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Date: 9/6/13 3:43 AM

Hello to all,
I am trying to decide which machine I'd really like to have. I've never owned a Pfaff before but I am wanting IDT. I've been to the dealer here in Tx and the machines I'm looking at are listed below. I sew a variety of things. Whatever mood I'm in. Can anyone give info..how u like yours or not etc? I kind of like no. 2 and 3 the most but the passport speaks too Thanks.

1. Passport 2.0 599.00
2. Anniversary 150 Expression 999.00
3. 1.5 Ambition 999.00
4. 1.0 Ambition 899.00
5. Ambition Essential 699.00

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Date: 9/6/13 9:30 AM

The Passport is meant to be a travel/class machine, or for just occasional use. I would find it too small for use as a regular "main" sewing machine.

The 150 Anniversary is so pretty, and a limited edition. But it also has limited features and no presser foot pressuree adjustment. Of the bunch, my pick would be your #3, the Ambition 1.5.

The 1.5 has a lot of features for the money. Here's a comparison chart of the Ambition line;

Comparison chart

You really will LOVE the Pfaff IDT, especially with light silky fabrics and knits. Happy machine hunting!

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Date: 9/6/13 10:42 AM

Look at the stitch selection. Of all the models you listed, only the Anniversary model will have the set of classic 9mm Pfaff stitches. The other machines are made for Pfaff and will not include stitches that were carried over from the days of the German-made models. They are still great machines, though. IDT is great to have!
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Date: 9/6/13 10:56 AM

I had the Ambition 1.0 - I chose it over the 1.5 because the touch screen was just too small for me to enjoy using it. I loved the way the Ambition worked.

If I had your choice I might get the anniversary addition machine. I love the deco stitches on those 9mm machines. I am also a quilter and would enjoy the extra space in the harp of that machine. Ive done a little FMQ on those machines and enjoyed it.

I do not like the FMQ foot for the ambition. I love the snap on foot for the expression machines.

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Date: 9/6/13 11:08 AM

Well, the Anniversary does come with the extra 5 feet. And is a limited edition. And you'll probably will never miss the presser foot pressure adjustment anyways.

And it is awfully pretty.

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And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 9/6/13 11:16 AM

All of the machines are very nice.

If you sew (or intend to) often - I would agree with Lynn the Passport might not be the right choice. But, I only tested one standing up, and for a few min. The only machine Ive had is the Ambition 1.0

You will decide what one is best.

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Date: 9/6/13 8:09 PM

I really appreciate everyones' posting. Gave me some things to think on. Is the free motion foot different on the anniversary 150? I will do quilting and garmet sewing. I believe the 150 has a stitch restart button that really interested me . It has bobbin winding from the needle..what does that mean?

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Date: 9/6/13 8:17 PM

Last summer I bought the Anniversary 150 Expression instead of either Ambition because the dealer told me the motor had more power and it was the one he would recommend.

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Date: 9/6/13 8:30 PM

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It has bobbin winding from the needle..what does that mean?

When you need to wind a bobbin, you simply pull the thread from the needle up to the bobbin winder and wind away. This is a feature on Vikings, too. No need to un-thread and re-thread your machine.
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Date: 9/6/13 9:13 PM

With your options I would go with the Anniversary 150. The Passport is a nice little machine but it is just that, little. My only other comment is to make sure you sew on the Quilt Expression 4.2. It is alot more money than those you have listed but it also has features like the auto presser lift and the auto cutter. I would not want you to realize a year from now you should have bought more machine. That being said, as long as you get the IDT, I think you will be happy.

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