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Date: 1/16/13 11:56 AM

First of all this website has been very helpful for me. The users are just friendly and very knowledgeable!

Well here I go again for another SM comparison - BUT this time it is not for me but for my 37 year old sister in law. After showing her my finished projects and small quilts she was hooked! I think sewing as a hobby might make us closer..

Now I don't mind her borrowing my SMs however it would be great if she can have her own.

Her budget is below $2000 only.

We limit our choices to the Pfaff QE 4, the Viking Sapphire 875 Q or the topaz 20.

Now I know I can read reviews and such but if someone can give me an opinion on to which one would be best for the price please let us know. We are open to all suggestions. However she is not into vintage/used machine.. sister in law is different.

This will be her first sewing machine experience and she is very eager to get one this weekend.

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Date: 1/16/13 12:04 PM

The Topaz was just awarded a Consumer Digest "Best Buy" News release

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Date: 1/16/13 12:11 PM

Wow that is good to know. Also if she gets the topaz or sapphire, we can share accessories.. Hmm.. however the pfaff has the IDT and will help her handle fabric.. By the way she did try these machines (and other ones which she didn't like). She couldn't make up her mind so she wanted me to decide. Oh joy.


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Date: 1/16/13 12:43 PM

A sewing machine experience for a beginner will only be as good as the dealer support.

Go with her and expand your search to as many dealers and brands you can find. Tell them what type of sewing is desired but keep the budget out if the conversation.

Take notes. Have lunch. Go back to the dealer who was the most helpful. That`s the one to buy from. The dealer should offer lessons and classes, which you could join with her for encouragement as well as meeting others who love to sew.


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Date: 1/16/13 1:18 PM

I've been really looking at sewing machines lately and I would go with the Pfaff. Right now Pfaff has some of the best values out there for the money.

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Date: 1/16/13 2:41 PM

I think the IDT on the Pfaff really helps a beginner sewer keep their pieces lined up when sewing.

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Date: 1/16/13 5:58 PM

She really liked that feature I should say.

However, the viking dealer stated that the topaz is a much better deal since it can do embroidery --- which sister in law is not currently interested with.. Well my SIL thought about it. But this dealer does not have the topaz 20 and mentioned viking is discontinuing it and only have the topaz 30 in stock for right now and in the future.. The topaz is now out of budget.. On Friday I will take her out and we will be dealer hopping/Machine testing..

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Date: 1/16/13 6:53 PM

I purchased 2 Pfaffs (7570 and 2140) when each model was the TOL for Pfaff. Both have IDT -- which I LOVE -- and both have embroidery capabilities.

I have done some embroidery, but I have to admit that I have found that I'm not all that interested. There's a steep learning curve, and that takes away from my limited sewing/quilting time. It's fun and all, but that's not where my main sewing interests are.

IF I could do it all over again, I'd consider a machine with NO embroidery functions, but with the other features I want, and then purchase a separate embroidery machine, if I found that I was interested later in doing more embroidery.

I love the 2140, I love the IDT and the adjustability of all the settings, I love, love, love sewing on it, but the only time I've used the embroidery function was in my "intro to 2140" class.

My point (and I do have one, amazingly enough) is to consider a machine with no embroidery functions. It's not "worth more" if you don't use it. I was dazzled with the idea that an embroidery machine could do anything and everything - the "one machine does it all" concept. Of course I didn't know that embroidery would not become my new passion until I tried it. It IS fun, but I'm much more focused on sewing and quilting.

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Date: 1/16/13 7:03 PM

If you can find a Pfaff Expression 150 Anniversary model, that might be a good choice, too. It has the IDT, of course, and 200 stitches that cover a good range of applications. It does not have gingerbread functions like a knee lever or automatic presser foot lift but is an all around great first machine...and it's closer to $1000.

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Date: 1/16/13 7:07 PM

She did try that.. She fell inlove with the hover feature.. She actually fell in love with that feature using my viking. So anything with the hover feature she will get in a heartbeat. BUT I WONT give her my machine.. not yet


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