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|Pfaff:360 (Sewing Machine)|
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|Reviewed by:||John Gordon|
|About John Gordon |
|Member since: 6/17/13 |
|Reviews written: 1|
|sewing machines reviewed: 1|
|Posted on:||6/17/13 3:35 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$75|
|Had this machine for:||1 year|
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- Needle Threader
- Embroidery Stitches
- Free Arm
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
- Adjustable Needle Position
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|What John Gordon likes about this machine|
This review is of a Pfaff model 360, which is the fold-up table version of the 260. (The review box did not have 360 as a choice- so I selected 260.) I bought this as a backup to our Pfaff 1222. I use it to make clothing. Also in the stable are a Necchi BU, a Pfaff 130, 330 and an old White long shuttle treadle.
This is a free arm until you pull out and up on the table. This eliminates the complaint of not being able to reach the bobbin, but also makes it a bit weird to mount in a treadle base (fits an old Singer table perfectly), if only because it winds up about 3 inches higher.
This is a wonderful machine; it does the simple straight and Z/Z stitches as well as any machine I've used, and the controls are simply elegant. Buttonholes can be made with the four step method, or a low shank buttonholer can be used. Someone else commented on how an even feed foot did not fit for the depth of the lever fork, that was also the case here: I used a rotary burr to deepen the fork.
I have come to rely on the blind stitch function of the 1222 and while I did it for years on the Necchi (with its simple L-R-C needle position lever). That manual method can be used on the 360 which sports a lever which, when tapped, causes the machine to Zig to the left just once. As I said: elegant. Too, there is an embroidery stitch which can be used to blind stitch a hem.
I don't have much use for the embroidery but it sure is fun to fiddle with. One really needs the stitch wheel at least initially in order to figure out how it all works. And it can all be turned off with the turn of a dial.
I have used faster machines than this; though speed is definitely not something I require. It came to me with a mechanical pedal rheostat which works surprisingly well. Until the 1222 arrived I always mounted my machines in a treadle base, but this 360 I find I can use with the oversize pedal.
A very pleasant machine to use.
What John Gordon does not like about this machine
The electric toaster function keeps burning...oh, wait: no, there is nothing I don't like about this machine. In order for it to be perfect it would have the built in walking foot of the 1222 and the touch-lever basting of the 1222. On the other hand this was the last stop before everything went electronic and so anyone with an oil can and a little patience should be able to make the thing last approximately forever.
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