a good price, but as I say, I hadn't really been thinking about the Ambition before going in so I haven't done a lot of research on prices. Also, does anyone have thoughts about the Ambition line by Pfaff? There doesn't seem to be a lot of information out there about them yet and there's only one review here on PR. I'd like to get a machine that I can have for a long time and that will grow with me a little, and the Pfaff seems like the perfect choice.

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Date: 8/13/11 8:42 PM

The ambition has only been out a few months which is why you aren't finding many reviews. The pfaff special offers website page shows an MSRP of $999, which I also saw in a post some months back, so I'd say $999 is the "regular" price for the 1.0.

http://www.pfaffusa.com/4168.html

I haven't seen one myself so I can't help you much!

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Date: 8/13/11 9:20 PM

I just picked up the Ambition 1.5 and already love it. I have a Pfaff 2023, so I'm familiar with Pfaff. The Ambition sews like a DREAM. I would say that is an excellent deal. Are you in MA? It's tax-free weekend here.

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Date: 8/13/11 9:44 PM

I did love the way it sewed, but I'm coming from a cheap beginner machine, so I feel like I'll love anything I try that's in my current price range! The more I think about it, the more sure I am that I'm going to go tomorrow and pay the rest to take it home. I'll go to a Janome dealer first to try them out so I do my due diligence, but I think I really fell in love with the Pfaff today.

I'm in Chicago, and unfortunately there's no tax free weekend here - our sales taxes are really high and that would come in handy! :)

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Date: 8/13/11 9:57 PM

Ha - I hear you. I moved from a very basic Kenmore to my last machine, and I just have to give props to the Pfaff brand - the IDT system is worth its weight in gold. :)

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Date: 8/13/11 10:10 PM

It seems that way - I was amazed at how it handled knits! I'm glad you're enjoying your new machine. Hopefully I'll be doing the same tomorrow!

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Date: 8/13/11 11:30 PM

As Eme said, The IDT is a wonderful thing. I just bought two older Pfaffs with the IDT and have actually enjoyed sewing knits with them which I struggled with on my Bernina. I'd say that is a dang good price. Happy shopping!
for a machine that should hold you for quite a while.

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Date: 8/13/11 11:38 PM

Seems like a good price, I saw it for $799 near Chicago recently. I haven't tried it myself, but I'm a huge fan of IDT. I have a Pfaff Select 3.0 and 7510. The patent expired on IDT, so my Baby Lock Quest Plus has it and Bernina has made it's own version.

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Date: 8/13/11 11:45 PM

Maia B, I saw that you did a review of Linda Z's - is that where you saw it? That's where I was offered this price. It was on sale for $799 and they said they could do $100 less, which made it very close to my price range. They seem very nice and have a great space with their new location!

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Date: 8/14/11 0:38 AM

I didn't review Linda Z's, I just commented on an existing review. I've bought a few machines there. They had a huge selection of great used machines in the old store the last time I was there and the new place is very spacious.

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