|Pfaff:Expression 150 Anniversary Edition (Sewing Machine)|
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|About Savanna500 |
|Member since: 1/14/13 |
|Reviews written: 1|
|Sewing skills:Advanced Beginner|
|sewing machines reviewed: 1|
|Posted on:||6/24/13 11:13 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$1000|
|Had this machine for:||4 months|
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- Needle Threader
- Needle Up/Down Setting
- One step buttonhole
- Drop-In bobbin
- Free Arm
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Needle Position
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|What Savanna500 likes about this machine|
I am a beginner sewer. In December of 2012 I bought a department store Singer.
Who knew sewing was so rewarding and addicting??
In February of 2013 I decided I wanted a more sophisticated machine. Of course Pfaff quickly became the brand of choice. I bought the Expression 150 because it was a good price (now last year's model) and it seemed to be a nice hybrid that could be used mainly for garments but also for quilting in the unlikely event that I should decide to develop those skills.
This is a wonderful machine that has all of the standard features as well as some of the extras without a lot of bling that a garment sewer is unlikely to use. I am a purely self taught sewer having never touched a machine or cut a pattern prior to this adventure that I began only seven months ago now. So the features like the automatic button hole foot made my learning curve a breeze and a lot less scary and frustrating.
One of the reviewers criticized the manual for its lack of detail and did not recommend this machine to a beginner for this reason. I do agree that for a higher end machine the manual is very skimpy; only providing the bare minimum. Even my $99 Walmart Singer came with a thicker manual and a DVD. However, I disagree that ths should be a deterrent for a beginner sewer as what the manual lacks the machine features and quality certainly makes up for. Pfaff is a very well made and well designed machine.
As a beginner it was difficult for me to justify spending that kind of money on a machine. Now, seven months and roughly 35 projects later my advise to any beginner "serious" sewer is "buy the very best (Pfaff) you can possibly afford"!! I give my Expression 150 most of the credit for making the development of a new skill a very rewarding and successful experience. Learning a new craft as vast and complex as garment sewing can be fraught with frustration and discouragement so having a high performing, reliable and intuitive machine really makes the process that much easier.
As I said earlier it was with great debate and trepidation that I contemplated this purchase but each time I sit down at this machine I wonder "would I enjoy this as much and would I be as developed as I am without my Pfaff"?
As for the lacking manual... I have found this web site, the internet and some really well written books that have provided me with tons of invaluable information that more that compensates for Pfaff's apparent short sighted-ness with respect to machine instruction and the beginner sewer.
Don't hesitate to purchase this machine !
What Savanna500 does not like about this machine
There is very little about this machine not to love. But if I were to critque it I would offer the following:
I have found the needle threader to be a little problematic and temperamental - the needle needs to be in just the right position before it will thread... I suspect this is not unique to this make and model.
Also, I find the screen to be slightly rudimentary and not super easy to tell exactly what's what with some of its messages - a color screen with more intuitive symbols or text would be more ideal.
Again, these are minor criticisms that "if" I were looking for a replacement I would consider .... But not at the expense of moving away from the Pfaff line of machines.
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