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Going Test Driving This Afternoon
Pfaff Ambition 1.5 vs Viking Opal 670
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Date: 12/28/13 12:58 PM

I'm heading out in a bit to take the Pfaff Ambition 1.5 and the Viking Opal 670 for test drives. I've been doing my homework and on paper either of these machines should be able to fill my need for a new sewer.

For a bit of background I have had my current basic mechanical White for about 27 years or so. While it is fine for mending and basics like aprons or blinds, I'm tired of trying to re-stick the masking tape seam guide back down to the plate. I have also recently gotten back into sewing clothes for myself and I'm disappointed in the quality of stitching I'm getting out of the White. It only has three stitch length options, and when I showed my mom some topstitching I had done she said "you need to use a longer stitch". Well what I heard was "you need to buy a new machine" lol.

In theory I'm planning on going to look at and test drive both machines and then think it over for a few days. In reality I will most likely be sewing on a new machine tonight! lol I'll be sure to report back.

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Jacqui

Phoebe (Pfaff Quilt Ambition 2.0)
Jenny (Janome Coverpro 1000cpx)
Sergio (Brother 1034D)
Betty (White 1505)

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Date: 12/28/13 1:31 PM

Whooo Hoo! I don't know either of these machines, but I think it's always exciting to try out machines. Enjoy your time at the stores, and I hope there's a box in your backseat on the return trip!!!!

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Date: 12/28/13 3:23 PM

It'll be very fun to hear about which one you choose! It always a bonus to have it narrowed down to TWO...much easier to choose!

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Date: 12/28/13 4:20 PM

Can't wait to hear what you get - I like the 1.5 but haven't sewn on the viking.

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Date: 12/28/13 6:32 PM

I've sewn on the Viking...really liked it. I ended up with a Sapphire but would love to have an Opal, too. I love Viking feet, they are very nice quality.

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Date: 12/29/13 0:46 AM

It sure does sound like you need a new machine - how fun! My DH gave me a generous gift card to our local sewing machine dealer to upgrade my machine, so I will be test driving soon, too. I have a Brother Innovis-80, which I love, but I want even more features. I have picked out a Brother Laura Ashley NX800, but have not gone out to try it yet. I'm sticking with Brother so I can use all the extra feet I bought, plus I love the smooth quiet performance. Brother has so many bells and whistles for the price! This NX800 even sews sideways for patches and labels! I had a Viking for 17 years, and it was a good machine, but my dealer said she no longer recommends Viking. I know a lot of PR members are happy with theirs, though. It wouldn't hurt to try other machines while you're there.

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Date: 12/29/13 1:30 AM

How was the driving??????

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Subject: The full report Date: 12/29/13 6:16 AM

Well which do you want first - the good news or the bad news?

The good news is that I have a brand new pretty sewing machine. To be honest I didn't even make it to the Viking store. My husband and I discussed it on the way to the Pfaff dealer and agreed that since that was the one I was more drawn to, and because my Mom has the next model line up and can therefore be a good go-to person with any questions I have about the machine, and because I absolutely love the built in dual feed system, I went with the Pfaff Ambition 1.5. The woman at the store was extremely helpful and not at all pushy. I felt really good with my decision. You may notice I used the past term there.

The bad news is this machine doesn't work. It was obviously brand new, wrapped and taped from the manufacturer. But I can't sew a stitch with it. The motor runs and will drive the bobbin winder, but will not engage the drive mechanism for the sewing function at all. I have made sure the bobbin winder is fully in the left (disengaged) position and pressed the start button. The motor runs, nothing else happens, then I get the motor overload fault. I just took this brand new machine out of the box, and all I can think is please tell me I don't have to make the two hour trip (each way) to return it.

It's currently 6am on a Sunday morning (I've been up since 4am working at it after going to bed frustrated last night) so I'm not sure when I'm going to be able to talk to someone from the store to see what they suggest, and I love my mom too much to pester her this early in the day. Always the optimist, I'm hoping it is something simple that I have overlooked. In the meantime I am hoping that google is my friend. I am going to start a new thread on this issue.

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Jacqui

Phoebe (Pfaff Quilt Ambition 2.0)
Jenny (Janome Coverpro 1000cpx)
Sergio (Brother 1034D)
Betty (White 1505)

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Date: 12/29/13 6:36 AM

I posted on your other thread...try turning off and back on to reset.

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Date: 12/29/13 12:40 PM

It looks like a factory issue and the dealer is making it right. I've posted the details on the other thread here. Thanks everyone for being so supportive!

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Phoebe (Pfaff Quilt Ambition 2.0)
Jenny (Janome Coverpro 1000cpx)
Sergio (Brother 1034D)
Betty (White 1505)

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