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Date: 6/8/14 11:43 PM

Anyone have an Ambition 2.0? Likes or dislikes?

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In reply to Skratchie <<


Date: 6/9/14 0:23 AM

A review was posted several days ago.

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Date: 6/9/14 8:52 AM

I've had one for a couple of months, although I haven't written a review yet. I only recently got back into sewing after a very long hiatus and had previously only sewn on very basic mechanical machines. With that perspective in mind I am very happy with the 2.0. The IDT makes sewing a dream.

I've had no problems with thin slinky knits or with thick multiple layers of cotton and zips, although I did have to adjust my tension for that. I find that the straight stitch with the IDT engaged on thin knits gives you a bit of stretch, certainly enough for verticle seams. I've also topstitched around neck binding with no popped stitches but to clarify the neckhole is big enough to fit over my head without stretching it. I'm happy enough with the lettering. Although I have a serger I needed to use the Pfaff's overlock stitch and was pleased with the results.

Overall I am very happy with this machine and anticipate many happy years together.

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Date: 11/21/14 1:07 PM

I just bought the Quilt Ambition 2.0 last night, this is my first Pfaff. I tried doing a straight stitch this morning, and at first the tension was off (operator error I am sure), so I re-threaded the top and bottom and it sewed a beautiful stitch! Even though I've spent less than an hour sewing on it, I really like how it sews! I can't wait to try out the other stitches and features. I've had a Janome 6500p, which had the knee lift and auto-cutter but I never used it as I don't quilt, so I don't miss them on this machine.

The manual is quite awful, it's really sparse!!! I also have a Brother SE400 (sewing/embroidery combo) and it's manual is amazingly detailed!!

I'm really looking forward to a great experience going forward and really hope I don't have the tension problems that have been associated with the other Ambition models. My dealer says they seem have sorted out the issues. We'll see. :)

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Date: 11/21/14 7:33 PM

Be sure and tell all! i've only heard good things about the 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0. The Essential model i think did have some early problems. I know 2 people with the 1.5 and they LOVE it! Those are some really great stitches on the Ambitions as well as the higher end pfaffs. So great to have IDT in a computerized model with so much to offer at a "reasonable" price point! It has everything but thread-cutter and lots of people seem not to prize that feature as much as when it was new...issues w/ thread tails i guess. I have 2 machines with it and 2 without and i find i can actually do fine without that feature now.

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Date: 11/22/14 6:00 PM

I'm not sure how the bobbin low sensor works, but my bobbin looks very low and I haven't heard any dings or flashes to alert. I don't see anything in the manual. Any advice please?

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Date: 11/22/14 6:50 PM

Its usually when you have a yard or so left..or maybe less. I don't know how it works but you'll hear a beep or you might see an icon appear on your screen? If you're using genuine pfaff bobbins it should work just fine unless you've some lint accumlation so the sensor can't detect how much thread is left. its a really nice feature and i didn't know the 2.0 had that!

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Date: 11/22/14 7:35 PM

Thanks so much! I'll look out for it. Yes, the 2.0 has a low bobbin sensor. It's very similar to the 1.5 except with more stitches and they threw in a free-motion foot. I believe the 2 .0 has replaced the 1.5.

It popped up a message on the screen to say bobbin empty, love it!!! So far I love this machine.


-- Edited on 11/22/14 at 7:36 PM --
-- Edited on 11/23/14 at 7:23 PM --

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Date: 12/2/14 12:32 PM

Everything is good, it sews beautifully! However, I find I have to really crank up the top the top tension to 7 to get perfect tension on a straight stitch. Anything less produces small beads of top thread on the bottom, it's like the bobbin tension is really pulling on the top. I have threaded and re-threaded as per the instructions, but no change. I am using a universal needle, Mettler cotton thread and sewing on a cotton/linen medium weight fabric.

It's almost like the bobbin tension is too tight. Any ideas? I will probably take it into the dealer, but perhaps I am just being too finicky.

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Date: 12/2/14 12:35 PM

No, I don't think that you are being too finicky at all. I have the Ambition 1.5 and usually keep my tension at 4 for a perfect straight stitch. I think you do need to take it in -- hopefully it is an easy fix.

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