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Date: 10/1/13 6:25 PM

I apologize in advance, I think this will get too wordy. A year ago I bought a Viking Opal. I like the machine just fine, but recently I inherited my dear MIL's Pfaff 7570 which has a ton of extra feet she purchased, the embroidery unit, about eight cards for it. I remember when she bought it in like 98 and she got the Pfaff cabinet it goes in. Her and I are the only ones in the family that sew. She is dying. I have a ton of emotional attachment tied up in the Pfaff.

I sent it in for a "spa day". Cleaned and serviced etc. Come to find out, the guy who services for our local Viking dealer, is also the distributer. He assures me things like computer boards can still be found for it, if ever needed.

The questions: He thinks the Pfaff is a far better machine than the Opal. Thoughts?

I would like a new serger. He's willing to apply almost all my purchase price of the Opal toward a serger. Should I do it??

Am I just plain crazy for considering this? I can not keep both machines unless I do without a serger. I am SICK of threading and rethreading this thing, and yes I oil it often, change needles, trade threads.

Thanks in advance!!! Debbie

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Date: 10/1/13 7:19 PM

sounds like a good idea to me

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Date: 10/1/13 7:26 PM

The Pfaff 7570 was a TOL for a long time, is still highly desireable, and is the last of the German-made Pfaffs.

A truly fantabulous machine, and one that many Pfaffites consider to be the best ever made.

I'd go with the 7570 for the IDT alone. But there's a lot more to the machine an just the IDT. (Sorry, Opal. )


My deepest sympathies and warm wishes to you at a very trying time regards your mom.

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Date: 10/1/13 7:33 PM

This is a sad time, and I am glad you have the Pfaff to bring you good memories. Keep the Pfaff. If you can do it, trade the Opal. Then when you can afford or have time or such to get another machine for backup, you can do that and still treasure your Pfaff. That sewing tech who told you how good that machine it is spot on and also honest. So many dealers will tell you - OH trade in the old thing, and that is because they know what it is worth to someone! Bless your heart. Keep the Pfaff and the sewing guy for sure!

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Date: 10/1/13 8:02 PM

Speaking from experience, I have to say that there are 7570 parts other than the boards that are no longer available. My unrepairable 7570 sits alone in the basement, gathering dust.

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Date: 10/1/13 8:25 PM

Keep the 7570. I've had three Vikings including the D1 and Ruby and they never compared to that Pfaff. I now have the 7570 and a Pfaff creative sensation. My old 7570 is still the go-to machine for sewing and the CS for embrioidery. Hope I can find a clone for it somday.

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Date: 10/1/13 8:32 PM

Well, the Pfaff is pfabulous, it works NOW, and you can get your full purchase price of the Opal toward a serger, which you need. So I'd say, go with the Pfaff (the modern equivalent of which would cost many thousands), get your serger upgrade, and if/when the Pfaff becomes unrepairable, the Opal or its equivalent will still be available.

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Date: 10/1/13 9:48 PM

Thank you all so much for the advice, your thoughts on the Pfaff, and the condolences as we step through the day-to-day process of seeing this beloved woman slipping away. I feel like I am losing my best friend. You all really are the best!!

I also inherited her entire sewing room....I'll be going though boxes forever.

Anybody have a clue what "features" I should expect from a serger that retails for about a grand?

I do have a back up machine. A little Singer HD I bought off Craig's list. It stays in it's tote and is only used when I sew with the church ladies - twice a month. Our church has a large quilt mission.

Thank you again. It means so much to me.

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Date: 10/1/13 9:51 PM

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Speaking from experience, I have to say that there are 7570 parts other than the boards that are no longer available. My unrepairable 7570 sits alone in the basement, gathering dust.

May I ask what is wrong with yours? I am sure sorry yours is sitting in the basement.

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Date: 10/1/13 11:33 PM

The synchronizer died. Search the boards for Oh Pfaff 7570, halfway down on page 3 for more detail. Personally, I'd keep both machines and save for a serger. I used my 7570 for at least 10 years before I got a serger, and I think the only thing I couldn't sew properly on the 7570 were sweater knits. If you keep them both you can sew on the Opal while embroidering on the 7570, and you'll have a back-up machine for whatever happens whenever it happens.

And I am so sorry about your MIL . . .

Kim

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