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|Pfaff:6091 (Sewing Machine)|
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|About tkdnrun |
|Member since: 12/15/10 |
|Reviews written: 2|
|sewing machines reviewed: 1|
|Posted on:||9/9/13 11:06 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$600|
|Had this machine for:||18 years|
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|What tkdnrun likes about this machine|
I recieved this machine brand new as a gift from my mom when I graduated from college. She made all my prom and homecoming dresses and is a great seamstress. This was the most basic model with IDT at the time and I (mature college graduate me) thought it was overpriced for such a basic machine. As time has passed I have come to appriciate my mothers wisdom in giving me such a quality solid basic machine. I believe from other reviews it can be found for $200-$300 or less. A steal of a deal in my opinion.
Mine has the crazy 80's geometric designs on it and I don't mind as I like it and it gives it character. I have read in other reviews that this machine was called a "denim and stretch" model-which makes total sense as it has plenty of stretch stitches and is powerful.
When teaching little girls (8-10 yrs) to sew we start with a simple bag that is lined. This baby girl sewed through 3 layers of denim and 3 layers of cotton with interfacing where the double layer denim handels met the bag and lining and top of the bag. In short this is a strong machine that has good control that even a child can use.
This machine is all mechanical. It will probably outlive me, my childern and grand children. It can go fast or slow and it works great. Like I said, I have used this machine to teach new sewers (I love to teach kids to sew) and its ability to control speed so well from just the foot pedal is one less button to check and worry about.
This machine was made back when Pfaff was still a German company. It says on the front of the machine made by PFAFF Germany. The manual is in German first and English second (still easy to use). I have read in another review it may have been made in another European country, but everything about my machine leads me towards Germany. Regardless of where it was put together, it is a well engineered and very well built machine.
It comes with a hard case cover that slips on top and the handle comes through so you can carry it. There is a compartment in the front that the foot pedal and manual fit in when moving or storing the machine. It doesn't strike me as very heavy (I will guess from the very scientific method of me standing on the scale with it and without it there is about a 17 pound difference including the hard case on the machine)
The presser foot can be raised a little extra higher for a thick project.
It comes with these feet (and their #): 0-Ordinary sewing foot (with dual feed slot in back), 2-Fancy stitch foot (without Dual Feed), 3-Blind stitch or overlock foot, 4-Zipper and edge-stitching foot, 5-Buttonhole foot, felt washer (for thread), and edge guide for lining stitches up or keeping an even distance. I have purchased a 1/4 inch foot and you can line the edge guide up with the edge of the foot and it is a 1/4 inch foot with an edge guide (this works on Bernina feet too you can get a 37 and use the edge guide and poof you have a 57 foot...but I digress) The feet are snap on, but they feel solid to me, and man are they easy to change. I have used the Bernina solid shank feet, which are nice, but these work great too and I've never in 18 years had a problem. If they have come off it is because I have put too much of a height difference under the foot and it is better the foot came off than the shank was bent or other damage occur. The feet aren't expensive, but they aren't cheap either (I think I paid $20 for the 1/4 inch foot? Could be off by $5 either direction)
The foot pedal has a varying speed sliding button (good for beginners).
There is an accessory case that attaches to the front and creates the sewing surface. It can be easily pulled out and a nice small free arm is available for sewing. It has to be removed to access the bobbin area (normal for most non drop in bobbin machines)
The bobbin is a (I hope I don't get this wrong) front loading (non drop in) that snaps in inside a bobbin case under the needle plate area in the free arm. I think there is a "hook" involved. It works well just make sure to thread it with the bobbin making a "9" meaning the thread tail is going down on the right side and the bobbin spins clockwise as you look at it in the bobbin case. The directions in the manual for this are good.
In the bobbin area is the drop feed dogs switch. Just slide it over and it is as easy as that.
The buttonhole foot has a tab on it that slides in and levers up the needle plate so it can be removed or cleaning or changing.
Uses regular needles. (130/705 H) and they are easy to change.
These are all the stiches it makes (quite a bit for this little guy in my opinion): 4 step button holes, straight stitch right needle position, straight stitch center position, zigzag, 3-step zigzag, scallop stitch, elastic blind stitch, wide and narrow, shell edge stitch, wide and narrow, universal stitch (looks like flat topped bumps, or an Aztec zigzag) both wide and narrow, triple zigzag narrow (know that stitch is important for stretch materials), triple stitch both center needle position and right position, adjustable width triple zigzag, honeycomb stitch, elastic edge stitch, ornamental stitch wide and narrow (looks like sideways triangles, kind of cute for a simple decorative hem), elastic overlock terry cloth stitch both wide and narrow, and double overlock stitch both wide and narrow. It can do a double needle with a single shank double needle. I have never used this, but it is shown in the manual.
You can darn or free motion with straight stitches, but you will need to get the darning foot.
To reverse there is a lever you hold down.
Really this little baby purrs and makes beautiful stitches
The manual is pretty explanatory for example it shows how to use each foot and some that aren't sold with it. It also says what settings for the machine, how to turn off the presser foot lift, lower feed dogs, what type of thread to use, what tension to set, what stitch to use etc. The chart on the different needles tells what needle to use for different fabrics etc. (nice to have some of this information for a beginner in one spot.) It has a basic trouble shooting section:thread breaks, needle breaks, skipped stitches, seam not uniform, machine feed irregularly or not at all, and machine runs with difficulty.
Cleaning and oiling is easy and shown very clearly. My sewing usage has gone through spurts and sputters (getting married, working full time, having babies, raising small children and now teenagers do that to you-there are just some periods where you can do more sewing than others) I have not always been a diligent about cleaning and oiling, and this machine has been very forgiving. To be fair to me though I have taken it in for cleaning and maintenance regularly as I have used it. Did I mention it is a trooper? :-)
I think my favorite story about this machine is when my mom and I were making some holiday dresses for my girls on my computerized machine (my mom's Pfaff 7550) and the mother board/computer brain died it was this little mechanical baby girl that bailed us out and allowed us to finish the project. (side note: After the holidays I was able to get a refurbished board for the 7550 and she is good as new)
So I will always have a special spot in my heart for this little machine as I have learned so many things with her and look forward to passing her on to my girls as they are learning to love sewing too.
What tkdnrun does not like about this machine
**These are more realities of a basic mechanical German machine than true dislikes.**
Needle has to be rolled with hand wheel to highest position before removing fabric or the thread seemes caught up in the bobbin area.
I had to mark the stitch plate with lines for seems ( i.e. 5/8 inch, 1/2 inch, etc.)
The first language in the manual is German (but I guess that is really a good thing because it was probably one of the German made) so searching takes looking for the second language. I guess it is good to see what others experience reading English manuals :-) Also the table of contents is at the end (p.65) as it says on the first page :-)
Hard case cover won't slide on when machine is plugged in. I guess it was made more for transportation and you don't drag a cord plugged in when traveling with it. So I just keep it covered with a dish towel when it is out on my sewing table.
No needle threader, but this is an older basic machine and the only reason I even mention this is because I've gotten used to this feature on my newer machines and it has become a "basic" feature on many new simple machines. Needles are easy for me to thread and a manual needle threader with the dime like thing on top would work great if that is an issue.
The needle has preset position depending on stitch desired.
Not really an issue for this little one any way, but there is no adjustable presser foot pressure and it won't turn off as a feature when I hit save in the edit review. :-) **edit note: I guess next to the needle shank area is a switch that removes the presser foot pressure so you can darn or free motion quilt-you can always learn something new! I guess it DOES have adjustable presser foot pressure.**
Button holes on this little girl are 4 step (make each leg of the buttonhole) and there is only one kind of buttonhole (remember this is a basic machine) This might actually be a plus for someone learning or who wants more control? I have never used it after the intro class I went to. I have either sewn buttons on top with Velcro underneath in my early years or a zipper. Now that I have a machine that makes gorgeous button holes in one step, I probably won't be trying this feature. Again not really a dislike, just a reality as my skills weren't such that I used button holes in my earlier years. As my skills improved I have inherited or acquired other machines and learned to use button holes on those machines. So the sum of this comment is I think the button holes are fine, just basic and nothing to get excited about on this machine.
So I guess the moral/summary of my review is....If anyone is looking for a basic simple well made machine and has a chance to get one of these sweet little girls it will serve you well for many years. Could be a great back up machine, class machine or machine to teach on.
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